New South Wales Team

Gwen Korebrits
CEO & Founder

Gwen started dancing at the age of 3. She attended the prestigious dance and stage school Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, in the UK, where she was a member of the Bush Davies Dance Company, appearing productions including Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz!

Gwen obtained her teaching qualification with the ISTD, after being granted special permission to take them at 17, and became an Associate Member in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, and Tap.

Gwen then attended the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, where she ended up making the transition from student to teacher when they invited her to become a member of the teaching staff. She opened her own dance school in the UK in the late 80’s.

Moving to Australia, Gwen taught for Sydney Festival Ballet and also ran her own dance school called JellyBeans. She was the NSW coordinator for the Imperial Society of Teacher of Dance.

Gwen has always had a passion for empowering people to reach their full potential, especially when channeling that potential through dance. She has seen first hand the rejuvenating power dance when her father suffered a stroke at the age of 45. She was 13 years old and had no preconceived ideas of rehabilitation but just knew she wanted the father to return to full health. She encouraged him to sing dance and recite poetry, and slowly step by step, verse by verse his brain began to repair its self, and within 12 months he was back to normal except for a small limp. That was the start of Gwen’s journey to discover the marriage between dance and health.

After a full dancing and theatrical career, Gwen studied in Holland with leading dance methodologiest, Andrew Greenwood, and together they launched the Dance Health Alliance in Australia in 2015.

The Dancewise DanceWell DanceMoves and StretchWise programme are now run throughout care facilities hospitals and community centres across Australia.

New South Wales Team

Karen Burns
Movement Practitioner & Trainee Coordinator

Certified Movement Practitioner/Trainer

Karen is a multi-disciplinary performing artist with core practices in physical and sensorial theatre. She graduated from the acting program at Adelaide College of the Arts in 2017 and has since worked professionally interstate and abroad, creating new work for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Carte Blanche, Teatro De Los Sentidos, Tantrum Youth Arts and Punctum Inc.

Since moving to Sydney her focus has moved to the discipline of Art Therapy, which she currently studies. She considers herself a late-bloomer when it comes to dance – her first dedicated styles were swing dance and blues in her early twenties. Eventually she went on to learn ballroom and Latin styles, which she now teaches. Weaving through all her creative practices is a fascination with transformation and liminal space – a place where anything can happen.

Karen loves to share this sense of wonder and possibility within her classes though playfulness, humour and imagination.

For Dance Health Alliance, Karen coordinates the team of movement practitioners and provides training and support to emerging practitioners.

New South Wales Team

Sally Dangar

Certified Movement Practitioner/Trainer

Sally has extensive training in various genres of dance, voice and acting. She is a professionally trained dancer, having graduated from ED5INTERNATIONAL with a Diploma of Performing Arts.

Sally has worked in stage and film, most recently appearing in the Australian Film “Ladies in Black” as a featured dancer.

Sally has 10 years teaching experience, having taught students aged 18 months to adults in the styles of Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary & Musical Theatre. Sally has also taught co-curricular dance and Wakakirri programs in NSW Schools. With a sincere passion for dance teaching, Sally’s classes are engaging, positive, inclusive and fun. Sally is thrilled to be part of the DHA team!

New South Wales Team

Robyn Forsythe
Certified Movement Practitioner/Trainer

Robyn was born and raised in Sydney has been a regular face on Television and Stage for the past 40 years.   At the age of ten she began her training in RAD ballet, Jazz ballet and Tap dance, which by the age of 18 lead her straight to the stage with Jacky Weaver and John Waters in They’re Playing Our Song.  Expanding her study to include singing and acting she was awarded a scholarship by Sir Robert Helpman at the Ross Coleman School of Performing Arts. Principle roles in productions such as CATS, 42ND Street, Dames at Sea and many others soon followed. Robyn also became a well-known face on televisions with regular appearances in local drama such as All Saints, GP  to name a few and many TV commercials.

More recently Robyn has been performing and choreographing for the TV show “Back to the Rafters”.

Having now raised her family Robyn is now a dance examiner but has found a great passion for teaching older adults’ in various style of dance and is thrilled to be joining the DHA team.

New South Wales Team

Caroline Lockyer
Certified Movement Practitioner

Caroline has danced since she was 5 years old, and spent many years training in ballet, tap, contemporary and jazz.

She completed all levels of the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet training at Ecole Ballet Studios in Sydney, before gaining a Certificate IV in Performing Arts. She has a great love for musical theatre and has enjoyed performing in various community theatre productions.

Growing up with a grandmother who was a concert pianist, Caroline has always had a real appreciation for music, and truly believes in the power of music in a therapeutic setting. She has been looking for a way to combine her love of music and movement with her passion for helping people, and believes that Dance Health Alliance is the perfect way to do so. She loves that this program gives everyone the chance to dance, and finds it highly rewarding seeing participants enjoy the physical and social benefits of the group class.

New South Wales Team

Rachel Ward
Certified Movement Practitioner

Rachel took her first dance lessons at the age of 7 and has been dancing ever since. Extensive training in a variety of dance genres led her to a career as a professional dancer, with performance highlights including “Cats”, “Opera Australia”, “The Lion King”, and the feature film “Mao’s Last Dancer”.

Rachel has completed tertiary qualifications in dance education (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies; Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management) and a number of health-related degrees (Bachelor of Medical Science; Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method; Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics). She is currently Senior Lecturer in the UNSW Faculty of Medicine & Health, and Program Director for the UNSW Bachelor of Exercise Physiology. Rachel teaches tertiary courses in biomechanics and motor learning and has a strong research interest in these areas. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has presented the findings of her research at numerous IADMS conferences. Rachel has been teaching dance for over 12 years and is a Registered Teacher and Practical Teaching Supervisor of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and a Licensed Teacher of the RAD’s Silver Swans ballet program.

Rachel is a dedicated dance teacher who enjoys sharing the joy of dance with people of all ages and abilities. She is extremely passionate about increasing awareness and access to the health benefits of dance.

New South Wales Team

Amy Eleanor Fisher
Certified Movement Practitioner

Amy is the director of Miss Fisher’s Ballet Academy. Amy has just recently completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Amy is a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), a certified teacher with Dance Health Alliance (DHA). Amy started her dance journey at Danzartz, studying ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, acrobatics, singing and drama. Amy then moved to Ecole Ballet Studios in Lindfield to focus on her ballet training and was a Graduate of the Vocational Full Time Ballet Course. During this time, she completed all her RAD exams and Cecchetti exams with high distinctions and was awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award. Amy was a finalist in the Adeline Genee Awards; was awarded the 2nd Scholarship Australian National Lucie Saranova Cecchetti Award; was the Senior Gold Medal Winner at the Enrico Cecchetti Scholarship Foundation of NSW.

Awarded a Full Scholarship at the Heinz-Bosl Stiftung Ballet Academy, Munich, Amy continued her ballet training and performed at the renowned Bayerische Staatsoper. Amy moved to Nashville Tennessee, to work with the Nashville Ballet, where she performed at the TPAC in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, as well as outreach performances of Aesop’s Fables throughout the state of Tennessee. Amy was also awarded a scholarship to the Hungarian National Ballet performing in Don Quixote,Spartacus and Etudes at the Hungarian Opera House.

On Amy’s return to Sydney she attended the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Performance. Amy toured Australia with Brainstorm Productions. She has also performed in several theatre productions including The Velveteen Rabbit Musical Show at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Amy has also done TV Presenting, TV Commercials, Music Theatre, Music Videos and Voice-over.

Amy has a wealth of international experience in ballet and theatre and has been teaching for more than 10 years. Amy loves teaching and sharing her passion and experiences with her students.

Queensland Team

Leigh Reitz
Queensland Coordinator

Certified Movement Practitioner/Trainer

Leigh Leiman was born in Mutare Zimbabwe.

Leigh always had a love of dance.

Passing her Royal Academy of Dancing Advanced exam and Student Teachers Certificate with Distinction, then went on to do a Diploma of Dance at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Leigh taught and owned her own ballet school in Zimbabwe then after immigrating to Australia,  taught in Adelaide South Australia and Queensland. Leigh went on to completed a Certificate 3 in Group fitness. Travelling between Australia and Africa she taught and owned her own gym in Zimbabwe also teaching group fitness in Adelaide South Australia and Queensland for many years.

Leigh joined the Dance Health Alliance in 2016 and completed her Endorsed and Certified training with the organisation.

Leigh has been looking for her calling and in becoming a teacher of the DHA programme she truly believes she has found it!

Queensland Team

Lindy Bennetts
Certified Movement Practitioner (Rockhampton QLD)

Lindy is a nurse with many years experience in the age care industry, community care and general medical, surgical and rural hospitals.

Lindy has also excelled as an aerobic and fitness instructor and taught general and aquaerobics Lindy comes to us with a passion to increase mobilization socialization and the enjoyment of the life of everyone, especially our ageing population, and all people living with any type of physical, mental or emotional challenges.

She knows the importance of improving their health and well-being through music, dance and fun!

Queensland Team

Tammy Lai
Certified Movement Practitioner

Tammy is a breast cancer survivor before her engagement in dancing more than 10 years ago.  Her passion and commitment to share her journey of recovery are her drives to become a dance health facilitator. She acknowledges the significant effects of music and movement in helping people of all ages to enhance one’s physical and emotional health. She strongly believes this holistic approach is one of the ways to promote well-being.

Prior to her retirement, Tammy taught “Curriculum and Instructional Design” at several universities and professional training units, both in Australia and overseas. Her past health experience, her professional knowledge in teaching, she herself as a senior and her teaching line dancing class for seniors are all valuable elements in her design, development and facilitation of  dance wise and dance well classes.

She wishes that all dancers enjoy each minute of music and movement in every dance session.