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2020 RAC STAFF - Emilie Harrison + Amy N
PRINCIPAL & CHOREOGRAPHER:
Amy Newton Christie

Achievements + Certification's:
- Diploma of Dance + Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management 2010
- Performed at the Vic Training Awards Crowne Casino 2010
- Certificate 4 in Business 2001
- Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher 2024

- Black Belt in Karate 2000
- Karate competitor 1993-2001
- Choreographed sports model Comp 2008
- Co-Judge Shep fest alongside Justice Crew 2011
- Choreographed Flash Mob for Adam Thompson 2012
- Choreograph + Run Debutante Balls 2015-current
- Choreograph/Judge Pole Comp 2015
- Choreograph Weddings + school productions 2005-current
- Masters Dance Competitor 2022-2023
- Director and choreographer of ANDS Shows 2001-current
- WWCC


Amy began as a self-taught Hip Hop dancer/teacher and choreographed her first concert at the age of 17 at her high school in 1995. Amy trained 11 yrs in Martial Arts attaining her black belt in 2000, she also competed regionally in Karate tournaments receiving placings in all categories including winning the Black Belt Open in her younger years. Due to her background in martial arts Amy firmly believes in running fun enjoyable classes for all ages, but with a strong foundation of discipline: maintaining respect, growth, resilience as well as encouragement and mental/physical stamina.

Finding her love in dance as a child she studied and and was self taught also began teaching at various schools & community centres across Victoria and opened her own school Amy Newton Dance Studios in 2001 with a Cert 4 in Business.
In 2009-2010 Amy completed a full-time Diploma of Dance & attained Cert 4 in Teaching & Management training under professional teachers from Melbourne covering Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Voice & Theatre. During this time Amy performed at the Victorian Training Awards at Crowne Casino Melbourne. After finishing her full-time training, she began broadening the schools dance curriculum.  Amy is also now a certified Acrobatics Arts Teacher.

Amy is the main teacher for Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Comp Team, 
Fierce Fusion and Acro. Outside the dance school Amy is involved in other dance work such as teaching and training Debutante Balls & choreography since 2015. Also choreographing School Productions, Club Gigs, Sports model comps, and has assisted and co judged in pole comps also. Amy co-judged alongside Justice Crew at Shepparton Hip Hop Fest and has choreographed flash-mob work for Adam Thompson.
Amy offers dance workshops with industry professionals as much as she can and encourages her students to broaden their dance learning continuously, and  to be challenged with options/opportunities to take it further one day. Amy has assisted many students attain Professional Full-time Training with the likes of Robert Sturrock, Ministry of Dance, VCA and Transit.

Amy stands by her motto:
"Perform for an Audience...But Dance for Yourself"​!
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DANCE TEACHER + ADMIN:
Jennah Ahmet

Achievements + Certification:

- Shepparton Festival 2014-2018

- Dance films and appearances 2009-2016

- Shepparton Festival 2016

- ANDS Jnr Dancer of the Year 2009

- Qualified in Administration 2018

- Qualified Driving Instructor 2018

- WWCC

Jennah choreographs and teaches genres: Hip Hop + Commercial 

 

Jennah has been a Hip Hop student throughout the years of ANDS since she was 11 yrs old beginning her first year in 2009. Due to her high level of skills and abilities in hip hop at such a young age Jennah was the first student to jump from Jnrs to Adv in just one year, skipping inters and Snrs. Jennah is and has always been known for her capturing performances on stage and on film. She has received many lead roles including own choreography via auditions. 

Jennah has featured in film clips for ANDS and was also selected for the dance film "No "at Bukis Dance Studio in Sunbury. Jennah is a member of our Advanced group and continues her love of teaching and creating in her favourite styles of Old School Hip Hop and Dance Hall.

Jennah will continue teaching Hip Hop + Commercial classes and supervise/assist staff in class/admin or dance related roles and decisions with concert work

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DANCE TEACHER:
Abbigail Makin

Achievements + Certification:

- Bachelor of fine Arts in Dance

- Invitation Joffrey Ballet San Francisco 2023 

- Selected as one of Victorias top dancers Herald Sun

- Shepparton Festival 2014-2018

- Shepparton Gators performances 2014-2016

- Shepparton Carols by Candlelight 2016

- Glamour Party 2018

- Dance Competitor 2015-current

- ANDS Jnr Most Improved 2012

- ANDS 5 yrs Dedication Award 2016

- ANDS Dancer of the Year 2018

- ANDS 5 yrs Competitor Award 2020

- WWCC

Abbigail is a returned student and staff member! She began at ANDS when she was 10 starting in jazz and worked up into genres of Hip Hop, Commercial, Contemporary, Ballet, Acro and Tap. Abbigail joined our staff in 2020. She was also an an advocate Dance Competitor competing regionally for 5 yrs under ANDS. She was also a member of ADT performing in gigs and shows. When Abbigail was 18 she was accepted into VCA Dance in Melbourne and begun her new journey there.

Abbigail has returned now after completing 3 yrs of full time dance at VCA completing a Bachelor of fine Arts in Dance. Abbigail has been heavily trained in Ballet and contemporary at VCA but throughout her dance ventures living in Melbourne Abbigail continued dance classes outside of her course such as heels, hip hop, commercial and dance workshops with likes of Timomatic, Robert Sturrock and more. Abbigail has always been a loyal and loving student of ANDS whom continued returning and helping each year at our concerts and also guest performing. 

Abbigail will be teaching Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Heels. And will also be available for Competition work. 

DANCE TEACHER:
Tanya Titterall

Achievements + Certification:
- Advanced Diploma of Arts in Dance
- Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment
- Qualified Teacher + ADi Examiner over 5 yrs
- Previous owner of Sayers Dance Academy
- Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher
- Qualified Nurse
- WWCC


Tanya has been dancing since she was 3 yrs of age and is trained in Jazz, tap and ballet. She has also studied contemporary, hip hop lyrical  and acrobatics throughout her many years of dance and has performed in various professional and non-professional arenas. Tanya completed full time in dance in her younger yrs and was a well rounded teacher regionally in victoria.  

Amy and Tanya had worked together on different dance projects over the past 15 yrs including dance camps and master classes involving surrounding teachers. 
Tanya has an Advanced Diploma of Arts in dance plus a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She has also been an ADV (Australian Dance Vision) qualified teacher & ADi examiner for 5 yrs. Tanya had ran her own successful dance school in Tatura, and also 
taught privately in local dance studios and local high schools for over 12 yrs, but due to changes throughout Covid, a career change in nursing and family lifestyle took place.

Tanya is very proficient in Tap, ballet and Jazz. And will be our main teacher for Tap and Ballet Pointe.

 
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DANCE TEACHER & ASSISTANT:
Mariah Tejones

Achievements + Certification:

- Qualified in Child Care 2022

- Beauty Pageant for Miss Teen Galaxy 2018

- Invited to Audition in New Zealand for world renowned "Royal Family" 2022

- Performances with Indigenous Dance Project 2023-2024

- Dance Competitor 2016-2023
- Multicultural Festival 2014-2017, 2021, 2023

- Shepparton Gators performances 2014-2019

- Shepparton Carols by Candlelight 2016

- ANDS Jnr Dancer of the Year 2012

- ANDS 10 yrs Dedication Award 2020

- WWCC
 
Mariah choreographs and teaches genres: Hip Hop, Commercial, Jazz.

Mariah began dancing at ANDS in 2011 at just 8 yrs old in Hip Hop and Jazz. She was one of the first members selected to join our first Jnr advanced Hip Hop class in 2012. She moved into the position of Jnr Dance Assistant in 2015 and also competed in regional dance competitions from 2016, placing in all categories of solos, duos, trios and troupes. Mariah began teaching and choreographing from the age of 16 creating amazing Hip Hop numbers for all age groups. Mariah has performed in dance gigs, dance films and has also competed as a beauty pageant for Miss Teen Galaxy in QLD. She has also been a debutante dance teaching assistant and deb ball assistant for Amy. Mariah is a member of our Advanced Group.

Mariah attended a workshop with the world renowned "Royal Family" in 2022 which gained the interest of their manager inviting her to audition for the Royal Family in New Zealand.
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DANCE TEACHER + ASSISTANT:
Charlotte Seal

Achievements + Certification:

- Danced for Katy Perry Melbourne MCG 2020

- Performed Disneyland L.A  2023
- Performed Universal L.A 2023

- Dance Competitor 2018- current
- Freestyle Gig 2020
- Danced Shepparton Festival 2021

- Shepparton Gators performances 2017-2019

- ANDS Dancer of the Year 2017

- ANDS 5 yrs Dedication Award 2020

- ANDS 5 yrs Dance Competitor Award 2022


 Charlotte is a well rounded dance teacher and assistant in genres: Hip Hop, Commercial, Jazz, Contemporary, Comp Team, Acro, Fierce Fusion.
Charlotte has been a student at ANDS since she was 8 yrs old beginning her first year in 2016. She has accomplished many goals as a young dancer, including dancing for Katy Perry at the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG.
Charlotte performed in L.A at Disneyland and Universal in 2023 with
Dance the Magic tours alongside TDA Performing Arts.
Charlotte is one of our vast competition dancers and has been competing regionally in Dance comps receiving many placings in all categories and genres from solos, duos, trios and troupes over the last 5 yrs. She has also performed regionally; ANDS Show, gigs, Dance demos and participates in workshops annually. Charlotte is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Advanced Jazz/Contemporary, Snr Fierce Fusion,  Snr Acro, Snr Ballet, Snr Urban Heels & Comp Team.
Charlotte has also received lead roles and special parts in auditions and was the first youngest student at ANDS to perform 21 dances in a show at just age 11. Since Amys sisters & Mariah, Charlotte is our 4th person to receive a Jnr Dance Assistant position at ANDS over the last 21 yrs.

As a Jnr Assistant teacher, Charlotte 
began co-teaching and choreographing many routines under supervision in 2023, producing her wide skills of experience into amazing choreography. As of 2024 Charlotte is 16 and will now become a Full Dance Teacher + Assistant for ANDS.
 
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DANCE TEACHER + ASSISTANT:   
Mia Elliott

Achievements + Certification:

- Danced for Katy Perry Melbourne MCG 2020
- Dance Competitor 2020-2023
- Shepparton Festival 2015-2016

- Shepparton Gators performances 2016-2019

- ANDS Excellence Award 2018

- ANDS 10 yrs Dedication Award 2021


 Mia joined our staff in 2023. Teaching and assisting in genres: Hip Hop, Commercial, Jazz, Contemporary + Fierce Fusion.
Mia has been a student at ANDS since she was 5 yrs old beginning her first year in 2012. Mia was selected as one of our Jnr Advanced members in 2016 and has also danced for Katy Perry at the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG.

Mia is one of our competition dancers and has been competing regionally in Dance comps receiving placings in all categories and genres from solos, duos, trios and troupes since 2020. She has also performed regionally; ANDS Shows, gigs, Dance demos. Mia is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Advanced Jazz/Contemporary. She has also received special audition roles performed in our Concerts including own chory duos.

Mia showed great incentive taking on and filling in for different teachers throughout 2023, giving her many areas of experience before choreographing amazing routines in our end of year concert.
 

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DANCE TEACHER + MEDIA ASSISTANT:   
Angela Baxter

Achievements + Certification:

- Danced for Katy Perry Melbourne MCG 2020
- Featured model Jay Jays 2024
- Georgy Award: Judges award for Excellence in Choreography "Legaly Blonde" 2022
- Georgy Award: Joyce Baker-Dawber Award for Jnr Choreography "Anastasia" 2023
- Featured singer Misty Kid  2019-2023

- Dance Competitor 2021
- Freestyle Gig 2020
- Perform Shepparton Festival 2016-2023

- Shepparton Gators performances 2017-2019

- Shepparton Carols by Candlelight 2020-2023

- ANDS Excellence Award 2019

Angela is our newest member to the Team for 2024
Angela has been a student at ANDS since she was 9 yrs old beginning her first year in 2017. Angela was one of our Jnr Advanced members in 2016 and she has danced for Katy Perry at the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG.

Angela is a competent singer performing in regional gigs and productions and a featured singer in the band "Misty Kid". She has received 2 Georgy Awards; Judges award for Excellence in Choreography for "Legally Blonde" 2022 in which she also featured as the character Brooke Wyndham, and the Joyce Baker-Dawber Award for Junior Choreography for "Anastasia" 2023. Angela competed on our Comp Team placing in solos and trios in 2021.  She has also performed regionally; ANDS Shows, gigs, Dance demos, Shepp Fest and is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, + Advanced Jazz/Contemporary. She has also received special audition roles performed in our Concerts including own chory duos.
She has recently modelled and is featured in Jay Jays clothing stores.

Along her  talents in dance and performance, at such a young age Angela is already proficient in social media
 and business promotional work, including editing and design. She also Created our concert poster "Mixtape" for 2023.
 
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ADMIN RECEPTIONIST + DANCE ASSISTANT:
Paige Selva
Achievements + Certification:

- ANDS Excellence Award 2020

- Dance Competitor 2021 - current

- WWCC

Paige began dancing at ANDS in 2018 at the age of 12 in Hip Hop, Acro and Jazz. She soon added more classes and also joined our Competition Team in 2021 and Advanced team in 2022. She was asked to join our staff From Term 2 2024.

Paige has competed regionally placing in all categories of solos/duos and Troupes. She is a competent dancer with training in various styles such as Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Hip Hop, Commercial, Ballet + Tap. She has also received audition roles and main leads in our end of year Concerts. Paige is a member of our Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Adv Jazz/Contemporary, Snr Urban Heels and Comp Team.

 

Paige will be in charge of our administrative duties, invoicing, concert prep, stock and costume and design. She will also begin teaching and assisting in classes.

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