Meet the Team
You’re in Great Hands
Meet our talented team of teachers at Serenade Ballet Academy. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success. Read through our teacher biographies below, and if you’d like to set up an introductory meeting don’t hesitate to reach out.
Emily McDougall ARAD RTS
Head of Classical Ballet
Trained at the McDonald College, Emily's achievements extend from acceptance into the Australian Ballet School's Interstate Program, to being the recipient of the Robert & Elizabeth Albert Scholarship in 2009 and the Senior Ann McDonald Scholarship in 2010. Emily also completed all RAD Vocational Ballet Examinations including Advanced 2 with Distinction.
Emily was a member of Premier State Ballet from 2009 - 2011 and at the age of 15 Emily toured parts of Britain & Europe, where she was accepted into the Royal Ballet School. Emily was unable to fulfil this opportunity due to a recurring injury, but in light of disappointment, this experience has strongly influenced her approach and outlook on teaching today.
Emily completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) through the Royal Academy of Dance, gaining full accreditation as an RAD Graded & Vocational Examinations teacher. In 2018, Emily continued to further her professional development with completion of Level 1 Teacher Training and Level 2 Pointe Teacher Training at Perfect Form Physiotherapy,
With just over 7 years of teaching experience, Emily strives to nurture every individuals passion for dance from a young age.
Head of Contemporary & Jazz
Trained under the guidance of Kerrie Smith at Classique, Kirsten is a a gifted and enthusiastic teacher of classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop, she successfully completed all RAD exams preceding Advanced 1.
Electing to pursue a career in contemporary dance, Kirsten spent a year at Ev & Bow – developing an invaluable understanding of complex and diverse techniques (Cunningham, Graham and Horton). Her mentor, Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan, was instrumental in inspiring her love of improvisation, a skill Kirsten calls upon frequently in classes.
In addition to improving her contemporary, Kirsten actively sought to strengthen her hip hop, studying the methods and history of varied foundations (breaking, popping and locking) with the assistance of PHLY Crew founder Neale Whittaker. Kirsten’s intricate choreography places focus on feeling and musicality, celebrating the distinctive individuality of each dancer.