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.


Sian Kelly - Contemporary, Commercial Jazz

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Sian is known for her quirky movement style and creative approach to her work, constantly pushing boundaries in contemporary and urban movement. Her dance training began back in Geelong where she trained in a variety of styles. After making the move to Melbourne and studying at Ministry of Dance she continued creating and choreographing amongst friends and peers. Constantly pushing for more opportunities to create and experiment, Sian’s work has been seen at many Underground events, as a showcasing choreographer at Grounded: Battle of the Arts and in the Boss Dance Company shows ‘Alpha’ and ‘Conquest’. She is a member of Melbourne’s BOSS Dance Company and has performed at many events around Melbourne including ‘RAW’, ‘Melbourne Fashion Week’, ‘The Australian Open’ and ‘VRC Young Members Ball’ at Crown Palladium just to name a few. In 2017, Sian was assistant choreographer of Stage Art's Spring Awakening alongside Zoee Marsh. 






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:



Jack Egan - Tap


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Jack has been an influential member of the Australian tap community for over a decade, paving the way for the development of professional level tap dancing in this country. His work with young Australian dancers has brought his choreography across Europe, Asia and South Africa for competitions and further training. Recently his passion for tap dance has extended into The Forge Tap Project, an initiative promoting youth tap dance and furthermore recent performances such as Alpha - a Forge Tap Company event. 
He has been a part of tap groups such as The Tap Pack, Three Feet of Beat and One Big Blur performing to audiences world wide, performing on numerous prestigious cruise ship companies such as Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Europa. He is an accredited Judge for the International Dance Organization (IDO), judging at the prestigious IDO World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany in 2014 & 2016. To accompany his dance training he also studied a  Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation to facilitate his knowledge of the body as well as the development of dancers and movement patterns.




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 Festivalin 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 GoesKiss 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. 





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. 



Darren Tyler - Broadway and Jazz

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Darren Tyler has been a professional performer in musical theatre for the past 21 years and has been involved in 20 musicals touring Australia and around the world. He has been dancing for 37 years, trained in all facets of dance, and has been teaching around Australia for the past 27 years.

Darren’s theatre credits include Showboat, Happy Days, Pan, Oliver, Cats, Saturday Night Fever, Miss Saigon, Annie, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Rocky Horror Show, Fiddler on the Roof, and for The Production Company, he has performed in Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Showboat, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Curtains. Darren has assisted Australian choreographer Dana Jolly on many of her productions, including You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.

Darren has also worked as part of the Choreography team on the 2006 Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Melbourne Commonwealth games, and most recently on the fourth annual Islamic Olympic games, held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Darren has also been teaching dance for over 25 years.






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. 



Anthony Pepe - Singing and Acting



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



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 & 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




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



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. Recently, Connor joined Company A where he performed on a regional tour in their launch production, ‘Broadway & Beyond’.






Shaelyn Hughes - Pilates



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, hipÔÇÉhop 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 - Jazz



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, Make up



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. 




Heidi Ratten - Physical Fitness and Conditioning



Heidi Ratten has worked with in the fitness industry for the past 4 years. Teaching both Group and personal training sessions she runs her own fitness business and works alongside various gyms, clubs and schools to assist clients in reaching their goals. Having studied with Kelly Aykers Fulltime for 2 years, Heidi combines her love and knowledge of both the fitness and dance industry to bring fun filled and goal focussed sessions to each individual. 







Claire Stubs - Tap



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 Place - Skills and Contemporary



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 and completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management the year after. During her short time in Melbourne, Katie has had the privilege of working alongside many prestigious choreographers. Her performance credits include back up dancer for Kate Ceberano, the Australian Dance Festival in Sydney and most recently performing and acting as guest choreographer with Company A in their new show ‘Broadway & Beyond’. Katie is very passionate about developing the growth of each individual student in every aspect of dance and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. 




With an astonishing array of specialist and guest teachers, students experience 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


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