MEET OUR TEAM

 
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MISS TANYA JAMES

Principal

Dance and dance education is Tanya’s great passion. Tanya has over 30 years of teaching experience and welcomes you to join her dance family.
 

Qualifications include :

•     TAAD Diploma of Teaching Jazz (Honours)

•     TAAD Diploma of Teaching Tap (Honours)

•     Bachelor of Education - Secondary (Melb)

•     Member - State Dance Association (SDA)

•     Examiner - State Dance Association (SDA)

•     Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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ANNA ABATE

Contemporary & Classical Ballet

  • Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Musical Theatre, 2017-2019

  • Scholarship with Broadway Dance Centre, New York City, 2020

 

Anna started dancing at the age of 9, completed all Jazz and Classical Ballet Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) examinations and started teaching all styles in 2015.


To further her dance training and career, Anna studied dance full time at Spectrum Studios.  She graduated with a Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Musical Theatre. After graduating, Anna was offered a scholarship to train at Broadway Dance Centre in New York City for 4 months.


Anna is trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Commercial, Musical Theatre, Ballet and Partnering;  has taught various dance styles at a range of schools.

 

Anna's credits include The Palms at Crown Casino, Australian Dance Festival Choreographers assistant, Corporate events, Showtime Attractions, Carda music video and continually works for Spectrum Talent Agency.

Anna is very excited to be a part of the team at the Tanya James School of Dance!

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STEVE MALTEZOS

Acrobatics

  • Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor

  • Certified Gymnastics Australia ACRO / Womens Artistic Gymnastic (WAG) Coach

  • Certified Acrobatic Dance Association Instructor

  • Certified Adjudicator Acrobatic Dance Teachers Association

  • Graduate of NICA (National Institute Circus Arts)

  • Australian Teachers Of Dancing Affiliate

  • Director – Acro Dance Australia

 

Steve has worked as a professional Acrobatic Dancer and teacher for over 15 years. His extensive gymnastics skills has soared him to a level 7 competitor in gymnastics.


Steve has toured internationally and nationally with various artists, dance and acrobatic companies. His career has taken him all over the world performing, teaching and competing, with many accolades awarded to him.


Steve has lived and breathed acrobatic dancing since he was a child and loves nothing more than to share his passion, experience and knowledge with his students.

 

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JODIE ROBSON

Jazz, Lyrical and Tap

  • Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

Jodie has extensive dance training in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Funk and Classical Ballet.


Jodie also has experience teaching and choreographing for Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Funk, Hip Hop and Ballet groups and preparing students for State Dance Association (SDA) and Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) exams in Jazz and exams in Jazz and Tap.


Jodie is also an examiner for the Southern Federation of Dance (SFD).

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ASHLEIGH KEMPSTER

Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop

  • Certificate IV in Dance 

  • Dance Teaching and Management qualification 

 

Ashleigh took her first ballet class at the age of three.  Since then she has studied various styles including Hip Hop, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Commercial and more and taught all genres too.


She began her journey in the professional industry in 2016, where she performed at the Prime Minister's Olympic Team Dinner. Following this, Ashleigh has performed at many other events such as the Australian Open, multiple shows at Crown Casino and was a cheerleader for the South East Melbourne Phoenix NBL team. 
 

Ashleigh has had the opportunity to travel overseas on more than one occasion, to compete in International Hip Hop competitions, where she and her team placed top 3 in the world.


In 2019 Ashleigh furthered her training by attending Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and obtaining Certificate IV in Dance. Ashleigh is now in her final year of study for Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management. 
 

Ashleigh is very excited to be involved with the Tanya James School of Dance Team!