MEET THE TEACHERS
- Hip Hop, Acro
Born and raised in Canberra Jack moved to Melbourne in 2010 to pursue a career in the performing arts. Since then he has travelled and taught nationally and internationally as a working choreographer. He has worked alongside some of Melbourne's elite dancers and choreographers in stage shows such as the Footy Show, Underground Melbourne, and most recently was an ensemble cast member of Las Vegas Touring show "Legends in Concert" that saw him travel to China. Jack has worked with a huge number of the High School/Primary schools in Melbourne offering workshop and solo choreographic work. He values the importance of fun in the classroom and prides himself in his ability to communicate and connect with people of all ages.
- Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acro
Charlotte grew up training in all styles at Toepaz Dance Studio, undertaking assistant teacher training through the DanceStep program whilst also participating in several external and internal workshops and intensives to further her training. In 2022, she made the move to Sydney to train at the internationally recognised institute, Brent Street in the Contemporary stream, under the direction of Jessica Hesketh. After a year of intense training and learning, she graduated with her Diploma of Professional Dance (Elite Performance). In 2023, Charlotte has come back to Melbourne to be part of Lionheart Dance Company in their Company Training Program whilst spreading her passion and joy for dancing with the students she has the pleasure of working with at MOMENTUM!
Chase started dancing when he was 9 years old, he started out at a competition school called Dance Discovery, he trained in all sorts of styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, Contemporary, Hip-hop, and RAD, he has completed most of his ATOD and RAD exams and ranking up 5+ years in the competition scene. After his final year at Dance Discovery, he began his full-time journey at Spectrum Dance Studios completing his Cert III in dance and is now completing his Dual diploma of Musical Theatre and Professional Dance. He began assistant teaching in his final years at Dance Discovery, which lead him into teaching his own classes. Chase is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion with his students at Momentum and is excited to help develop and improve their acrobatical skills and technique!
- Acro, Contemporary, Hip Hop
Gabby started dancing when she was 4 years old, initially starting with ballet before branching out into Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics. She began assistant teaching in 2010 and took her own classes the year after, before being appointed the program facilitator for tinies and tap at Galactic Dance in Melton. Since then, Gabby has taught in over 10 schools across Melbourne in all styles across all ages. Her qualifications consist of a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), an Advance Graduate Diploma of Psychology, and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching, which awarded her VIT registration. In the dance industry, she attended The Space FIIT course in 2018, has worked in a number of sectors including drag and cabaret, and has been a member of Lion heart Dance Company for the last 5 years, performing in 2 professional seasons with them.
Gabby values innovation, individuality and fun in her classes, and uses what she learned in Psychology and Education in order to help children reach their full potential. She is looking forward to working with the wonderful students at Momentum this year!
Momentum is extremely excited to welcome her to the teaching team!
- Hip Hop, Commercial, Technique
Peyton has experience in the dance industry and training from not only Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in all styles of movement but was personally taught by Jack May for 6 years in hip hop at a number of studios around Melbourne. She has a Diploma in Dance and a Cert IV in dance teaching and management. Peyton has been on live television and music videos, as well back up dancing and much more. She is teaching Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop for Momentum this year and is excited to see what the students can gain from her extensive knowledge of performing arts!
- Acro, Hip Hop, Jazz
Lukas originally from Queensland, is a well known performer in the Melbourne dance community. Constantly experimenting with body awareness and movement control from a young age; Lukas finds inspiration from the people that surround him. Lukas specializes in urban and contemporary choreography and is an active member of Lion Heart Dance Company, you may have seen his work showcased in Grounded: battle of the arts or RAW – Transcend. Some of Lukas’s career highlights include dancing on Braille Face’s music video Glow or touring schools for book week through – Echelon Productions. Lukas is an incredibly diverse dance and experienced teacher, he has been sharing is passion for movement with the Melbourne dance industry for over 7 years and is a huge asset to the Momentum faculty. He is very excited about coming in to work with the Momentum students.
- Hip Hop, Commercial
Starting dancing from a young age kayla has always loved performing and had a passion for being on stage. With 8+ years in the competitive hiphop scene and going on to graduate with a diploma in dance from Jason Coleman’s ministry of dance in 2019. She has performed on the AFL Footy Show, White Night Melbourne, Australia’s Got Talent and have danced for artist such as Tones and I.
She loves to connect with her students and brings humour and fun into the classroom, it's a pleasure to have Kayla on board the faculty!
- Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical
Amy began her journey with dance at age 12 and was previously a competitive gymnast from age 5. Amy trained closely with Sue-Ellen Shook and Phill Haddad at Dancers Edge where she competed around Australia and overseas including the Dance World Championships for Hip Hop in the USA. At the age of 18 when she moved on to train at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. She has since received her Cert IV in Dance and has gone on to dance for the NBL Melbourne Phoenix and performed at the Australian Open among many other dance credits. Amy is passionate about passing on her love of dance to the younger generation and seeing her students grow and improve.