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. 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 and dance competitions. Outside of the dance school, Amy has partaken and still currently choreographs for Weddings, 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 + Jessie were looking forward to performing together with our combined students and schools in Disneyland LA 2020. Which has been postponed due to Covid 19.
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, & ARTS DIRECTOR: Robert Baxter
Robert joined the staff of ANDS in 2018, and finished his last year dancing with us in 2019. Robert moved back to Melbourne to continue more agency work. However Due to Covid 19, much performance, teaching and agency work was reduced, so we are privileged to have Robert back and rejoin our staff again this year. Robert is responsible for 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 5 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 specialises in Teaching Commercial, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary & Musical Theatre, He is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial + Adv Jazz/Contemporary.
Roberts ANDS awards:
* Dancer of the Year - 2015
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 Amys personal Assistant and Receptionist & teaches and choreographs multiple classes in Shepparton and Numurkah. Emilie is also a vocalist and has been singing and training since she was 10. Emilie performed as a dancer for 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 is a member of Adv Hip Hop/Commercial, Adv Jazz/Con, Open Acro + Snr Tap. Emilie is also an amazing well acclaimed Make Up Artist, creating incredible looks.
Emilies ANDS awards:
* Excellence Award - 2014
*10 yrs Dedication Award - 2019
TEACHER & ASSISTANT: Annabelle Sneyd
Annabelle began at ANDS in 2008 in Hip Hop and later Jazz 2012. Annabelle joined the ANDS staff 2017-2018 before she was to head off to USA to teach dance at School Camps. Due to the pandemic this opportunity was postponed and Annabelle has returned to Teach for us again. Annabelle has also been accepted and is currently training in Robert Sturrocks Fulltime Training Course. Ananbelle teaches and choreographs multiple classes in Shepparton and Numurkah. Annabelle has also performed regionally in Shepparton, in our shows and for Carols by Candlelight 2016 & 2017, also gigs, drag shows, Glamour Party and dance films. She has also competed regionally in competitions, placing in solos, duos and troupes. She has also had 11 yrs prior of ballet training, but specialises in Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary.
Annabelles ANDS awards:
* Jnr Dancer of the Year - 2011
*10 yrs Dedication Award - 2017
TEACHER & ASSISTANT: Mariah Tejones
Mariah began dancing with ANDS in 2011 at the age of 8 in both Jazz and Hip Hop. Mariah showed great discipline and initiative when she had to assist Amy during classes whilst injured for quite some months in 2013. In 2015 Amy offered her a role as Jnr dance assistant making her the first to receive this role since Amys sisters were that age. Mariah teaches and choreographs for multiple classes in Shepparton and Numurkah. She has performed in many demonstrations, shows and competed in dance comps regionally, placing in solos, duos, trios and groups. Mariah was also a finalist in Miss Teen Galaxy Australia. Mariah specialises teaching in Hip Hop and Commercial and is a member of our Adv Hip Hop/Commercial & Adv Jazz/Contemporary classes.
Mariahs ANDS awards:
* Jnr Dancer of the Year - 2012
*10 Yrs Dedication Award - 2020