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Sophie Dunn

Jazz & Musical Theatre

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Alarni Morgan 

Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary

After discovering a love of dance at just three years old, Alarni set out to devote a life to dance. Having trained at some of Melbourne’s top dance schools including Tony Bartuccio Dance Centre, Patrick Studios Australia (PSA) and Kelly Aykers Full-time Dance; Alarni has the technical and teaching skills to cater to all levels of dance. Alarni commenced her professional dance career at age 18, performing in various commercial gigs with some of Melbourne’s top choreographers including Alannah Scanlan and Jason Gilkison (Everybody Dance Now – Channel 10 reality dance show). Alarni made her theatrical debut in the English National Theatre/AKA Australia national touring production of The Cat In The Hat, touring Australia before commencing a full-time teaching and management degree with Kelly Aykers to combine her passion for performing and children’s entertainment. Alarni believes that one dance class can uplift and inspire, and hopes to continue being a role model for kids by helping them to realise any dream is achievable with courage and self-belief!

 

 

Holly Saunders

Jazz & Kinder Dance 

Holly’s love for dance began at age 3 when she started taking Classical Ballet lessons. Quickly discovering her passion for performing, she continued on to study Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Cabaret with the Townsville Academy of Performing Arts in North Queensland. As she grew up, Holly began creating her own choreography for competitions, and soon found how rewarding it was not only to dance or watch her own work on stage, but to share her knowledge with others and see them grow from it! Growing up Holly was blessed with amazing opportunities to dance at Carols by Candlelight as a main show back up dancer for headline acts, the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in addition to dancing in Europe and America. At 17, Holly made the move from Townsville to Melbourne to pursue a career in what she loves, studying for two years at Kelly Aykers Fulltime Dance, completing her Certificate IV in Dance and the Dancers Elite Course, graduating in 2018. Holly’s fulltime journey allowed her to perform regularly through Fulltime Showcases, Masters of Choreography, RAW Melbourne, Undrgrnd, Club Freestyling, Australian Feature Film Opportunities and Commercial Gigs for Fashion Aid & Honda to name a few. Holly is excited to become a part of the LFK family and nurture the magic of dance! 

 

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Erin Swanbury

Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop & Seniors 

Having trained in dance since 2004 and acrobatics since 2014 in South Australia, Erins love for teaching and choreographing really evolved when she moved to Melbourne with a scholarship to PSA in 2018 and began teaching dance at LFK! Throughout her 16 years of training, Erin has had the opportunity to work alongside and learn from some of Australia’s best choreographers and performers including Australian musical theatre choreographers Michael Ralph and Andrew Hallsworth. She has also had several performance opportunities including performing with the cast of Priscilla the musical, actor and singer Tim Campbell and singer Silvie Paladino and now enjoys performing alongside the LFK industry squad at various events including the Vixens netball matches and the AFLW bulldogs matches as a cheerleader as well as travelling to Canberra to perform with Matt Hetherington. Erin has loved having the opportunity to take her knowledge and share it with all the young aspiring dancers at LFK! Both the staff and the students have become a second family to Erin and she very much looks forward to the year ahead!

 

 

Zoey Camilleri

Classical Ballet, Pointe & Contemporary

 

Starting dance classes at the age of only 18 months, dancing has always been a huge part of my life. I began training at Melvan Dancers for 16 years in all dance styles and competing in competitions. At Melvan, I completed my CSTD exams with Honours plus. Achieving the highest marks in Victoria for all major Ballet exams and Jazz exams, to fortunately receiving a scholarship to compete in CSTD competitions over in China. I found a love and passion for Ballet which led to completing full time at both Melbourne City Ballet & Jane Moore Academy of Ballet. I had the opportunity to compete in some of Australia’s most prestigious Ballet & Contemporary competitions including the Alana Haines Australasia awards in New Zealand, Sydney Eisteddfod scholarships and the Ballet teacher workshop finals. A highlight in my career was guest staring as the role of ‘Queen of hearts’ for Melbourne City Ballet youth company. Over the years I have taught at a various amount of schools, sharing the knowledge I have gained from many international dancers & teachers. I am currently completing my CSTD Ballet teachers certificate and hope to further my studies within the dance industry . I can’t wait to continue teaching the wonderful students at LFK and hope to inspire and share my love for dance with them all.

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Karla Tonkich 

Musical Theatre & Contemporary 

Karla Tonkich made her professional musical debut at seventeen years old in the Australian Tour of “High School Musical Live on Stage” as an ensemble member and cover to lead role Sharpay and Martha. In 2012 Karla graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts as a Music Theatre student and immediately joined the Australian touring cast of “Legally Blonde” as Gabby/Stenographer and cover to Margot. Immediately after she was cast in “Grease” The Musical as her first principal role as Marty and understudy to Sandy. While still in touring with Grease, Karla was made a Top 6 Finalist in the Rob Guest Endowment Gala in October 2014. She was then offered the role ‘The Green Fairy’, the lead burlesque performer on the world tour of Spiegelworld’s ‘Absinthe Tour Le Monde’ in 2015. In 2016 Karla toured Australia in Queen’s musical “We Will Rock You” as an ensemble member and cover to both female leads Scaramouch and Oz, then the following year she made her debut for the Production Company in “Brigadoon” playing the role of Maggie Anderson. In 2018 and 2019 Karla played one of the leading roles, Eva in Stage Master’s “Bring It On The Musical”.

 

Ashleigh Schill 

Tap 

Having trained in North QLD since the age of 5, dance has always been a passion of mine. I decided to follow my passion and move to Melbourne to continue my studies at Patrick Studios Australia in the hopes of creating a career for myself as a performer. I have been fortunate enough to have worked along side and learn from some of the most inspirational choreographers and performers such as Todd Patrick ( Director of Patrick Studios), Amanda Stone, Nathan Pinnell, Travis Scott, Steven Grace and the list goes on. Whilst performing is my passion, my knowledge and understanding of dance has also grown and allowed me to express more in my teaching skills. Gaining my teaching Certificate in Modern Jazz, completing all CSTD jazz, tap and contemporary exams and completing all RAD ballet exams up to Advance 2 I am excited to now share this knowledge and pass it on to these young performers. I am thrilled to be a part of the LFK family and can’t wait to see what the year brings. 

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Michelle Knezevic 

LFK in HK Tour group & LFK Industry Squad 

 

Michelle began her training at Williamstown Academy of Dance in 1989. She has trained in the areas of ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz and hip hop, specialising in the Commonwealth Society of Dance syllabus.  In 2002, Michelle completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at the National Theatre where she studied acting, voice and dance under many of Australia’s leading music theatre performers.  One of Michelle’s career highlights was in 2004, when she won the prestigious Evelyn Albright memorial award for obtaining the highest marks for theatrical dance in Victoria.  Over the years, Michelle has played various lead roles in musicals including  “Guys and Dolls”, “West Side Story” and “Grease” to name a few. 

Michelle works as a school psychologist and is a mother of two beautiful girls. Michelle is a Lifestyle for Kids veteran where she has worked since the age of 16. 

Michelle has had the privilege of choreographing the dance showcase for international performances in America and Asia, including Disneyland. Working with such a wonderful group of young people has been the highlight of her dance career.

 

 

Kearna Philpott

Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary & LFK Industry Squad

 

 

Kearna began dancing at the age of 13 in her hometown of Tasmania. She immediately fell in love with dance and knew at a young age
that this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life! As a late bloomer in the dance world she moved to Melbourne in 2011 to
further her dance career. Kearna studied a Bachelor of Arts - Musical Theatre at the Arts Academy in Ballarat and now studies Full Time Dance at Spectrum Dance in Melbourne. Spectrum has provided her with numerous performance opportunities including dancing at the Logies and gaining a spot in Melbourne Storm’s NRL cheerleading reserve team. Kearna trains in Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Partnering, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial Jazz & Hip hop. Kearna absolutely loves teaching raw & passionate students! There is so much to learn about this amazing industry and
she feels it is a privilege that as a teacher she gets to pass on her advice to help her students get to where they want to be.The biggest 
thing she has learnt as a dancer over the past 7 years is to always Believe in Yourself & NEVER EVER GIVE UP.

 
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Chelsea Lynch-McClymont 

Kinder Dance, Contemporary & Commercial Hip Hop

 

Chelsea completed her full-time tertiary studies in Performing Arts at Patrick Studios Australia, graduating with a Certificate II, III and IV in Performing Arts - Dance. Throughout her 16 years of training, Chelsea has studied many genres of dance, developing a wealth of knowledge and experience during this time. Throughout her training, she has undertaken many ballet exams in both the Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance syllabi, as well as performed in countless competitions, showcase concerts and professional performing work including dancing for companies such The Cancer Council, The Entertainment Store and Royal Melbourne Show to name a few. Chelsea is also an experienced children's entertainer and absolutely loves sharing her passion for dance with the next generation! 

 

Bree Formosa

Contemporary, Cheerleading, Jazz & Hip Hop

 

Bree has been dancing at Lifestyle for Kids since she was five and is honoured to be part of such an amazing team. Receiving at dance scholarship in 2012 and being elected as 2018 Dance Captain gave Bree the opportunity to share her passion for creativity. She was lucky enough to captain LFK in Hong Kong team in 2018 and be able to dance alongside so many talented dancers at Disneyland. Bree has been trained in various styles of dance including, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop. Bree also represents LFK’s Industry Squad representing the school at several events, including special events at Crown, Gala Balls, interstate events, AFLW Bulldogs Cheerleading and being part of Melbourne Vixens Netball Dance Team. Bree is studying to be a Primary School teacher hence, she strives to create a positive and encouraging environment for her students where are they able to develop their skills whilst also forming relationships. She can’t wait to share her passion and enthusiasm with her students here at LFK!

 
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Tori Kovach 

Dance Co-Ordinator, AFLW Choreographer, Junior Squad Teacher, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary & Acro

 

Tori has been a part of the LFK family since 2003 when she took her first Jazz class. From then, she performed in 15 LFK concerts before continuing her training at Spectrum Full Time Performing Arts. She completed 3 years of full-time dance, singing and acting training, whilst completing her Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Musical Theatre. 

She has performed professionally for the Melbourne Storm Street Crew, Melbourne Vixens Cheerleaders, AFL and AFLW Western Bulldogs Cheerleaders,  and in events such as the Crown's Christmas Show, Crown's 25th Anniversary, CommBank Diamond Ball, Crown's NYE 2020 and many others. 

Through her life of dance, Tori has discovered that her main passion is for choreography and teaching. This year she choreographed for our 2020 AFLW Western Bulldogs Cheerleaders, and last year she choreographed a Commercial Jazz routine which was performed in the Spectrum Mid-year Showcase.

She absolutely adores the students at LFK and trains them to be the best that they can be! With the knowledge she has gained from training and performing, she passes on the profesionalism and technique she has learnt, whilst keeping a fun, positive and constructive environment!

 

Sophie Dunn

Jazz & Musical Theatre

 

Sophie started dancing at LFK when she was 12 years old, immediately falling in love with it. Despite having a later start into the dance world than most, Sophie instantly knew that this is what she wanted to do in life and take up professionally in the future. During her time at LFK Sophie has had the honour of performing in a range of industry gigs including being involved in special events at Crown, AFLW Bulldogs cheerleading, Melbourne Vixens performances and a range of corporate events both in Victoria and interstate. Sophie was also a part of the very exciting experience to travel to the USA and Hong Kong with LFK performing in Disneyland and Universal Studios. Sophie was lucky enough to be LFKs Dance captain in 2019 and is very excited to now be teaching and passing on her knowledge and passion to younger dancers this year. Sophie is now training at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance school studying a diploma of musical theatre, where she gets the opportunity to work with and learn from industry professionals every day. In the future Sophie wishes to continue teaching, performing and growing her passion of performing arts.

 
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Tracy O'Hare

Musical theatre

 

Established in 1990, Lifestyle for Kids was born out of a passion for dance and teaching by Tracy O’Hare. Trained at the Queensland Ballet Company, Tracy ’s dance credentials are evident in the poise and energy displayed by her students and staff. This passion for dance, along with Tracy’s high-level Gymnastics and Aerobics training and national competitions, has seen Tracy create the wonderful program that Lifestyle for Kids now offers. The business has been running for over 25 years, has over 65 staff and now welcomes over 1300 students per week. Tracy has ensured that the emphasis is on enjoying dancing and gymnastics, whilst maintaining discipline, developing your skills and encouraging children to be active both physically and socially with confidence. In 2016, Tracy took a troupe of dancers to California, USA to perform at Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard and California Adventure. She is looking forward to continuing trips like these around the world in years to come. She welcomes you to the LFK Family. 

 

2020 Dance Captains

Stephanie Davis & Ella Goldsmith