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. Cheerleading classes have also been introduced. 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. 2013 was a very successful year for EDA, with students achieiving amazing results in Tap and Ballet Exams. Students had an extremely successful esitedfod seasons.
Hey everyone, I started dance training at the age of 8 doing all styles of dance ranging from hip hop, Breakdance, contemporary, Lyrical. I have travelled the world doing what I love, and also have completed 2 years of Fulltime dance training at DSA earning myself a cert IV and Diploma in dance training. I love to perform and share my passion with others by teaching and choreographing for students. I’m a very versatile dancer that has a great heart for the arts industry. I can’t wait to meet everyone here at Elite Dance Academy. It’s gonna be fun!
Ballet – Cara Adams
“Hi, my name is Cara Adams, and I have been dancing for over 20 years. I grew up in Tasmania and moved to the Gold Coast when I was 19 to attend full time dance school at the Australian Dance Performance Institute. I began my professional career in 2008 as a showgirl/commercial dancer at the Venetian Casino in Macau, China. During my 2 years there I was lucky enough to perform with several esteemed artists including Lady Gaga and Peter Andre as well gain an incredible amount of knowledge about the entertainment industry.
I then moved into the world of cruise ship dancing and have worked for both MSC Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises. After being overseas for several years I decided it was time to move back to the Gold Coast where I have danced at Warner Bros. Movie Wold and Dreamworld. During my time between cruise ship contracts I started teaching at Elite Dance Academy and I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to come back. I thoroughly enjoy the kids’ enthusiasm and look forward to sharing my knowledge and skills with them!
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
Born and bred Gold Coast dancer, Tiana, has been training from the young age of 3 years old in Ballet (Vaganova), Traditional Jazz and Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, lyrical and Acrobatics. In her later years she also picked up Tap, Singing and Acting. Tiana has performed with Expressions Dance Company in their show “Romeo and Juliet” and well as staring in and creating her own dance show “Se7en Sins” and singing in The Gold Coast Art Centres basement with her self written cabaret “Back in high school” and co-written musical “Hi Mum”, she has also worked at Movie World for ‘Carnivale’ and ‘White Christmas’ and is currently a part of the “No Difference” creation ran by Philip Channells. Tiana currently holds a Certificate IV in dance and a Diploma in musical theatre (Dance major) and is teaching at numerous schools around the Gold Coast as well as performing with ‘Showtime Attractions’.
Ballet & Lyrical – Kim
Kim grew up in S, beginning her teaching at the young age of 13. At 17, Kim relocated to Melbourne to train full time at The National Theatre Ballet School & followed on to gain her Advanced Diploma in teaching at the prestigious Australian Ballet School under the direction of Jacqui Dumont.
For the following 6 years Kim based herself in Vic & SA teaching, performing, choreographing & adjudicating for numerous professional shows/events/schools. Her performing then took her further abroad to Japan & for the next 5 years Kim continued traveling, visiting over 40 countries whilst dancing with Dance Encore Productions (Sydney), Grayboy Entertainment (Sydney), Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines & P&O Australia.
“Living & working amongst different cultures has taught me many valuable life lessons & has blessed me with so many memorable experiences. To be able to travel whilst working in this field is a dream come true. Dance has never felt like a job, it’s a passion”.
Kim now calls the Gold Coast home and is dedicated to teaching dance in a diverse range of styles and genres. Kim is a registered teacher with the RAD, A.T.O.D, C.S.T.D (tap) and holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management & Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.
Qualifications CUA50311 – Diploma of Dance Teaching & Management CUA40211 – Certificate IV of Dance Teaching & Management TAE40110 – Certificate IV – Training & Assessment RAD Teaching Certificate (since 1999) Associate Teachers Membership – A.T.O.D Ltd Ad Dip ABS – TC – Advanced Diploma – Australian Ballet School – Teachers Course CSTD Teachers Certificate – Tap
Ballet – Kerry Van Litsenborgh – BAppSc(MedRadTech);ACBA-CICB
Kerry went to a dedicated Ballet School (Pro-Arte) in Pretoria, South Africa where she was trained in the Vaganova method & also completed Advanced with the Royal Academy of Dancing.
Kerry started doing Checcetti in 2011 & qualified as a Teacher in 2013. Kerry teaches part-time at various dance school’s on the Gold Coast & still dances 3 times a week!
Kerry Qualified as a Personal Trainer & was involved in competing in the “Fitness Routine” Category of Natural Bodybuilding in Johannesburg for 3 years.
Kerry is a qualified Radiographer & has been working in her profession for 23yrs.
Kerry, her husband & her 2 children have been living on the Gold Coast for over 8 yrs.
Solos, Group Performances – Taylor
Taylor has been dancing since the age of 2 and is trained in all aspects of dance. Taylor is a trained performer who has travelled with her sponsors around Australia at different dance events. Taylor’s qualifications are: Dance Fitness Instructor Certificate IV in Dance and is currently completing her final year in Diploma of Dance.
“I’m so excited to share my love and passion of dance with the amazing dance family at Elite. Dance is not just movement, it’s an expression of our soul. Looking forward to working with you all!”