HALINA CRAIG

VCE Dance Teacher, Classical & Jazz

 

Halina has been dancing since she was aged 4 and started in Singapore. She lived in Paris for a year and danced over there as well! Halina has been teaching for 27 years: Kinder Dance, Jazz, Classical, VCE and dance in secondary schools, including Ivanhoe Grammar Girls School. Halina is an Examiner for the Southern Federation of Dance (SFD).

Interesting Fact: Halina played 'Miss Piggy' in a concert many years ago! And is a lover of chocolate but didn't eat it for ten years (aged 12 - 22) after having a bet with her sister….  She won!!

Another interesting fact … Halina taught some of Studio V’s other teachers about 15 years ago, including Vassie, Phillipa and Amanda! … It is a small world they say

ERIN FISCHER

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Contemporary, Production Teacher

 

Since receiving her Diploma of Dance from Dance World Studios in 2011, Erin has been busily involved in the Melbourne cabaret and contemporary dance scenes. She is one half of the song and dance duo 'Legs Go La!' who perform at corporate functions and recently played a season at The Butterfly Club. Other professional work includes cabaret ‘How To Break Even’ with the Cabaret Antique Company, contemporary work 'Movesense' with Aspect Motion Dance Company, Magnormos’ ‘Hello Dolly’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre, dancer at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Crown Casino and in indie band Art vs Science’s video clip ‘Higher’. She has also performed and received nominations from the Victorian Music Theatre Guild with local theatre companies CLOC, PLOS, Panorama and MUMCo for shows such as 42nd St and Singin in the Rain. Erin is also a fully qualified Southern Federation of Dance instructor and member.

 

CLAIRE WARRILLOW

Singing Teacher and Administrative Assistant

Claire began performing at 5 years old with the Australian School of Performing Arts, training in singing, dance and drama. With the Australian Girls Choir, Claire toured nationally and internationally, performing across America with artists such as Jessica Mauboy, David Campbell and Hugh Jackman. Performance highlights include the QANTAS Commercial, Australian Open, AFL Grand Final, Hugh Jackman’s Broadway to Oz tour at Rod Laver Arena and singing as a soloist in 2015 Carols By Candlelight. Claire has trained at the Victorian College of the Arts, in Musical Theatre, dancing and singing full time to pursue a career in musical theatre. Claire is so excited to be sharing her love of singing and theatre with students this year.

  

GERALDINE LETT

Ballet & Pointe Work Teacher

Geraldine began her dance training at the age of six and became one of the first 100 students to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. She studied further at the Australian Ballet School and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing a Bachelor in Performing Arts. She was one of few to then win a contract with the West Australian Ballet Company and here continued her love of movement and the development of creation and choreography.

In the company she danced many leading roles and also began to create works for them.

Her career took her to Sydney and on to New York and London. Geraldine then joined the prestigious Dance Company of Cologne, Germany where she remained for twelve years. Upon her return to Australia in 2005, Geraldine has continued to teach and coach aspiring young dancers.

CECILY HEMPHILL

Ballet & Jazz Teacher 

 

Cecily started dancing when she was 4 years old and now trains in Full Time Musical Theatre at Showfit (Centrestage Performing Arts School). Over the years, she has been trained in jazz, tap, classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, singing and acting and now is striving to make a career out of performing through her full time studies. Cecily has also discovered a passion for teaching dance and musical theatre and is very excited to be working with the staff and students at Studio V.

CALISTA PRINCE 

Ballet & Jazz Teacher

 

Calista has been dancing for 15 years this year, and is a Senior member of the Studio V production team. Calista completed Year 12 last year with phenomenal results and whilst attending university she will be completing her SFD Teachers Certificate. We welcome Calista to our teaching team, and know she will be a gorgeous role model to our 4YO Kinder Class. 

ALEX DI MAURO

Ballet & Jazz Teacher

 

Alex has been an assistant teacher within the Studio V teaching faculty for the last four years, and is a senior member of the Studio V production team. Alex is amazing with our junior school students, who all look up to her and adore her sweet nature, and wonderful teaching skills. Alex will be teaching the 4YO Kinder Class again this year and we wish her all the best. 

CYNTHIA MELCHIORRE

Senior Production, Poms & Tumbling, Advanced Dance Mix and Hip Hop

 

Cynthia is a passionate dancer/performer/choreographer who has been dancing since the age of 2. She has completed her second year of fulltime dance at The Edge Performers School. Cynthia is a driven and encouraging teacher bringing her own Individual style to the table and eager to inspire others.

CARLO POWELL

Hip Hop Teacher

 

Carlo is a hip-hop dancer from New Zealand and has been dancing for several years. He has trained with Massey dance crew, Freshman’s dance crew and undertook fulltime dancing at The Edge. Carlo enjoys dance for the artistry and fun behind it. He considers himself a creator with a very strong style, and loves complex movement and shapes to express different emotions through choreography. Carlo recently competed at Step Off, UDO and won the best male dancer.

ALLY JACKSON

Drama & Musical Theatre Teacher

 

Ally started dancing and performing when she was 4 years old and has been studying drama and music for over 10 years.  Now training in musical theatre at Centrestage's fulltime course Showfit, Ally is working towards a professional performing career. Her love for teaching has grown this year after completing her SFD tap teaching exam and teaching musical theatre and dance at Stage School Australia.  Ally has toured with productions of Seussical and Once on this Island with YABC in the Adelaide Fringe Festival and has performed music theatre showcases at Federation square. 

LIANA SORTINO

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Production & Tap Teacher

 

Having just finished year 12, Liana is taking a gap year before beginning university to focus on a year of dance! Liana has been dancing at Studio V for over 15 years, achieving the 15 year milestone award in 2017. Liana has completed her Level 10 Jazz exam, Level 9 Tap exam and Elementary Ballet exam last year attaining the highest results. This year Liana is completing her Level 10 Tap exam and continuing to work on technique, all while commencing her first year of teaching! Liana is looking forward to a successful and fun year ahead in the Studio V community and dance world. 

JULIE CARSON

Classical & Jazz Teacher

 

In a past life…..Television and Photographic Model. Julie won Australia’s most promising Model in 1971 and a trip to London. She worked as a Photographic and Cat Walk Model for 25 years, working for the Australian Wool Corporation at the Wool Board Fashion Parades, Just Jeans and in Hong Kong for Christian Dior. Julie choreographed several television commercials and worked as a model on the Australian Fashion Industry awards for many years.

 

Dance Examiner with SFD for 18 years, a Life Member and former Committee Member, Julie and fellow Examiners were instrumental in updating much of the SFD Classical Syllabi, teaching Dance Teachers the work for 20 years. Dance Qualifications: Cecchetti Associate, Cecchetti Advanced , Southern Federation of Dance Fellow and Life Member. Co-ordinator of the YMCA Dance Program for 15 years. (where she began teaching a young Vassie Vlachos)

Julie ran her own School ‘Beyond Dance’ for 10 years, many of her students are now teaching and have had success in the Dance Industry.

AMANDA WATSON

Open Classical & Pointe Work Teacher 

 

Amanda had the pleasure of growing up dancing with Vassie and experiencing all styles of dance from Jazz, Classical, Tap and National; with exams in SFD, RAD, and Commonwealth . Having completed level 10 Jazz SFD by the age of 14 with Honours Amanda knew that she wanted to dance as her profession.

At the age of 15 she auditioned and was accepted in the Victorian College of the Arts where she completed her VCE. Not knowing then what her next move was she went and studied contemporary dance at Rusden Deakin University for a year before knowing in her heart she wanted to do performing arts.  After two years with Dance World 301 in the diploma of performing arts Amanda was accepted into the Dance Factory agency and began her professional career as a dancer.

From the stage of the high seas as a Royal Caribbean cruise line dancer, to the fun of Dorothy of the Dinosaur for the Wiggles Amanda has done it all. She lived in Taiwan and worked at a theme park and led many nightclub dance shows throughout Melbourne. A highlight in her career was dancing in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth games for the ‘Body Rockers’ and at the age of 26 retired from the industry.

Amanda has a Bachelor of Applied Science (in Human Movement) and is the Health & Fitness Manager for the City of Monash. Amanda also teaches many aerobics styles from Zumba to Aqua. She has also taken a job this year as an examiner for Southern Federation of Dance and can’t wait to get into the exam room! 

ELI WILLIAM COOPER

Production & Acrobatics Teacher

 

Has been dancing since he auditioned for VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts) in order to avoid going to a "real" high school

 Finished all 6 years of the college on full scholarship and graduated as Dance and School

Captain with a perfect 50/50 for VCE VET dance, dancing swan lake and a fosse number and has been teaching since 2008

Has performed on 4 ships for Princess Cruises as a dancer/ soloist around the world

Interesting fact about Eli: Eli almost broken his nose 3 times- all on stage; once doing a walkover using a broom instead of his hands and slipping on sweat; once from being lifted up to flip and instead being dropped straight on his face and once from being so sunburnt he threw up into his white gloves, and as he tried to run off stage he fell down a flight of stairs into a group of showgirls... whoops!

 

Attached a photo of Eli backstage at the Palms when he met his idol Rhonda Burchmore!

SARAH CLARKE

Advanced Jazz / Commercial Dance & Senior Production Teacher 

 

Sarah Toured Australia with the Helpmann Award winning production of A Chorus line, playing the role of Judy and covering the role of Sheila. At the age of 20 Sarah was invited to attend Master Classes at the Millennium and Edge Performing Arts Centre in Los Angeles. At the same time she was given the opportunity to perform at Disneyland California.  After completing her Diploma in Performing Arts, Sarah accepted a role as a featured dancer in the Walt Disney Production of One Man’s Dream in Tokyo, Japan.  Since returning to Australia in 2008, Sarah has appeared in a series of television commercials and has performed in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The Footy Show Grand Final, The Singing Office and Winners and Losers. She has toured Australia with M2Productions in Cabaret De Paris and has most recently returned from touring a Tribute to Grease the Musical playing the role of Sandy.