The Faculty

 

Kelly Aykers - Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre  and Theory

 


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.

 

 

 

 

Etienne Khoo - Hip Hop and Jazz

 


HeadshotEtienneKedit.jpg - smallOver the past 10+ years, Etienne Khoo has enjoyed a diverse career as a dancer and choreographer, working in all facets of the entertainment industry. One of the chosen choreographers for Australia's So You think You Can Dance and performing in TV shows and at high profile events, Etienne has toured Australasia (including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia etc.) conducting and teaching numerous workshops, events and shows.

 

Etienne is well known for his work as the artistic director of DVP (Dance Virus Productions). In addition to winning 2 years back-to-back Australian Hip Hop Championship, DVP represented Australia in San Diego in 2009, coming 5th place in the world.

 

Finally, Etienne was commissioned by ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dance) to create Australia's most comprehensive dance syllabus in Hip Hop. These tutorials are available on DVD and used to train teachers and students internationally.

 

 

 

Adrian Dimitrievtich - Ballet

 

HeadshotAdrianD.jpg - smallAdrian began his training at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires where he was born, under the tutelage of Yura Dimitrievitch, Roberto Dimitrievitch and Vakhtang Chaboukiani.  He continued his dance education in New York and Paris under George Balanchine, Alexander Minz and Raymond Franchetti.

 

He has an extensive repertoire as a principle dancer and soloist appearing in all the major ballets throughout Europe, Argentina and Australia.

Adrian has choreographed and taught for many companies and schools around the world including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, International Ballet Tokyo Japan and National Institute of Circus Arts.

As the Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Ballet Adrian has produced works such as Petrouchka?s Nightmare, El Amor Brujo, Odd Couples and Eat Pianist.

 

 

 

Sue Ellen Shook - Jazz, Lyrical and Body Conditioning

 

HeadshotSueEllenS.jpg - smallSue Ellen has been teaching, choreographing, and performing for 30 years, and has worked extensively in the freelance world of commercial dance. Sue trained at VCATS and was inducted in to their Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

Film and Television Credits: Moulin Rouge (Baby Doll)- Baz Luhrman, Dancing with the Stars, Australia's got Talent-Rolling Entertainment Grand Finalist, Olympics 2000 Opening-Closing Ceremonies,

Australian Film Awards, Australian TV Awards, In Melbourne Tonight

 

Theatre Credits: Promises, Promises (Ensemble), Menopause The Musical (Soap Star), King Kong the Musical Workshop, Sugar (Dolores), Boy From Oz (Ensemble), Time Warp A Rocky Horror Tribute (Magenta), La Soire (Lola), 42nd Street (Lorraine), Pajama Game (Brenda), Pan (Tiger Lily), Starlight Express, A Chorus Line, A Midsummer?s Night Dream, Moving Pictures, Carmen, Aida, Batman The Stunt Show.

 

Sue's choreography credits include House Husbands, So You Think You Can Dance, Victoria's State School Spectacular, Jungle Book - A Musical Tale, Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Is There Life After High School, Motherhood the Musical and Menopause the Musical.  Resident Choreographer Australian Shakespeare Company

 

Sue's best production is an Australian/American co production (with her husband). Coleman, Cameron, and Cierra their three Children

 

 

 

 

Phill Haddad - Hip Hop

 

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Melbourne based choreographer, Phill Haddad (facebook.com/phil.haddad), is an inspiring and exceptionally talented dancer and artist. As a highly sought after choreographer, Phill has been 'smashing it' on the dance floor for nearly two decades and has worked both nationally and internationally.

 

Phill Haddad's extensive list of choreographic credits include, but are not limited to, working with artists such as Destiny's Child, Boys II Men, Ru Paul, Ja Rule, Ashanti, NTrance and Peter Andre, as well as theatrical performances with 'Grease the Arena Spectacular', 'Shout', 'Annie Get Your Gun', 'High Society' and 'Oh What A Night'. Phil has also choreographed and performed in numerous TV shows such 'So You Think You Can Dance' as well as the ARIA awards, music video clips, concerts and toured nationally and overseas. He has choreographed, produced and directed his own shows, such as ?Rhythm Runners?, a nationally toured event. His talents are highly respected and as such, has been invited to judge competitions such as 'Australian Hip Hop Championships','Australian Step Off Hip Hop Competition' and 'UDO Australia National Street Dance Championships'.

 

He has choreographed pieces in Masters of Choreography's showcases, 'Once Upon A Time Ch1 and Ch2' and 'A Nightmare on Dance Street'.Phill is a tireless, diligent and enthusiastic choreographer, always teaching and performing, always willing to impart his creativity and energy upon those fortunate enough to either train with him or see him perform.

 

Dana Jolly - Jazz Technique and Broadway

 

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Dana's career began at age of 9, in the musical Gypsy at Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne.

Dana then studied at the Victorian College of Arts, before performing with Victorian State Opera and the Australian Contemporary Dance Company.

 

Dana then moved to London, performing and choreographing in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Japan, for over a decade.

Some of Dana?s credits include, Andrew Lloyd Webber?s Song and Dance London West End and European Tour, The Royal Variety Performance, British Music Awards, National Music Express Awards, Winter Olympics Norway, 'Shall We Dance' UK and European tour,'Souls In Motion' European tour and West End, Hollywood and Broadway UK Tour, The Michael Ball television series, the Miss World Competition, Stonewall Concert Royal Albert Hall London, Strauss Waltzes Royal Festival Hall, and a wide variety of corporate, trade, fashion, Film,and television shows.

She has worked with such artists as Ray Charles, Madonna, Prince, East 17, Cliff Richards, The Kinks, Ewan Mc Gregor, Michael Ball, Gloria Estefan, Robert Palmer, Oasis, Ray Charles, and Michael Crawford to name a few.

International choreographers and directors that Dana has assisted include Hal Prince, Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman in New York, and Ben Elton, David Gilmore, Arlene Phillips, and Anthony Van Laast in London.

 

Dana returned to Australia as Resident Choreographer for the Australian productions of Showboat, receiving a Green Room Nomination, We Will Rock You, and The Producers, before choreographing 2,000 dancers and puppeteers in Citrawarna Colours Of Malaysia Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Dana then choreographed 2 productions for The Victorian Opera, and Everybody Loves Rhonda for the opening of The Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Other projects in Australia include choreography for Australian pop artists, Crown Casino, Australia Post, The Liberal Party etc, several television commercials, and Melbourne?s Moomba Parade and Water Festival for 3 years.

 

Dana's Musical Theatre credits include Respect, staring Rhonda Burchmore, and various productions for The Production Company, including Anything Goes, Kiss Me Kate, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Me, Follies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Grey Gardens, Showboat, and recently Nice Work If You Can Get It. In 2012 Dana choreographed the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for TML Enterprises, which toured Australia (2012 & 2013), followed by the Sydney premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Sydney?s Theatre Royal (2013), which received glowing reviews. In 2015 Dana was invited to choreograph the new Australian musical Sexercise, which opened the Alex Theatre in St Kilda, as well as 2 productions for the Melbourne Theatre Company; Jumpy starring Marina Prior and Jane Turner, and the new Australian work Last Man Standing, written by Steve Vizard, and staring Peter Carroll. Dana has just finished recreating Jerome Robbins original choreography for the musical Fiddler On The Roof that opened in Melbourne January 2016. Dana has 2 new musicals about to go into production for 2016, as well as transferring Fiddler On The Roof into Sydney's Capitol Theatre.

 

Dana also runs her own entertainment company Voltage International Productions and is in demand as a dance teacher throughout Melbourne and Australia.

 

Mark Dickinson - Acting, Television and Repertoire

 

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Mark spent 8 years living and working in London and his theatrical credits include Irving Berlin?s White Christmas, High School Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone and Les Miserables.

Mark's most notable Australian role is Dr Brian Ironwood, the face of Beyond Blue's Mantherapy campaign.

Others include John The Baptist/Judas in Godspell for Room 8, Jaques in As You Like It and Claudius in Hamlet, both for the Aust Shakespeare Co, Col Ricci in Passion, Dan in Next To Normal, John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, for Watch This! Molokov in CHESS, Lt Brannigan in Guys And Dolls, and Mike Kirkeby in Promises, Promises all for The Production Co. tick, tick, BOOM!, CATS, Mack & Mabel, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sunset Boulevard, and Beauty and the Beast.

Film and television credits include The Leftovers (HBO), Stories I Want To Tell You In Person (ABC), The Divorce (ABC), A Journey Through Time With Anthony, House Husbands, Ned, South Pacific, The Damnation of Harvey McHugh. www.dickinsonmark.com 

 

 

 

 

Eddie Grey - Singing Technique and Repertoire

 

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Eddie Grey is one of Australia's fastest rising musical theatre stars. In 2010, while a student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), he broke onto the scene in the role of Georg in Sydney Theatre Company's Spring Awakening. Since graduating in 2010, his major roles have included Luke in the critically acclaimed Australian musical Prodigal, Kiki in Legally Blonde, and most recently, Boq in Wicked. Alongside these on-stage roles, Eddie has twice directed Sydney?s Hats Off charity gala, been associate director of the Australian production of Heathers, and produced and starred in the Sydney Fringe show  John and Jen. His skills have earned him numerous awards including a Broadwayworld.com award for his role in Wicked (2015), the Rob Guest Endowment Production Company Award (2013), and best male performance at Sydney Fringe  (2011). In 2014, Eddie was the Major Fellow for the Mike Walsh Fellowship, a award which allowed him to study in New York under some of the most established names in Broadway including Joan Lader, Liz Caplan,  Jen Waldman and Craig Carnellia. 

 

 

 

Donnie Dimase - Commercial

 

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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. 

 

Gerard Pigg - Hip Hop and Commercial

 

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Gerard Pigg is known to be a very passionate, driven dancer who is predominantly from a self taught background. Over the years, he has established himself in various styles including Commercial, Urban, Heels and Bollywood as a Melbourne based performer, teacher, mentor and choreographer. 

 

His first venture into the professional dance scene was with the very successful ‘PROVOKATIV Dance Company', that he founded in 2012. As the Creative Director of the company and performer, he has been able to represent Australia in various dance competitions, nationally and internationally- the biggest one yet being the UDO World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Professionally, Provokativ also entertains audiences throughout Melbourne including nightclubs, corporate functions & many more. Additionally, Gerard has produced, directed and choreographed his very own production ‘PLATFORM’ which was held at The Revolt Melbourne Artspace in 2014.

 

In 2016, Gerard started working with 'Masters Of Choreography' as a performer and choreographer. Since then, he has made his mark creating unforgettable pieces for sold out shows at both the National Theatre and Palais Theatre. Shows including Signs Of The Zodiac & Nightmare On Dance Street, showcasing Bollywood and Commercial.

Now as a Chief Choreographer of Masters, he has also choreographed for 'Raise The Barre', which is the sister show to the highly acclaimed 'Beats On Pointe', which he tours with nationally and is set to tour internationally.

 

Gerard also performs as a part of Melbourne’s premier Bollywood dance group ‘Sapphire Dance Company’. Starting off as a performer, he is also now a choreographer for the company and the Artistic Director. 

He teaches at various studios and full time courses, where he likes to challenge his students and is committed to providing them with performance skills & encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones. 

 

Gerard’s credits include; International music artists such as K-Ci & JoJo, RuPaul’s Manila Luzon & Che Che Devayne, Lea Salonga, Ricky Sandu, Ammy Virk, Babbal Rai and Preet Hundal. Australian Artists including Paulini and Jessica Mauboy.

Australian dance competitions including Step Off, HHI (Hip Hop International), Got Swagg, UDO Australia, Battlegrounds Prelims & Finals. Melbourne's dance industry night UNDRGRND. 

He has also choreographed for one of Australia’s leading cosmetic companies MECCA and The VMC (Victorian Multicultural Commission) 2017 Premier Gala Dinner.

 

Gerard has proven and continues to be an advocate within the Melbourne dance scene. He loves and honours his art and prides himself on being an entertainer and being the best that he can be.

 

 

 

Jordan Herbert - Commercial

 

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Jordan has worked closely and assisted some of Australia’s best choreographers including Jason Coleman, Marko Panzic, Stephen Tannos & Yvette Lee, whilst having worked closely with others including Robin Antin (Creator of the Pussycat Dolls), Jason Gilkison, Simon Lind, Kelley Abbey and The Squared Division. Jordan’s television credits include Australia’s Got Talent, T.V Week Logie awards, The World Ballroom Championships, Dancing With The Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as performing for artists such as Red Foo, Jessica Mauboy and Delta Goodrem.

 

Jordan was one of the 12 prestigious choreographers to be chosen to create a piece for the 2014 inaugural ‘Masters of Choreography’ showcase held at The Palms in Melbourne. He has since been working closely with the Masters of Choreography team and every one of their showcases. Jordan was also fortunate enough to co-choreograph the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, led by Jessica Mauboy, held in Glasgow, Scotland. Jordan was also a choreographer for The Greyhound’s ‘Boylesque’, where occasionally you can catch him on stage starring under the alias ‘Aurora’. Other companies Jordan has gone on to choreograph, dance and work for are Mercedes Benz, Redken, National Australia Bank, Emirates Melbourne Cup, Spiegeltent, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Interflora, Fashion Aid, Fox FM, Gold FM, La Biosthetique, Mazda & the Australian Open.

 

As a teacher, Jordan has been a regular teacher since 2014 at various full time courses in Melbourne. He has taught at summer schools, workshops, intensives, in dance schools through out Melbourne and Australia. He has assisted Stephen Tannos, Yvette Lee & Jason Coleman at Australian Dance Festival since 2013 as well as teaching his own class at the Victorian Dance Festival in 2016. Teaching is a passion to Jordan and he is committed to providing students with creative mentoring, fresh and current choreography and constant exposure to skill and performance development. 

 

In 2015, Jordan founded Boss Dance Company, a commercial dance company consisting of some of Australia’s finest dancers, specialising in styles of commercial, hip hop, contemporary and jazz - in order to create and develop opportunities for himself and others to showcase and produce dance work, particularly in the commercial dance scene, in addition to the performance work Jordan does (corporate, commercial etc). Boss has been extremely successful over the years, winning Australian UDO Australian National Street Dance Championships and going on to make the finals at the UDO International Dance Championships in Glasgow (Scotland) in 2016. Additionally, Jordan has produced, directed and choreographed two full-length shows for Boss Dance Company, held at Gasworks Theatre (Alpha, 2015 & Conquest, 2016) to acclaimed reviews. Jordan has proved to have extensive experience in performing, choreographing, mentoring and teaching.

 

Andrew J Liu - Contemporary

 

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Andrew J Liu trained for three years under the guidance of various industry professionals at Ministry of Dance and The Space Dance & Arts Centre. Andrew has performed at various corporate functions, on TV commercials, at charity events, at the World Ballroom Championships with renowned choreographer Jason Gilkison, and in the highly anticipated Bollywood film Any Body Can Dance 2. It was a huge accomplishment when Andrew was booked to dance for Australia’s top recording artists, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy, and he has seen this as a huge stepping stone to bigger projects in the future. 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Shook - Acrobatics and Acting

 

HeadshotRobertS.JPG - smallRobert Shook is a professional actor, stuntman, and specialty entertainer with 25 years experience in stage, screen, and television. A 1984 graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts emphasis in Acting, Robert was a participating member of The American Collage Theatre and Dance competitions and The National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. University credits include:

Happy / Death of a Salesman,   Riff / West Side Story, Billis / South Pacific, Laertes / Hamlet and Puck  / A Midsummer Night?s Dream.

 

Robert worked for 15 years in Los Angeles. Film and Television credits include: The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno   Days of our Lives, Profiler,

Weird Science, To the Ends of Time

 

In live performance Robert was the fight director and understudy for the Droogs for The Company of Angels production of A Clockwork Orange in L.A. Robert has been involved in over 20 different live stunt shows and performed over 12,000 high falls. As a Stunt Coordinator and Action Trainer Robert wrote the standard operating procedures for the safe training of stunt actors for Universal Studios Hollywood and Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park. Other Theme Park Credits Warner Bros. Theme Parks in Chicago  and Germany and Wakayama Royal Pines in Osaka, Japan.

 

Robert is a member of the Screen Actor Guild, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, and has a Stunt Actor grading through Actors Equity.    Australian Credits include: I, Frankenstein, Cut Snake, The Pacific, Knowing, Underbelly, Jeffery Wright?s MacBeth, Winners and Losers, City Homocide, Rush, Tripping Over, Ned Kelly, Bastard Boys, Salem?s Lot, The Extra, McLeod?s Daughters, Neighbours, Ponderosa, Stingers, Surprise Surprise and various tvc?s.

 

Robert loves live theatre and has provided fight direction and/or action training for the Melbourne Theatre Company, Victorian College of the Arts, Australian Shakespeare Company, National Theatre School of Drama, Red Stitch Theatre, and Cheltenham Light Opera Company.

 

Robert coordinates action and performs in themed corporate events, as well as being the mascots for several professional sporting teams including the A-league, NRL, AFL, NBL and the Cricket Victoria.

 

Robert currently teaches on going classes and workshops in Action, Acro and Acting for adults and kids. Robert also provides private training geared to the professional or student by teaching and cultivating a wide range of action skills. 

 

 

 

Luke Alleva - Tap, Street Tap

 

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Luke began his musical theatre career in the Gordon Frost production of Man of La Mancha then went on to perform the role of Brains in Get Happy and the role of Cliff for the Australian tour of We Will Rock You.

Following this, Luke went to perform in London?s West End, with credits including We Will Rock You at the Dominion and Saturday Night Fever at Apollo Victoria understudying and performing the roles of Joey, Chester and Cesar and West End Rocks.

On return to Australia, Luke appeared in the recent revival of The Rocky Horror Show, understudied the roles of Brad and Dr.Scott, played the role of Scranton Slim, understudied Benny in Guys and Dolls, understudied and played Pepper and Eddie in Mamma Mia, played Young Danny in Xanadu, was dance captain and assistant choreographer in for the premier of Moonshadow and was in a recent production of a Chorus Line. For the Production Company, Luke has performed in 42nd Street, Little Me, Guys and Dolls and The Boyfriend. More recently, Luke joined the Australian Tour of Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang.

Television Credits include Always Greener, Australia?s Got Talent, Paul O'Grady Show, Kerri Anne, Sunrise and in a number of television commercials.

 

Anna Burgess - Acting

 

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Anna has recently embarked on an Australian tour of Broadway hit Bad Jews after a successful season playing the role of Melody at The Alex Theatre to rave reviews in 2015. Other recent theatre: Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage 2014 playing the role of Annette at Chapel off Chapel and the lead role in new Australian play Goodbye Miss Monroe in Brisbane and Melbourne, playing multiple roles including Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Gwen Verdon and many more; which was nominated for a 2015 Matilda Award for Best Musical or Cabaret Production.

Anna also recently completed touring for the second successful year in 2014 in the title lead female role with the widely acclaimed British comedy The 39 Steps for HIT Productions. Other stage credits include Raimondo Cortese?s play Inconsolable for Metanoia Theatre 2014, Neil Cole?s Groucho for the Adelaide Fringe Festival/Australian Tour 2013, the original Australian cast of Mel Brooks? musical The Producers; RigolettoMacbeth and The Barber of Seville(Opera Australia), Waiting for GodotMemorandaThe Pursuit of HappinessTime Warp as Columbia (Australian Tour2009-2013), Karaoke the MusicalCrazy for You, Damn YankeesSweet Charity as Ursula, 42nd Street as Phyllis, The Pyjama Game as Poopsie and Anything Goes (The Production Company). 

Her recent film work includes Any Questions For Ben 2012, The Caretaker 2011 (Awarded Seattle and DC best feature film 2012 and nominated for best actress in Buffalo Film Festival New York), Loves Brother and SMS. Anna?s television credits include NeighboursLast Man StandingGood Morning AustraliaStarstruckScreen StarsAustralian Idol and Thank God You?re Here

Anna has also had a successful professional career as a presenter over the last 20 years. Starting early on at Channel 9 as a presenter on Postcards that lead to years of work mcingmajor corporate events for Beyoncé and Jay Z at Melbourne venue Silk Road, most recently at Ms Collins for The Ageevent, Battle of the Pans as part of The Good Food Monthand for Sizzlin Productions the major Bollywood event of the year at the Atlantic in the Docklands. Anna has also presented in both Sydney and Melbourne for events for Fashion Tv, the MC for the burlesque opening for Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2013 and was the co main presenter for Channel 31's show Melbourne 22

 

 

Evan Pugh - Singing

 

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Evan grew up in Newcastle, where his interest in singing and performing first began. He left his hometown to pursue his passion, including studying Music Theatre at the Federation University Arts Academy. At the Arts Academy he has performed in Smash Hit (Mike), Urinetown (Caldwell B Cladwell), and success Melbourne and Ballarat run of his self devised cabaret To Dream The Twinpossible Dream.

 

Prior to attending the Arts Academy, Evan studied Classical Voice at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he won the Michelle Robinson Award, for the most outstanding first year vocal student. His performance credits at WAAPA include Susanna?s Wedding (Cherubino), Die Fledermaus (Dr Blind), The Perth Variety Cavalcade (Wallace Desmond).

 

While in Perth, he also performed as a chorus member in West Australian Opera?s production The Tales Of Hoffman.

 

 

 

Rebekah Davey - Ballet & Repetoire, Pointe, Latin Ballroom, Fitness

 

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Rebekah completed her professional dance training at Ballet Theatre Australia and the Australian Ballet School. Throughout her training she performed roles including Cupid solo in Paquita, Stars and Stripes pas the deux, Symphony in D, and The Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker. After graduating she began her career at the Hong Kong Ballet where she performed roles including cygnets in Swan Lake and various roles in Nutcracker and Coppelia. Her career continued in Denmark, as a Principal with Peter Schaufuss Ballet, where she performed Clara in Nutcracker, The Beauty Fairy in Sleeping Beauty as well as various roles in Elvis, Swan lake and Midnight Express. From Denmark, she spent two years as a Principal dancer with Ballet Jorgen Canada performing roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Stepsister in Cinderella. On her return to Australia, she accepted a 2 year contract with Phantom of the Opera playing lead ballerina, Meg cover and resident ballet coach. Rebekah now coaches ballet for elite gymnasts and dancers at a number of Melbourne schools. She is also a Nutritional coach, Personal Trainer and published health and fitness writer with a BA Journalism. Her Nutrition ebook and blog can be found at www.lithefitandtoned.com

 

  

 

Jo Magliolo - Contemporary

 

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Josephine Magliolo has had more than 20 years dance experience in a number of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, street tap, hip hop & contemporary. After training as a young adult, Josephine then progressed to full time training which only confirmed her love of contemporary. Her passion and dedication for the genre is now driving her toward the formation of her very own contemporary company.

 

In 2014 Josephine decided to create her own show More to C with the Melbourne Fringe festival which lead to her directing and choreographing the entire show and also casting the show's twenty-five dancers. The same year Josephine also choreographed ' Broadway Stitched Up for Slams theatre company. Josephine recently completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, which has allowed her to grow as a professional choreographer, teacher and manager in the dance industry. As a result, Josephine is now becoming a much sought-after teacher at a number of schools in Melbourne and around the state.

 

In recognition of her unique talent and skills as an emerging choreographer, Josephine was chosen to present her take on Aries in the show, Zodiac with Masters of Choreography in 2016.

 

 

Alarni Morgan - Classical Technique

 

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Alarni Morgan boasts more than 20 years of dance experience and is a graduate of the inaugural Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance course.

After commencing her training at just three years old at Take Five Dance Studio, Alarni furthered her study at Joanne O'Kelly School of Dance, where she received top honours for her VCE Dance.

Upon graduating, Alarni was accepted into the full time Performing Arts course at Patrick Studios Australia in 2010, where she completed her Certificate II and IV in Dance.

Alarni has worked in various facets of the Performing Arts industry, including two National Tours of the Great Britain Theatre Company?s The Cat In The Hat, as well as many theatrical and commercial gigs.

Throughout her professional career - which included a spot on Channel 10's TV Show Everybody Dance Now - Alarni has taught students of all ages and is especially passionate about creating unique choreography and movement tailored to each student's abilities.

Alarni was awarded the Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management in 2015, and is delighted to join the teaching staff at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. 

 

 

Vicki Patrice - Anatomy and Nutrition Principles

 

HeadshotVickiP.jpg - smallVicki is a registered and experienced Exercise Sports Science educator with a professional background in both teaching and performance.

 

Vicki has enjoyed a successful career in Sports and Exercise Science. She has more than 20 years experience in teaching and instructing in all areas of movement, including dance. Her expertise lies in Sports Science and Health and Human Development at VCE and tertiary level. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physical Education and a teaching Diploma of Education B.App.Sc Dip.

 

Vicki has been fortunate to have experienced the best of both worlds. Whilst studying Exercise Science, Vicki worked as a model/dancer for FRM model Management which gave her the opportunity to work in Singapore, be a leading model in the Victoria Bridal Fair for 6 consecutive years, a house model for many leading brands, countless fashion/dance parades, T.V commercials and modeling for Ultra fit magazine.

 

Vicki then went on to become the program director of the Northcote YMCA and took on the role as the center manager.

 

Vicki is currently the VCE Physical Education and Health and Human Development Co-ordinator at Alphington Grammar School. 

 

 

With an astonishing array of specialist and guest teachers, students can look forward to classes from:

  • Kelly Aykers - Jazz, Lyrical and Theory
  • Etienne Khoo - Hip Hop and Jazz
  • Adrian Dimitrievitch ? Ballet
  • Dana Jolly - Musical Theatre
  • Sue Ellen Shook - Jazz, Lyrical and Body Conditioning
  • Stephen Agisilaou - Contemporary
  • Phill Haddad - Hip Hop
  • Mark Dickinson - Acting, Television and Repertoire
  • Eddie Grey - Singing Technique and Repertoire
  • Donnie Dimase - Commercial
  • Gerard Pigg - Hip Hop and Commercial
  • Jordan Herbert - Commercial
  • Andrew J Liu
  • Daniel Ryan - Jazz
  • Alfie Scalia - Jazz
  • Robert Shook - Acrobatic and Acting
  • Susan Sargison - Classical & Pilates
  • Luke Alleva - Tap and Street Tap
  • Evan Pugh - Singing
  • Rebekah Davey - Ballet & Repetoire, Pointe, Latin Ballroom and Fitness
  • Anna Burgess - Acting
  • Jo Magliolo - Contemporary
  • Alarni Morgan - Technique and Skills
  • Vicki Patrice - Anatomy and Nutrition Principles
  • Alexander Bryce - Contemporary
  • Darren Tyler - Musical Theatre Dance and Broadway Theory
  • Monica Swayne - Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Jazz