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Jessica Modica

Director/Principal

Jessica commenced her dance training at the age of 4 under the supervision of a variety of highly respected teachers in the dance industry.

Jessica has studied many syllabi including examinations with: I.S.T.D (Cecchetti), C.S.T.D, C.D.T.A, M.D.E.S and adap (Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, & Character). Jessica has studied Dance at Deakin University and Dance Education and Business Management at Box Hill Institute. Wanting to expand her knowledge and qualifications she has completed a Diploma Dance teaching and Management, Certificate IV in Dance teaching, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Certificate III in Fitness, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Body Balance Instructor, Certified Barre Attack Instructor, Acrobatic Arts Certified and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Jessica has also studied Modelling with Tanya Powell, Drama with Judy Banks and Gymnastics. Jessica grew up in the dance competition world and spent most of her childhood competing throughout the state. She has performed in numerous floor shows, cabarets and musicals. Jessica enjoys choreographing for school productions, rock eisteddfods, festivals, television and of course teaching. A highlight for Jessica was being awarded a scholarship by dance royalty Laurel Martyn for her choreography skills. Jessica has choreographed for the Melbourne Moomba Parade, shopping centres, Festivals, Royal Melbourne Show, TV program MZONE and for the theme parks on the Gold Coast as well as USA.

In the little spare time she has, she is also involved in teaching VCE Dance, VET certificates and Diploma's to dance students and teachers. Jessica is also a registered teacher and accredited dance examiner, examining dance students throughout Australia. In 2012 Jessica decided it was time to open her own dance studio – The Dance Centre with a vision to offer affordable specialised dance training and opportunities to students of all ages and abilities.

 


Alexandra Seit

Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz & Performance

Alexandra commenced her dance training at a young age, studying various styles including Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Hiphop, Tap and Acrobatics.

Alexandra has received her Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies in Jazz and her Certificate III in Classical ballet with the Australian Dance Institute. Alexandra is also a qualified Dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Dietetic Practice. In addition, Alexandra is also a qualified Secondary School teacher, having studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Throughout her performing life, Alexandra has performed at numerous events, shows, festivals, fundraisers and concerts. Alexandra also thoroughly enjoys choreographing. Her works have been featured in numerous cabarets, conferences and productions, including the Catholic Education Office’s annual ‘Time to Shine’ Catholic school gala, held at the Palais and Regent Theatre. In her spare time, Alexandra also assists VCE dance students with their solo preparation and has been invited by many high schools to run masterclasses and judge performing arts based competitions.

 


Amanda Norman

Tap Specialist

Dance has been a large part of Amanda's life for around 25 years.

Starting as a tiny tot in traditional forms of Tap, Jazz and Ballet she then continued as a student of Contemporary and Hip hop,before venturing in to teaching. Another creative outlet for Amanda is her indie pop band SANS, which she plays keyboard and sings lead vocal in.

She gigs regularly in both Melbourne and regional areas, and interstate. Amanda teaches Tap across all levels from Tinies to Advanced, specialising in both traditional and street styles. Her ambition is to create a classroom that evokes a sense of creativity in the students, where they are empowered to choreograph their own combinations and improvise rhythms using tap theory and practice as the foundation.

 


Carla Lusi

Jazz & Ballet & Dance Acrobatics

Carla started dancing at 7 years of age. She trained under the guidance of Jessica Modica Crichton in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.

Carla has also trained and competed in sports acrobatics. Carla has completed all of her Ballet and Jazz examinations with top marks. She has received her Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies in both Classical and Jazz style. Carla has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and is now completing her PhD.

 


Delanie Molloy

Hiphop

Delanie commenced her dance training at the young age of three. Since then, she has studied a various of different dance styles under the instruction of numerous different teachers.

She has trained in a variety of styles including Hip hop, Acrobatics, Commercial, Jazz, Musical theatre, Contemporary, Ballet and Tap.

She has competed in countless competitions across Victoria and danced in several group performances and community events. She began assistant teaching at the age 14, and began taking her own classes at the age of 17, after she had completed her VCE Dance. In 2012, she travelled to Los Angeles and performed at Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard and Disney’s Parade. As well as being dance trained, she has trained as a Cheerleading and Acrobatic coach for all ages.

Delanie regularly attends workshops and masterclasses across Melbourne, under the instruction of well known hip hop choreographers and instructors to further her dance knowledge and experience. She is also currently undertaking further acrobatic training to assist in all styles of dance. She has completed her degree in Media and Public Relations and is currently undertaking more study in the field of Youth Work and Counselling.

 


Ella Juusti

Hiphop

Ella began dancing when she was just 4 years old studying a range of styles of dance.

Hip hop, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical theatre, Drama, Tap, Acrobatics, Cheerleading and competed in many dance troupe competitions. She has also completed both her Ballet and Jazz exams and completed dance as one of her VCE subjects. In 2012 she performed in the USA at Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios. Ella is currently studying media, film and television, at Swinburne and hopes to venture into this industry. In her spare time she loves to work with children, teaching dance and swimming.

 


Emily Duffin

Emily commenced her dance training at 3 years old in a range of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip hop. She began training with Jessica Modica Crichton at the age of 6.

Emily commenced her dance training at 3 years old in a range of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip hop. She began training with Jessica Modica Crichton at the age of 6.

Emily has completed Ballet exams through the Australian Dance Institute and has also trained in the Cecchetti syllabus. She completed VCE Dance as a part of her VCE subjects in 2016 and is now studying at La Trobe University. Emily is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, as well as completing a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance through an internship with Exercise Research Australia. Emily aims to continue her studies in a Master of Physiotherapy in the coming years and hopes to bring her knowledge of exercise, rehabilitation and the human body into her teaching.

Throughout her training she has participated in many dance competitions across Victoria in addition to numerous public performances. These include the Myer Christmas parade, Dance Cancer Initiate, Moomba parade and Time to Shine Catholic Schools Gala. Emily has developed a love and passion for choreographing over the years, and works towards creating capturing pieces to put on stage for her students. 

 


Kara Burdack

KARA BURDACK is a dancer, performer, creative, yogini, teacher and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Dance.

She has performed nationally and internationally for choreographers such as Deanne Butterworth, Jess Smith, James Batchelor, Lina Limosani, Bicky Lee, Megan Beckwith, Rebecca Hilton and was a guest artist with touring company Brouzka.

Kara is a passionate freelance teacher based in Melbourne having taught in a variety of contexts nationally and internationally: South Africa, New Zealand and Thailand. She is a certified Countertechnique Teacher, 500hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor (Universal Yoga & Vikasa) and Barre Instructor (Aleenta Barre). Her teaching credits include Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc., Victorian College of the Arts, Transit Dance, The Space School of Performance Arts, Melbourne University: School of Design, RMIT: School of Fashion & Textiles, Bangkok Dance Academy, Dance Masters International, Convergence Dance Studios, DXP, The Dance Centre, Melton High School and Kristine Ditchfield School of Dance.

Her choreographic and solo work has been presented by: Body Conference 1.0 and The Space School of Performance Arts. Kara has collaborated on projects with Lachalan Moore (Olympus), Laura Summers (Seven Sisters Festival), Alana Everett (GQ Men’s Runway, VAMFF), Talitha Maslin (Primal, Short & Sweet) and assisted Yellow Wheel (Little Makers, Melbourne Now). She has also assisted for Chunky Move with Anouk Van Dijk (LUCID & Depth of Field). 


 


Monica Cioccia

Monica has been performing, writing, directing, producing and teaching for over 20 years. Her passion for the arts lead her to study at NMIT (Dip Sm Co & Community Theatre) and DEAKIN Bachelor of Arts (Drama/Dance).

Monica has taught drama and voice at several performing arts schools across Melbourne.  She has created countless theatrical events, as well as youth arts development and inclusion programs, specialising in wellbeing and special needs.  In 2015 Monica was nominated for the Spirit of Moonee Valley award for her twenty years service to the community arts.  Monica is also the owner of Playback Productions, a production company that was established in 2015 and produces musicals, workshops and vocal competitions.

Monica's driving passion is musical theatre, drama and singing. She prides herself on creating a safe, warm environment where the authentic voice is fostered, bravery encouraged and a space for the individual to inspire themselves and others.

 


Natalie Lo Grasso

Pre-School Dance, Jazz & Ballet

Natalie Lo Grasso started her dance training at the age of seven. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary dance styles.

Natalie has also been a part of several performance opportunities throughout Melbourne. Natalie has completed her Certificate I and Certificate II in Dance performance studies majoring in Classical ballet.

Natalie also holds a Bachelor of Education teaching Prep- Year 12 students.

 


Olivia Coli

Toddler & Pre-School Dance, Jazz, Ballet & Tap

Olivia commenced her dance training with Jessica Modica Crichton at age 3 studying various styles including Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip hop and Tap.

Olivia has completed all her Jazz and Ballet exams through the Australian Dance Institute and Cecchetti syllabus. She has recently completed both VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance during her year 12 studies allowing her to receive her Certificate II in Dance. Olivia is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Dietetic Practice at the University of La Trobe. Olivia has participated in numerous dance competitions across Victoria and has performed in public events such as the Moomba and Myer Christmas Parades, the Moonee Valley Festival and the Time To Shine Catholic School's Gala in both 2014 and 2016.

 


Rachel Heller-Wagner

Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary

Rachel Heller-Wagner is a cross disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Graduating from Victorian College of the Arts 2011, Rachel worked with many acclaimed choreographers during her studies.

Upon graduating, Rachel understudied and performed in the regional tour Identity with TasDance. In 2012, Rachel was a recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust, which she used to facilitate extensive travel through the Middle East and Europe. She is a founding member of the Melbourne based Menagerie collective and choreographed Crumbs for the 2013 showing.

Rachel collaborated on a cross-disciplinary work Infundibular for the Melbourne Fringe 2014 with the Rival Dealer collective as well as having her work Periphery, shown in the Frankston Anywhere Festival. Rachel participated in an artist in residence program at fLiNG Physical Theatre, creating a work for the Bega Valley Regional Gallery You Will Find It Exhibition. In 2015 Rachel collaborated with theatre makers Emma Hall and Prue Clarke on the premiere of We May Have To Choose Adelaide Fringe 2015. As a 2014-2015 recipient of an Artstart grant, Rachel continued to develop her practice under the mentorship of Rosalind Crisp and was involved in a creative development residency at Vitalstaistix in Adelaide with collaborators Emma Hall, Emily Stewart and Henry Wood. Rachel performed in the 2015 Melbourne Fringe in Urban Rupture by Nebahat Erpolat and POSEBAND by Rebecca Jenson.

 


Stella Antoniadis

Stella commenced her dance training under the guidance of Jessica Modica Crichton at the age of 5, studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary and Hip hop. She also trained in acrobatics for numerous years.

Stella has performed in many competitions, shows and festivals. These include Moomba Parades as well as Myer Christmas Parades, Moonee Valley Festival and Dance Cancer Initiatives. She also represented her school, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, in the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Her love for music also showed through her participation in her school’s orchestra and string quartet after years of playing the violin.

Stella is completing a Bachelor of Accounting and a Bachelor of Banking and Finance at Monash University and is set to graduate in 2020.