I have been dancing since the age of three where I began my training at Dance Dimensions training RAD ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, solos and Troupe work. After the school closed in 2007 I moved to Barbara Jayne Dance Centre where I completed my Ballet, Jazz and Tap exams over the next couple of years, whilst also competing in various competitions state wide. In 2014 I moved to Sydney to complete my Certificate IV in Dance with Singing and Acting at Brent Street Studios, in the 1 year full-time intensive course I got to refine my Hip-Hop, Acro and Commercial skills from some of Australia’s best choreographers, as well as my Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre skills. In 2015 I took a position teaching extra curricular dance at Kambala Girls school in Rose Bay, where in the two years following I moved to expending the genre from just Ballet and Jazz to also Hip Hop and Tap, took on the Fitness program and also looked after the year 11 Wellness Program. In 2015 I was chosen by 5 LA choreographers to win the Global Dance Convention Advance Bursary where I won prize money also to assist the choreographers the next year and also have contact with them over the year in regards to any industry question I had. After moving back in December, I look forward to sharing my knowledge with my students.
Sarah completed her B.Arts Honours in Drama at Flinders University and later her Diploma in Education, enabling her to work as a Dance/Drama teacher and start her own ballet school in the Flinders Ranges in 2012.
In 2013 she became a company member of Move Through Life Dance Company.
Sarah loves performing in community theatre shows around Adelaide, and recently choreographed Saturday Night Fever with Matt Byrne Media.
She started her own theatre company called THE GEMINI COLLECTIVE with her partner in 2017 and their first 2018 Fringe Show is the Australian Premiere of Ivy + Bean the Musical. Sarah currently works at St Paul Lutheran School as the Performing Arts teacher.
Bachelor of Dance, Bachelor of Education, Advanced Skills Teacher 2 (AST 2)
Natalie’s involvement in dance spans over 38 years when she began taking dance lessons in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Classical at Del Sante where most of her training was under the direction of Kerry Hauber. She completed a variety of exams in Classical (R.A.D.), Jazz, Tap and Theatrical (C.S.T.D) and in 1997 obtained a degree in Dance at the University of Adelaide. In 1999 she completed a Degree in Education becoming a qualified High School Dance teacher and has taught SACE Dance for 18 years with students consistently gaining outstanding results.
She has choreographed and directed many high profile school dance performances, school musicals and Arts showcases. This includes entries in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge with Woodville High School winning in 2007 and 2nd place on 3 occasions. She coached and choreographed many successful High School Dance teams with consistent finals placement and National team representation at the National School Aerobics Championships (now Dance Star) receiving 2nd and 3rd place in the Senior Hip Hop section on 2 occasions. She is recognised as an Advanced Skills 2 teacher with DECD, has a high level of expertise in SACE Dance and recently completed Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment which enables her to teach within the Vocational Education and training (VET) sector.
Madeline Edwards has worked internationally as an independent dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since her graduation from Adelaide College of the Arts, she has worked as a performer and Assistant Choreographer for Daniel Jaber. In 2010, Madeline was granted the opportunity by Carclew Youth Arts and The Helpmann Academy to travel to Malaysia to participate in a 3-month residency at Rimbun Dahan, for the creation and performance of Jaber’s W.G Spiel. She was then invited back the following year to perform in Bodies Across Boundaries, a program of works by both Malaysian and Australian choreographers. She won the Ausdance SA Outlet Dance Award and received an Arts SA Professional Development Grant to travel to Vienna to attend ImPulsTanz, where she studied William Forsythe’s Improvisation Technologies under ex-Ballett Frankfurt’s Francesca Harper and Tony Rizzi, and was selected to perform Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre repertoire in the closing ceremony. Madeline co-choreographed and was featured in a dance film project with filmmaker Gemma Salomon. For Jaber, she has also performed, assisted, re-staged and co-ordinated work nationally; including the Festival Centre, Adelaide Fashion Festival and Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre; in Reassessment- A Double Bill (Agile), Rodent Boy, Nought (Australian Dance Theatre), L’Affichage, Back to Black, Shades, and Muse. Recently, Madeline has worked with Cyril Baldy at Strut Dance (Perth), and performed in two works at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016- a solo (Muse) in the inaugural Dances For A Small Stage by Rachel Kennedy and Lisa Lonero, awarded Best Dance by The Advertiser, and in The Isabetta Project by Jessie McKinlay, which was awarded a Weekly Fringe Award for Best Dance, and the Festival Centre’s InSPACE Development Award.
I started learning dance from the wonderful principle Kerreane, at Kerreane Wilkinson Dance Centre in 1983 at just 2 years (still in nappies)! My older sister was a student of the school & I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to join her on stage. I have competed in many competitions locally & interstate, my last being in Mt Gambier where I was awarded runner up in the classical scholarship for over 15 years. I have completed my advanced RAD classical exam & my CSTD teachers exam. I have always had a passion for performing, but in 1999 I returned from the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne & completed my year 12 study & then went onto studying business majoring in Marketing for a long term career. I now have a Son Nate & daughter Analise who attends dance & she is guided by Shenayde & Kerreane, thriving in her very first dance competitions. I currently work in marketing, choreograph children’s fashion parades for mostly kids modelling agency & teach both u/8 & u/6 at our West Croydon location.
Laura has been singing, acting and dancing since 4 years of age. She trained for 15 years at TIDC Performing Arts Studio where she took part in numerous eisteddfods, performances and examinations resulting in her Theatrical Teaching Qualification CSTD –TC(T/B). Laura has performed in numerous musicals with Kings Baptist Grammar School, The Met Society and Northern Light Theatre Company and has also completed musical theatre workshops at both NIDA & WAAPA.
In 2013, Laura moved to Sydney to pursue her love of performing and to complete a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street Studios. Whilst in Sydney, she worked with The Wiggles as Fairy Clare, Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions in various children’s shows.
Professionally Laura has also appeared in the TV Series McLeod’s Daughters, performed in The Rob Guest Endowment Gala, Twisted Broadway and the latest Seven Sopranos film clip and TV ad.
Specialties: Musical Theatre, Song Interpretation, Movement & Choreography
Thomas Brodie Phillips is an actor, dancer and singer. Thomas holds an acting scholarship through Actors Inc. He has also completed Stage 2 Drama at St. Paul’s College, but more importantly, has been part of various amateur musicals with lead roles in Hot Shoe Shuffle (Slide), High School Musical (Chad), and Curtains (Harv). Was an extra on the filming of McLeods Daughters. Used in a Safe Driving Australia advertisement and Adelaide University promotion video.
HEAD SENIOR TEACHER – Kerry Hauber – CSTD
Kerry Hauber has also been teaching for over 30 years (with TIDC for 10 years), once owning her own studio before freelancing, and is also qualified in all forms of dance. Kerry is one of the top choregraphers in South Australia, having won many awards to cement this. Kerry was the choreographer of the World Basketball Championships, National Aerobic Dance Championships, as well as the award winning Australian Drill Team, having choreographed routines for routines in America (including Disneyland) and Japan. Kerry was also the choreographer for the Credit Union Christmas Pagent in 2010, as well as involved in musical theatre productions around South Australia. Kerry is also a highly sought after Adjudicator around Australia.
PRINCIPAL – Kerreane Sarti – CSTD, AICD
Kerreane has been teaching for over 30 years, starting her training in Melbourne then continuing in Adelaide, she is fully qualified holding teaching diplomas in all forms of dance. Kerreane’s passion for teaching started at a young age and has seen many students go onto professional careers. Kerreane is also one of the founding directors of Adelaide Youth Theatre (a company for 8-18 years promoting theatre skills and performances), as well as being an award winning choreographer for many theatre companies around South Australia, as well as a lecturing for the SA Arts Board. Having adjudicated for Dance Competitions around Australia, has also given Kerreane a good insight into dance eisteddfods.
Kerreane was also resident choreographer for “McCleod’s Daughters” as well as Channel Nine’s “C’mon Kids”.
Emma (Michael’s wife) teaches singing and musical theatre and has a long history in both areas, in Australia and back in the UK. Emma trained in Voice at the London College of Music, and Drama at the London Theatre School, and the prestigious London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
While singing professionally she toured much of Europe with composer Luciano Berio, performing in his Opera ‘Ofanim’. She also made numerous choral recordings for DECCA projects as well as performing in countless classical concerts at venues including the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall while singing with the London Philharmonia Choir.