School Alumni

Terry Simpson Studios' trained dancers have been accepted into tertiary institutions, companies and in the Arts in Australasia, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

These include: Dutch National Ballet (Netherlands); Australian Ballet School and Company; Sydney Dance Company; Compagnie Thor (Belgium); Ballet Dortmund (Germany); Royal Ballet Flanders (Belgium); Singapore Dance Theatre; New Zealand School of Dance; National Institute of Dramatic Art (Australia) among many others



Remi Wortmeyer  - Principal Dancer, Dutch National Ballet (Amsterdam) 

Remi began dancing in Adelaide at the age of three. He trained at Terry Simpson Studios and graduated from the Australian Ballet School as dux in 2001. For eight years he was a member of the Australian Ballet with whom he danced full-length principal roles at the Sydney Opera House and other famous stages around the world. He toured the USA as guest dancer with American Ballet Theater and also spent time at New York City Ballet. Remi made his Russian debut in 2012 at St Petersburg’s Mikailovsky Theatre as part of an all-star gala celebrating the choreography of John Neumeier. Remi has also choreographed Fade Not which premiered at Sydney Theatre. Remi has won decorations internationally including a silver medal at the Eighth Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Japan. He was awarded the inaugural Walter Burke Award and a Diana Ramsay Scholarship. He was nominated for the trifecta of major Australian performance awards: the Australian Dance Award, Green Room Award and Sir Robert Helpmann Award. (Photo: Altin Kaftira)


Nicola Leahey - Compagnie Thor (Brussels, Belgium)


Nicola first studied classical dance at the Terry Simpson Studios where she attained RAD Solo Seal. She continued her training at the New Zealand School of Dance. In 2009, she was invited by Dance North to dance in Nowhere Fast by Ross McCormack before joining the company full time the following year, dancing for Raewyn Hill and guest choreographers such as Rob Tannion, Ross McCormack and Elie Tass.

In 2011 she moved to Europe, working for Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, guesting in Faun, in the premiere of Puz/zle at the Festival d’Avignon, and appearing in the music video Valtari by Icelandic band Sigur Rós. In 2012, Nicola joined Compagnie Thor for ClearTears | Troubled Waters and has been working on the company’s next projects since then: Cocktails (2014) and Revolt (to be premiered in 2015)



Jesse Scales - Sydney Dance Company (Sydney, Australia)

Jesse gained the RAD Solo Seal at 16 whilst at Terry Simpson Studios before going onto study at the New Zealand School of Dance, majoring in Classical Ballet, and graduated in 2011 with a National Certificate in Dance Performance.

In 2011, Jesse was a recipient of the Adopteer een danser Scholarship which allowed her to attend the Nederlands Dans Theater Summer Intensive in The Hague. In 2009, Desmond Richardson awarded Jesse a full scholarship to study with him and Co Artistic Director Dwight Rhoden at the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive in New York.

Jesse has also received two Project & Development Grants from the Carclew Youth Arts Board and a Travel Grant from the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation to help achieve her goals.

At the end of 2009, Jesse joined the Melbourne Ballet Company for Project Six: Moment of Inertia and worked with choreographers Simon Hoy and Robert Kelly for which she was awarded the Artistic Director’s Young Dancer Award.

Jesse also appeared in Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre performance of 1998 and Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake with the Australian Ballet.

Photo: Peter Greig


Hugh Sheridan - Actor, Dancer, Musician and Television Presenter

Hugh is known for his role as Ben Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters. He is a three-time Logie Award winner, in the Logie Award for Most Popular Actor category.

Born in Adelaide, the second youngest of seven children. Hugh can trace his passion for the arts back to his musical family, growing up with dad and jazz musician Denis Sheridan. He was put into acting classes at age 5 at Unley Youth Theatre, where he is now patron. It was here his passion for entertaining and storytelling was born. Hugh seized every opportunity to be part of creating theatre through his adolescence, in local community work, high school and with other theatre companies in South Australia.

At 16 Hugh was encouraged by his parents to study dance to support his music and drama. That same year his dance teacher Terry Simpson, suggested he audition for the prestigious Australian Ballet School, she knew that experiencing the rigorous and gruelling entry process would set Hugh up for future drama institution auditions. To Hugh's surprise (and his family's) Hugh was granted entry to the Advanced Diploma in Dance. So, he moved to Melbourne to study dance at the ABS, while there he also studied opera part time at the Victorian College of Arts under Monique Brunelle. As a student Hugh was selected to work with The Paris Opera Ballet, The English National Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

Hugh, at just 18, was accepted into full time Bachelor of Arts in Acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.



Andrew Searle - CO3 (Perth, Western Australia)

Andrew is a founding dancer of Co3 (Perth,Western Australia) where he currently works.  Andrew pursued dance at Terry Simpson Studios. After graduating high school, Andrew trained full-time at the New Zealand School of Dance (2010-2012) and received a Diploma in Dance Performance.

Andrew worked for Raewyn Hill at Dancenorth in 2013 and 2014, performing and touring with the company throughout Queensland, Tasmania and New Zealand, and has also worked with Tasdance on their 2015 Luminous Flux season with works by Tanja Liedtke and Byron Perry, touring Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Most recently Andrew has been working with Sydney-based artist Brianna Kell in developing a new independent work due to be presented in Sydney later in 2018.


Katherine Gurr  - CO3 (Perth, Western Australia)

Katherine Gurr  who is also a founding dancer of Co3 where she currently works. After completing her dance training at Terry Simpson Studios, Katherine continued her studies at WAAPA where she was awarded the Hawaiian Award for Dance for the Most Outstanding Graduating student in Bachelor of Arts, and the Dance Theatre of WA Award. Since graduating, Katherine has worked in Adelaide with Lisa Griffiths, in her work Chance and as a recipient of the Australia Council’s Artstart grant, was able to perform with Tasdance and Dancenorth.


Stefaan Morrow -  ZFINMALTA (the repertory national company of Malta)

Stefaan began his training in classical ballet at Terry Simpson Studios before continuing his studies at the New Zealand School of Dance on scholarship in 2012, at the age of 17. He then went to work with the Singapore Dance Theatre from 2014-2016 and later joined  Theater Pforzheim, in Germany, from 2016-2018.


Nicola Wills - The Royal Ballet of Flanders (Belgium)

Nicola completed her dance training at Terry Simpson Studios. In 2009 she won the Silver Medal at RAD International Geneé awards. From 2010 until 2011 she was a trainee at the Queensland Ballet in Brisbane and performed many pieces such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Then, she shortly joined the Ballett Dortmund (2012 - 2013).

In 2013 she joined The Royal Ballet of Flanders and is currently Demi Soloist and has choreographed three times in the Company’s Choreolab programme.



Lewis Major -  Choreographer

Lewis is an award-winning choreographer, who as a performer and dance maker, has worked with and alongside Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant, Shaun Parker, Hans van Den Broeck/Cie Soit and Australian Dance Theatre. He was a founding member of Aakash Odedra Company.

His formative dance training was at the Terry Simpson Studios and then at the New Zealand School of Dance.