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Belinda Payne – Principal (S.F.D)

Belinda is the Principal and Director of Next Generation Dance Studio, has been teaching dance for over 15 years and dancing herself for over 25 years. Belinda has her teaching diploma through the Southern Federation of Dance and is a member of Acrobatique (acro dance syllabus).

Her passion is teaching, choreography and she takes great pride in offering many opportunities to her students such a performances, competitions, workshops and overseas opportunities.

Belinda has built Next Generation Dance Studio into a school that caters for every dancer and prides herself on providing a professional, safe, family friendly and inclusive environment.

In 2017 Belinda was invited by Kids Artistic Revue (KAR) to judge in numerous locations including the USA and Australia.

To Belinda fostering the love of dance to all students remains the most important thing!

 

 

Poppy Donaldson

Poppy has been dancing for 18 years, training in all genres including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Commercial and Musical Theatre. In 2011 she completed her Certificate of Dance specialising in Contemporary, Character and Ballet at Hagley Dance Company. Poppy then moved to Melbourne Australia and spent two years training full-time in all styles of dance to achieve her Diploma in Commercial Dance Performance at The Edge Performers School, learning from some of Melbourne’s elite teachers and choreographers.

Her teaching career began nine years ago choreographing and teaching locally in her home town in New Zealand. She teaches all ages and levels, from Creative Dance through to Seniors and adults.

Poppy has performed in numerous public events including the Body Festival, Immersed Dance Industry Night, ‘Homework’ charity event at the Crown Palladium, Once upon a time Masters of Choreography, Fashion Aid and DCI Poppy is also currently a member of “Urban Beat” hip hop dance crew.

Olivia Harvey

Olivia began dancing when she was 3 years old…back when there wasn’t really classes for that age!  She was classically trained in the Cecchetti method for ballet up until the age of 16.  Ballet has been Olivia’s passion right from the word go.

Olivia has taught and performed at a number of schools around Melbourne as a part of the Southern Federation of Dance as well as open classes for 3 year olds all the way up to adults, and has taken classes at schools such as Elance and the Sydney Dance Company. She feels very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in classes taught by members of the Australian Ballet Company.

Brooke Young

Brooke has been dancing since the tender age of 3 and has a real passion for it! Brooke has trained under the Southern Federation of Dance and has completed the SFD syllabus levels 1-9 in tap and level 1-8 Jazz. She has also completed her classical exams to the Elementary level. Brooke has achieved her B.ED in Early Childhood and Primary teaching and loves working with children. Along with dancing, Brooke also enjoys and shares a passion for singing and acting and has been involved in a number of musicals.

Tahlia Alonaritis

Tahlia has trained in many dance styles over the last 16 years including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and commercial.

She has recently graduated from full time Dance and has been lucky enough to work and train with industry choreographers Jason Coleman, Yvette Law, Adrian Ricks and many more

Performance credits include numerous events at “The Palladium” at Crown Casino, Australian Open 2016, NFL game entertainment and “Amber Von Tussle” in an amateur production of Hairspray The Musical.

Throughout her training she has completed many SFD and RAD syllabus exams. Tahlia has studied to receive her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

 

Sera Schuller

Sera began dancing at the age of 5 at Suncoast City Performance Arts Centre in Queensland. She trained in all genres and participated in eisteddfods and exams for Ballet, Jazz and Tap. At the age of 15 and wanting to pursue a career in Classical ballet Sera travelled to Switzerland to participate in the prestigious Prix de Lausanne (world renowned ballet competition).

Continuing her classical training in Australia with Suzanne Way, Sera was accepted into Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada in 2014.  After spending 2 years training in Canada, Sera moved back to Australia to join the Victorian State Ballet for their 2017 season.

We are fortunate to have Sera as part of our teaching staff  to share her knowledge and experience.

Ashlea Black

Ashlea has been dancing for 20 years, training in all genres including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Tap. In 2010 she completed her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Business Management specialising in Jazz, Contemporary, Character and Ballet. Ashlea then spent two years training full-time in all styles of dance to achieve her Diploma in Commercial Dance Performance at The Edge Performers School, learning from some of Melbourne’s elite teachers and choreographers.

Her Teaching career began nine years ago. She teaches all ages and levels from Creative Dance through to Seniors.

Ashlea has performed in numerous public events including Masters of Choreography productions, the Short Sweet Dance Festival, Immersed Dance Industry Night, Make A Wish foundation gala evening and ‘Homework’ charity event at the Crown Palladium.