Jody Marshall 

Founder & Director

 

Jody has more than 30 years of dance teaching experience under her belt, as well as diplomas in Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics and Classical Ballet.

 

She trained with Norma Atkinson Dance Academy from age 4 to 14 and commenced choreography for Norma at the young age of 13.

At age 15, she opened a small dance school in Mt. Claremont, and by the time she was 17, she had opened Jody Marshall Dance Company in Warwick.

 

Jody won the Queen Elizabeth Trophy for Outstanding Public Performance Exam in 1977, and was the winner of the CSTD Teachers Aggregate for 11 years. She was the Director and Choreographer of over 30 annual productions at The Regal Theatre, Perth Concert Hall and Burswood Theatre, and had choreographed productions of West Side Story, 42nd Street and Oklahoma! in Australia.

 

Besides teaching at her own studios, she often travels to Hong Kong and Singapore as a guest teacher and choreographer. The JMDC Singapore students never fail to pick up loads of tips and pointers whenever Miss Jody is in town!

Dan Gourlay

Senior Dance Teacher

 

Daniel started dancing at the age of 6 at Conroy Dance Centre,

Queensland, Australia were he learnt all styles of dance. At the age of 10 Daniel made his stage debut in the musical ‘Jolson Story’ (Lyric Theatre, Brisbane) playing the role of ‘Young Sammy’. At 18, Daniel received his first professional contract working as a ‘Dancer’ onboard the ‘Pacific Princess’ (Princess Cruise Lines) for 6 months travelling the Mediterranean.

 

On returning to Australia, Daniel landed the role of ‘Sportacus' in the

Australian production of ‘LazyTown Live’ (Melbourne & Sydney). Daniel has

also worked with some of Australia’s top choreographers in and around the corporate scene of Australia.

 

In 2009 Daniel moved to the UK to continue his training and pursue his career.

In 2010 Daniel made his UK debut in ‘Dick Whittington’ (Bristol Hippodrome)

along side Barbara Windsor. In 2011 Daniel’s biggest success come when he made his London and West End debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s

‘Love Never Dies’ (Adelphi Theatre).

 

After being in the UK for 2 years Daniel returned back to Australia to again join up with the Australian production of ‘Christmas in LazyTown’ to play the role of ‘Sportacus’ and also was ‘Dance Captain’ (National Tour). In 2013 Daniel joined the cast of ‘The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show’ (National Tour) as Dance Captain and then went on to tour with ‘Giggle and Hoot and Friends - Live Stage Show’ (National Tour) Playing the role of ‘Sportacus’ one more time.

 

Daniel was part of the ‘2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Team’ that performed in the Closing Ceremony of the ‘2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games’ Dancing behind and working with Jessica Mauboy, Mick Fanning and Sally Pearson. This year Daniel was one of the dancers who performed with Guy Sebastian as part of the Opening of the NRL season Halftime Show.

 

Daniel has been teaching and choreographing for several dance schools in Queensland and South East Australia. Daniel is very excited to be joining Jody Marshall Dance Company teaching staff to share his knowledge and passion of dance to all the students and other faculty to help improve their creativity of dance.

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Nichola Lim

Ballet/Jazz Teacher

As an alumnus of LASALLE College of the Arts, Nichola has since been actively involved in
the dance industry as a performer, an educator and backstage crew - mainly as an Assistant Stage Manager. In LASALLE, she was privileged to be given opportunities to work with directors and choreographers from Singapore, Italy, Cambodia, the USA, Croatia and Hong Kong.

She has also performed at the Singapore Night Festival, Singapore International Festival of the Arts (SIFA), Da:ns Festival, G30 event and was also invited to perform in Italy and Beijing for their respective arts festivals. In commercial works, Nichola was also an active mascot performer with Pen2Stage Productions (Australia). Nichola’s interest in artistic gymnastics began her teaching career at The Junior Gymnastics Training Centre.

 

She has taught extensively for CCAs and enrichment programmes from various schools such as Hwa Chong Institution Trampoline school team, Nanyang Primary School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, Marymount Convent School, Global Indian International School, including special-needs schools like AWWA and MINDS, just to name a few.


In 2019, Nichola decided to explore overseas employment and was granted the opportunity to teach the RAD syllabus in China. Her overseas experience has unfortunately been shortened due to the uprise of Covid-19. Nichola currently holds a BA(Hons) in Dance, General Gymnastics Level One Coach under Singapore Gymnastics and is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor.

 

She is also a registered coach for Artistic Gymnastics with National Registry of Coaches and MOE-IRS registered instructor for both gymnastics and dance. Awarded in the Essential Learning Module for the Teaching of Dance by NAC and a valid first aider, Nichola ensures that safe dance practice remains top priority in her dance and gymnastics teachings.

Cheryl Leo

RAD Ballet Teacher

 

Cheryl started her RAD ballet training since she was 6 years of age. She did modern dance during high school where she participated  in the Singapore Youth Festival and was the Dance President. She has been teaching RAD ballet since 2011.

Cheryl has completed all levels of RAD ballet graded exams with distinction and went on to complete all vocational exams. She completed her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) in 2014. She is a RAD registered teacher.

Cheryl is always looking to further develop herself as a ballet teacher. Every year she will keep herself updated with the latest RAD syllabus by attending the teachers refresher course. In July 2017, she went to London to attend Inspire seminar conducted by the Royal Ballet School (RBS).

When Cheryl is not teaching, she enjoys practising yoga and rock climbing. Her passion for yoga inspires her to take up yoga teaching certification. She aspires to obtain a yoga trainer certification in the new future.

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Symiko De Van Der Schueren

Choreographer/Teacher

Originally from Mount Gambier, South Australia, Symiko trained with MJ Dance Studio and Dance Force on the Gold Coast. She then went on to apply herself to fulltime dance education as a graduate from Sydney’s ‘Ev & Bow’ Studios, under the guidance of Sarah Boulter. Symiko is a certified PBT instructor under the direction of Marie Walton McMahon.

Symiko was a top 30 finalist on TV series So You Think You Can Dance season 4.

At age 19 Symiko made her professional debut with the Australian cast of THE LION KING, touring nationally. She then went on to perform with the company of the Shanghai Disneyland production of THE LION KING, and the international tour of THE LION KING.

Symiko was the Dance Captain/Swing with Disney Cruise Line performing award winning shows such as Beauty and The beast, Frozen and Aladdin.

Other credits include; The Dream Dance Company ‘Genesis’, The Veronicas, Eurovision, corporate events with Mercedez Benz, The Leukemia Foundation, The Red Cross and The Commonwealth bank.

Symiko loves sharing her experiences and passion for performance with her students. She is thrilled to be apart of the team at JMDC Singapore.

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William Brougham 

Choreographer/Teacher

Originally from Albury, NSW, William trained as a dancer under the guidance of Tim Podesta before moving to Melbourne to continue his training at Patrick School of The Arts with Todd Patrick and Andrew Hallsworth.

At age 19, William made his professional debut dancing behind Katy Perry on The Voice Australia. He went on to perform with Opera Australia in ‘The Nose’, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘BRING IT ON the Musical’.

William then spent two years with Disney Cruise Line performing shows such as Frozen, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

William is excited to share his passion for performing with the students at JMDC