About Sue-Ann Barry


Born in Bundaberg Queensland, Sue-Ann commenced her dancing career in Victoria under the tutorage of Gavin Law (Australian Highland Champion) and Terry Carr. During this time she competed extensively on the local eisteddfod curcuit at Ballarat, Bendigo, Ararat, Traralgon and Maryborough.

Relocating to Brisbane, she then achieved her Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (C.S.T.D.) Full Teaching Diploma Tapping and C.S.T.D. Full Teaching Diploma Theatrical with Jill Casey and Clarissa Hill. At the same time she completed a Dioploma in Secondary Teaching (Drama and Home Economics) at B.C.A.E.(now QUT).

Sue-Ann taught at Benowa SHS, St. Hilda's (Gold Coast) and St Margaret's (Brisbane). She then established her own dance school at Cleveland, Brisbane and was the Principal of the Brisbane Bolshoi Academy for the next 20 years having completed her studies in Russian Method Classical and Ethnic (Russian, Romainian, Moldavian, Hungarian, Mexican, Slavonic, Eastern and Spanish) Dancing with Margeitha Gaarenstroom (former Principal of the Hague Ballet School). Along the way Sue-Ann also studied Les Griffith tap. With her broad knowledge base she devloped her own syllabi in Russian Method Classical, Ethnic (National) Dance, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap.

During this time Sue-Ann has choreographed for numerous musical theatre productions and groups, including Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Man of Steel, Money Talks, and Here Comes Charlie Brown. The annual Brisbane Bolshoi Academy production was a full theatrical performance, fusing an original drama  script and dance, catering for the full range of students. Sue-Ann was responsible for the script writing, choreography, costuming, directing and producing.

Sue-Ann currently teaches adult dance fitness classes and is the principal of Coredance, inspiring ladies to live life to it's fullest with a new understanding of dealing with their maturing bodies.

She still does freelance choreography for eiteddfods and musical theatre groups.