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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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.

 

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.

 

Hayley Sturgess

Hayley Sturgess

Dance Teacher

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.

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.'