Kindy Dance Time takes great pride in our carefully selected teachers, who are not only highly experienced, but also possess a more important quality – the unconditional love of children.  Our teachers regularly attend Professional Development workshops in the areas of Creative Dance, Music, Drama, Teaching Methodology and Early Childhood Development to update their knowledge and to provide the best tuition for your child.

Lara began her dance training with her mother, Terri Charlesworth OAM, CitWA, and from a young age she travelled extensively studying at many major dance institutions throughout the world. In 1981 Lara successfully auditioned for the Victorian College of the Arts, where she trained for two years. Later at age 15 she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School where she once again trained under Terri. In 1985 she was awarded a scholarship to attend L’Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo, studying under Marika Besobrasova and many other world-renowned dance teachers.

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Nel Williams – Manager

Nel began her dance training at a young age studying Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern techniques and continued through her university years in the UK. During this time she performed in many dance productions and was the recipient of several dance awards, including the Bishop Prize for Dance at the University of Bath. Nel also studied piano and violin, undertaking Royal Academy of Music performance and theory exams, orchestral percussion, and has been involved in various choirs and choral societies as a soloist and group singer.

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Jude Harris – Teacher

Jude began her dance training at six years of age, studying many varied styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance. Her love of children led her into a career in early childhood. With a Diploma in Social Science obtained from Meeralinga, Jude has worked with young children for over 30 years. She incorporated her love of performing arts by creating and implementing dance and music sessions for children aged 2-6 years in weekly developmental programmes. She has also enhanced her education in early childhood development attending a variety of courses on growth and play, learning, and music.

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Lauren Kelly – Teacher

Lauren has had a passion for dance since she was very young and at age six began her dance training with Brian Hewitt, ARAD. M.B.B.O. Adv. Dip PDTC. She then continued her ballet classes with Kim Baker at the Terri Charlesworth School of Ballet.

Being exceptionally talented she was accepted into the elite full-time programme of the Graduate College of Dance at Swanbourne SHS at 12 years of age. Under the Direction of Terri Charlesworth, OAM. CitWA, Lauren was taught by Lara Gandini, Beth James, Joan Pope OAM, Luba Nikonorenko from the Kirov ballet and many other leading dance tutors. Her studies encompassed many styles including Classical Ballet, Character Dance, Contemporary and many theoretical dance subjects.

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Rachel Grainger – Teacher

Our gorgeous Miss Rachel commenced dancing at a young age and it has been a major part of her life ever since. She trained in Jazz, Tap & Classical ballet in the RAD and CSTD Syllabus achieving high grades in her examinations.

Rachel competed in dance competitions in her teenage years receiving many awards. She also completed and passed her student teacher’s exam.

After completing Year 12, Rachel attended a short course with the Victorian Theatre Company. She then travelled extensively, obtaining many international dancing contracts throughout the world.

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Zeffie Maynard – Teacher

Zeffie commenced Classical Ballet under the instruction of Terri Charlesworth OAM, CitWA. During her training at Ms Charlesworth’s ballet college, Zeffie was also taught by many international world renowned teachers, including Yuri Vasilkov and Lubov Nikonorenko from the Kirov Vaganova Ballet in Russia, Terri Charlesworth and Kindy Dance Time’s very own Director, Lara Gandini.

A very talented dancer, Zeffie later furthered her dance training by successfully being accepted into the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Advanced Diploma in Dance course. She was chosen by her peers as the most improved student in her graduating year and she continued to study at the academy for another year to successfully complete her Bachelor of Arts. She was taught by many international choreographers and teachers including Kim McCarthy, Diana De Vos, Andries Weidmann, Sue Peacock and Justin Rutzou. During her studies, she was also exposed to numerous styles of dance including Contemporary, Spanish, Character and Improvisation.

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Kirsty Mead – Teacher

Kirsty fell in love with dancing at a young age. Her Scottish heritage saw her start with Highland Dancing, and later she began training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern through the ISTD Syllabus, achieving Honours in many of her dance examinations and receiving studio awards for Tap. She later moved on to focus on Hip Hop and Contemporary.

As a child Kirsty was selected for elite performance groups and excelled in singing, acting, and musical theatre, alongside her dance training. In her teens she was invited to become a Junior Teacher, following which she spent seven years teaching full-time at various large performance companies and attended University.

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Kym Barrenger – Teacher

Kym began her dance training at a young age and studied Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet and Contemporary. She competed in many competitions, winning a number of awards, and completed exams in the CSTD syllabus. She continued dancing through her university years and completed her CSTD Diploma of Dance Teaching (Theatrical).

Kym studied a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) and worked at The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (now The Ability Centre) where she also developed a dance program for people with disabilities. She taught at a number of dance schools in Perth until moving with her husband to Newman in the North West of WA.

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Kellie Beswick – Teacher
Kellie began her dance training at a young age, attending the Vivienne Academy of Dance in Noble Park (Melbourne) and completing all the Cecchetti Syllabus examinations up to and including her teacher’s exam. She went on to attending the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian Ballet School, graduating with a Diploma in Dance and Performing Arts. Kellie also obtained a Certificate 3 in Dance at Bertuccio’s in Melbourne where she majored in Contemporary, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
Working with children has always been one of Kellie’s major passions. Her first job was at Macdonald’s running their children’s parties and she then progressed to running childcare rooms at various centres while she completed her Diploma in Children’s Services.
Kellie taught at a number of ballet schools over the years and eventually opened her own ballet school on the Mornington Peninsula – Kellie Academy of Dance. Feeling the need for a programme for littler ones, she combined her dance training and childcare knowledge to create a Creative Music and Dance programme for children aged 18mths-5yrs, which she ran very successfully for the past 20 years. We are thrilled that Kellie has now joined the Kindy Dance Time team, bringing her wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of child development. It is her goal to make each class a fun and memorable one, and we know that she will prove to be a firm favourite with our families!
Kate Wilson – Teacher

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Lanie Mason – Teacher

Lanie started her dance journey at a young age, studying Classical Ballet in Perth with Noeleyne Wilson (The Ballet School). In Year 11 Lanie successfully auditioned for STEPS Youth Dance Company directed by Phillipa Clarke. This was her first taste of Contemporary dance and she was lucky enough to perform in a work choregraphed by Daryl Brandwood alongside professional dancers Sete Tele and Jo Pollit. And so began her lifelong passion for Contemporary, creative dance and dance theatre.

Lanie is a WAAPA-trained dancer, furthering her Classical technique with Lucette Aldous and her Contemporary techniques with Reys DeLara, Nanette Hassal and Jane Diamond. Her first professional job was in TasDance where she worked with many Australian choreographers and independent artists. She had a 15 year performance career here in Australia and in the UK – spending the last part of her career in Perth, working with Chrissie Parrott, Danielle Micich and finally Buzz Dance Theatre under Director Felicity Bott where she was deeply immersed in developing work for, performing for, teaching and mentoring children and young people through dance, movement and the arts process.

Lanie is a mother of two now teenagers. When her children were young and starting their education journey, she was inspired to create and co-found Creative Moves WA, a dance-in-education company focussing on core arts principles and movement-based workshops which blends true creative exploration with the Australian National Curriculum to support both student and classroom teacher.

Lanie is thrilled to be a part of the Kindy Dance Time team and loves to feel the infectious joy in the room when we all move our bodies creatively together! We are so pleased to have her on board, sharing her unique gifts and extraordinary expertise with our little dancers and their families.