Murray Youth Performing Arts Teachers & Staff
Studio Director & Manager
Ballet / Contemporary / Ready Set Ballet
More About Beth
Beth began dancing aged 4, and completed her early training at Murray Youth Ballet in Albury. During her time at Murray Youth, Beth completed her RAD examinations from Grade 2 – Advanced 2, achieving Distinction for each exam. In 2014, she moved to Sydney to commence full-time ballet at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.
In her first year at TPCCA, Beth competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, held that year in Belgium. At the completion of the competition, she and two other TPCCA students toured through Europe, taking class at some of the most prestigious pre-professional ballet schools in the continent – including the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, and the School of the Hamburg Ballet.
At the end of 2015, after a short time training in Paris, Beth returned to Albury to complete her HSC and began teaching at Murray Youth Performing Arts. Here she was able to share her passion for dance with students aged 3 – adult in a range of classes including classical, RAD syllabus, contemporary, conditioning, pointe work and repertoire.
After completing her HSC and graduating as Dux of James Fallon High School, Beth accepted a position in Melbourne City Ballet’s pre-professional (Finishing Year) program. In 2017, she was invited to guest as Aurora in Melbourne City Youth Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, which was nominated for an Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance. The following year, Beth performed the lead role of Swanhilda in the School of MCB’s Coppelia.
Beth was promoted to Emerging Artist in 2019, officially joining the company. During her 2½ years at Melbourne City Ballet, she has toured and performed extensively with the company in productions including Don Quixote, Carmen, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and more. Most recently, Beth was involved in MCB’s Alice In Wonderland, which toured throughout Australia and New Zealand. Beth performed in the corps de ballet and in the solo role of the Duchess, and was the only company member to dance in every Alice In Wonderland show.
Since February 2018, Beth has also been a teacher at the Dance Discovery school in Melbourne, teaching classical, contemporary, conditioning, and solo coaching. In addition, she taught adult Community Classes at MCB from the end of 2017 until the company’s closure in late June of this year, and choreographed contemporary pieces ‘Communication’ and ‘Fracture’, performed by students of MCB in their 2017 & ’18 contemporary seasons.
Beth is excited to re-join the MYPA team in Term 4, 2019, and looks forward to helping instil a love of dance in her students. She has a passion for teaching and loves having the opportunity to pass on her knowledge, gained from world renowned instructors including Tanya Pearson (OAM), Lucinda Dunn (OAM), Wim Broeckx, plus guest classes with Dusty Button, Cynthia Harvey, Danilo Radojevic and Daniel Gaudiello.
Ballet / Lyrical
More About Diella
Dance classes have been a highlight of Diella’s week from a young age. She now enjoys passing on her skills to others and helping them get the most out of their dancing. She loves helping people discover new things to feed their love for dance.
In 2017 Diella moved overseas to benefit from the variety and expertise the UK and European dance scene has to offer. She participated in class with company’s throughout the UK including National Dance Company Wales, NeoBallet, Tavaziva Dance, Company Wayne Mcgregor, Lila Dance, The London Ballet Company, Company Chameleon, Beyond Repair Dance and others, as well as benefiting from leading professionals in ballet and contemporary classes at Pineapple Studios, Danceworks, The Place and Rambert in London. During 2017 and 2018 she took up secondments with Ballet Cymru, in Wales, and Scottish Dance Theatre, in Scotland.
From 2018-2019 Diella completed JVintensive in Spain and JV2 in the UK, both programs were run by Jasmin Vardimon Company, a physical theatre company. JV2 gave Diella the opportunity to work with a junior company of 14 dancers, working with choreographers David Lloyd (Australia), Maria Doulgeri (Greece) and Jasmin Vardimon (Israel) and performing their works around the UK including at Sadlers Wells, in London.
Before traveling overseas Diella trained full-time for four years at Projection Dance School. During her training she majored on ballet and contemporary, completing RAD exams from grade 2 to Advanced 2 and performing in many local productions with Projection Dance Company. She also took classes in Jazz, Hip hop and Musical theatre and had numerous opportunities to perform all these styles.
Diella holds her Certificate 4 in dance.
Ballet / Extension
More About Rachel
Jazz / Ballet / Hiphop / Ready Set Dance
More About Shae
Shae began dancing at a young age participating in a wide range of styles and performances both within Australia and internationally. Some of these highlights include; dancing at Disney World Orlando, onboard Caribbean Cruise lines, and with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.
In 2015 Shae began teaching as a student teacher and was awarded with the role model award at Hume dance school, along with being a finalist at the red carpet youth awards for performing arts. Since then, Shae has taught many styles of dance including; jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary.
Shae has also further developed her dance teaching knowledge by attaining a Certificate II & III in Dance, along with a certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Shae has also undergone further Education at NIDA Sydney in Stage Management, and training for our Ready Set Dance and Parkinson’s programs.
Shae is currently studying a Bachelor of Business at Charles Sturt University, however is throughly enjoying teaching and sharing her experiences with the students at MYPA.
Acro / Ready Set Dance
More About Elli
Born in Wodonga, Elli started her dance training at a young age of 5 years old. Performing in a large range of styles including; ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap and musical theatre. Over the years Elli has completed Royal Academy Of Dance ballet exams up to intermediate level where she revived a distinction, holds a certificate II & III in dance, along with a certificate IV in dance teaching and management. She is also a qualified acro teacher with AcrobaticArts.
Elli has been very involved in the dance community over the years competing in local and state competitions, dancing in relay for life events, Christmas carols, fundraisers and being a part of the state school specular. As a young student Elli danced with the Russian ballet company and In 2018 she also had the incredible opportunity to perform at Disney world Orlando and aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise line in the Bahamas. In 2020 Elli danced for pop-star Katy Perry at the International Women’s Day Cricket World Cup performing in front of 87000 people.
At the age of 16 Elli held a student teacher position at Hume Dance School and ever since has become very passionate about sharing her knowledge and expanding her teaching skills. Elli is very excited to be teaching across three dance schools in various styles from ages 2-adults.
Elli’s goal as a teacher is to teach safe dance practices and provide high quality dance education to all of her students.
Musical Theatre / Tap / Stretch and Conditioning
More About Rebecca
Rebecca started weekly dance classes in the styles of Jazz, Tap and Ballet at age seven and has continued dancing ever since. Over the years she has also explored Contemporary/Modern Dance, Hip Hop and Music Theatre among many other styles and disciplines including completing her Classical Ballet and Tap examinations through the British Ballet Organisation between 2001 and 2011.
She continued her love of dance and live performance throughout high school and tertiary training completing a year of a Bachelor of Teaching and Arts at Deakin University in 2011 before transferring to one of Australia’s leading performing arts institutions, The University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2012 and completing a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre).
In 2016, Rebecca completed a Master of Teaching (P-12) in Wodonga and is a qualified dance, drama and music specialist teacher and primary classroom and arts teacher.
Rebecca has been teaching for over 12 years and has conducted classes in a range of styles, age groups and environments. She loves all things theatre, dance and performing arts. Rebecca loves supporting people of all ages to become their most confident and fulfilled selves through the power of learning and is a passionate arts and education activist. In her spare time Rebecca loves to get crafty and has a laminating obsession.
Jazz / Hiphop / Contemporary / Ready Set Dance
More About Emma
Emma started dancing at the age of 3 at her local dance school in Temora. She moved to Albury in 2009 where she continued ballet at Miss Parry’s until her closure at the end of 2011. From there she began to dance in other styles such as jazz, hip-hop and contemporary and took up dance as a subject at Wodonga Senior Secondary College studying towards her cert 2 in Dance. This is the point where Emma began to show a strong interest in dance, choreographing in particular.
In 2019 Emma began teaching at Starlings and finished high school with her cert 2 in Dance and cert 3 in Assistant Dance Teaching.
Soon after, Emma came to MYPA after hearing about our RAD ballet classes. Emma was very keen to try the RAD syllabus to improve her technique and gain a greater understanding about ballet. Emma also decided to study her cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management with us at the start of 2020
Emma plans to finish her Dance Teaching studies soon along with getting through all her RAD grades. Next year Emma will also be choreographing with AWTCO in their Thumbelina production.
Emma is a very passionate young teacher and choreographer, and we are very excited to have her teaching for us here at MYPA.
More About Alyssa
Alyssa started dancing at the age of 9 participating in a range of performances and dance competitions. During this time Alyssa found a strong love for hiphop, jazz and street dance styles, along with teaching others.
During high school Alyssa attained a Cert II & III in Dance, and was finalist at the Red Carpet Youth Awards for performing arts and youth ambassador categories.
Curently Alyssa is studying for her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Managment with us here at MYPA.
As a passionate teacher, Alyssa strives to show her students what they can achieve from hard work and perseverance.
More About Jamieson
Jamieson started her ballet passion at the age of 4 at Murray Youth Ballet School and has been with the Studio ever since. Through the years, Jamieson has studied in many styles of dance and performing arts and became a student teacher at Murray Youth Performing Arts MYPA in 2015.
Jamieson’s love for teaching started with her involvement in the DanceAbility class at MYPA, which she now teaches and choregraphs performances with students and volunteers. This class focuses on providing opportunities for students who have either physical or intellectual disabilities. Her involvement and dedication to these classes, which is all voluntary, has led MYPA and Miss Jamieson to be a nominee for the Albury City Council Community Group of the Year in 2019.
Further to the DanceAbility classes, Jamieson has successfully completed the Dance for Parkinson’s introductory online learning program and graded assessment. This assessment focuses on the basic knowledge of safe and informed practices related to Parkinson Disease.
Over the years Jamieson has successfully completed her RAD examinations up to Advanced One and is currently partaking her Certificate II in Dance.
Jamieson is currently teaching RAD syllabus at MYPA. You may also see Jamieson’s smiling face at the desk on Saturday mornings assisting with administrative tasks at MYPA.
Highland / Highland Hustle Tots
Head of vocational training / Tap
More About Alison
She is currently teaching VCE VET Dance at Wodonga Senior Secondary College and is Head of vocational training at Murray Youth Performing Arts.
Jazz / Tap