The mediocre teacher tells, The good teacher explains, The superior teacher demonstrates, The great teacher inspires. William Arthur Ward

Artistic Director: Kate Histon R.A.D rts

IMG 9988Kate was four years old when she began dancing at the Tessa Maunder Ballet School in Newcastle. By six years of age she was performing regularly in competitions and events, both as a soloist and as a troupe member. At fourteen, Kate’s talent for dance was recognised when she was accepted into full time training at the Marie Walton Academy of Dance and then the Natasha Nobel Dance School. During her time at the Marie Walton Academy, Kate continued to excel as a dancer, performing with the Australian Ballet Company in their rendition of “Swan Lake", and embarking on a two year contract dancing with the World’s Biggest Disco, as well as studying singing and acting, and taking on a range of other dance, acting and modeling jobs. At the same time, Kate began her formalised dance teacher training through the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating three years later with distinction.

These years were pivotal for Kate. Determined to understand the connection between mind, body and spirit, and the role it plays in the life of a dancer, Kate studied numerous methodologies and philosophies, and incorporated her knowledge and experience into her teaching. She developed courses with a focus on meditation and performance dynamics and taught these to fulltime dance students as a way of helping them cope with the rigors of dance. She understood the pressures – both physical and emotional – faced by elite dancers, and she worked hard to develop teaching techniques that would inspire and support her students. Crucial to this time was Kate’s discovery that her passion for dance was only eclipsed by her love of teaching.

In 2000, Kate moved to Byron Bay where she established Byron Dance Dynamics. Since then, the school has gone from strength to strength with graduates being accepted as fulltime students into illustrious city-based dance schools (such as Brent Street in Sydney) and moving on to careers as professional dancers and qualified teachers.

As well as being a qualified dance teacher with over sixteen years teaching experience, Kate Histon is also a dancer, a certified Demartini Facilitator and Neuro Linguistic Programming coach, a regular consultant to dancers and dance schools (both locally and interstate), and a frequent contributor to “Dance life Australia”. Somewhere among that myriad of commitments, Kate also finds time to be a mum.

 

Reception & Admin

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The newest member of our team, Erin joins us from the sunny Whitsundays, relocating with her husband just 4 months ago, and is absolutely thrilled to be getting back to her roots in the dance industry. 

Growing up, Erin competed in competition dance in both Tap and Jazz from 4 years old , and is looking forward to dusting off the dance shoes and getting into the adult classes available. 

Erin has spent the last 10 plus years working in the Wedding and Events industry, she has a diverse background in Communications, Journalism and Events and will bring a fun loving personality to the front of house at Byron Dance Dynamics HQ.

Why not drop and say hi!!!!

Teaching Staff

ByronDanceDYNAMICS SHOOT1 63Renata Ogayer - Classical Ballet

Renata was training as a synchronised swimmer when she was first introduced to dancing at the age of 11. When she found that the movements she learnt in the studio were restricted upside underwater, she turned down an invitation to train for the 2000 Olympic team in favour of pursing dance.

At the age of 14, she was accepted into fulltime training at Ecole Ballet Studios in Sydney. During this time of elite classical and contemporary training, Renata continued with RAD Exams, toured with productions, and attended various summer schools and competitions. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship to Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, Germany, where excelled in her classical training. Upon her return to Sydney she pursued teaching for all ages and all styles of dance, including: Lyrical Jazz, Hip Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Tango, Capoeira, Bollywood and Zumba and explored the creative side of dance and choreography.

In 2005 she moved to Guatemala and Co-Founded Estudio 5 and was a guest teacher and choreographer at the National Ballet of Guatemala and various other studios.

Renata holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Masters of International Relations and is currently a Producer and contributing journalist for DanceInforma Magazine, having interviewed stars from The American Ballet Theatre and the ABC’s Dance Academy.

Renata values Excellence, Intellectual and Artistic Curiosity and aims to bring artistry, anatomical and technical understanding to her classes for the growth of each dancer.

 

 

ByronDanceDYNAMICS SHOOT1 125Alana Price - Ballet

Originally from Adelaide, Alana moved to Melbourne at the age of 15, when she was accepted into the Australian Ballet School to train professionally. After three years of intense training at an elite level, Alana decided she wanted to explore the aspects of contemporary dance and was accepted into the dance programme at The Victorian College of the Arts. During her first year of training, she was awarded the Ag McMillen Arts Trust Scholarship for Dance.

Alana worked with some of Australia's most renowned choreographers during this time including Larissa McGowan and Lina Limosani from Australian Dance Theatre, Gideon Obaznek of Chunky Move, and internationally renowned Pru Lang.

In her final year Alana was asked to perform in Singapore at YFest, a youth arts festival for dance and arts alike. Upon graduating, Alana received her Bachelor of Dance degree going on to work and train with such companies as Sydney Dance Company and Daniel Jaber Dancers.    

Alana travelled to Europe in 2013 to attend ImpulsTanz, a major dance festival in Vienna, Austria and numerous workshops in Berlin, Germany.
Once back in Australia, Alana decided to study Yoga and Pilates, as a core for strength in dance and specialises in bring higher levels of dance excellence to our students.

 Alana has been a teacher at Dance Dynamics since 2015 and gives her heart and soul to her students!

 

ByronDanceDYNAMICS SHOOT1 102Lana Parkes - Jazz/Funnk/Hiphop, Acro, Adult Program


A true local girl, Lana was born in Byron Bay and grew up dancing in the Shire since the age of 5 years old. She has trained in all styles of dance including; Jazz Hiphop, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre and Ballet.

In 2012 Lana auditioned and was accepted to train full-time at a professional level in Sydney at The Village Performing Arts School where she gained her certificate IV in dance.

Lana is a qualified Barre Attack instructor and is finalising her cert IV in fitness. Lana has been a teacher at Dance Dynamics Byron Bay since 2014.

Lana strives to make her classes warm, happy and inclusive.

 

 

 ByronDanceDYNAMICS SHOOT1 67Sami Mahoney - Adult program, Barre Classes

Sami is incredibly passionate about health, wellbeing and fitness. Her philosophy "your body is the one vessel you get to live in... nurture it and it will reward you" is her life motto!

An infectious smile, Sami is skilled at mitivating our participants in Barre class. Having been a group fitness instructor, specialing in HIIT, barre and circuit training, Sami will work you to work that little bit harder each time.

Sami also has a long history in the dance industry and on special occasions, she will bust out a move!

Sami and her partner Dan are expecting their little bundle of joy in July! We are so thrilled for them!