The Full Time 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.

 

 

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, 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.

 

 

Arna Singleton - Hip Hop

 

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Arna Singleton aka Robotgirl (RBTGRL), is a highly respected and highly sought after professional hip hop/urban choreographer, performer and dance event organiser. She has taught thousands of workshops, choreographed for various events, performed on TV (SYTYCD, Australia’s Got Talent, AFL Footy Show Player Revue to name a few) and was chosen via a dance audition process to dance with Madonna in Canada.

 

Over the years she has skill developed thousands of dancers and has contributed to the professional development for so many interested in the urban dance world. Arna is known for the running and creation of dance crew competition, Step Off, and bringing the elements of hip hop together at Our Backyard at the Arts Centre. She is highly recognised within her field and is considered one of the leaders for the urban dance industry.

 

Arna is the Director for her own all age urban dance company, The Legacy & Co who experienced their first successful year with a production, Her Name is Alice, at the Gasworks theatre. Find Arna’s works and follow her on social media via the links below:

 

youtube.com/rbtgrl

youtube.com/hollabakdc

youtube.com/thelegacyandco

 

 

Brianna Taylor - Tap

 

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Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading 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 numerous productions, with a career highlight being one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company’s ‘UNTAPPED’ USA tour.

Her most recent achievements include performing for Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Big Band’ stage production, Disneyland Paris 2017.  Brianna will be returning for the second season with Disneyland Paris early Oct 2018. Brianna is also Australia’s only performer touring with American tap company, Rhythmatic, directed by Nick Young, recently performing in the companies brand new production, ‘On Top of The World’ in Bermuda and LA. Brianna has also performed in two seasons with Raw Dance Company’s, ‘UNTAPPED’ which toured both USA 2016 & Australia 2017. She 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 is sponsored by Capezio as a Capezio Athlete Ambassador, a brand she is extremely proud to represent.

She 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.

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 passion for tap dance and choreography has seen her travel both nationally and globally. Brianna has taught at some of Australia’s elite dance institutes around the country along with being a regular faculty member at the Australian Tap Dance Festival in Melbourne and Sydney Tap Festival.

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.

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

Petros Treklis - Contemporary

 

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Petros Treklis graduated in 2010 from London’s ‘Laban Conservatoire’ with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance, and then joined Tavaziva Dance for several years. Other performance work whilst in London include: appearing as a guest artist with Watkins Dance, working with IJAD on their project In-Finite Space, as well as dancing for Place Prize Winner Riccardo Buscarini and Taiwanese Choreographer Hsiao-mei Ho for the ArtsCross 2013 Project. 

 

Since 2014, Petros was a member of Sydney Dance Company under the Artistic Directorship of Rafael Bonachela, performing works worldwide by Bonachela, as well as Andonis Foniadakis, Gabrielle Nankivell, William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman, Larissa McGowan, Kristina Chan, Gideon Obarzanek, Jacopo Godani, Shian Law, Melanie Lane, Cheng Tsung-Lung and Antony Hamilton. In 2019 Petros made the move back to Melbourne to pursue his career as a freelance choreographer and dance artist. 

 

Petros created his first professional work for Sydney Dance Company as a part of their ‘New Breed’ Season, the work winning ‘Best New Work 2017’ by Critics Choice Awards, Dance Australia. Since then, Petros has gone on to make work for The Australian Ballet and is set to create a new work on Queensland Ballet in the near future.

 

When Petros is not working with a company on commissioned choreographic projects, he is mostly teaching dance all over the state of Victoria, having taught regular classes, workshops and masterclasses to many of Melbourne’s established dance institutions.

 

 

Ashtyn Gloury - Urban Commercial

 

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Since an early age, Ashtyn has loved all things performing and began her training at 3 years old at Dance World Studios in all styles and genres of dance. In 2007, Ashtyn appeared in an episode of Australian TV show, ‘Neighbours’ as a child extra. Ashtyn then landed her first professional dance job as a ‘Ballet Girl’ in the Melbourne’s season of ‘Billy Elliot’ in 2009. From 2016, Ashtyn has been teaching for dance schools across Melbourne, choreographing for junior school and full-time students' performances as well as a weekly open class, since 2019. Since 2018, Ashtyn has been apart of Melbourne’s leading commercial dance company, ‘Boss Dance Company’ performing in their 2018 season of their show ‘Four’ and their sold out 2019 season ‘Bound’. In 2019, Ashtyn and the company took their performance of ‘Four’ to Canberra, whilst there Ashtyn also taught a workshop. Also in 2019, she assisted with the very first Boss Generation program where her choreography was showcased in their sold out season. Later in 2019, Ashtyn worked with Australian artist North East Party House on their musical video for their song ‘Dominoes’ with Pixel - movie and television studio. She again worked with Pixel at the start of 2020 for the 10th year of Pause Fest where Pixel created the opening titles. Ashtyn also choreographed for Melbourne’s youth dance company ‘Alchemy’ for their 2020 season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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'.

 

In 2018 Gerard choreographed and performed in the very successful season of Matador for Bass G Fam Productions and then continued on to take the production on its National tour. In 2019 Gerard teamed up with Bass G Fam once again to choreograph Mansion for a smash season in Melbourne.

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.

 

 

 

 

Anthony Pepe - Singing and Acting

 

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Anthony graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2009. His credits include playing Mendel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof ‘(TML Enterprises), covering and performing the iconic Child Catcher role in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (TML Enterprises), Will Parker in Oklahoma (IAJ International) and ‘Irene In Concert’ (Peach Productions). For The Production Company Anthony has appeared in ‘Curtains’ as Harv Fremont, ‘Showboat’ as Pete, ‘The Boy From Oz’ covering and performing the role of Greg, ‘Chess,’ ‘The Producers,’ ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Sugar.’ Anthony has also appeared on the television show ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Dancing With The Stars.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Tim Barnes - Contemporary

 

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Timothy is a Melbourne based dancer, choreographer and producer. Timothy is the Co-director of Scimm dance company and Platforms youth company. 
Timothy was a contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance" Australia 2010 and travelled the world performing for Princess Cruises throughout 2011. He has performed with Melbourne contemporary companies Vertical Shadows and Collaboration the Project and has also worked with artists such as Kimbra, Delta Goodrem, Red Foo, Kylie Minogue and Zoe Badwi.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. 

 

 

 

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, Repertoire & Pointe

 

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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.

 

Connor Micallef - Contemporary, Skills & Partnering

 

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Connor has danced with multiple dance companies including "Lionheart Dance Company", performing in the professional show "Fabricated" and in various productions with the Scimm Dance Company, 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 where he obtained a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management. 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. Recently, Connor joined Company A where he performed on a regional tour in their launch production, ‘Broadway & Beyond’. Connor is currently a principal teacher at Kelly Aykers Casual Dance.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaelyn Hughes - Pilates

 

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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.

 

Rachael Peters - Fitness

 

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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, and the Youtube Fanfest in front of a packed Sydney Entertainment Centre and the ICC Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony. She featured in Parklife Productions rendition of Pippin and has been much sought after as a featured dancer in several Masters 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 and in 2019 joined her mentor in Company A for a regional tour of Broadway & Beyond. She looks forward to passing on her knowledge, passion and formidable skill set to her own students at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance.

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Casey - Theory and Administration

 

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Emily has been performing for 19 years in dance as well as singing and acting. Studying most recently at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and Dance Factory attaining an Elite Dance certificate, certificate IV in Dance Teaching, certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Diploma of Musical Theatre. She has also delved deeper into acting studying the Meisner Technique at Meisner Melbourne. Emily has had the opportunity to dance alongside Nathaniel in the ICC Cricket World Cup Ceremony, danced at the MCG for Liveworks, was involved in the Masters of Choreography shows, NOVA Music Theatre’s production of ‘Godspell’, an extra in a commercial for Baxter Laboratories, involved in suit work with Entertainment store and host and singer for The Kazoo's and SASH Entertainment. She is also apart of a new Dance Crew ‘Brazen’.

Emily teaches and takes care of administration at KAFTD, as well as teaching numerous dance schools in all styles.

Emily loves to perform and share her passion in performing arts.

 

 

 

Keeva Svikart - Cultural Dance

 

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Keeva grew up dancing & competing in east Gippsland. 

 

She started teaching at age 15 and was choreographing for local theatre companies, debutant balls, fitness programmes & other youth & community related events.

 

Come 2015 she was in the first year of graduates at Kelly Aykers full time dance, completing her cert 4 in dance teaching and management. 

 

Since, she teaches full-time, collaborates with local artists and continues self-training in tribal fusion belly dance as well as travelling abroad to complete certified intensives with industry professionals such as Rachel Brice and Suhaila Salmipour. 

 

 

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 graduated from Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance with a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2017. The last three 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. Currently she performs as a Gatsby Girl for Brooks and Baker Vintage Entertainment Company and has performed in the film “The Very Excellent Mr Dundee”. In 2019 she joined Company A, Australia’s first Broadway dance company A and toured regionally with their debut production, Broadway & Beyond. She loves to share her passion of tap with her students and is so grateful to be a member of the Kelly Aykers teaching faculty.

 

 

 

Katie Gloufchis - Commercial and Heels

 

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With 10 years of teaching experience already to her name, Kate Gloufchis is an emerging dancer, teacher and choreographer. She’s known for her passion and high energy, as well as her experience across a wide variety of dance genres, including commercial, urban/hip hop, jazz, ballet and pom. Kate is a co-owner of KAOS Entertainment – one of melbourne’s most prolific names in the nightlife scene. She and her team of highly-trained dancers perform weekly at nightclubs and events, and travel interstate for special events. Her impressive repertoire includes fire performance and DJing also. Over the years, Kate has performed in many shows and events, including cheerleading for the Melbourne Phoenix basketball team, and dancing in productions for Alana Scanlan, Masters of Choreography and more. When she’s not wowing crowds with her skills and infectious energy, Kate loves helping her students develop skills and perform with confidence.

 

 

 

 

 

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