Our Teachers

Stephanie Perry

Stephanie is the definition of Stars of Nowra! She is now managing director of Your Talent Team and has been involved in Stars of Nowra since its inception! Stephanie works her dream job at Your Talent Team, specialising in Hip Hop and Jazz. The years haven’t diminished her devotion, she still has a strong passion for dance and is keen to raise money and awareness with her Star and tear up the dancefloor.

Emily Crosthwaite

Emily is a valued teacher at KC Dance Company and is trained and qualified in classical ballet, jazz, tap and flamenco. She has performed overseas in Disneyland and has attended workshops with Disney choreographers, artists at the Sydney Dance Company, Edge Performing Arts Centre in Hollywood and with Grant Swift of Rhythm Tap. Emily hopes to pass on her passion for dance to all. Teaching them everything that dance has taught her, passion, dedication, perseverance, and creativity. She is very excited and honoured to be a part of this years Stars of Nowra.

Morgan Holt

Morgan started dancing from the age of 4, following in her big sister's footsteps. Growing up in Grafton, Morgan travelled from a young age to compete in competitions Australia-wide. From here, Morgan took her training to the next level, as a member of the Australian Ballet Interstate program. In her late teens, she then moved to Sydney, to complete a Certificate in Performing Arts. Professionally, Morgan then worked for Grayboy the Agency, Princess Cruises, ‘Pacha’ in Dubai and Tokyo Disney, just to name a few. Morgan’s focus is now on training up and coming dancers, as the owner of DanceWorks Nowra.

Gabriella Angus

Gabriella is the proud owner of Classical Ballet with Gabriella a fairly new dance school established in 2020. Gabriella has been dancing since she was about 8 years old. In 2017 she moved to Sydney to attend full-time ballet training at The Conlan Collage. She first began teaching about 3 years ago specialising in Ballet, but she also enjoys teaching Lyrical and Contemporary. Currently Gabriella is studying The Royal Academy of Dance Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies to become a RAD Register Teacher. Gabriella is looking forward to raising money and being apart of this great event.

Tenneil Withers

This is Tenneil’s fourth year performing in Stars of Nowra and she feels honoured to contribute to a cause that gives hope for the future. She has been passionate about dancing for most of her life, she not only loves to perform but loves to teach. Tenneil enjoys watching her students grow in confidence, appreciate dance, have fun and most of all feel comfortable in class.

Ebony Austin

Ebony is the Studio Principal and Director of thePROJECT. by Ebony Austin and thePROJECT. Network Agency. As a professional choreographer and teacher, she has trained for over 23 years under the guidance of Diane Blaas. She was successfully awarded Wollongong Young Citizen of the Year in 2018 for her charitable work within the local community and Best Performer by Actress in 2019.

Ebony is a proud finalist in Young Business Women of the Year, Most Outstanding Dance Studio, and Business Person of the Year. She is honoured to be a part of the Stars of Nowra 2022 and support Cancer Council. Ebony dedicates her performance to Aunty Jay and Ma, who passed away from Cancer, including her Grandma as a survivor.

Asmara Morris

Asmara has many notches in her belt for a teen, she began dancing at 6 years old with Physie and Calisthenics, but for the past 5 years has moved across to Your Talent Team where she dances a broad range of styles. Asmara loves the freedom dancing brings her and the ability to tell a story, especially with Lyrical and Modern Contemporary dance. She participated in Stars of Nowra the last two years and just loved watching her Star grow and doing it all for an amazing cause.

Rachael Taylor

Rachael is an old hand at Stars of Nowra, this year being her 5th year...and winner not once but twice! Rachael’s love for dance is infectious, she started dancing when she was 3 years old and has never stopped. For the past 9 years she has been sharing her love for dance through teaching in the local community. Rachael thoroughly enjoys how dancing makes her feel and loves watching her students grow and develop to express themselves through movement. Her favourite dance styles are Ballet and Hip Hop and she is looking forward to pushing her Star beyond their limits and being involved in a community event.

Melinda Bolton

Melinda has a wealth of experience in teaching dance. She has taught in private studios as well as with the Department of Education. Her favourite styles are Tap, Jazz and Lyrical but she’s keen to do any style that gets the audience involved. Melinda loves the freedom dance gives your mind and body, to her nothing beats being lost in the music and performing. She was involved in Stars of Nowra for the last 2 years and loved seeing the enjoyment it brought and supporting a worthy cause. Melinda is looking forward to working with her partner to create a performance they’re proud of, so they can achieve something special and benefit those in need.

Amber Cooper

Amber is excited to come back as a dance teacher for her third Stars of Nowra. She been dancing since she was 5 years old and started assistant teaching at Your Talent Team last year. She participated in Stars of Nowra in 2019 as a late comer but absolutely loved seeing our community come together to fundraise for such an awesome organisation! She cannot wait to get started this year and fundraise as much as possible for the Cancer Council.

Grace Cook

Grace Cook began dancing at a very young age. Loving every minute in ballet, Jazz, hiphop, lyrical and physie classes. Grace joined Your Talent Team in 2018 and went straight into a competition/ performance troupe. In 2021 Grace became an assistant teacher in jazz and hiphop classes at YTT, getting junior students excited about dance and competing! This year Grace is excited to step up and be a part of the Stars of Nowra event and fundraise for Cancer Council.

Tanika Pel

Tanika is 28 and the owner of Studio19 in Jervis Bay. She first opened the studio in 2015 but have been dancing for a long as she can remember. Tanika was trained in all styles however definitely found her love in Modern & Ballet.  

Highlights from her dance background include performing at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, Opera House Finalist Performances, and Working with choreographers who she adored growing up including Mia Michaels, Ben Veitch, BJ Rorke, Vanis Marshal, Stephan Tannos and Mandy Moore, to name a few.   

Tanika is now the proud mum of 2 kiddies, Sophia and Bentley and can't wait to watch them grow on their dance journey. 

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