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Our Qualified and Experienced Dance Teachers
Introducing The Elite Dance Academy Faculty

Our qualified and experienced dance teachers are trained to provide professional lessons in a fun and supportive environment. To ensure that our dancer teachers stay at the forefront of dance, our teachers undertake constant development. This includes attending workshops and classes to update and refresh their qualifications.

It also allows Elite Dance Academy to introduce new dance styles and improved dance techniques to our Elite Dance Academy students. We are always looking to keep our dance lessons up-to-date and fresh. Let’s meet Our Qualified and Experienced Dance Teachers:


Principal – Kylie Banister – Brown

Kylie commenced training in all styles of dance at the age of 3 and has performed in many eisteddfods and events. In 1996, she opened Newcastle Danz Worx and what started out as a small studio, quickly grew into one of the biggest and most popular studios in the valley.

Kylie has choreographed for Rock Eisteddfods, NSW Schools Spectacular as well as many local events. Danz Worx students have competed in many eisteddfods and performed in local fetes, festivals, fashion parades and charity events etc.

Kylie purchased Elite Dance Academy in 2008 and in 2010 moved with her family to the Gold Coast. She has introduced Tap exams to the studio, with  students attaining excellent results. Students participate in dance exams and students have achieved otustanding results in Tap, Jazz and Ballet.

    Trained in AASCF Cheerleading 2008/2009

    Trained in Glenn Wood Tap

    Trained in World Cup Cheerleading 2010

    ATOD Teacher & Member

    First Aid Certificate

    Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management 2013

    Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

In 2012 Students from EDA and DANZ WORX travelled to Disneyland, to perform and train. Our second trip in 2015 was another great success with performances at Disnelyand & Citadel. We are returning to USA in 2019 to once again perform and attend workshops in LA.


Ballet – Cara Lau (nee Adams)

Cara grew up in dancing in Hobart, Tasmania where she completed all her Cecchetti Ballet exams up to Advanced 2 level. She then moved to the Gold Coast when she was 18 to attend The Australian Dance Performance Institute, where she completed her advanced diploma in performing arts, specialising in Ballet. Cara was then successful in being offered her first professional overseas dance contract and travelled to Macau, China. Since then she has travelled the world dancing for several cruise line companies and theme parks, as well as returning to Macau for further contracts. After returning to the Gold Coast, Cara completed her Associate Diploma in Cechhetti Ballet Teaching. For the last 5 years she has loved sharing her knowledge and experience with the next generation of performers and last year was even lucky enough to start her own family and get married! She can’t wait to start another year as part of the elite family.

Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Stretch and Fitness – Shiobhan

Shiobhan started dance at a young age of 3. At age 19 Shiobhan completed 2 years fulltime dance, and she holds her Certificate IV in Dance and Certificates III & IV in Fitness. In 2014 she got the chance to travel to America where she trained at some of the best studios and with USA’s most leading choreographers.

She has 5 years teaching experience and has created many group routines and solos for concerts and competition in genres of hip hop, Contemporary- lyrical, Jazz – jazz funk, stretch and fitness.

Professionally Shiobhan has worked as a dancer or model for Myer, Gold Coast Titans Cheerleader, Mercedes Benz, Justice Crew, Nickelodeon, Coca Cola, Napoleon Perdis and many more.

She looks forward to seeing all the smiling faces in her classes and can’t wait to mould and create magic in the studio with her students.

Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics & Tap – Tiana

I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and I have trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics, lyrical and musical theatre. I completed my two years full-time dance in 2014 and since then have worked at movieworld, showtime attractions and have done back up dancing for local artists.

The only thing I love more in the world than dancing is my dog and putting them together is even better!

Ballet & Lyrical – Shannon

Shannon trained at The Queensland Dance School of Excellence where she completed her Cecchetti Advanced 2 Ballet exam and was chosen to perform for the launch of Li Cunxin’s ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’.  She spent 3 years after training at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Shannon was chosen to work with Australian Ballet’s Timothy Harbour in the contemporary creation of ‘A Listening World’ and with The West Australian Ballet in ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

After graduating from WAAPA, Shannon decided to travel overseas to gain more experience in the European dance world. She auditioned and successfully became a member of Northern Ireland’s contemporary company ‘Maiden Voyage Dance’ travelling and performing around the country.

Shannon’s passion for teaching and mentoring students continues to grow stronger and she is delighted to be back at EDA for an exciting 2019!

Angela Damme

Angela Has been an EDA Student for over 10 years now and been apart of the teaching staff for 4 years. Angela was the first student Elite took on as a trainee as she completed her year 12 studies through the Australian Industry Trade College, YMCA and Elite Dance Academy. This year Angela is doing Fulltime through ‘Global Dance Pro’ where they get to travel over to the USA to take a months worth of training and dance classes. Angela specialises in Tap and runs the Street Beats classes at EDA, she is really excited for 2019 and looking forward to another great year. She has a passion for teaching children of all ages and bring a fresh approach to her choreography and teaching style. She is looking forward to working with the students and staff of Elite Dance Academy in 2019.

Aston Cahill

Miss Aston has been a part of the EDA family since 2011 when she began classes with us, she attended Helensvale high where she was in the dance excellence program.  After high school she attended Ikin dance full time program where she achieved her very lv in dance and  cert lll in personal training. She continued her training in Ikin pro course and took part in performing  in spotlight theatre productions, including The Boy from Oz and Saturday Night Fever. Miss Aston is looking forward to a fantastic year of dance and traveling to the USA with the studio to perform at Disneyland.

Jade Brackenrig

Dione Braker

Ali Rive

Ali has been dancing since the young age of 3 training in all styles, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Jazz Funk and Commercial heels.
At 15 Ali started training with national & International recognised Choreographers. This Gave Ali the knowledge and training of other Urban styles such as House, Popping and Locking, Liquid, Krump, Whacking and Voguing.

Ali has found a love and passion for the urban styles of dance and has been teaching her passion for 10 years. Ali has been lucky enough to take her dancing further to Los Angeles, California where she continues to grow and train.

Ali is currently still training with the most sort after choreographers in the world. To then pass this training onto her own students to inspire them to grow.

Ali’s love for dance blossoms everyday and hopes this inspires her students to chase their goals!

Natasha Cooper

Miss Tash was first introduced to EDA in 2009 as a student in Hip Hop. In 2010 she completed her high school work experience with us as an assistant teacher and continued in this role until she graduated from Year 12 at Helensvale State High School. Miss Tash was also one of the first members of our very first Hip Hop Crew and represented EDA in solo competitions/eisteddfods where she was very successful. Since then Miss Tash has been a valued staff member of EDA who has taught many of our Hip Hop classes from beginner through to our performance crews and solo competitors.

Through her experience with the studio Tash had developed a real passion for teaching where she actually went on to complete her Bachelor of Secondary Education in 2016 and now is a qualified high school teacher. Miss Tash hopes to inspire future generations through her work as a high school teacher and dance teacher at Elite. To her EDA is more than just a studio, it is a place where you are encouraged to reach your best potential and to take the courage to follow your dream

Felicity Taylor

Bobby Rive

Our Qualified and Experienced Dance Teachers ensure your children are in qualified and experienced hands!

What our customers are saying about us

  • 2017 will see the 10th year my children have danced at Elite Dance Academy.

    We originally chose this dance studio as it was located locally, we have stayed because we love it. All 3 of my children dance here and have excelled…They have build confidence and made lasting friendships. All my children have had amazing experiences dancing with EDA.

    We highly recommend Elite Dance Academy.

    Maguire Family
  • We have been with Elite Dance Academy for 5 years now, and have found Kylie and her team to be very professional and very much a huge family.

    My daughter loves dancing and is achieving well in dancing exams, that comes down to the time and dedication that the Elite Dance Academy put into every single dancer.

    I would recommend Kylie and the Elite Dance Academy to anyone thats looking to be part of a huge family and where you child can achieve their own personal goals.

    Thank you Kylie for being you!

  • My daughter has been with EDA for two years so far as a Tiny Tot in the 3-4 age group and she absolutely loves the time that she gets to spend with the teachers and the little girls she has met.

    The dance school has done wonders for her confidence and social skills. She's too busy having fun to even notice the coordination skills she has learnt so far.

    As parents we highly recommend this school. The end of year concerts are such a wonderful production, something we are so proud to be a part of.

    The time and effort put in by EDA with these kids is nothing short of amazing. We love it and will be back for many more years to come.

    Thank you EDA!

    Lauren Hegarty
  • Elite Dance Academy isn’t just a Dance studio, to me it’s a big extended family group.

    My daughter has been attending Elite since she was 2 ½ years old, taking the toddler Ballet classes. Now 6 years later, she still absolutely adores coming to Elite. It’s a fabulous studio with caring and brilliant dance teachers.

    All the students are so supportive of each other. The comradery that they show to one and other is so wonderful.

    I would highly recommend Elite to any new or aspiring dancers out there.

    Satisfied Dance Mum
  • Kylie, Glenys & the teachers at Elite Dance Academy are very special indeed.

    They all go above and beyond to make our daughter feel special, safe and secure, while nurturing her love for dance through patience, understanding and kindness.

    There is a choice for students and parents to really commit to dancing as a passionate way to embrace the many facets of performing publicly, or to simply enjoy dancing as a much loved way for students to express themselves.

    Either way, Kylie & the staff at Elite Dance Academy provide a beautiful place for students to discover their abilities to move to music whilst building the self esteem of so many children and teenagers, male and female.

    My husband and I love The team at Elite Dance and will continue to send our children there to grow and discover themselves through dance and movement, thus helping to shape them into strong, confident adults in the future.

    Very Happy Dance Parents
  • Our little girls Taylah and Jordie have attended Elite Dance Academy for the past 3 years. The girls love attending every lesson and have improved dramatically each year.

    Kylie and her staff run a very friendly and professional dance school and this is reflected in the quality of the end of year concert.

    I would recommend Elite Dance Academy to anyone with a passion for learning dance.

    Bec// Proud Mum
  • My daughters have attended EDA for over 5 years.

    I like EDA because I can talk to the teachers about my children and know that they care. They know my kids and I get clear feedback on their progress.

    They provide classes with good technique and concerts that just get better and better. Student examination results continue to reflect the solid work of the teachers each year.

    EDA continues to grow and improve with workshops and invitations to dance master classes in various dance styles.

    They want to produce good, well-rounded students that have experienced different teachers, styles and techniques within the dance community; which could lead to work in the dance industry if desired.

    I can also tell you that I like EDA because of the things I don’t have to deal with: egotistic teachers, overly competitive/bitchy students and parents with a dog-eat-dog attitude. EDA is none of these things, and for that I am grateful.

    Yay EDA!!

    Louisa//Happy Dance Mum
  • A wonderful dance studio!

    My 1st child started with EDA 6 years ago, my 2nd 3 years ago, and my 3rd 2 years ago. They love every minute of it.

    It has become their 2nd family and they enjoy the friendships they have made along the way.

    We participate in many dance competitions and trips away, which they love including a trip to USA where my older 2 danced at Disneyland and Universal studios and Hollywood boulevard- a trip of a lifetime.

    My children are involved in hip hop, tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, performance troupes, boys technique, solos, duos and trios and just can’t get enough!

    The commitment to dance the teachers display is 2nd to none and I highly recommend this studio to anyone!

    Besides dance skills and techniques my children have developed, friendships, respect, self esteem a love of performing and most of all self confidence.

    A very happy mum of 3 amazing little performers.

    Kym - Satisfied Mum
  • My daughter, Tiarna, has been at Elite Dance Academy for the past 5 years and in that time I have watched Tiarna grow as a dancer and a performer.

    The amazing teachers there have helped her achieve places at both Eisteddfods with her solo, duo and troupe performances. EDA also helped her to reach 2 grand finals at Jupiters Casino in the Showcase Dance Competition where the auditions are held in both Australia and New Zealand.

    We have been more than happy at Elite Dance Academy which also gave Tiarna the opportunity to dance at Disneyland this year, which was an awesome experience, one she will remember for the rest of her life and dance career.

    I would recommend Elite Dance Academy to anyone who has a passion for dance and likes a studio with a close, supportive, family community.

    Debbie - Satisfied Mum
  • I could not recommend this studio enough!!!

    They are extremely professional and everybody is made to feel they belong. We had our first Dance Concert last year and it was beautiful. Not only were the ladies organised but he children were safe at all times.

    If you want somewhere your children will love to come to dance then Elite Dance Academy is the place to go.

    Look forward to another wonderful year!

    Theresa - Satisfied Mum
  • My children have been at EDA for the last 7 years. The studio is great with lots of opportunities for the kids to grow and develop their passion.

    I am so happy with the quality of instruction and opportunities my girls have had at EDA but this is not a studio just for the most Elite dancer, this studio fosters the growth and development of all its students and encourages them to achieve their own personal goals.

    It is a place where the student can go and really know that if they believe they can achieve.

    My youngest has just turned 9 and as her birthday falls in December her first end of year dance concert she was on stage in front of hundreds of people at just 2 years of age and has never looked back.

    My eldest has been a school house captain and last year she placed 8th with an overall high score at the showcase dance championships at Lismore. She loves dancing and is working towards incorporating dance in her career goals.

    The confidence and personal growth my girls have developed I can confidently attribute to their time spent dancing at EDA.

    Thank you to the fantastic staff of the Elite Dance Academy.

    Monique Maguire//Delighted Dance Mum
  • Elite dance academy has come part of our regular routine so easily. All our classes fit in so well with our girls school commitments & we are about to commence our 6th year with EDA.

    The amazing principal & her hand-picked staff are so dedicated to all the students & their families. The timetable is always generous & the options are endless & the efficiency of the back office is appreciated. Our girls learn so much more than the art of dance. They learn about patience, understanding & commitment & when they take on something new, they need to apply themselves & see it thru.

    They are blessed with wonderful friends they met at dance or encouraged to join them there. And many were from the very first day!

    A little bonus from the mummy perspective is how engaging & nice the other mums are!! I doubt that all dance schools can say that!

    Congratulations EDA on another wonderful year & concert. You amazed us all....again!

    J.Harris//Happy Dance Mum
  • EDA has been amazing for our daughter and our family.

    After moving interstate we have found EDA to be supportive, encouraging and experienced.

    We have had such a wonderful experience with the EDA family and are looking forward to the many years of dance to come!

    //Satisfied Dance Mum
  • My daughter had always wanted to do tap dancing and I could not have asked for a better introduction to the dance than she received through Elite Dance Academy.

    The instructors are professional, personable, approachable and genuinely care for the students - most importantly, they have fun!

    The studio itself has a positive and encouraging atmosphere and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about introducing their children to dance, no matter what gender or age they are accepted with open arms through the doors of Elite Dance.

    Kelly Malloy
"Where dreams are made... and stars are born!"