Our Teachers

Kerry Grosser

Kerry is the director and principle teacher of the Scottish Highland Dance Academy. She is a past champion dancer, and a qualified judge on the world wide panel of the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (SOBHD).

 

Kerry holds a members qualification in both Highland and National with the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD) and also Proficiency qualification with the Australian examining body the Victorian State Dance Association (VSDA).

 

Kerry is a past President and Technical Secretary of the WA Metropolitan Regional Committee of Highland Dancing Inc. Kerry is the current Technical Secretary for the Eastern Goldfields Highland Dancing Inc which is a regional subsidiary of the Australian Board of Highland Dancing.

 

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Belinda Lush

Belinda has won championships around Australia and a record 12 Western Australia championships. Together with placing top 6 in all 3 age groups of Champion of Champions of Australia.

In the 2009 season Belinda made the top 100 of “So You Think You Can Dance Australia”. Unfortunately a broken foot put an end to that dream. Belinda holds VSDA Proficiency and has a degree in Drama, Japanese and Dance from Edith Cowan Mt Lawley.

Belinda has danced in the Edinburgh, Sydney, Oman and Nova Scotia Tattoos and was dance captain and choreographer for our team who danced in Kota Kina Balu. Belinda is our star choreographer with her Adult group winning the International Championships Choreography every year since inception.

 

Rochelle Stonard

Rochelle is a judge on the Scottish Official Board’s World Wide panel and also holds VSDA proficiency and is a past secretary of the WAMRCHDI. She is a qualified nurse and was part of the Sydney and Oman Tattoo teams.


Rochelle has been the assistant to Cheryl Roach (the OzScot Australia team director and choreographer) for many tattoos around the world including the world famous Edinburgh tattoo. Rochelle assists with teaching at South Perth and Perth and she is available to teach private lessons south of the river.

 

Fiona Miller

Fiona is a past multiple WA and Eastern Goldfields Centenary champion and is a judge on the Scottish Official Board’s World Wide judging panel and holds a VSDA proficiency teaching qualification.

Fiona has a degree from Edith Cowan University in early child studies and has danced the Sydney, Oman and Nova Scotia Tattoos. Fiona assists with teaching at South Perth and Perth and is available for private lessons. Fiona choreographed and taught our winning Snow White Junior group at International Championships in 2015.

 

Rowena Miller

Rowena is champion dancer with many top three championship places. She holds VSDA proficiency and a qualification as a childcare worker. Rowena has danced with the Sydney, Oman, Nova Scotia and Basel tattoos. She was also part of our Kota Kina Balu team. Rowena assists with teaching at South Perth and Perth, and is available for private lessons.

 

Rachel Bonus

Rachel  is a judge on the Scottish Official Board’s World Wide judging panel. She holds teaching memberships with BATD and the VSDA.


Rachel is still competing and is a multi-championship winner. Her championship wins include Grand Australasians and International Championships, top 6 Champion of Champions of Australia and she is currently the 2016 Adult Australian Commonwealth, Thistle Queensland Champion and the 2015 International Champion.


Rachel completed a double degree in Physiotherapy and Sports Science at Notre Dame University in 2015 and is currently working as a physiotherapist while still competing at the elite premier level and assisting with teaching at the SHDA.

 

Jacqueline Johnston

Jacqui is a qualified teacher and fellow with the world recognised BATD. Her background in classical ballet has helped her develop specific exercises and programs to strengthen a highland dancer but also to enable them to develop with a sense of grace and style. Jacqui is always one of the lecturers at our annual workshops.

 

Anne-Maree Feierabend

Anne-Maree is a multi-championship winner. She has placed in the top 6 Champion of Champions in every age group and has qualified for world finals. She has a teaching qualification with the VSDA and has recently completed her university and post graduate course. Anne-Maree has retired from competitive dancing but assists with teaching Saturday classes.

 

Elizabeth Feierabend

Elizabeth is a past Western Australian Adult Champion. Elizabeth and Anne-Maree are twins and Elizabeth and also holds a  VSDA teaching qualification. Elizabeth has recently graduated from university and has retired from competitive dancing but also assists with teaching Saturday classes.

 

Rebecca Adamson

Rebecca started her highland dancing in Kalgoorlie with Sharon Greatorex. On coming to Perth 6 years ago to start a Physiotherapy degree at Notre Dame university she came to the SHDA where she has completed her initial teaching certificate with the VSDA. Rebecca was the 2015 National Premiership winner at International championships in Sydney.


Rebecca   has now been a qualified Physiotherapist in a private practice in Perth for a few years and successfully passed the Scottish Official Board judges exam and joined the worldwide panel of judges in October 2013. Rebecca has just recently retired from competitive highland dancing to concentrate on judging and teaching.

 

Jennifer Coffey

Jenny holds a teachers certificate with VSDA and after many years of living overseas she has returned to WA and the SHDA. Jenny studied all forms of dance and was a champion highland dancer and we are very pleased to have her back helping out with our dancers. Jenny passed the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing’s judges exam in Scotland in 2014.

 

Victoria Goode

Victoria holds a VSDA proficiency teaching qualification. She is a multi-championship winner in most states of Australia. She has placed top 6 in Champion of Champions of Australia. She has danced tattoos in Virginia, Nova Scotia and recently danced in the Edinburgh Tattoo 2016 in Melbourne. Victoria is currently studying Town Planning at university  and has recently open a small class of the SHDA in Helena Valley.

 

Angie Mitchell

Angie holds a VSDA proficiency teaching qualification and has won many championship around Australia. She has now semi-retired from competition mainly competing in choreography.


Angie also choreographed our Junior group win at International Championships in 2013 and helps with teaching at South Perth and Perth. She is currently studying Criminology at university.

 

Sophie Massy and  Olivia Kerr

Sophie and Olivia are both multi championship winners around Australia. In 2015 they successfully passed their level two teachers both with honours. They are both working towards a full teachers certificate when old enough and assist with the teaching of our younger students while still competing at the elite level.

 

Our Social Director - Dean Illingworth

As many people from the dancing world travelling to Perth have found out, Dean has an appreciation of fine food and wine. He ensures all who stay with us also develop the same appreciation and enjoy the Scottish Highland Dance Academy Western Australia’s hospitality.

 

He is the self-appointed social director and ensures and that our dancing school maintains his high social standards.