ALL ABOUT DANCE
Jason started his dance career as a student and teacher at the Susan Norminton School of Dance in Bunbury, Western Australia. Here, he studied in CSTD and ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dance). In 1995, Jason auditioned and won a place in the full time performing arts course at David Atkin's Dynamite Dance Studios.
Jason holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, and a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management.
As a performer, Jason had his musical theatre debut playing the role of Andy Lee in “42nd Street”. He has also performed in “Annie”, and played lead roles in “Crazy for You”, “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Me and My Girl”.
As a choreographer, his stage credits include “Stepping Out”, “Me and My Girl” and “Crazy for You”.
After working with Perth theatre companies and adjudicating festivals, Jason decided it was time to open his own school. The All About Dance Company opened its doors in 2003. Jason takes an enormous amount of pride in the values that are instilled by the team at All About Dance. Our aim is to provide professional level facilities to local dancers - be it for fun or to launch a professional performance career. Jason's time learning to dance was always in an environment where learning was encouraged, without the need for the old-fashioned yelling dance teacher.
He takes great pride in delivering a quality and fun learning experience to the upcoming professional performers of tomorrow.
Gayle began her dance training in Western Australia studying Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD), Australian Institute of Classical Dance Borovansky Syllabus and Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD). Gayle holds a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, a Certificate II in Dance, which she completed at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), studying under the guidance of teachers such as Jane Diamond, Jenny Kinder, David Prudham and Lucette Aldous.
Gayle spent time in Melbourne where she completed a Certificate III in Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre at the Bartuccio Dance and Promotion Centre. Here, she was fortunate to learn from Randolf Winston, Dana Jolly, Alana Scanlon-Clarke, Paul Davis, Elissa Meyer-Thomas, Andrea Wigg and singing teacher Kerri Sutherland, known for her performances on GMA (Good Morning Australia). During this time, her dedication to dance won her a place in the Bartuccio Dance Agency.
As a performer, she performed at the “Youth Diabetes Ball” at the Crown Casino, the “Footy Show Final” at the Rod Laver Arena, “The Crown Christmas Show” with Toni Lamond, Simon Gallaher, Barry Crocker and Julie Anthony, and “Youth Alive” at the Rod Laver Arena. She was also selected by Lenny D from Toronto, Canada to perform his work for “Fiesta Choreographers Ball” in Perth in 2008.
As a teacher, Gayle has taught at Lynwood Senior High School, Winthrop Baptist College and Warnbro Community High School, and joined the team at All About Dance in 2005.
As a choreographer, Gayle's work has been seen at Barbegellos Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge over the past three years, the Riverview Church, Burswood where she lead the dance team, and Church Together in the Supreme Court Gardens WA. Gayle also choreographed a performance for the “WA Cancer Council Fundraising Ball 2009” hosted by Karl Langdon (West Coast Eagles) and guest Bree Amer (Big Brother). Gayle’s work was performed at the “2010 Fiesta Choreographers Ball” with guest choreographer 'Tweetie' from the Bronx, New York.
Gayle has a legacy of awards for her work as both a performer and choreographer, allowing her to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with the upcoming professional performers of tomorrow.
At the age of two, Tina launched herself into jazz, tap, and ballet, completing examinations in Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD), Australian Institute of Classical Dance Borovansky Syllabus, and Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD). Naturally, with her lack of fear, acrobatics was also on the list of classes Tina attended.
Tina holds a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management amongst completing various levels of RAD, ATOD & AICD exams.
Tina's musical performances include “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Les Miserables”, and “Annie”. Tina spent time as a cheerleader with the Western Reds 'Rubys' and the 'Flames', performing during Perth Wildcat games.
Tina's professional career as a dancer has seen her perform at Barbagellos Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge over the past three years, along with other events such as "Zero To Hero" corporate fundraiser "Hero by Night", held at the WA Museum.
Tina's versatility as a performer allows her to bring a complete performance package to the classes that she teaches.
Katey initially followed in her sisters footsteps and went to gymnastics classes as a young child, but then turned to dancing at the age of six and hasn't looked back. She has studied in CSTD and DMIA (Dance Masters' International Association), completing exams in both syllabi for jazz, tap and classical ballet. Katey has successfully competed in many dance competitions, and completed her Theatrical Exhibition Sash exam, passing with Honours Plus.
Katey holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, in which she achieved First Class Honours, as well as a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
Katey nurtures our new little dancers as they take their first dance steps! Her passion and commitment to this age group is something wonderful to watch as she aids the children to discover what dancing is all about! Her versatility as a dancer and teacher allows her to work with a wide range of age groups across tap, jazz and ballet.
Tammy first started dance classes at age three, and had her first job at age eight, dancing in an educational video for children. She auditioned for Terri Charlesworth in 1986 and was accepted to attend Graduate College until 1991, and the Swanbourne Graduate Dance Program until 1994 under Terri's tutelage. This included pas de deux training with the male dancers from the WA Ballet Company, and classes with many guest teachers from St Petersburg Bolshoi ballet school.
Tammy's adventures began in 1995 when she toured Europe and Russia with Terri Charlesworth and a group of promising young ballet students. They attended the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition in Moscow, attended classes and auditioned with dance schools and companies in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Zurich, Monaco, Amsterdam and St Petersburg. Tammy accepted a place at Academie de Danse Princess Grace with Marika Besobrasova in Monaco. During this time, she performed in ballets such as “Don Quixote”, “Balanchines Serenade”, “Coppelia”, “La Fill Mal Gardee”, to mention a few, including performing numerous times for Monaco's late Prince Rainer III at Monaco's Theatre and Casino. Tammy also assisted Marika in teaching the younger children at the ballet school.
Tammy then returned home and attended the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) from 1996-98 where she worked on her choreography and contemporary dance, as well as continuing her classical dance, working with Australian choreographers/dancers such as Lucette Aldous, David Prudham, Sue Peacock, Stefan Karlsson and Claudia Alessi. She also performed “Le Corsaire tu-tuwha” and was principal dancer in “La Bagetelle” in 1997. Tammy also performed at the Mandurah Arts Centre Opening in 1997 under the artistic direction of David Prudham.
Starting a new career in 2000, Tammy opened a dance school in Katherine, NT where she offered classical ballet and contemporary dance to her students. She also taught children creative, liturgical, and hip hop dance styles at St Joseph’s College, and got married during this time. Returning to Perth to start a family in 2003, Tammy has since been enjoying family life with their three children, and has since been trained and certified in Les Mills Body Balance and Zumba to maintain fitness. She is now enjoying her time teaching with Jason and team at the All About Dance Company.
Kelly started dancing at the age of five trying various dance styles, but at the age of eight found her passion for ballet. With this new found passion, Kelly joined Gail Lazzarros ballet school where she trained in RAD, achieving distinctions across her exams.
Since the age of eight, Kelly has had the opportunity to perform across a large range of venues and events through Perth for competition and performance. Kelly now holds a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Health and Physical Education.
In 2003, Kelly was accepted into John Curtin College of the Arts, where she studied specialist ballet and dance. As a performing arts student, Kelly not only danced but had also taken part in numerous choreographic roles in numerous performance sessions at JCCA. Kelly’s commitment to dance saw her awarded the role of ambassador for the college, as a participant in the 2004 Dance Tour during which she performed in the production of “Cinderella” and received the Top Tour Participant Award. Kelly successfully gained lead roles in “The Descent of Shaloma” as The Yellow Gate Keeper, and the “Nutcracker” as The Russian Doll.
Elise Started dancing in 2000, and studied tap and jazz in CSTD and DMIA. In 2009, Elise joined the All About Dance Company, and discovered a new passion for hip hop and contemporary.
Elise holds a Bachelor of Education, with a major in Health and Physical Education, a Certificate III in Fitness, a Certificate IV in Personal Training, and a Les Mills Body Combat Module and Certification.
Elise spent six months living in San Diego, California where she studied physical education, art, music, dance, and surfing. During this time, she also learnt old school hip hop with some of the Jabbawockeez, and attended the World Of Dance competitions where she had the opportunity to network with choreographers from the USA “So You Think You Can Dance”, “Step Up”, and “Stomp the Yard”.
Elise's professional career as a dancer has seen her perform at Barbagello’s Royal Queensbury Corporate Challenge over the past three years along with other events such as "Zero To Hero" corporate fundraiser "Hero by Night", held at the WA Museum.
Elise is also a health and physical education teacher at Safety Bay High School, where she has completed dance tours to Sydney, Melbourne, and Queensland for cheerleading Nationals. Her choreography has appeared at CUA, and other high school cheerleading competitions.
Brendan Burns - Bboy Beast
Bboy Beast (Brendan) has been dancing and teaching dance all around the world for almost 15 years. He is an active member of the Western Australian based ZOU ROCK CREW( bboy team) who regularly compete in all major domestic and international events.
Brendan has worked with students of all ages, and has developed a unique method to unlock the best from each of his students with a curriculum on not only amazing dance movement, but also knowledge of culture and social consciousness.
Brendan’s work is designed to harness and direct energy, develop top class bboys and bgirls (hip hop dancers), develop leaders, and confident kids and young adults.
Brendan’s hip hop core values are;
See you in the circle.
Sally stepped into the world of dance at the age of 5 back in the UK. Here she was fortunate enough to be trained by inspirational teachers such as Judith Hockaday (Judith Hockaday School of Dance) & Denise Yates (Denise Yates of Tanwood). The passion for dance and education these ladies had inspired Sally to pursue a career in teaching. Sally also spent time in the USA where she taught musical theatre and dance and summer camp.
As a performer Sally has appeared in TV adverts and documentaries along with several Musicals in London such as Guys and Dolls. While in the US Sally had the opportunity to play the lead role of “Kathy Seldon” in Singin’ in the Rain.
Sally holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, ISTD Associate in Tap, Acrobatic Arts teaching qualification along with being a registered teacher with the Rhythworks Program.
Sally is also the Head of Performing Arts at Kolbe Catholic College and feels she is fortunate to spend her days educating young dances. Sally’s goal is to help inspire her students to find the same passion and love for dance and musical theatre that her teachers and mentors installed in her.
Jason Bird has been sharing his passion for urban dance around Australia and overseas for more than a decade. Working as a dancer, Jason kicked off his career at seventeen with an international performance contract. After travelling Asia and the UK as a dancer and choreographer, Jason returned to Australia to team up with US based Dance Intensity Extreme who recruited him as a motivational speaker and teacher, sharing his unique industry experiences on their Australian workshop tours. Based in Sydney, Jason began working with Australia’s leading faculties and institutions (Sydney Dance Co., Brent Street, McDonald College, ED5) becoming very well respected within the industry. In 2002 he earned a feature role in David Atkin's production of Hair: The Musical.
Jason has since choreographed for some of Australia’s top recording artists, performance groups and television shows. In 2010 Jason was invited to become a resident choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance Australia where his work received remarkable praise from critics, fans and industry peers. In 2013 Jason partnered with Ausdance WA to create and facilitate YouTube Me Dance. The project targeted disengaged youth in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and won the Australian Dance Industry award for most outstanding outreach program of 2013.
Kerry-Ann was born in Northern Ireland, where she started Irish dancing as a toddler in the church hall. After moving to Australia at age five, her parents were unsure if she would be able to continue her dancing in Australia. Around age seven, her family discovered the world of Irish dance existed in Perth, and she joined her first Irish dance school (now known as the O’Brien School of Irish Dance). She later moved to the WA Academy of Irish Dance, where she competed both individually and as a team at a state, national and world level.
During this time, Kerry-Ann worked with the younger children, teaching and coaching them through their dancing competitions.
Kerry-Ann holds a Bachelor in Education, and has been a primary school teacher for almost 10 years. She currently works at Settlers Hills Primary School in Baldivis.
Mary Adams - Administration
Generally, the first face you see when you come into All About Dance is Mary’s. She is the backbone to all the teachers, ensuring we have all our students in the correct studios at the correct times, and ensuring the teachers themselves are in the correct studios.
Mary has been around the dance environment for a number of years, firstly as a dancer herself and then as a parent of two dancers. Her passion and love for dance continues on at AADC where she is an integral part of the day to day running of the school. Mary also plays a massive role in the co-ordinating of the end of year production costumes, where she works tirelessly to ensure the safe delivery of over a thousand costumes every year.
If she is not at The Desk, Mary can be found in the lunch room, helping dancers heat their meals up, putting band aids on blistered dance feet, and of course ensuring the staff have their meal breaks.
All this on top of her administration duties, Mary is a true asset to the entire AADC crew.
Allen began his love of theatre through his involvement in classical singing and musical theatre at a young age. He later went on to commence his professional dance training with Principal Academy of Dance (PAD). His studies include ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Pa De Deux and Musical Theatre.
Allen holds a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre and an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre.
As a performer, Allen has appeared in productions such as “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Shout! The Legend of the Wild One”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “Young Frankenstein”, “Xanadu” and “Evita”.
As a choreographer, Allen’s credits include “The Witches of Eastwick”, “Rent”, “Seussical the Musical”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Eurobeat; Almost Eurovision”, and “Evita”.
In 2015, Allen received a Finley Award for Best Choreography for his work on “The Musical of Musicals; The Musical”, which he also co-directed. “The Musical of Musicals; The Musical”, was awarded Runner Up Best Musical of 2015.
Laura started dancing at the age of three, completing examinations in ATOD, jazz, tap, and Borovansky and RAD ballet. Her love for acro began at the age of five. Eager to learn, Laura also took on gymnastic and competitive cheer competing in an all-girls Level 5 cheerleading team.
Throughout Laura's years of training she has had a successful time competing in dance competitions. Laura attended John Curtin College of the Arts for two years in the ballet program, and then moved to Safety Bay Senior High School to participate in the Cheer & Dance program.
Laura holds a Certificate II in Dance and a Certificate II in Sports Coaching.
Laura has gained some wonderful teaching skills while working at The Stage Key Company, and is continuing her training with Smash Dance Company. We are thrilled to welcome her to the All About Dance Company.
Chelsea Sewell has loved being on stage performing from a very young age. At the age of three she attended her first dance class and has continued ever since. Chelsea has trained in jazz, tap, singing, acting, ballet, hip hop, pas de duex, Bollywood, acrobatics, contemporary, ballroom, musical theatre and aerial’s.
Chelsea holds a Certificate IV, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts majoring in dance which she completed at the Principle Academy of Dance. To further continue her training Chelsea Chelsea completed her professional semester at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City.
As a Performer Chelsea has performed as a back up dancer for the Jason Derulo in New York City and also worked at Dubai Parks and Resorts as a singer and dancer.
Chelsea’s passion for performance now has her focused on teaching at various Performing Arts Schools and High Schools around Perth where she enjoys passing on her knowledge and experience.
2017 was Brent's transition year from Student Teacher to Teacher. We are extremely excited to continue to support Brent on his teaching journey in preparation for him to take on his own classes mid year.
Brent is currently continuing his training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he has completed a Diploma in Dance. He is now completing his Advanced Diploma in Dance working towards his Bachelor in Performing Arts which he will complete in 2019.
Brent's passion for dance and teaching makes him a wonderful asset to the young dancers at the All About Dance Company.
We are extremely excited to welcome him to the teaching team.
Sam's passion for dance started when she was a young girl and has seen her train in Tap & Jazz with her main passion being Classical Ballet. Sam has been teaching classical Ballet for over 20 years.
Sam holds an Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching which she completed at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne.
Sam's passion for dance and educating children has seen her complete her Certification with Rhythm Works Integrated Dance, a ground-breaking program designed for those with individual learning differences and other special needs.
2018 is going to be an exciting year as Sam introduces Rhythm Works into AADC, we are extremely excited to welcome her to the team.
Watch this space to hear all about the wonderful Alana and all she brings to the dancers at AADC.
Assistant & Student Teachers
At All About Dance we are extremely proud of our student teacher program "Next Steps".
The Next Steps program gives young dancers the opportunity to assist with various classes and ages. Working closely with a qualified teacher they are given accountability to prepare and deliver various parts of the class. Through feedback and ongoing training they become great assets to the All About Dance team.
We are proud to introduce the Student Teachers.
Nathan | Adele | Maya | Olivia