Our Teachers

Sireesha Janyavula

My name is Sireesha Janyavula and I am working as a Product Manager at one of the Insurance Software companies based in Sydney. I have been living around Parramatta for about 12 years and learning Bollywood dance for 5 years. Dancing for me is fun and thanks to Dr Kanan Shah of NIPA, I've been able to share the joy by performing at various events.

I'm excited to be part of the 'Stars of Western Sydney 2021' and looking forward to the upcoming event.

Nadia Mihova

I have lived in Western Sydney ever since arriving in Australia in 1995 at the age of 14. I began dancing shortly after at the age of 16, ballroom being the first style of dance that I learnt. After high school I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) Degree at UNSW and have taught and performed in a variety of dance styles ever since, including Latin, Bollywood and of course Belly Dance.

Neale Byrnes

Neale's love of Ballroom dancing began in Canberra as a 7 year old. He trained in the UK between 1988-1994 as an amateur dancing with a Scottish girl with whom he became Scottish Amateur Latin Champions, British Closed finalists and British Open Latin Semi-Finalists. In 1994 he organised a successful tryout with Nicole Vezina in Montreal, Canada, they trained together in the UK, and after what was to be a short visit to see family and compete in Sydney, they decided to settle in Australia, marrying and opening Byrnes Dance Image in 1995.

Neale’s most memorable career highlight was competing at the World Pro Latin Championships in Sun City, South Africa and performing on stage at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Neale competed against his brother, John, throughout his career - John owns JJ's Dance Studio in South London, UK whilst Nicole competed against her sister, Tanya Cardinal, throughout her career – Tanya ran her studio Viva Dance in Toronto until her passing in 2016 from Neurolymphomatosis, a very rare form of cancer.

After retiring from competition, Neale focused on his studio, advancing his qualifications and becoming more involved in the industry behind the scenes as a Chairman. He ran the National Capital and South Pacific Dancesport Championships as CEO of FATD in 2013/14 and is now President of Dance Move Engage which prioritises grass roots local events as well as the Wollongong National DanceSport Championships.

Neale says he wouldn't change anything in his career as it has led to dancing with and marrying the love of his life, 25 years working actively in the DanceSport industry, and his beautiful family including his three daughters, all of whom dance: Nikita, Naomi and Natalia.

Deb Roach

Deb Roach is 3 times international pole champion in the disabled division. Nicknamed Debzillah for her unstoppable nature, Deb is now the owner of Stargazer Pole Studio, Blacktown. She came to the pole world's attention when she claimed her first IPC title in Hong Kong in 2012. Deb moved to the UK in 2014 where she instructed at The London Academy of Pole Dancing, and had the privilege to audition for Candoco Dance Company, plus train with StopGap Integrated Dance Company. She toured with UK Circus Company "Extraordinary Bodies" throughout 2015 and 2016 in the show "Weighting". In January 2017, Deb returned to Sydney, where she started teaching at Stargazer Pole Studio - then World of Pole - and fell in love with their welcoming and supportive culture, combined with their unique Pole at your Own Pace syllabus. In March 2019, she was able to buy the studio and make it her own.

From sport and fitness to slinky, sensual movement, Deb believes in blending artistry with athleticism and that both joy and empowerment are available to EVERY body.

Natalie Bakhos

I grew up in Blacktown going to school at Blacktown West Public School and Evans High School. I started dancing with my sister at a young age and developed a love for it! I taught myself everything I know, before being invited to compete in Channel 7s Dance Boss in 2018! My team, ‘The Maccas Team’ finished as semi finalists! Since then I have travelled Beijing, China to teach dance & I currently teach curriculum compliment dance lessons in primary schools around NSW.

Shirley Stein

I have lived and worked in the Western Sydney area for more than 40 years. I am a rock n roll dance instructor and have taught dancing for at least 15 years, most recently at Bee Boppers dance school, St Marys. I am now semi-retired and looking forward to continuing to teach part-time. As a cancer survivor myself I understand the importance of research and treatments and I am very excited to be a part of Stars of Western Sydney 2021.

Sarah Guy

Sarah has been dancing since she was 7 years old and is trained in all styles including: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe work, Latin, Ballroom, Hip hop, JFH and more. She completed her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts in 2019 at ED5 International working with some of the biggest choreographers in Australia.

Sarah has been working in the industry both domestically and internationally for over 8 years now. Internationally she has worked as a dancer and a singer on Royal Caribbean Cruise ‘Voyager of the Seas’, at the Disneyland California Adventure, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Citadel Mall in Anaheim. Domestically she has performed on the Today Show, West Tigers, Arnotts Gala Events, Charity Balls and The Voice Australia.

Adelina Abushaeva

Adelina Abushaeva specialises in Latin & Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata and Burlesque Styles. Adelina has an extensive history of dance; both competing and teaching. Her dance training began at a young age in Uzbekistan with a primary focus on Latin & Ballroom Styles. She was a finalist of Latin American and Ballroom International Championships in Uzbekistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.

After moving to Australia in 2006 Adelina has continued to pursue her dance career by achieving Adult A grade level with the DanceSport and now competing at the Professional level. She has also successfully competed at the Australian Salsa Championships in Professional and Pro-Am Divisions.

Matthew Murphy

Matthew has been dancing in the Ballroom and Latin community since the age of 8 years old. Trained in International Styles, Matthew has spent the last 17 years honing his skills in both the Smooth and Rhythm arenas, while also spending the last 10 years teaching students of all ages, both in and out of the dance world. Originally from South West Sydney, Matthew has used his skills to take his students to local competition, while dancing alongside them. Matthew has also danced in Musical Theatre, and used his skills to choreograph for these shows, as well as flash mobs and wedding dances.

Rachel Lawrence

My name is Rachel Lawrence and I’m the director and founder of Powerhouse Dance Factory. I started my business in 2016, since opening our doors and with 30 students we now welcome over 250 dancers per week into our studio. I have been dancing since the age of 2 and have performed all around Australia as a professional dancer and entertainer for the last 12 years.

I have worked professionally with Guy Sebastian, Rhonda Birchmore, Coles, Myer, Lulu Lemon, Meccaland. I have appeared in TV commericals including being the face of Centrum Multivitamins for the past 6 years.

Raymund Estil

My name is Raymund and I have danced and taught Salsa for 21 years. I teach in the Parramatta/Blacktown area as my goal has always been to grow the Latin dance scene in western Sydney. Urban Salsa was established in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2019 that we opened our own studio. We strive to provide the best classes to ensure our students are having as much fun as they are learning. It is well known that there is a lot of passion in Latin dancing and we want to share that passion with as many people as possible.

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