Our Teachers

Sarah Vella

Sarah is 18 years old and has been very passionate about dancing since she was 4. She is currently attending Nadia’s Performance Studio where she is classically trained in RAD Ballet and takes classes in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Singing and Drama. Sarah has also trained in Ballroom Dancing, Gymnastics and Musical Theatre. Sarah is a 5 time state champion in Gymnastics Aerobics and achieved 2nd place at Nationals in 2019. In 2016 she performed at Disneyworld and Universal Studios, Orlando. In 2017 Sarah was part of the ensemble cast for “Kirana, the children’s opera” as well as Birdie Productions “FAME The Musical”. In 2019 Sarah performed at Disneyland, Hong Kong and was cast as a featured dancer in the musical “The Little Mermaid” with Hills Musical Theatre Society as well as Glinda in “The Wizard of Oz” with Nadia’s Performance Studio. Sarah is very excited to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Nikhala Kiran

Nikhala is a teacher of the traditional Indian classical dance known as Bharatanatyam which expresses South Indian spiritual ideas. Having been trained by different gurus, she is an expert at her art and continues to be an advocate for Indian Culture across Sydney. She has been part of the local Indian Dance Community for over 22 years and over that time has been a choreographer, a performer and a teacher. She recently choreographed 2 productions for her school, Natyanivedan. Nikhala has garnered much praise for her dancing abilities and takes pride in her performances on stage alongside many eminent artists. She has performed for charity events in the past and will once again take the stage for a great cause.

Antonia Escobar

This is the second year Antonia is partnering in Stars of Sydney South West. Last year, her performance with the CEO from Cabramatta leagues was voted the second best dance in the judges choice award. Antonia has been teaching afto Uruguayan rhythms for more than 25 years. She has worked in a variety of different dances such as belly dance, Bollywood, Samba, salsa and latin rhythms. In 2001 she joined a candombe group called Comparsa Yauguru and later became the main teacher, choreographer and main dancer. Antonia is so supportive of Cancer Cancer – we are lucky to have her ongoing support.

Holly Bishop

Holly began dancing at seven learning ballet, jazz, tap and dancing. She’s worked for many performers including the Wiggles and has toured with Riverdance for 4 years. She currently owns her own pilates studio and teaches jazz at the Donna Halloran school of dance. Along with her partner Jane Prior, she won the judges choice award for the best performance of the night, and we are thrilled to have Holly back as one of our performers.

Lara Lindsay

Lara is a 19-year old dancer who has been training and competing for over 15 years in various styles of dance including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap and flamenco. Dancing at Nadia’s Performance Studio for 12 years, she has been nurtured into the versatile and high-energy performer she is today.

Dancing has offered Lara the opportunity to travel, train and perform on some of the most iconic stages. In 2016, Lara travelled with Nadia’s Performance Studio to the USA where they performed at Disney World’s Disney Springs and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. There she also trained at some of America’s leading schools of dance including Broadway Dance Center and Aalvin Ailey in New York City.

Robert Michael

Robert Michael is a professional Zouk teacher which is a dance style originating from Brazil featuring slow and controlled movements with smooth turns. He began his life’s passion in 2009 when he began teaching dance across multiple schools around NSW. His reputation grew and he was personally invited to perform at the Malaysian Zouk Festival. He now teaches at Dance Latino which has over 15 years’ experience within the Latin dance community. Robert’s passion is to create amazing and unique choreographies that tell a story while captivating the audience.

Taylor Katavich

Tayor Katavich has danced many styles of dace for most of her life. In 2020 she was a Parramatta Eels cheerleader. She is currently a senior student at Nadia’s Performance Studio and is completing her ADA Jazz and tap teachers exams.Taylor teaches dance, dance cirque and ready set dance at several studios and is thrilled to be part of Stars.

Niki Trifon

Niki Trifon has bee teaching RAD Ballet, Hip hip, Acro, Circus, Contemporary and tap for “Dance It” performing arts for 3yrs. She also works with Peter and Trent Taylor in primary schools teaching for Dance2bfit and Challenge2bfit all apart of SFP Productions. Her passion is performing in shows.

Jade Kelly

Jade teaches Jazz, Tap Aerial, Cheerleading and Hip Hop with Dance IT performing arts. She also works with Dance2bfit and Challeng2bfit in primary schools. Jade just loves to perform and see her students enjoying their dance lessons.

Deepa Kartik

Deepa Kartik, a software engineer, passionate Bharatanatyam dancer and Nrityanjali Title awardee hails from Coimbatore, considered one of the traditional roots of India. She has always identified the art of dance as her companion, healer, and stress buster. She has also explored the varied art forms including Odissi, Bollywood, Kathak, Bollywood Zumba, Salsa, Hip-hop,Indian folk dance forms, Freestyle dance, Semi-classical Contemporary, body awareness Yoga and different folk dances of India. She has experienced the therapeutic nature of this gifted art form firsthand.