Teachers

Jasmine Dekantios

Director/Owner

Born and raised in Sydney, I began dancing from the age of 6 at The Dance Centre. Here I began my training in jazz, tap and ballet under the amazing teachers Gailene Colson-Howe and Ana Kypreos. After years of learning various dance styles, I begun my teaching career here in 1997. Throughout these years, I developed the love and interest of hip-hop and introduced here many years ago. After many experienced years of teaching and dancing, I can’t wait to pass on my knowledge and the love of dance to you all!


Training

  • The Dance Centre 1987-2004
  • The Edge (LA)- Workshops
  • Sydney Dance Company- Various classes and styles

Dance Experience

  • The Dance Centre Yearly Concerts 1987-2004
  • Many eisteddfods and stage shows throughout Sydney
  • Ballet Dance Captain For R.A.D Teacher Examination
  • Disneyland, USA 1999 (Dance Captain)
  • Opening Ceremony Sydney Olympics 2000
  • Movieworld, QLD 2001
  • Westpac Bank Corporate Event- Terrigal
  • Mercedes Corporate Event with Mike Tierney (Human Nature)
  • NIDA opening for Tap company
  • Computer/Technology Corporate Event-Brisbane
  • Beer Corporate Event @ The Argle
  • Corporate Christmas Party on Cruise with Sally Polihonras (Bardot)

Choreographic Experience

  • The Dance Centre & Studio A Yearly Dance Concerts.
  • Brigidine College Randwick CGSSSA Competitions 2005-2010.
  • Pacific Square Shows for Studio A.
  • Entertainment Quarter Easter Shows for Studio A.
  • Opening of Celebrity Theatre Sports with Andrew O’keefe & Kamal.
  • ‘Shout’ Musical at NIDA for Waverley and St. Clare’s College (2009) .
  • ‘Joseph And The Technicolor Dream Coat’ Musical for Joeys (Hunters Hill- 2009) .
  • ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Musical for Waverley and St. Clare’s College (2011) .
  • ‘Shout’ Musical for Joeys at The Chatswood Concourse Theatre (2013)
  • ‘Grease’ Musical for Waverley and St. Clare’s College (2013) .
  • Choreographed at many different Dance schools, Teaching and Workshops.

Ana Kypreos

Founder

  • Personal Manager for Bardot
  • Choreographer for Channel 7 Reality Program Popstars
  • Executive Producer Harrow Productions – Live Events and Productions
  • Producer/Choreographer Dancers NightClub-Singapore – 1997
  • Production Consultant/Choreographer and Event Manager- Regatta Dot Blonde, KL Malaysia – 1996
  • Stagecraft and Performance Skills Trainer- JMC Academy, University of New England – February1999 – Present
  • Tour Manager – Australian Tours – ‘Five’, ‘Venga Boys’, ‘Bardot’, ‘Girllfriend’, Jackson Mendoza’
  • Tour Manager – Europe and Asia Tours – ‘Bardot’ and ‘Girlfriend’

Choreographic Credits

  • Aria Awards 2000 – Human Nature
  • Aria Awards 2001 – Bardot
  • Australian Music Awards 1996 – Girlfriend, assistant to Kelley Abbey

Music Videos

  • Bardot – Poison
  • Aleesha Rome – Do you Feel Me, One of us has Changed and Search my Heaven
  • End Of fashion – Oh Yeah!
  • Amiel – Another Stupid Lovesong
  • Girlfriend – Heartbeat, Take it from Me, Girls Life, Without You, Bad Attitude, What Kinda Girl (assistant to Kelley Abbey)
  • Real Blondes – We B Cool
  • Sophie Monk – Get the Music On (assistant to Kelley Abbey)
  • Erica Baxter – Dreams
  • Jackson Mendoza – Venus Or Mars and Ordinary Girl

Dance Credits
Training

  • Joan Smith Academy and Hallidays –Sydney
  • Pineapple Dance Studios- London
  • Broadway Dance Studio- New York

Qualifications

  • Advance Level Diploma- Royal Academy of Dance
  • Certificate IV – Music Business Management
  • Fitness Instructors Certificate-FIA NSW
  • Senior Resuscitation Certificate

Dance Experience
Theatre

  • ‘Dancing Man’, ‘Dynamite’, ‘Dancin’ Dynamite’, Tony Bartuccio Dancers- Mike Walsh Shows, Midday Show, Count Down Rock Awards, TV Week Logies- 1988 1991, AFI Awards.

Corporate

  • Throughout Australia and Asia, for Renowned choreographers David Atkins, Ross Coleman, Leigh Chambers, Diane Heaton, Robyn Moase, Jacqui Howard and Kim Walker

Commercials, TV , Feature Films and Music Videos & Concerts

  • SBS promotion, Channel 10 promotion, Waltons, United Permanent, Best & Less, Sunsilk, Smirnoff Vodka
  • Body Business
  • Rebel, Starstruck
  • 98 Degrees, Jo Beth Taylor, Elton John- Sad Songs, Tina Arena’s Concert Tours, Peter Allen in Australia
  • Concert Tour with Christopher Cross, John Denver, Rick Price, and Olivia Newton John, last performance on stage was as Carmen in Sweet Charity 1997

Alyssa

Ballet

Alyssa is a fully Qualified and Registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. Since starting dancing at the age of 4 she has been taught by some of Australia’s top teachers, including Deborah Johnson, Kay Smith (ex ballerina with the Royal Ballet Company London), PJ Clarke and Ame Delves. She has completed all ballet exams up to Advanced 2.At 12 years old, Alyssa entered in her first solo ballet eisteddfod and won 1st place.

Alyssa competed regularly at the Showcase Australian Dance Championships National Finals, where she competed against dancers from all over Australia. Results included:-1st Place in Lyrical Trio-3rd Place Contemporary Solo-Her troupe routines won almost every single section, including being named the National Champions for their ballet troupe.

Alyssa also competed in Ballet Scholarships including S.O.D.A and the Isobel Anderson Awards. In 2001 she auditioned and was selected to dance in John O Connells Moulin Rouge Finale of the 2001 Australian Dance Awards. Alyssa performed in the Sydney 2001 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, The Australian Cricket Teams Annual Gala Dinner, and the Cystic Fibrosis Ball. She has also performed and modelled for BLOCH dance wear at Dance Expo, and has hosted her own 30min show on NYE on MTV.

In 2006 Alyssa completed a 1 year full time Vocational Ballet course at Ecole Ballet Studios. Here she was taught by some of the world’s most highly regarded Ballet teachers, including Ashley Killar, Jane Allyn and Kit Lethby.

Alyssa has studied any styles of dance but Ballet has always been her passion. In 2006 she was accepted into the RADs Certificate in Ballet Teachers Course, which she graduated with in 2007 with excellent feedback. She regularly attends courses and seminars run by the RAD.

Sean

Lyrical & Tap

Sean is a graduate of Brent Street School of the Performing Arts and has studied contemporary at the Victorian College of Arts. Sean has had the privilege of studying further at The Edge in LA and attending Sing Over King, Sydney for music tuition. Some of Sean’s career highlights include The Assassins, Les Miserables as well as dancing with the likes of Deni Hines, Marcia Hines, Tina Arena and The Real Blondes.

Sean has worked with the Australian Ballet School and Performances with Bodies in Newtown. Overseas Sean has worked for Princess Cruises where he dance on their ‘Inaugural Seasons’ with world known choreographers Karen, Bruce and Danny Teason. In 2011 Sean worked as a dancer at Universal Studios in Singapore. Sean’s television credits include The Peoples Choice Awards, Carols in the Domain, Home and Away and The Kerry Anne Show. Sean has also performed in Australia and overseas with Rhythm on Tap.

Shannon


Shannon trained in all areas of dance with Kay Horsey in Queensland, and then studied full – time performing arts at Brent Street.

With vast experience as a professional commercial dancer, she has performed with such artists as KD Lang, Selwyn, Deborah Cox and Sheena Easton.

On stage, Shannon has appeared in the Arena Spectacular Grease and Happy Days, and in such award shows as the Arias, the Helpman Awards and the Australian Dance Awards. Shannon’s career has taken her around the world to places like New Zealand, Korea, Dubai, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South East Asia.

Liz


Elizabeth is a graduate of ED5 International completing her Certificate IV in Performing Arts under the training of William A Forsythe. Following the completion of ED5 she was accepted into Bozanic Entertainment Management which sparked her professional career.

Elizabeth has been given great opportunities in performing on stage in the Countdown Spectacular 1 and 2 in both Sydney and Newcastle, Sleaze Ball and Tapworks No Restrictions. Being a featured dancer in various film clips for Ray Issac, Amber Lawrence and The Next Step. Dancing in an International TVC choreographed by William Forsythe as well as being asked to Co-Host Move It Mob Style a national Indigenous community iniative dance-based fitness program for television broadcast, DVD and online. She is a member of the newly formed Pacific Elements which is a Polynesian Dance Group performing throughout Sydney and NSW.

And Elizabeth hopes to continue expanding and improving as a performer and share her love and passion for dancing.

Jacquie


Jacquie was born in the UK and began dancing at the age of 5 years old and has performance experience in ballet, tap and modern. Jacqui has always shown a keen interest in teaching as she assisted with classes from the age of 12 years old and continued her passion when she trained at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London earning herself a Ba (hons) in Ballet Education. This degree course entailed training full time at the RAD including many teaching placements in and around London in a variety of private, public and community placements. This gave her experience working with groups of children of different ages and abilities and she enjoyed her studies thoroughly.

As well as studying at the RAD, Jacqui also took regular classes at Pineapple Dance Studio in a variety of style to give her diversity in her training although her first love is and always will be ballet. Jacqui has achieved her RAD Advanced One as well as other Tap and Modern exams.

One of Jacqui’s part time hobbies has been social partner dancing in which she has competed in London and received medals and awards. She has also travelled around Australia for workshops and has loved performing with her dance partner. In Sydney, Jacqui loves to attend regular classes at Sydney Dance Company and Urban Dance Centre.

She has been teaching in both London and Sydney and enjoys sharing her passion for dance through teaching. Her love for working with children is apparent from her work in childcare centres and summer camps where she loves furthering children’s creative, imaginative and emotional development through art and craft and movement and musical activities. Jacqui taught at a ballet school in London where she worked with ages groups from 3 to 18 years old and currently loves teaching here in Sydney!

Moniquewa

Elite

Moniquewa Williams started singing and dancing at the very young age of 4. She was trained in all different styles including jazz, tap, ballet, African, musical theatre and contemporary. She only discovered her love for hip hop when she was 13.

Moniquewa completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at Brent street in 2011, has sung all over Australia, has won many amateur singing competitions and has worked for some of the top dancers and choreographers in Australia.

In 2009 she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the “Hollywood Summer Tour” in Los Angeles California, and there she was trained by some of the very best in America. Moniquewa has been a natural performer from the age of 4 and her passion continues to lead her on her musical journey.

Josie

Josie began as a high level, competitive Artistic Gymnast in Brisbane. She also spent three years touring with The Australian Youth Choir but with her natural talent for dance, Josie successfully auditioned for the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in conjunction with Queensland Ballet where she spent three years of training, completing all RAD ballet exams and advance studies in drama, graduating high school with a Diploma in Dance. In her senior years, Josie was a guest performer at Queensland Education Showcase Gala dinners, Schools Spectacular and played the lead role of the ‘Scarecrow’ in The Wizard of Oz.

After graduation, Josie was awarded a scholarship for full-time dance at The Space Dance and Arts Centre in Melbourne where she continued her studies extensively in various dance styles. In her time there she worked with contemporary company, ‘Collaboration, The Project’ and took to choreography where she created works for Short Sweet and Dance, IMMERSED Melbourne Industry Dance Night and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

In 2012, Josie relocated to Sydney enrolling in the first year of Jason Winter’s Contemporary Course at Brent St Studios where she attained a Diploma in Elite Performance and Cert IV in Performing Arts. She was awarded a runner up, finalist at the Australian Dance Festival’s ‘Dance Around the World’ soloist competition.

Josie was a dancer in the cabaret/musical show, ‘BPO’ and is now on board as head choreographer for BPO presents ‘HOPE’, a fringe/cabaret charity show for LGBT in 2013. Josie is also a qualified Women’s Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach. She is a passionate teacher/performer hoping to further her professional dance career and continue to aspire, share knowledge and passion within her students.

Sacha

Drama

Sacha Pike is Ana’s son and he’s been doing drama for over 10 years here at Studio A. In his classes he encourages everyone to have as fun as possible while still teaching essential drama skills to help promote self confidence and necessary people skills.

Jacinda


Jacinda, has danced her way threw life since the age of 3. her interest led her to study full time in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Singing and Acting.

She has performend in children’s shows all over sydney and in Dubai. Jacinda has also performed at Countdown Spectacular 2 and has been seen on television in “Chandon Pictures” and has appeared in a “Bonds” commercial. Currently she tours around Australia with Erth – visual and physical inc as a dinosaur puppeteer.

Jacinda has taught dance for over 7 years from children to adults. She loves to be able to share her passion and pass on the knowledge she has gained over her time as a dancer. With her energetic and vibrant personality she makes dancing technical and fun at the same time!

Kane

Jazz & Glee

Kane Bonke has worked all areas of the Entertainment Industry. Performing in Musicals such as Fame, Footloose, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Crazy for You, and Oh What A Night, in Australia, Asia, UK and Europe. Kane has also worked with artists, Kylie Minogue, Danni Minogue, Jessica Mauboy, Cyndi Lauper, Human Nature and many more. Kane has appeared on Australia’s Next Top Model as a Dance Expert and Choreographer, resident dancer on X Factor 2010, Aria Awards and performed at Wembley Stadium London with UK Pop Star, Will Young. Kane was also a part of the cast of Oscar award winning film, Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2. Kane will also appear in up and coming films, Goddess and The Great Gatsby. Most recently Kane has performed in, Illusions at the Sydney Opera house and the ACCTA Awards with Olivia Newton John.

Liorah

Street

Liorah Ayalon started dancing at the age of 2 under Helena Bryce learning ballet and jazz. She then moved to Danzartz where she was also trained in tap, hip hop, acrobatics, drama, singing, RAD ballet, and jazz under Val Lloyd. When she was 12 Liorah started training at Janice Breen Performing Studio, where she performed at Carols in the Domain, went on a USA dance tour, performed in Disneyland, took various classes by top choreographers, and performed at various corporate functions such as the Sydney Festival and Annual Chinese New Year Concert. Whilst attending Randwick Girls High school Liorah was a dedicated performer in the schools national winning Rock Eisteddfod Challenge team from years 7-12 where she was the lead role in their 2008 piece “Looking for Alibrandi”. She travelled to the USA on a dance tour in 2005 with the school, while she was also part of the schools jazz and contemporary ensembles where they performed in various eisteddfods, regional and state dance festivals. Liorah has taken part in many dance eisteddfodsw, group and solo from age 7, has danced in video clips for Leon Pinto and Amber Lawrence. After graduating High School Liorah then achieved her certificate 4 in performing arts in 2010 through Brent Street Studios.

She is now still a training dancer, but loves bringing her excitement and passion for dance to her kids while teaching.

Shelley

Kindagroove & Ballet

Shelley Began her training right here at Studio A over 20 years ago and is now a Teacher/Choreographer and personal assistant to Ms Ana. She trained in all areas of dance from a very young age and has always loved the feeling of being on stage and performing for a crowd.

Shelley has had the opportunity to work with many leading choreographers such as Dein Perry at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Opening Ceremony and learn from many seasoned industry professionals around the world. Some of her on stage credits includes; Disneyland, Movie world and the MTV awards and in front of the camera for Guy Sebastian, Tammin Sursok and Amber Lawrence.

Shelley also has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Arts Education. She often choreographs for inter school competitions, and has taught at many local primary schools. In 2010 Shelley was a lead choreographer for the Catholic Education Offices production of ‘SPLASH’, which involved over 200 students from 40 schools in the Sydney area, at the Hordern Pavillion.

Carly


After 12 years of learning dace at The Dance Centre and being firstly introduced into the professional world of dancing by Ms Ana, carly successfully auditioned for Brent Street full time performaing arts course. In 2003 she was accepted in Detour management and began dancing professionally.

Carly’s experience over the years includes: Opening of Fox studios, Performing with Dance Centre at Disneyland L.A, Opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, 3mnth dance contract in Osaka Japan, 4mnth dance contract in Spain, 6 week Dance contract in Macau China, Corporate Dance show for Hewlett Packard in Beijing China. From the age of 15, Carly has also taught dance to children aged ages 3-16yrs at the Dance Centre and Bondi School of Academy of the Arts.

Oscar


Full time performing arts student at URBAN DANCE CENTRE. Last seen on the Kerri Anne show, performing for URBAN DANCE CENTRE. Currently working with upcoming R&B sensation MATT CENERE. Dancer for CHAMPION CLOTHING at Auto Salon 2008. Main choreographer for New Zealand hip hop crew ARANGA.

Roy

Roy Dudley has worked for every major choreographer in Australia. He has appeared in over a dozen television commercials and at every major awards and special event ceremony, such as Logies and AFI awards. He was seen in the films: Rebel, The Pirate Movie, Starstruck, and Wendy Cracked a Walnut. On television, he has been seen on Hey Hey Its Saturday, The Mike Walsh Show, The Midday Show, Roy & HG and the list goes on.

In Theatre, Roy played the role of Paul in the national tour of A Chorus Line, was Dance Captain in the original cast of Beauty and the Beast in Melbourne and was an original cast member of David Atkins hit musical Dancin Man, which also toured nationally. Roy played the role of Charlie in Sweet Charity, in both Melbourne and Sydney seasons, before joining the cast of My Fair Lady for its Sydney season at the Capitol Theatre. Roy was an original cast member of the Australian Musical hit, Boy From Oz.

Roy appeared with Eartha Kitt on her national tour, The Dirty Dancing tour, CC Music Factory National Tour, Tina Arena and the Ramjets, Rick Price and John English.

As a choreographer, Roy has worked with Jason Donovan on his World Tour, live appearances and video clips for Danni Minogue and Melissa, and various television shows, video clips and live appearances. Roy choreographed and performed a duo alongside Kelley Abbey for Expo 88 held in Brisbane.

Recently, Roy has just returned from London after 7 years choreographing for Major Cruise lines such as The Emerald (Thompson Cruise Lines), Island Star and Island Escape (Island Cruises and Thompson), The Pride of Hull, The Pride of Rotterdam and The Pride of Bilbao (P&O Ferries).

As a dance teacher, Roy is in constant demand both in Sydney and nationally. He has taught in the acclaimed Brent St School of Arts in Sydney, The Bartuccio Dance Centre and Danceworld 301 in Melbourne, Dynamite Dance Studios and the Ross Coleman School of Performing Arts. Roy describes his style of dance as Technical Jazz and hopes to pass on to younger and aspiring dancers the qualities that has earned him a place in a long and lucrative career as one of Australia’s leading dancers.

Amy

Amy Jelfs has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Starting out at ‘The Dance Centre’ she trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. It was here that she found her passion in life. After a trip to perform in Disneyland with ‘The Dance Centre’, Amy completed her RAD Elementary ballet exam, while she attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. At Newtown she developed her skills in modern/contemporary. Amy was selected to represent her school in senior ensemble and Shane Carols Senior Ballet Company where they performed at school spectacular, Regional and State dance festivals as well as at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. After high school Amy went on to complete a certificate 5 in performing arts at Brent St Studios full time, earning her a spot in one of Sydney’s best dance agencies. Working as a professional dancer, Amy danced behind Marcia Hines at the opening of Fox Studios and Chris Isaak at the American football. She performed at corporate functions and clubs around Sydney. She also danced in children’s shows such as ‘The Noddy Show’, ‘The Easter Bunny’ and ‘The Powerpuff girls’.

These days Amy enjoys passing her love of dance on to her students and enabling them to be the best dancers that they can be.

Amy

Glee

I have had an extensive experience with all forms of music most of my life, including being in the school band during my primary years and have had regular singing lessons for a number of years.

I have also appeared in various community theatre stage productions, including playing Gretel in The Sound of Music and Tessa in Annie for Rockdale Musical Society. I have been involved in both School Spectaculars and the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Talent Development Program all through my high school years. I was also fortunate enough to be involved during World Youth Day for many musical performances during 2008 and sang on stage with the vocal ensemble for the Pope’s visit.

I have been involved at Studio A at Maroubra for 18 years and this had led to an advanced training across all dance styles, along with extensive performance opportunities and eisteddfods. I have also been teaching jazz, tap, ballet, glee, musical theatre, and drama, lyrical, hip-hop and singing for the past 8 years.

I was Dance Captain in a production of Oliver at the Seymour Centre, played a cheerleader in Chatswood Musical Society’s Premier of High School Musical 2, and was part of Willoughby Theatre Company’s creation of Back to the 80s. I was a Rockette in The Boy from Oz with Willoughby Theatre Company, and recently performed the part of an Angel in Anything Goes: March 2012 with Miranda Musical Society.

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