C.A.P.A ACADEMY TEAM

CAPA faculty includes some of Australia’s leading performing arts specialists and educators. Classes are offered daily for children from 3 years to Adults – beginners to professional levels with classes held at Warriewood and Collaroy Plateau Studios.

Alexandra  Harrington
(Director, RAD Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary,  Drama, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics Arts, C.A.P.A Creative )

Alex has been in the Entertainment and Education Industry for more than 25 years and was trained in all genres of the Performing Arts. She was Head of Performance, at the Australian International Performing Arts High School, Head of Dance at the McDonald College of Performing Arts, Teacher at the Sydney Dance Company and was Concept and Creator of the first VETAB accredited Certificate IV in Performing Arts.

She is an experienced, qualified and certified instructor in  the Internationally recognised organisations: Acrobatic Arts (Acro dancer) , Tap attack Oz (Tap) , Royal Academy of Dance  (Ballet) and O Grady Drama Academy.

Alexandra  a professional dancer since the age of 17 years  has travelled the world as a performer working in live theatre, film and television. She worked as the Show Director / Choreographer for Walt Disney Special Events Australasia directing and choreographing major live events through out Australasia and the USA.  Some highlights: Hercules premiere  Hollywood Bowl and 5oth celebrations Tokyo Dome, Principle Dancer Lola in Baz Luhrmann Film Moulin Rouge. Principal Dancer Viva Las Vegas Shows, Japan and World Expo Hongkong.

Alexandra  is currently the Director and Creator of Wild Aussies Pty Ltd, a children’s educational program and entertainment business that offers a wonderful start for 3-5yrs. The live shows travels the world educating  Children about endangered species and has created world first live animal shows for Zoo’s Victoria.

Past students have and are currently working in Theatre, Television, film around the world:

Broadway, West End and Las Vegas shows such as  The Book of Morman, Matilda, Les Miserables and Westside Story, Brittney Spears, Celine Dion and Cirque de Soliel companies.

Classical and Contemporary companies  such as The Royal Ballet London, The Australian Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company.

Hollywood and Bollywood Films and Television series such as The Black Balloon, Sanctum, Edge of Darkness, Home and away, Neighbours and A Place called Home.

 

Kristie (Jazz. Tap, Musical Theatre, KTL, Classical Performance and Adult Dance classes)

Kristie trained at the McDonald College School of Performing Arts and London Studio Centre, graduating with Distinction and twice winning the Tom Merrifield Scholarship for the Best All-Rounder.

She has peformed in many professioinal Theatre productions such as; Crazy for You, Grease, My Fair Lady and Long Way to the Top Tour to name a few.

Kristie’s professional career also includes dance contracts on cruise ships in internationally as a dancer/dance captain and choreographer.
My professional career also includes dance contracts on cruise ships in Australia and abroad as a dancer/dance captain and choreographer.

I have been a professional dance teacher now for 15 years and have guest taught at the Sydney Dance Company. Since having young kids of my own i know love being able to teach young dancers and share my passion for the industry.

Mark Hopkins  (Director, Drama, Film, Television, Stage, Performance)

Mark heads the team at CAPTIVATE, the creative and performing arts program for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, and has over 20 years’ experience in secondary performing arts education. He has led large performing arts faculties at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, The McDonald College and before coming to CEDP, as principal of the Australian International Performing Arts High School.

Mark’s background is in the commercial media and professional theatre, having worked as a radio producer, actor, dramaturge and director in Sydney and Melbourne. He remains closely involved with the professional performing arts community and has written as a theatre critic for The Sydney Morning Herald. Mark is passionate about young people in the different performing arts being given an education that provides both a head start to a career and the resilience to excel in any industry.

Certificate 1V in Work Place Assessment and Training

Certificate III in Audio Visual and Live production. (NIDA)

Chelsea ( R.A.D Classical Ballet)

Chelsea a  R.A.D registered teacher has completed the Certificate In Ballet Teaching Studies Royal Academy Dance. She has been working in the entertainment industry as a  professional performer for many years and has appeared in many musical theatre productions i.e: Chicago, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Cats,  Les Miserables and  television series such as:  Home and Away and Water Rats.

 Maddy  ( R.A.D Classical Ballet)

A fully internationally qualified teacher of R.A.D Classical Ballet, Angela has studied BA Dance at UWS, with studies in classical ballet, contemporary dance, indigenous dance & story, music theory, dance composition, physical theatre & writing for dance.   She recently worked on site with the professional team at the International Genée ballet competition in Sydney, with a group of 82 elite ballet dancers from over 15 counties, under the guidance of guest faculty experts from the Australian Ballet, London Rad & the Royal Ballet.
Completing her schooling at Sydney Girls High School, she studied visual arts, performing arts & drama, & was awarded accolades for excellence in drama composition & performance, showcasing a self devised piece for the inaugural “Onstage” presentation.
Angela continues to improve & expand her teaching skills & regularly participates in RAD workshops, training intensives, syllabus courses & exam prep workshops.

Ella  ( R.A.D Classical Ballet)

Ella trained in RAD Classical Ballet where she received Distinction in all Grades – Advanced 1. She went on to complete her full time dance studies at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.  To compete her training studied other styles such as Tap, Jazz and Lyrical.  Ella is passionate about dance and strives to getting the most out of every child and really fosters a love of dance with her students.

Samson ( Drama, Musical theatre, Actor and Director ) 

Samson has completed the  CERTIFICATE IV (Musical theatre) certificate. An accomplished Actor, Singer and Dancer he has just returned from studying Acting with some of the Industries best teachers in New York. Some of his credits include: Into The Woods,  Rock Of Ages,  Godspell and Legally Blonde.

Cindy ( Vocal, Piano and Guitar ) 

Cindy is an established vocal coach, professional musician and qualified teacher who has completed  a Bachelor of Creative Arts. Performing since she was 12 years old she continues her love of performing at festivals and events across Sydney.