Principal: Suzanne Atkins (Creer)
RAD RTS Teacher Cert, ADA Advanced Diploma (Jazz & Tap), Reg Teacher RAD & ADA, Ass.Dip. A.I.M.E.B. (TD)
Having a passion for teaching dance Suzanne started classes at Carlingford in 1986 and has trained students in jazz, tap and ballet for exams, performances, auditions and competitions. Many students have gone on to make dance an important part of their lives through performing and teaching.
Suzanne was a student of Dawn and Joy Ransley in Sydney, where she studied extensively in classical ballet, Jazz with Karen Mortimer and David Atkins, tap and Irish dancing. As a young ballet student Suzanne was selected to dance with the Australian Ballet in Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.
Suzanne also studied full-time Dance and Drama at the Sydney College of Advanced Education training under David Spurgeon and Margaret Chapple.
Suzanne is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance completing the 3 year Teaching Certificate course as well as completing papers in Child Psychology and Anatomy. Suzanne has been a teaching member of the ADA (formally FATD) since 1987 and has completed all major teaching exams in jazz/modern and tap dancing under Kim Griffin. In 2006 Suzanne was awarded with the newly created Advanced Diploma in Modern and Tap Dancing with the ADA.
A passion for musical theatre has led Suzanne to complete her examinations with the IMEB in drama gaining her Associate Diploma with IMEB Australia.
Suzanne loves sharing her knowledge and love of teaching. She has been guest speaker at Dance Seminars held at ACPE since 2013. She is inspired by those children who bring their enthusiasm and happy faces to dance class each week.
Teaching highlights include annual dance performances where all the students have the opportunity to shine in a professional performance space, our 2011, 2014 and 2017 trips to LA where students have performed at Disneyland, Universal studios and on Hollywood Boulevard as well as attending the World Irish Dancing Championships in 2013 (Boston) and 2018 (Glasgow).