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Katrina Barker:    Principal and Teacher
          
Katrina trained in RAD Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz Ballet at the Scully Borovansky School of Dance in Sydney. After leaving school, Katrina became a full time ballet student for 2 years before embarking on a 10 year career as a proffessional dancer. Katrina accumulated experience in a wide variety of dance styles throughout her career, performing in theatre, clubs, television and on P&O Cruise ships where she travelled the world.
While raising her family Katrina enjoyed choreographing musicals for local societies, and creating dance items for the schools her children attended. This lead to forming the very popular Boys Dance Group at Glenbrook Public School, which continues to thrive since its formation in 2001. Katrina was also a KINDA DANCE Teacher in the Penrith area for 7 years, where she gained a wealth of experience in teaching preschool dance.
Katrina started Barker Dance School due to popular demand from Glenbrook parents, and is proud to have trained a wealth of young dancers to become fine performers and talented and dedicated teachers.

Rachel Barker:  Teacher  R.A.D.  R.T.S.
Rachel trained from the age of 5 years at Robyn Kirkland School of Dance and La Danse studios in Penrith where she studied RAD ballet, Contemporary Dance and Jazz. Rachel gained experience in all styles of dance at Blaxland High School where she did dance as a subject from year 7 to year 12. Rachel represented the school in junior and senior dance company, all the school musicals and was also selected to represent the school in various selective dance camps.
After completing her HSC Rachel attended full time dance training in the city and studied under well known choreographers and teachers where she furthered her training in jazz, contemporary and modern dance and hip hop. 
Rachel has completed her certificate of ballet teaching studies with Royal Academy of Dance (2013) , gaining full qualifications as an RAD classical ballet teacher. Thankyou to Miss Kelly, her wonderful and talented mentor for guiding Rachel through this intensive course and sharing her immense knowledge and talent with us.  Rachel is also committed to personal fitness and is currently undertaking her certificate 3 and 4 in fitness, where she will add personal fitness training to her list of accomplishments.

JAIME LAKKE BENSON: TEACHER
JAIME LAKKE BENSON: TEACHER

Jaime Lakke-Benson trained with Barker Dance School from a young age in all class styles and was a founding member of the BDS xTend Peformance Team. Jaime trained comprehensively as an assistant teacher with BDS before taking on a head teaching role 5 years ago over a range of classes including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theatre and lyrical/contemporary. 

As well as teaching with BDS, Jaime successfully completed two years of full time training at one of Australia’s best performing arts school, ED5 International. While learning from some of Australia’s best choreographers and under the guidance of the acclaimed choreographer William A Forsythe, Jaime graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts. Having been professionally trained in all styles of dance, musical theatre, singing and acting Jaime is also a very passionate dancer and performer. 

Jaime has performed at the Arnott’s Gala Ball, Women’s State of Origin Half Time Performance, Teacher’s Federation Annual Convention and the 2019 Tamworth’s Country Music Festival. She has also continually worked as a backing dancer for country singer Jayne Denham for a number of music videos and live performances. 

Jaime is a much loved teacher at Barker Dance School and is excited to be working with our students of all ages over a range of classes in 2020.

EMMA TIMBS: TEACHER
EMMA TIMBS: TEACHER
Emma is a passionate professional dancer and performer. Emma trained with Barker Dance School in all styles and was an assistant teacher for a number of years, and was a founding member of the first BDS xTend Performance team.  Emma recently completed 2 years full time training, graduating with a Diploma of performing arts at ED5 International under the tutelage of acclaimed choreographer William A Forsythe. Having worked with some of Australia’s most successful teachers she has professional training in all styles of dance, musical theatre, acting and singing.

Emma has performed at Sydney’s Carols in the Domain, NSW premiers Gala Concerts, Cara House Charity Gala, Arnotts Charity Gala and the opening ceremony of the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney. Emma has also worked as a backing dancer with country and western singer – Jayne Denham.

Emma has been a head teacher with Barker Dance School for the past 5 years, instructing a wide range of age groups in jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre, acro and tap.

Emma is a popular and highly regarded teacher with students of all ages at BDS, and is excited to take on her own classes again in 2020 and work with our budding young dancers.

TAYLA WHITE: TEACHER/DANCER
TAYLA WHITE: TEACHER/DANCER

Tayla began dancing at Barker Dance at five years old. From a young age, Tayla loved the nurturing environment BDS offers and quickly began to incorporate new styles and classes into her dance training. Barker Dance has provided Tayla with numerous performance opportunities, such as a role in the Blue Mountains Musical Society’s Annie in 2008 and many dance workshops to extend her training. Tayla was another founding member of the first BDS xTend Performance team. Barker Dance has supported Tayla in her RAD Ballet training and allowed her to further her dance training by undertaking RAD exams each year. With valuable training, Tayla has successfully completed all grades up to Grade 8 and Intermediate Foundation. Tayla was part of several dance companies at Blaxland High School and performed at many prestigious eisteddfods, festivals as a student as well as School Spectacular. She was involved in many dance performances such as the school musical ‘Miss Saigon’. Tayla was also one of the few students in NSW who received Callback for her HSC dance. Tayla trained as an assitant teacher with BDS thoughout her highschool years, and still continues her passion to dance at BDS and also teaches Ballet classes for younger students under the guidance of our head ballet teacher Miss Rachel.

BARKER DANCE SCHOOL is very proud of Tayla who continues to motivate and inspire our younger students through her passion, her dance ability and her nurturing teaching style. 

CHLOE STEIN: DANCER/ACRO TEACHER
CHLOE STEIN: DANCER/ACRO TEACHER

Hi, I am Chloe. I trained with Barker Dance School from preschool age where I learnt the importance of technique and performance while having fun through a range of styles. Barker Dance’s wonderful ballet teachers supported and encouraged me allowing me to complete my RAD ballet exams. Along side my dance, I trained and competitively competed in gymnastics reaching level 6. While in high school I was apart of several dance groups performing at many eisteddfods and festivals, School Spectacular and the school musicals, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Miss Saigon’ as a dancer. In year 12 I received 3 Callback nominations for all my HSC performances. Last year I became an accredited Acrobatics Teacher with AcrobaticArts and began teaching gymnastics in primary schools. Barker Dance School provided a supportive, inclusive and motivating environment while I was a student as well as countless opportunities and I love that I am now able to share my passion, knowledge and skills with the students each year, just like they did for me!

BARKER DANCE is proud to have Chloe dancing and teaching for us this year, and both Chloe and Emma are excited to be moving forward with our ACRO DANCE classes this year and seeing the students progress.

BARKER DANCE SCHOOL
Glenbrook, Nsw
Lower Blue Mountains
Phone:  02 47391902
Mobile:  0421 118 018
Email: fhollow@bigpond.net.au
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