New South Wales Team

Gwen Korebrits
Co-Founder &  Senior Certified Dance Teacher (AISTD)

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 pioneered the extracurricular dance program at Northern Beaches Christian School, on Sydney’s North Shore. Gwen also was invited by Djazzex Dance School, to teach their senior and semi-professional girls, classical ballet.

Gwen developed a dance/movement program for the elderly which she has been running for the last ten years on Sydney’s upper North Shore. This program has been specifically designed to help with coordination, balance, and movement.

Gwen was approached by Andrew Greenwood and together they developed the Dance Health Alliance, tailoring the training program for the Australian market.

Gwen now trains teachers in the DHA Programme all over Australia and Europe.

New South Wales Team

Sarah Palmer
Senior Certified Dance Teacher (NSW)

Sarah has been dancing for as long as she can remember. She began with Jazz and Tap before exploring other styles of movement including Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Pilates. She has completed all levels of the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet training and Ballet Australasia Ltd Tap examinations.

Her teaching career started at the age of 17, assisting Principal teachers, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology in 2014, Sarah’s knowledge of the human body and the importance of physical activity for health and well-being has complemented her dance teaching.

Sarah is now in her final year of university studying to be a doctor.

New South Wales Team

Caroline Lockyer
Certified Dance Teacher (NSW)

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

Sally Dangar
Certified Dance Teacher (NSW)

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

Laura Wilcox
Certified Dance Teacher (NSW/VIC)

Laura has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Laura spent most of her childhood and teenage years training primarily in the styles of ballet, contemporary and jazz and has a particular interest in choreography. She has completed her Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Exams through to Advanced 1. Laura has been teaching dance from the age of 18 and hasn’t stopped since. She has taught various styles of dance and has taught in schools in WA, VIC and across NSW. Laura’s career as a dance teacher has seen her develop inclusive dance classes for children with additional needs in Broome WA.

Laura graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2015 with a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy and has a special interest in working with children and adolescents with additional needs.

Laura’s passion is to deliver dance and movement opportunities that are accessible for all to access. Laura is not only passionate about inclusive dance practice but finding ways to use dance and movement as a mode of therapy for individuals of all abilities. Laura truly believes that dance and movement and music can allow people to not only learn and grow but also feel comfortable to thrive in a natural and un-inhibiting way.

New South Wales Team

Jodee Whillas
Certified Dance Teacher (NSW)

Jodee Whillas is an experienced allied health therapist and life-long dancer who is friendly, welcoming and dedicated to helping people achieve their fullest potential.

Jodee started dancing from a very young age and completed her advanced examinations with distinctions in BBO classical ballet and tap. During her dance training, Jodee was accepted into the BBO Junior Scholars classical ballet programme and was a finalist candidate in the Dame Ninette Ballet Scholarship.

Jodee graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. During her time studying, she found her passion in the physiology of movement disorders and neurological rehabilitation. Jodee’s grandmother has Parkinson’s disease and has been a strong influence in her career development.

A combination of Jodee’s true passion in dance, movement, and physical rehabilitation are the foundations for her delivery of dance classes which help nurture and empower people to experience enjoyment, mindfulness, feel inspired to move and have a greater sense of wellbeing.

Jodee is delighted to join the Dance Health Alliance team and community and teach the art of dance!

Queensland Team

Leigh Leiman
Queensland Coordinator &  Certified Dance Teacher (QLD)

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

Nicoletta Panebianco
Certified Dance Teacher (QLD)

Nicoletta has been teaching dance classes professionally for the past 8 years. Her love of dance began when she was very young and her passion for sharing her love of movement with others continues to grow.

Nicoletta studied belly dance in Thailand and learned much about the art of healing through dance. She currently works for Alzheimer’s Australia teaching their Come Dance With Me program and has seen a wide range of benefits that this program has on their participants.

She studied yoga in India and now teaches both dance and yoga at a pelvic floor safe studio in Brisbane.

She has recently become a Certified Dance Health Alliance teacher and is very much looking forward to expanding her dance and movement skills with others.

Queensland Team

Kathy Newman
Certified Dance Teacher (QLD Cairns)

Kathy started dancing at the age of 6, studying Modern, Ballet, Tap, Cheerleading and Contemporary dance styles. Kathy has always loved dance, she danced for 19 years having the opportunity to compete and perform in Australia, America, and Japan with the Australian Drill and Dance Team. Kathy had professional dance opportunities with the Adelaide Promotional Dance Team and the RAMS Rugby Super League.

In 2000 Kathy graduated with the Federal Association Teachers of Dancing (FATD) and started her teaching career. This gave Kathy opportunities to teach in Hobart, Darwin, and Cairns. In 2009 Kathy started teaching at Centre Stage Dance Studios in Cairns where she currently teaches today. In 2019 Kathy joined the Dance Health Alliance Team and started Cairns Dance Therapy.

Kathy now has the opportunity to expand her passion for dance to Aged Care Facilities and the community, offering dance classes that are dementia friendly and supportive to participants with movement restrictions.
Kathy is excited to be a member of the Dance Health Alliance and launch DanceWise to Residential Aged Care Facilities in the Cairns region.

Queensland Team

Lindy Bennetts
Endorsed Facilitator / Teacher (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

Susan Minshull
Certified Dance Teacher (QLD)

Susan began her lifelong association with dance at the age of 5 beginning with Classical Ballet, working her way through the RAD Classical Ballet Syllabus. She also studied Tap, Jazz and Contemporary Dance completing an Associate Diploma in Performing Arts at Kelvin Grove CAE Brisbane in 1982. She then moved to Melbourne to join the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, further enhancing her experience in teaching and performance through involvement in school education programs and theatre shows.

Moving to Sydney in 1984, Susan discovered Flamenco and found her passion.  She began Flamenco dance classes in the mid 80’s, began working professionally in the early 90’s and for the next 6 years performed regularly at La Campana Spanish Restaurant in Sydney, along with various other venues, gaining valuable knowledge in the art.

Leaving Sydney in 1999, Susan discovered a love of teaching through which she developed a strong belief in the healing and restorative power of dance, forming her own dance school, Flamenco Maduro, teaching adults and children in NSW. After discovering the work of the Dance Health Alliance whose ideals of an inclusive and remedial dance therapy resonated strongly with her own, it resulted in her completion of the DHA training. She is now a certified Teacher of The Dance Health Alliance, operating in the Brisbane area.

Queensland Team

Tammy Lai
Certified Dance Teacher (QLD)
(BSSc, DipEd, AdDipEdTech, MA (Ed)

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.

Western Australia Team

Mirtula Hildebrand
Western Australia Coordinator & Certified Dance Teacher (WA)

Mirtula started ballet at 3 years old in Zimbabwe. She studied at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and qualified with flying colours as a Ballet & Jazz Teacher. She opened her own dancing studios in the 80’s and trained her pupils to a RAD standard. Mirtulas’ passion was the theatre and she excelled at choreography.

Mirtula loves working with adults and has a passion for seeing the older generation embrace their creative side.