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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Katie Graham

Katie Graham

Guest Teacher

Katie is trained in classical ballet (Cecchetti, RAD and BAL), commercial and musical theatre jazz, hip hop, contemporary and character dance and has vast experience teaching and choreographing for children, teenagers and adults from beginners through to professionals. Katie is also a trained actress and film and television production professional having worked both in front and behind the camera for British, American and Australian television.

Katie is also a photographer specialising in performer headshots, folios and corporate headshots and is now taking bookings.  Each shoot is tailored to the individual to achieve a natural vibrant image presenting the best version of you. To contact Katie or to make a booking, please click here to visit her website

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Simon Adams

Simon Adams

Acro Coach

Simon's skills are circus, gymnastics, dance and improvisation and his passions are music, health and good living. Former Artistic Director of spaghetti Circus Inc. from 2004 to 2013 where he coached circus skills, directed shows and planned artistic development.

Independent artist, physical theatre performer and choreographer, Simon Adams trained in Dance in the UK and from 1988 toured with several professional companies until he relocated to Australia in 1994.  For six years Simon facilitated dance at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts with a brief spell as head of dance.

From 1999 Simon worked independently for four years including working with Igneous Inc Brisbane, a short dance film ‘Thanatonauts’, NORPA ‘ Cars that ate Paris’ and ‘The cunning little vixen’ , the Sydney Olympics and various festivals. During this time formed several small companies including Big man wee man, Snagglepusss, last minute dance company, playspace works Inc.

Simon is a trained gymnastics coach, qualified rigger, certificate IV managing and assessing workplace trainer and a current first aider, currently studying full time ‘exercise science’ at SCU. 

Some of Simon's favorite moments include busking through Japan, spontaneous dancing at stamping ground  and touring Europe with the spaghetti circus.

 

Kara Robinson

Kara Robinson

Dance Teacher

Kara's passion for all things dance began at the age of five.  Her earliest memories are of her creating her own musicals in the back yard with the family pets as her fellow cast members.
Growing up Kara studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary,Pilates, singing, and musical theatre.  As a teenager her spark for choreography was lit when she began choreographing some of her own performance routines and fondly remembers hours and hours spent in the garage with the music and tap shoes driving her siblings up the wall.
After suffering a fractured sacrum at sixteen, Kara turned her focus to teaching and began her training under the guidance of Dian Parker where she completed her teacher training with the A.T.O.D.
Over her many years of teaching performance and exam work locally, past students of Kara's have had great success in the commercial industry from music videos and cruise ships to Bollywood film sets.

We welcome Kara in 2015 where she will be teaching Jazz classes in Alstonville.

Laura-Kate Terry

Laura-Kate Terry

Dance Teacher

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.

 

Hayley Sturgess

Hayley Sturgess

Assistant Dance Teacher and Admin Assistant

Hayley is our vibrant all-rounder who assists in the office with administration, promotions and marketing and is in training to become a dance teacher under the nurturing guidance of our Studio Directors.

Hayley's background in Dance started at the age of 7 in Sydney at a small, yet strong studio LV Dancers. Here is where she became a seasoned competitor in joining Showgroup, competing all across NSW in over twenty local Eisteddfods yearly and in the National Dance Championships from the age of 10 to 16, taking out National Troupe and Duo titles in Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Acrobatics. After the sad closure of LV Hayley sourced out Vibz, and worked with a talented commercial dancer on her solos which took her back to Nationals one last time at the age of 18 where she won her title in Contemporary, and placed 4th in Lyrical. Her judge Jason Coleman, famously known for being a judge on So You Think You Can Dance personally recommended that she "makes dancing a career".

During school Hayley studied Dance as a subject and was often used as the dancer for HSC students. She also had the honor of taking classes at the Sydney Dance Company and performed in Schools Spectacular.

After school Hayley joined the corporate work-force in online marketing and website management, where she became a Department Manager for the New Zealand sector and later moved to Secretarial work in Recruitment as well as being a qualified Makeup Artist. Alongside this she continued to dabble in her dancing, taking classes were she could and in 2010 she was requested to join the Sydney Roosters cheerleading team via recommendation.

In 2014 Hayley moved from Sydney to Byron Bay, where she was eventually handed the outstanding opportunity to become apart of Dance Lab AU.

Ms Leveda Carter

Ms Leveda Carter

Rad Ballet

Leveda started her training with her Mum, Betty Laws, an RAD examiner and continued full time training at Scully Borovansky in Sydney. At 18 yrs old she travelled to London to continue her studies under many well known teachers. She danced in a French company touring to various European countries. She spent a year taking classes in New York including time at the Martha Graham School. After 5 years overseas she returned to Australia to commence her teaching career with a lot of valuable knowledge. 

After a few years of teaching at various part time and full time schools in Sydney she opened her own school in Balmain. 

This was to be the beginning of many years of running her own school with pupils going into study in schools overseas and work in various companies including Stuttgart in Germany, Hanover in Germany and den Haag in Holland. 

 

In 2014 she sold her school in Annandale to semi retire to the Byron Shire where she continues to follow her life long passion of teaching ballet.

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.

 

Michelle Boyle

Michelle Boyle

Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Michelle has been teaching dance since 1995. Originally from St Helena, Bangalow, Michelle trained under local renowned dance teacher Mrs Val Steward. Michelle owned Brunswick Valley school of dance from 1995 – 2003. She then travelled over seas for 2 years and furthered her dance training.

She studied under the celebrated contemporary dance company, Delfos in Mazatlán, Mexico. Upon returning to Australia she completed a Bachelors Degree in Dance at QUT in Brisbane.

In 2007 Michelle opened MBK Dance studios on the Sunshine Coast in QLD. The studio was sold late last year and Michelle has moved back to the Byron Shire. Aside from the Bachelors degree, Michelle is an Associate ATOD teacher and has a cert 1V in dance teaching and management and an Associate Diploma in Dance teaching and Management.

Michelle’s passion is dance technique and artistry. She is looking forward to mentoring and training young dancers in their love of dance.

Keely Bates

Keely Bates

Adults Ballet Barre Fitness

Keely was trained in Sydney by Tanya Pearson, John Byrne and Marilyn Jones. Keely won The McDonald's Ballet Scholarship (formerly, The Stuyvesant Ballet Scholarship) in 1982 winning her a scholarship to The Australian Ballet School where she trained with Gary Norman, Dame Margaret Scott and Terri Charlesworth.

Keely is an RAD registered teacher graduating with exceptionally high marks.

Keely's main aim is to develop a sound classical ballet technique through nurturing the mind, body and soul.

Keely's wish is to inspire all students with the love of dance in a professional and safe environment, whilst developing their self confidence, encouraging dedication by passing her passion for this beautiful art form on.

Elodie Rodde

Elodie Rodde

SFC (Strength, Flexibility, Core)

Elodie is the devoted mother of two young children, Bonnie and Jude. She is a qualified yoga instructor in various styles and is currently studying to be a

Mindfulness educator.

 

New challenge new practice

 

Elodie discovered yoga upon her arrival in Australia from New Caledonia in 2000. She immediately found it sharpened her focus and it helped her to adapt and assimilate in a new country, especially her concentration, in learning a new language (English). Going to class and being part of a (yoga) community made her transition to a new life less confusing and stressful.

 

From practitioner to teacher

 

Through practice, i became more aware and inquisitive about the physical and mental changes I was experiencing. My curiosity led me to complete my first certificates in Hatha Yoga under Swami Sarasvati from the Australian Yoga Society.

 

It's at Swami's Health Farm that i experienced the Ashram life for a few months in 2004. This last experience was a real eye opener for me. From there i learned about different yoga Tradition such as Power Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar Yoga & Anusara Yoga.

 

In 2010 i founded Truyoga, a successful yoga business/studio in Cronulla. Dedication to a young family demanded that I pull back on workload and subsequently sold the business on. I remained on as a Senior teacher at ‘HotYogi’ from 2012-2014.

 

Elodie's classes are a blend of attention cues, alignment based hatha yoga, physical challenges, and reminders to remain inquisitive about opportunities & possibilities that "yoga-life" can offer.

We don’t come to yoga to be perfect, we come to yoga to make peace with our imperfections!”

 

“You are the sky…. Everything else is just the weather.” Pema Chodron.