Our Teachers

Mackenzie Dobson

Makenzie first attempted dancing at the age of 9 and did not enjoy it! Instead she preferred to be playing sports like soccer.  She took a few years off before transferring to Extravadance Studios, where she’s remained since 2010.

By her second year her passion for dance had ignited. She participated in jazz and contemporary classes, the latter style being her favourite. She began entering solo’s in local eisteddfods, alongside studying dance as a part of her HSC. After graduating at St Joseph’s Regional College with a band 5, she began teaching at Extravadance Studios. 

This is the third year Makenzie has been involved in the event. She loves having the opportunity to not only share her love of dance but give back to the Cancer Cancer at the same time.

Evonne Asher

From the age of 6 Evonne learned Tap, Jazz, and Modern Expressive. Passing her Tap and Jazz exams she has competed in Eisteddfods, performed in many different events including charity, nursing homes, shopping centres, talent quests, promotional events and musicals. Aged 11, Evonne began teaching and choreographing for various dance schools. At 15, having completed her School Certificate, she took ownership of the dance school she was attending at the time. 

During this time, Evonne taught 3 –year-olds to adults aged 72. Following a break to have her first child, an opportunity arose to join ExtravaDance Studios, where she has been teaching all different genres ever since, a position she really loves. 

Katie Hall

Katie has always dreamt of a life in the performing arts and studied all dance styles from a young age. She has encouraged students to follow her path with her passion for the arts, teaching them all dance and performing arts styles. She has developed her skills by branching out into back-of-house events and production work. 

Extremely passionate about community involvement and supporting charities, this event allows Katie to give back. Like many before her, Katie's life has been greatly impacted by cancer. She loves the opportunity of supporting such a fantastic cause. 

Belinda Burgun

When first hearing about this event, Belinda was eager to jump on board. She believes this event is extraordinary, as it not only incorporates dance, which is something she loves, but it all goes back to a great cause. Belinda has recently lost a family member to cancer, so she is extremely grateful to be able to support Cancer Council in this event, creating something so very special. 

Belinda was 2-3 years old when she began dancing. While attending Taree's Andrea Rowsell Academy of Dance at age 11, she began taking ballet more seriously, although has trained in all styles of dance. Completing her teacher's examination diploma in LGTDA tap in 2020, Belinda has joined La Vive Studios teaching not only tap but other styles of dance. 

Kiarna Best

We are so excited to be a part of this event, having experienced first-hand the devastation of cancer. To use our skills to raise funds to help those in need while going through this awful disease is very humbling. We hope to bring awareness to Cancer Council and donate as much money as possible in support of Jess from Sess and Sass while enjoying an evening with members of the community who also have an appreciation of the Arts. 

Extreme Dance Studios offers the highest standard of teaching across many genres in a nurturing, supportive and family-like environment while helping students reach their full potential.

Alana Denley

Alana commenced her love of dancing aged 3. In 2015 she moved to the Central Coast to complete her Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Musical Theatre at Lee Academy. During this time, she toured overseas with "Smurfs Live on Stage". Alana secured a contract In 2017 with Shanghai Disney Resort as a face character, spending four years performing with the company. On returning to Australia, she joined AllStars Studio in 2011, teaching dance to all ages. 

Like many others, Alana has seen people close to her having been diagnosed with cancer. Supporting the fundraising efforts through dance and performance is such a great opportunity. Alana thinks it is a great campaign to help raise funds as a resource for people in the community. 

Sarah James

A diagnosis of a brain tumour put a stop to Sarah’s dancing career for 5 years, having started dancing aged 10.  Now proudly back on the dance floor, under the watchful eye of Stacey Morgan, Principal of Port Macquarie Performing Arts, Sarah is absolutely stoked to be involved in such a wonderful cause. 

Sarah Dietrich Lovelock

Sarah started dancing at the age of 5, learning ballet, tap, jazz and modern throughout her school years. Completing dance studies in year 12, she has not stopped dancing since! Moving to Port Macquarie in 2011, Sarah attended one of Mandy's Burlesqfit classes and fell in love with it! Then when Mandy moved to Queensland last year, she was allowed to teach her empowering dance classes. 

Sam Williams

Sam loves being able to use dance towards helping a good cause. Like many others, she has had friends and family who have had cancer, so this is one way she can contribute to helping raise money for vital research and support networks. 

Owner of SoulFire Pole Dance, Sam has been teaching Pole for 10 years, opening Port Macquarie in 2020. At SoulFire Pole Dance, we believe that being confident and sexy has nothing to do with body shape and everything to do with attitude and mindset. Each individual is celebrated in the body they are in and empowered to be themselves. 

Sam has 2 awesome children and five-year-old Lachie loves dancing on the pole almost as much as Sam! 

Summa Clare

When my Aunty Bec asked me to dance with her on Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer, and support the Cancer Council, I didn’t hesitate to say yes! I started dancing in 2012 and stopped dancing competitively at the end of 2020. I left the stage and pursued my favourite field sports League tag, touch football and Oztag. I am looking forward to supporting the Cancer Council and performing on the stage again with Bec.