CBDS ALUMNI

Natalie Marsland

Performer & Choreographer

Natalie's career to date as a choreographer has seen her work performed throughout Australia, in New York  Korea, the UK and on the west end. As a performer shows include Sunset Boulevard, The Boy from Oz, Mamma Mia!, Guys & Dolls and The Producers.

Awards include Green Room Award Nomination for Best Choreography in a Musical Winner of Guild Award for Best Actress in a Musical.

Natalie is currently living in London operating her own company, Reuben Feels (check out reubenfeels.com).

Danielle Rowe

Principal Dancer, Australian Ballet, Houston Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theater

Danielle trained in Newcastle and Adelaide. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2001. She won the Telstra People's Choice Award in both 2003 and 2005 and in 2008 became a principal artist with the company. In 2011, she joined the Houston Ballet as a first soloist (senior artist in Australian Ballet terms) and was promoted to principal dancer in August of the same year. In 2009, Rowe won the Walter Bourke prize, which allowed her to travel to New York and perform with Christopher Wheeldon's dance company Morphoses. In 2010, she won a Helpmann Award for her performance in Dyad 1929 by Wayne McGregor.

In 2012, Rowe was named one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine.

Leanne Marsland

Cabaret Performer

Leanne graduated in 2008 from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre. Her credits there included the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Lady Beatrice/Dance Captain in Once Upon a Mattress, Mrs Fairfax understudy in Jane Eyre and a self devised cabaret entitled Love Me xx.

Since graduating Leanne has played the roles of Fay in The Boy Friend in 2009 and Rosella in Sugar in 2010 for The Production Company.  She has also performed her cabaret show, Love Me xx, in the finals of Short Sweet + Cabaret Festival 2009 and in the inaugural Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2010. A review in ArtsHub read… "a personal favourite was Leanne Marsland’s sadistic, yet intriguingly alluring love adage ‘Love Me xx’, where the performer writhed and hypnotised like one of Medusa’s deadly asps." Leanne then went on to create the full length version of her show, still entitled Love Me xx, which made its debut at The Butterfly Club in July of this year.

Prior to her studies in Ballarat, Leanne taught dance and choreographed extensively throughout Adelaide. Since then, highlights have included choreographing the musical Parade (University of Ballarat), choreographing/directing Best of Broadway (Style Music Theatre) and teaching/choreographing the Broadway Bound Music Theatre short courses (VCA). Leanne continues to pursue a career in the performing arts industry, including creating and performing her own work through various art forms.

Kate Scully

Dancer & Qualified Pilates Instructor

After studying at Cheryl Bradley Dance Studios, Kate went on to the Adelaide Centre for the Arts and in 2005 graduated with a Bachelor of Dance Performance. Kate performed in works by Peter Sheedy, Fiona Malone and Anton. She was a part of the year that won Best Contemporary Dance at the International Dance Awards in Costa Brava, Spain, 2005.

In July 2006 she performed in Alison Currie’s ‘House Project’. She also performed ‘M’, a solo choreographed by Amanda Phillips. In November 2006 Kate took part in Gradlab at Dancehouse, Melbourne where she performed in three works by Sela Kiek, Jo Lloyd and Tim Harvey.

In 2007 Kate choreographed ‘[Interrobang]’ for the Adelaide Fringe. She also performed in the site specific work ‘If you’re cute and you’ve got good sneakers’ by Allison Currie. Kate performed as part of Leanne Ringelstein’s ‘Holding Patterns’ for Ausdance’s October Choreolab season 2007. In 2007 Kate attended the ‘International Association for Dance Medicine and Science’ conference at the Australian Institute for Sport. In late 2007 she received a Helpmann Academy Optus mentorship to work with Amanda Phillips on 3d Stereoscopics.

Recently Kate and two of her fellow graduates formed the dance company Playground which premiered ‘Wearing Away our Lips’ at the 2008 Adelaide Fringe. She has also just finished work on the Jac Dalton music video clip. Kate is a qualified Pilates instructor.