The incredible team at wpas!

Our Staff & Instructors bring absolute MAGIC to WPAS - we hold our team to the highest regard!

Our dedicated, passionate and professional teachers are adored by our students - we are team players and believe wholeheartedly in the wellbeing and happiness of each and every student. 

Each team member invests every cell into following through with our student's dance, music & performing arts education with the mentality of 'It Takes A Village' we are invested in your child for the long run!

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Artistic director
jade naidu- A(Dip).C.B.A. - C.I.C.B.)

Professionally trained and qualified as a dancer, singer, actress, teacher, choreographer and producer – Jade has studied with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD), the Australian Ballet School (Associate), the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the National Institute of Performing Arts (NIPA MUMBAI) to help her become the well-rounded & versatile performer and teacher she is today. She has a BFA (Creative Arts), Diploma of Music Theatre, Diploma of Stage & Screen, Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management, Associate Diploma in Cecchetti Method of Ballet and is currently studying her MFA (Directing) and Licentiate in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. 

As a young dancer, Jade was accepted into the associate program at the Australian Ballet School & the Victorian Cecchetti Scholars Program, and went on to transition into contemporary dance & musical theatre, completing her dance education in Victoria and beginning her professional teaching ballet studies with Cecchetti Ballet Australia

 

Jade held the title of Dance Principal for 4 years at the BCMA in Victoria where she lead the dance department full-time for 300 students. Juggling this role with performing and choreographing professionally, Jade went on to perform in productions of ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Spring Awakening,’ ‘High School Musical,’ and more as well as Choreographing shows such as ‘Honk,’ ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ and more. During this time she was also the lead singer / songwriter for Melbourne Pop bands 'Jasmine Eyes' & 'Jade & the Lost Castle.' 

Making her international debut in theatre & film with Universal India in 2012 in Mumbai, India, Jade lived between Melbourne & Mumbai touring as a performer and director/choreographer on shows such as ‘The Dance of the Warriors,’ ‘The Golden Age,’ ‘Latitude Performing Arts Program,’ and “Addams Family Excerpts.” She was also working for the Indian Modern Dance Federation (IMDF) panel as a choreographer and worked on films such as ‘ABC 2,’ ‘Guidi Guidi,’ and ‘The day of tomorrow.’

 

Jade went on to introduce the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet to India in 2014 & 2015, the first to bring this beautiful method to India to the students at School of Classical Ballet & Western Dance Company (Mumbai) Through this exciting historical event, Jade created ‘Fusion Dance Internships’ and ‘Fusion Fabrics for Dancers’ (now NAIDU Performing Arts Company) which designed and made dance fabrics and lace to fund International Dance Internships between Cecchetti dancers in India & Australia (Internships offered in 2015, 2017, 2018)

 

 Settling in Coffs Harbour with her husband whilst working and studying in Sydney, Jade has performed in local  shows ‘Wicked’ and ‘Les Miserables’ in leading roles of Elphaba and Eponine. In 2018 Jade had the pleasure of performing in the world premiere of ‘Ex Machina’ in Sydney directed by west end director Finn Caldwell as well as the first rehearsal script of ‘Starstruck The Musical’ (Mitchel Butel, RGM Productions.) She had the honour of choreographing for NIDA’s ‘The Forced Marriage’ and 'Disney Medley' (7 Prime) and has since stepped into Independent Theatre Producing with NAIDU Theatre Company full-time alongside WPAS!

dance & performing arts

hayley evans

carol young

Amy murdock

tegan haley

Rebecca ross

Rhianna birch

teo ross

billie jo dukes

darcy gibbons

Samuel booth

music & voice

Cameron smith

Mitchell burgess

FEODORA HOHENLOHE

billie jo dukes

administration 

Kathy king

tracy dunn

yvette harper

head of tech / props / costumes

Finn Appleton

greg wilson jnr

SherYdan simson