Teachers

The Yarra Heights Dance Academy is lead by our Principal, Louise Smith, with over twenty years of dance teaching experience and AATBD Inc Teaching Diplomas in 4 styles of dance. She is supported by some of the best teachers in the business, qualified and experienced in a number of popular dance styles.

Louise Smith

(EXAMINER AATBD, TAP. DIP. AATBD, T. Th. DIP. AATBD, JAZZ DIP. AATBD, BALLET DIP AATBD, Adv. BALLET DIP. AATBD) Louise has been involved in the dance industry for over 40 years and is a registered member of the Australian Academy of Theatrical and Ballet Dancing Inc. (AATBD Inc.). Louise has been trained in various styles […]

Sarah Jones-Bailey

Sarah was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and started dancing at the age of 13. Once she completed her 2 years of the full-time Performing Arts course at Patrick Studios Australia; she went on to tour Australia and Singapore with Stone Productions and Entertainment Store. Shortly after in 2015, Sarah was offered a contract […]

Brett Fisher

Brett is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Course directed by Andrew Hallsworth at Patrick Studios Australia. Brett has featured in many corporate events and shows in many Melbourne venues as well as dancing and singing at the Rob Guest Endowment with Christie Whelan-Browne and Twisted Broadway with Tim Campbell in 2012. In 2013, Brett […]

Georgina Charteris

Georgina is a true triple-threat with 7 years professional performing experience as a dancer, singer and actress. She has travelled internationally as a Singer & Dancer in the corporate and cabaret scene and is still working hard in the industry. She has toured India as a dancer with FX Entertainment, was a showgirl dancer for […]

Kara Smith

Kara has been dancing for over 15 years at Yarra Heights Dance Academy and is trained in jazz, tap, classical ballet, lyrical and contemporary dance. She has completed AATBD exams in ballet, theatrical, tap and jazz. Kara has performed in solo and group competitions and public exams. Kara has been an assistant dance teacher for […]

Annelise Jenkin

Annelise’s passion for performing began at the age of 5 when she started dancing lessons.  She has since completed her diploma in musical theatre at Spectrum Dance Studios, where she has trained professionally in all styles of dance.  She also has her diplomas in teaching Jazz, Tap and Theatrical with the AATBD Inc.  Along with […]

Rebekah Abblitt

Rebekah has been dancing for over 20 years and is trained in all styles of dance. Rebekah has completed her teaching diplomas with the AATBDinc in all styles of dance (tap, theatrical, jazz and ballet).  She has also complted a 2 year musical theatre course at Kelly Aykers Fulltime Dance School.  Rebekah has been teaching […]

Leticia Barlow

Leticia has been dancing for approximately 27 years and is trained in all styles of dance, with her main focus being Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Leticia has been teaching for the past 22 years, with this year being her 14th year at Yarra Heights Dance Academy. She has undertaken a course in dance teaching at […]