Contract Teachers

Natalie Bitsas

Kate Crerar

Eloise Harris Eloise Harris

Tristan Sinclair

Daniella Stepanovsky

Payge O’Shea

Narelle Tolliday

Nat Hannaford

Anjelica Simatos

Anjelika Thwaites

Susan Van Den Ham

Ellise Peart

Alix Gardiner

Natalie Bitsas created the popular dance program Kindy Groove, a dance and drama school for pre-schoolers, which she has been running as Owner and Director for the past 15 years. She is also very passionate about working with children with special needs and is delighted to be a part of the teaching team at Bundoora and Pascoe Vale.

Kate Crerar is inspired to be a part of such an innovative dance school in e.motion21. Trained in Cecchetti ballet, jazz, hip hop, and with a particular love for contemporary and zumba, Kate has extensive teaching and choreographing experience working for various dance schools around Melbourne. Kate has completed her double degree from RMIT University (Education and Applied Science – Disability) and the Ausdance Skill Set for Teaching Dance. Kate is responsible for the Performance Program, as well as teaching at Cranbourne.

Eloise Harris Eloise Harris trained in the UK in a range of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Professional Practice in Dance and has also graduated with a Post-graduate Diploma in Community Dance. Eloise has taught both children and adults in a range of styles in both the UK and Dubai. Eloise moved to Australia last year and is looking forward to getting to know all the students and to share her love of dance with them all.

Tristan Sinclair came to professional dance as an adult. Upon completing three years of full time training in dance, Tristan became a regular teacher on the adult casual timetable at The Space Dance Centre. He also enjoys teaching privately in local schools around Melbourne. He is currently completing his Diploma of Counselling and is excited to continue working with dance as a way of speaking, expressing yourself, without words. He is so excited to be teaching and dancing with e.motion21.

Daniella Stepanovsky has been a part of e.motion21 since 2013 after volunteering at the Federation Square performance for World Down Syndrome Day and falling in love with the happiness and enthusiasm that the dancers had to share. She has volunteered at the annual concerts and been a mover at Greensborough, Highett, Kew and Cranbourne. Dani has worked with children with disabilities as a nanny and riding instructor and is now a passionate teacher after completing her Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Applied Sciences – Disability.

Payge O’Shea started her dance career at the age of three with Vicki’s Dancing Academy in Morwell. She trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Character, National, Contemporary and Lyrical. In 2017 she completed her Diploma in Dance – Elite Performance and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance. In 2017 she became a fully qualified Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor. She is currently one of five Victorian teachers qualified in this program. She is passionate about teaching dance to all ages, capabilities and strengths. She is eager to pass on her knowledge to the future generations. She is excited about working alongside like-minded people to broaden her skills and become involved in a creative and fun filled environment.

Narelle Tolliday is the owner and Co-Director of Curtain Call Performing Arts Studios in Ballarat. Teaching classical, contemporary, jazz and musical Theatre classes to students of all ages, all abilities and all experiences. Since opening Curtain Call, Narelle has undertaken her Certificate IV in Dancing Teaching and Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a qualified instructor in both ZUMBA and Barre Attack. Her love of dance and working with children has become Narelle’s passion not only within the studio but through her continued freelance work with local kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and Scope Disability Support Ballarat. Outside of the studio Narelle is happily married with two beautiful girls. Enjoys family time and travelling to Melbourne watching Musical stage productions and live theatre.

Nat Hannaford began dance training at age 5, and at 12 studied at VCA in conjunction with her education. By 16 she was a qualified RAD ballet teacher. Nat has graduated from the University of Ballarat with a BA in Performing Arts. She has performed and toured shows in Melbourne and the Adelaide Festival, where she has also written and co-ordinated arts programs, live performances, and festival entertainment. As a working artist and educator of 20 years she has choreographed and directed for community organisations, private arts businesses, the education sector and not-for profits. She values highly her work and development for inclusive practice. Nat has an education degree and cert IV in training and assessment and continues to deliver certificates in dance and live performance in secondary schools. For 2018, Nat is the Senior Dance teacher at Seven Turns Dance Collective, was contracted as the Artistic Director for the e.motion21 dance and concert program, consulted with Ausdance for inclusive practices in BIG DANCE and completed three short films on Mental Health for Victoria Mental Health Week which were exhibited during Artlands in October 2018.

Anjelica Simatos is originally from Sydney, training in all styles at Brent Street and the Wendy Gibbs School of Ballet, Anjelica went on to complete tertiary training at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts graduating with her BFA in 2014. Currently she is the event day coordinator, manager and choreographer for the Melbourne Aces and the new Geelong-Korea Baseball (ABL) cheerleading teams. Geelong-Korea only being established in 2018. When she is not performing, Anjelica is a well loved dance teacher. She teaches all styles; contemporary, jazz, jazz technique, open ballet, tap, hip hop, cheerleading, acrobatics and lyrical.

Anjelika Thwaites has been teaching dance since she was just 13 and has been dancing a whole lot longer than that. She has continuously added to her vast knowledge of dance and performance to include an impressive collection of styles, genres and techniques and has worked both locally and internationally promoting community arts. Anjelika creates encouraging and supportive environments where students can learn new skills and techniques whilst being encouraged to develop their own personalities, creativity and style to be expressed through their dance.

Susan Van Den Ham studied dance teaching at Box Hill T.A.F.E graduating with a dance teaching and management diploma followed by a Bachelor of Dance at VCA in 2004 and a Post Graduate Diploma of Choreography in 2007. Susie’s interest as a dancer/ maker observing the moving body has further developed her independent exploration into Kinesiology, Ashtanga Yoga, Shiatsu Japanese Massage, Butoh, Body Mind Centering, Somatic movement and Dance for Parkinson’s. Drawing on these skills, Susie works across community engagement, managing teaching and administration, with a particularly strong interest in choreographic play and facilitating contemporary dance classes and art experiences for people with a disability, youth and elderly.

Ellise Peart has worked in a variety of settings with many different age groups throughout her career. She has a degree in teaching and has worked as an Arts coordinator, VCE and VET Dance Teacher and Drama Teacher for many years.
Ellise is truly inspired by the work carried out by e.motion21 and is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to contribute to the lives of the young people involved in the organisation through teaching dance and fitness.

Alix Gardiner has completed various courses in dance and disability at Melbourne campuses. She has directed many music videos, been involved with casting and has starred in multiple music productions also. She has been teaching to a variety of ages and abilities for many years and is looking forward to her time spent teaching e.motion21 participants!

188 High Street, Kew VIC 3101
phone: +61 3 9854 7100
info@emotion21.org.au

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