Our Teachers

Danielle has been dancing for over 20 years. She started Cali Dance at the young age of 7 and has never looked back. She enjoyed taking Jazz and Contemporary classes as she progressed through school and has performed in many dance festivals, eisteddfods and competitions. Her passion for Cali Dance has seen her perform on the largest scale - at the elite Australia National Championships - on two separate occasions! She started teaching Cali Dance at 19 years old, and has coached many successful championship teams and individuals. In 2012 she started teaching AcroDance classes at MDC, and loved it so much she became the full time Acro teacher. In 2013 Danielle took on more classes teaching Modern Lyrical, Jazz and Tots classes.

In 2015, Danielle left her advertising management position to become an owner and full time director at MDC. "I am so thankful that I made the decision to leave my previous career to work full time at Menai Dance Centre. It has been a great year and i am excited to see the studio grow and evolve". Danielle is still very involved in the teaching at MDC, teaching AcroDance, Jazz, CaliDance, Ballet, Twinkle Toes, Little Steps Ballet & Tiny Tots Playgroup.

Danielle Lamour


DIRECTOR

Charlotte Foard


JAZZ, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY

Georgia has trained in a variety of dance styles for 17 years beginning with Physical Culture when she was three. Adding genres of jazz, lyrical, contemporary and ballet from eleven onwards, she has thrived in all performances of these styles, placing 1st and 2nd in multiple eisteddfods. Georgia finished her HSC in 2017 gaining a prestigious "Callback" for her HSC dance performance, core performance and core composition. Georgia began her Cadet-ship with Menai Dance Centre in 2015, where she was the first ever graduate of the course in 2017.

In 2018 and 2019 she had the privilege to teach the Junior Jazz and Lyrical classes, as well as multiple solos. In 2020 she has taken on our Sub Junior Jazz as well as Junior Jazz and Lyrical and multiple solos. She is very excited to watch our dancers grow and develop their skills in the future. She is currently studying at the University of Wollongong. Georgia absolutely loves teaching, challenging, inspiring and sharing her passion for dance to the younger generations and encourages all of her students to pursue their love for dance.

Ben Montague


HIP HOP

Kira is an international performer who is currently based in Sydney. She completed her Diploma of Performing Arts at ED5International in 2012. Since graduating, Kira has been travelling the world performing and training overseas, commencing with a contract on Royal Caribbean: Voyager of the Seas, before continuing her training in New York, LA and London.

Kira is also making her mark as an Australian choreographer in many forms. She recently launched her own tap dance company 'T∀P' (Tap For All) – with the aim of fusing different dance styles with tap, and therefore widening its audience. The company recently performed their first full-length show 'Colour eMotion' to critical acclaim and wonderful reviews.

My vision is To inspire them not only as students but also as individuals, to keep them striving for more and help them realise their true potential. My aim is to give them someone who believes in them so that they can believe in themselves. In particular I want to help my students discover the variety and versatility that tap dance can provide.

Naomi Adams


R.A.D BALLET

Mia started dancing all styles at Rogersons at the age of 5 and also participated in gymnastics and Sports Aerobics for a few years. She has completed all of her RAD exams, receiving many distinctions including 97% in her Advanced 2 exam. Mia has also received gold awards in her Glenn Wood tap exams and participated in many solo and troupe competitions including Isobelle Anderson awards where she was placed as a semi finalist for the Intermediate Foundation level.
Mia moved to the McDonald College School of Performing Arts in year 9 to further her ballet training. In year 11 Mia started full time ballet training at The McDonald college while completing her HSC via Distance Education. During that year Mia got to the quarter finals at the City of Sydney Ballet scholarship and placed highly commended at the City of Sydney eisteddfod for her lyrical solo. At the end of that year she participated in the International Summer Intensive at The McDonald College and performed in The Premier State Ballet Company’s performance of Swan Lake as a cygnet, pas de trois soloist and Spanish princess.
In year 12 Mia performed in the Premier State Ballet’s performance of Don Quixote as a girlfriend, dryad and bridesmaid. She also went to America to participate in the Joffrey Chicago and Princeton Ballet School’s summer intensives. At the end of that year she moved to America to become a trainee at the American Repertory Ballet Company in Princeton, New Jersey where she performed in the company performances of nutcracker and the schools performance of Swan Lake as the Italian Princess.

Miss Brittany


MUSICAL THEATRE, DRAMA

Sophie is Menai Dance Centre's newest Cadet Teacher. She has grown up at MDC, dancing since she was 8 years old in various styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acro, Hip Hop and Contemporary.

Sophie currently teaches Jazz and Tap, and loves to inspire younger students. Sophie has completed her Intermediate RAD Ballet exam and is a senior at The McDonald College.

Miss Beccy


CADET TEACHER

Charlotte is a freelance dance teacher and dancer represented by JR Management. In 2018 Charlotte studied her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management and in 2019 she completed her Cert IV in Dance through Ettingshausens PRO.
In April 2018, Charlotte travelled to Florida to compete at USASF Worlds for a second time representing Australia, placing in the top 10. Charlotte then continued on a solo journey to Los Angeles to partake in further training. Whilst in LA, she took class at Millennium Dance Complex, The Playground and The Edge under top choreographers like Kyle Hanagami.
Charlotte has been teaching since 2012 and teaches Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet around the Shire and Illawarra. She has developed her skills in adjudicating with mentorship from multiple judges, and has enjoyed adjudicating for EBSDN eisteddfod. Charlotte thrives on sharing her love for dance with the future generations of dancers and watching them develop into performers​

Georgia Luckman


LYRICAL, JAZZ

Ben is an Australian hip hop dancer and teacher who started training at the age of eight. He began dancing at The McDonald College in 2014. Although he now trains in various classical and commercial styles of dance, hip hop has taken him global, with performances in Hollywood, Orlando, Pensacola and Auckland.

In 2017, he and his crew became Australian Champions at the prestigious competition “World of Dance”, and went on to place 4th at the international rounds in Hollywood. Ben also fills the role of Creative Director in a filmmaking and visuals company called Moose Visuals, which he co-founded in October 2017. He has worked for many world class dancers and organisations with his film work including Alexander Chung, Phly Crew, Junkyard Beats, Max Pham, CreatedMedia, Kluch Creations, Non-Stop Dance Company and TNSPA. ​

Kira Nelson


TAP

From the age of three, Miss Naomi fell in-love with dancing & trained right through to a professional career. Trained in RAD Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Miss Naomi has since gained Registered Teaching Status with the RAD (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) as well as a Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management, Bachelors Degree in Creative Arts and a Certificate IV in Small Business Management.
Since her twenties, Miss Naomi has worked locally with Rogue Dolls and Sydney Showboat, internationally as a cabaret dancer and as a NRL Cheerleader with the Canterbury Bulldogs & Canberra Raiders. During her 2 years with the Emeralds (Canberra Raiders), Miss Naomi was given dance-captain status of the cheer squad and was also one of their main choreographers, creating routines and try celebrations for various home games. Miss Naomi has also dance-captained & choreographed routines for Entourage Productions’ dance group Rogue Dolls.
While studying her Bachelors Degree, Miss Naomi started her teaching career in Wollongong, NSW, specialising in ballet, contemporary, pointe and solo & group performances for various eisteddfods. Since then, she has expanded her skill set to teaching Tiny Tots Tap, all ages jazz & hip hop classes, acro, cheer leading and drama classes.
Miss Naomi strives to build a successful dancers, where students of all ages and ability levels gain an education that is not only fun but rich and full of information, helping students learn about their body and how it works, promoting safe dance practice and healthy living.

Mia Hetherington


BALLET

Brittany got her start at Cali dance when she was 1 ½ years old and has been dancing ever since. She has just finished her HSC in 2019 doing both Drama and Dance subjects and is now going on to study a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Wollongong this year. She has been doing Cali Dance at the studio ever since it opened and has been a helper at the MDC concerts over the years. Her passion for Cali Dance has seen her perform on the largest scale - at the elite Australia National Championships - on five separate occasions with Miss Danielle!

She started teaching Cali Dance as a cadet in 2017 and is now officially a Level One Cali Coach this year! She is very excited to join the MDC team this year and

Miss Sophie


CADET TEACHER

Beccy began dancing at the age of 2 and started training at the McDonald college in 2014. Before joining Menai dance centre in 2016, She trained in various of styles such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. She loves sharing her love of dance among others and watching her students grow and learn & implementing the skills she has taught her students then applied in the future.  

Beccy has been accepted into a few full time schools such as TNSPA.PRO, Brent street & Darige entertainment for 2020 training.

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