Trudy Skippen

As a young student, Trudy studied with the renowned Marie Walton-Mahon and commenced teacher training before being accepted to study her Teaching Certificates at the RAD in Sydney. After being awarded Distinctions in all of her examinations, Trudy went on to open her first ballet school in Newcastle specialising in all styles of dance and Musical Theatre. In 2015, Trudy was part of a successful audition tour which saw her visit the prestigious Genee competition in London, and other beautiful parts of the world including Vienna, Hannover Germany, Hamburg Germany, Berlin and Cannes. Trudy has a teaching career that spans almost 30 years in NSW and Qld teaching RAD Grades from Pre Primary through to Advanced levels as well as Teacher Training. The majority of Trudy’s students receive outstanding results, not only in Classical Ballet, but Tap and Jazz also. Past students of Trudy’s have gone on to prestigious companies all over the world including the Australian Ballet, Australian Ballet School, Queensland Ballet, WAPPA, New York City Ballet and Hamburg Ballet Junior Company. Students have also gone on to dance on Cruise Ships, Disneyland, and in TV Commercials and Music videos. Trudy is the mother of two beautiful daughters one of whom is a ballerina in Germany, and believes she can confidently see the dance industry from many avenues - Dance Mum, Teacher/Mentor and Adjudicator. Trudy now devotes her time to her own school, Belmont Dance Centre in Newcastle NSW. Her students continue to be recognised for Scholarships and major awards. As an adjudicator, Trudy brings her wealth of knowledge of dance to eisteddfods. Her goal is to inspire the next generation of students by offering encouragement, acknowledging strengths, reinforcing the importance of safe and correct technical training and encouraging pride of a dancer’s craft. I am very excited to be part of the 2019 City of Wollongong Eisteddfod.



Dance Troupes

Speech and Drama

Senior Vocals

Modern Vocals Pop and Musical Theatre


String Instruments

Wind Instruments