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2023 APATA Performing Arts Teacher of the Year

WINNER: Amy Tinning

2023 APATA National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year

Winner: Amy Tinning – Branches Performing Arts, Co Stars Dance Company, Dirty Feet Outback Dance Festival.

Leading the way in regional performing arts, Amy Tinning at Branches Performing Arts based in North West Queensland embraces and practices dance ‘no matter where you are’. Amy is committed to instilling a love of dance and the performing arts in her region and beyond providing quality dance education in a positive, supportive and nurturing environment whether you are in the studio or online undertaking the Distance Dance Program.

Amy has designed access to dance with Branches Performing Arts being is a little different and all the more extraordinary for it – the principles of education in the performing arts are not limited by boundaries and inclusive for all to suit the community. Amy’s leadership in dance across the outback is beyond what most of us experience as a teacher with her studio classes teaching 300 students across several remote communities – Hughenden, Richmond, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Winton, Longreach and Barcaldine incorporating 84 scheduled classes, 80 private coaching sessions for students far reaching in the Northern Territory, Outback Queensland and Northern New South Wales with a teaching team online or on road covering 2,000km every fortnight.

Amy is a remarkable dance teacher providing training and development for young artists with professional level performance experience and exposure to high quality dance training and artistic processes. For the children and families based in the great outback of our nation living and working on stations and in remote communities, Amy Tinning has introduced accessible culture as well as widened horizons as to future careers. For the broader community, Amy is an ambassador beyond being a local hero – Amy Tinning is an individual who leans in to overcome any challenge, to fulfil dreams and give back so others can explore their cultural journey.

Congratulations to Amy Tinning, APATA National Award Winner – Teacher of the Year, a leader in the performing arts making what may seem impossible … possible.

Amy’s Branches Performing Arts Student Lucy features in the ABC Landline two-part feature about the Longreach School of Distance Education Outback Musical (Sunday 30 April 2023 and 7 May 2023) watch the first episode HERE (Lucy’s spot is at 9:04)

ABC North West Queensland also sent lovely words of congratulations to Amy in this post.

See Amy’s presentation pics HERE
Meet the 2023 APATA Award Winners – READ HERE

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