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Samantha Bailey - Admin

Kate started dance classes at the age of 3 in NSW. Early in her childhood she moved to Perth, Western Australia with her family where studied Jazz, Tap, Singing and Acting. Growing up, Kate completed Jazz and Tap exams in ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dance Examinations) Borrovanski Ballet and RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Ballet. Kate attended John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle where she studied in the Performing Arts program specializing in Dance and continuing her education in Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Acting and she was accepted into numerous productions with STEPS Youth Dance Company in their annual contemporary productions. Music played a huge role in her life growing up and Kate studied piano lessons at an early age, picking up the Clarinet at age 12 and at the age of 10 commenced private singing lessons focusing on Modern Voice and Musical Theatre. Kate graduated with the prestigious 'Dancer of the Year' award for her achievements in the Dance Studies course. At the age of 18, Kate began teaching dance at a private dance school in Perth and within two years was promoted to Studio Manager. It was her goal to instill a love of dance into every student and ensure they were given the very best dance education in WA. Kate organized interstate excursions for students so they could attend workshops in NSW with some of Australias top instructors at Brent Street Studio's. In 2007, Kate started a unique cover band in Perth called 'Lady Penelope' and in that she performed lead vocals for two years. Lady Penelope had the opportunity to work with amazing International and Australian acts including: Eros Rammazotti, Leo Sayer & Shannon Noll.

Kate moved to Vancouver, Canada in 2009 and taught dance and musical theatre at Spiral Dance in White Rock & Dance Co. in Vancouver. Kate was also offered an acting position with 'The Tickle Trunk Players' where she performed unique drama plays about the importance and fundamentals of literacy at elementary schools across the Greater Vancouver Area. Kate gained her certification in 'The MethodPilates' at the PhysicalMind Institute in Vancouver in early 2010. She specializes in Mat and Standing Mat exercises which focus on core stability, finding correct neutral spine and also increasing strength and body awareness. Kate incorporates the key fundamentals of pilates training into her safe dance practices throughout all her classes. After finishing her mat pilates certification, Kate returned home to Australia where she completed her Reformer teacher training at PURE Form Health clubs in Coorparoo, QLD. Kate returned back to her home state of Western Australia and in October of 2010, Dance etc. was born! At around the same time as Dance etc. was founded, Kate opened the Cabaret Extravaganza of 'Kitty and the Cabaret Junkies' and continued to perform and direct shows regularly until 2013. Kate still performs for the occassional live production however now mainly features in local TV commercials, Films and TV Series. Kate is also an accredited Level 1 & Level 2 Cheerleading Coach through USASF.

In 2013, Kate founded STARZ Dance, which is a unique dance program specially tailored for kids and teens with additional needs. Kate has been successful in gaining funding through the Commonwealth Bank to support the program so that members can continue to enjoy the classes and participate in events free of charge.

 

Having a fast growing dance school fuels the fire inside her to keep setting high goals both personally and professionally. Kate is excited to continue growing and developing the fantastic talent at Dance etc. and paving the way to a healthy and positive future for everyone who is envolved. Kate looks forward to dreaming big with you all!

KATE BUCHAN, Director

Tina began dancing at the age of 5. Throughout her life she has been trained by The Commonwealth Society Of Teachers Of Dancing (CSTD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Tina has studied in the area’s of Modern Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Acrobatics, Showgirl, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Classical Ballet, Hip Hop and Pas De Deux. She began performing at a young age where she participated in State Competitions, Conventions, Telethons, Floorshows, Concerts as well as International Floorshows. In 2011 & 2012, Tina was accepted into the Principal Academy of Dance where she completed a 2 year full time course and received her Cert IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Dance. Since then Tina has gained many performance opportunities around Western Australia. Tina has been teaching for many years now and loves passing on her knowledge of dance to the students at Dance Etc.

TINA BELLADONNA

Laura started dancing at the age of 3 training in jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop. Laura has completed all C.S.T.D theatrical exams including her teachers certificate, modern jazz exams and tap exams as well as C.S.T.D major ballet exams. Laura has competed in local and interstate competitions and been involved in many corporate functions as a dancer and choreographer. Laura has teaching for the past 5 years teaching syllabus and open classes in jazz, ballet, lyrical and tap classes in schools around Perth. Laura can't wait to pass her knowledge on to Dance Etc students.

LAURA BROWN

Nicole "Lamb" Iovine is a well respected and highly regarded performing artist and mentor in Australia. Her extensive biography can be found by clicking HERE.

We are extremely lucky and honoured to have Lamb join our team in 2017!

NICOLE "LAMB" IOVINE

Mikaila started her training in ballet since the age of three, following the Cacchetti syllabus in South Africa. On completion of her Intermediate exam, she decided to take dancing more seriously. At the age of 12 she started training with ex Russian Ballet soloist Pasi Niminien, learning the Vaganova system as well as the RAD exam syllabus. Mikaila moved to Perth and studied dance at the Graduate College of Dance. During yr 10 through to 12, Mikaila undergone 3 years of full time ballet. During her final year, she traveled to Salzburg, Austria to spend four weeks with Salzburg International Ballet Academy. Mikaila then went on to study a Bachelor of Dance Performance at Adelaide College for the Arts in ballet and contemporary dance where she was awarded the Minter Ellison Award for excellence in Dance Performance.

MIKAILA WALSH (ROE)

Brendan (aka bboy BEAST) is a dancer with over 18 years experience in competing,  performing and battling on the highest level in the hip hop community both in Australia and internationally.  A member of the "Zou Rock" crew  bboy collective.

Breaking or bboy/bgirling is and dynamic and explosive dance form that is for any ability or skill level . Under the guidance of BEAST, you will Learn the skills layer by layer safely along with the attitude and conditioning required to dance at you're best.

Brendan is the founder of "Breakin' Traditions" which aims to teach the fundamentals, history & culture of Hip Hop.

BRENDAN "BEAST" BURNS

Sophie has always had a passion for the arts beginning dancing at age 3. She went on to study numerous styles including jazz, tap, classical ballet, pointe, contemporary, showgirl, modern, hip hop, pas de deux and latin. Sophie has been trained by The Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Sophie has also completed up to her Grade 6 AMEB piano exam as well as having vocal training for 6 years. She was accepted into John Curtin College of the Arts where she studied Drama and Music Theatre under the Gifted and Talented Education Program. After finishing high school in 2015 Sophie was accepted into a full time course at Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts where she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts in 2017 . Sophie has been a part of the Dance etc Family since 2011.

SOPHIE DRUMMOND

Georgina was born in Wellington, New Zealand and began her ballet training at the age of 4, following in her mother's footsteps. She moved to Australia at 16, training with Prudence Bowen (Gold Coast) and Hilary Kaplin (Sydney) before receiving a placement in Queensland Ballet's professional program, working under the leadership of Artistic Director's Francois Klaus and Li CunXin., where she had the opportunity to both perform and tour with the Company. She joined the West Australian Ballet in 2014 performing in their seasons of Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, Snow White and Embraceable You (Balanchine). Through her recent work with young dancers Georgina has discovered a love of teaching, reigniting her passion for all things dance.

GEORGINA MATICH

Ruby Birch started her dance training in a small school in Rural Esperence, WA studying CSTD Ballet & CSTD Jazz. She later moved up to Perth where she was accepted in to the Specialist Drama Program at John Curtin College of the Arts, Fremantle. Whilst studying at JCCA, Ruby continued her dance training in Jazz, Lyrical & Hip Hop at a few dance schools before finding Dance etc. While at Dance etc, Ruby attended the very first interstate dance excursion where she travelled to NSW to atttend a week long dance intensive at the prestegious Sydney Dance Company. In 2015, Ruby completed her Cupcakes Training and began teaching her own toddlers and junior classes specialising in Ballet & Jazz. Miss Ruby is a well respected and loved teacher at Dance etc and is passionate about nurturing her students to improve their confidence and self esteem whilst developing the core fundamentals of dance at this special and precious young age!

RUBY BIRCH

Emily is a skilled Actor and Performer, who works in a variety of multidisciplinary settings.  Originally from Brisbane, Emily has recently made the move to Perth to study a Bachelor of Performing Arts at WAAPA. Emily is technically trained in a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary, and has surrounded herself in all aspects of the performing arts from a young age. Her passion for performing led her to undertake fulltime Musical Theatre Studies for 2 years, where she performed in Urinetown, Songs for a New World and a variety of Cabarets in a solo & group context. So far her teaching has led her both interstate and overseas, allowing her to have worked with a wide variety of children in various settings. Her most rewarding teaching experience to date is having the opportunity to work and tour as a Dance Captain on the mass ensemble of the national tour of ‘Grease the Arena Experience’. Emily’s background in live performance extends to solo singing and acting, making her a versatile teacher when talking about the performative aspects of dance. Emily is an approachable and committed Teacher who is keen to share her passion for dance, with those that she teaches. For her, creating a comfortable and supportive classroom is her goal as she believes it is the best atmosphere to encourage and nurture young performers.

EMILY PATES-STAR

Olivia began dancing at the age of three. In 2006, she moved on to gymnastics for four years at Northern Districts Gymnastics. In 2010, Olivia returned to dancing when she joined Dance Etc and is one of the few remaining original students. In school, she has been a part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival since Year 3. Olivia has performed in two musicals, ‘Back to the 80’s’ and ‘Sci-Fi Space’ and was awarded a Music Scholarship. Continuing her passion, Olivia began her acting training at Ali Roberts Acting Studio, where at the age of 12, she was cast in a role for the play ‘The Children’s Hour’. Olivia’s love and passion for dance grew when she became part of Dance Etc’s first Company Competition Team in 2011. In 2013, Olivia was the first student to be awarded The Dancer of the Year for Dance Etc and received the award a second time, in 2017. Olivia became part of the Dance Etc Team as an assistant teacher in 2013. This gave her the opportunity to develop her skills and become a teacher in 2016. Olivia was awarded Excellence in Year 10 and 11 Dance, contributing to completing Dance Atar studies in 2017 and successfully graduated Year 12. In 2018 Olivia completed Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. In 2019 Olivia completed Module 1 Acrobatic Arts Syllabus and is currently studying Bachelor of Education at ECU. Olivia is a very proud and passionate member of the Dance Etc Team.

OLIVIA GREEN

Annelise grew up in regional WA studying dance under Renee Paul in classical ballet as well as in contemporary and theatrical styles. Annelise studied the Cecchetti Ballet syllabus completing her Advanced 1 which she received 100% for her final exam. In addition, she represented WA in the National Lucie Saranova competition and has received numerous scholarships including the South West Ballet Scholarship and the Western Australia Cecchetti Ballet Scholarship.

She completed Certificate II at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before being accepted into WAAPA’s full time classical ballet stream where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2015.

During her time studying at WAAPA, Annelise gained work experience with Leigh Warren and Dancers in Adelaide, The Australian Ballet and was a guest artist with the West Australian Ballet in their production of Coppélia in 2015.

Annelise has 9 years of dance teaching experience and currently holds her senior First Aid, Mental Health First Aid and Working With Children Check.

Annelise Coleman

Began dancing at the age of 4. For several years Maddie studied all styles of dance as well as completing several RAD and CSTD exams at Kerry Decorsey dance gallery. Later she moved to James Luplau Dance Company where she extended her technique and training eventually becoming one of his teachers. During these years she competed in several competitions in Perth and throughout Australia. Maddie is currently studying her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts. She looks forward to bringing her love of dance to all the students at Dance Etc.
 

Maddie Ridell

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Molly is an advanced gymnastics coach who has been mentoring and teaching students at a recreational and competitive levels at clubs in Perth for 7 years. Growing up, Molly took multiple dance classes in a variety of disciplines which followed through to being accepted into the Specialist dance program at John Curtin College of the Arts. Molly has a keen interest in health and is also studying nursing at Notre Dame. Her experience in, Acrobatics, gymnastics and in dance gives Molly such a unique edge and enables her to adapt to the different styles of learning that each individual student needs.

Molly Mahoney

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