Betty Bunhead & Friends is owned and managed by Jacqueline Hoole (nee. Manditch), from Maestro Arts Pty. Ltd. Jacqueline is also brand manager and chief product designer at SHOWSTOPPER® Australia.
A classical ballet teacher with over 30 years experience, Jacqueline has - over the years - trained some of the country's leading dancers, including Olivia Bell, Principal Dancer with The Australian Ballet 2007-2013, Ella Havelka, currently dancing with The Australian Ballet, and a number of other soloists and other artists who have danced with the Australian Ballet and other professional companies. Jacqui's depth of professional experience within the dance industry has enabled her to develop a keen eye for what works - and what doesn't - on stage, and this is reflected in her unique designs.
After many years of designing dance costumes and headwear for her students, Jacqui launched Betty Bunhead & Friends with, quite possibly, the country's first commercial handmade dance tiaras back in 2001. She's since designed for countless dancers and dance schools nationally, and, over the past 14 years, refined her styles and manufacturing techniques to create stunning pieces that truly are in a class of their own.
Jacqueline still teaches. Her dance studio - Garden City Dance - can be found at www.dancetoowoomba.com.au.