OUR TEACHERS

The teachers are wonderful with my girls, and the NDS studios are their home away from home.

 

We feel very privileged to be a part of the NDS dance family!

- Jackie Rowe -

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EMMA KOHONEN

Principal

Emma Kohonen (ARAD) started her dance training on the Northern Beaches at Dance North Academy when she was five years old. She completed all her RAD ballet exams, ISTD modern and tap exams and performed in Sydney Festival Ballet company for many years.

After studying full time dance at Manly Dance Arts Centre she successfully auditioned for the Moulin Rouge at the young age of 17yrs. Emma worked for Dance Encore Productions for many years dancing in Japan as a showgirl, as well as performing in the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

After settling back in Sydney, Emma began working at Northbridge Dance Studios in 2001, and got her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching qualifications. Emma has also completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at Charles Sturt University. 

Emma recently took over as principal at NDS in 2018 and is looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to the studio.

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LEIA HAJDUCZOK

Head Teacher

Leia started her classical ballet training at age 5 with Beverly Waters in Adelaide, South Australia. She completed her RAD Advanced 2 under the tuition and guidance of Christine Underdown and Natanya Andonas.

While in South Australia Leia performed as an artist of the SACB Company, dancing Principal roles in her final 4 years with the company.

In 2012 Leia graduated from The Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts [WAAPA] with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and a focus on Dance Teaching. During her time at WAAPA, Leia was fortunate to work with world renowned teachers and choreographers including Kim Mccarthy, Gabrielle Nankivell, Melanie Lane and Justin Rutzou, and was accepted for a placement with Australian Dance Theatre.


Leia is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, having been awarded her Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies with Distinction in 2020. She is also a certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique, and an accredited Acrobatic Arts instructor.

Leia has taught for a number of schools around Australia and has been with Northbridge Dance Studios since 2016. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of dance and strives to instil strong technical understanding as well as expressive artistry in her students.

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GEORGIA PUNCHARD

Head Teacher

Georgia Punchard started dancing at a very young age and has developed a strong passion for performing and teaching over the years. She is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and specialises in JFH. 

Georgia moved from her hometown, Cairns to Sydney to study and achieve her Diploma in Performing Arts at ED5 International. After graduating she signed with the renowned agency Jeep Management and has worked amongst the biggest names in the Sydney dance scene.  

Her credits include The Squared Division, Guy Sebastian, The XFactor, The Voice, Dance Boss, Samantha Jade, The Boy From OZ (Musical), Long Way to the Top Australian Tour, Spiegel’esue, Sneaky Sound System, Debora Cox, PACHA Sydney, The Thunderettes, Sam Powers Illusionist, Marcia Hines and Russell Crowe. She finds time for the small screen and has featured in TVC’s for Bonds, The Bachelor, Powerball, Kmart, U by Kotex, Hungry Jacks and Ministry of Sound. Georgia has also performed overseas with contracts in Macau, Hong Kong and Paris. Her contract at Hong Kong Disneyland furthered her training as she learnt a variety of aerialist skills and performed in challenging shows. She strives to push herself as a performer, choreographer and teacher.    

Georgia loves sharing her knowledge with the amazing students of Northbridge Dance Studios. 

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MADELEINE RUSSELL

Head Teacher

Madeleine grew up in Adelaide, SA, training at Terry Simpson Studios where she completed all RAD Ballet Exams including Advanced 2 with Distinction. She has been dancing since age 2 not only in ballet but Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern and Musical Theatre. Madeleine has also been singing and acting from a young age.

After finishing yr 12, Madeleine moved to Sydney to perform at the Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia. That year she completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street Studios. Madeleine has recently graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from Federation University where she trained intensively in singing, acting and dancing full-time for 3 years.

Madeleine is an energetic and enthusiastic performer with a love and passion for the performing arts. 

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Tatjana Wong

Teacher

Tatjana started dancing at Northbridge Dance Studios at the age of 4, taking classes in classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip-hop. She completed all Royal Academy of Dance exams up to Advanced 1 with distinction.

 

At the age of 12, Tatjana was given the opportunity to train at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, as part of their Interstate Training Program (ITP). Through her 3 years in the program she was able to further her classical technique, gaining valuable insight from prominent teachers and artists of the Australian Ballet.

 

In 2017 Tatjana moved to Brisbane, Queensland after successfully auditioning for The Queensland Ballet Academy where she trained under the supervision of Li Cunxin (Mao’s Last Dancer). Tatjana’s training at the Academy provided world class ballet training, and experience working with professional dancers and choreographers from around the world.

 

Tatjana has assisted with classes at NDS for the last few years and graduated from high school in 2019. She is looking forward to joining the NDS teaching faculty in 2021, and passing on her knowledge to the next generation of dancers.

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Chloe Mahony

Teacher

Chloe began dancing at the age of 3 in Singapore. She moved to Sydney in 2009, where she continued her dance training at Northbridge Dance Studios, studying ballet, modern and jazz. She graduated in 2020, after completing all RAD exams up to Advanced 1 with Distinction. Chloe competed in a number of eisteddfods, dancing group, duo and solo pieces in a range of styles.


Chloe successfully auditioned for the Australian Ballet ITP program in 2013. She remained part of the program for 3 years, in which time she was fortunate to receive training from a number of world-renowned teachers. This experience not only helped to extend her training and technique in classical ballet but exposed her to the full-time and professional ballet world.


After graduating year 12, Chloe joined the NDS team, assisting with afternoon classes and teaching preschool classes. Chloe is now an accredited Ready Set Move, Ready Set Ballet and Ready Set Dance teacher, and is excited to teach and inspire the young and talented dancers at NDS.

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Isabella Morgan

Teacher

Izzy started dancing at the age of 2 and has subsequently trained in many styles including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap and Ballroom Dancing. She has completed all RAD ballet exams up to and including Advanced Foundation and is currently working towards her Advanced 1 and 2 exams. Izzy has competed in group  eisteddfods in Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz and was selected to represent her school in Ballroom Dancing.   

Izzy is passionate about dance and has studied at Northbridge Dance Studios since she was 3 years old. She graduated from high school in 2020 and has been assisting with classes at NDS for the past few years. 

Izzy has worked as part of a selective special needs buddy program, which involved teaching and working with young special need students. She has also trained in Trapeze, Ariel Silks and Hoop Diving.

Izzy is excited to be able to share and pass on her knowledge and love of dance to her students.