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 9988 Kate 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.

Administration

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Teaching Staff

LeiselLeisel FitzGerald - Classical Ballet
Leisel started dancing in Newcastle at the age of fourteen. After only three years of dance training and completing her schooling, she was accepted into the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, where she studied fulltime, taking classes with guest teachers from the Australian Ballet Company. On her return to Newcastle she continued training with the Tessa Maunder Ballet School.

At the end of her fulltime study, Leisel danced professionally with Tina Perry Productions in Newcastle before travelling to Japan and Korea with Lu Stubbings-Step Ball Change Productions. Again returning to Newcastle she joined the Hunter Regional Dance Company to perform in their 1993 production of Women in Trousers.

Leisel’s diverse experience has also included commercial TV, fashion parades, photographic modeling, and in 1994 she was a team member of the Australian Champion Step Reebok Team. Leisel now resides in the Byron Shire with her husband and three daughters. She is enthusiastic and excited to be sharing her skills and experience with a new generation of dancers.

 

alanaAlana 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.

 

 

 

TessTess O'Caroll-McRae
Tess O'Carroll-McRae is one of the original students at Dance Dynamics from its inception in 2000. She participated in all forms of dance on a weekly basis and became a Dance dynamics representative from 2006 through to 2010 where she competed at various eisteddfods successfully. Through the school, she has worked with many top choreographers and in 2008 Tess won the Musical Theatre award and the Performance award for her outstanding work.

After her schooling years, Tess moved to New York to become a Nanny for a family with four children. What at first was a challenge, ended up transforming into the best two years of her early adult life. 

After returning home to Byron Bay, Tess began teaching at Dance dynamics and is looking forward to travelling periodically back to New York City to enhance her dance and performance connections and creativity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lanaLana Parkes - Jazz/Funnk/Hiphop
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.

This is Lana’s third year of teaching Jazz at Dance Dynamics. She strives to make her classes fun, energetic and challenging for all students.

 

 

Guest Teachers

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Sher Roberts – Sher Roberts is a cutting edge “up to the minuet” choreographer with many strengths. She has the ability and vision to fuse all dance styles into an eclectic mix of powerful theatrical movement. She was a popular choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance Australia series 2 and 3 and brings such inspiration, passion and vision to our Dance Dynamics representative students. Her latest work can be viewed on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4roV9DeK6_U

Jen Murray – Contemporary
Jen first came to our school in 2007 and was the director of our Dance Dynamics Company. Having embarked on a lifelong exploration of physical and energetic principals, Jen continuously strives to continue her understanding of the mechanics and artistry of the body in motion. She performed professionally as an independent contemporary dance artist in Canada from 1997-2003, after which she travelled to Australia where she guest taught and choreographed at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Arts. Jen’s contemporary classes and choreographic vocabularies are influenced by the myriad of dance styles she has studied including ballet, Graham, Cunningham, butoh and improvisation. Her classes are technical, challenging and fun! She encourages her students to explore the dynamics, energy and breath within their dancing to deepen their interpreting performing abilities. Jen is also a practicing and certified Hatha/Vinyasa yoga teacher.

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Jessica Capolupo - JFH
Jessica’s spunk and down to earth approach mixed with her exceptional talent as a performer and teacher are a breath of fresh air to our industry. Her extensive experience as a dancer, actress, singer, presenter and all round performer in the entertainment industry are second to none. A natural performer she has appeared in various productions from television to stage and is currently a celebrity radio host on the Gold Coast at 102.9 Hot Tomato! Jessica trained full time in performing arts at ‘Brent Street’ in Sydney and her skills and experience are an asset to our students.

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Penelope Chater BDA NIDA, DRAMA CENTRE LONDON
Penelope is regarded as one of Australia’s most experienced professional acting teachers and is a graduate of both NIDA and the Drama Centre London.

She has taught acting and has directed and worked in the area of personal development and transformation for over thirty years. She was the founder the Drama Studio in Sydney (a respected 3 year full-time Acting School, which ran for ten years in the 80’s). She has taught for the Nimrod Theatre, NIDA, the VCA and various Adult Education classes.

Penelope has been living in Melbourne since 2002 and teaches Character Analysis. This is a distinctive, rigorous, diagnostic tool for developing Character based on the final thesis of Rudolf Laban in conjunction with Jungian Psychology which was further developed by Yat Malmgren at the Drama Centre, London.