Spotlight on the Teachers of Masterclasses 2016

This year we were excited to welcome Claudia Dean, Shelley Moore, Areti Boyaci and special guest Shane Placentino to Masterclasses2016 held in March. Masterclasses is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring ballet dancers to learn from some truly inspiring dance teachers and be challenged across different dance styles.

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Every year Masterclasses just gets bigger and better with this years event being no exception. For the first time we added an exclusive boys class by Shane Placentino, saw the return of the beautiful Areti and flew in artists Claudia Dean and Shelley Moore especially for the event.

Here we touch on some of the talent from this years Masterclass event.

Claudia Dean, Classical Formerly of the Royal BalletIMG_6369

The sustained hard work needed to conceal the effort has been a hallmark of Claudia Dean’s training and professional ballet career. 
Ballet News, May 26, 2015.

Claudia Dean is a former Artist of The Royal Ballet. Dean trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2011, before retiring at the end of the 2013/14 Season.

Dean, who was born in Brisbane, began dancing from the age of 4. At age 11, Dean entered the Australian Ballet School and by age 15 had moved to the Gold Coast to train with Prudence Bowen, that year winning the 2008 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship. Building on this success, Dean won the Alana Haines Australasian Awards, the gold medal and Audience Choice Award at the 2009 Genée International Ballet Competition, Singapore. In finishing the year, Dean successfully entered The Royal Ballet Upper School. Her repertory while at the School included third movement in Concerto, Gamzatti’s solo (La Bayadère), pas de quatre (Swan Lake), pas de trois (The Sleeping Beauty) and Neumeier’s Spring and Fall.

Dean made her Principal role debut with the Company in 2013 as the Chosen Maiden (The Rite of Spring), with other repertory including Myrtha (Giselle), Fairy of the Golden Vine (The Sleeping Beauty) and roles in ‘Diana and Actaeon’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012), Swan Lake, Viscera and Raymonda Act III.

Areti Boyaci, Spanish Flamenco
Flamenco Dance Areti

Areti Boyaci is the Director of Flamenco Dance Areti and is a long established and highly regarded Flamenco dancer and teacher, with over 20 years experience, working alongside high profile guest dancers such as Belen Fernandez (who toured Australia with Paco Pena), Silvia de la Rosa of the Ballet Nacional de Expana and El Mistela from the Salvador Travore Flamenco Company of Sevilla.

Areti began ballet and Flamenco training in Australia, before furthering her dance education in Spain.

In 1999 Areti started her own Flamenco Dance School, and since 2009 has been teaching the Spanish Dance Programme for The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne on the invitation of its previous director Marilyn Rowe  and current director Lisa Pavane.

Areti has also toured Australia with the National Flamenco Company as Principal Spanish and Flamenco dancer and frequently travels to Spain for professional development at the prestigious dance academy Amor de Dios in Madrid, working intensively on techinque, style and choreography.

Shelley Moore, Contemporary
DanceMoore Choreography, Sydney

Shelley Moore is trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and acrobatics and enjoys creating interesting choreography for her dancers, with the aim of inspiring and challenging each and every student.

Moore has completed two tertiary degrees – a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and a Bachelor of Dance/Bachelor of Education.

Since graduating, Moore has worked with prominent contemporary choreographers, been featured in numerous television commercials and performed at high profile events the most notable being the ARIA Awards Nights.

Moore has been involved with a variety of choreographic and teaching projects such as Choreographer for the Australian Girls Choir on their recent International Tour to Canada and the USA, delivering Contemporary workshops at National and International RAD Summer Schools and in representing Australia at the World Aerobics Championships in The Netherlands, as part of the silver medal-winning Fitness Team.

Today Moore sits as the Director of Programs and Training for REDed – a prominent and accomplished educational dance business that is taught in over 20 schools across Sydney, and as the Creative Director of DanceMoore – her own choreography dance studio. Moore is a regular teacher at Sydney Dance Company, an adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod and travels to remote area of Western Australia to teach dance to Indigenous children through the Performing Arts program called Girls from Oz.

Shane Placentino, Classical (Boys Class)
formerly of The Australian Ballet

Shane bio picAdelaide born Shane Placentino was accepted into the Australian Ballet School in1988, graduating in 1990. Adelaide born Shane Placentino was accepted into the Australian Ballet School in1988, graduating in 1990. Thereafter Shane was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company where he was promoted to Soloist in 1995, with a promotion to Leading Soloist soon after. After a brilliant career with The Australian Ballet, in 2002 Shane decided to leave the company and join the Sydney Dance Company.

Shane remained with the Sydney Dance company until 2008 when he took a leap of faith and embarked on a new career. On retiring from the Sydney Dance Company, Shane undertook a position in stage management for SDC’s 360,° and shortly thereafter was employed as Assistant Director to Graeme Murphy’s opera AIDA for the West Australian Opera. This sparked the beginning of a hugely successful new career where he worked as Deputy Stage Manager for SDC’s We Unfold, Assistant Director for Murphy’s AIDA in Sydney and Melbourne for Opera Australia and Rehearsal Director for SDC’s 6 Breaths/We Unfold season followed by Tour Manager to regional NSW, Venice and Shanghai. During this time Shane also remounted Murphy’s AIDA for the State Opera Company of South Australia and Opera Queensland and worked as the Rehearsal Director for MOD Dance Company performing Murphy’s Suite Synergy and for Murphy’s AIDA for Opera Australia (Sydney and Melbourne).