About Jacqueline

Jacqui Hoole (nee Manditch) is one of the dance industry's most accomplished practitioners. She is an R.A.D. qualified classical ballet teacher with over 30 years teaching experience - more than 25 of which have been spent operating her own studios. She trained to the level of Royal Academy of Dance “Solo Seal” with Tessa Maunder O.A.M. in Newcastle, and at Halliday’s (Sydney) and The National Theatre Ballet School (Melbourne).

Jacqui has taught some of Australia's top dancers, including Olivia Bell (long-time Principal, Australian Ballet Company, 2007-2013), Renee Wright and Rachel Read (both former soloists, Australian Ballet Company), and Ella Havelka, former Bangarra dancer and now Australia's first indigenous dancer to gain entry to the Australian Ballet Company. Her former students have danced with Australia's leading companies - including The Australian, Queensland and Western Australian Ballet Companies, The Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, and several major International Ballet Companies.

Jacqui has groomed numerous students for admission into the country's best known vocational finishing schools, including The Australian Ballet School, W.A.A.P.A., Brent Street Studios, Tanya Pearson/ Ballet Theatre Australia, Ev & Bow, McDonald College, Allegria Ballet Studios, and others - and to a number of prestigious International colleges, including New York's Joffrey Ballet School.

Many of Jacqui's students are currently working very successfully within the performing arts - as professional dancers/ choreographers, dance teachers, models, actors and actresses. A few relatively recent students of popular contemporary note include dancer/ actress/ model Kirsty Lee Allan (well known for her role as Able Seaman Rebecca "Bomber" Brown from Sea Patrol), dancer/ choreographer/ model Kyle Davey, dancer/ choreographer Joe Simons, and teacher/ dancer/ choreographer Jamie Astley (whose teaching credits include The Sydney Dance Company) - and there are many more. Very few dance teachers are able to claim such an impressive list of student accomplishments!

The vast majority of Jacqui's students, of course, do not aspire to a career within the performing arts, and her focus is clearly upon helping each dancer, regardless of vocational aspiration or current level of achievement, to love their dancing and to realise their individual potential.

It is important to note that Jacqui personally teaches almost all classes at Garden City Dance (this is very different to many schools where the Principal actually teaches very few classes, and where most children are taught almost exclusively by junior teachers).