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
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 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.
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.
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!
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