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*Instructors subject to change.

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Loughlan Prior, Choreographer in Residence of Royal NZ Ballet is coming to Energetiks VDF for the first time!⁠ ⁠His ballet classes are not to be missed.

Described as ‘a creative tour de force’, Loughlan Prior is an award-winning choreographer and creative director working between stage and screen. He is the co-artistic director of Lo | Co Arts and Choreographer in Residence at the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Following his training at the Victorian College of the Arts and NZ School of Dance, Loughlan joined the Royal NZ Ballet in 2010 and rose to the rank of Soloist, performing works by Forsythe, Balanchine, Kylián, Cranko and Ekman.

Established as an emerging voice in 2015 he became the first recipient of the Ballet Foundation of NZ’s Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award. In 2016 he received Creative NZ’s Tup Lang Award, travelling to Toronto to stage his work at the Assemblée Internationale.

Prior’s cinematic and unifying approach to music, choreography, concept and visual storytelling is a key feature of his work. Notable productions include Hansel & Gretel (RNZB), The Appearance of Colour (QLD Ballet), Transfigured Night (Chamber MusicNZ, BalletCollective Aotearoa), The Firebird (RNZB), Cinderella (RNZB), Half | Life (Lo | Co Arts) The Sound was our Ocean (Singapore Ballet) and Inklings (Ballet Unleashed - Australian Ballet School, NZ School of Dance, National Ballet School Canada, The Ailey School).

Under the umbrella of Prior Visual, Loughlan has produced a number of dance/art films which have been screened at San Francisco Dance Film Festival, NZ International Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center, BalletX Beyond, #60secondsdance Denmark and Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.

lauren elton commercial

Lauren Elton is one of the most sought-after commercial dancers in Sydney right now, performing alongside the likes of Rita Ora, Little Mix, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastion, Tones and I, Samantha Jade, and Peking Duck to name a few. ⁠

Some of Lauren’s credits include The Voice, Australia's Got Talent, The Masked Singer, The Arias, and she played 'Lulu' in season 2 and 3 of Dance Academy. ⁠

Lauren is currently Samantha Jade’s choreographer, and frequently travels the nation with both her teaching and performing.⁠

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Nadia Tornese is a sort after choreographer, instructor & creative. TV credits include The Wrong Girl, Neighbours, TV Week Logie Awards - Meghan Trainor (Assit. Choreographer). Other credits include Justice Crew, Carrie Bickmore's Brain Beats concert, Nickelodeon Kids Tennis Day (Australian Open), Diamonds at the Spiegeltent, NOVA FM, Mercedes, Mazda, Listen Out Music Festival, NIKE Aus and more.

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gina michael hip hop

Gina Michael is an internationally renowned Egyptian-Australian choreographer from Melbourne. She is a sought-after instructor who has travelled the world teaching her unique and eye-catching style in over 40 countries.

Career highlights include being the Founder and Director of Ascendant Dance Company, a World Finals Judge at Hip Hop International 2018 - 2022, technical director of Hip Hop International Australia (2018/2019) and Head Judge of HHI Australia in 2022.

Gina was a Grand Finalist on Australia’s Got Talent (2016) and choreographer for the likes of Bliss n Esso and Fatai (The Voice). Recently Gina was a dancer for Robbie Williams x Delta Goodrem at the AFL Grand Final 2022 and starred in Nike x Rebel Campaigns 2022.

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Sophie Holloway hit the industry at 16, featuring in TV shows and commercials before starring in Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby. In 2014 Sophie joined the renowned “Radio City Rockettes” in New York. Her 7 years with the company has included over 600 performances, The Tony Awards, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more. In Aus Sophie’s credits include, Katy Perry, Cher, Opera Australia, Dance Academy, The Wiggles, Bonnie Lythgoe Productions, The Voice, Australia’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars and more.

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amy campbell musical theatre

Amy Campbell is one of Australia’s most accomplished creative talents with a career spanning all areas of the entertainment industry. Her extensive list of choreographic credits include the Sydney Theatre Award Nominated Once (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), In The Heights -Nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award and winner of the Sydney Theatre Critics Award (Blue Saint Productions in association with The Hayes Theatre), the Australian premiere of Violet (Broadway World Australia Award), the national tour of HAIR (Sydney Opera House and Peace Productions), An Act Of God (Darlinghurst Theatre Co), Spring Awakening (ATYP), the original Australian work Guilty Pleasures (Blue Saint Productions) and Oklahoma for The Production Company.

Amy’s theatre credits include the Australian tour of Dirty Dancing, Fame The Musical, Saturday Night Fever, Xanadu, the world premiere of King Kong Live on Stage, principal dancer in Opera Australia’s Carmen. She was Resident Choreographer on The Bodyguard Musical Australia and Resident Director on Hamilton Australia.

She was also the Choreographer/Movement Director and Assistant Director on The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s productions of Funny Girl, Porgy and Bess and Candide.

Amy has appeared in commercials for Sony, Vodafone, Coca Cola, Video Ezy, Sci-Fi Channel, Kmart and was an ambassador for Lorna Jane’s Active Living Campaign. Her other television credits include Everybody Dance Now, placing in the Top 3 on So You Think You Can Dance Australia Season 2, as well as appearing on The X Factor, The Nickelodeon Awards, TV Week Logie Awards, Australia’s Next Top Model, Australia’s Got Talent and The Biggest Loser.

Amy has performed domestically and internationally, dancing alongside Kylie Minogue, Flo Rida, Redfoo, Tina Arena, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Sam Sparro and Sam and The Womp. Amy has choreographed on Dance Academy, The X Factor, ABC’s Giggle and Hoot and her film work can be seen across various campaigns for Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House and Powerball Lotteries.

This past year Amy choreographed Velvet Rewired in Australia and Germany. She also made her directorial debut originating a brand new Australian production of A Chorus Line (Darlinghurst Theatre Co) for the Sydney Festival followed by the hugely successful season at the Sydney Opera House.

Most recently Amy created and directed the world premiere of LEAP in April 2022.

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cassie Bartho commercial

Cassie Bartho is a dynamic dancer and choreographer from Newcastle. At 16 she moved to Sydney to complete her HSC and fulltime training at Brent Street.

Since graduating fulltime Cassie has jet-setted into the commercial dance world to dance for artists such as Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Ricky Martin, Jessie J, Kylie and Danni Minogue, PNAU, Client Liaison, Hailee Steinfeld, Kim Petras, and Havana Brown. Bartho has also performed on shows such as X-Factor, The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent as well multiple corporate events.

Cassie’s choreography is making an impact within the industry. Her work is slick and polished and her approach to creating visually exciting pieces – whether the brief calls for on-trend movement or something more classic – is fresh and energetic. Most recently she has been in Spain choreographing for David Guetta and Becky Hill at the Los 40 Music Awards for The Squared Division and movement direction for Delta Goodrem’s Bridge Over Troubled Dreams Tour. Bartho has also joined various creative teams, choreographing for companies, major brands and artists such as The Masked Singer, Optus, Mugler, Harvey Norman, The Star Casino, Luke Antony, NuSkin, Channel 7, Westpac and the ABC Network. Bartho has also assisted choreographers such as The Squared Divison, JTown, Matt Lee, Lucas Newland and Cat Santos.

Cassie hopes to continue to grow and develop as a dancer and choreographer and wishes to continue sharing her knowledge as much as possible with the Australian dance community.

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michael waldrop 
ballet & contemporary

Joffrey Ballet School will return to VDF in 2023 to hold both Ballet and Contemporary Masterclass Auditions! What an opportunity. You could be offered a place to train in New York City with the renowned Joffrey Ballet School.

Michael Waldrop was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, performing with Ballett des Theater Koblenz, State Street Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Seamless Dance Theater and the Covent Garden Dance Company’s international gala, Ballet in the Park. During this time, he performed in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Andreas Heise, Daniel Ezralow, Steffen Fuchs, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Ihsan Rustem, Tom Ruud, William Soleau, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh.

From the world of concert dance to the commercial industry, Michael has also appeared in the feature film Underground Comedy, ABC’s Bunheads, Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, and the Emmy Award winning opening routine of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Other credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, industrials for Disney and MAC Cosmetics, performances at Los Angeles’ Music Center and the Getty Museum for the Dance Camera West Film Festival and American Choreography Awards.

Michael has choreographed original works for Theater Koblenz, Marymount Manhattan College, and the Joffrey Ballet School, as well as commissioned presentations for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives, and the School of State Street Ballet. Michael is currently Associate Artistic Director of the Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School and on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City.

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paul malek contemporary

Paul Malek is one of the most highly regarded Directors, Choreographers and Educators in Australia. With a passion for education, self-empowerment and artistic innovation; he inspires many individuals, businesses and communities to strive towards becoming the greatest version of themselves.

Trained in Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, his performing career saw him tour the world through 5 continents as dancer, dance captain, rehearsal director and company manager all before the age of 26.

Returning to Australia in 2006, he became an avid entrepreneur, creating businesses such as Collaboration the Project (2008 – 2014), responsible for events such as UNDRGRND Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, Immersed Melbourne Dance Industry Night, DANCE CHAT and DANCE CHAT LIVE, Project Y (youth dance company) and over 16 professional production seasons and tours.

Paul is the original Founder and Director of popular Melbourne Dance Institute MAPA Australia (2006 – 2011), and was also the co-director of BOOM Media, a Marketing and Media Company, For Dancers by Dancers from (2011 – 2016).

Currently a choreographic regular on television, credits include Dancing with the Stars (2012- ongoing) and So You Think You Can Dance (SE 3 & 4). Paul has been the choreographic brains of well over a hundred corporate events, award ceremonies, television commercials, music videos and dance festivals over the last two decades. Being awarded best choreography, best director and best producer at various festivals and award ceremonies during this time.

In 2015, Malek founded Transit Dance, and currently resides as Artistic Director of Transit Dance Company. Paul is also a highly sought-after Host and Inspirational Speaker, speaking at many corporate events, conventions and festivals not only in Australia but across the globe. On top of this, Malek is a passionate dance photographer and is the resident photographer at Transit Dance. He has also collaborated with many independent artists and companies such as Stephanie Lake Company and Project Animo.

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arna singleton hip hip

Arna Singleton aka Robotgirl (rbtgrl), is a respected and highly sought professional hip hop/street choreographer, dancer and performer who has already reached a career goal highlight when chosen to dance with Madonna in Canada after an intense audition process.

Her numerous dance credits include - So You Think You Can Dance (top 100 season 1 & 2, Ch 10), Australia's Got Talent (Ch 7), Everybody Dance Now (Ch 10), The Good Friday Appeal Variety Show (Ch 7), AFL Footy Show Player Revue (Ch 9), Lipton Tea Tv commercial, Jay Jay’s 3D Dance off campaign and many more. Choreography credits include - Fame: The Ultimate High School Musical (co-choreographer alongside Kelly Aykers), Undrgrnd, Victorian Dance Festival, Short & Sweet Dance Festival, Once Upon a Time 1 & 2, Nightmare on Dance Street 1 & 2 and Signs of the Zodiac and Grounded - Battle of the Arts, placing 2nd in the choreography competition.

Arna has continued to skill develop thousands of dancers and has contributed to the
professional development of so many interested in street dance forms. In 2018, she debuted her own dance company, The Legacy & Co, creating an all age dance environment for talented and passionate street dancers. Arna is a highly successful dance crew/soloist/duo choreographer with her work receiving high recognition at some of the country's best dance competitions. She created, directed and choreographed her very own debut dance show, 'Seeing Red', at the Malthouse Theatre in 2015 as well as The Legacy & Co's 2018 production, Her Name is Alice, the 2019 production, Follow, and Glitch in 2022 at Gasworks Arts Park. In
2019, Arna become a top 3 finalist for the Community Service Award for the Grounded Industry Awards. In addition, Arna has previously been a finalist for the Victorian Dance Awards in categories, Favourite Female Choreographer, Favourite Dance Event and Favourite Online Video. Arna has also produced many hip hop/street dance events for the Melbourne dance community, celebrating 15 years of Step Off at Festival Hall and 3 years of co-producing Heavyweight Dance Championships.

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