Maynard Academy of Dance Staff
Charly began her dance training in England at the age five, studying at Starshine Stage School. Following the British Theatre Dance Academy (BTDA) syllabus, Charly completed all exams with distinctions and High distinctions. Throughout Charly’s young career she enthusiastically studied numerous dance genres including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, acrobatics, song and dance, Greek, international and character. She successfully competed in various Eisteddfods and was an All England Champion finalist. Charly then moved to Australia at the age of 12 joining JS Dance Centre under the instruction of Jane Stanley & Rosalie Lane. Over the years she has been privileged to dance at distinguished venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Her Majesty's Theatre London, DisneyLand Paris and the Sydney Opera house. Charly has been taught by high caliber choreographers, Jane Beckett, Stephen Tannos, Robbie Kmetoni and many more. She has choreographed many winning pieces in the past competion seasons. Charly has recently completed her degree at Australian College of Physical Education studying a Bachelor of Dance Education, which she will offer HSC Dance at the Maynard Academy of Dance. Charly has a passion for choreographing/ teaching and enriching young individuals lives.
Jayne Maynard: Co-Principal
Jayne has been apart of the dance industry for over 30 years. She has trained with various choreographers/ teachers such as Peggy O'Farrel, Brain Rodgers and Yvonne Dearman throughout the early stages of her career. Her love for all styles of dance has stayed within her for many years, through this experience Jayne brings creativity, leadership, passion, and various knowledge of specific training styles to help support our students here in the M.A.D Studios.
Skye: Ballet Department - C.I.C.B, A(Dip).C.B.A, and Certificate 4 CUA40313 in Dance Teaching and Management.
Skye grew up on Sydney’s northern beaches where she trained under Jan Roach, Jane Moran and Dianne Pokorny. Studying all levels in the Cecchetti Method of classical ballet and passed all ballet examinations up to Advanced 2 with Honours. She went on to study full-time ballet in Sydney at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy Under Robyn Ross and Valerie Jenkins obtaining Associate in teaching classical ballet Cecchetti Method. In the years following went on to complete full Associate Diploma including Certificate 4 in classical ballet teaching and dance school management.
Performing has been a large part of Skye’s life. When successfully auditioning, She has had the opportunity to perform in many musicals as dancer, singer and actor as-well as having the honour of role of dance captain with many of Sydney’s theatre Company’s including...
Phantom of the Opera (Willoughby Theatre Company 2014),
Mary Poppins (Willoughby theatre Company 2016),
Annie get ya Gun (Eastwood Musical Society 2017),
Hot Mikado (Chatswood Musical Society 2017 ) and
Wicked (Manly Musical Society 2017).
As well as teaching ballet Skye is lucky enough to combine her love for dance and fitness as a qualified teacher in XTEND Barre, Yoga and Pilates as part of her repertoire! She enjoys creating the opportunity for a high level of dance education but in a fun and safe environment!
Jodie Powers: Acrobatic & Conditioning Department
Jodie is a National Champion in Gymnastics trained at the Qld High Performance centre. She has successfully ranked Nationally in the top 4 in Gymnastics, Sports Acrobatics, tumbling & trampolining. Jodie has been a talent scout for Gymnastics having successfully recruited several National & International Champions. Her acrobatic talents landed her a place as a Cheerleader for the Brisbane Broncos NRL and tv commercials, having performed alongside U2, Holy Valance, Sophie Monk, Jessica Mauboy and many more. Jodie has taught gymnastics & acrobatics for 24yrs as an Advanced Gymnastics Coach.
Kyle Pont: Hip-hop, Jazz, Contemporary & Open class Teacher
Kyle has recently graduated with a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) from Brent Street. He is trained in a variety of styles including Hip-hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Acrobatics, Aerial as well as Indigenous cultural dance. Kyle has been featured on various TV performances such as The Voice, Sunrise & Dancing With The Stars. He has also been involved in live performances such as Premiers Gala Concert, Water Aid Ball Bollywood Night and has choreographed and was lead in Take Two's video clip "Sad Kid" and played a lead role in Faydee's video clip "On my way". Kyle is an amazing dancer and an even passionate choreographer and teacher!
Michelle, who is affectionately known as Mrs Moly, grew up in Belrose, attending school at Belrose Public and Davidson High, where she completed Dance for her HSC. She started dancing at the age of 6 and was first taught by Valerie Smith at the age of 8. She has learnt many styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and has been a member of various Eisteddfod and performance groups. Michelle believes in the benefit of dance exams, having completed many exams in most styles, with excellent results. She has also undertaken teaching exams, passing with Distinction, and is a qualified teacher in both Tap (ADA) and Jazz (CDA). Michelle's passion is Tap, and in 2000 she successfully auditioned and performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics, choreographed by Dein Perry. Michelle's other passion is Rugby League. In 1990, she became the first female Rugby League referee in the Manly-Warringah District, and was invited to several events, as an ambassador for Women in League. Michelle began teaching at Valerie Smith Stage School in 1992, as an assistant teacher, and has taught ever since. She has taught all ages and has loved teaching her Adult Tap classes over the past four years. Michelle loves nothing more than seeing the hard work of her students being rewarded at their end of year performances, especially her Adult classes who she performs with.
Michelle is looking forward to the next chapter in her teaching career at Maynard's Academy of Dance
I started dancing when I was 5 years old in QLD. I moved to Sydney when I was 17 to study at Brent Street Performing Arts School. During and after this time I did lots of promotional work. Some examples are dancing at the opening of Stadium Australia and the opening of Fox Studios. I have worked with artists such as Marcia Hines, Adam Garcia and Kylie Minouge.
I have worked on movies with Dein Perry and Monica Trapagana.
I found my real passion lied in teaching. I’ve been teaching for 19 years now. I’ve spread myself out between dance schools and primary schools teaching lots of styles including jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and hip hop. I’ve also put together lots of different events for these schools.
Accrediations... I have done all of my CSTD tap exams up to Gold Cross and completed all teachers exams for CDA Jazz. I am also a accredited teacher for Tapatak Oz.
Jimmy: Guest Teacher; Technique, Strength and Conditioning & Open Classes
Jimmy has been working in the Industry professionally for the over 8 years. After graduating from Brent Street Studios, Jimmy started his professional career as a resident dancer on all three seasons of ABC's Dance Academy.
Whilst based in Sydney Jimmy has danced for artists such as Kesha, Sneaky Sound System, Rouge Traders, Kelly Rowland, Ricky Martin and Jessica Mauboy. He has worked under the direction of well known Industry choreographers such as The Squared Division, Sarah Boutler, Ame Delves and Michael Boyd. In 2014 Jimmy spent 14 months in Tokyo, Japan performing for Tokyo Disney Resort. He returned to Sydney for a winter season with Opera Australia and then in 2015 danced onboard the Oceania Riviera under the direction of Norwegian Creative. He has most recently worked for Royal Caribbean Creative as a dancer onboard the Empress of the Seas and the Quantum of the Seas.
Tom Mesker: Guest Teacher; Drama
Tom Mesker is a recent NIDA acting graduate. Tom is an actor and writer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. After his studies at CSU, Tom returned to Sydney and began acting and writing but it was Tom’s work as a playwright that was swiftly foregrounded when in 2012 he attended ATYP’s National Studio. Tom has since been mentored by playwrights Jane Bodie, Lachlan Philpott and dramaturg Ola Animashawun of London’s Royal Court. In 2013 Tom was a Fresh Ink ATYP mentee and wrote for Griffin Theatre’s 24hour Playwriting Project. Whilst watching NIDA actors perform staged-readings of his work, he knew he wasn’t just a storyteller on the page. Tom successfully auditioned for NIDA and in his first year was also the inaugural Writer in Residence for ATYP, 2014. Tom currently has a full-length play in development with ATYP. As a writer, his work has been published by Currency Press, appeared on Melbourne and Sydney stages, broadcast on ABC’s Radio National and adapted for film.
To touch. To move. To inspire. This is the true gift of dance. Here at the Maynard Academy of Dance, we are a supporting team striving to encourage and develop our students passion and love for dance.
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