Our Teachers

János Szabó

PRINCIPAL, Classical ballet, Partnering, Musical Theatre, Performance

RAD, Vaganova

János Szabó was born in Hungary and recently moved to Australia. As a child he was accepted into the Kodayí School for music and vocal training and upon completion at the age of 13, was accepted in the Hungarian National Ballet, Budapest at the Hungarian State Opera. He graduated in 1982 and was immediately engaged in full time companies.

He joined the Hungarian State Ballet in 1983 and remained with the Company, touring the world until 1995 with all the major ballet productions both in the corps de ballet and as a soloist. As a freelance artist János continued to tour throughout the world, including operettas and musicals in his repertoire. In addition to this he worked as a cat walk model for top fashion houses including Pierre Cardin, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior.

Beside his dancing career, János has worked as a singer, choreographer, model, stage designer and teacher in all the major capitals of Europe. Since arriving in Australia he has performed in Musical theatre with roles such as Fagin in Oliver and the MC in Cabaret and is much sought after as a choreographer. He completed his Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) with the Royal Academy of Dance and became a Registered Teacher with the R.A.D. He regularly adjudicates at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod and returns to Budapest to teach at the Hungarian Ballet Academy and to give classes to the company at the Hungarian State Opera. In 2013, János joined the faculty at the Central Queensland Dancers Company teaching classical ballet.

In 2009 János took over the direction of the East Maitland Academy of Dance. Whilst running the school, he still guest teaches at a number of schools for higher level classical ballet and full-time students. In his spare time he has taken up Tap with Darren Disney.

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Anne Marie Dox

Tap & Jazz

“I live and breathe dance, its my passion.”

Anne Marie Dox has been dancing since she was 4 years old, starting off at Johnny Young Talent School and progressing on to Simone’s School of Performing Arts. Studying Jazz & Commercial Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern for over fifteen years, I have also completed exams in Tap – A.T.O.D & Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus.

Anne Marie has been a support act for artist Vanessa Amorossi and performed at Disneyland in Anaheim USA, Workshops in Hollywood USA, Sea World Qld, Movie World Qld, Australia’s Wonderland, The Royal Easter Show Homebush, ABC Awards Nights at Civic Theatre, Sydney 2000 Olympics – Field of Play with the Tap Dogs, Cheerleading for the North Sydney Bears, Jim Beam Cheerleading Competition Finals, Australian Dance Idol Finals, Global Dance Convention, Choreography for best routine for the Australian Body Building Champions and Cabaret Shows for AV Jenning Homes

She has been teaching for the last 15 years in most styles in all ages, at schools such as D3 Darren Disney Dance, SSOPA and Gosford City School of Dance. Anne Marie has recently been employed by the Education Department of NSW teaching Dance and Dance Fitness at Gwandalan Public School and to further her development teaching K.

Anne Marie runs Your First Dance Co which is currently the leading Wedding Dance Lesson supplier on the Central Coast and Hunter Region including WINNER of the “Wedding Services Miscellaneous” Category at the Brides Choice Award Central Coast 2016.  Also providing Adult Dance Class Tuition, Private Tuition, Kids Classes, Hens Night Out within the business, and also created a Burlesque Bella’s Show with the help of 4 All Round Dancers and Vocalist which now do occasional shows of up to 90 people around the Central Coast entertaining the Saturday night locals at venues including The OB Hotel, The Beachcomber to Soldiers Beach SLC.

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Alexa Haddow

Tap & Jazz

My passion is inspiring people to reach their potential with positivity, creativity and dedication.” 

Alexa trained in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, National Character, and Jazz through the British Ballet Organisation. completing and being awarded Distinction in her Advanced Two examinations.

Alexa left school at age 16 to study Classical Ballet Full-time for two years and then furthered her education completing her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at ED5 International in Sydney. She completed her Diploma in Teaching Classical Ballet through the British Ballet Organisation and is also a qualified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Yoga Instructor.

From 2007 to 2012 Alexa was the owner operator of Lets Dance Studio in Newcastle. Teaching Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre, Lyrical and AcroDance, preparing students for examinations and competitions. Alexa has also had the opportunity to choreograph and take students to perform on the P&O Cruise Lines.

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Olivia Mullane

Tap & Jazz

Olivia has been dancing since the age of 3.  Olivia’s main passion lies in tap, having completed her student teachers diploma in LGTDA.  Olivia has competed successfully in many eisteddfods both in solo sections and as a member of troupes since the age of 6.  Olivia is trained in Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, contemporary, ballet and singing. Olivia is trained in LGTDA Tap Syllabus, the basics of Glen wood Tap Syllabus and has done technique training in RAD. Olivia started student teaching at the age of 14 teaching at local dance schools. Olivia has performed in Disneyland California and Universal Studios with her pervious dance school and travelled to Fiji just last year to  teach local children and performed for children in local schools. Olivia found this so rewarding, as the children don’t get the opportunities afforded to us here in Australia. Olivia has attended numerous workshops here in Australia and the USA with mentors including  Josh Horner, the Dance Academy cast, Tap Dogs, Australian  Dance Festival (Timomatic, Marko Panzic) Jesse Rasmussen (Tap Pack)  and many more! Olivia enjoys all styles of dance and she wants to pass on her passion to others and loves seeing children achieve goals.

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Carla Morgan

Ballet Mistress R.A.D

Carla Morgan is a highly experienced RAD registered teacher with over 22 years of teaching at all levels. She owned and operated her own dance school in the Blue Mountains for 18 years which is still operating. Carla also a registered teacher with Glenn Wood Tap. She originally trained in Maitland with Diane Talbot and Margot Kerr before travelling to London for more extensive training and professional work in London’s West End. Carla regularly attends all Continuing Professional Development courses the RAD has to offer and has attended all courses covering all the new RAD syllabi. Miss Carla’s in-depth understanding of the RAD Syllabus is reflecting in her outstanding examination results.  ‘I am energetic and passionate about passing on my knowledge gained over the years I have devoted to dance’.

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Suzanne Pettit 

Contemporary & Classical

Suzanne began her ballet training and completed her Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) examinations, up to and including Intermediate. In 1973 she won a scholarship to the Royal Ballet School, London. Whilst at she danced with The Royal Opera Company in its production of Falstaff at Covent Garden. At the conclusion of her training in 1974 Suzanne took up a contract with the Israel Classical Ballet Company in Tel Aviv.

Upon her return she performed with a number of classical and contemporary companies in Sydney including Kinetic Energy Dance Company, Busybodies Theatre of Dance, Classical and Contemporary Dance Company and Sydney Festival Ballet Company. At the same time she commenced her Cecchetti training with Valrene Tweedie receiving Honours for Elementary, Intermediate and Teachers Associate exams.  

Suzanne’s choreographic experience has included annual performances for HVDC, scenes for Maitland High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Linuwel’s schools year nine production of Romeo and Juliet. In 2003 she collaborated with Dr David Banney from the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music University Orchestra in their production of Peer Gynt Suite.

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“A great teacher knows that in 100 years from now it won’t matter what was in their bank account, what sort of house they lived in, or what sort of car they drove … but the world may be different because they were important in the life of a child.”
Forest Witcraft