Thursday 6.00pm - 7.15pm
TEACHER: Andrea dighton
OPEN JAZZ - previously 80s Jazz and Flashback Dance is a class aimed to adults of all ages and ability levels. It will offer an extensive warm up with a focus on strength and conditioning the body for dance. Warm up will include some Pilates based exercises and upper body work. Combinations from the corner challenge the brain improving cognitive pathways - learning, thinking, remembering, understanding. The end of class focusses on learning a short routine to a great track anywhere from old school to top 40 - there is something for everyone!
Originally from Brisbane, Andrea started dancing at the Desley Donaldson Ballet Academy where she was instilled a love of dance. Andrea studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at Queensland University of Technology graduating with Distinction. She then completed a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in 2015.
Andrea completed Pilates instructor qualifications in mat work, advanced mat work and small props and spent years freelance teaching in Brisbane. She has performed as an independent artist in events such as Anywhere Theatre Festival, Harvest Rain Theatre Company’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Grease.
Moving to North Queensland in 2014 Andrea coordinated a Performing Arts department at Mio College in the Burdekin Shire delivering a Certificate III in Performing Arts. In 2016 Andrea moved to Townsville and started teaching open classes at Dancenorth before contracting as teaching staff for the Company’s annual regional workshop tour. Andrea made her local choreographic debut creating movement for Townsville Choral Society’s 2018 production of Les Miserablés. Andrea is now associate lecturer in dance at Central QLD University and Acting Education and Outreach Manager at Dancenorth.