2019 Teachers

JACK MAY

Jack began dancing at the age of 13 where his interests in freestyling created a number of opportunities for him to represent the ACT at national dancecompetitions. He moved to Melbourne in 2010 to pursue a career in the performing arts and has since then started what he hopes to one day become and empire. 2015 saw Jack accomplish a life long dream – the opening of Momentum Arts Studios his very own dance school. His passion for teaching and love for dance have fused to create a place where others can learn and develop their skills alongside this highly sort after Melbourne based Choreographer.

Jack has had a immense performing career that has seen him work on a number of large scale events such as the Footy Show Grand Finale Players Review, Australian Hip Hop Champs, Grounded, Short and Sweet Dance Festival, amongst many more. His choreographic achievements have seen him co-choreograph a number of productions for contemporary company Collaboration the Project. He was hand picked to teach at Victorian Dance Festival in 2014/16, he was assistant to world-renowned choreographer Erica Sobol on her teaching tour in Guam, and has taught workshops around Australia and most recently at a number of Studios in Japan. 

Jack believes his capacity to connect with students is his greatest strength, he loves working with all ages and abilities and strives to create a classroom environment where everyone feels comfortable to step outside their box and discover what they are truly capable of.

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KELLY AYKERS

After 45 years of training and performance, during which time she has choreographed, and assisted many Australian and international choreographers, Kelly is delighted that the natural progression of her career is now giving her the opportunity to pass her knowledge on to others within the dance industry. She is currently in pre-production for the launch of Company A, her own Broadway Dance Company in which she is producing, directing and choreographing it’s first production, Broadway and Beyond which will tour in 2019.

Her recent choreography credits include The Very Excellent Mister Dundee feature film, Follies in Concert for Storeyboard Entertainment, Annie the Musical for Gordon Frost, Sweeny Todd for the Australian Opera, The Wizard of Oz for GFO, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for the Production Company, Guys and Dolls for the Production Company.
She choreographed Young Talent Time for the Ten network, Fox 8 series Ultimate School Musical, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, the Youtube Fanfest at Darling Harbour, The Divorce film and mini series for the ABC, Star Struck Series 1&2, GTV 9 and My Brother Jack for the Ten Network, The Moonshadow workshop with Yusuf Islam, Masters Of Choreography: Shakespeare Comedies and Tragedies, Ringmaster, Zodiac and Once Upon a Time, the Australian Component of the opening event for the ICC Cricket World Cup and The Dancing With The Stars Promo. Circacolumbia circus shows, P&O Cruises, I Should be so Lucky at the Melbourne Festival. Recently, Kelly choreographed and also impressed in her debut as director and choreographerof the musical, Pippin for Parklife Productions and then again in 2017 in Chicago.

Her performance resume boasts credits in some of Australia’s finest professional Musical events. The lead role of Stephanie in Saturday Night Fever, the role of June in Chicago the Musical, the lead role of Helene in Sweet Charity the Musical, the role of Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, the role of Christine in A Chorus Line, the role of Patty Simcox in Grease the Musical, Funny Girl, Alana Scanlans Pictures, David Atkins Dynamite, David Atkins Dancin Man, Seven Little Australians the Musical. Dein Perry’s film Bootmen and the role of Lauren Gatley on Neighbours.

For 32 years Kelly has been one of this country’s most sought after dance and Musical Theatre teachers, working in Melbourne and Australia’s foremost universities and dance institutions. Kelly is Director and Owner of Parklife Productions Pty Ltd. and is proud to usher in the next generation of talent at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and Kelly Aykers Casual Dance in Brunswick.

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DONNIE DIMASE

Donnie Dimase is an established choreographer. Specialising in Commercial Jazz, Urban, Voguing & Waacking, Director of popular Tenacity Dance Crew and fortunate to have Won UDO World Championship with the First Place Title Representing Australia in Scotland, Glasgow UK and the HHI First Place Melbourne Championship Title 2017 Director of Ferocity Dance Crew and youth initiative Academy of Sass giving performance opportunity and training for upcoming Australian talent.

Founder of TENACITY ENTERTAINMENT creative directing and choreographing for Nightclub Entertainment including Billboard and Crown Casino. Artist for Show \ Business Melbourne 2017 and a graduate of Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, he has been Nominated for Victoria’s Favourite Dance Teacher by AusDance Australia, he is passionate for teaching, mentoring under various institutes including full time dance institutions and dance studios across Australia, Mentor at Victorian Dance Festival with the choreographer grant as well as mentoring at the ATOD Come Together Dance Convention Queensland and sharing his skills across the globe for Junior Eurovision (Tibilsi, Georgia), Dance Ginnastica (Rome, Italy) .
In addition, he has been nominated for the Short Dance Film award with his work, ‘Black Widow’. Resident Choreographer at Masters of Choreography including ‘Nightmare on Dance Street I + II’ and ’Once Upon a Time Chapter II’.

Donnie is honoured to have been selected to participate in Short + Sweet Dance Festival and to be awarded both the ‘Choreographic Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for his show ‘Own The Throne’ he is also selected Resident Choreographer at Raw: Natural Born Artists.

Amongst his many achievements and choreographic credits, he can include the Australian Open, The Greyhounds ‘Boylesque’, Fox FM, Crown Casino, Scouts Australia (Sydney Myer Music Bowl) ,ABC3, Miss Crown Asia Beauty Pageant, Dream Industry Party (Sydney) , White Night Melbourne, Underground (Melb / Sydney), Lili Kendall’s ‘Run’, Isabella Clarke ‘Speak Up’ , Grounded : Battle of the Arts and many more as well as performing for Usain Bolt, Nitro Athletics , Australias Got Talent, DreamWorks, Coca Cola, Special Olympics Opening Ceremony and many more.

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