Cathy-Lea Smith (B.Ed (Sec)., M.Ed., L.C.B.A.-C.I.C.B., Cert IV in Teaching Cecchetti Classical Ballet, L.S.F.D., Affil. A.T.O.D., Cert III Fitness Instruction) has taught performing arts for over 30 years in schools and private settings. She has a Masters degree in Education as well as a Licentiate qualification in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, a Licentiate qualification with the Southern Federation of Dance, an Affiliate membership with the Australian Teachers’ of Dancing and a Certificate III in Fitness.
Her teaching experience includes twelve years in secondary schools, having been Head of Drama at Beaconhills College and Director of Drama at Yarra Valley Anglican School. Cathy has assessed VCE Drama and Theatre Studies for the Victorian Board of Studies and adjudicated at various eisteddfods and competitions. She has worked as a sessional dance teacher at both Beaconhills College and St Margaret’s School.
Cathy has directed scores of theatrical productions in the past 30 years, including plays, musicals and dance productions and has written many productions for children.
Her dance training began at Rosslyn Charlesworth School of Dance and continued at Bartuccios, The Dance Factory and Danceworld 301. She has performed across Australia and overseas including in Disneyland and on Broadway.
Cathy is trained in voice production and singing as well as flute, french horn, percussion and piano. She taught dance in various academies including Dawn Vernon, Rosslyn Charlesworth and Springvale Academy of Dance for eight years before taking on a small school in Mulgrave in 1991 which she called Cathy-Lea School of Dance.
In 1993, she opened in Narre Warren with the aim to develop an all-round performing arts school that reflected her own diverse performing arts training an skills. In 1999 the academy moved to the professionally equipped studios in Vesper Drive, Narre Warren.
Cathy has twice been nominated for Casey Citizen of the Year in recognition of her services to the performing arts in the City of Casey over many years. She was also awarded a Holt Australia Day Award in 2011 for her work in developing a local special school.
Cathy is the mother of 5 children, one of whom has special needs, and she is passionate about providing opportunities for children of all abilities.