Rachael Shiels – Principal
Rachael has worked and trained in the dance industry for the past 35 years. Her extensive dance background includes Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. She studied Dance in her V.C.E. and was awarded State Premiers Awards for V.C.E Dance and V.C.E Dance Styles.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Dance), a Bachelor of Education, and the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate. Rachael is a mentor for the R.A.D. Teaching Certificate, and a member of the Deakin National Honours Society.
Rachael taught V.C.E. Dance from 1999 to 2005, and also taught ELC to Year 12 at Mentone Girls Grammar from 2002 – 2005.
Rachael regularly travels to America to work with renowned master teachers, and has received International Dance Excellence Awards in Los Angeles for her efforts. She has taught at dance schools in Melbourne since 1991, and been Principal of TDLD since 1997.
- R.A.D. Teaching Certificate
- R.A.D. Registered Teacher Status
- R.A.D. Mentor for Classical Ballet Teachers Studies Course
- Bachelor of Arts (Dance)
- Bachelor of Education
- V.C.E. Dance Registered Provider
- Y.P.A.D. Certificate in Safety & Wellness – Youth Protection Advocates in Dance