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 three 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 Acro classes at MDC, and loved it so much she became the full time Acro teacher. In 2013 Danielle took on more classes teaching Lyrical, Jazz and Twinkle Toes 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 become the owner of Menai Dance Centre. It has been a great 6 years and I am excited to see the studio grow and evolve even more". Danielle is still very involved in teaching at MDC, teaching Cali Dance as well as our Twinkle Toes program and our Primary School Dance program.

Danielle Lamour


DIRECTOR

Charlotte Foard


JAZZ, LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY

Georgia has trained in a variety of dance styles for 18 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.
Since 2018, she has had the privilege to teach the Junior Jazz and Lyrical classes, as well as multiple solos. In 2020, she loved taking on our Sub Junior Jazz class. Georgia can’t wait to see what 2021 brings with her Jazz and Lyrical classes as well as multiple soloists. 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.

Reagan Jones


HIP HOP

Josh began tap dancing at the young age of 4 in his home town Christchurch, New Zealand. He later began training in other styles such as jazz, hip hop, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre. Josh was able to learn off one of New Zealand’s top tap dancers – Daniel Sintes, before moving to Sydney at age 17 to further his training. In 2016, he gained his Certificate IV in Dance after a year of full time at the Village Performing Arts under the direction of Jacqui Howard and Wayne Aspinall. Josh has performed professionally around New Zealand, Australia, China, France and the USA including corporate jobs like the Canterbury Business Awards, the Nike NTC Sydney tour, the farewell ceremony for the Australian Olympic team and the Honda Avancier car launch. He has also performed in shows such as A-Live Entertainment’s “Machismo – Live Dance Show” directed and choreographed by BJ Rorke and Dayton Tavares.

In 2017/2018 he completed a contract as a dancer in the “Mickey’s Christmas Big Band” show at Disneyland Paris, choreographed by Christopher Horsey and directed by Matt West. He has taught and choreographed for several reputable studios and full time courses across New Zealand and Australia, performing and teaching are his number one passions and he hopes to continue learning and growing as a professional performer, teacher and choreographer.

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.
After dancing in America for a year Mia got injured and had to move back home. She completed HSC dance that year receiving two callbacks for her core and major performance. She is now dancing for fun and is teaching at many schools including Rogersons Dance studios, The McDonald College and KRS. Mia is now also a qualified yoga teacher, working with disability kids and studying primary school teaching.

Adriana Bakrdanikoska


ACRO

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 is looking forward to getting to teach some awesome kids Drama and Musical Theatre

Miss Michaela


CADET TEACHER

Charlize has been involved in dance since the young age of 3, her passion being Cali Dance where she has had great successes including competing at Nationals on 4 separate occasions.

At the young age of 4 Charlize also turned her hand to Gymnastics. Discovering a love for this, she went on to participate in gymnastics for the next 12 years, training up to 18 hours per week and competing at an elite standard from Levels 1-10. Charlize now coaches gymnastics, where she enjoys passing on her skills and knowledge to the younger students.

Charlize is currently in Year 11 and is extremely passionate about helping younger students reach their full potential in the Acrobatics aspect of dance.

Miss Beccy


CADET TEACHER

Coming soon..

Charlotte is a freelance dance teacher and dancer. 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, Technique, Jazz, READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET. She has developed her skills in adjudicating with mentorship from multiple judges and has enjoyed adjudicating at eisteddfods.

 
This year Charlotte will be studying her Bachelor of Exercise Science to further her education and to one day become a Physiotherapist working with and for dancers.
Charlotte thrives on sharing her love for dance with the future generations of dancers and watching them develop into performers .

Georgia Luckman


LYRICAL, JAZZ

COMING SOON... ​

Josh Wadley


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

Adriana is a dedicated, enthusiastic and dynamic individual who is passionate about getting the best from her students whilst creating a safe and enjoyable environment. Over the past 19 years she has been dancing competitively and has completed both her Cert IV in elite performance and her Diploma in Musical Theatre and Cert IV in Teaching and Management at Village Nation, learning from the industries best choreographers and performers that she has gained an extensive amount of knowledge in a variety of dance styles both technically and choreographically.

Adriana’s goal is to help the Menai Dance centre performers achieve their goals either recreationally or at an elite competitive level. Adriana is a bubbly individual as well as a team player who has a huge desire and passion to become the best possible teacher and educator for her students leading by example that with hard work and dedication anything is possible as well as passing down her passion for performing. She is honoured and thrilled to be joining the Menai Dance Center family.

Miss Brittany


MUSICAL THEATRE, DRAMA

Michaela began dancing at the age of four, participating in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary classes. In 2018, she began to perform in local musical theatre productions with Engadine Musical Society, as an ensemble member in Big Fish and Cinderella, and as a featured dancer in Mamma Mia and the upcoming production of Wicked.

Michaela began assistant teaching at MDC at age 12, and is currently a cadet teacher, assisting with drama and musical theatre classes.

Miss Charlize


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.

Miss Aimee


CADET TEACHER

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