OUR FACULTY

SAM

PRINCIPAL

TROUPE, JAZZ, LYRICAL, 

LAURA

TAP, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY, TROUPE

ELIAM

HIP HOP & TROUPE

LARA

BALLET, SINGING, TROUPE, MUSICAL THEATER

TARA

JAZZ, LYRICAL, HIP HOP, BALLET, TAP, RSD

AMANDA

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

JAZZ, CHEER, TROUPE

SALLY

JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL, READY SET DANCE

TYLAH

JAZZ, LYRICAL, TAP, BALLET,  RSD

KAYLI

BALLET

KIRSTIN

RSD, CHEER, HIP HOP

CHARLOTTE

LYRICAL

HOLLY

JAZZ, BALLET

Samantha has an obvious love for dance and teaching which lead her to open this studio in 2010. Being a member of the dance community for over 25 years she has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students. 

During her professional dancing career she has had the opportunity to perform locally and abroad including at Disneyland California, Walt Disney World, Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, The Sydney Olympic Games, Charity Events and many Concerts and Eisteddfods. Whilst Samantha loves to dance she has a passion to teach the art of performing to others.

Her studio has grown over the years into one of the most reputable studios in Sydney. Producing technical and industry ready dancers. Samantha’s students have performed and competed all around Australia and internationally. Many of her students have received many prestigious awards within the dance community. Students who have grown up under Samantha’s mentorship have gone on to complete full time dance and entered the professional dance world after graduation.

Samantha has also showcased her award winning choreography in Australia and The United States of America. In 2015 and 2017, 5 of her routines were awarded first place at one of the nations most elite competitions. She has also been awarded several “outstanding choreography” awards over her teaching years at various eisteddfods.  

Samantha is a member of ATOD and is trained in all genres of dance, and has enjoyed teaching over the past few years. She regularly participates in workshops recently at The Australian Dance Performance Institute, Sydney Dance Company, Disney and The Edge in L.A. 

Samantha has a BA of Primary Education and is a practicing teacher. Her passion lies in education and she has an extremely nurturing and warm hearted personality that guides all her students to succeed. 

She has also has also studied a BA of Medical Science majoring in Human anatomy, this allows her to understand how the body works and relate it back to dance so students are taught correctly.
 

Principal - Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Bloc Boppers, Kindy Blocs & Troupe

SAMANTHA OLLERTON

Eliam Royalness is a dancer and choreographer from Sydney’s south- west who has created and been a part of some of the most influential teams in Sydney.

He is the creator and director of Sydney’s number 1 megacrew, The Pioneers MC, who have represented Australia at Hip-Hop International in 2014 and 2015, in the U.S.

Eliam is a key member of some of the most influential urban performance teams in Sydney such as the House of SLÈ, Romans Dance Crew, and The Pioneers MC. Through his work with these teams he has obtained various competition titles and has had numerous opportunities to perform at some of the biggest events around Australia; including Dark Mofo Festival, Vivid’s Opening Night at The Opera House, Redbull’s ‘Sissy Ball’, Secret Garden Festival, ACTA at The Old Parliament House, and various other influential events and locations.

Hip hop & Troupe

ELIAM ROYALNESS

Stephanie started dancing at the age of 3 and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 7 years. Completing her exams at only 16 years of age with amazing results she became a member of Ballet Australasia Limited. Stephanie is a member of ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing)

Stephanie is keen to share her knowledge and experience with her students. Stephanie is trained in various styles of dance and has performed in many shows including the NRL grand final, Disneyland LA, Walt Disney World and recently danced in Italy.

 

She has danced at many concerts, eisteddfods and participated in many workshops in Australia and overseas. Stephanie has a BA in Primary education and her Certificate III in Dance Teaching.

Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Bloc Boppers, Kindy Blocs and Troupe

STEPHANIE CASCIO

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Sally has trained in dance and singing since a young age. During these years she performed and competed at many events and competitions and Eisteddfods winning many prizes. Sally has always had a passion for teaching and performing and at 16 she commenced student teaching & training to become an ADA qualified teacher in 2012.

 

Whilst loving her teaching and choreographing she also kept on that stage performing in a number of shows with Dancers 4 Events and experiencing a few years as lead singer and dancer in one of Australia’s upcoming girl groups “Capital”. Last year 2017 Sally completed fulltime performing arts at Village Nation in Sydney to add to her resume of performance skills.

 

Sally’s other passion is health and fitness, as she is a qualified personal trainer and loves to share her knowledge of fitness and wellbeing with her students and those around her.

Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Troupe

SALLY BASSUNI

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Kayli began dancing at the age of 3 at the Bollards School of Dance in Sydney. She completed examinations to Advanced level in ballet tap and Jazz under the Australian Teachers of Dancing Syllabus. Kayli competed at state and interstate level in the ATOD Scholarship awards winning a number of awards including a bursary to further her tertiary training. 

 

Kayli moved to the McDonald College in 2008 to expand her passion for Classical Ballet. She later began full time ballet training at the Australian International Ballet Academy under the guidance of Alan Cross and Josephine Jason. Kayli performed with the Premier State Ballet Company in many roles including pas de Deux and soloist roles. During this time Kayli completed her vocational RAD exams to Advanced level.

In 2011 Kayli was accepted into full-time professional ballet training with the Queensland Ballet Company.  During this time, she performed with the company in productions such as the Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and Swan Lake. 

Kayli has had over 7 years of teaching experience in both NSW and QLD with the ATOD examination Syllabus, choreographing for soloists and performance teams and is dedicated to passing on her passion to her students.

Kayli also has a love of nutrition and Pilates and has obtained an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine and certificates in Mat-work, Reformer and Barre Pilates. She is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

BALLET

KAYLI VALENZISI

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Lara is a Northern Beaches local who started dancing at age 3. Initially a student of Dynamite Performing Arts and later Lamont Dance and Theatre, Lara studied and competed in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Singing as both a soloist and group performer. During High School, Lara participated in the NSW Talent Development Project for singing and songwriting and was a Featured Artist on 5 Barrenjoey High School Band tours.

After gaining a band six in music in her HSC, Lara received a scholarship to Brent Street Performing Arts to complete her Diploma of Musical Theatre. There, she was given the opportunity to open for Kasey Donovan and also sing back-up vocals for Judah Kelly on The Voice AU. Recently, Lara was a successful applicant and graduate of the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music, in which she performed at the Opening Concert of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Lara has a bright and bubbly personality and is extremely passionate about teaching. 2018 has been an amazing year for Lara, as she has been given the privilege to teach at four different schools around Sydney, as well as run the dance program at Barrenjoey High School. As she expands her horizons moving out of Sydney in 2019, Lara is extremely excited about whats to come.

Singing, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

LARA DUNCAN

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Tara has been a part of the dance industry since the age of 2, where she commenced her training under one of the industries best, Peter Oxford. ATOD trained, Tara has achieved various first place titles in group performances & as an outstanding soloist in an innumerable amount of eisteddfods nationwide for the past 26 years.

 

She is not only a versatile performer, but a versatile instructor as well. For the past 10 years she has committed herself to teaching dance and sharing her passion of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop & tap to the next generation of aspiring dancers. As the dance industry continues to grow & evolve, Tara too evolves with it, frequently attending and receiving invitations to workshops & classes at some of Australia's most reputable dance companies.

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary

TARA VALENTINI

Born and bred Sydney girl, Charlotte has slowly but steadily become one of Australia’s finest and passionate commercial contemporary/lyrical dancers. Having danced since finding her feet, she furthered her training at Brent Street Studios, in which lead her to receive her Cert IV in Performing Arts, to then completing her Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) through the prestigious Jason Winters Contemporary Course in 2012.
Since then, she has gone on to train with many choreographers and directors from around the world at conventions and summer workshops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, London and Europe. Recently, she auditioned and completed the Steps On Broadway Contemporary Masters Summer Intensive in which she lived and trained in New York City with some of the industries top Creative Directors, choreographers and teachers. In 2017, she debuted with Twisted Element Dance Company in which she performed in the first season of ‘OPUS’ that was then selected to showcase at Sydney Fringe Festival.

Before that in 2016, she was accepted into DUTI Dance Company by Mathew Mizyed, in which she performed in the company’s season of ‘Underminds’. One of her career highlights was being cast as the lead female dancer for Australian singer/songwriter Emma Louise on her ‘SUPERCRY’ Album national tour in 2016.

She is the assistant dancer to choreographer/director Jason Winters, which she has assisted in workshops across the country and in Amsterdam and Belgium for The Winters Experience Workshop.
Charlotte is thrilled be able to share her movement/choreography with others and keep pursuing her performing arts career. With many stylistic and technical influences to her training, Charlotte has the glowing desire to help bring out every artists authentic self-expression, vulnerability and a fresh outlook on the performing arts industry in the future.

Contemporary & Lyrical

CHARLOTTE SCHNICKELL-BROWN

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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