MISCHA CALNAN – Director & Principal
Mischa grew up dancing in Canberra before completing her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at ED5 International in Sydney. Mischa brings a wealth of knowledge with her to Dazzle and has been trained in all disciplines of dance as well as gymnastics. Mischa also holds an Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences and currently works in the industry as a Soft Tissue Therapist with a focus on dancers in injury management and prevention. Mischa is a vibrant and energetic teacher, an enthusiastic choreographer and has achieved some outstanding results with our Performance Team's and Soloists. Mischa aims to be a positive role model and help all her students become good humans as well as exceptional dancers.
TANJA ROBINSON – Founder & Artistic Director
Tanja founded Dazzle Dance Academy in 2011, starting out with just 30 students. Four years later, Dazzle had grown to over 100 students thanks to Tanja’s dedication to her students and her passionate vision for providing the highest quality in dance education. Tanja has 30 years dance experience in the industry and has studied and taught the following facets: Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Classical Ballet, Musical Theatre and Contemporary receiving the highest possible marks awarded in Classical Ballet and Contemporary. Tanja has always had a strong love of dance and a strong passion for teaching, having taught at various dance schools across Sydney. Tanja has studied the following syllabus; ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing), DMPA (Dance in Motion and Performing Arts), British Ballet and Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus. Tanja attends workshops with high profile teachers from Australia and overseas and keeps up to date with the latest dance training. Tanja aims to be a positive role model to her students and aspires to pass on a wealth of knowledge, different styles and love of dance to all her students.
ELLE MORRIS - Teacher
Elle holds Acro Dance Certification, a Certificate III in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Commercial Dance & Musical Theatre (Bartuccio’s, Melbourne). Elle also holds the position of Secretary of Board for Ausdance ACT. Elle has danced internationally completing contracts in Singapore and New Zealand. Her television credits include appearances on the AFL Grand Final Show (Channel 9), Bogan Pride (SBS), Good Friday Appeal (Channel 7) and as a featured instructor and presenter on Donna Aston's Fitness To Go DVD. Some of her live performance credits include performing as a solo aerialist for the Black Eyed Peas, various shows at Crown Casino and cheerleader for the Melbourne Storm. She has worked in administration and management roles in creative, production and entertainment businesses. In 2014, Elle became the Director and Principal of Dazzle Dance Academy. Elle adores the community spirit that has fostered amongst the families of the Academy and is passionate about providing quality dance education and building self-confidence in local rural kids
AMY FORMAN - Teacher
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Education and works as a Learning Support Assistant to students with special needs. Amy has been dancing for over 20 years, and has trained in RAD Ballet, National Character, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and African Dance. She has performed at various Canberra events including Dance On the Edge, the Dance Science Festival and as a member of African drum and dance troupe Olabisi. Amy is passionate about dance and dance education, and has been teaching for eight years in dance studios, preschools, primary schools and mixed ability classes.
LAUREN WALDOCK - Teacher & Assistant Teacher
Lauren teaches the Tinytots class and is highly passionate about working with young children. She is also the assistant teacher for Acrobatics. As a Senior Performance Troupe member she loves to perform and adores mentoring younger students at the Academy. In 2015, Lauren performed the main character role of the Stepmother in our end of year ballet production of Cinderella.
CAITLIN MAHONEY - Assistant Teacher
Caitlin has been dancing at Dazzle since its doors first opened in 2011. She was awarded the Champion Dancer Scholarship Award in 2013. Caitlin studies ballet, jazz and tap and is an accomplished member of the Senior Performance Troupe.
KEELY GOULD - Assistant Teacher
Keely is our current Champion Dancer Scholarship student. She studies ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop and is part of our Senior Performance Troupe.