Amy Jelfs Balbi
Amy has trained in Ballet, Jazz and Tap from the age of 4. She attended Newtown High School Of The Performing Arts, Australia's leading Performing Arts High School, where she developed her skills in Modern and Contemporary. She complete her Certificate 4 in Performing Arts at Brent St, earning her a spot in Sydney's leading Dance agency. Professionally Amy performed at many corporate events, including the opening of Fox Studios and the launch of Super Bowl Australia. Some other highlights include performing in Disneyland LA, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2000 Olympic Games, and dancing behind stars such as Marcia Hines, Kylie Minogue and Chris Isaak. She toured with two Children entertainment shows The Powerpuff Girls and The Noddy Show.
She found her true love being back in the class room teaching and sharing her knowledge with her students.
Amy ran a successful dance studio in Randwick Sydney for 12 years, selling it in 2018 with over 300 students. Being a studio owner is something Amy is passionate about. She loves to find the missing pieces that students need to fulfil their goals and make their dreams become a reality.
Laura Kate Terry
Contemporary Lyrical Ballet
Laura-kate Terry fell in love with dance when she was 14 when she was given the opportunity to perform with the the byron ballet company corps de ballet. Over eight years of hard work laura-Kate worked her way through the corps de ballet and is now currently a principal dancer with the company. Within this time with byron ballet company laura-Kate has been privileged to perform in ballets such as; the nutcracker Coppélia Peter and the Wolf, Les Sylphides, Paquita and Swan Lake. Her favourite production was performing the Chosen One in Rite of Spring.
Laura-Kate trained in Cecchetti ballet and prepared for auditions! In 2009 Laura-Kate was honoured to be selected to study full time dance at The Queensland Dance School of Excellence, it was here Laura-Kate was mesmerised by contemporary dance. Upon graduating from Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 2010 Laura-Kate was one of two selected to join Lucid Dance Theatre under Artistic Director, Louise Deleur. In 2012 Laura-Kate successfully auditioned for Queensland University of Technology and secured a placement studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance, where she worked with choreographers such as Csaba Buday, Sammi Williams, Jason Duff and Graeme Murphy. Laura-Kate is now focusing on sharing her wealth of knowledge and love of dance to the next generation of dancers.
Kerry recently made the move from Sydney to the Byron Hinterland with her family and decided to make a return to teaching ballet currently undertaking the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching. Previously Kerry graduated from QUT in Brisbane with an Associate Diploma of Arts – Dance and then completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology. Kerry has 13 years teaching experience in RAD ballet, contemporary and jazz classes. Past students using her choreography for auditions entered the Australian Ballet School and QDSE with a number going on to enter the Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet and New Zealand ballet company. Kerry performed for a number of years as a commercial dancer in Qld for shows including at Dreamworld, Warner Bros Brisbane Fashion Week and Brisbane Convention Centre and worked as an actor in small TV parts and commercials. Kerry worked for a year at the RAD headquarters in London as registrar for distance learning courses. The following years involved lots of travel with her now husband, which provided opportunities to see many forms of dance, music and performance around the world. Following the birth of her two children, Kerry became a personal trainer specializing in post-natal training and is also a qualified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Returning to ballet teaching feels like a natural progression for Kerry and she is excited to mentor students in ballet.
Meet The Team
Our team of highly skilled professionals are all qualified in their field.
Jazz Musical Theatre
Sher Manu has had a passion for Dance and creative expression, telling stories through dance for a large part of her life. Spending most of her childhood days in the Dance studio, fine tuning her Jazz & Tap skills, she knew she had found her passion. Becoming the director of her own Dance studio in her late teens, Sher used this time to hone and practice her Choreographic skills for many years to come. After a successful 10 year experience in this Director’s role, Sher moved to the UK to explore Choreographic opportunities abroad. Here, Sher was offered the role of Choreographer in the Professional production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ the Pantomime in Cork, Ireland, amongst various other projects, including assisting in the auditions for Disney’s, ’High School Musical UK’ in London. Sher returned to Australia to work on 'So You Think You Can Dance Australia’ and was fortunate to work on Seasons 2 & 3 & more recently was hired as a Contemporary choreographer on the hit series ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Sher’s Choreography is often described by people as ‘Innovative, Quirky, Clever and Unpredictable’. Sher is currently based in beautiful Byron Bay, NSW working as a Freelance Choreographer and is grateful to still be in the dance studio, creating stories with passionate dancers.
Sue Page was previously co-owner of the School of Arts Academy of Dance, Bondi for 35 years. Sue is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has sent vast numbers of students for RAD exams with 100% pass rate. Sue performed with the famous ‘Ziegfeld Follies’ whilst living in London and has performed in many clubs and nightclubs in NSW as part of the stage act ‘John St Peters & the Sharelles’. Sue taught for Amy, her daughter in law, at Dance Chora for 10 years. She loves teaching young ballerinas and sharing her vast knowledge of dance.
Ready Set Dance
Bethany has been dancing, performing teaching and choreographing for 16 years combined. She started casual dance classes as a young girl, which led to local competitions and gigs, which is where her passion grew. Bethany then went on to complete her Diploma of Dance Performance at full time for two years at Dance Force in Tweed Heads, where she toured Australia twice with their graduation show. During her time at Dance Force she more frequently started teaching and choreographing all styles, but mainly focused on the younger age groups, and training in Ready Set Dance. Recently, Bethany has been assistant choreographer alongside Anna Jacques for 'Wicked' at Ballina Players.
Bethany’s passion is dance and is excited to be continuing her career with Dance Lab Studios in 2020.