PRINCIPAL: Amy Newton Christie
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 2022, she also competed regionally in her younger years. Teaching in various schools, community centres across victoria she opened her own school Amy Newton Dance Studios in 2001. In 2009+2010 Amy completed a full time Diploma of Dance course with 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 the main teacher for Hip Hop, Jazz + Contemporary, Comp Team and now also main teacher for the newly added class of 'Fierce Fusion' 2022. Amy looks forward to utilising her previous martial arts training into this class. Outside of the dance school, Amy currently choreographs for regional Debutante Balls, School Productions, Club Gigs, Sports model comps, and has assisted and co judged in pole comps also. Amy also co-judged alongside Justice Crew at Shepparton Hip Hop Fest, and choreographed flashmob work for Adam Thompson. Amy offers dance workshops with industry professionals as much as she can as she loves her students to broaden their dance learning and have the opportunities to take it further one day.
Amy stands by her motto:
"Perform for an Audience...But Dance for Yourself"
TEACHER: Jessie Handcock
Jessie is our Ballet, Acro and Tap Teacher at ANDS and has been dancing for over 25 years receiving training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop/Funk, Acrobatics,
Cheerleading, Drama & Singing. Recent teachers have included prominent performers and choreographers both national and international, including choreographers for Disney & So You Think You Can Dance – Australia and USA.
Jessie has performed in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong and the USA also taking part in workshops with the
Disneyland choreographers, Debbie Reynolds School of Dance and The Edge, at Gold’s Gym in Los Angeles. She has also
performed at Disneyland, Disneyworld and on Carnival Imagination Cruise Ship.
She has taken part in many Eisteddfods and Festivals over the last 20 years. She has achieved places and age group aggregates at these competitions in solo, championships, duos and troupes. Jessie has also completed all dance exam levels, including Advanced, in Jazz, Tap & Ballet (Australian Teachers of Dancing) and has qualified to compete for Victorian Scholarships every year between 2001-2009 and achieved the following placings:
ATOD State Champion for Senior Jazz and Tap (2006 & 2008)
ATOD Australasian Runner-up for Senior Jazz and Tap (2006)
ATOD State Runner-up for Senior Ballet (2008)
ATOD Australasian Runner-up for Senior Jazz, Tap and Ballet (2008)
ATOD State & Australasian Winner for Senior Ballet (2009)
In 2006 Jessie took part in the Closing Ceremony of the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and has appeared in many amateur stage productions.
Jessie completed one year full time at Robert Sturrock’s Industry Dance in 2008 Jessie was also part of the Wesley Lions Cheerleading Squad from 2006-2008. She is also a promotional worker for Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions. She often performs in annual Christmas Parades, Suit Gigs and other corporate functions. Jessie has appeared as an extra in the television series NEIGHBOURS on several occasions. Jessie has over 10 years teaching experience in all styles at both Melbourne and regional based dance schools. Jessie organises groups of regional Dancers to perform in America . They departed in late March 2018 and performed in Disneyworld and took master classes with the Disney choreographers. Also performing on Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. Jessie hopes to help other dance schools in the future with performance opportunities such as these.
Jessie performed as a dancer for Katy Perry at the the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG
TEACHER & ASSISTANT: Emilie Harrison
Emilie began at ANDS in 2010 in Jazz and later Hip Hop 2012. As of 2017 Emilie joined the ANDS staff. Emilie is Dance Teacher, Assistant and Receptionist. Emilie is also a vocalist and has been singing and training since she was 10. Emilie also performed as a dancer for her idol Katy Perry at the the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG. She has also performed regionally in Shepparton, Gatherings, Stag, and in our shows and for Carols by Candlelight 2016 & 2017. Emilie has performed in gigs and drag shows, Glamour Party and dance films. In 2016 She was an extra in the movie “Spin Out“ that was filmed in Shepparton. She also appeared in Taylor Henderson’s music video “Light Up the Dark“ which was filmed on the set of “Spin Out“. Emilie specialises in Teaching Jazz + Contemporary and Commercial. She is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Adv Jazz/Contemporary. Emilie is also an amazing well acclaimed Make Up Artist, creating incredible looks. Emilie is also a featured singer and performer for the Band "Misty Kid".
Emilies ANDS awards:
* Excellence Award - 2014
*10 yrs Dedication Award - 2019
TEACHER & ASSISTANT: Jennah Ahmet
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 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, and specialises in hip hop and commercial, she has recieved many lead roles including own choreography via auditions . Jennah has featured in filmclips for ANDS, and was also selected for the dance film "No "at Bukis Dance Studio in Sunbury. Jennah is a member of our Adv Hip Hop/Comemrcial and we are so excited to have her join our team in 2022.
Jennahs ANDS awards:
* Jnr Dancer of the Year - 2009
JNR DANCE ASSISTANT: Charlotte Seal
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 the Womens T20 World cup Cricket 2020 final at the Melbourne MCG. Charlotte has also been competing regionally in Dance competitions recieving many placings over 5 yrs, she has also performed at gigs, Dance demos and Participates in workshops annually. Charlotte is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Snr Jazz, Snr Contemporary, Snr Fierce Fusion, Open Acro, Snr Tap, Snr Ballet & Comp Team. Charlotte has also recieved 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 recieve a Jnr Dance Assistant position at ANDS over the last 21 yrs. Charlotte will be assisting our main teachers in classes with warm up drills and tasks and working as personal Jnr assistant for Principal Amy.
* Dancer of the Year - 2017
* 5 yrs Dedication Award - 2020
SUB TEACHER: Robert Baxter
Robert joined the staff of ANDS in 2018, and finished his last year dancing with us in 2021. Robert has since been signed onto an agency relocating him back to Melbourne to continue more agency work, dance, filming, acting and modelling.
Robert is now our subcontractor teacher and will continue teaching for us on single term contracts or emergency cover. Roberts talents extend to alot of the promotion, arts & editing projects for ANDS we look forward to continuing with his expertise in these areas, he has designed each concert poster since 2015, as well as assisting Amy in creating the ANDS website and editing dance films, programs & concert projections.
Robert began dancing with ANDS in 2014 at the age of 14, having 8 years of dance training prior. Robert has performed in gigs for ANDS, Glamour Party, Dance films & Melb Drag shows. In 2017, he played a Student in Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: Lord of the Flies Ballet at the Victorian Arts Centre. At Notre Dame College Robert was heavily involved in annual school productions. He has worked on multiple productions for Notre Dame, as well as Initial Stages Theatre Company and Goulburn Valley Grammar School, bringing his total musicals choreographed to 14. Robert is also a singer/songwriter, and has 6 singles available on all streaming platforms. He received 2 Kool Schools Awards for his original songwriting compositions and has had local choir, 36 Degrees South, perform his works at Picnic For Peace. Robert has danced in music videos, acted in ad campaigns, live theatre and a haunted house, modelled on runways and in various photoshoots, and performed in many shows as his drag persona "Slaysia". Robert featured in the filmclip "Canary" by melbourne music group Howlite. Robert specialises in Teaching Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary & Musical Theatre. Robert is also known performer and creator of the Band "Misty Kid".
Roberts ANDS awards:
* Dancer of the Year - 2015