The professional team at Coogee Dance Company are dedicated to providing quality dance training to the Eastern Suburbs community for an affordable price.

Our faculty, all trained professionals, have years of industry experience and training.

The Coogee Dance Company team are dedicated to providing the best dance environment for our students no matter whether they are aspiring to be future professionals or the students who are just dancing for fun. 

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STEPHANIE BUNCOMBE

Studio Owner / Principal

Miss Steph has been dancing since the age of 2 and trained at Langshaw Dancity under the professionalism of Bernadette Langshaw-Clark, Karen Mortimer, PJ Clarke & Kate Larter. 

As a dancer she has performed in the Military Tattoo, Vivid Sydney and has been a back up dancer for Australian Idol, The Potbelliez, Bonnie Anderson, Macklemore and Jessica Mauboy. 

Miss Steph is in her 9th Season with the NRL where she has had the opportunity to travel to America to train under some of the biggest NBA and NFL choreographers. She currently cheers as part of the Cronulla Sharks Mermaids and is a former cheerleader for St George Illawarra Dragons, NBL Illawarra Hawks and Sydney Kings.

Throughout her professional years Steph worked hard to be part of the NRL squad performing at multiple Grand Finals and State of Origin Series. She was also titles NRL Cheerleader of the Year in 2012 and Cronulla Sharks Mermaid of the Year in 2017. 

Miss Steph is an Acrobatic Arts registered teacher with certification in AcroDance Preschool and Module 1 teacher having passed all practical examinations and achieving 100% in her written examinations.

When Miss Steph isn't at the studio she is continuing her professional dance career with JLD.entertainment at race days and corporate events. Extending her behavioural studies degree in psychology.

Miss Steph drives Coogee Dance Company to promote a positive learning environment and life long friendships. Student wellbeing and safety is her number one priority. Miss Steph lives her dream of teaching the next generation of dancers in a positive and enjoyable environment. 

EMILY BALZAN

Preschool Department Coordinator

Emily began dancing at the age of 5 in genres including, jazz, GWT, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, RAD ballet, musical theatre, technique and conditioning.

She has recently graduated in 2018 from Ettingshausens Pro where she received her Cert IV in Dance. She worked with many industry influencers including, Kelley Abbey, Cassandra Bartho, Sophie Holloway, Stephen Tannos, Gaynor Hicks, and Carly Cooper-Smith.

Emily has been an extra in ‘The Voice’ and ‘Dance Boss’ 2018 series. She has also been a featured dancer on a Maltese talk show ‘Eli & I’ in 2016. Emily has been involved in many corporate theatre events such as Christmas show parades, charity performances, and productions.

Continuing to grow as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, Emily regularly attends open classes and auditions to gain further experience and knowledge from industry professionals.

Certified in both READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET Miss Emily is CDC.Mini's Principal / Co-Ordinator. In this role Emily ensures that the next generation of preschoolers and kindy students are well looked after and transition nicely into Coogee Dance Company's Junior division. 

EMMA ATKINS

Teaching Faculty

Emma has been dancing since the age of 3, training in all styles. She has successfully completed her RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern and ISTD Tap exams under the direction of Bernadette Langshaw-Clark. 

Emma is furthering her dance training by focusing on completing her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies as well as her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Miss Emma is a certified Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet teacher. Her bubbly attitude keeps our preschool and kindy division engaged and absolutely loving each lesson. 

 

Emma loves teaching, inspiring and passing on her knowledge to younger generations of dancers at Coogee Dance Company. She is dedicated to growing as a teacher and being a role model for her students. 

JOANNA KRAHEL

Teaching Faculty

Miss Jo was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her schooling life she trained at Planetdance Menai and Ev & Bow Studios Sydney. After her final high school year, she went on to complete her fulltime CERT IV in Performing Arts at Brent Street Studios Sydney. She is trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics/Acro and Yoga.

 

Her most recent credits include; Royal Caribbean’s ‘Ovation of the Seas’ and ‘Quantum of the Seas’ Production shows ‘Sequins and Feathers’ and ‘Live Love Legs’ directed and choreographed by Kevin and Marcel Wilson (Janet Jackson, SYTYCD, Rock of Ages) and second live show, a contemporary music experience ‘Sonic Odyssey’ and ‘The Beautiful Dream’.

 

Prior to cruising life, Joanna established herself as a well-known commercial Dancer/Model/Actor in Sydney. She has featured in film clips for SONY ‘X Factor’ talents ‘Samantha Jade’ and ‘Cyrus’ as well as touring with ‘Samantha Jade’ as a dancer, Nationally. 

 

Other credits include; ‘Dance Academy’, ‘The Footy Show’, a featured extra role in the ‘Gods of Egypt’ Film, ‘Australia’s Got Talent’, Nickelodeon's ‘Dora the Explorer’ Live Stage Shows, ‘Young Talent Time’, NLP ‘Mercedez Benz Fashion Week’, As well as working with many more big name brand clients, choreographers and creative artists in Sydney. 

 

Joanna is looking forward to continuing working professionally, teaching dance, and Yoga! And studying a health science degree at uni too! 

ISABELLE KNEVETT

Teaching Faculty

Miss Bella has been working professionally in the dance industry for the past 5 years. 

 

She trained in classical RAD ballet at Kim Harvey School of Dance and after graduating high school she completed two years of full time dance training.

 

She studied at Ev and Bow and completed her Cert 4 in Dance and then received her Diploma of Musical theatre from Brent Street. 

 

During her years studying dance she appeared in music videos and on The Voice as a backup singer as well as performing at corporate functions. She is trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Hip Hop and Commercial styles and loves to teach the next generation of upcoming dancers her skills. 

 

She is currently finishing her degree in Journalism while she works in the performing arts. Bella enjoys sharing her industry experience with the next generation of performers at Coogee Dance Company.

MAXINE ROSE

Teaching Faculty

Miss Maxine has been working professional in the Performing Arts industry for the past 5 years.

 

Maxine studied a Certificate IV in Dance at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2018, before receiving a scholarship to complete a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) at Dargie Entertainment in 2019. She is currently studying a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management with Transit Dance.

 

Miss Maxine has a career with the NRL, as a cheerleader for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and has worked in Malaysia for Resorts World Genting. She has appeared in TVC’s for Luna Park, Tourism Australia and Optus. Maxine has also worked for Crown Casino, Vivid, The AFL Footy Show and White Night in Melbourne.

 

Maxine is professionally trained in RAD Ballet, Commercial Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics and Latin. She thoroughly enjoys teaching such a wide genre of styles to her students, providing them current and relevant techniques and industry knowledge, to help our students advance and refine their technical skills.

Jessica Moeller

Teaching Faculty

Jess has been dancing since the age of 3, training in all styles and completing her RAD ballet exams. She furthered her training in 2018 completing a full time dance course at Village Nation, working with industry professionals such as Matt Lee and Jacqui Howard. 

 

In 2019 she was part of the Dream Dance Company Show Business course under the guidance of Marko Panzic. Jess has professional experience dancing for the Voice Australia, Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, Hair Expo Australia, Chinese Moon Festival, a Night with Louie George cabaret show, and various corporate events.

Miss Jess also works in childcare and loves inspiring the next generation, from the little ones up to our seniors. Being able to share her passion for dance and watch them grow as performers is very special to her.

KATE GARRETT

Teaching Faculty

Kate grew up in London, studying both RAD and Cecchetti ballet, and completing a BETEC Extended Diploma in Dance at Lewisham College for 2 years before moving to Australia. She then completed her Bachelor of Dance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, majoring in Contemporary, while also training in Jazz and Ballet. Kate has also completed her certificates 3 and 4 in fitness and has worked as both a Personal Trainer and then Group Exercise Instructor for over 6 years.

 

Kate has had the pleasure of performing dance in a variety of mediums and styles including cabaret shows, music videos, costume performance art as well as her own choreography at choreographic platforms. She is a member of independent dance company Bonnie Curtis Projects, French cabaret group Les Femmes Diamant and is the Artistic Director of entertainment company Silhouette 9 Productions.

 

Kate has been teaching dance since the beginning of 2017, after completing her degree and has had the delight of teaching the tiniest of tots all the way up to adult classes and loves the creativity and energy that this work brings. It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how hard you are willing to work for it!

THERESIA HALL

R.A.D Ballet Teacher

Theresia grew up in Jakarta Indonesia and have been dancing ballet since the age of 5 years old. She continued her ballet when she moved to Singapore at the age of 12 and Melbourne at the age of 16. In Melbourne, she trained with Ringwood Ballet Group under the guidance of Rosemary Frost and Susan Massey. She received her intensive classical training there, in RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus and have completed RAD Grade 6,7,8, Advance Foundation with Distinction. She also completed Advance 1 in 2004. 

In 2005, she moved to Sydney and grew her dancing into other styles such as lyrical, contemporary and hip hop. 

She has completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) in 2015 and is now a R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) registered ballet teacher teaching RAD syllabus at Coogee Dance Company.

 

When Theresia is not dance teaching she is a full time IT specialist in the corporate world, a 500HR Yoga teacher in Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Pregnancy, Kids and a shodan (Black Belt)  in Aikido.

TIANA TZOUKAS

Student Teacher 

Tiana started dancing at the age of 2 and has been student teaching for 4 years. She is one of Miss Steph's Elite competitor's having competed at over 100 solo eisteddfods with a record of 76 placings in a year. 

Tiana has been part of school ensembles as well as having performed at the Sydney Opera House. She is still a dance student and looks forward to a professional dance career in the future under the guidance of Coogee Dance Company's Principal and Studio Owner, Stephanie Buncombe.