Every member of our DANCE1 teaching staff has extensive teaching and performance experience. This ensures that our students gain the most out of their time with our DANCE1 team.
Miss Kirsty’s first memory is of plies and points, smiles and sequins, layouts and laughs. As a youngster Miss Kirsty was forever putting on ‘Lounge Room Spectaculars’, twirling through shopping centres, and so her dancing career was born.
Since her first ballet class at the age of three Miss Kirsty has been involved in all facets of the Performing Arts including dance, drama & singing. She has been a beginner student, an advanced senior, an assistant teacher, a commercial dancer, a teacher and now a studio owner. Since completing her training at ED5 International (Certificate IV in the Performing Arts) Miss Kirsty has gone on to work with some of Australia’s leading Choreographers & Event producers on stage productions, commercials and film clips.
With her 20 years of teaching experience, various qualifications (C.B.A.A & ATCL& ATOD Teaching Diplomas, Bachelors in Management AND Certificates in the Performing Arts & Fitness), and vast commercial experience behind her, Miss Kirsty now believes in creating a positive and nurturing studio environment, where she can share her passion & knowledge with her students (… extending beyond the studio even to home with two little Preschool ballerinas of her own!)
The DANCE1 community has been a part of Miss Kirsty’s life for many years & she loves watching the D1 ‘family’ grow & succeed together. Her mission goes further than creating good dancers, she strives to create ‘good humans’.
Miss Luisa has been dancing since before she could walk & twirled her way into the DANCE1 studios when she was 3. Performing an ‘impromptu’ song & dance solo for the rest of the class, Miss Lu knew she was destined for a life of dance. She participated in as many classes as DANCE1 offered, filling her afternoons with numerous styles of dance genres. Miss Luisa has taken every performance opportunity available to her, including competing in district dance eisteddfods, completing her C.B.A.A. student dance examinations each year, choreographing school dance performances and organising House Dance Festivals. On top of all this, Miss Luisa has even expanded her repertoire at university to include some funky Bollywood moves.
Miss Luisa is an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated performer and teacher, always looking forward to the DANCE1 concerts full of glitter, sequins and smiles (and a cameo in the Teachers Routine too)! After completing the DANCE1 Teacher’s Training Program, headed by Miss Kirsty, Miss Luisa has gone on to complete further qualifications in dance including her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management (ATOD) & her C.B.A.A. Dance Teacher’s Qualification, recognising her as a certified teacher of the Capricorn & Ballet Arts Academy. Miss Luisa is also currently a member of the Acro Dance Teacher’s Association (ADTA), attending annual certification workshops & exams to ensure the safest and most efficient method of teaching Acro Dance. Her latest adventure is further her AcroDance training in Acro Adjudication.
Miss Lu’s mission is to inspire people. She looks forward to giving all her students opportunities to grow, create, dream & achieve (from her playful Preschoolers through to her adventurous Adults!)
Miss Lexi leapt into the dance studio at 3 years old and has never looked back! After joining DANCE1 she continued to add new styles to her class schedule year after year until there were no more classes on offer.
She enthusiastically participated in the annual concerts, eisteddfods, dance examinations and essentially any other dance related opportunity that presented itself both at school and at dance. This enabled her to further develop her passion for dance and performance, which she endeavors to share with each and every student in the classroom.
Miss Lexi has since gone on to complete the DANCE1 Teacher Training Program as well as the C.B.A.A Teachers Exam through which she has gained a depth of experience teaching students of a variety of different ages and abilities. She hopes to use her years of training and performing to encourage each student to be at their best and enhance their dance experience so that it can be as positive as her own.
Miss Lexi has now ‘graduated’ from teaching & will start her new adventure of full time work at PWC. She will still be unleashing her creative side, teaching our Inter & Senior Urban classes in 2020.
Miss Shelley first pranced into the DANCE1 studios at age 4. Her love for all things “dance” blossomed from a young age and has kept her twirling ever since. During her time as a student, Miss Shelley was involved in many CBAA events, including Eisteddfods and Exam Days to further her appreciation for dancing. Miss Shelley has loved every second of her time with DANCE1 and is enjoying being on the other side of DANCE1 – as part of the staff team now.
Miss Shelley enjoys all styles of dance, especially Tap & Broadway. Her aim as a teacher is to give back to her students all the fun and exciting memories that she remembers as a DANCE1 student. Most recently, Miss Shelley has completed her C.B.A.A. Teacher’s Exam, being recognised as a teacher of the Capricorn & Ballet Arts Academy. Outside of DANCE1, Miss Shelley is commencing her post-graduate studies in Medicine at university and loves a day at the beach!
Miss Antonia leapt into the DANCE1 studio at the age of 6. Her extreme passion for dance was created instantly when she saw the abundance of sparkles that go into every dance move in every lesson. At school, Miss Antonia filled her afternoons with every class offered on the timetable and further participated in exciting and rewarding eisteddfods and educational trips to Melbourne!!
Since graduating Year 12, she is busy completing a business management degree at UTS and finds herself at the studio most afternoons sharing her passion for dance with her students. Further, she in continues to learn and grow her knowledge and love for dance through completing the DANCE1 Teacher Training Program along with the DanceStep program where she is learning adequate skills to become a safe and prosperous dance teacher.
Miss Antonia can’t wait to meet all her students in 2020 to share the same love and excitement that dance brought to her when she was a DANCE1 student.
Miss Hannah started her fun & memorable days at DANCE1 at the young age of 5. Each concert was another performance opportunity to kick, leap & twirl and each year Miss Hannah would continue to add classes & styles to her repertoire.
Since graduating from school & dance in 2017, Miss Hannah has commenced a double degree in nutrition/dietetics and PDHPE teaching, whilst staying as active as she can through dance & sport. In addition to holding a Personal Trainer qualification, Miss Hannah also has experience coaching school sport - another opportunity to gain experience in teaching. Miss Hannah is looking forward to progressing with the DanceStep Program & improving her teaching, always looking to learn new skills and strategies.
Raised in a small town in Pennsylvania in the USA, Charlotte Twitchell began her dance training at Lake Erie Ballet. She moved to the Erie Dance Conservatory at its startup in 2003. Charlotte's training consisted of Classical Ballet, American Modern Dance, Tap, and Jazz. She performed as a company member with the pre-professional dance company Erie Contemporary Ballet Theatre in 2005 until 2011. She has attended many summer programs including Craft of Choreography summer intensive, ABT Detroit Summer Dance Intensive, Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy, and Bates Summer Dance Festival. She has received scholarships like the Craft of Choreography Grant, and Hutton Honors Creative Art Grant. Charlotte attended Indiana University as an undergraduate dance major with a B.S. in Kinesiology.
In 2014, she studied a semester abroad in Jerusalem, Israel for six months with the Hebrew University Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where she attended classes with master teachers and performed with the academy, collaborating with peers and professional choreographers. She has had major dancing roles in many works, including pieces choreographed by Paul Taylor, OhadNaharin, Larry Keigwin, IhsanRustem, Ella Ben-Aharon, and Elizabeth Shea. She has worked with various master teachers including Rennie Harris, Robert Moses, Constance Dinapoli, Larry Keigwin, among others. She has created several of her own works including LikameAst, Non Partage, Taos. She is currently performing and working with local company Twisted Element at its 2nd start up here in Sydney.
Miss Tatiana started dancing at DANCE1 at the age of 5. Every year she continued to add more classes to her timetable, until she was enrolled in every dance style on offer and through this time also participated in C.B.A.A. Examinations and Eisteddfods. After a brief hiatus from DANCE1 (pursuing other sports including diving & gymnastics), Miss Tati knew her love for dance hadn’t disappeared and continued to participate in all styles of dance, taking advantage of all the opportunities presented to her throughout the rest of her time as a student.
Now, Miss Tati is a Level Three DanceStep assistant teacher and is studying Law and Psychology at Uni. She is looking forward to continuing to inspire and help young students grow, improve and achieve their goals, sharing her passion for dance with all students.
In 2020, DANCE1 continues to encourage & support our Student Teachers through the DanceStep program. The DanceStep program aims to provide a formalised process to assist students in becoming leaders within their studio. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, learning needs, anatomy & health.
Our 2020 Students Teachers are: