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Sophie Carter: Teacher
Sophie Carter: Teacher

Sophie Carter is a passionate and dedicated professional dancer and dance teacher who began training at Barker Dance School in 2010 to 2014. She has recently completed a year of Full Time Dance study at Brent Street, majoring in Classical/Contemporary.  She has had extensive training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, acrobatics and lyrical. Sophie has a wide knowledge of  the RAD Ballet Syllabus and has received Distinctions in her Grade 5, 6, 7, 8 and Intermediate Exams. In 2015 she travelled to Las Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, training with world leading choreographers in the commercial dance and musical theatre industries, as well as taking classes at the world famous Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Martha Graham Dance School. Sophie currently works as a professional showgirl for 'The Magicians Cabaret' in Sydney and is also a current member of 'DUTI Dance Company'. She has previously worked alongside Australian Singer Artist Jayne Denham, performed as a professional showgirl at the Kmart Australia Conference 2015, performed with 'David Atkins Enterprises' at the State of Origin Televised Grand Opening, has been featured in a number of short dance films and was a member of the 2015 'Sharp Short Dance Company'. Sophie is currently represented by 'Focus Talent Management' and is expanding her creative endeavours, exploring acting and modelling while still remaining passionate and focused in her dance career.

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OUR TEACHERS

 
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.

EMMA TIMBS: TEACHER

Emma is a passionate professional dancer and performer.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.

A former student of Barker Dance School, Emma has been teaching with BDS for the past 5 years, instructing a wide range of age groups in jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap.

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