MEET THE TEAM
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VICTORIA VARGAS- VPA DIRECTOR
Victoria Vargas is the owner and director of a successful Dance and Performing Arts Studio, VPA Studios located in Wollongong. Currently Victoria teaches courses within the Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Wollongong, The Illawarra Grammar School, HSC Dance and holds her Certificate in Training and Assessment and is certified to deliver vocational training and programs. Over the years, she studied many styles of performing arts including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre and singing. In 2006 Victoria went on to study at the University of New South Wales where she attained a double degree, Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and Bachelor of Education (Dance, English as a Second Language) and has since taught Drama/Theatre and Performance Studies. Throughout her career she has taught national award winning troupe and soloist routines and received intense training and tuition from many well renowned Australian and International teachers and choreographers. She has been teaching and choreographing all styles of dance for fourteen years, with a particular passion and interest in the contemporary, lyrical and commercial jazz genre. Victoria was a tutor for the Arts Unit NSW State Dance Ensembles. Her role was to foster the development of talented male and female dance students, and provide performance opportunities that showcase excellence in this art form. Victoria has an exceptional student achievement record as evidence of her Band 6 results in both Dance and Drama and her HSC Dance works selected for performance at 'Callback'. Victoria is passionate about developing and building student's interest, creativity, technique and performance excellence.
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Miss Sharna started dancing as a young passionate student at the Tasmanian Academy of Dance under the direction of Alison Gibson, there Sharna sat RAD ballet exams, toured the state competing in eisteddfods and partaking in Australian Ballet workshops. At age 16 Sharna won a scholarship to move to Adelaide and commence full time dance training at the Sheila Laing Academy of Performing Arts under the direction of Sheila Laing, Sharna continued to train in Classical Ballet and all other performing arts such as contemporary and lyrical styles. In 2002 Sharna moved to Hobart where she joined the Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company, touring Sleeping Beauty and Indulge your senses under the direction of Hassan Sheta. Sharna has performed for Caberat companies such as Six Pak Productions and Arch Entertainment in shows such as Manilow Magic. Sharna was the co-founder of Dansatori a contemporary/ Cabaret company and staged shows for Short, Sweet & Dance, Sydney Fringe Festival and ended the chapter with a sell out stage production of Pistol Whipped at the IPAC. Teaching Classical Ballet has always held Sharna’s heart and in 2007 Sharna completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies under the mentorship of Joanne Ansell, becoming a qualified and registered teacher with the RAD. After teaching for incredible studios such as Ecole Classique, Ettinghausens, Northbridge Dance Studios in 2009 Sharna opened her own studio in Crows Nest known as The Centre of Dancing Excellence. After a successful 3 years of preparing and executing RAD examinations, three full stage productions and eisteddfods Sharna stepped away from the studio to raise her three beautiful children. Sharna is a passionate teacher who promise’s to inspire and develop maximum success to her students through effortless attention, assisting them achieve their goals and aspirations in dance.
Sydney born and bred, Lauren began her training at Brent Street Studios at eight years of age and continued right through to her fulltime graduation in 2011. Lauren has worked extensively as an actor appearing in Dance Academy (Lulu), Razzle Dazzle (Leanne), All Saints, The Pillowman (Belvoir) and numerous commercials. She has had the privilege of working with some of Australia’s top choreographers including Kelley Abbey, The Squared Division, Mitchell Woodcock, Marko Panzic, Matt Lee and Wil Sabin. As an in demand commercial dancer, she has performed across the country with the likes of Little Mix, Jessica Mauboy, Dannii Minogue, Client Liaison, Nat Conway, Havana Brown, Samantha Jade, The Veronicas, Sneaky Sound System and The Illusionists.
Kaylee started dancing in Sydney at the age of 5. Throughout her 13 years as a student Kaylee trained in numerous styles of dance including jazz , ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics. After the completion of her A.D.A exams (formerly known as FATD) and graduation, Kaylee pursued further training overseas. In 2017 Kaylee was successful in becoming a part of the world renowned hip hop company “The Royal Family” Moving to Auckland, New Zealand and training under Parris Goebel, Kaylee competed in HHI Nationals (Auckland) with the company and further progressed to HHI WORLDS ( Phoenix ,Arizona) Throughout the year Kaylee travelled across New Zealand touring with the company. Her time in New Zealand solidified her pursuit of a professional dance career. Since returning to Sydney Kaylee has been a part of various Sydney based projects and jobs. Still training herself Kaylee hopes as a teacher to impart the knowledge and training that she has gained as a student, to her own students.
Kelly's passion for the art form has seen her perform and study across Australia, United Kingdom and America. She is GWT Trained with 20 years performance experience within the industry under some of the industry's most accomplished talents. Kelly has been teaching and choreographing all styles of dance for many years, with a particular passion and interest in the tap and jazz genre. After graduating High School, Kelly enrolled in the Pineapple Dance Studios Summer School in London where her passion to further her teaching and performance career expanded after working with some of the world's leading choreographers and mentors. Kelly has also studied the Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus achieving above 95% in all of her exams as well as completing the Glenn Wood Teachers Course and is now currently studying her Masters of Sports Management. Kelly’s passion to teach is indescribable and is ardent about developing student's interest, commitment and technique in dance and performance. She wishes for her students to achieve a sense of enjoyment and personal fulfillment from dance at all levels, as well as have the ability to partake in as many opportunities to benefit and enhance their performances skills as possible.
SKYE ASHLEY MARTIN
A former professional ballerina Skye began her dance training at the Sharon Hardy School of Dance in Campbelltown at 3.5 years of age. By age 11, her National Character teacher Rita Dubovsky transferred Skye to begin her training with The Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy in St Leonards. At age 14 she began her professional training as a full time student under Tanya Pearson, which led her to audition for overseas schools in Europe by 15. Skye accepted a place with the Ballettschule of the Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier and commenced her training in Hamburg, Germany at age 16.
Touring with the company to Japan and successfully being involved with the company's productions of Swan Lake and La Bayadere the following year she was offered a full contract with the Hamburg Ballet Company.
Skye performed in over 50 different productions in the Corps De Ballet as well as some Soloist roles with the company including traditional classical productions, neo-classical pieces and contemporary works. She has travelled all over the world with the Hamburg Ballet performing in Theatres and Opera Houses in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Athens, Barcelona, Baden Baden and Vienna just to mention a few. At 22 years of age and after 6 years of professional dancing Skye returned home to pursue a career in teaching dance. Since then she has been sort out to teach in various prestigious schools throughout Sydney and specialises in Classical Ballet technique, Stretch and Strengthening, National Character, Neo-Classical and Choreography. Many students who have trained with Skye have gone on to train or dance professionally in Australia and overseas.
Christine is the former owner and director of Active Tribe Studio, a dance studio that was located in the Illawarra. Active Tribe Studio's ethos was to nurture the creative spirit, build confidence and instil a love for being active. ATS was a recreational studio where students of all ages and abilities could set and achieve their dance goals whilst developing safe dance practices. Christine values the importance of a healthy and active community and is passionate about growing students' confidence and love of dance. Christine has a Bachelor of Primary Education and was a teacher at Tullimbar Primary School prior to opening ATS. She is also an accredited AASCF Cheer and Tumble Coach, coaching both recreational and competitive teams. Her successes include creating a bespoke recreational and competitive Cheer Program for a local dance studio, which grew and flourished under her guidance and coaching.
Christine has twelve years of experience as a dance teacher, teaching various styles of dance both recreationally and competitively. She is an enthusiastic teacher, who is passionate about building rapport with students and providing a positive classroom experience.⠀⠀⠀
Miss Chantelle’s love for dance started from a young age, studying a wide range of genres, including RAD Ballet, Jazz, Glenn Wood Tap, Lyrical and Contemporary. Miss Chantelle has completed all her RAD Examinations, upon completing her Advanced 2 exam her love and passion for dancing led her to teaching and successfully achieving her teaching certificate through the Royal Academy of Dance in 2012 under the Mentorship of Vanessa Corrie. Chantelle has performed in productions and eisteddfods across Australia and Internationally. Miss Chantelle is also a full member of the Australian Dance Adjudicators Association traveling around Australia sharing her encouragement and enthusiasm with competitors. Miss Chantelle continues to attend courses to ensure she is giving her students the best knowledge to grow and excel in their love of ballet.