ACADEMY OF DANCE

SUMMER SCHOOL

The summer school starts on 11th January 2021, will be on offer for all the following age groups: 

                                     Kids A       |       Kids B       |       Teens       |       Elite 

 

You can attend an individual day or a week-long workshop, discounts are provided for week-long attendance. A week-long attendance will also save you 50% on your enrolment fee for 2021.

The outline of your summer school timetable looks like the following:

  • Kids                   9:00 am - 1:00 pm

  • Teens & Elite      5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  • Monday             Acro, Circus Skills & Hip Hop with Serchmaa, Brett & Robbie

  • Tuesday             Ballet, National & Contemporary with Whitney, Anita & Robbie

  • Wednesday       Jazz, Commercial & Conditioning with Jennifer & Brett

  • Thursday           Tap, Pound & Audition Prep with Charlie, Jennifer & Saari

  • Friday                Musical Theatre: Triple Threats (Sing, Dance & Act) with Charlie, Jennifer & Saari

 

Pricing: $49.99 per day or $199.99 for the full week. Snacks and drinks supplied.  Hurry, limited spaces, book your spot today!! 

FACULTY

Serchmaa Oui

AcroDance

As a professional artist who has performed on international stages, touring with Cirque Du Soleil, Serchmaa is a Circus artist specialising in contortion and hand balance.

 

She is also trained in Hula Hoops, Aerial Hoop & Aerial Silks. Serchmaa started training at the ripe age of 4 and she started competing and performing internationally when she was only 9 years of age. She has travelled and performed in over 18 countries and across 54 cities. 

 

 

Serchmaa’s goal from a child was to perform with Cirque Du Soleil and she worked very hard until her dream became a reality 4 years ago where she was selected as one of 2 contortionists at an audition in her home country Mongolia where 300 were auditioning.

 

She joined the “Kurio” performance for 1257 performances over 4 years. During this time Serchmaa had the opportunity to work alongside professional physiotherapists and pilates instructors and has learnt a lot about how to take good care and maintain a healthy physique while doing extraordinary performances. 

 

As a teacher, Serchmaa is passionate about sharing her knowledge and expertise with her students and she loves seeing them learn and achieve their goals. She is encouraging and breaks down things for individuals as needed providing maximum support to students of all levels.

 

Serchmaa is excited to inspire, empower and explore with the Z Fit Studios community.

Whitney Eadon

Ballet

Whitney has completed her second year of studying Bachelors of Applied Science and  Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University. She also received a Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy at Evolve College.

 

Whitney trained as a dancer at Carmel Amelia School of Dance in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary for 10 years and continued her training at several dance studios in Bendigo. 

 

 

In 2018, Whitney was ranked in the top 10 of Victoria in her study of VCE Dance, Unit 3/4. She was awarded Honours for all Cecchetti Ballet Exams from Grade 1 through to Intermediate. Whitney competed in numerous troupes, solos and concerts, winning a range of performance awards and was selected to be a Victorian Cecchetti Scholar.

 

Whitney worked as a gymnastics coach and a dance teacher for several years at Palmer’s Gym. She was selected to be the principal dancer in the NEXUS Bendigo Youth Theatre’s production of Oklahoma.  

 

Whitney is excited to announce that she has been accepted into the Brent Street Performing Arts Course in Sydney, to commence in 2021.

 

She has loved training with the Z Fit Studios and being a part of the team.

Saari Frochot-Chauhan

Music Theatre

Saari has been dancing for over 30 years.  She comes with solid dance training and years of performance experience on stage in the lead and various other roles, particularly in Music Theatre.

 

With Bendigo Theatre Company (BTC) Saari performed as Velma in 'Chicago', Brooke in 'Noises Off' & Liza Minnelli in 'The Boy From Oz'. She also played Lucy in 'Avenue Q' for Three's A Crowd, for which she was commended by The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. Other awards include a Georgy Award for best performance in a musical (female), for her role as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast' with EMTC.

 

In addition to this, she has played many roles with CT Productions - Adelaide in 'Guys and Dolls' is her favourite. For Apollo Productions she played the title role of Princess Elizabeth in 'Princess Ascending' and again the title role of Mozart in 'Amadeus'. For Synchronicity she played Jane in Pride and Prejudice.

 

Her professional works include being an aerialist in Poppet Bendigo and playing the lead role of Sophie in the Belly Dancer for Tripwire Theatre.

Brett Beckhurt

Hip Hop, Commercial & Conditioning

Brett began his training in QLD at PPDC (Performance Plus Dance Center) where he trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Singing, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Hip Hop Lyrical, Commercial and Circus, completing his secondary schooling with QDSE while training with the Queensland Ballet, later in 2010, he made the big move to Melbourne to complete the Full-time Performing Arts course at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Todd Patrick, then furthering his training with NICA (National Institute of Circus Arts). 

Brett has travelled to and performed across Asia on several occasions and his choreography has been utilised around the globe in LIVE broadcasted shows, music videos and concerts as a performer and choreographer.

Brett is proactively building relationships and connections around the globe. Judging international and national competitions as an industry leader. He has had the opportunities to meet and work with some International Artists and Performers - Du0, Lorenzo, Nat Ho, Kris Wu, Jolin Tsai, Yoga Lin, Wilber Pan, Fatai, Jessica Mauboy, J Williams, Zoe Badwi, Jason Dy (The Voice PH, Champion), SONY Music PH and Gforce Dance Centre PH. Brett is always being scouted not only for his strong background and knowledge in dance but also because he is so incredibly passionate and driven to help people grow and achieve their goals. Brett’s strong zest in life shows through his dancing and always working towards bigger and better things for his career for working professionally in the performing arts industry in Australia and internationally.

Jennifer McClean

Jazz, Tap & Music Theatre 

Jennifer has worked extensively teaching the performing arts in a range of secondary schools over the last 8 years. She has over 23 years of dancing experience in all styles including Tap, Jazz, Classical Ballet - Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Contemporary, Hip-hop, Acrobatics, Street Tap & Ballroom. 

 

Jennifer has had many accomplishments over her years of the performing arts, one of her highlights includes dancing at Disneyland & Universal Studios. This was while she was completing a full-time dance course at Michelle Slater Performing Arts Studio, that allowed her to gain a Certificate-IV in dance and Certificate-III and Certificate-IV in personal training.

 

Jennifer has performed in many shows around Victoria including 'Seussical', 'Chicago', 'Hairspray', 'The King and I', ‘Mamma Mia’, 'Sweet Charity', 'The Addams Family', ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ and 'The Boy from Oz', just to name a few, many of these she had lead roles. 

 

She has also spent over 20 years competing across Australia in the Performing Arts, with hundreds of championship wins, podium places and aggregates under her belt. Her greatest competition accomplishment was winning the senior Theatrical Cup in 2012 at Royal South Street Society. 

Jennifer is now the Head of Department for Z Fit Studios Academy of Dance and an affiliate member of ComDance

Gabby Hasty

Kids Hip-Hop

Gabby has always loved dancing and has been learning and teaching dance for the last 19 years now. After starting in Jazz Ballet classes, Gabby later moved on to Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Funk.  

Gabby is known for her positive and encouraging attitude, her wonderful rapport with preschool students and her unique and edgy choreography. In 2019, she played the lead role of Alice in the play “Smoke & Mirrors’.
 

Robbie Brassington

Contemporary & Circus Skills

Robbie is a dancer, teacher and performer with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts and has been working in the dance industry professionally since 2011 across multiple styles.

A founding member of Liquid Skin Dance and Menagerie. He has also worked in Melbourne with Creative Behaviours, Stephanie Lake, Amanda Lever, and more.

 

He performed in the first iteration of "Hooked", an ongoing exploration of relationship expectations and gender roles in Sydney which has been pioneered and choreographed by Jay Bailey. 

 

Since moving to Bendigo he has become more interested in community-based dance and performance projects including working with ChunkyMove (“Simulcast”), Terry and the Cuz (“Sk!n”), Sam Thomas (Castlemaine State Festival and “Artlands”), as well as creating his own show “Take Flight” in 2018 and being Head-Choreographer in “Smoke and Mirrors” in 2019.

 

Robbie is an award-winning community artist with strong roots in teaching and youth workshops to develop the next generation of dance artists including workshops that have focused on fostering talent in young males with a passion for dance as well as a mentorship project centred on developing Flash Mob creation, development, and performance with young dance artists. 

Charlie Munday

Music Theatre & Audition Preparation

Charlie Munday is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, learning from Broadway professionals such as Chryssie Whitehead (A Chorus Line), Jimmy Kichler (American Ballet Theatre) and Ramon Galindo (Cats).

 

After graduating, Charlie has had the privilege of travelling the United States and performing professionally in theatres all over the country with highlights including Rudolpho (Matilda: The Musical), John Caleo (Holding The Man Off-Broadway) and Jimmy Smith (Thoroughly Modern Millie). As well as his performing credits, Charlie is also a Broadway World award nominated choreographer for his work on Mamma Mia!, Elf: The Musical and Young Frankenstein.

 

Most recently, Charlie has been working in Australia on virtual concerts and streamed shows for theatres in both New York and Nashville, Tennessee. 

Charlie is thrilled to be returning to his hometown to pass on what he has learnt in his last 5 years abroad. Find more about Charlie, at www.charliemunday.com

Anita Scott

National

Anita Scott Began dance training with the Solymossy Russian Dance School and then Victorian Ballet School Fitzroy with Dianne Parrington, Arthur Turnbull and Luba Baksheev in RAD, Russian Classical, Contemporary (Martha Graeme Technique) and Russian Folkloric Dance. Went on to study and train fulltime at the National Theatre Ballet School St. Kilda with Gailene Stock, Gary Norman and Michaela Kirkaldie.

 

Directed and/or choreographed plays, musicals and dance throughout Primary and Secondary School whilst being involved in many Free-Entertainment in the Park (FEIP) and Moomba events. Attended the Australian Film and Television School with Bob Phillips and had extensive experience in film and television including appearing in Good Guy/Bad Guy with Jackie Chan and Man from Snowy River. Appeared in many TV and Films including episodes of Man from Snowy River, Neighbours, Snowy, State Coroner, Glitch, Leftovers and recently in the Korean Film ‘Road to Boston’. Studied stage makeup at the National Theatre London.

Directed and choreographed several shows for Bendigo Theatre and Arts (now Apollo). Choreographed and trained the Mei Hua team at the Chinese Bendigo association for 6 years. Choreographed several troupes and solo items for Competitions including Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Mongolian, Italian, Greek and Polish.

Won the Choreographic award at the Bendigo Comps in 2014 (Chinese National Dance including Lion). Choreographed Fiddler on the Roof Bendigo 1995 and 2018 (Russian and Jewish Dance techniques).

Nominated for a Musical Theatre Guild Award 2018 for Costumes for Peter Pan Girton Grammar.

Completed Level 1 and 2 of the International Dance Syllabus by Alida Seagal. She teaches National dance regularly at Pre-school to Secondary School levels. Choreographed several dances for the last 3 years of the Festival of Lights at the Great Stupa (Korean, Chinese). Emergency Classical Ballet teacher for local ballet schools.

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