A Community of Teachers
Katherine, Kathryn and Shane all run their own schools, but we all teach under the same roof, share the same website and do the same end of year concert. If you want Breakdance – call Shane! If you want kids and teens music theatre and Adults Earth Moves – call Kathryn! If you want ballet, lyrical and Adults Tap and Jazz – call Katherine!
Meet The Team
* Adults Jazz / Glee Club
* Adults Tap
Katherine is an RAD and ISTD trained dancer, and dance teacher. She has danced professionally in Cabaret shows in Japan, and has performed in musicals ( The national dutch tour of 'Crazy For you', 'Into the Woods', '42nd Street', 'Bye Bye Birdie'...to name a few) variety shows and televised awards shows overseas. Whilst living in Holland for 7 years, Katherine taught ballet, tap and jazz to dutch children and adults - from tiny 2 year olds to grandmothers. Katherine has been trained and successfully examined at the highest levels in all forms of dance - RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern dance and ISTD Tap dance. She has also completed high level exams in both Singing and Drama with AMEB and Trinity College London, and has completed AMEB exams in both Piano and music Theory. She also holds a bachelor degree in Music Theatre, and is currently studying her Masters of teaching in both Primary teaching and Secondary teaching in Dance, Drama and Music. Katherine created and co-managed an R&B / Disco band 'Groovecentrix' for some years, and most recently has worked as a fill-in singer for the 'Blues Brothers Tribute Show Australasia Tour', playing the role of 'Twiggy'. Currently she is a backing singer for the 'Diamond Down under' Neil Diamond tribute show. She is also the mother of a 10 year old and 5 year old who both love to dance and sing!
Earth's Creative Academy
* Glee Club
* Earth Moves
Kathryn Fouracre A.I.S.T.D R.S.A
Kathryn (Katie) began dancing at the tender age of four. At thirteen she began her teaching as an assistant tutor and eventually to study ‘A level Theatre Studies’ at sixth-form college. In 1985 she successfully gained a place at the NORTHERN BALLET SCHOOL Manchester UK; here she trained for three years as a teacher/dancer. After graduating as a teacher and performer, Katie spent five years working on some of the finest luxury liners, whilst travelling the world and appearing as Dancer/Singer in Revue shows such as CHESS, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and GYPSY.
After gaining promotion from Dance Captain to Assistant Choreographer she eventually became ‘In-House’ Choreographer for MATRIX ENTERTAINMENTS Production Company, and was responsible for all aspects of Production, including lighting and Stage Direction. Other Choreographic Experience includes five Revue shows for ‘VIVAS INTERNATIONAL’, (First class entertainment in Japan), THE JANE MCDONALD SHOW, (Blackpool Opera House) Russian Ballet Company,’ BALLET RUSSE,’ Children’s productions staged around the UK, various bands and variety shows.
Combining Teaching and Performing has been a busy lifestyle. As a qualified teacher in both Dance and Fitness, she teaches a wide range of Dance disciplines, Musical Theatre, Drama, fitness, and has tutored in over eighteen different colleges, both full time and part time.
In 2009 she began working with The University of Chichester to develop a new full time programme which is one of the most successful programmes in the UK. There she was Senior Lecturer of Dance and Musical theatre until she left to emigrate in 2011.
As an avid believer in ‘continued teacher training’ she therefore constantly strives to further her own qualifications (Courses undertaken at ‘The London Centre of Theatre Studies’ and Imperial Society of Dance).
As a ‘Performer’ she has appeared in many musicals in professional theatre. Her Theatre credits include, HOLLYWOOD AND BROADWAY – UK Tour, (as Dance Captain), HOT STUFF (Rock musical – featuring as solo female dancer), SINGIN IN THE RAIN, 1999, OLIVER, 2000 ALADDIN, (Leicester Haymarket Theatre) DIVORCE ME DARLING, 98Chichester Festival Theatre, CINDERELLA, Mayflower Southampton 96 (Understudy as Cinderella opposite Brian Conley), also CINDERELLA, Churchill Theatre, Bromley with Ronnie Corbett), the UK tour of CALAMITY JANE and in her theatre debut as a JET girl in WEST SIDE STORY 93. Television appearances include, CORONATION STREET, EMMERDALE, MEDICS, RECKLESS, THE RUSS ABBOT SHOW, INSUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES for ITV, and BROOKSIDE for Channel 4
Her passions also involve writing, directing and choreographing musicals for theatre and her experience spans on and off stage as she continues to perform as a musician Singer and drummer.
She was the owner and director of the vocational theatre School 'The Australian Musical theatre School ' (AMT) in Boronia for eight years but decided to focus on her school resources after getting her last students through their teaching exams.
Katie has just successfully gained a position teaching performing arts at Toorak College in Mount Eliza and she plans to split her time between working for the government funded programmes such as ‘The Song room and The Drama Tool box where she can focus on developing syllabus for academic schools and dance colleges.
She is delighted to be teaching at ‘Emerald School of Dance’ with her close friend and colleague Katherine Holmes.
* Hip Hop
Shane has taught and performed both throughout Australia and internationally. Some o f the companies and events he has worked for include 'Silvers Circus', 'Indigenous Hip Hop projects', 'Off the Street Hip Hop', 'Fun Fit', 'Monster Energy', Cultural Infusion', 'Shadow Wars', 'Australian Breakdance Championships, 'Masters Jam', 'Space Jam' and 'Freestyle Session Australia'.
The boys and gals from Emerald City love jamming on with Shane! They are thrilled to have this extremely cool, passionate and good-hearted person leading them
Tarquinn has been through the blood, sweat and tears of the dance world, having over 15 years of dancing experience. Tarquinn has attended multiple classes with NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts), trained with local theatre groups such as GemCo and 1812 Theatre as well as studying VCE Dance and receiving top results in her class. Her favourite type of dance is Contemporary/Lyrical as it uses movement to create a story and a piece of art for the stage. She currently studies at RMIT, doing an Advanced Diploma of Professional Screenwriting and hopes to continue down the Arts Industry for a future career. Tarquinn has been with ECSD for a little over a year and has helped Miss Katherine with choreography and wrangling the littlies! She cannot wait to continue her journey with Katherine and the ECSD students :)
* Mums 'n' Bubs classes
As a dancer and a teacher, Bethany believes in expression through movement. That there are no wrong moves and that ALL our bodies are capable of moving beautifully as an extension of our feelings, experiences and connections with ourselves, each other and nature. Bethany has danced since a very young age and has trained in many genres from belly dancing to tap, but her real passion is Contemporary Dance. Bethany has performed in multiple musicals and independent and Melbourne based Dance festivals including the Fringe festival. She studied Dance at Deakin University and has a Batchelor of Contemporary Arts. She is also a qualified Teacher ranging from Pre-school to Year 12 and is overjoyed to combine her passions of Teaching and Dance at The Emerald City School of Dance. Bethany has a particular interest in Choreography, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation and Dance movement therapy for Special Needs and Trauma recovery.
* Assistant in Glee Club and Ballet Junior classes
Bronwyn has been involved in local theatre productions such as 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Half a Sixpence' and 'Oliver', as well as many other original plays done with Gemco Theatre, between 1989 and 1992. From ages 8-13, Bronwyn was instructed in Marching, which involves co-ordinated, patterned movement displays. In her time Marching, she competed in regional, state and national titles, winning 187 medals. She also trained Marching teams aged 4-12 years,
Having also been trained in classical piano, Bronwyn subsequently went on to teach beginner piano. In more recent years Bronwyn started doing ECSD's Adult Jazz and Glee Club classes and has performed onstage and assisted backstage in concerts. Bronwyn's gentle and understanding nature, quick learning capabilities and keen eye for detail is a very welcome help to Emerald City School of Dance.