About

Miss Jade Hillard

Miss Jade Hillard is a name synonymous with the development of young dancers throughout the Hunter Region.

A fully qualified Department of Education teacher- Jade is also a fully accredited Les Griffiths Tap teacher as well as jazz, modern contemporary, RAD ballet, and holds a certificate 3 in fitness just to name a few.

Jades unique and dynamic choreography has been showcased across major events including the Youth Olympics, the International Children’s games as dance director, the Masters games, and the World Tennis Championships.

Jade has been a choreographer for the NSW Dept of Education production “Starstruck” for the last 12 years working with thousands of school aged children as a valued part of the production team assuming the roles of segment director, featured dance ensemble co ordinator, and has sat on the audition panels as an expert in her field for both Starstruck and Hunter School of Performing Arts audtions.

A passionate educator Jade has been seconded to develop the dance skills of both primary and secondary students at the Hunter Creative Arts Camp on an annual basis, a guest educator at for the Premiers Sporting Challenge, a mentor in dance for the Callaghan College gifted and Talented programme, and has been involved in the Hunter Schools Dance Festival.

As director at Australian Dance and Talent Centre- Jade works closely with her students and dance staff ensuring great technique while instilling a love for the performing arts in all of her charges.

Jade is known for her boundless and infectious energy which has earned her the nickname ‘The Energiser Bunny” at ADTC!

Miss Louise Wilkinson

Louise has been a professional in the entertainment industry for some 20 years. An accomplished vocalist and dancer, she spent her formative training years under the dance direction of Marie Walton Mahon, training in all aspects of ballet, modern contemporary and Jazz, before adding singing to her performance repertoire in the late 80’s under the direction of Rita Scott (ex- rockmelons) and classical training under the direction of Miss Narelle Davidson (ex- Opera Australia).

Louise has appeared in many performance outfits including the Commitments Big Band, Sydney dance act, L.S.I. and numerous trios and bands around the Hunter. She has supported rock n roll icon Izzzy Dye, international Dance act Le Bouche and guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaliri.

She has lent her talents to many corporate events throughout the Hunter including Model For Life for the Spastic Centre, Lake Macquarie City Carols, Newcastle Council citizenship ceremonies, to name a few. She is a consultant for Newcastle TAFE’s Music Industry Skills course and its Performing Arts course.
In addition, Louise has produced and stage managed many key events, including entertainment for NBL team, the Pirates, the Newcastle Jets, The Parramatta Eels, Lake Macquarie Council amongst others. . She has directed some of the biggest names in the Australian Music Industry including Marcia Hines, Daryl Braithwaite, Becky Cole and the Potbelleez.

Louise was entertainment and floor manager for the historic Jets V LA Galaxy match at a sold out Energy Australia Stadium, hosting David Beckham.
She has successfully run Fusion Performing Arts in the heart of Newcastle for the last fifteen years, before joining forces with Jade in late 2015 to bring her skills set to the rapidly growing ADTC. Her passion is fostering young talent and producing industry standard performers.

In 2011, Louise was engaged by Newcastle City Council to run their L!vesites Kids holiday programmes- taking her vocals programme to around 400 children around the Hunter in a day- long format. The programmes were met with positive feedback an attracted media attention.

Louise was also engaged by Hunter Valley Gardens to produce their Easter and Christmas Lights Spectacular stage shows viewed by tens of thousands over the Easter and Christmas periods, and offering professional opportunities to local Hunter talent.

Louise is a respected producer of talent and is regularly sought after to produce entertainment packages for national sporting teams and major festivals. Her charges have gone on to successful careers in the entertainment industry. Standing only 5ft tall Louise has an obsession with high heels and has an impressive and eclectic collection. She operates at her best after a vanilla Latte most mornings.