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Our CREATIVES..... 

TEACHING FACULTY MEMBERS 

 
Danielle Spaseski

CSTD Full Diploma Theatrical | Tapping | Advanced Ballet | Blue Sash | Gold Cross
RAD Grade 8 Award | RAD Advanced Foundation Ballet

Graduate Certificate in Business – Curtin University


Growing up in Perth Danielle began dancing at the age of 3 and has continued this love affair with dance for over 35 years. As a teacher for DanceXpress under acclaimed CSTD examiner Mrs Marilyn Fisher for over 2 decades, Danielle has a strong foundation in technique but is absolutely driven for her students to possess more than just steps. 

Holding a number of qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in Business from Curtin University her dancing accolades include @cstddance Theatrical & Tapping Full Diplomas | Blue Sash Award | Advanced Classical & Gold Cross Tap Award
She also has completed all the @royalacademyofdance Grades including the Grade 8 Award & her RAD Classical Advanced Foundation.

Danielle’s passion lies in the technical genres such as Ballet, Lyrical and Broadway Jazz.

Her international career took her to America and Europe 🌍 working with the highly prominent @royalcaribbean Cruise lines where she gained an abundance of knowledge from world class choreographers.

Along with her love of teaching, her love of performing presented work in numerous shows around Australia for such companies as @maxkay1836 Theatre restaurant, @bentkneecreative and Popcorn working with acclaimed choreographers such as Antoni Ginandjar from @thesquareddivision , @markopanzic , Tony Millet, @bernie.bernard and David Prudham to name a few.

Danielle was also the Principal Choreographer for @stmarysanglicangirlsschool graduation performances for over a decade and loves working with dancers of all ages and abilities.

Danielle is excited to have the opportunity to pass on her industry experience and knowledge to her new family at @empirecswa in a loving and fun environment! 

 
Olivia Ostaszewskyj

Mentor | Teacher | Dancer | Choreographer | Producer | Model | Actress | 

 

With 25 years of global experience in the entertainment industry principal Olivia Ostaszewskyj has a wealth of knowledge to share with her students.

Spending 9 years in Sydney with @grayboyent , working along side some of Australia's top choreographers she also had the privilege to work as the Entertainment and Marketing manager for @bluelinecruiseandtravel along with this she has also worked as the Entertainment Director for @sydneyshowboats @magisticcruises and Stealth Cruises.

With a marketing background, and a professional career in dance and modelling Olivia returned to Perth and founded her company @o_entertainment which is a creative entertainment agency that specialises in creating bespoke corporate entertainment.

Her ground roots were in technical genres but Olivia has found her passion in styles such as commercial jazz, heels and jazz/funk. 

Olivia is excited to pass on this knowledge to her students and Welcomes the opportunity to share her love @empirecswa 

HAYLEY BURDON

HEELS & COMMERCIAL JAZZ

Hayley is a huge presence in the world of Heels!

As part of the hugely successful The Showhouse Perth she has performed in numerous shows.

Hayley trained at Brent St but Her passion and strengths lie in Heels and Commercial Jazz styles.

We are so thrilled to have Hayley join our team!

TOMMY J ALEXANDER

BOYS HIP HOP

Tommy found his love for dance at the age of 4. At 12 years he started teaching Hip Hop classes within the Perth Metro area, as well as travelling to rural locations.

 

Tommy moved to the East Coast where he trained full time at Dance Force. He completed his pre-professional course and furthered his dancing abilities. Tommy has also had the opportunity to compete and teach throughout Australia and overseas.

 

He has recently enjoyed a valuable experience in the USA representing the Get The Beat Australian team in Las Vegas. This enabled Tommy to further grow his skills and given him the opportunity to learn from world renowned choreographers. Tommy has also worked for the Get The Beat team, giving him the ability to meet teachers and dancers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

 

Tommy has earned many regional, national, and international dance awards throughout his career including Radix (USA), KAR (USA) and Get the Beat (Singapore). Tommy continues to grow as a dancer/choreographer and is really looking forward to what 2020 has to offer.

MARIA GANGEMI

CLASSICAL BALLET, ACROBATICS & CONTORTION

Maria is one of Perth’s leading dance teachers with over 46 years of teaching experience. She began her journey and love affair with dancing at five years of age under Norma Atkinson and studied jazz, tap, classical ballet, acrobatics and Irish under the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing @comdanceinc syllabus.
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.Maria excelled at acrobatics and was a finalist for Ch 7’s TV show “Stars of the Future” for her contortion performance.

At 21, she opened her own dance school and was the Principal of Gangemi Dance for over 30 years! She was successful in producing some of WA’s top dancers, many going on to start their own successful dance schools and dance professionally.

Maria was most noted for her acrobatic troupes that won many state awards with Many of her students having danced locally and internationally, with one student dancing and featuring in the movie ‘Moulin Rouge!’

Adjudicating is another role Maria has recently added to her credits, and has judged numerous competitions around town.

JEMMA CRUMP

JAZZ, ACROBATICS & TAP

Jemma brings a wealth of real-time, current dance experience to the team @empirecswa. She has been Dancing for over 14 years and specialises in Jazz, Acrobatics/Contortion, Lyrical, Cotemporary, Hip Hop, Latin Salsa, Aerial Arts, Classical Ballet and Tap as well as working as a Freelance Model for @ecofashionweekaustralia She also has performed for @o_entertainment , the WA Youth Awards, @boobaliciousball and the Pride Festival just to name a few.

Currently studying Full-time Dance and a Cert III in Dance at Dynamic Performing Arts she is now undertaking her Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management, along with her @royalacademyofdance Advanced Foundation award Jemma will be teaching a number of classes at Empire.

Not one to shy away from the stage Jemma’s 2018 career highlights include @amdaofficial Los Angeles & New York Scholarship Winner - Jemma will be travelling to Los Angeles this year to attend the Summer Camp at a Los Angeles Performing Arts High School taking classes with world renowned teachers and choreographers.

@dancelifeunite Australia & New Zealand Winner National Grand Champion “Face of Capezio 2019 ” 
- Jemma represented @capezio Dancewear in 2019 as their Brand Ambassador and will undertake several appearances throughout the year to promote Capezio and their Dance products. 


Alex Meidinski Scholarship Winner -

@sarahaliceburns Scholarship Winner -

@nrgdanceproject Scholarship Winner -

@onstagepac Senior Theatrical Champion 

AMANDA BOWRA

COMDANCE (CSTD) CONTEMPORARY & JAZZ, CLASSICAL & TAP

Having trained since the age of 4 under Mrs Marilyn Fisher and our very own @daniellespaseski , Amanda completed her @cstddance Classical – Advanced and MARTIN RUBINSTEIN along with her @royalacademyofdance RAD GRADE 8 classical award. 

In 2018 She won 1st place in a number of dance competitions around Perth taking home perpetual trophies in the classical championship, Demi Character and Open Classical Solos

Never one to shy away from the stage Amanda has also completed her CSTD Theatrical – Advanced, Dorothy Gladstone Award and Performer Shield. 

She was also a member of the first group of students in Australia to sit the @therealjasonwinters JW5 public exam which she passed with a mark of Honour Plus  

We are so happy to have Amanda in the studio this year as part of the Empire family

RHIANNA JANCEC

LYRICAL, CONTEMPORARY & CLASSICAL

Introducing the gorgeous and amazingly talented Miss Rhianna who will be taking a number of Ballet & Lyrical classes @empirecswa this year! After Graduating from the Graduate College of Dance she was accepted into the Royal Ballet Summer School in London & The Australian Ballet School. Upon her return she attended WAAPA As well as Performing in a season with the West Australian Ballet. She was a cast member at the prestigious Moulin Rouge in Paris and the NT Dance Company along with being in the movie “Son of a Gun” along side Ewan McGregor! A superstar in her own right we welcome Miss Rhianna to the Empire Family 

TAHLIA HUNTER

HIP HOP & COMMERCIAL JAZZ

Trained in Perth in @comdanceinc CSTD, ATDA & @Roy alacademyofdance RAD Tahlia has experience in all genres from Ballroom, Tap ballet, Lyrical, contemporary, Highland, Salsa but has found her passion in Hip Hop, Jazz and Jazz Funk! Not content with just dancing she is also a specialist Actor and Singer.

She has trained all over the world at notable establishments such as @milleniumdanceco @edgepac And the Debbie Reynolds Dance Academy in Los Angeles and along the way has trained with Star Dancers & Choreographers such as @ghsduldulao (Janet Jackson), @boomkack Laurie Ann Gibson (Nicki Minaj), Lew Twins (Beyonce), @nickdemoura (Justin Bieber) @lylebeniga and @ivankoumaev (Justin Timberlake) and @theofficialdavescott from The Step Up Movie franchise

Throughout the years she has worked for organisations such as Disneyland, Pan Pacific Entertainment, AAIA and Schwarzkopf as their Creative Director and Choreographer of the OSIS product launch in 2000 and In 2015 she worked as a back-up dancer for Singer @ciara But the highlight of her career came when she received and international recording contract in New York and was signed to the Australian Distribution MGM as a recording artist 

Now back in Perth we are so excited to have Tahlia join the Empire family and we look forward to her sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with our students 

JULIA GROGAN

RAD CLASSICAL BALLET - COMDANCE FULL DIPLOMAS THEATRICAL, TAP & CLASSICAL

Julia was introduced to the world of dance by her mother at an early age and has been dancing for over 40 years. 

She was trained in Jazz, Tap and Ballet at the M&M School of Dancing by RAD specialist Mrs Maxine Croome and CSTD examiner Mrs Marilyn Fisher.

Having spent a life time of training in both the CSTD and RAD syllabai, Julia holds all of her examination grades in Tap, Theatrical, and both her CSTD & RAD Ballet. 

She also holds her Full Teachers Diplomas in Classical, Theatrical and Tapping.

More recently Julia has worked overseas in Kuala Lumpur teaching children at the CSTD’s Malaysian summer school holiday workshops and is currently training to become a @cstddance examiner.

With a passion for @royalacademyofdance Classical Ballet and over 20 years of teaching experience Julia loves to watch her students develop and evolve and encourages all parents to give their children the special gift of introducing them to the world of dance and is excited to pass this onto her students at Empire Creative Studios.

RYAN WOODHOUSE

ACROBATICS

Having trained at Northern Districts Gymnastics Club since the age of 4, Ryan was accepted into the men’s WAIS program and represented WA 7 times at various competitions. The pinnacle of his career was earning a place on the 2011 Youth Olympics Team.

He then begun training in Acrobatics as well as dance styles such as lyrical, jazz and hip hop. With his gymnastics background, Ryan’s main passion was acrobatics and is now a fully certified @acrobaticarts module 1 teacher 

He currently performs in various shows around Perth and has worked for our very own @o_entertainment, @carmelo001 Carmelo Pizzino, Krave Agency And @crownresorts Crown Casino PERTH in their NYE Extravaganza.

We look forward to our students seeing Ryan’s passion for Acrobatics and Gymnastics and we couldn’t be happier to have Ryan join the Empire family

JONINE BAROUKY

COMDANCE CSTD SPECIALIST - TAP, JAZZ, BALLET & CONTEMPORARY

Jonine fell in love with dance at the young age of 6. Ever since then, dance has been a lifelong passion and big part of her every day life.

 

Jonine has completed numerous examinations as well as participating in countless competitions and performances throughout Australia. Her examination work and study of the CSTD syllabus provides an incredible amount of experience in the fields of Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet and Contemporary.

 

Jonine has been teaching for nearly 20 years, 4 years of which were in Singapore, which shows her commitment, dedication and passion for dance. Her strong knowledge of the CSTD syllabi has made her a very sought after choreographer offering her routines to many award winning dancers involved in competitions in Australia, Singapore and throughout Asia.

 

Her education and experience are extensive with Jonine holding a Teaching Diploma (CSTD Theatrical), CSTD Advanced Ballet, CSTD Modern Jazz 8 and CSTD Level 4 JW Contemporary.

Jonine is continuing her education with pursuing the Teaching Diplomas in the Jazz and Ballet Syllabi and completing Level 5 Contemporary in 2021.


Jonine is also currently studying Dance Anatomy through an external course.

ABBY STEVENSON

SINGING & VOCAL TRAINING

Abby is a Contemporary vocalist from Perth and has completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music (Honours) at WAAPA and has been performing with her band the Two Cent Professionals since 2015. 

Some of her most notable achievements include performing as a backing vocalist for @guysebastian on the Perth leg of his most recent tour (Conscious Tour 2017), recording vocals with rappers such as @drapht and @coin_banks along with performing with Mama Kin and Tommy Spender @spendermusic for the launch of their Aria nominated album Golden Magnetic

Abby is influenced by a variety of genres and artists including Tori Kelly, Jill Scott, the Bros Landreth, Tower of Power, Hiatus Kaiyote, YEBBA and Eryn Allen Kane to name a few.

She aims to encourage students to pursue their passion for music, instill confidence in their performances and provide a fun place to learn in every lesson. She looks forward to being apart of your vocal journey! 

MADISON MAGRIPLIS

COMDANCE (CSTD) JAZZ, TAP & CONTEMPORARY

Having danced since the age of 2 under the watchful eye of CSTD Examiner Mrs Marilyn Fisher, Maddy has been tirelessly working towards obtaining all of her @cstddance qualifications in all genres!

She was a member of the first group of students in Australia to sit the @therealjasonwinters JW5 public exam which she passed with a mark of Honour Plus  

She also holds her Theatrical Advanced, Gold Cross Tap, Modern Jazz 9, Advanced Classical and most recently her Teachers Certificate for Tapping

Along with her CSTD qualifications she also holds her @royalacademyofdance RAD Grade 8 AWARD for classical ballet

Welcome to the family Maddy we are so excited to have you join the team!

FLOEUR ALDER

CLASSICAL BALLET, FLOORBARRE & PILATES

Floeur has an Advanced Diploma in Dance from the WAAPA as well as a BA in Performing Arts and will be teaching our open ballet and floorbarre and Pilates classes on Tuesday nights.

In 2004, Floeur was awarded a Project Workspace Grant to choreograph Rare Earth on her parents, internationally famous dancers, Lucette Aldous and Alan Alder.

Performing with @tasdance for 6 years, Floeur was fortunate enough to work with over 25 talented choreographers including, Tanjia Liedtke, Raewyn Hill, Natalie Weir, Graeme Murphy and Frances Rings to name a few.

In 2011, Floeur travelled to Europe on a Churchill Fellowship to study at the @balletoperadeparis , Royal Danish school/company, @perm_ballet_school in Russia and the @royalballetschool in London and on her return to Perth, she became a founding member of @ochredance

Floeur also worked with Chrissie Parrott on her independent production Cicada in 2012 along with a number of other performance pieces for other companies and choreographers.

Floeur returned to France in 2016 to work with Robert Bestonso, ex star of the Paris Opera, and returned to Perth in 2017 To teach at the Aboriginal Theatre at WAAPA.

As a world renowned dancer and choreographer we are so blessed to have Fleour join the Empire family in 2019 

AMBER REID

MUSICAL THEATRE, SINGING & VOCAL TRAINING

Amber has been performing since she was 7yrs old, first appearing on Junior Australian Idol. She played the lead role in a production of The Sound of Music and has also notably performed as Guest soloist at several Carols by Candlelight events and has appeared regularly on local TV show “The Couch”. 
After completing her Cert IV Musical Theatre at WAAPA She is now currently in her 4th Year studying a Bachelor of Music (Classical Voice) at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
She is enthusiastic and passionate about Musical Theatre, and she is well loved by all her students particularly for her soft and gentle nature.
Welcome to the team Amber

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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