Miss Tamara Davidson - Principal:
Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Song & Dance, Acrobatics, Competition solos and troupes
Miss Tamara has taught dance for 20 years and has a diverse teaching background with an emphasis on Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Flexibility, Song & Dance and Acrobatics. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Diploma of Performing Arts, DFTA Dance Teachers Certificate and Australian Gymnastics Coaching Certificate, Australian Teachers of Dancing Affiliate, along with many years of experience in teaching students to a high standard for entry into exams, and select Performing Arts Programs such as the Victorian College of the Arts. She is also a member of Ausdance and an RAD Mentor for the RAD teacher training program. Miss Tamara truly enjoys passing on her love of dance to her students.
Miss Kylie Fenelon
STUDIO MANAGER & TEACHER
Jazz, Lyrical, Competition Solo's
Kylie began dancing under VCA graduate Heather Warneke, where she continued to train for 13 years. After studying all forms of dance including Ballet , Character, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop, Jazz was her first love. At 16, she entered the world of competitive ballroom and within 1 year, together with her partner, became Southern Cross Latin Champions.
In 1990 she gained early entry into full time Performing Arts at Box Hill TAFE. While there she also studied dance under Laurel Martyn OBE and Mark Laguerre. During this time she performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and with local and international music artists.
Miss Susan Sargison
Miss Susan is a graduate of the Australia Ballet School performing with both the Australian Ballet and the Dancers Company in her final year of study. MissSusan has had an extensive career as a professional dancer in London’s West End, South East Asia and Europe. Her career has spanned both Classical and Musical Theatre genres, which has given her a broad knowledge of dance. She has been an esteemed RAD teacher for many years and her passion for dance has extended into the examining field and in 2012, Ms Sargison was accepted onto the Panel of Examiners for the Royal Academy of Dance and the Southern Federation of Dance. Miss Susan is often asked to Adjudicate at Eiestfford and Competitions throughout Australia.
Miss Eloise Martyn
Private Singing Lessons, Group Singing, Musical Theatre, Drama & Acting
A two time Rob Guest Endowment Top 30 semi-finalist, Eloise Martyn is a musical theatre performer and children's entertainer and sought after teacher. Since completing Showfit at Centrestage Performing Arts School, Eloise has toured extensively with LifeLike Touring to Hong Kong, Singapore, Middle East & Australia in Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig Live Big Splash, Peppa Pig Live Treasure Hunt and Bob the Builder. Other credits include Connected by Alanya Bridge, self-produced cabarets, 'Confessions of a Golden Child' and 'This is 23' and various shows with ExitLeft Productions in Hobart. Eloise has been a private singing teacher and has taught musical theatre at various dance and theatre schools across Victoria for the last 5 years, with students reaching great success across the board; gaining admission to tertiary courses, and successfully auditioning for professional musicals.
Beth Lane is a Melbourne based dance artist and teacher. A graduate of the VCA, University of Melbourne, BA Dance (2011), she has worked on independent performance projects in Aus and NZ as a dancer and choreographic advisor, continuing this throughout 2018. She worked with Russell Dumas, ‘Dance Exchange’ for 4 years, performing and training with his array of creative associates in Australia, New Zealand, France and New York. Beth is constantly fueling her interest in physical practices, improvisation and anatomy. She is currently studying a range of ideokinetic techniques (imagery through movement) with practitioner Shona Innes, which works to improve postural and alignment clarity in the body. Beth teaches dance to youth in a range of school and community settings throughout Australia. She also works as a sessional staff member at the VCA, teaching and assessing as a part of their breadth dance program.
Miss Kathryn Botica
Contemporary, Classical Ballet RAD
Originally from Wellington, New Zealand Miss Kathryn she trained at the prestigious New Zealand School of Dance the audition based National ballet school. She taught for a number of ballet schools in New Zealand and was responsible for creating the "Wellington Freelance Dancers" open classes (teaching ballet and contemporary) and choreographic opportunities for beginners to professionals.
Classical Ballet, RAD & ATOD
Bachelor of Arts (Swinburne University). Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management (Box Hill TAFE). Vanessa grew up in the regional Victorian town of Mildura, Victoria, and started ballet classes at the age of seven. She completed RAD exams both recreational and vocational, finishing Grade 8 and Advanced 1 with Distinction. Beginning as a student teacher at the age of 12, she soon developed a keen interest in teaching as a career. Following a move to Melbourne for tertiary studies she studied a Diploma of Dance (Teaching and Management) and was employed as a freelance dance teacher at various ballet schools around Melbourne. She is currently completing her CBTS with the RAD, and continue to share her love of ballet and dance with her students. Vanessa is also a keen adult ballet student, and fits in a class whenever she can!
Miss Iona Marques
Elite Classical ballet & Extension Classical Ballet
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Iona began her professional career with Cia Dance 2000 in Brasilia, where she performed in Swan Lake (Moscow Ballet version), among other productions. Since then Iona has worked with a number of companies and independent choreographers in Europe such as Opus One Dance Company, Lorn MacDougal and Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Holland. Also in Amsterdam she has been a guest teacher with Dance Street studios and co founded the production company Movement Network.
Iona joined the West Australian Ballet in 2006 where she performed in various productions, including Simon Dow’s Red Shoes and Alice, and danced a featured sole role in Francis Ring’s Debris. In 2008 Iona joined Queensland Ballet where she worked until January 2013 under the direction of Francois Klaus and later Li Cunxin. During the time with the company she toured to Japan, China and Europe, as well as Northern Queensland tours, and performed in countless productions. Her favorite roles are Carabosse in Francois Klaus’ Sleeping Beauty, Eunice in Streetcar named desire and her favorite ballets are Gareth Belling’s Refraction, Nils Christie’s Sink and Fearful Symmetries and Mario Schroeder’s Erdbeermund.
Since January 2013 Iona has worked as a guest dancer and performed in Timothy Brown’s Salon at Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane and Michael Pappalardo’s work Consumption for Melbourne’s Short and Sweet festival to name a few. She has also been a guest teacher and tutor in dance schools in Brisbane, Byron bay and Melbourne.
Miss Tess Howieson
Acrobatics, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop
Tess Howieson grew up in Perth, Western Australia dancing her life away from the age of 4. Placed in a local dance studio because of her endless energy and need to perform, it became a passion. This lead her to move to Melbourne to train in full time dance in 2015 after graduating high school. Tess trained for two years at The Space Dance and Arts centre and Jason Coleman's Ministry of dance where she completed her diploma of dance and certificate 4 in dance teaching and management. She also holds a certificate of modern jazz accredited through the commonwealth society of dance teachers. Recently Tess has found a love for choreography and she was lucky enough to travel to New York in 2017 to choreograph three fully fledged musicals for Stagedoor Manor’s summer season.
Miss Taylah Evans
Taylah is a passionate performer training at her mothers highly acclaimed Dance School; Jenina’s Dance Workshop, in Hobart, Tasmania. She has also trained at Exitleft performance academy, Barbara Todd ballet school, Jane Edwards private vocal teacher, React drama School and Patrick Studios Australia. Taylah has been apart of the support act for Justice Crew, a multiple time national title winner at both Showcase National Dance Competition & Dancelife Nationals, has taken classes at Broadway Dance Centre in New York & the Palace Dance Studio in New Zealand, was nominated for best leading actress in a musical at the Tasmanian Theatre Awards and has been a featured dancer in numerous corporate events such as the 2017 NAB ball at the Crown Casino. Taylah has performed in many musicals over the years, highlighting her career are the roles of Wednesday Addams in Old Nick Company’s “Addams Family”, Elle Woods in Rosny College’s “Legally Blonde”, Louisa in Exitleft’s Production’s “the Sound of Music”, Holly in Old Nick Company’s “the Wedding Singer” & Vanessa in Exitleft Production’s “In the Heights”.
Miss Tamara Taylor
Tamara is currently a professional dancer with the Melbourne city ballet company as well as a teacher specialising in Ballet (RAD), Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and acrobatics. She trained at the prestigious New Zealand Ballet School. A former gymnast she is also a certified acrobatics teacher under Acrobatic Arts. She has coached many competition students in both solos. and troupes. She has enjoyed performing as in American Ballet Theatres Swan Lake and Queensland Ballets Cinderella.