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 has been a teacher at e.motion21 since 2016 and has taught from our Kinders up to our Adults. Originally from the UK, Eloise completed full time professional training in a range of dance styles, and has danced and taught in the UK and the UAE. Eloise believes that everyone should have access to enjoy the benefits of dance through a high-quality dance experience. After completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, Eloise moved to Australia in late 2014. Eloise is currently completing a Masters in Education through the Royal Academy of Dance. Eloise loves the energy and enthusiasm all e.motion21 dancers bring to class and seeing them perform and shine on stage is always a highlight of the year.
Tristan Sinclair is a performance and multimedia artist, as well as an educator. He holds a bachelor in Design (2013), a diploma in Dance (2016) and a Yoga Alliance recognised qualification (2017) respectively. As well as teaching for e.motion21, Tristan is an Associate Artistic Director. Recently he worked closely with Circa creatives Yaron Lifschitz and Libby McDonnell in choreographing and costuming the work ‘Wild Swans’ that was performed by 46 dancers with Down syndrome in front of a live audience of over 11,000 people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Tristan has a deep passion for assisting others in accessing their own creative, soulful expression. In addition to teaching weekly classes he is currently creating and teaching e.motion21’s Artistic Extension Program Pilot, supporting artists with a Down syndrome in their own artistic growth and development.
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.
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.
Laura Houley is a qualified and vibrant dance movement therapist and group facilitator with extensive experience working with people who have varying abilities. She is passionate about dance and exercise being accessible by all.
Anna Booth taught the very first e.motion21 dance class to 7 very giggly primary dancers in April 2009. Since then, she has taught over 1000 e.motion21 classes (and stopped counting) as a regular teacher at Kew, Pascoe Vale, Bundoora, Geelong and now Virtual. As the Artistic Director she has choreographed and delivered many e.motion21 performances for local, regional and international stages, including collaborations with The Australian Ballet School and The Space, 8 e.motion21 concerts, 2 World Down Syndrome Congress tours and even a flash mob for Glee Star Lauren Potter! She has a Dip. Design and Dip. Leadership & Management. Her favourite place is cheering from the wings and is grateful to be able to see the benefits of the e.motion21 program for people with Down syndrome.
Sara Caputo has been performing and teaching professional for over 10 years. She completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) from LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore and has trained in numerous styles of dance including, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap and Traditional Balinese Dancing. She loves to use dance and movement as a vessel for creativity, expression and connection and is very excited to be a part of the e.motion21 team.
Madeleine Smith returned to Melbourne earlier this year from studying contemporary dance in Israel during a 5-month intensive with Kibbutz Dance Company. Prior to this she trained at Patrick Studios as well as Transit Dance, completing a Diploma of Dance. She is an experienced teacher, teaching jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, ballet and tap to ages 4 years through to adults. She is currently studying Cert 4 in Disability.