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Meet the Team

We’re proud of our team of strong, intelligent and creative teachers at Dance Domain. Their passion for teaching and their care and dedication for their students is evident in every moment of their classes.
Read on to find out a little bit more about our inspiring teachers and studio team members. 



YASMIN HAYWARD
TAP, JAZZ

What is your favourite dance memory? 
it’s way too hard to pick, but some of my favourite moments in the studio have been laughing with my tap friends over the horrendous state of my tap shoes, or finally being able to do clean pirouettes after years of practice. 

What do you love about dance?
I love the expression that comes with dance, i think movement is so closely tied with emotions and dance is my perfect way of expressing that without verbal language. I also love the dance community no matter the studio you come from, dancers can always relate and connect in a certain way. And I’ve made so many friends through dance. dance makes me happy 😁

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
just dance!!!! it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been dancing for, if you haven't tried that style before, just give it a go. You don’t have to be the best dancer in the room to enjoy dancing - as long as you’re having fun that’s all that matters. also, EVERYONE gets nervous (coming from the most nervous person when it comes to performing) but nothing beats the feeling of having fun on stage and being proud of yourself after the dance for having a go!

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AMY PHAM
DIRECTOR OF DANCE DOMAIN
TAP, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY


Do you have a favourite dance move or combo?
Anything with a fast and strong pace! 

What do you love most about teaching at Dance Domain?
The students! Everyone is so bubbly, eager to learn, love dance, and just generally happy. It’s a great environment to teach in.

Whats your favourite thing to teach in your classes?
I love teaching interesting and abstract routines to contemporary music in class to challenge everyone! 

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GABY BOULOS
TAP

What is your favourite dance memory? 
There are SO MANY, but learning Bollywood dance as an adult was something unexpected that brought me so many fun, new experiences. I was lucky to be trained by friends and a huge highlight was being hired as a group to perform a 6 minute dance at a wedding!

What do you love about dance?
Dance is proven to be great for the mind, body and soul at all ages! I love spreading this joy to others and the fact that dance has the power to bring people together. I also love the variety of music dance exposes me to, my Spotify playlists are never ending!  

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
I would advise aspiring dancers to approach dance as a life long skill, listen to your body (don’t ignore injuries!) and not be afraid to try new styles.

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ELAINE KOKOKIRIS
JAZZ, KLT, JFH, TAP, HIP HOP


What is your favourite dance memory? 
My favorite dance memories are dancing on stage with my friends and showcasing what we have worked hard on as a team

What do you love about dance?
Being able to express yourself in a community of likeminded people

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Always have fun and try your best!! 


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SASKIA HAUCK
TEACHER


What is your favourite dance memory? 
Favourite dance memory has to be MADSOC related. Directing the 2023 Major Production and watching the curtain close in between the first and seconds acts of the first show. I was so incredibly proud of the show and how it had come together I just burst into happy tears. 

What do you love about dance?
I love how it makes me feel. I can just forget real life and become a different person for a little bit. I also love that it’s a mix of artistry and creativity but also intellect and passion. It’s got the best of everything. 

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Dance can be whatever you want it to be. It can be your career or your passion or something you like to do for fun. 






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MADDIE SCOTT-MURPHY
BALLET

What is your favourite dance memory? 
There’s nothing better than a finale dance number of a production you were proud to be in! I’ve danced in five MADSOC shows and remember each finale so fondly 

What do you love about dance?
I love how I feel when I dance - completely free from all the world’s stresses and anxieties. When I start to dance, my mood immediately lifts. I love the freedom and creativity that dance brings, and I love seeing the end product of movement that I can create. 

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Never stop dancing, even if it’s just one class whenever you can make it to a studio! Nothing will keep you in the game more than constantly moving your body and coming back to what you love 

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ARIANE BEESTON
POCKET ROCKETS, MODERN/BALLET

What is one of your future dance goals?
As someone who trained in classical ballet from the age of three, one of my dance goals is to bust out of my comfort zone and try some different styles! I’m working up the courage to attempt tap and hip hop ...

What do you love most about teaching at Dance Domain?
I love how friendly and welcoming and full of joy the Dance Domain community is. There’s so much creativity and camaraderie - and every day is different!

If i wasn’t dancing i’d be…?
If I wasn’t dancing I’d be writing! (Probably about dancing.)

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PHIA
BALLET, JAZZ, LYRICAL


What is your favourite dance memory? 

There are so many to choose from! One of them would have to be the first time I performed en pointe- it was such a massive achievement, and the dance was based on the willies from Giselle. So much fun!

What do you love about dance?

I love that dance is an abstract way to express emotions, tell a story, or communicate an idea. It's way less scary than public speaking. Also it's the most fun form of exercise!

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

Everyone learns things at different paces and in different ways, so don't compare yourself to others. Be proud of your own journey and achievements. And practice, practice, practice!





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ARAME
LYRICAL, JAZZ, HIP HOP, CONTEMP


What is your favourite dance memory? 

My fav memory is the late night dance competitions. The vibes are always high. 

What do you love about dance?

I love the friends that you make and the ability to be able to express yourself through movement 

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

I would say to not care what people think. Dance for yourself and no one else!





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JULIEN
CONTEMP, LYRICAL, THEATRE JAZZ, KLT


What is your favourite dance memory? 

I think my first year at dance domain i think it was when lydia’s jazz class happened to be only three people and the dance was just so fun and the song was banging.

What do you love about dance?

For me it’s the exploration within movement and the capabilties to explore anything as deep or shallow as you like and just enjoying the movement. I love choreography as well and hope to continue it in the future.

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

Do the things you love but try the things you don’t. Dance how you want and when you want. don’t let people say what’s right and wrong if you find it enjoyable then it’s always right





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BRETT
STUDIO MANAGER


What is your favourite dance memory? 
Attempting the Michael Jackson Thriller dance late at night over and over as a kid because it is the coolest choreography of all time.

What do you love about dance?
Dance has a wonderful history, it's a universal activity in all cultures, and there is evidence to say it has always been part of human life. It's also a fascinating social activity that encourages social bonding, inter-connectedness and elevated pain thresholds through synchronised movements. From a health perspective, there are great studies showing dance enhancing brain plasticity, so you're never too old to benefit from dancing!

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Dance is an artistic expression and a unique way to bring your mind and body into harmony so explore, experiment, and engage with all different styles or create your own style!





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LIV
STUDIO ASSISTANT ADMIN


What is your favourite dance memory? 

Being able to perform with all of my friends right before my dance HSC at school. Being able to perform with the people you love is always an amazing experience that I will never forget.

What do you love about dance?

I love how creative dance can be. Dance doesn’t need to be strictly stuck to a syllabus for it to be beautiful, interesting and fun. 

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

Explore! Explore different styles of dancing, and get a feel for what styles you love /enjoy the most. Dance can be fun in so many different ways, discover what style is the most fun for you.





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MEGAN
COVER TEACHER


What is your favourite dance memory? 

My favourite dance memories all revolve around the incredible friendships I've made along the way! Dance friends are the BEST friends ♡ 

What do you love about dance?

Everything! I love dancing with friends and the way nothing else matters when you’re lost in a routine. I can’t listen to music without choreographing full routines in my head, dance is the best!

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?

Have fun and stretch your left leg just as much (if not, more) than your right!





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TAYHA
JAZZ, TAP


What is your favourite dance memory? 
My absolute favourite dance memory is from when I use to do christmas parades in my hometown. You would get to dance and spread christmas cheer down the streets and make so many children and parents smile. 

What do you love about dance?
I love the freedom it gives you to move. You are able to express yourself with no limitations and share your own unique character through it. 

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
That no matter what you look like, where you come from, who you are, we can all achieve extraordinary things in life. Dancing is about feeling good in yourself and having the most fun, never forget that!





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VINCENZA
TAP, BALLET, HIP HOP


What is your favourite dance memory? 
One of my most cherished dance memories revolves around competition days with my dance friends. The atmosphere was always filled with an exciting energy as we got ready together in the lively changing rooms, sharing countless laughs and words of encouragement before stepping onto the stage. 

What do you love about dance?
Dance is my passion because of how it makes me feel. There is always a wave of excitement every time I step onto the dance floor. I love the thrill of expressing myself through movement and feeling completely free to let go and just dance. It's in those moments that I truly feel alive and in my element.

What advice would you give to aspiring dancers?
Never lose sight of the joy and passion that drew you to dance in the first place. Keep dancing with love and dedication, and you'll continue to grow and flourish as a dancer.

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