Rhonda Binnie CSTD - Director
Rhonda has been teaching and coaching dance for over 35years and is well respected in the world of dance in Queensland, Australia and Overseas. She has full CSTD Diplomas in Theatrical Dance, Tap Dance, Ballet and Jazz (Jazz Award). Rhonda is also an International adjudicator for dance and is currently the Chairman of BPAC (Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge) and GBPAC (Granite Belt Performing Arts Challenge)
At The Ritz, Rhonda currently teaches
All Tap Grades
Teachers Certificates & Diplomas
All Jazz Grades
All Ballet Grades
Performance Team Choreography
"Rhonda (Binnie) has been my teacher, mentor, employer and now friend. Over the years, Rhonda has played an important role in my life and I owe her a lot. I was very proud when my daughter became the second generation to attend the Ritz. I look forward to many more years of friendship."
Gretta (Physiotherapist), mother of 9 yr old
Miss Diane Gray
Miss Gray is a former professional ballet dancer who trained at Rosella Hightower's in France, before her 23 year long Professional career with Iranian National Ballet; Scottish Ballet; Irish National Ballet Co.; Royal Ballet of New Zealand & Logan City Ballet. Miss Gray has been teaching and coaching ballet at The Ritz since 1990, and is one of the most highly respected dance coaches in Australia. During her teaching Career, Miss Gray has been instrumental in training MANY male dancers to professional careers in Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance
At The Ritz, Miss Gray currently teaches Intermediate & Major Ballet grades as well as Ballet Repertoire and Ballet Extension classes and choreographs Classical routines for Team Ritz
Mr Nathaniel Hancock - Professional Tap Dancer with Dein Perry's Tap Dogs since 2010. CSTD - Gold Star
Nathaniel started dancing at The Ritz at the age of 6yrs and went on to complete the CSTD grade exams at Gold Star in Tap. He also trained in Jazz & Ballet and was a valued triple-threat member of the Ritz Performance team for many years which gave him the chance to work with some of the best choreographers in Australia. Nathaniel was featured in the GFO production of "The Wizard of Oz" when he was only 11 years old and this gave him a taste for performing professionally. He was selected as a Tap Dog in 2010 and has since been travelling the world with the show. He will be getting married in 2019 and we are thrilled to welcome him back to his Ritz home.
At The Ritz, Nathaniel currently teaches Tap to the highest levels available.
Miss Georgia Bolton - BMusTh - Qld Con. Music
Georgia moved to Brisbane from Adelaide so that she could study at the Qld Conservatorium of Music in their Musical Theatre degree course. She graduated from this course at the end of 2017. While in Adelaide, Georgia taught Voice and music at Forte Music School and in State Education schools as well. She has also reached Level 6 in her AMEB studies and came to us highly recommended by Forte Music school in Adelaide.
At The Ritz, Georgia currently teaches Singing, Piano, Musical Theatre and Music at our Centenary studio.
Mr Kei Ishii CSTD - T Dip. Modern Jazz; TC Ballet Kei started dancing at The Ritz at the age of 7yrs. In his teens, he was selected for the Qld Ballet's JEP (Junior Extension Program) which he participated in for 2 years, and the Qld Dance School of Excellence which he attended for Years 10 & 11 in his schooling. He then went on to do full-time training and graduate from The Space Performing Arts in Melbourne, in 2010. Kei then went on to take a place at the world-renowned Ev & Bow Full-time Contempory Dance course in Sydney where he trained with Sarah Boulter in 2011 & 2012. While there, he was offered a secondment with the Internationally famed ADT (Australian Dance Theatre) in Adelaide and had the opportunity to train and work with the company there twice. Kei was also a member of Legs on the Wall Contemporary Dance Troupe and performed in their producation of ""Puncture" at the Sydney Festival in 2014.
At The Ritz, Kei currently teaches all Contemporary grades, Senior Jazz and is a valued choreographer for our Performance Projects.
Miss Sarah Green - CSTD TC Jazz; CSTD TC Tap
Sarah was a student at The Ritz for many years studying Jazz, Tap & Ballet. We are so happy to have her on our Faculty now as a qualified Junior Jazz & Junior Tap syllabus Teacher. She has recently graduated with Distinction, from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
Sarah will be teaching our Contemporary Syllabus classes and is also a relief for all other genres of dance in all age groups and an experience Ready Set Dance Teacher as well.
Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Ready Set Dance!
Mr Dominick Wong - Intermediate Gymnastics Coach
Registered with Gymnastics Australia
With a strong background in gymnastics, circus and martial arts, Dominick has consolidated his knowledge and experience to become a very accomplished coach. He specialises in delivering acrobatics and conditioning programs to both children and adults. Dominick has trained to a high level in competitive Gymnastics at a younger age and is now focusing his training in circus arts. He has trained and competed both interstate and overseas.
Dominick approaches his coaching very systematically, ensuring strict technique and enforces proper skill progressions. He is capable of catering his programs to all ages and skill levels. Most importantly, Dominick strongly values a fun and creative culture when approaching fitness to himself and to his respected clients.
Dominick runs the Acrobatics program at our Brisbane school
Miss Makenzie Wright - CSTD TC Tap; TAPfit
Makenzie has been a student at The Ritz for the past 12 years and has studied Jazz, Tap & Ballet. We are so happy to have her join our Faculty now as a qualified Junior Tap syllabus Teacher.
Makenzie will be running our Toddlerdance Program in our Brisbane school and will be relieving and assisting in other dance genres throughout the year.
Toddlerdance, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, TAPfit
Miss Carleon Russell B. Music Studies; ATCL Musical Theatre
Miss Carleon has attained many formal Qualifications so far including:
BMus -Music Studies; ATCL Singing; ATCL Musical Theatre; Advanced Performers Certificate Drama TCL; Grade 7 Music Theory TCL; Grade 6 Piano AMEB
Carleon is also a Mum and loves working on her song-writing and Opera training.
At The Ritz, Carleon currently teaches all TCL Musical Theatre, Singing & Drama grades.
Ms Megan Lynch CBTS:RAD
Megan grew up and trained in dance in Stanthorpe before moving to Brisbane and the United Kingdom where she continued her training. In her travels, she has had the opportunity to study a variety of ballet syllabi (Royal Academy of Dance, Ceccheti & Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) and has been coached by teachers including Martin Rubinstein, Barbara Everson, and Wendy Lowe. She attained her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance London (CBTS:RAD), and she is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy Dance (RAD:RTS). Megan continues her professional development each year by attending recognised teaching courses to stay up to date with dance practices and safe teaching methods. At The Ritz, Megan currently teaches Pre-Intermediate to Senior Ballet classes in the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD) syllabus.
Student Teachers 2020:-
Miss Caitlyn Lee
Miss Isabelle Lightbody
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Drama
Miss Caitlin Rowland
Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap
Miss Savannah Foran-McDaniel
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary
Miss Faithe Repo
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary
Miss Taylah Organ
Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary