Vicki Sherriff - Principal
Vicki is the founder and principal of TDA Performing Arts. Vicki first opened TDA in 1993 and continues to play a crucial role in the management and creative direction of the school.
Vicki is currently President of Performing Arts Community Support Incorporated (PACS) which is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is “to enhance the quality of life, resilience and development of communities, with a particular interest in children’s, adolescents and young adults dance and performing arts education and vocational training, strengthening communities, and enriching lives through the arts and cultural activities.”
Vicki was involved in the establishment of the Dance Teaching and Management Course at the Benalla Campus of GO TAFE, including the creation and writing of lesson plans and assessment tools for this course. Vicki was also a member of the teaching staff during the initial years of this course.
Vicki is an Associate Member of Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) and has taught the syllabus since 1995. Many of her students have taken part in the ATOD Scholarship program and have received regular placings in these each year. Many of her students have gone on to continue a career in performing arts on both a teaching and performance level.
Vicki has an extensive background in dance teaching, including years with May Downs and Olive Wallace and was classically trained by Christine Perry. Vicki even completed her jazz and tap syllabus work in C.S.I.T.D.
Over the last 20 years, Vicki has organised an annual Summer School where students from around the State attend an intensive dance program with up to 8 teachers from around Australia. She has also been the Stage Manager for the Benalla Australia Day Celebrations since 2010 and was involved with the Community Development section of the Benalla Rural City in running other community events.
Vicki was the joint organiser of the Benalla Eisteddfod, 2005-2010 – which grew to a 12-day event involving over 1200 entries from around Victoria and New South Wales, making it one of the largest regional Eisteddfods in the State.
Vicki has built up a rapport and network with many performers and associations in the Industry (including Victorian College of the Arts, NIDA, The Australian Ballet School and several full-time performing arts schools). These contacts have allowed Vicki to arrange for students to take part in many events - including the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, work experience on the Sydney run of The Producers starring Bert Newton and Reg Livermore, and the opening ceremony for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup with Katy Perry.