Meet The Team...
Principal - Jessie Garbellini
(A.R.A.D, C.B.T.S, R.T.S, B.Env. Sc)
Jessie commenced ballet at the age of 11 and at the age of 16 began studying ballet full-time. This included comprehensive Ballet Technique, Pas de Deux, repertoire, National Character, Jazz and Contemporary.
Jessie was accepted into several national and international schools and in 2003 Jessie took up a place at the New Zealand School of Dance as a Classical Major. Due to injury she returned to Australia and completed her HSC, receiving 94% for HSC dance and being selected for the “Callback” showcase.
Jessie has completed the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Advanced 2 exam with distinction and gained the Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance (A.R.A.D) qualification. Jessie taught for eight years at dance schools in Penrith and the Blue Mountains before opening Glenbrook Ballet Theatre in 2008. Jessie has completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, and is a fully registered and qualified teacher and teaching mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance.
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Teachers & Staff
Mid - Snr Jazz, Musical Theatre,
(Dip. Performing Arts)
Best known for his achievements on 2014 So You Think You Can Dance Australia (making it to the Top 4), as well as his versatile career with Opera Australia, performances on The Voice Australia, G.E.M.’s “XXX World Tour”, International tours with Samantha Jade, features in the Film Dhoom 3″, and most recently as a part of “Mickey’s Big Band” in Disneyland Paris.
Jay trained at Ed5 International (under William Forsythe), graduating in 2012 with a Diploma of Performing Arts.
Together with Emma Jarman, Jay Johns has created JEM Entertainment that has a strong passion for entertaining audiences young and old, and looks to inspire through performance, bringing to the world this incredible thing we call dance.
Classical Ballet, GBTA, Solos, Adults Ballet
(Enrolled RAD C.B.T.S)
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Classical Ballet, Stretch, Performance Group, Cygnets & Solos
Sierra started dancing at age 3 and from the ages of 10-15, trained at Glenbrook Ballet Theatre. Sierra has completed all her Vocational RAD exams, and at just 15 she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance as a Classical Major.
During her time at the NZSD she performed several solo roles and was also selected to travel to Canada's National Ballet School for 4 weeks on student exchange. After rehabbing from injury, Sierra moved to Melbourne, dancing as a Pre Professional artist at Melbourne City Ballet before moving back to Sydney to teach at GBT.
Sierra has extensive knowledge of classical and contemporary dance, and loves to share this knowledge with her students.
Classical Ballet, Petite Program, Pre-Jnr/ Jnr Jazz & Lyrical, Performance Groups, Solos
(A.R.A.D Teachers Dip [Dist.]
lona started ballet at age 3 with Warren Gasson at the Penrith Academy of Ballet. In 1990, she left school to study full-time ballet at Glen Street Academy under the direction of Tanya Pearson and Janice Graham. In 1992 she won a rotary award for her Contribution to dance in the community and in 1994 opened her own dance studio, Dance Creation, which she operated successfully for 20 years.
Ilona has studied all facets of dance and has many students, still working in the dance industry today. Ilona joined the GBT faculty in 2016. With over 30 years experience in teaching, Ilona enjoys sharing her love of dance with the students of Glenbrook Ballet Theatre.
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Contemporary, Lyrical, Snr Ballet, GBTA Contemporary Studies, Solos
(Cert IV in Dance Performance)
Isabella has trained in many styles of dance including Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Classical Ballet. She has completed ballet examinations in both RAD and Cecchetti. has received numerous Cecchetti ballet scholarships and was awarded runner up in the Cecchetti Medal Awards. Isabella also had both her HSC dance pieces selected to be performed at "Callback".
In 2016 Isabella completed the prestigious Pre- Professional course at Sydney Dance Company and attained a Certificate IV in Dance.
Classical Ballet, GBTA, EDP, Cygnets, Solos
(Enrolled Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management)
Remy is a graduate of Glenbrook Ballet Theatre who participated in the student teacher ‘Dance Step’ program and was the first student Australia wide to successfully complete the entire program.
Remy began ballet at the age of 4 and studied dance at Glenbrook Ballet Theatre from 2010 where she completed vocational examinations in RAD.
Remy has a particular interest and skill in working with our younger students and enjoys supporting them to achieve success in all aspects of their development through movement and creative expression.
Studio & Student Experience Manager
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Trainee Teachers & Assistants
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Caitlin has been a student at Glenbrook Ballet Theatre for 11 years. Starting ballet at the age of 5, she has successfully completed all her RAD exams from Pre-Primary to Advanced 1. Currently Miss Caitlin is a full-time GBTAcademy student and is working towards her Advanced 2 exam (the final RAD Grade). Caitlin is also well versed in Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz & Tap styles.
Caitlin has a very kind and caring nature which she shares with all the students at GBT. Caitlin is hoping to study dance teaching qualifications in the future.
Previous Guest Teachers Include:
Garth Welch - AM Founding member of the Australian Ballet
Sandra Griffin - RAD Examiner
Marilyn Jones - Former Principal Australian Ballet Company
Joanne Ansell - RAD Teachers Diploma
Rebecca Smith - Dancer with the Croatian National Theatre Ballet