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CPD Ambassadors

CPD Ambassadors
Find a CPD Ambassador in your part of the world.

28 teachers from 19 countries have volunteered to act as Ambassadors for the RAD’s CPD scheme, bringing with them insight into exactly what it takes to commit to CPD, alongside so many other commitments.

Although RAD staff around the world are happy to take your calls and answer any questions that you might have, we understand that sometimes it’s good to talk to someone that understands first hand, the pressures of being a dance teacher. We have worked in close consultation with the ambassadors to understand the kind of support and guidance needed in an initiative that has been devised by teachers, for teachers.

Click on your location to find a contact:

Australia | Brazil | Canada | Germany | Greece | Hong Kong | Ireland | Italy | Malta | Mexico | New Zealand | Norway | Peru Philippines | Portugal | Singapore | South Africa | Spain | St. Lucia | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Turkey | UK | USA

Australia 

Julie Fleming
I am based in Melbourne, with over 20 years teaching experience and tutoring courses for CPD & CBTS. I see how important it is to provide support to teachers who have much to share and much to learn.

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Rebecca Kidner
I am a registered teacher in Sydney, Australia teaching all age groups from 18 months to professional level. I have volunteered for many reasons; I feel it is a great honour to be part of an association I have grown up with, respected and love. I would like to connect and support teachers in Sydney. I feel the gap between us all is quite vast. I also hope to give a different perspective to the CPD, as I am now looking at my ballet school as a business not just as a teacher. 

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Brazil 

Karyne Lacerda
I am a registered teacher based in Brazil. I have 32 years teaching experience, also working as a Tutor since the old RAD TCP. For me, it’s a big pleasure to volunteer as an Ambassador in the RAD CPD. Regardless of their training, every professional needs to be continuously aware and knowledgeable of new techniques, and cultural and societal changes. It should be no different for ballet teachers, who have in their hands a valuable training tool through art and education. 

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Canada 

Catherine Kourkounakis
A lifelong learner myself, I am passionate about supporting and improving continuing education for dance teachers to further professional and artist integrity crucial in today's rapidly changing world. Based in Toronto, Canada, I have been teaching the RAD's graded and vocational levels for over 30 years and respect the RAD's forwarding thinking philosophies of dance education. 

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Sue Caple-Dodunski (Ottawa)
I am so committed to the RAD and their mandate. My mother was an RAD examiner for many years, and I believe deeply in the CPD program. I have taught RAD work for 35 years very successfully at 10 schools all over Canada, and I am excited to encourage other teachers to improve and excel at teaching this syllabi. I own my own school and am so excited to be a part of all teachers improving everywhere in the world.

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Tania Brossoit (Vancouver)
I am a 30-year veteran of dance instruction from Vancouver, Canada. I am a passionate advocate for continuous professional development that enhances the skills and knowledge needed to deliver the highest quality instruction and create an environment in which every student reaches their full potential.

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Germany 

Annette Uffelmann-Jackson
I am a registered teacher based in Germany with 28 years of teaching experience. I volunteered as an Ambassador because I think it is important that teachers understand that attending courses broadens their horizons and gives them more confidence when teaching.

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Rachel Jackson-Weingaertner
I am a registered teacher, examiner, and tutor for the RAD. I live in Germany and have 28 years teaching experience. CPD and lifelong learning is of utmost importance to teachers of all age groups.

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Greece 

Theresa Jane Brown Fournarakos
I am a tutor for the RAD CBTS & DDTS and CPD Grades 1-3 and Grades 4 & 5 based in Athens, Greece. I believe that a changing world requires that we keep up to date with new demands on our profession. 

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Liza Kyriakidou
I am based in Athens Greece where I have been teaching for the last 23 years. I have volunteered because l believe that lifelong learning is imperative  for the quality of my teaching and to help me keep in touch with all that is new in worldwide training and teaching.

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Hong Kong

Eleanor Wetzel
I am an RAD Registered teacher and Graded Syllabi tutor based in Hong Kong. I have volunteered for this role as I believe that one should always be open to the prospect of learning and would love to help my fellow teachers achieve this.  

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Ireland 

Paul Doyle
I am an RAD Registered teacher, CBTS Tutor and RAD Examiner, based in Dublin, Ireland. I have volunteered to become an Ambassador because I fully support the RAD CPD scheme and I would like to offer support and assurance to teachers in meeting the CPD requirement. 

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Italy 

Claire Jane Pratt
I am a Registered Teacher based in Italy and have been teaching the RAD method for more than 30 years. I am also a Practical Teaching Supervisor for the CBTS 404. I have volunteered to become an Ambassador, because I believe that the CPD is an excellent way to guarantee that all RAD Registered Teachers are constantly developing their knowledge and therefore using their full potential to keep up high standards in dance education.

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Yvonne Jane Henshaw
I'm a RAD Registered teacher with 15 years’ experience and also a Practical Teaching Supervisor CBTS404. I volunteered for the CPD Ambassador role as I believe it to be of great importance to maintain the excellent RAD teaching standards.

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Malta 

Christiane Borg Manche
I am a registered teacher based in Malta. I volunteered as I believe that in order to teach you can never stop learning, especially dance where you are dealing with someone's body!

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Mexico 

Teresa Avila
I am a registered teacher based in Tampico Tamaulipas Mexico, with my own Ballet School  since 1995. I volunteered because I think is very important that The Royal Academy of Dance Education  Leaders know what teachers in all the world need and think. 

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New Zealand 

Kristin Orr
I am a registered RAD teacher of 21 years with my own ballet school in a rural setting in New Zealand and a trained Occupational Therapist with 20 years clinical experience, having specialised in neurology and paediatrics. "Ongoing learning has the ability to transform us and through efficient communication we can make informed decisions and ultimately bring positive change."

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Norway 

Sally Parkinson
I am 53 years-old, born in England, and lived in Tromsø Norway for 33 years.Principle of dance at the Arts school in Tromsø. Worked as a dancer and choreographer as well as teacher. I would like to help, improve and inspire others to keep developing as teachers and colleagues and promote the RAD as a responsible and trustworthy organisation.  

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Peru

Mamie Raguz
I teach the RAD Vocational Graded Syllabi at the school affiliated to the Ballet Municipal de Lima. I am delighted to support the CPD scheme in our country, as it will enable us to keep up to date with state of the art developments in dance teaching and the business of teaching dance, as well as changes within the RAD.

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Philippines

Marilinda Claravall
I believe that learning never stops. I believe that constant updating of the latest knowledge and application will make a better RAD teacher. I also believe that a RAD teacher should be proactive in both learning and imparting to be able to help achieve and uphold the goals, mission and vision of the RAD. 

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Portugal 

Giselle Brites
I am a Registered Teacher in Portugal, I have beeen teaching for approximately 20 years. I volunteered because learning is extremely important for any teacher in these years working with children. 

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Singapore 

Fei Fei Chiam
I am a registered teacher based in Singapore & Malaysia with 15 years of teaching experience. I volunteered because I believe that lifelong learning is one of the most effective ways to deal with change, and change is constant. 

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South Africa 

Tina D'Artnall
My name is Tina D'Artnall. I am a registered RAD teacher in Pretoria South Africa for more than 30 years. I think it is important to keep learning and developing as a teacher and hope to make this a user-friendly possibility.

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Kate McCallum
I am a registered teacher based in Cape Town with 24 years of teaching experience. I volunteered because I believe that CPD will assist to ensure that professional standards are maintained and that keeping abreast of new developments in our field is a commitment every dedicated teacher needs to undertake.  

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Spain 

Delia Fernandez
I am an Associate of the RAD, based in Madrid and with 14 years teaching experience, 4 of which in my own studio. I also studied classical ballet, modern dance theatre and tap, with ISTD. I volunteered because feel that CPD is fundamental to maintaining the RAD quality standards, benefiting all the registered teachers. 

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Elizabeth Burr de Olivar
Asan RAD and ISTD Registered Teacher, with more than forty years experience in the dance profession, I am fully aware of the necessity to remain abreast of all new ideas and advancements. Understanding the importance of completing CPD according to each individual’s requirements.

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St. Lucia

Sherryl Osterloh
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, and have taught in South Africa, and for the last 14 years, in the UAE at the Sharjah ladies club. I believe that no matter what profession one has you always should keep abreast of current trends and approaches in ones field of expertise. 

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Sweden

Denise Mantovani
I am Brazilian but l live in Stockholm, Sweden. I believe working as a volunteer I can connect with other teachers here and give them the opportunity to find out more about the RAD. 

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Switzerland 

Shona Cameron
I am based here in Zürich, and have been teaching for about 30 years. CPD is important, one could get stuck in a rut, and years ago I made certain I attended at least one course per year (looking back it averages at three per year) - curiosity and other opinions are so important to both professional and personal development. 

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Taiwan 

Yvonne Goh
I am a registered teacher based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with 20 years teaching experience. I volunteered because I believe that lifelong learning is vital for teachers. 

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Turkey

Zeynep Tuzcular Vural
I am a registered teacher from Turkey with 35 years of teaching experience. As a dedicated RAD teacher and an advocate of continuing professional development, I would like to encourage and support teachers in lifelong learning and improving quality in our work. 

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United Kingdom 

Karen Harris
I am an RAD Examiner and Teacher, based in Kent, UK. I have volunteered to become an Ambassador because I fully support the RAD CPD scheme and I would like to offer support to teachers in meeting the CPD requirement.

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Penny Parks
I am based in Purley, Surrey and have 38 years teaching experience. I have volunteered because as the Chair of the RAD SE Advisory Panel I want to help other teachers understand how important it is to continue learning throughout your career. 

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Ruth Summerskill
I am the Principal of Ruth Joanne School of Ballet in Bradford. I am a guest member of the RAD northern region committee. I truly believe the CPD scheme is a fantastic opportunity to keep the RAD at the forefront of ballet education by making sure our teachers remain lifelong learners. 

Kim Yew Wong
I am based in Salisbury Wiltshire and am a fully register teacher, mentor and PTS for the CBTSprogramme. I volunteered for the CPD Ambassador Scheme as I believe that you are always learning something new every day and it is important to share that knowledge to enrich us all.

Lorna Procter
I have been a registered teacher for over 15 years, run a busy dance academy in Crosby, Liverpool and am currently the Chair of the Northern Regional Advisory Committee. I feel that CPD is important as it gives us the opportunity to reflect, review and document our learning and therefore allows development of our professional knowledge and skills.

Lucy Harley
I live and teach in London having graduated from the BA (Hon) Ballet Education and RAD Licentiate programmes. I volunteered because I work for the CPD department at RAD headquarters, and have seen what a positive scheme this can be. I would like to help others to also experience this. 

Rachel Salmon
I am an RAD Registered Teacher based in East Yorkshire, England. I have volunteered to become an Ambassador because I fully support the RAD CPD scheme and would like to promote further learning to enable teachers to fulfil their potential.  I would like to offer support to other teachers and assist them in meeting their CPD requirement.  

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USA 

Fiona Ellwood
As a life member and registered teacher for over 30 years, working in the U.S.A., I am dedicated to lifelong learning, and want to encourage teachers to recognize the value of continuing professional development.

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Leigh Ann Koelsch
I graduated from the RAD College in 1993, and have been back home teaching in California since 1994. I am interested in helping RAD teachers fulfil their CPD, because we are few and far between in a huge country, and I strongly believe that teachers should always be learning.

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