Who We Are

Directors

 

Rachael Bott and Lanie Mason have many years experience as performers, choreographers and educators. Their years of working for dance in education company Buzz Dance Theatre inspired them to improve the quality of dance education being offered to students in Western Australia.

Rachael and Lanie are both passionate about the power of creative learning and the potential for dance to be used as a way of synthesising understanding across the whole curriculum.

Who We Are
Who Are We

Rachael Bott

Rachael has been performing, choreographing and teaching for 17 years. Since completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts she has been part of a diverse range of projects both in Australia and overseas.

 

Her performance career includes works with Buzz Dance Theatre, Steamworks Arts Productions, Sue Peacock, Paea Leach, and Leigh Warren; performing in festivals such as Beijing Dance Festival, Shanghai International Arts Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Artrage (now known as Fringeworld), and Dancers are Space Eaters.

 

Rachael has created work for both young people and professionals, and enjoys teaching across a range of experiences and ages – from four year olds right through to professional dancers.

 

Rachael delivered a creative dance course as part of the PEAC (Primary Extension and Challenge) program for several years and in 2010 was part of an artist-in-residency program with four Perth metro high schools that was short-listed for a West Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Regional/Community Dance.

 

Rachael has a passion for education and the power it has in shaping minds, changing lives and making the world a better place.

Who Are We

Lanie Mason

Lanie is a dance theatre artist, performer and teacher.

 

She trained in classical ballet from four years of age, adding contemporary dance from her teens and then completed her education at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1998.

 

For the last 18 years, Lanie has performed, facilitated and taught workshops for companies and choreographers including TasDance, Buzz Dance Theatre, Steps Youth Dance Company, Strut Dance Inc, Chordelia Dance Theatre (Scotland), Chrissie Parrott Arts, Danielle Micich, Graeme Murphy, Paul Mecurio and Claudia Alessi.

 

Lanie is passionate about what creative arts in education can provide for young people.

 

She has spent the past 8 years working in school workshop environments and is always delighted and excited by the creative capacities of students. Lanie says, “There is no better way for me to spend my day than with vibrant, creative children; playing with them, helping them to create and sharing my own arts practice with them.”

Teaching Artists

All of our teaching artists are tertiary trained, professional dancers with current Working With Children checks, a passion for working with young people, and excellent presentation and communication skills.

They undergo extensive training with us on delivering the Dance syllabus and integrating learning from other subject areas.

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“Thanks so much Lanie and Rachael. Congratulations on a wonderful program. It was every bit as useful to me as for the children. Feel like I’ve been engaged in a huge Professional Development session. Awesome stuff”

- Jodi Newton, PE Teacher, Holy Spirit School