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Belinda Payne – Principal (S.F.D)

Belinda is the proud Director of Next Generation Dance Studio and has been teaching dance for over 10 years and dancing for over 20 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 offering many opportunities to her students such a performances, comps, workshops and overseas opportunities.

Belinda hopes to grow Next Gen into a school that can cater for every dancer. The love of dance is the most important!

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 six 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 is currently studying her B.ED in Early Childhood and Primary teaching and loves working with children. Alongside dancing, Brooke also enjoys and shares a passion for singing and acting and has been involved in a number of musicals.

Lucy Ellis

Lucy has been teaching and coaching dance, voice and circus for over 9 years.

Some of Lucy’s professional theatre credits include Sydney Theatre Company’s Touring Production of “The Herbal Bed”, Farther Bob Maguire’s “Once Upon a Pantomime”, “The Young Stars Circus” (Singapore Season), Victorian Opera’s “West Side Story” workshop, State Opera of South Australia’s “Turandot” and the Adelaide season of Windmill Children’s Theatre Company’s production of “Grandpa”. Some other performance highlights include, dancing at the T20 Big Bash Cricket season, Back-up dancing in the “Countdown Spectacular” at the Entertainment Centre and making it to the semi finals of “Australia’s Got Talent” in Season 1.

Lucy has a passion for choreographing and has established herself as a choreographer for events and functions around Australia. Some of her choreographic credits include, the Salvation Army’s Our Christmas Gift concert at the Melbourne Arts Centre (2013 & 2014), Lululemon Athletica Promotion (Adelaide & Melbourne), Queensland Hornets Grand Final Entertainment, Ultimate Dance Cause, Dance Cancer Initiative, Pop Up Event’s New Years Eve Ball, Life Central Christmas Party Entertainment, Peter Combe’s Melbourne Concert and Grandma’s Dream Garden Circus.

Lucy’s area of expertise is coaching dance technique and skills in a one-on-one, accelerated environment. Lucy was the Director of the National Institute of Performing Arts in Melbourne during 2012-2014, where she coached, ran workshop programs and choreographed for corporate work. In late 2014 Lucy created her own company, Lucy Ellis Dance & Vocal Coaching and now travels all over Australia privately coaching elite students.
Lucy also tours with her internationally recognised dance workshop program “#wegotskillz” which is sponsored by International dance-wear company “Activated Industry”. So far Lucy has presented her workshop program in every Australian state and has most recently travelled to countries such as New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore. In June 2015 the program will debut in the UK.