Our Teachers

Luisa Corsaro

DANCE1 is one of the North Shore's leading dance studios, where we strive to give all students equal opportunity. We aim to nurture a passion for dance, promise to provide a professional performance experience and we GUARANTEE smiles and laughter.

Winner of the 2021 Local Business Awards, DANCE1 weekly classes are fast-paced, filled with age-appropriate music & choreography to align with our ‘family oriented’ core values. We want all our students to feel the buzz and adrenalin of loving dance and so we give them all their moment in the spotlight both in class and on stage, ensuring that every dancer is nurtured & celebrated for their individuality.  

We strive to make every dance experience a positive one and we do! The bright eyes and confident big smiles after our lessons speak for themselves.

Connor Chandler

Connor is a classically trained dancer starting his journey at the age of three at Atkinson’s Dance Academy. Beginning with Classical Ballet, Connor has developed his dancing expertise with training in lyrical, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. He has completed the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate exam and is expected to do his examination of Advanced 1 within the month. Connor has also competed in State and National competitions for Atkinson’s Dance Academy winning a plethora of awards. He has also excelled at drama, competing in theatre-sports competitions, performing in a variety of stage productions and has recently become a cast member in the Macquarie University Law Revue. Connor now spends his time studying Law and Commerce whilst also training weekly to maintain his excellence in performance. With just over 2 weeks left, Connor is ecstatic at the challenge to get stage ready with Lu Wang in such little time!"

Abi Donne

I have been dancing with Plie since the age of five training in all aspects of dance & cheer and have been an assistant teacher for the past 5 years. Since completing my dance HSC last year, I was welcomed to the official teaching team with Plie, teaching 6 days a week across all of our 3 campuses. I have competed at State and National levels annually since 2012 and was part of both the Sydney Regional and NSW State Dance Ensembles and was selected to be a featured dancer at the Schools Spectacular. In 2015 I was lucky enough to attend a Dance Tour in America and danced in the Disneyland Parade, California Adventure Park and Hollywood as well as attending local workshops. I have been awarded ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ in my solo comp days and was selected by Jason Coleman personally to receive a scholarship to his Ministry of Dance in Melbourne. I am currently part of his MODStar program.

Jem Sykes 

I have been dancing since the age of three, and since my first lesson I have always dreamed of one day working as a teacher, a dream that is now my life. I enjoy learning new things, so diving into new things has always been a huge part of life. I like to maintain a positive bubbly attitude so that the people around me are enjoying themselves as they should, especially when dancing. In 2017, I made it into the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive in Italy. Safe to say one of the best experiences of my life, learning from the Bolshoi Ballet academy’s best teachers. We even got to perform at the opening ceremony of the Antica Musica festival at the Ducal Palace. I still perform today and It’s one of my favourite things to do, being up on a stage is magical. I hope to be a performer in the future, hopefully it can take me around the world as I’ve always had a passion for travel.

Natalia Rakhimova

Natalia Rakhimova is a professional dancer and choreographer who specializes in many different international dancing styles such as Bollywood, Salsa, Jazz, Cabaret, Burlesque, Latin, Commercial, Gatsby, Brazilian, Pop, Retro & Russian Dancing. Natalia is a current leadingchoreographer and star performer and also the founder and director of various dance entities including Mystique Dancers and Wildfire Lounge 

Lauren Choukri

Lauren Maree - Owner, Director & Instructor at Dance Soul Sydney. With over 30 years of experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, teacher trainer & adjudicator, Lauren is the proud owner of Dance Soul Sydney in Cremorne. With credits such as teaching & choreographing for Dancing with the Stars - Australia, training numerous American Style Smooth & Rhythm Amateur Dance champions, winning choreographic awards, numerous television appearances, being on the Judging panel of prestigious competitions, and performing in & producing stage shows internationally, she is equally passionate about sharing her dance knowledge with students of all ages and abilities. Known for her technical, inspiring and fun teaching style Lauren is dedicated to supporting and promoting a positive, empowering and inclusive dance culture. She has come out of performance retirement after 10 years following a almost career ending foot injury for this event as the Cancer Council holds special significance. cancer has touched her family. Her Grandmother, mother and sister with breast cancer, her mother also with leukaemia, her father with stomach cancer and losing a close family friend with Pancreatic Cancer. 

Sydney Humphries

Sydney began her dance training at age 6 at a local dance studio in Hobart, Tasmania at Body Language Dance.  At age 18 she moved to Sydney where she completed 3 years of full time dance and performing art training at Ev&Bow and ED5International.  She has since been working as a dancer and dance teaching, performing and choreographing for various corporate events and dance workshops and conventions around Australia.  Her biggest achievement has been her recent work producing, directing, choreographing and performing in her new cabaret show After Midnight The Cabaret, which was a huge success nearly selling out the first 2 shows. 

Rommel Olson

Rommel has spent 22 years as a Dance Teacher throughout the Philippines and Australia and the world. He has participated in the World DanceSport Federation as a Professional Competitor since 2012. Rommel has also been a Celebrity Instructor at Philippines TV Channel 5 "Shall We Dance: Star Challenge" (Dancing With the Stars alike) between 2008 – 2011. Following this appearance, Rommel also participated as a Celebrity Instructor at Philippines TV Channel 5 "Celebrity Dance Battle" (Dancing With the Stars alike) between 2012 – 2014. More recently, Rommel was Professional Dance Teacher at QuickSteps Dance Club Studio in Adelaide South Australia between 2014 – 2018. 

Swati Pandey

Swati is a Sydney-based international finance journalist by day and a Bollywood dance fitness instructor by night. A big fan of Indian dance forms, Swati’s classes are high energy and fun! A trained Bharat Natyam dancer, Swati has also performed various Indian folk dances over the years in addition to conducting workshops for Bollywood hip hop dancing.  

Swati believes in a healthy lifestyle – that not just means eating healthy and working out, but also sound mental well being. So, what a better than dance, music and a fun routine!  

Chelsea Capper

Burns Bay Dance Studioz was founded in Lane Cove 21 years ago.

The teaching team consists of many talented and professional teachers who aim to pass on their knowledge and talent and provide a fun, learning and creative environment through the art form of dance. 

Jessica Rigby

Jessica is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance with AMPA, graduating in May 2022, where she is creating a 15 minute dance project. She graduated with a Diploma of Dance in Elite Performance from Dargie Entertainment in 2019. Opportunities were provided during this course to perform at the Sydney Salsa and Mambo Festival and the “Cirque by Night” Melbourne Cup Day performance. In 2019 completed her RAD Intermediate ballet exam. Jessica also works for Pistachio Entertainment performing for kid’s parties, corporate events, and promotional gigs. Jess loves to share her knowledge and passion for dance by teaching a range of students from 6 to 25 years in various styles. 

Rich Lees

Rich Lees has been teaching Salsa in Manly, Sydney since 2015. Enjoying and sharing his passion for dancing, teaching, communities and mental health. He has taught thousands of students to feel more comfortable in their two left feet on and off the dance floor. Building confidence to both dance and meet new people are one in the same when it comes to his lessons. Focusing on having fun and getting to know one another is more important than coming out being a professional dancer at this school. And that's what he hopes to share in his performance with Jane at this years Stars of the North! 

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