Tammy Ziegelaar

Teacher

Tammy first started dance classes at age three, and had her first job at age eight, dancing in an educational video for children. She auditioned for Terri Charlesworth in 1986 and was accepted to attend Graduate College until 1991, and the Swanbourne Graduate Dance Program until 1994 under Terri's tutelage. This included pas de deux training with the male dancers from the WA Ballet Company, and classes with many guest teachers from St Petersburg Bolshoi ballet school.

Tammy's adventures began in 1995 when she toured Europe and Russia with Terri Charlesworth and a group of promising young ballet students. They attended the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Moscow, attended classes and auditioned with dance schools and companies in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich, Monaco, Amsterdam and St Petersburg. Tammy accepted a place at Academie de Danse Princess Grace with Marika Besobrasova in Monaco. During this time, she performed in ballets such as “Don Quixote”, “Balanchines Serenade”, “Coppelia”, “La Fill Mal Gardee”, to mention a few, including performing numerous times for Monaco's late Prince Rainer III at Monaco's Theatre and Casino. Tammy also assisted Marika in teaching the younger children at the ballet school.

Tammy then returned home and attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) from 1996-98 where she worked on her choreography and contemporary dance, as well as continuing her classical dance, working with Australian choreographers/dancers such as Lucette Aldous, David Prudham, Sue Peacock, Stefan Karlsson and Claudia Alessi. She also performed “Le Corsaire tu-tuwha” and was principal dancer in “La Bagetelle” in 1997. Tammy also performed at the Mandurah Arts Centre Opening in 1997 under the artistic direction of David Prudham.

Starting a new career in 2000, Tammy opened a dance school in Katherine, NT where she offered classical ballet and contemporary dance to her students. She also taught children creative, liturgical, and hip hop dance styles at St Joseph’s College, and got married during this time. Returning to Perth to start a family in 2003, Tammy has since been enjoying family life with their three children, and has since been trained and certified in Les Mills Body Balance and Zumba to maintain fitness. She is now enjoying her time teaching with Jason and team at the All About Dance Company.