Yarra Heights Dance Academy is led by Principal, Louise Smith who has more than 25 years of dance teaching experience and AATBD Inc Teaching Diplomas in four styles of dance. Louise is supported by some of the best teachers in the business who are fully qualified and experienced in a number of popular styles of dance.

Louise Smith

Director / Principal

ADJUDICATOR, 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 more than 40 years and the Principal of YHDA for 25 years.
Teaches exam work, classical ballet, theatrical, pointe, neo-classical, jazz, tap, VCE Dance.

Leticia Barlow

Principal Teacher / Dancestep Manager

Leticia has been teaching dance for the past 23 years, 18 years at YHDA.
Teaches classical ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, tap, theatrical, VCE Dance.

Pamela Habjan

Principal Teacher

Involved in the dance industry for more than 25 years and a teacher at YHDA for 13 years.
Teaches jazz, classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, performance teams.

Jason Law

Teacher

Involved in the dance industry for 15 years and a teacher at YHDA for 10 years.
Teaches classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, tap, funk, technique, performance teams.

Georgina Charteris

Teacher

Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Teaches singing, musical theatre, ballet, jazz, broadway jazz, commercial jazz.

Samantha Ambrosy

Teacher

Diploma Elite Dance and performance, Acrobatic Arts Certified.
Teaches classical ballet, pointe, jazz, strength & conditioning, acrobatics, contemporary, hip-hop, tumbling, preschool.

Jessica Hope

Teacher

JAZZ DIP. AATBD, Acrobatic Arts Certified, Teacher at YHDA for 10 years.
Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hiphop, acrobatics/tumbling, preschool.

Rebekah Abblitt

Teacher

TAP. DIP. AATBD, T. Th. DIP. AATBD, JAZZ DIP. AATBD, BALLET DIP AATBD, Two-year musical theatre course, Acrobatic Arts Certified. Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, commercial jazz, hiphop, acrobatics.

Laura Evans

Teacher

Teaching for 5 years at YHDA.
 Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, preschool, contemporary, hiphop.

Sarah
Jones-Bailey

Teacher

Two-year full time Performing Arts course.
Teaches jazz, contemporary, lyrical, commercial jazz, pilates.

Alarni Morgan

Teacher

Teacher and choreographer for full-time dance students, Trainer and assessor – Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management, Pilates Instructor.
 Teaches ballet, jazz, hiphop, contemporary

Andy Chen

Teacher

Teaching for 5 years, 2 years at YHDA.
Teaches hip hop and urban choreography.

Vivian Harvey

Teacher

TAP. DIP. AATBD, T. Th. DIP. AATBD, JAZZ DIP. AATBD, BALLET DIP AATBD, Adv. BALLET DIP. AATBD.
Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, theatrical, exam work.

Annelise Jenkin

Teacher

TAP. DIP. AATBD, T. Th. DIP. AATBD, JAZZ DIP. AATBD. Diploma in Musical Theatre. 
Teaches ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, commercial jazz, hiphop, technique.

Kara Smith

Teacher

JAZZ DIP. AATBD, Bachelor of Education.
Teaches jazz, ballet, tap, tumbling, preschool.

Georgia Corless

Teacher

JAZZ DIP. AATBD.
Teaches jazz, ballet, hiphop, tap.

Bronwyn Corbett

Teacher

Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet, Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Education. Teacher at YHDA for 7 years. Teaches classical ballet, pointe.