Queensland College of Dance
Our faculty is made up of ex-professional dancers and performers, current professionals who are leading the way in the dance and performing arts industries, and highly qualified and educated teachers with expertise in helping students take the right steps towards achieving a professional career.
Our Classical Ballet and Contemporary courses are closely guided by former Australian Ballet principals Daniel Gaudiello, Lana Jones, Claire Phipps-Males and Karen Donovan. Daniel, Lana, Claire and Karen are passionate and creative teachers with a unique insight into what it takes to make it as a professional dancer in the ballet industry.
Our head of Contemporary and Commercial dance, Deanna Castellana, is a tertiary qualified contemporary teacher, ex-professional dancer with Royal Caribbean cruises, and is also the founder and director of her own QCD affiliated youth contemporary company, Merge Dance Theatre. Deanna Castellana’s knowledge, skillset, and professional background also provides her with a unique understanding of what it takes to be a professional dancer in the commercial and contemporary dance industry.
Tim Hill and Jacqui Devereux headline our Performing arts and Musical Theatre courses. Tim is a NIDA qualified film, television, and theatre director who is in high demand having already directed QPAC’s Rent, HOTA’s Wicked, and being nominated for Best Director in the 2018 Matilda Awards for Underground Broadway’s production of Spring Awakening.
Jacqui is experienced in opera, musical theatre, recital, revue, and cabaret work. Jacqui has appeared in numerous operatic, cabaret, corporate and contemporary performances due to the flexibility of her vocal style and performance abilities. A number of Jacqui’s past students now work in the performance industry, having been cast in professional musicals, major theme parks, and cruise lines.