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Debra Whitten

School of Dance

                                                                                                                                                                                Phone:  0419679063
"Dedicated to developing the talents of each individual student"                      Address: 7/104 Compton Rd, Underwood 4119 



In the News

2016 Student Achievements

- 100% of students attained a high Merit or Distinction in their Royal Academy of Dance Examination- both in Grades & Vocational

- 100% of students attained Honours or Honours Plus in their CSTD Jazz Examinations

- Every student in the school was awarded a trophy due to their work ethics and commitment

Abbey Hansen:

- Jacqueline Morland Awards (Queensland RAD Scholarships) Finalist Intermediate
- Winner of the Brisbane Junior Repertoire
- Most Promising Classical Dancer
- Overall Excellence in Performance Award Winner, Brisbane Eisteddfod
- Most Promising Jazz Dancer, Beenleigh Eisteddfod
- Most Promising Classical Dancer, Redlands Eisteddfod
- Winner of the Classical Bursary- Ipswich Eisteddfod and Highest Classical Score Award

Zara Harrison:
Awarded the highest mark in Queensland in CSTD Modern Jazz Grade 4 Examination in 2016.

Allegra Keneally:
- Australian Ballet School Invitee Level 4, 2017
- Jacqueline Morland Awards- Runner Up, Intermediate & Australian Ballet School Award
- Most Promising Junior Classical Dancer, Brisbane Eisteddfod
- Excellence in Classical Ballet Award, Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Chloe McConochie
- Australian Ballet School Interstate Training Programme Level 3, 2017

- Jacqueline Morland Awards Finalist Intermediate Foundation 2016

Kayleigh Yuan:
- Australian Ballet School Interstate Training Programme Level 1, 2017
- Junior Classical Bursary Winner Ipswich Eisteddfod


Chloe Keneally:

  1. Commenced training at the prestigious English National Ballet School, September 2016
  2. Finalist Youth American Grand Prix, New York 2016
  3. Jacqueline Morland Awards Senior Finalist 2016
  4. Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Examination 96%, Grade 8 100% 2016


Chloe Keneally- YAGP New York Finalist 2016 & Accepted into the English National Ballet School- September 2016

Chloe Keneally, 15 years a full time student at the Debra Whitten School of Dance has been accepted into the English National Ballet School 2016. Chloe was also recently announced a finalist in the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix, New York for 2016. In April Chloe and Miss Debra will travel to New York for the competition. Over 7000 students applied this year and the top 350 are taken to New York for the finals, well done Chloe! Beautiful images from Danni Brown- published in Dancetrain  March/April 2016.

Abbie Mann- accepted into the English National Ballet School Summer School & place in the Final Audition round in London for 2017 intake!

2015 Concert in the Newspaper!

Our Achievements in 2015

Every Vocational Examination student attained a Distinction in 2015

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Congratulations Chloe Keneally for your acceptance into the Royal Ballet School, Summer School 2015 in London. This is an extremely prestigious opportunity and they received more applicants than ever before! We are so proud of you, dreams do come true!

Studio Award Winners 2014 

Most Improved Dancer: Keina Yuan

Runner Up: Tammin Henshaw

Most Diligent Student: Chloe Keneally

Runner Up: Lyn Nagayama

Special Performer Award: Allegra Keneally

 Studio Spirit Award: Kayla Gell



 Congratulations Charli Dias for your acceptance into the Australian Ballet School ITP 2015! Well done may you enjoy this experience! 

Wonderful Solo Eisteddfod Results at Brisbane Eisteddfod 2014!

Zendelle Dawe 2nd 8 years Classical & 8 years Slow Modern

Allegra Keneally 1st 10 years Classical, Very Highly Commended Demi Character & Highly Commended Slow Modern
Keina Yuan 2nd 12 years Classical
Lyn Nagayama Highly Commended 12 years Classical

Sabrina Henry 2nd 13 years Classical & Very Highly Commended Slow Modern

Chloe Keneally 3rd Classical, 3rd Slow Modern, VHC Demi & Contemporary

Encouragement Award at the Brisbane Eisteddfod Repertoire




Fantastic Achievement! 

Double whammy! Congratulations Lyn Nagayama and Keina Yuan for both winning their Classical Solos in the Classical Solo 12 years sections at Beenleigh Eisteddfod! Keina also won the best classical award! Well done girls!  


Fantastic results at Beenleigh Eisteddfod every soloist that competed placed:
Keina Yuan 1st 12 years Classical & Best Classical Award
Lyn Nagayma 1st 12 years Classical
Charli Dias 2nd 9 years Classical
Zendelle Dawe 1st 8 years Classical
Sabrina Henry Highly Commended 13 years Classical & Slow Modern




Gold Coast Repertoire:
Junior Finalist: Chloe Keneally
Congratulation Chloe one of six finalists selected from 28 talented dancers. Chookas for the finals on Saturday16th August 2014! Chloe was the only non full time student who was selected for the finals!


Congratulations soloists at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod:
Chloe Keneally (14 years): 1st Classical, 1st  Demi Character, 3rd Contemporary, VHC Slow Modern.

Kayla Gell (14 years): VHC Demi Character
Sabrina Henry (13 years): 2nd Classical, HC Slow Modern





Chloe Keneally is Flying High!
Sydney Eisteddfod: Congruatulations to Chloe Keneally for placing HC in both the Classical and Demi- Character at Sydney Eisteddfod, with over 97 entrants in the sections what a fabulous result! Hard work and dedication does pay off! Congratulation to Chloe for also making the Semi Finals of the prestigious Robert & Elizabeth Albert Scholarship in Sydney!

Redlands Eisteddfod
Kayla Gell: 3rd Demi Character, HC Slow Modern
Lyn Nagayama: 2nd Slow Modern, 3rd Classical
Zendelle Dawe: HC Slow Modern, Encouragement Award Classical

Congratulations Debra Whitten School of Dance students for dancing so beautifully at BPAC- the largest competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Finalist (Top 8): Chloe Keneally

Congratulations Chloe for being the only non full time female finalist! Chloe was absolutely stunning and danced so well showing tremendous strength, control and exquisite line.



Semi Finalists (Top 20): Allegra Keneally and Keina Yuan
Congratulations Allegra and Keina, you both danced so well and showed beautiful artistry, line and control! Well done girls!



Semi Finalist: Sophie Moman
Congratulations Sophie! You're a true performer!


Wynnum Eisteddfod Solos (Every DWSD student that danced placed!)
1st 12 years Classical: Sabrina Henry
1st 11 years Classical: Lyn Nagayama
2nd 13 years Classical: Chloe Keneally
2nd 13 years Demi: Chloe Keneally
3rd 10 years Classical: Allegra Keneally
3rd 11 years Slow Modern: Lyn Nagayama
VHC 11 years Classical: Keina Yuan

Toowoomba Eisteddfod
1st 11 years Classical: Lyn Nagayama
3rd 11 years Slow Modern: Lyn Nagayama

 Debra Whitten School of Dance student: Sophie Moman star of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang playing  the lead role of "Jemima Potts" at QPAC November/ December 2013! Well done Sophie- she was a smash hit not only with the audience but with the critics as well! We're so proud of you Sophie! Sophie was selected from over 400 children across Queensland auditioning from numerous dance and talent schools! Her biography listed in the programme can be viewed here:


Congratulations to Allegra & Chloe Keneally for their beautiful performances with the Queensland Ballet in the "Nutcracker" 

Congratulations to our students accepted into the Australian Ballet School Interstate Programme 2014: Allegra Keneally, Chloe McConochie and Joy Yin!
Chloe Keneally has been selected as an 'invitee' to the school! What an honour! Well Done!


 To read the news article about our elite students please click on this link:

The Australian Ballet School Recognized Teachers (Miss Debra Whitten is listed):






Congratulations to our students Brisbane Eisteddfod 2013
Zendelle Dawe HC 7 years Classical
Charli Dias 3rd 8 years Classical
Allegra Keneally 1st 9 years Classical
Keina Yuan VHC 11 years Classical

Congratulations to the students, staff & parents for absolutely outstanding RAD Examination Results. We are so pleased to announce that Zoe Godde & Chloe Keneally achieved 100% in their examinations. Well done everyone!
Read about Zoe and Chloe in the Logan and Albert News:


Kayla Gell: 2nd Demi, HC Classical, HC Slow Modern 13 years
Zoe Godde: VHC Classical, VHC Demi 13 years
Zendelle Dawe: 2nd Classical 8 years
Charli Dias: VHC Classical 8 years
Lyn Nagayama: 2nd Slow Modern 11 years
Keina Yuan: 2nd Classical 11 years
Sabrina Henry: HC Classical 12 years

Redlands Eisteddfod
Lyn Nagayama- 1st Classical, 1st Slow Modern 10 yrs at Redlands

Ipswich Eisteddfod Results:
Kayla Gell- HC Classical, HC Slow Modern
Chloe Keneally- 3rd Classical, VHC Demi, HC Slow Modern
Lyn Nagayama- 2nd Classical, 3rd Demi, HC Slow Modern

Congratulations Sophie Moman- a finalist in the BPAC Junior Musical Theatre Scholarship- well done Sophie!

Congratulations Chloe Keneally Semi Finalist in the BPAC Intermediate Ballet Scholarship, you danced absolutely beautifully! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations Allegra Keneally Semi Finalist in the BPAC Ballet Scholarship, you have greatly improved and what a fantastic effort for your first competition!

Congratulations Madelyn Coupe whom has been offered a Merit Scholarship to attend Montgomery Ballet's International Dance Workshop and perform in Don Quixote with the Montgomery Ballet! What a fantastic opportunity for you Maddy, your hard work is paying off!


We are so excited for Chloe Keneally whom has been invited to perform with the Bolshoi Ballet in Le Corsaire! Congratulations Chloe!

Congratulations Lyn Nagayama who travelled to Toowoomba Eisteddfod Lyn placed 1st in the Slow Modern 10 yrs & under & 2nd in the Classical 10 yrs & under.


Congratulations to the students & teachers for fantastic results at Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod:
Makayla Martin HLC Slow Modern
Charli Dias 2nd Place Classical
Kayla Gell 2nd Place Demi-Character
Keina Yuan 1st Place Classical
Lyn Nagayama 3rd Place Classical, HLC Slow Modern
Chloe Keneally 1st Place Classical
Zoe Godde 3rd Place Classical


Congratulations to Madelyn Coupe accepted into the Atlanta Ballet Advanced Summer Intensive, July 2013 by video audition. Well done!


 Congratulations to the students who won awards at the Debra Whitten School of Dance 2012:
Most Improved Student:                  Olivia Gell
Runner Up Most Improved Students: Kayla Gell & Sabrina Henry

Most Diligent Student:                    Madelyn Coupe
Runner Up Most Diligent Student:    Zara Harrison

Special Performer Award:                Sophie Moman


We're off to the Genee International Ballet Competition in New Zealand Madelyn Coupe has qualified as a Semi Finalist! We're so excited & proud!!

Congratulations students, teachers & parents for absolutely outstanding Vocational Examination 2nd Session Results! Some students marks were 90+! Madelyn Coupe has attained a Distinction from Primary- Advanced 2 with the Debra Whitten School of Dance!

Congratulations staff & students the Royal Academy of Dance Grade Examination results for 2012 were Outstanding! We had 90% of students gaining a Distinction and some absolutely outstanding marks! We had a student gain 99 & and another gain 98! Well Done!

1st Place Open Classical Section Beenleigh Eisteddfod!
A fantastic report remarking on your beautiful training!

2nd Place Open Entertainment Section Beenleigh Eisteddfod! A glowing report and you all shone on stage!

Zoe Godde 3rd Place 12 years Classical Gold Coast Eisteddfod
Kayla Gell Very Highly Commended 12 years Classical Gold Coast Eisteddfod
Lyn Nagayama Very Highly Commended 10 years Classical Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Congratulations Lyn Nagayama Highly Commended in the 9yrs Classical at Ipswich Eisteddfod :)

Congratulations Sabrina Henry for making it to the Semi-Finals of BPAC Junior Ballet Scholarship! Chookas for the semi finals tomorrow Sabrina! :)


Congratulations Alannah Hamilton accepted into Ballet Theatre Qld for 2012-2013~ well done :)

Wynnum Eisteddfod
Zoe Godde, 2nd Place 11 yrs Classical
Lyn Nagayama, Highly Commended 9 yrs Classical
Kayla Gell, Highly Commended 12 yrs classical

Well Done Girls! What a fantastic achievement on your first eisteddfod performances! 

Congratulations to Sophie Moman for the recent Annie Auditions held in Brisbane. Hundreds of children tried out and little Sophie after many rounds of auditions, has been announced to become one of Brisbane'
s orphans!! Well Done Sophie!

The Debra Whitten School of Dance is proud to announce that from 450 students, 240 were selected to be given an audition time for the Annie auditions. Three of our students applied and all three were given an audition! What an achievement!!!


We're excited to see our girls in action: Makayla Martin, Tahl Kean, Kayla Gell and Zoe Godde 'Chookas' for a wonderful performance season with Ballet Theatre Queensland! You all danced beautifully girls, we all enjoyed watching you perform!


Debra Whitten School of Dance Award Winners 2011

Encouragement Award: Jayde McLennan
Encouragement Award: Chloe Lloyd

Most Improved Dancer: Zoe Godde
Most Diligent Student: Olivia Gell

Congratulations staff, students and parents for a fantastic concert "Welcome to Neverland" received terrific reviews and looks fantastic on DVD! Well Done! 

 Congratulations to staff and students for absolutley fantastic Vocational Results 2nd Session, Brisbane!! Teachers and students should be exceptionally proud, we are very proud of all our Vocational Results for 2011! Several students received 90+% in their examinations!!

A special congratulations to Madelyn Coupe whom has danced at the Debra Whitten School of Dance since 3 years of age and has received a Distinction from Primary- Advanced 1 Examinations! Well done Maddy!

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong for being selected to perform in Queensland Ballet's King Arthur!

CONGRATULATIONS Makayla Martin whom received Highly Commended at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod 15 years and under, Demi Character!

CONGRATULATIONS 1st Session Vocational Results were fantastic! Students achieved brilliant results with the average mark being over 80%!

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong whom made the Semi Finals of the BPAC Ballet Scholarship in the Intermediate Section (12- 14 years). Caitlyn danced beautifully!

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong and Sway Randle whom made the Finals of the BPAC Jazz Scholarship in the Intermediate and Junior Sections. Well done girls!

2011 is shaping up to be another busy and exciting year at the Debra Whitten School of Dance; with over twenty vocational students entered in 2011 we are working hard & enjoying seeing tremendous improvement in every student!

Congratulations to Debra Whitten School of Dance Students whom successfully auditioned for the Ballet Theatre of Queensland 'Cinderella' Every student whom auditioned for the youth company was accepted, so congratulations staff & students! Kayla Gell, Zoe Godde, Tahl Kean & Makayla Martin. 

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong with some fantastic eisteddfod results; Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod 2nd Place 11 years Classical, 3rd Place 11 years Demi Character. Well done Caity!

Congratulations Lucia Lassman winner of the RAD Intermediate Encouragement Award at the Summer School 2011! Well done Lucia!

Congratulations Olivia Bird winner of the RAD Intermediate Foundation Encouragement Award at the Summer School 2011! Well done Olivia!

Australian Ballet School Interstate Training Programme 2011 (accepted 2010)
Tia Borg & Shene' Lazarus

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong selected to be in the Queensland Ballet Junior Extension Programme- 120 dancers auditioned from Queensland!  Congratulations Caity!!


                          Most Diligent Student 2010: Caitlyn Armstrong
                          Runner Up: Rebecca Donovan

                          Most Improved Dancer 2010: Tia Borg
                                                    Runner Up: Aaron James

Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong chosen to perform with Queensland Ballet in the Nutcracker! Wishing you an enjoyable performance season Caity!

Chosen to perform with Queensland Ballet in Fonteyn Remembered: Shene' Lazarus
Wishing you a successful performance season Shene'

Congratulations Shene' Lazarus- Finalist of the Royal Academy of Dance South Queensland Regional Panel Jacqueline Morland Awards 2010 in the Intermediate Section! 
Congratulations Maggie Dixon- Best; trained by Debra Whitten accepted into Vienna Opera Ballet School! Good luck; wishing you success and a fortifying career ahead of you.

CONGRATULATIONS STAFF AND STUDENTS ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE GRADE EXAMINATION RESULTS FOR 2010 WERE FANTASTIC! 95% of students received a DISTINCTION! Congratulations Zoe Wang who received 100%! 40% of Students achieved marks over 90%!


Congratulations to Tia Borg 2nd Place, 11 years Classical Gold Coast Eisteddfod 2010!

Congratulations to Tia Borg winner of the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Foundation Encourgement Award at the Winter Vacation School.

Congratulations to Lauren Humphreys winner of the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Foundation Encouragement Award at the Winter Vacation School, Gold Coast.

Congratulations to students accepted into Ballet Theatre Queensland 2010. Well done Caitlin Armstrong, Tia Borg, Kayleen Burley, Grace Clarke, Madelyn Coupe, Makayla Martin and Natasha Martin.

Congratulations to Caitlyn Armstrong the winner of the R.A.D South Queensland Intermediate Foundation Encouragement Award at the Autumn School 2010!

Congratulations to Makayla Martin the winner of the R.A.D South Queensland Intermediate Encouragement Award at the Summer School 2010!

 Congratulations to Shene Lazarus the winner of the
South Queensland Intermediate Foundation Encouragement Award at the Summer School 2010!

Congratulations Debra Whitten School of Dance Awards Winners 2009.

Most Improved Dancer (Winner) Makayla Martin

Most Improved Dancer (Runner Up) Sophie Hahn

Most Diligent Student Award: Kayleen Burley

 Congratulations Debra Whitten School of Dance student Kayleen Burley, accepted into Queensland Dance School of Excellence 2010!!

Congratulations Shene Lazarus winner of Logan West Arts/Education Young Star Award!

Congratulations to Shene' Lazarus who was just accepted into the Queensland Ballet Junior Extension Programme 2010.Congratulations Shene' Lazarus accepted into the prestigious Australian Ballet School Interstate Programme! Well done Shene and teachers!

Students success with Ballet Theatre of Queensland Casting for Snow White 2009:
Snow White: Maggie Dixon- Best
Dwarfs: Kayleen Burley and Tia Borg
Natasha Martin, Grace Clarke, Madelyn Coupe
Lucia Lassman, Shene' Lazarus, Makayla Martin
Male Dance Roles: Aaron James

RAD 1st Session Exam Students what a fantastic group of results, 97% of the students received a Distinction
Congratulations Caitlyn Armstrong 1st Place Classical Solo Redlands Eistedfod 10 Years and Under! What a fantastic Eistedfod Year!
























Congratualations C.S.T.D 1st Session Exam Students and Teachers a brilliant set of results! All students receiving Honours or Honours Plus!

Congratulations all Royal Academy of Dance 1st Session Vocational Students and Teachers; a very strong group of results!

Congratulations Maggie Dixon- Best with some fantastic results from Brisbane Eisteddfod 2009. 2nd Place Slow- Modern Solo, Very Highly- Commended Classical Ballet Solo, Very Highly- Commended Contemporary Solo. Well done!

Coast Eisteddfod 10 years Classical Solo 2009! Winner of Twins Town Eisteddfod 11 Years Classical Solo 2009! 2nd Place Classical Solo Brisbane Eisteddfod 2009!

Congratulations Maggie Dixon- Best 2nd Place Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod 14 years and Under Demi Character and Slow Modern!

Congratulations Miss Debra-  Continuing Professional Development Knowledge in Practice Units appointed Tutor by the Royal Academy of Dance.

Karina Nairne- former student and guest teacher.
Half- Merit Scholarship Recipient to Mystic Ballet Professional Summer Intensive 2009. Performed with Ballet Ireland in Swan Lake 2008, 60 shows throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Grace Clarke has just returned from The Australian Ballet School Intensive. Grace was the winner of the Encouragement Award at the Royal Academy of Dance Summer School.

All of the Debra Whitten School of Dance students who auditioned for the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Convention were successful!

Maggie- Dixon Best Winner of the Most Outstanding Contemporary Dancer 2008 at Sunshine Coast Eisteddfod.

 95% of Royal Academy of Dance Grade Students received a Distinction in 2008!