Faculty

Natalia Jonasson

Natalia Jonasson

Director

With over 25 years of industry performance experience, Natalia Jonasson has studied under some of the most respected names in the Theatrical and Television industry, including: Don Graydon, Billie Wilde and Margi de Farranti for vocals, Ross Coleman, Warren Gasson, Ben Webster, Robyn. E. Dixon, Lisa Callingham, and David Atkins for Jazz, Tap and Ballet.

Natalia’s love of dance started at just 5 years of age with her study of classical Ballet. This passion then led her to pursue comprehensive training in dance, vocals and acting at the Johnny Young Talent School. After accepting a role in ‘The Young Generation”, a select group of talented performers drawn from the very best of the Johnny Young Schools in Australia, Natalia went on to work within the Sydney Theatrical Centre and Sydney Dance Company.

Under the guided influence of many renowned dancers and teachers, Natalia has trained extensively in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre (Cabaret) and Classical Ballet (RAD).

Her professional roles include performing as a dancer/singer on children’s programs with Network Ten and working as a commercial dancer for the likes Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue, performing throughout Australia. Behind the scenes Natalia has worked in Production/Presenter roles for the Seven Network and Network Ten on a range of programs including News, Totally Wild, and Sunrise Morning Show, in addition to teaching dance and production choreography.

Natalia’s credits as a Dancer/Singer include:

  • ‘Young Talent Time’ CH.10
  • ‘Ridgey Didge’ CH.10
  • ‘Young Achiever’ Awards CH.10
  • Hilton Hotel Conventions
  • State Schools Spectacular – Choreographer
  • Opening of Hills Centre (Entertainment Centre) – 2WS
  • ‘It’s the Music Man’ – The late Ricky May

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Laura-Kate Terry

Laura-Kate Terry

Co-Artistic Director

Laura-kate Terry fell in love with dance when she was 14 when she was given the opportunity to perform with the the byron ballet company corps de ballet.  Over eight years of hard work laura-Kate worked her way through the corps de ballet and is now currently a principal dancer with the company. Within this time with byron ballet company laura-Kate has been privileged to perform in ballets such as; the nutcracker Coppélia Peter and the Wolf, Les Sylphides, Paquita and Swan Lake. Her favourite production was performing the Chosen One in Rite of Spring.

Laura-Kate trained in Cecchetti ballet and prepared for auditions! In 2009 Laura-Kate was honoured to be selected to study full time dance at The Queensland Dance School of Excellence, it was here Laura-Kate was mesmerised by contemporary dance. Upon graduating from Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2010 Laura-Kate was one of two selected to join Lucid Dance Theatre under Artistic Director, Louise Deleur. In 2012 Laura-Kate successfully auditioned for Queensland University of Technology and secured a placement studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, where she worked with choreographers such as Csaba Buday, Sammi Williams, Jason Duff and Graeme Murphy.  Laura-Kate is now focusing on sharing her wealth of knowledge and love of dance to the next generation of dancers!

Laura-Kate is also very interested in Choreography and aims to travel to Europe to continue her training and experience all facets of dance around the world.

 

Eden Zerk

Eden Zerk

Hip Hop

Eden Zerk is a highly talented dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her core is in Hip Hop and she found her purpose and inspiration early in Hip Hop's roots.

Eden dances to move her audience, inspire fellow dancers and her goal is to be a professional dancer. Her vision is to become and world-renowned Hip Hop dancer. To achieve this goal she is highly trained, highly disciplined and is inspired by a blend of Hip Hop styles.

She has strong values and principles with an impressive portfolio of Performance experience and international awards...

Including:

Australia's Got Talent 2011

1 of 6 members of Junior Justice Crew Australia

Junior Overall Division World Champion - World Championship of Performing Arts 2014

Performed Internationally at Hip Hop Internationals LA, San Diego and Las Vegas in her crew

Genetik and Checkmate 2012-2015

Competition of scholarship at Millennium Dance Complex North Hollywood LA

 

Eden has been the lead in many videos, stage productions and performances.

Eden has trained with The House of Sole for 9 years under her mentor Taneikah Wescombe, in multi award international crews Checkmate and Genetik, and has just moved to train under Laurence Kaiwai to advance her solo career both in Australia and overseas.

 

AMY JELFS

AMY JELFS

TAP, JAZZ, M/THEATRE, JFH

Amy has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap from the age of 4. She attended Newtown High School Of The Performing Arts where she developed her skills in Modern and Contemporary. complete her Certificate 5 in Performing Arts at Brent St, earning her a spot in Sydney's leading Dance agency. Professionally Amy performed at many corporate events, including the opening of Fox Studios and the launch of Super Bowl Australia. Some other highlights include performing in Disneyland LA, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games, and behind stars such as Marcia Hines, Kylie Minogue and Chris Isaak. Teaching from the age of 17 Amy's passion is passing on her love of dance to her students.Amy has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap from the age of 4. She attended Newtown High School Of The Performing Arts where she developed her skills in Modern and Contemporary. complete her Certificate 5 in Performing Arts at Brent St, earning her a spot in Sydney's leading Dance agency. Professionally Amy performed at many corporate events, including the opening of Fox Studios and the launch of Super Bowl Australia. Some other highlights include performing in Disneyland LA, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games, and behind stars such as Marcia Hines, Kylie Minogue and Chris Isaak. Teaching from the age of 17 Amy's passion is passing on her love of dance to her students.

TIANA PINNELL

TIANA PINNELL

BALLET - RAD REGISTERED TEACHER

'After falling in love with dance at the age of 5 Tiana has been pursuing her passion in this industry for 17 years. Growing up she trained in all genres of dance at her local dance studio on the Gold Coast, however now specializes in classical and contemporary movement. She most recently completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), after having graduated her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) with distinction in 2016. During her time at QUT she was awarded the Deans List for Academic Excellence in both 2015 and 2016 whilst also undergoing and completing her Royal Academy of Dance Teachers Course making her a qualified RAD teacher. Through her studies she has also had the opportunity to work with numerous celebrated choreographers including Richard Causer (Expressions Dance Company), Gareth Belling (ex-Queensland Ballet), Yolande Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre), Csaba Buday (ex-Australian Dance Theatre), Matthew Lawrence (ex-Queensland Ballet), Jack Chambers (So You Think You Can Dance), Lucas Jervies (Contemporary independent artist), and Natalie Weir (Expressions Dance Company). As part of her Honours studies last year she was also awarded a traineeship placement as a dancer with Expressions Dance Company (EDC) based in Brisbane, Australia. Her professional performance credits include Carmen Sweet (EDC, 2013); Behind Closed Doors (EDC, 2017); Mozart Airborne (EDC & Opera Queensland, 2017); and Aida: Griffith Opera on the Beach (EDC & Opera Australia, 2017). Other performances include Nick Cave: Heard Brisbane at QAGoMA; The Lighter Visions (Jackson James) short film; The Tipping Point at Beijing Dance Festival; and the indepenDANCE project 2017. On top of dance she has also been a yoga demonstrator for the Royal Ballet’s ‘We all Dance’ program and Woodford Folk Festival with Core Yoga Studios.' 

Holly Doyle

Holly Doyle

Dance Teacher

Holly Doyle stared dancing at the age of 5 at Valeria Jenkins Ballet School in Sydney, where she established strong foundation of classical ballet. Once Holly finished her schooling she decided to study full-time dance at ED5 International, under William A. Forsythe, receiving a Diploma in performing Arts. Upon graduating for ED5 Holly had the opportunity to dance in London and New York. Holly has taught all agers from 3-18 for the last 4 years and says her passion is seeing students shine and succeed.

Kerry Farriss

Kerry Farriss

Ballet

Kerry recently made the move from Sydney to the Byron Hinterland with her family and decided to make a return to teaching ballet currently undertaking the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching. Previously Kerry graduated from QUT in Brisbane with an Associate Diploma of Arts – Dance and then completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology. Kerry has 13 years teaching experience in RAD ballet, contemporary and jazz classes. Past students using her choreography for auditions entered the Australian Ballet School and QDSE with a number going on to enter the Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet and New Zealand ballet company. Kerry performed for a number of years as a commercial dancer in Qld for shows including at Dreamworld, Warner Bros Brisbane Fashion Week and Brisbane Convention Centre and worked as an actor in small TV parts and commercials. Kerry worked for a year at the RAD headquarters in London as registrar for distance learning courses. The following years involved lots of travel with her now husband, which provided opportunities to see many forms of dance, music and performance around the world. Following the birth of her two children, Kerry became a personal trainer specializing in post-natal training and is also a qualified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Returning to ballet teaching feels like a natural progression for Kerry and she is excited to mentor students in ballet.