Miss Tamara Davidson - PRINCIPAL
Classical Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Song & Dance, Acrobatics, Competition solos, troupes. Miss Tamara has taught dance for 25 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, Tap, Competition Solo's & Troupes, Pre-School, Ready Set Dance
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Miss Kylie studied in all forms of dance including Ballet , Character, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop, Competitive Ballroom and Jazz. After studying Drama full time for 2 years she returned to her first love ........dance. After performing with local and international artists she returned to the classroom and persued her desire to deliver quality dance education. Her passion and enthusiasm for the performing arts is what drives her to inspire a new generation of dancers and performers!
Miss Iona Marques
Extension Classical Ballet and Classical Coaching
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.
Miss Hayley Arundle
Classical Extension, Classical Coaching, ACB Classes, Solo Coaching, Classical Troupes
A highly skilled, passionate and sought after dance educator, Hayley is excited to share her knowledge and experience of Classical Ballet (English & Russian styles) with the students of Academy of Dance Victoria. Hayley trained at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and gained a degree in dance from the VCA, before embarking on an international career. In the United Kingdom Hayley worked with two of the countries most acclaimed dance companies: English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. Her role as dance artist for both companies saw her tour extensively through England, Scotland, China, Hong Kong and parts of Europe delivering repertoire based workshops, classes and large scale choreographic projects. In addition Hayley performed for Biserk Dance Company (UK), Project Volume (UK), Moore Entertainment and Sankio Promotions (Japan). On returning home, Hayley was appointed manager of The Australian Ballet’s Dance Education Ensemble touring workshops and performances to thousands of school children Australia wide. Now also a professional pilates instructor, Hayley has an artistic, anatomical, inclusive approach to Classical ballet technique teaching.
Susan commenced her performance career at an early age starring as Clara in the Tasmanian Ballet Company’s’ production of the Nutcracker. In 1979, Susan moved to Melbourne to attend the Australian Ballet School performing with the Dancers Company and the Australian Ballet under the direction of Dame Peggy Van Praggh. Her professional stage appearance’s included productions of Coppelia, Carmen, Giselle, and The Three Musketeer’s. Susan was also fortunate to be the choreographic muse for Robert Ray’s productions of Poems and City Dances. After graduation, Susan worked with the Heidelberg Ballet Ensemble, Rex Reid Ballet Company and The Victorian State Opera in their production of Aida. Moving into Musical Theatre, Susan undertook overseas contracts to dance in Singapore and Japan.Continuing her dance journey Susan proved herself a reliable Australian dancer and was engaged in regular work in the West End’s Commercial and Musical Theatre industry. As one of Charles Augins Dancers at Pineapple Dance Centre she undertook contracts to dance in Portugal and Vienna. Returning to Australia in 1987, Susan performed as a member and Understudy to the lead in the original cast of ‘Seven Little Australians’. Other credits include a dancer on Countdown and the Melbourne commercial circuit as a Jillian Fitzgerald dancer. Ms. Sargison operated her own dance school in metropolitan Melbourne in the capacity of Artistic Director for 25 years. During this time, she also taught at Tertiary Dance Institutes teaching Certificate IV and Diploma students in Classical Ballet, Pas De Duex and Contempory. Since 1991 Susan has been an active Adjudicator at numerous Dance Competitions and Eisteddfod’s throughout Australia. In 2012 Susan was appointed to the board of Examiners for The Royal Academy of Dance and also the Southern Federation of Dance.
Ballet, Contemporary, Competition Coaching, Classical Coaching
Beth is a Contemporary dance artist and sought-after teacher in Contemporary and Ballet training. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2011), she has worked on independent projects throughout Australia, NZ and Europe as a performer and creator.
As a teacher, she has worked extensively in dance schools, youth companies, university programs and secondary schools, coaching dancers in ballet and contemporary, from beginners to advanced, as well as creating assessment and performance material for Year 12 students in Secondary Programs across Australia. Her work as an industry professional, and training in somatic movement practices, brings a unique approach to her teaching. Guiding students through knowledge and imagination towards a clear understanding of their own anatomical structure and discovering their movement potential.
Miss Tamara Taylor
Classical, Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatics, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Competition Troupes and Solos
Tamara a professional dancer formerly with the Melbourne city ballet company as well as a teacher specialising in Ballet (RAD), Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Progressing Ballet Technique 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 in American Ballet Theatres Swan Lake and Queensland Ballets Cinderella.
Classical Ballet RAD
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 continues 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!
Classical Ballet Extension
Chloe trained full-time at The Australian Ballet School and at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, where she gained a certificate 3 in Dance as well as a Diploma in Dance. At the completion of her training, Chloe began working with "The Phantom of the Opera" on a tour throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan. As part of the ballet chorus she danced and sang throughout over 600 shows. And as ’Meg Giry’ understudy she enjoyed the pleasure of performing several shows in a lead role. Chloe went on to work for The Australian Ballet’s Education Unit, performing and teaching dance in mainstream schools and holiday programs around the country. This inspired her to study a Bachelor in Primary Education, which she graduated from in 2014. She is now a qualified School Teacher and has worked as a dance and drama teacher at Mentone Grammar School. Chloe thoroughly enjoys sharing her experience, knowledge and passion for the performing arts, with students in both mainstream school and vocational environments. Chloe is also a proud and busy mother to two young daughters.
Miss Taylah Evans
Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Teen Jazz, Competition Solos and Private Singing
Taylah started performing at the age of three at Jenina’s Dance Workshop, she also trained at the Exitleft Performance Academy, Barbara Todd Ballet School, React drama school & vocal training with Jane Edwards before moving to Melbourne to complete her diploma in musical theatre at Patrick Studios Australia under the guidance of Andrew Hallsworth. During her time at Patrick Studios Taylah had the opportunity to perform in the Beyond Blue Priscilla Queen of the Desert performance at the MCG and the feature film “Spencer” produced by interlude productions. Taylah finished her time at Patrick Studios playing the role of Velma Kelly in her graduating musical “Chicago”. Since then she has has performed the role of Waitress no. 1 in “Rock of Ages” the musical with Norwegian Cruise Lines and most recently performed as the lead singer for the entertainment at the MCG for the “2020 Big Bash Games”
Miss Stacey Floyd
Jazz, Lyrical, Ready Set Dance, Competition Solos and Troupes
We are excited to welcome Stacey back to ADV in 2020. Stacey is a popular teacher who has been oversees performing professionally for the past 3 years but has returned to ADV in 2020 much to the excitement of her students. Stacey is a graduate of Spectrum Dance's full time program and since graduating has worked constantly in the Commercial Dance industry. Stacey is passionate about teaching and loves to pass on her knowledge to all ages and abilities.
Bailey was born in and raised in a Perth, Western Australia. He danced from the ages of 9 to 15 at Toodyay Ballet School, studying the Cecchetti Method of ballet as well training in contemporary, jazz and acrobatics. At the age of sixteen bailey was accepted into the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he completed his Diploma of Elite Performance (Dance). Since completing his time at WAAPA Bailey continued his training at Transit Dance, also completing his Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Bailey has worked and performed with many choreographers such as Daniel Jaber, Adam Wheeler, Tara Samaya, Zoee Marsh, and has collaborated with artists such as George Alice. Bailey is a member of Scimm Dance Company and has performed in ‘Senseless State 2018’ and ‘Aetherium 2019’ and has worked as an assistant choreographer for Platforms Youth Company’s 2019 season of ‘Within Us’.
VCE VET Dance
Chelsea has studied dance extensively, completing a B Arts (Dance) / B Education (UNSW 2007), Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (VCA 2012) and Master of Dance (VCA 2017). She is dedicated in mentoring young people in deepening their understanding of dance as an artform; using improvisation, composition and reflection techniques to expand movement vocabulary, foster individual style and develop artistic voice. Chelsea has written curriculum for Certificate III in Community Dance Theatre and Events, Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Elite Dance (Performance). She has taught and developed school dance programs in Sydney, London (UK) and continues to provide contemporary dance, improvisation, choreography and conditioning workshops across Victoria. In addition to arts education, Chelsea works in the health and fitness industry as Pilates and Barre instructor and as an independent dance artist, collaborating in interdisciplinary performance and film, incorporating dance, video art, animation and interactive sound design. She was an inaugural member of Austinmer Dance Theatre, performed in award winning Tangi Wai… The Cry of Water in Dance Massive 2017 and successfully produced Body Acousmonium in Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019.