Kelly Aykers Casual Dance

 

 

 

Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance has built a fantastic reputation over the last few years and has become renowned not only for it’s quality dance tuition but is turning heads in the professional world as well.

 

This year, Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance launched its junior school which employs the same professional attitudes and standards that have taken the senior school to such heights.

 

Kelly leads a hand picked, professional staff that bring passion and an unwavering love of dance to each class, offering a safe and fun envronment for young dancers of all ages.

 

As if that is not enough we feature some special guest appearances from our senior teachers at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance.

 

As part of our continuing commitment to the wellbeing of our students, all of our studios feature professional-standard, fully sprung dance floors, which are essential to the safety of growing bodies and help prevent injury. Your child’s health is too important to risk on a floor that is not designed and purpose built for safe dance.

 

Our friendly staff are always on hand in the studio at all times so you will always have someone to turn to whenever you have any questions.

 

There are comps, exams and a whole lot of dancing so while things are busy, we are really excited about what lies ahead and loving every minute.

 

It is exciting times ahead so if you require any information or would like to enrol your child, you can send us an online enquiry by pressing the 'Casual/Junior Dance Enquiry' button at the top of the page or you can contact us anytime at: fulltimedance@kellyaykers.com.au

 

 

The Genres

 

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Ballet

Ballet is the basis of all dance. In Ballet the children learn the fundamental technique that will be used through out their dance journey. It starts with Barre work, which supplies correct placement and then moves into Centre work, honing into strength and agility. Ballet training is necessary if your child is serious about dance. Our ballet classes are based on the syllabus from the British Ballet Organization.

 

 

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Jazz

Immensely popular and probably what most kids mean when they tell you they want to be a dancer, Jazz is energetic, fun and impossible not to love. Easy to learn, Jazz incorporates bold body movements with the beat making it both irresistible and amazing to watch.

 

 

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Tap

More then just dancing to the music, Tap is actually a part of the music! Few genres can match it for its audacity and its breezy style and is a real crowd-pleaser. With an emphasis on fun (and a lot of noise), Tap starts with the basic technique and moves onto intricate beats as the students gains confidence

 

 

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Hip Hop

The last decade or so has seen Hip Hop emerge from the streets and into popular culture. Combining fat beats with wry presentation and dazzling steps , the rise of the Hip Hop culture makes this genre a favourite of all ages.

 

 

 

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Contemporary

An offshoot from Classical dance, Contemporary dance casts plot aside and focuses on the purity of movement and physical expression. Thought provoking and driven by intent, dancers enjoy the freedom to express their emotions in the nicest way possible – through dance.

 

 

 

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Competition

Experience the thrill of dancing on stage performing in the genres of Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Song & Dance in our Comp squad. There are weekly rehearsals working on choreography which bonds the children together and lets them perfect the art of performance as well as solidifying the dance genres.

 *Comp classes are available to those that are study three genres or more including ballet.

 

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Skills

Skills class is for those dancers that want to take their dancing to the next level. The focus here is on advanced technique. Starting with a series of stretches it then goes into working skills such as Fouette`s, Jete`s, Pirouettes, Russian Jete`s and much more. Once adopted, these skills will hone and polish performance in all genres forever more.

 

 

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Pointe

Effectively ‘dancing on toes’, Pointe is what many think of when they think of classical dance. It is harder than it looks though and is for advanced students who have been assessed in their ankle strength. Pointe class is only available to children over 12 years of age who have been training in ballet.

 

 

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Acrobatics

Nothing takes the breath away quite like a well executed flip or somersault in the middle of a high energy number. Acrobatics is trained on a professional acro mat where the children gain the courage to find their own strength. It is placement and technique based and taught strictly through safe dance practices.

 

 

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Musical Theatre

Combining the triple threats of singing, dancing and acting, each Musical Theatre class is like a mini-musical in itself. The children have a ½ hour group singing class followed by a chorography class, which includes acting and learning character breakdown. Kids really love the chance to step outside of their shells for a little while and really get into character.

 

 

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Singing

We ALL sing – we do it because it makes us feel good. With the correct training and practice, using the voice as an instrument can be immensely satisfying and do wonders for confidence. The great part is, once you start, you may never stop!

Singing is best trained in private tuition (½ to 1hr sessions) but is also offered as a group class in Musical Theatre and Competition squad.

 

 

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Tiny Tots

For children 2-4 years of age, the Tiny Tot class introduces the students through immersion to the genres of Ballet and Jazz. Engaging them with music and props, the class structure ensures the little ones get that all-important development of motor skills while letting their imagination run free!

 

 

 

 

The Schedule

The Kelly Aykers Casual Dance timetable is carefully curated by Kelly and her team to group similar disciplines and age groups together. It is also streamlined to not only benefit the students but also to assist parents in balancing their own weekly schedules.

 

 

 

 

 

* Timetable is subject to change

 

Our ballet sylabus is proudly presented in partnership with the British Ballet Organisation (BBO). All ballet students are encouraged to take their examinations as good classical technique and discipline is the cornerstone of all genres.

 

Competition classes are only eligible to students training in three or more classes including ballet which is compulsory for all competition students.

 

Kelly is also proud to present an elite, structured package for U17 and Open age students which will feature industry professionals and will act as perfect preparation for those that are ready to take it to the next level.

 

Enrol today by pressing the 'Casual/Junior Dance Enquiry' button at the top of the page or you can contact us anytime at: fulltimedance@kellyaykers.com.au

  

The Junior School Faculty

Kelly spearheads a top class junior faculty that is an astute blend of her industry peers alongside some of the brightest and dedicated up-and-coming teachers that have been trained and mentored personally by Kelly. With an unwavering emphasis on safe dance and technique, the Kelly Aykers Casual Dance Faculty will not only build solid foundations for years of dance, but bring fun and enthusiasm to every class.

 

All of our teachers have valid Working with Children accreditation and are extremely dedicated to creating a safe and friendly environment in which the kids can enjoy doing what they love.

 

Kelly Aykers - Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Comps


HeadshotKellyA.jpg - smallKelly draws on years of experience and contact with the brightest in the industry to compile a Melbourne based teaching staff that would be the envy of any school in the country. Kelly knows that to deliver the kind of graduate that can take on the dance industry with confidence, she needs to surround herself with people that share her own passion and vision. To that end, Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance is dedicated to providing the best tuition by the best in the business.

 

After 40 years of training and performance, during which time she has choreographed, and assisted many Australian and international choreographers, Kelly is delighted that the natural progression of her career is now giving her the opportunity to pass her knowledge on to others within the dance industry.

 

For more on Kelly's career, check out our About Kelly Page.

  

 

 

 

Donnie Dimase - Jazz

 

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At such a young age, Melbourne based Donnie Dimase has already  established himself as a choreographer to watch for in years to come. Specialising in Urban Dance, Voguing & Waacking, he created the very popular Tenacity Dance Crew currently holding a the UDO 1st Place World Championship Title & various awards as well as creating underage commercial company Ferocity Dance Crew. 

Donnie is a graduate of Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance and has been Nominated for Victoria's Favourite Dance Teacher by Ausdance. In addition, he has been nominated for the Short Dance Film award with his work, 'Black Widow'. Resident Choreographer at Masters of Choreography for two shows running including 'Nightmare on Dance Street' & 'Once Upon a Time Chapter II'. Donnie is honoured to have been selected to participate in the 2013 Short + Sweet Dance Festival and to be awarded both the 'Choreographic Award' and the 'People's Choice Award' for his show, 'Own The Throne' he was also selected Resident Choreographer at Raw : Natural Born Artists.

Amongst his many achievements and choreographic credits, he can include the Melbourne White Night, Australian Open, Big Day Scout, Victorian Dance Festival, Miss Crown Asia Beauty Pageant, Platform, Lili Kendall's 'Run' Boylesque and Many More.

 

Brianna Taylor - Tap


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Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading female professional tap dance artists on the scene. The Far North Queensland country girl turned Melbournian fell head over heels for the art form of tap dancing and performing arts from the young age of four, training in jazz, tap, commercial, classical, contemporary, hip hop/urban and musical theatre.

Her passion for the art form saw Brianna relocate from her hometown to train at Brent Street in Sydney, one of Australia’s top performing arts academies. Her expansive dance career has since seen her tour globally with the production UNTAPPED, becoming one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company.

During her time in America, Brianna trained under some of the best in the industry, including Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Michelle Dorrance, Derick Grant, Baakari Wilder, Chloe Arnold and Sarah Reich as well as one of the greats Dr Arthur Duncan during the LA Tap Festival.

Her most recent achievements include being offered an extended contract with Raw Dance Company, touring UNTAPPED in Australia, March 2017. Brianna is also the only Australian performer in the American based professional tap company in New York, Apartment 33, directed and produced by Chloe and Maud Arnold. She recently performed as part of the New York company cast in the latest production ‘Where Dreams Are Made’ (NYC).

Brianna has studied at both Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC) and at the American Rhythm Centre (CHI) where she was offered a scholarship to train with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. During her US training Brianna also performed residency pieces by Michelle Dorrance and Baakari Wilder in Tony Waag’s Tap City Festival show at the Duke Theatre in New York.

A force to be reckoned with, Brianna has made a prominent mark on the Australian tap scene, working with some of Australia’s leading tap production companies, including Rhythm Tap Melbourne (Director Grant Swift), appearing on popular international television show Good Morning Britain and performing for luxury brands including Mercedes Benz and Crown Casino.

Her passion for tap dance and choreography has seen her travel nationally, having taught at some of Australia’s leading dance institutes around the country.

Brianna is extremely passionate about building a strong female market for tap dance by highlighting and generating opportunities for women in the industry; particularly in Australia. Her love for music and rhythm is infectious and she promises to continue to honour the history of the dance, and inspire and spread her passion for this art form through education.

 

Ashleigh Hills - Ballet

 

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Ashleigh began her dance training at the age of 6 with Carole Oliver at the Carole Oliver School of Ballet in Ballarat (now known as Dance School of Distinction). Whilst under the tuition of Carole, Ashleigh participated in many prestigious ballet competitions including Royal South Street, frequently placing in multiple sections and championships. She has represented Victoria in the Cecchetti Lucie Saranova awards in 2006 and was selected as a child extra in The Australian Ballet’s Nutcracker - The Story of Clara in 2000, dancing alongside the ballet company. Her dance training also includes jazz with Kelly Aykers and contemporary.

 

Ashleigh began teaching with Carole after completing her final ballet exam - Cecchetti Advanced 1 with honours. In 2010 she completed her Cecchetti Associate qualification in ballet teaching and continued to teach with Carole Oliver and Anita Michael, teaching both jazz and ballet classes.

 

Ashleigh has been teaching with Studio 1 for the past 4 years. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the art form has excited and inspired many students who continue to learn and develop under her tuition. She has a strong industry knowledge in ballet and is currently working full time with The Australian Ballet as a graphic designer.

   

 

Shaelyn Hughes - Competition Jazz, Tap, Song and Dance and Lyrical

 

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Shaelyn Hughes has trained in performing arts for the last 18 years.

She has been trained in voice, acting, musical theatre, Broadway/commercial jazz, ballet, contemporary/lyrical, tap, acrobatics, hip‐hop and Pilates. In 2016 she graduated with a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Kelly Aykers Fulltime dance and in 2017 a Certificate 4 in Mat Work Pilates instruction at Aligned for Life. Shaelyn made her musical theatre debut in the 2012 production of Billy Elliot the musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. Shaelyn’s TV credits include featured dancer in the ICC Cricket World Cup (GEM), dancing with the Stars promo (Channel 7) and the lead daughter in the comedic Laminex’s TVC commercial. Shaelyn has a huge passion and eye for chorography and the creation of pieces. Shaelyn assists Kelly Aykers at various workshops, auditions, competition adjudication and classes, she believes she has gained the education of creation from one of the masters herself. Shaelyn has taught at various schools around Melbourne in many genres as well as competition solo/VET work and recently received a choreographers award. In 2017 Shaelyn enjoyed teaching Pilates/conditioning and various classes for Kelly Aykers Fulltime Dance. She thoroughly enjoyed being a judge at Lowther halls performance presentation, as well as choreographing for ATA acting showcase and the choreographer for a music video clip. Shaelyn holds a current First aid, Police and Working with children’s check as well as education from multiple dance teacher workshops including the 2017 psychological and anatomical workshop- ‘Cue the Dancer’. Shaelyn is rewarded when she brings her pieces to life and sees all of her students shine on stage or in class. She is excited for this new venture and is confident that anything that has Kelly Aykers name is destined to be a sensation.

 

Kiara Watkin - Ballet, Contemporary, Skills


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Kiara studied classical ballet, tap, modern and contemporary from the age of 3 at Leisa Payne School of Dance in North Queensland. She attained her Advanced RAD in classical ballet and all exam levels in CSTD tap and modern. While studying part time Kiara was extremely successful in competitions and bursaries. Her passion was classical ballet and was accepted in to the prestigious Australian Conservatoire of Ballet under the direction of Christine Walsh in Melbourne where she attained her Advanced Diploma in Dance. Expanding her talents Kiara studied film and television, modelling and attained her Certificate IV in Pilates and Fitness. In 2016 she then gained her Diploma in Music Theatre at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and has not looked back since. She’s been fortunate enough to receive many opportunities on stage and on screen.

 

Kiara’s love of teaching originated from her dreams to be a successful professional dancer. Now a devoted Xtend Barre and Pilates instructor with over 18 years of dance experience and a diverse set of skills across teaching and performing she is excited to be passing on her love and knowledge of dance and fitness to all her students.

 

 

 

 

Connor Micallef - Acrobatics, Contemporary

 

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Connor has danced with multiple dance companies including "Lionheart Dance Company", Performing in the professional show "Fabricated" and undergoing company training every week, as well as that he has completed his training at "Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance" in Melbourne under the prestigious Kelly Aykers. His performance credits include: Representing Australia in the ICC opening ceremony , back up dancer to Nathaniel and Mike Tompkins, featured dancer in the Australian mini series “The Divorce”, performer at Brandcast and the Youtube Fanfest. Additionally has has performed a number of times in Masters of choreography , Victorian dance festival and Australian Dance Festival.

 

 

 

 

Rachael Peters - Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz


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Rachael Peters has been training since the tender age of seven when she discovered a love of Jazz and Hip Hop. Over the years, she has honed her skills to include Ballet, Tap and Contemporary culminating in a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. Her performance credits include Fremantle Media / Fox 8’s Ultimate High School Musical with Eddie Perfect and Anthony Callea, the Youtube Fanfest in front of a packed Sydney Entertainment Centre, the ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony and the Dancing With The Stars promo for Channel 7. She featured in Parklife Productions rendition of Pippin and has been much sought after as a featured dancer in several Master’s of Choreography productions at St Kilda’s National Theatre. In 2017, Rachael triumphed to gain a place in, and complete the Dream Dance Company’s intensive Showbusiness course. She looks forward to passing on her knowledge, passion and formidable skill-set to her own students at Kelly Aykers Casual Dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claire Stubs - Tap

 

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Claire has been dancing since the age of 4, beginning her training at CV Dance Studio in Bendigo. She has 18 years of experience in tap, jazz and ballet and has loved performing from an early age, competing in dance eisteddfods all over Victoria and interstate. Her love for Musical Theatre began at a young age; singing and dancing in musicals with the Bendigo Theatre Company and later on performing the leading roles in productions with the University of Melbourne.

Claire is graduating from Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance with a Diploma of Musical Theatre. The last two years have seen her take on the role of Roxie Hart in the 2017 production of Chicago and also being involved in the workshopping of a professional musical and numerous other performances. She is excited to share her love of tap with her new students and is thrilled to be joining this team of talented teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louise Roupas - Singing


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Louise is a graduate from NIDA having completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2016. In 2017 Louise starred as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago (dir. Kelly Aykers) as she continued her training at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. Earlier this year Louise appeared in Matthew Lee Robinson's New Voices and Masters of Choreography - The Ringmaster. Louise continues to teach drama, acting and musical theatre at NIDA Open.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Place - Administration, Tiny Tots

 

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Katie began her passion for dancing at the early age of 7 at the Townsville Academy of Performing Arts in North Queensland. She has successfully completed examinations with the I.S.T.D., A.T.O.D., and R.A.D syllabi. 
Upon acceptance into Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance, Katie moved to Melbourne to study her Certificate IV in Dance in 2016. This year, Katie is continuing to develop her education studying a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.  
During her short time in Melbourne, Katie has had the privilege of working alongside many prestigious choreographers such as Kelly Aykers, Phil Haddad, Etienne Khoo, Stephen Agisilaou, Sue-Ellen Shook, Dana Jolly, Donnie Dimase, Gerard Pigg and many more. Her performance credits include back up dancer for Kate Cebrano, Victorian Dance Festival and the Australian Dance Festival in Sydney. Additionally, Katie was lucky enough to be asked by Kelly Aykers, Penny Higgs, Manni Carella and Josephine Magliolo to be in their dance pieces for the Masters of Choreography’s Zodiac and Nightmare on Dance Street shows.
 Katie is very passionate about developing the growth of each individual child in every aspect of dance and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Kelly Aykers Casual Dance. 

 

 

 

 

 

Carla Nisbet - Teacher's Assistant (U7/U10/U13)


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Carla’s love of dancing began at the age of 3. She has been under the

guidance of Kelly Aykers at Studio 1 Performing Arts from 2011 to

2017 and has studied multiple genres of dance. She has performed as a

troupe member and a soloist in multiple competitions over the years.

Carla has thoroughly enjoyed being a teachers assistant during 2017

and looks forward to what the future holds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are taking enrolments now for the year ahead!

 

Press the 'Casual/Junior Dance Enquiry' button at the top of the page or you can contact us anytime at: fulltimedance@kellyaykers.com.au 

 

 

Watch this space for more great information including cutting-edge Pro and Graduate classes in the coming weeks!