M 3 DanceHouse Melbourne Summer Workshops 2005 FACULTY & GUEST STAFF MEMBERS FACULTY & GUEST STAFF MEMBERS
Megan Cherrell Co-Director Megan has 17 years of experience with dancing and performance, and began her training at the Sefra Burstin School of Dance in Melbourne. She studied classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and National and Demi Character from a young age, and has continued her training throughout her life. After many years of hard work and success in exams and competitions throughout Victoria, Megan continued her training at a tertiary level at Melbourne’s esteemd performance college, The Dance Factory in Richmond. Megan has successfully completed her ATOD Junior Teachers Qualification Examinations, and has been teaching classical ballet, jazz, funk, tap and contemporary for 4 years. Megan is now an experienced professional performer, having taken part in countless cabaret performances around Victoria, a variety of charity performances including the New York Fundraiser with Daryl Summers, as well as being part of the original cast for Now That’s Dancing! Theatre Restaurant. Megan is currently undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Law) at Monash University whilst pursuing her dream of a career in the Performing Arts Industry.
Emily Polak Co-Director Emily has been dancing for 17 years. She began her training at the Tony Bartuccio Dance Centre, and then continued her training with Sefra Burstin in Melbourne. Emily has studied all Theatrical and commercial styles of dance, including classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and funk. Throughout her study of dance and performance she has successfully completed examinations in classical ballet, jazz and tap, and has competed in many dance eisteddfods throughout Victoria. After completing her VCE, Emily continued her performance studies at Danceworld 301 Studios in Melbourne where she studied all styles of dance as well as singing and drama. During her time at Danceworld Emily toured interstate numerous times with the college’s performance troupe and has performed ineternationally both professionally and for charity. She was a cheerleader for the Rugby World Series and Rugby Super 12s. Emily plans to continue pursuing her performance career and is also extremely passionate about teaching others all she has learned. Emily has taught throughout both Australia and New Zealand, and hopes to continue teaching and dancing for many years to come.
Emma Watson Co-Director /Administrator Emma began her training at the Sefra Burstin School of Dance in Melbourne at the age of 4, where she studied classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and National and Demi- Character. She completed exams up to major standard in classical ballet, jazz and tap, and has competed in all styles throughout Victoria. In 2000 Emma was accepted into a full-time Performing Arts course at the highly acclaimed Danceworld 301 Studios where she continued her technical, theoretical and performance training at a tertiary level. Emma is an experienced performer, having performed at countless charity performances and professional cabaret shows throughout Victoria. She is currently part of the original cast of Now That’s Dancing! Theatre Restaurant and hopes to continue performing in the coming years. Emma has been teaching all Musical Theatre styles for 5 years, and is currently completing the final year of her Bachelor of Education (Prep-Year12) course.
Naomi Marsh Guest Teacher Naomi Marsh grew up doing both gymnastics and dance, and now combines both of these skill bases as a performer. Naomi’s performance credits are extensive, and she has worked both on the stage and on television. She has appeared in numerous professional musicals such as Sweet Charity, Crazy For You, Funny Girl and Mack & Mabel and has performed at The Good Friday Appeal Charity Gala and on TV shows such as In Melbourne Tonight and Full Frontal. Naomi has also backed bands such as Earth Wind & Fire and Islanda. Naomi also has cheerleading experience, and is a fully qualified cheerleading instructor.
Chris Bakis Guest Teacher Chris’ bio and headshot still to come… Keep checking to read more about Chris’ exciting and extensive performance and teaching career! Chris has performed extensively on television and on the stage. His performance credits include Cats, West Side Story, Dancin’ Man and The Bert Newton Showwww.m3dancehouse.com
Adrian & Mary Fryer Guest Teachers Husband and wife team, Adrian and Mary Fryer, both graduated from the Australian Ballet School, and have since gone on to dance as soloists in many professional ballet companies around the world, including The Australian Ballet, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Kiel Stadttheater (Germany), Vienna Staatsoper and Klagenfurt Staadttheatre (Austria). They have taught all levels for many years both nationally and internationally, with secondary and tertiary institutions and professional ballet and opera companies. This has lead to other aspects of the dance profession such as choreography, dance and performance production, adjudication, emxamining as well as one-on-one coaching. Adrian and Mary now run their own dance centre in Melbourne, and still enjoy dancing and teaching.
Liam McIlwain Guest Teacher Originally from Queensland, Liam began performing at a young age. He has studied musical theatre at the Central QLD Conservatorium of Music and has also completed tertiary level study of performance, a Diploma of Arts (Performance) at Melbourne's Dance Factory on full scholarship. Liam has had an extensive performance career. Performance Credits include Bye Bye Birdie (The Production Company), Saturday Night (Magnormos) as well as working regularly as a dancer/singer in Melbourne and around the country for various corporate functions and events. In 2005 Liam move to Sydney to begin rehearsals for his tour of Australia as part of the cast of Grease - The Arena Spectacular. Liam is also a passionate teacher, and looks forward to continuing teaching after his tour of Grease - The Arena Spectacular.
Jenny Patrone Guest Teacher Jenny grew up in Carlisle, England, where she began dancing from the young age of three at her local dance school. Being a part of the cities numerous productions as a singer, dancer, actor and choreographer, Jenny also had the privilege of studying in London at the Doreen Bird College one of the most prestigious colleges for Performing Arts in London. Since moving to Australia in 2000, Jenny continued her training at Dance World 301 and is now establishing herself as a performer and teacher in dance and musical theatre. Jenny is a qualified gym instructor, and is currently studying to be a Personal Trainer. Credits include being a featured dancer in Neil Young's 'Greendale' tour at the Myer Music Bowl, with famed Russ Tamblyn. Dancing in Flamenco Rocks with Chari Saldanez and Johnny Tedesco, and corporate events for Tattersalls, the Wallabies Sponsors, and various other events. Jenny is currently a part of the 'Wiggles' cast as a host for their various shows.
Sharron Roff Guest Teacher Sharon’s bio and headshot still to come… Keep checking to read more about Sharon’s exciting performance and teaching career!www.m3dancehouse.com
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