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Lea Cullen Lynes

Classical Teacher

Lea began her dance training at age 8 years in ballet, tap and jazz. After graduating from high school Lea successfully completed an Associate Diploma of Dance from WAAPA under acclaimed teachers Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder and later a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from WAAPA. She was invited to teach within the Music Theatre department during her final year of study, coordinating the Dance program and choreographing for visiting artists such as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Willpower’ and many other College performances.

Lea also studied dance with Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre during her time at WAAPA where she was inspired and later influenced by Ms Meades gentle, humorous and effective teaching style. Upon graduating from WAAPA, Lea was offered the  position as Head of Dance and Movement for the newly created Music Theatre Diploma at the National Theatre in Melbourne. She also taught Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Music Theatre to students at the National’s full time Ballet school.

During her 7 years in Melbourne she also worked as Dance co-ordinator at Laureston Girls School in Melbourne, choreographing their major music theatre  performances, choreographed the Australian premiere performance of A Journey Girl, written by Anthony Crowley and starring Amanda Harrison and taught full-time dance students at Bartuccio Dance and Promotions.  Lea then relocated to Ballarat in Victoria to take up the position as Head of Department (Dance and Movement) at the University’s New School of Arts, coordinating the Bachelor of Arts courses in Music Theatre and Acting.

After 3 years of being very cold in Ballarat and wanting to move home to the warm west and family, she accepted the role as Full time Performing Arts teacher at St Mary’s College in Broome teaching Kindy-YR12. Here she met her husband, had two kiddies and stayed for the next 7 years running her Performing Arts studio (DeckArts Studio) in Broome and later Karratha teaching students 2yrs-adult. Lea was also Senior Dance lecturer at the University of Notre Dame and WAAPA’s Theatre Aboriginal course in Broome, Dance/Music theatre Co-ordinator for the Excellence in Arts programme at Karratha Senior High School and Specialist Dance teacher for Special Education students at Karratha Primary School. Lea brings over 25 years of professional and academic experience to Charlesworth College and is very excited to be sharing her passion for Performing Arts with Charlesworth students. Lea will be teaching at our Singleton Branch for the School and teaching Musical Theatre to our full time students.

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