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Teacher Profiles

Achieving Excellence in Dance

Dance Instructors

Dance Element Studios has experienced, committed and caring dance teachers. They excel at making their classes fun and challenging.

Natalie Newling, Director

Natalie has been teaching dance for over 34 years. Her love and passion for dance began at seven years of age when she dreamed of having her own studio.

Natalie has trained extensively in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. She has a wealth of experience in teaching dance, coaching students for eisteddfods and organising charity events. Her goal is to foster a warm, welcoming and fun studio where students not only learn excellence in dance but are able to use their creative talents to help others.

 

 

Brooke Foley,

Dance Co-ordinator 

Brooke began her training at Sonja Dene Dance Studios studying classical Ballet (RAD), Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. She soon found herself a part of the Australian Ballet Junior Associates program, which meant frequently travelling to Melbourne to train with the prestigious Australian Ballet School. In 2012, Brooke received a Classical scholarship to attend the McDonald College of Performing Arts, balancing academics and dance Brooke completed all her RAD exams with Distinctions. 

Brooke was successfully chosen as a contemporary dance major for three consecutive years with the New Zealand School of Dance and mentored by a company member of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. In September 2015, Brooke began studying full-time Ballet at Brussels International Ballet in Belgium. 

In 2020, Brooke graduated from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) with a Bachelor of Dance Education with the hope to share her love for dance with others and assist in achieving her student’s dreams. 

Jess Feltham

Jess started dancing at the age of three in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Acro. She has completed RAD ballet exams to a high level and competed in countless troupe and solo eisteddfods achieving exceptional results. Jess has been chosen to take place in many Year 12 HSC compositions and has also been regularly selected to perform in School Spectacular. Jess teaches Jazz at Dance Element Studios.

 

 

Portia England

Portia England began her training at a young age at RG Dance. Following this she studied at The Village on Broadway, where she performed in many competitions and concerts. She achieved a musical theatre scholarship at The McDonald College where she studied all forms of dance, singing and acting throughout high school. She has performed in multiple shows including Dance Editorials ‘Love is Love’ chosen as an Elite Protégé, The McDonald College’s ‘Grease’ playing Rizzo and overseas shows in both China and America. She has a passion for creating and performing and hopes to pass her knowledge, experience and skills onto her students.

Portia has a Diploma of Performing Arts from ED5 International.

 

Merryn Messina

Merryn has been teaching at Dance Element Studios since 2009. She has been dancing since the age of five and has trained in various styles of dance such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary. She holds a Bachelor of Dance majoring in Jazz from Wesley Institute and a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to five years) from Macquarie University. Merryn loves teaching children and especially enjoys introducing children to the world of dance.

 

Rebecca Morrison

Rebecca has danced with Dance Element Studios for the past ten years and has trained in many styles including Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet. She has completed RAD ballet exams to an advanced level as well as competing in solo, duo and troupe eisteddfods. Rebecca has also been selected for three years running to perform HSC dance compositions and received first place in Dance during her senior years at high school. She teaches Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical with Dance Element Studios.

 

Krystelle Pratten

Krystelle started dancing at three years old and has achieved distinctions in her Pre-Primary to Advanced 1 Cecchetti and RAD Ballet Exams. At the age of eight she was the youngest individual to be awarded a Cecchetti Scholarship and the only individual to ever receive this scholarship twice. She appeared in The Queensland Ballet’s production of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and gained a position in The Australian Ballet Interstate Junior Program. She was a member of the Full Time Dance Program at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy where she danced with the Sydney City Youth Ballets in productions such as Cinderella and The Nutcracker. Krystelle has taught RAD ballet exams for many years and graduated from The Australian College of Physical Education with a Bachelor of Applied Dance. Krystelle is also a personal trainer, earning her Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness.

 

Alani Siswoyo

Alani began dancing at a young age. She has successfully performed in countless Dance Element Studios showcases including solos, duets and troupes. She has achieved outstanding results in eisteddfods over the years and is highly skilled in Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. Alani began teaching Contemporary in 2018 and has proven that she is a passionate, caring and talented member of our Dance Element Studios staff.

 

Amy Taylor

Amy started dancing at age five and has trained in many different styles including Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet. She has performed and competed with Dance Element Studios for the last eight years.
She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Dance and Performance from Macquarie University where she studied various styles of dance and learned extensive performance genres including dance, theatre, music and much more. Amy loves to teach kids and help them develop their dance skills and technique. As a teacher she hopes to help her students grow in their love of dance and assist them in achieving their dreams and goals.

 

Lyndon Frykberg 

Lyndon holds an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts from ED5 International. Lyndon’s dream is to successfully work as a performer around the world. He loves to create, choreograph and teach and hopes to work alongside some talented artists in the future. Lyndon represented Australia at Hip Hop International in Phoenix, Arizona where his crew ‘Wolfpack’ achieved a place in the semi finals.

 

Rebecca Spence 

Rebecca began dancing at a young age and has always found dance to be a fun and creative activity. She has trained extensively at Dance Element Studios in Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet dance styles, completing RAD vocational ballet exams as well as competing in several eisteddfods. In the past, Rebecca was selected as a HSC composition performer multiple times and completed HSC Dance, reinforcing her love of dance as an art form.
Rebecca’s aim is to create a supportive and fun environment for young dancers to flourish as they discover their own love of dance. Rebecca teaches with the Special Olympics and Wahroonga Adventist School.

 

 

Jordan Pilon

Jordan started dance at the age of three, training in many different styles including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Hip Hop. She joined the Dance Element Studios Senior Performance Troupe in 2016 and has successfully competed in  a number of eisteddfods. Jordan has also completed Ballet Australasia Limited exams and completed Dance as an HSC subject. Jordan has always been passionate about dance and is excited to share that passion and love of dance with her young students.

Jessica Palozzi 

Assistant Teacher 

Jess began dancing at the age of five. She has been a member of her school dance ensemble since Year 1 with yearly performances in the Sydney North Dance Festival. Jess completed seven years of gymnastics and loves being a member of RAD Ballet Exam classes, Troupe and Contemporary at Dance Element Studios. Jess enjoys working with young children and is keen to share her love of dancing with others.

 

Eliza Moon – Assistant Teacher

Eliza has been dancing with Dance Element Studios continuously for 14 years. She started with us at age four. During this time she has attended classes in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Lyrical. She has completed RAD Ballet Exams and has competed in many troupe eisteddfods with Dance Element Studios. Eliza loves to perform and has a passion for dance. She is eager to share her experience and knowledge with younger dancers and enjoys seeing them grow their passion and skills in dance.

 

Abby Menzies-Jackson

Assistant Teacher

Abby has been dancing for ten years attending classes in Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical and Ballet. She has completed RAD Ballet Exams up to Advanced Foundation as well as performing in many Dance Element Studios showcases. Abby has a love for dance and hopes to encourage younger dancers to experience that same love.