Amy Jelfs Balbi
Amy has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap from the age of 4. She attended Newtown High School Of The Performing Arts, Australia's leading Performing Arts High School, where she developed her skills in Modern and Contemporary. She complete her Certificate 4 in Performing Arts at Brent St, earning her a spot in Sydney's leading Dance agency. Professionally Amy performed at many corporate events, including the opening of Fox Studios and the launch of Super Bowl Australia. Some other highlights include performing in Disneyland LA, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games, and dancing behind stars such as Marcia Hines, Kylie Minogue and Chris Isaak. She toured with two Children entertainment shows The Powerpuff Girls and The Noddy Show.
She found her true love being back in the class room teaching and sharing her knowledge with her students.
Amy ran a successful dance studio in Randwick Sydney for 12 years, selling it in 2018 with over 300 students. Being a studio owner is something Amy is passionate about. She loves to find the missing pieces that students need to fulfil their goals and make their dreams become a reality.
A former principal and leading soloist ballerina in companies in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Maree brings close to 20 years experience as a professional international ballerina and more than 35 years in the industry. With a stunning career traversing continents, she graced the stages in many of the major cities around the world including London, New York, Beijing, Vienna and more.
After receiving a scholarship to train at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School she went on to perform with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Queensland Ballet and The Royal New Zealand Ballet.
A career full of highlights, she performed many of the classical ballet greats and was fortunate to have worked with a long list of renowned international choreographers for classical ballet, contemporary and new modern works.
She is now passionate about passing on that experience and wealth of knowledge to inspire, elevate technique, refine aesthetics and cultivate a strong sense of identity to bring the dancers’ talents to the forefront.
Based in the beautiful Northern Rivers, NSW, Maree coaches locally and travels for guest teaching, workshops and private coaching.
Laura Kate Terry
Contemporary Lyrical Ballet
Laura-kate Terry fell in love with dance when she was 14 when she was given the opportunity to perform with the the byron ballet company corps de ballet. Over eight years of hard work laura-Kate worked her way through the corps de ballet and is now currently a principal dancer with the company. Within this time with byron ballet company laura-Kate has been privileged to perform in ballets such as; the nutcracker Coppélia Peter and the Wolf, Les Sylphides, Paquita and Swan Lake. Her favourite production was performing the Chosen One in Rite of Spring.
Laura-Kate trained in Cecchetti ballet and prepared for auditions! In 2009 Laura-Kate was honoured to be selected to study full time dance at The Queensland Dance School of Excellence, it was here Laura-Kate was mesmerised by contemporary dance. Upon graduating from Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2010 Laura-Kate was one of two selected to join Lucid Dance Theatre under Artistic Director, Louise Deleur. In 2012 Laura-Kate successfully auditioned for Queensland University of Technology and secured a placement studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, where she worked with choreographers such as Csaba Buday, Sammi Williams, Jason Duff and Graeme Murphy. Laura-Kate is now focusing on sharing her wealth of knowledge and love of dance to the next generation of dancers.
Sue has been a registered RAD Ballet Teacher for over 40 years. She ran a successful Ballet School in Bondi sending hundreds of dancers through their ballet exams. We are thrilled to have Sue back on board to teach our baby budding ballerinas.
Emee was a part of the world renowned
Sydney Dance Company from 2004-2007 under Graeme Murphy and Janet Vernon. She also stared as a guest artist for Australian Dance Theatre from 2008-2010 under Gary Stewart.
She moved into Yoga in 2011
becoming a Teacher at Power Living Yoga Australia to present day.
From 2015 Emee became a 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainer/Facilitator for Power Living Australia Yoga.
Emee has more recently studied to become a Polestar Pilates Mat facilitator and is now studying the Pilates studio/rehabilitative course, giving her more experience and depth working with dancers and those with injuries.
Ready Set Dance
Jazz & Tap
Carly Franklin began dancing at age five, learning the styles jazz, tap and ballet.
Training under the guidance of some of the industry’s best choreographers, Carly completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at Brent Street full time, earning her a spot in Sydney’s leading dance agency, Detour, run by PJ Clarke.
In her time as a commercial dancer, Carly worked across stage, film and fashion.
She danced for Marcia Hines and Kylie Minogue in the opening of Fox Studios, performed in the opening of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and appeared in several film clips for local artists including Natalie Bassingthwaite, KidMac & Australian Idol winner Wes Carr.
Other career highlights include performing at the Music Oz Awards and Disneyland Los Angeles. Contracts took her to Spain, Macau and Japan. She featured in a TV commercial for Vidal Sasson in Bangkok and Performed in numerous children's shows including Santa's Kingdom and Bananas in Pyjamas.
After traveling for many years, she found her passion was in the studio teaching her students. Carly taught at Dance Chora Randwick for 15 years, where she developed a strong rapport with the students and their families. She has taught at various Primary Schools in Sydney and gained the position of creative director at Coogee Public School, running their Dance and Drama Nida Production each year.
Carly is super excited to be starting her new chapter in Byron Bay.
Emily has been dancing for over 30 years and has 4 years of ballet teaching experience. She studied at multiple ballet schools including full time Ballet at Alegria under the renowned Hillary Kaplan. She is RAD trained and excelled in all exams, completing up to Advanced One. She has also studied and taught The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet syllabus.
Previously working at the Melbourne School of Classical Dance and more recently at Rain and Lucky Academy of Dance, she is RAD trained and excelled in all exams, completing up to Advanced One. 'I love passing on my knowledge and passion for ballet to children and adults alike.'