OUR TEAM

Administration TEAM:

Nyree Scott - Accounts & Memberships

Sophie Drummond - Media & Marketing

Samantha Bailey - Admin

Eleanor Keating - Admin

Alex Richardson - Admin

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KATE BUCHAN, Director

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 Australia's 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 occasional 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 and an accredited Acro Dance Adjudicator. Kate is currently studying Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology & Nutrition.

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 involved. Kate looks forward to dreaming big with you all!

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TINA SABATINO

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.

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LAURA BROWN

Laura started dancing at the young age of 3, training in many genres. Her love for dance grew and she started to take part in Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (C.S.T.D) examinations in Modern Jazz, Tap and Ballet eventually completing her major ballet exam and her theatrical teaching certificate. Laura also competed in many local, interstate and international dance competitions and participated in conventions, telethons and floor shows around Perth. Laura has been involved in many corporate functions around Western Australia as a dancer and choreographer. Laura has a strong passion for teaching correct and safe dance technique as well as her love for performing and watching her students onstage. Laura has a love for her students and children and has completed many children and teen specific courses including her First Aid and certificate 3 in childcare. Laura has been teaching for many years and loves passing on her knowledge and passion of dance to future generations.

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RAMON ISRAEL

Ramon Israel had trained at APAN Academy gaining a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance in Perth. He then moved over to Sydney to train in The Dream Dance Company ' SHOW | BUSINESS' under the guidance of Marko Panzic & Katie Sanchez. Ramon is currently represented by WINK Models with performance credits including; Fanta Australia, Perth Scorchers, DiDi Australia, Sony Music Australia, In The Heights, Rebel Sports, First Dates Australia, Coca Cola, Mardi Gras Sydney and more! 

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RUBY BIRCH

Ruby Birch started her dance training in a small school in Rural Esperance, WA studying RAD 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 traveled to NSW to attend a week long dance intensive at the prestigious Sydney Dance Company. In 2015, Ruby completed her Cupcakes Training and began teaching her own toddlers and junior classes specialising in Ballet & Jazz. She is also an accredited Acrobatic Arts Teacher and trained in PBT. 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!

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OLIVIA GREEN

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.

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SOPHIE DRUMMOND

Sophie has always had a passion for the arts beginning dancing from an early age. She went on to study numerous styles including jazz, tap, classical ballet, contemporary, showgirl, modern and hip hop. Sophie has also completed up to her Grade 6 AMEB piano exam as well as having multiple years of vocal training.

In 2011 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 dance course at Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts where she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts in 2017. She is currently studying a Certificate in Business & Event Management to further her knowledge of Live Performance Events and what goes on behind the scenes of a Production.

Since graduating Sophie has the opportunity to perform in a number of local events from corporate shows to children's entertainment as a member of The Freedom Fairies. 

Sophie has been a part of the Dance etc Family since 2012 and loves sharing her passion and knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

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BRENDAN "BEAST" BURNS

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.

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CASSIE BROWN

Cassie Brown graduated from Principal Academy of Dance & Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, majoring in Dance. Cassie has since been fortunate enough to be represented by The Entertainment Store, where she performs live shows such as “Peppa Pig” and “Bob The Builder”. She was also given the opportunity to be a backup dancer for comedian Em Rusciano in her “Rage and Rainbows” show at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and has danced for the "Krusty Demons Australian Tour" - just to name a few! Cassie prides herself on strong technique and style and loves seeing her students grow and find themselves through dance!

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GEORGINA MATICH

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.

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HANNAH FAIRBURN

Hannah began her career with Dance etc in 2016 with the STARZ program while studying Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. Hannah has a background in gymnastics at Northern Districts Gymnastics Club where she trained for 11 years, following this she became a gymnastics coach for the recreational programs and ran birthday parties. Hannah has always had a passion for individuals with special needs and has worked as a support worker for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities for over 5 years. She experiences so much in joy seeing goals being achieved and smiles being made along their journey. Now graduated, Hannah works with children and young adults to achieve their goals no matter how big or small. Hannah’s special interest within the Occupational Therapy field include emotional and sensory regulation, social integration and developing gross motor skills which she is able to incorporate into the STARZ dance classes.

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ASH PERRIE

Ashleigh has been working as a professional dancer for over 15 years and possesses a wealth of knowledge across all genres of dance. She made the move to Melbourne to pursue her performance career, training at the Victorian College of The Arts, Danceworld Studios and The Ministry of Dance where she undertook studies in classical and contemporary dance, musical theatre and commercial performance.

Ashleigh has had a lengthy career that has taken her all over the world. She began working in contemporary dance theatre productions with choreographers such as Paul Malek, Adrian Ricks, Robert Sturrock and Melenie Crowe, performing in company shows and collaborative works. She has worked extensively in film and TV appearing on shows such as ‘SYTYCD’ and ‘AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT’, back up dancing for ‘THE VOICE AU’, was a featured dancer in a TVC for Panasonic, and back up dancing for various films and tv series including ‘BRIDGET JONES’ BABY’ and ‘NEIGHBOURS’.

A filming highlight includes dancing for KATY PERRY in her music video ‘EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY’ in partnership with H&M. Ashleigh has worked on dance contracts throughout Australia, the UK, Dubai, Hong Kong and the USA, with work ranging from circus and burlesque tours, theme parks, theatre productions, large scale corporate events, contemporary companies, cabarets, cheerleading, choreography and magic illusion shows. For the past 4 years Ashleigh has been travelling the world as a dancer and company manager performing with PRINCESS CRUISES and HOLLAND AMERICA LINE. A career highlight includes working with broadway producer Stephen Schwartz to workshop and premiere his new original musical ‘THE SECRET SILK.’ Most recently Ashleigh has been performing in the west Australian premiere of ‘PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT’ at Crown Theatre and dancing at various corporate events around Perth.

Ashleigh has extensive experience as a dance teacher and choreographer and is also a high performance graded Rhythmic Gymnastics coach. She worked for many years as senior head coach at the Prahran Rhythmic Gymnastics Specialist Centre and has worked with many of Australia and the UK’s top athletes. She has choreographed for various events including The London Freemasons Annual Ball and The Barbarians Rugby at Olympic Stadium (London). She has taught at many prestigious dance schools across the country including The Australian Ballet School, The National Institute of Circus Arts , The Space Dance & Arts Centre and Patrick School of the Arts. She is also an experienced adjudicator having judged many competitions across the country and aims to inspire dancers of all ages to strive to be the best they can be though passion for their craft, commitment and creativity

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CHLOE SKORDAS

Chloe began dancing at the age of 3 at The Performance Company learning many styles of dance until the age of 6 when she moved onto Calisthenics. She competed in Calisthenics at Carine Calisthenics Club for 2 years exploring styles such as club swinging, free floor, and rod. In 2012 Chloe decided to move back to dance enrolling at Dance etc in Acro, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. In 2016 Chloe joined the Dance etc Teaching Team as an Assistant Teacher and has been working as an Acro Assistant for the past 5 years learning from the Dance etc Acro Teaching Team. During this time she also achieved Top Student Awards for the Specialist Dance Program through school as well as receiving the Dance etc Spotlight Award in 2020 at the end of year showcase, 'TEN'. She is now continuing on with her studies and will be starting her Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies) at ECU this year.

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CURTIS KOSSART

Curtis relocated to Perth from Melbourne after successfully getting into the  Bachelor of Musical Theatre and is currently in his second year of study. He has had a background in gymnastics for over 12 years, both as a coach and as a student, as well as training in a range of dance styles including acrobatics. Curtis is currently performing with production companies around Perth such as Carmelo Entertainment.

Curtis can’t wait to be joining the Dance etc team for a fabulous year.

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TAYLA NICHOLLS

Tayla has been in the performing arts industry for a number of years. After graduating from The Australian Performing Arts Network (APAN) in 2018, Tayla has turned her passion to teaching and creating and is now currently in her third year of study at ECU obtaining her Bachelor of Education. Tayla’s performance resume includes ‘Grease’ (2016), ‘Legally Blonde’ (2018) and Telethon (2016/2018). In 2017/2018 Tayla moved to Orlando Florida where she worked as a character performer at Walt Disney World. Tayla’s is trained in a range of styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Tap.

Tayla is very excited to share her passion and knowledge with Dance etc.

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MEGAN RENNIE

Megan Rennie is a dancer & choreographer based in Perth, Western Australia. She began dancing at the age of three, training in the styles of jazz, ballet and contemporary, and has since transitioned to more commercial styles of hip hop, commercial jazz, and heels. As well as teaching at various studios, schools and programs around Perth, Megan has performed and choreographed for events such as the WA Born Fashion Show, Catwalk For A Cause, Perth Pride Parade, Ausdance Dance Week, and Colosoul Magazine’s Sparkle of Youth Charity Ball to name a few. Megan completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science in 2020 and works to incorporate her knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics into her classes. She has experience in choreographing videos for Perth vocal artists, companies and fashion brands and is constantly updating her training by attending workshops in a variety of styles to incorporate diversity in her choreography. 

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BRITT TARAN PARKER

Britt has 10 year's experience in teaching various styles from ages 18 months - 65 years.

Britt holds her Diploma in Performing Arts, majoring in dance, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care, WWCC, she is also CPR & first aid trained.  She has experience in directing a small, non-competitive based dance company, although her real passion lies within teaching & choreographing. Britt is passionate about creating safe & nurturing learning environments for our students, her aim is to inspire each & every student at Dance etc- leaving them feeling empowered after every lesson!

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MADDISON GRANT

Maddy grew up here in Perth and started her dance journey at the age of 9 In all genres. At the age of 11 she started to assist dance classes and hasn’t looked back. In 2020 Maddy moved to Sydney to complete her Diploma of Elite performance focusing on contemporary. The following year she decided to complete a second Diploma in Elite Performance focusing on Performing Arts. While Studying for these two years at Brent Street she also focused on fine tuning her Acro teaching technique while teaching at two big dance schools in NSW.

 

Maddy has her Acrobatic Arts qualification and prides herself on teaching correct technique, strength and flexibility, along with tumbling skills, partner work and balances. Maddy focuses on prioritising a safe and welcoming environment for all our amazing students. Miss Maddy is an energetic, inclusive, progressive, passionate teacher and is very excited to be teaching at Dance Etc.  

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ALYSSA DRAGOVIC

Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 3. Dance has been a massive passion of hers ever since. She trained at Dance ETC from 2013-2021 indulging in the styles of jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop and has begun teaching hip-hop this year. Alyssa is currently studying Early Childhood Teaching at ECU which has well equipped her for teaching at Dance ETC. 

 

Alyssa has a wide range of experience including assistant dance teaching at Dance etc for multiple years where she learned the tools needed to create effective dance lessons and how to form meaningful relationships with her dancers. In her final year of high school (2020), Alyssa was nominated as a dance captain for her school. She taught 2 troupes of students ranging from years 7-12, which involved lesson planning, auditioning and pulling together a piece. In 2021, Alyssa performed a professional gig alongside dancers Ramon Israel and Poppy Bristow at the glow freshitval at the court hotel, showcasing their commercial jazz abilities. 

 

Alyssa is very excited to share her knowledge of the art form with her students!

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KARRIE TURTON

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STEPH SMITH

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