Teaching Staff

Lauren Wall PhotoLAUREN WALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren began dancing at 2 years of age.  Lauren has extensive formal training in all styles of dance. Lauren successfully competed in many dance eisteddfods as a young child including the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing and Royal South Street Ballarat. Lauren formally trained at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for six years.  After gaining a position at the Queensland University of Technology to complete an Associate Diploma in Dance, Lauren decided instead to pursue a career teaching dance in Melbourne.

Lauren was offered a position at La Petite School of Ballet, where she taught for 3 years before opening the Lauren Wall School of Dance in 2002. Lauren is an accomplished Stage and Television performer. Laurens first Stage Musical was the Wizard of Oz at just 11 years of age. Lauren has danced in many events throughout Melbourne such as; Carols by Candlelight (Nine Network), The Good Friday Appeal, AFL Grand Finals, Holiday Pantomimes and Cabaret Floor Shows.  Lauren has been in television productions including Neighbours, Blue Heelers, The Flying Doctors, Halfway across the Galaxy and Turn Left and Fast Forward.  Lauren holds a Diploma in Classical Dance Teaching, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, First Aid Certificate, Working With Children’s Check and is a member of the British Ballet Organisation, The Australian Teachers of Dancing and Ausdance Victoria.

Janelle Wall PhotoJANELLE WALL

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janelle began dancing at the age of 3 years and was trained in all styles of dance.  Janelle has been teaching alongside Lauren for the past 13 years assisting the tap students and choreographing our tap routines for our competitions and our concerts.  Janelle has been the Business Manager of the Lauren Wall School of Dance since the studio opened in 2002.

Stephen Mcdowell PhotoSTEPHEN MCDOWELL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen studied early in life with Rhonda Runting and Janine Toward. Tertiary studies took him to the Victorian College of the Arts where he studied Musical Theatre under the direction of Martin Croft and Tim Smith.  Stephen then went on to further his studies under the guidance of Robert Sturrock at Industry Dance (where he is currently a Vocal/Musical Theatre lecturer for their full time course).  Stephens’ theatre credits include; Mary Poppins, Countdown, Into the Woods, Is There Life After High School and Eddie Perfects ‘UP’.  Stephens’ film and television credits include; Neighbours, The King – The Graham Kennedy Story, Carols by Candlelight and the Good Friday Variety Gala.

rebecca pettitt photoREBECCA PETTITT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca trained in all styles of dance as a young child under the direction of Donna Mellis and later with Kathie Redmayne at the Craigieburn School of Dance, where she completed all her Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet exams with the British Ballet Organisation.  Rebecca completed six years at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and then went on to complete her Bachelor of Dance at the VCA for her tertiary studies.  Rebecca is a qualified personal trainer having completed her Certificate III & IV in fitness / personal training.  Rebecca is currently the artist manager for the Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and has been a teacher at the Lauren Wall School of Dance for the past 8 years.

hara papouliasHARA PAPOULIAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hara Papoulias originally from Greece, started dancing at the age of 12. She has studied the RAD, ATOD and Cecchetti Syllabus while growing up. When she was 14years old she won the ATOD Victorian Junior Jazz Scholarship and the ATOD Australasian Junior Ballet Scholarship. She was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School where she studied full time for 4 years. After graduating from year 12 she was offered a training Scholarship to Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance Full time course where she studied for 2 years. She is honoured to have worked with so many diverse leading choreographers from Jason Coleman, Maggie Lorraine, Tim Harbour, Donna Krasnow and Jason Gilkison to name a few.

Hara’s career has already included performing at numerous different corporate performance events, Jagermeister Independent Music Awards alongside Hermitude. She has also been a featured dancer in the Deakin University TV Commercial and also ‘The Villain’ music video. She is fortunate enough to have danced alongside some artists such as semi finalist Steve Clisby from The Voice and Red Foo on the Australian Dancing with the Stars. Hara loves choreographing and creating new work. This is something she is very passionate about and aiming to push into her future.  There’s nothing she loves more then watching dancers express themselves through the steps she has created.

luke maggottLUKE MAGGOTT

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Maggott originally came from Cape Town, South Africa and moved to Sydney,  Australia when he was 10 years of age. He started his career in the world of karate where he worked up to his black belt and represented South Africa, Sydney and Victoria all before the age of 15.  He then moved into soccer at 16 once again climbing his way to representing Victoria.  All through these teen years of dedicated sports Luke regularly danced around wherever he was which lead to his love for street dancing.  He began his self taught training and 9 years later he followed through and began his 2 year full time training course at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

Luke has performed in numerous corporate events for independent companies and been featured in music video’s such as ‘The Villain’ by Hermitude.  He has also performed within Cricket Australia and reached the semi finals on ‘Australia’s Got Talent 2013’ representing The Ministry of Dance as their principal dancer.  Luke is working hard creating and choreographing his own work and is very much looking forward to the performances in the future.  His one promise to his audience is that he will take us back to the little children we were and leave us feeling like we’ve just began growing up again.  Luke continues to live by his own theory that we are all kids, just bigger.

troy phillipsTROY PHILLIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troy recently toured as the Resident Choreographer for Hairspray. Previously he was part of the choreography team for the 2011 Asian Games in Doha, and was an Associate Dance Director and Choreographer for the 2012/13 Victorian State School Spectacular.  He made his professional debut in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and his extensive musical theatre credits include: My Fair Lady; Sisterella; Chicago; Singin’ in the Rain; Get Happy! The Musical (dance captain) We Will Rock You; The Boy From Oz Arena Spectacular with Hugh Jackman; Guys and Dolls and currently King Kong.

As a dancer Troy has worked with Kylie Minogue, Christine Anu, Vanessa Amarosi, Marcia Hines, Jackson Mendoza, Guy Sebastian, and Delta Goodrem among many others.  He performed at the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Manchester and for the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney.  Film credits include: Moulin Rouge, Scooby Doo, Bootmen and Happy Feet.  Troy is a graduate of the Dance course at the Victorian College of the Arts.

simon fairweatherSIMON FAIRWEATHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simon started dancing at a young age under the guidance of Suzanne Martin, and his passion for dance led him to train full time at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.  Simon began dancing professionally at Tokyo DisneySea before spending 4 and a half years at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruises, performing as the Dance Captain for musicals such as Hairspray, Chicago and Saturday Night Fever.  Upon moving back to Australia, Simon was quickly signed by the Ministry Of Dance Agency and would like to thank them for their support.  KING KONG is Simon’s Australian musical theatre debut. Simon is a proud member of equity.

allecia duncombe

ALLECIA DUNCOMBE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allecia has been a student of the Lauren Wall School of Dance since it opened its doors in 2002.
Allecia is a strong dancer in all styles of dance.  Allecia has won many solos at competitions throughout Melbourne and Interstate, resulting in Aggregates, Grand Aggregates and National Championship Titles.  Allecia’s passion is to dance and she also assists the studio as a teacher both in private lessons and recently has been given the opportunity to teach our tiny tots who love every minute of each class.  Allecia is currently completing her Certificate II in Dance at the Lauren Wall School of Dance.

Jason Law Photo JASON LAW

 

 

 

Jason Law is a Professionally Trained Dancer, Choreographer & Creative Director, He is highly experienced in a range of styles from ballet, jazz and tap to contemporary, hip-hop and musical theatre which has enabled him to broaden his career from dancer to teacher to choreographer to “experience creator”. His study across all areas of the arts including dance training at Robert Sturrocks “Industry Dance” vocal training with Dean Lotherington, acting training with Richard Sarelle and Male Modelling with Tanya Powell, has facilitated his soaring career. Jason launched his choreographic company in 2009 (www.jasonlaw.com) producing shows for Crown Casino, Jessica Mauboy, the Geoffrey Edelsten and Brynne Gordon Wedding of the year, Obsidian the Elle Macpherson lingerie launch, Fashion+Aid, St Kilda Football Club Season launch, The Red Ball, That’s Entertainment Regent Theatre Ballroom, Nissan, BMW, Melbourne Fashion Week, WorkSafe Awards, BIBA Hair Parade and many more.

Deon Picture Profile DEON

 

 

 

Deon has worked extensively as a dancer and actor in film, television and theatre. Deon’s theatre experience began with the IMG/VSO production of West Side Story. Other credits include Red Hot and Rhonda, Sisterella, Oh What A Night, Get Happy, Fame – understudying and performing the role of Tyrone,Footloose and most recently Saturday Night Fever. He has toured with international artists Shaggy and Macy Gray, toured the U.K with Will Young and has worked with Kylie Minogue on both Mushroom’s 25th Birthday celebrations, Kylie’s On a Night like This tour and most recently with Havana Brown for the Asian Games 2015. Deon’s television credits include the ARIA music awards,X-Factor (UKTV), Hey Hey Its Saturday, IMT, Australian Film Industry Awards, the Good Friday Appeal, the Logie Awards, Fast Forward and Neighbours, Deon’s performance highlight was as a featured dancer in the films Moulin Rouge and Scooby Doo. Deon is the Dance Director/Choreographer for the ‘Victorian State School Spectacular” and was is also a member of the Wickid Force breakdance team who are Australia’s leading breakdance champions 3 years in a row, and have represented Australia in the International ‘ Battle Of The Year Championships’ in Germany in 2000, 02,03.

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ELLIE COOPER

 

 

 

Ellie Cooper has studied in all styles of dance and has studied at Barbara Lynch, Patrick Studios Australia (full-time performing arts course) and studied ballet with leading teachers from the Australian Ballet. Ellie has recently returned from the USA performing Vegas – the show with Norwegian Cruise Line which followed her Australian National Tour of Cabaret De Paris in 2013.

Dionne Nash Photo DIONNE NASH

 

 

 

Dionne Nash began her dance training at 4 years old, studying tap, jazz and ballet. After achieving her Teaching Diploma’s in Tap and Jazz at 17 years old, she travelled to Melbourne to study Performing Arts at Patrick Studios Australia, where she also began teaching with Lauren Wall School of Dance for the year of 2012. Dionne graduated her performing arts course with a contract offer from Tokyo Disney Resort. After two years with Tokyo Disney, Dionne is looking forward to returning to Lauren Wall for the year of 2015.

SONY DSCALISON FOSTER

 

 

 

Alison Foster has been involved in the performing arts ever since she first stepped onto the stage at the age of three. She grew up competing in eisteddfods and participating in examinations with the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD). Alison competed in ATOD Scholarships, and won the Victorian Open Tap (All ages – 1993), Junior Jazz (1994), Senior Classical Ballet (1998) and Senior Jazz (1999). In 1997 she was awarded a Victorian Premier’s Award after achieving the highest score in the state for VCE dance.

Following high school Alison moved to Ballarat to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre. Alison performed in numerous university productions, including The Pirates of Penzance, The Boys from Syracuse and Summer Rain. She was also dance captain for The Mikado and performed in her own one woman show as part of A Month of Sundays. After graduating Alison continued performing in theatrical productions throughout Melbourne, including Grease and Me and My Girl, and she also played the lead role of Cassie in Nova Theatre Company’s production of A Chorus Line.Complementing her studies in dance are further qualifications in Fitness and Massage. Both of these courses gave her a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, which is an asset to her work in dance. Alison has been a teacher for 18 years, teaching dance and drama to students of all ages. She has taught in Victoria and interstate and is also a dance adjudicator. She looks forward to teaching at Lauren Wall School of Dance.