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OUR TEAM

Administration TEAM:

Nyree Scott - Accounts & Memberships

Sophie Drummond - Communications & Marketing

Eleanor Keating - Admin

Tess Daly - Admin

Caitlin Palmer - Admin

KATE BUCHAN, Director
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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!

TINA SABATINO
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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.

LAURA BROWN
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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.

SOPHIE DRUMMOND
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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.

RUBY BIRCH
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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!

MEGAN RENNIE
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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. 

GEORGINA MATICH
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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.

BRENDAN "BEAST" BURNS
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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.

ELLI O'DWYER
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Elli has always had a strong passion for dance. After receiving her Advanced Diploma in performing arts Elli has made appearances in, ‘We Will Rock You’ Crown Theatre Perth, Vessel’s ‘Emerging Artists’, ‘The Boy from Oz’ Crown Theatre Perth, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Crown Theatre Perth, Ronald McDonald Ball Opening 2021, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Regal Theatre, Ronald McDonald Ball Opening 2022, ‘We Will Rock You’ Regal Theatre , and Ronald McDonald Ball Opening 2023. She has choreographed for ‘I Will Survive’ Venue 360 and ‘I Will Survive Christmas’ Venue 360, as well as co- written and directed ‘LMNTS’ by The Society Academy. Elli has traveled abroad to train amongst many dancers, competing both nationally and internationally. Elli was part of The Society’s winning Danchella Team in 2022 and is internationally recognised as an Winning choreographer and dancer for The Society’s champion title at ‘Dancers Paradise’ Mexico 2023. Elli at the current time is now resident choreographer for Platinum Entertainment, and has 2 original works coming out in 2024 with “The Society Productions.

SOPHIE SUTTON
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Sophie has had a love for performing since an early age. She began dancing at age 10 and has since trained in styles such as Broadway Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Heels, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre. Sophie has performed in several musicals including All Shook Up at Crown, Annie at Regal Theatre, Xanadu at Regal Theatre, Seussical at Regal Theatre, Legally Blonde at Crown, Wizard of Oz at Crown and High School Musical Regal Theatre. Sophie’s resume also includes Telethon (2021), Channel 7 Christmas Pageant (2021), The Shimmer and Shine Show (2022), The Peter Rabbit Show (2022) and Perth Royal Show (2021,2023). Sophie works regularly with Lyons Productions, Excessive Productions and OEntertainment, performing all around Perth. Sophie is also currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Edith Cowan University as her passion lies in inspiring and supporting young people. She aspires to create a nurturing and empowering environment to learn and grow for her wonderful students at Dance Etc!

MADDISON GRANT
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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.  

HANNAH FAIRBURN
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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.

STEPH SMITH
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Stephanie started to dance at Dance In Perspective at age two, where she continued to dance for 19 years. She trained in multiple genres including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, broadway, commercial jazz and spanish. Throughout her training Stephanie sat exams through RAD, Glen Wood Tap and CSTD. 

At age 13, Stephanie began as an assistant teacher with Dance In Perspective, where she trained and developed her love for teaching dance. As she progressed through her teacher training she also was voted Dance Captain at Prendiville Catholic College, for their Dance Company. In 2013 Stephanie sat the first of her Performance Examinations through CSTD, where she received high marks for all three of her dances, receiving the 'Performer's Shield.' In 2015, Stephanie successfully completed her Teaching Certificate with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance, specialising in Tap. In 2016 Stephanie completed her final performance examination in CSTD, the Gold Cross receiving exceptional results in all three of her tap pieces for this examination. 

Stephanie has an excellent track record for results. She has choreographed multiple competition pieces for students, with all of her entered competition students placing, and all of her candidates entered in exams receiving pass marks. Stephanie now teaches mainly in her favourite genres; tap, jazz and hip hop, where she can focus on her love of rhythmic patterns and where she can continue to build and develop performance qualities in the next generation of dancers, across multiple dance schools in Perth as well as at Primary Schools across the metro area!  

TEEGAN SCOTT
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Teegan began dancing at the age of 2. Throughout her dancing career she has been trained in many dance styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics. In 2020, Teegan began full time dance training at Ignite Academy where she completed year 9 and 10 along with a Cert II and Cert III in dance. In 2022, Teegan was accepted into the Brent Street Academy program in Sydney where she completed year 11 and 12 along with a Cert IV in dance whilst also completing her ATAR. Teegan has a huge love for teaching and is passionate about helping young dancers improve and become the best dancer they can be. She aims to share her love for dance with the students whilst allowing them to grow in a comforting and encouraging environment. 

ZIARA SUJUD
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Ziara started dancing at the age of four, and has completed vast training in multiple genres including Jazz, Hip-hop, Heels, Contemporary and Lyrical. Ziara has performed in various shows, video shoots and community events. She started teaching and choreographing over 8 years ago and quickly fell in love with it; having positive rapport with all her students. Ziara has completed her Acrobatics Arts Module 1 Qualification and she regularly attends workshops and open classes to diversify her choreography. 

KERRIE WHITE
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Kerrie has been teaching dance internationally for more than ten years, and now teaches at various schools and colleges around Perth! Prior to this Kerrie was lucky enough to train at Artsed in London before having a successful and varied career - credits include X Factor, Britains Got Talent, Royal Variety Performance, Glastonbury, and UK Tours such as Blood Brothers, Evita and Whistle Down The Wind. Kerrie loves nothing more than passing on her knowledge and passion onto the next generation of dancers and being a part of their journey - she is really looking forward to working with everyone at Dance etc this year!

KUSH JAYEWARDENE
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PHOEBE CRIBBON
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Phoebe has been dancing since the age of 2 diving into all styles. At the age of 7 she then began to study gymnastics. Joining Dance Etc in 2015 as a student she continued to train in Acro and Jazz and later expanding her training to include ballet, lyrical and contemporary. In 2018 she was accepted into the ETC competitive program and competed in jazz, lyrical and acrobatics at numerous competitions. She has also performed in local events such as the Scarborough Community Christmas Carols  appearing as one of the Christmas Elves. She joined the ETC Assistant Teaching Program in 2018 where she assisted with the Starz Dance Program and with numerous Acrobatics classes. Phoebe joined our Senior Teaching Team in 2023 and is excited to continue to share her knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

TESS DALY
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Tess began dancing at age 3 and then at age 6 began training in gymnastics. In 2018 she joined Dance Etc  and since then she has trained in acro, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. In 2021 she joined the ETC Competitive Program and has competed as part of the acro, jazz, lyrical and contemporary troupes. She has also performed at events such as the Scarborough Christmas Carols as the Christmas Fairy. She started her teaching journey as an Assistant Teacher in 2022 and discovered a passion for working with children and passing on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers. She achieved her Cert III and IV in School Based Education Support and currently works as an EA in addition to her teaching and administrative roles at Dance etc. She is excited to work with her students this year and support them along their dance journey!

KASSIDY RYAN
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Kassidy began dancing at the age of 3, studying ballet and jazz, as well as engaging in gymnastics. She joined Dance Etc in 2011, training in acrobatics, jazz and hip hop. She became a part of the ETC competitive program in its founding year, and has since competed at a variety of competitions in jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop for over 10 years. She continued to broaden her training adding cheerleading, contemporary, musical theatre and tap dance as her journey at Dance Etc continued. She has performed in events such as the Scarborough Community Christmas Carols as a Christmas Elf, The Perth Royal show as a Parade and Arena Performer and embraced the role as an Easter Bunny in a local carnival. She was awarded the title of Dance Prefect in her year 12 education, choreographing and leading the school in the dance department. She joined the ETC Assistant Teaching Program in 2021 teaching styles including jazz, ballet and lyrical and is excited to embrace her role as a Senior Teacher this year. She is thrilled to be spreading kindness and knowledge to her students for years to come.

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