Faculty

Arianna Karailias R.A.D R.T.S - Principal

 

Arianna is a qualified dance instructor with extensive dance training. Arianna has been involved in dance since the age of five and danced with various establishments including The Dance Class Studio & Illawong Dance Studio.

 

Her training includes RAD Ballet, Contemporary, FATD Tap, Jazz, Funk, FATD Modern, Spanish Character and Belly Dancing. She has also studied Speech and Drama for seven years with Baracourt Studios, Milperra.  

 

Arianna has had the opportunity to learn from many talented professionals throughout her career including Kim Traynor, Larissa Flack, Patricia & Valma Sail, Shane Preston and Ana Kypreos, all of which have aided her and helped nurture her talents as a professional dancer and an instructor.

 

Arianna currently holds her Intermediate - Licentiate Level 2 FATD Modern Teachers Certificate and her Elementary - Associate Level 2 FATD Tap Teachers Certificate.  She also completed her RAD Ballet Teachers course in 2009 to become a registered instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance.  

 

Arianna has performed at the Engadine Musical Society – Wizard of Oz, HairExpo, Major Football Events, Boxing Events, Yellow Pages Launch, Australia Day Celebrations with Human Nature, ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ and currently performs in Cabaret Shows ‘Rocking Around the Country’, ‘Aloha Elvis in Hawaii’ and ‘The Follies’ as well as professional Belly Dancing. Arianna has also modeled for ‘Brazil Australia’ and does promotional work for South Sydney Rabbitohs.

 

In 2010, Arianna completed her Zumba course and is now a licenced Zumba instructor and Zin member.

 

As principal and proprietor of Illawong Dance Studio (2003 - 2008) and The Dance Empire (2007 – Current), Arianna aims to help nurture the talents of her students in order to achieve the best possible results. She takes great pride in her work and strives to ensure her students receive the best possible advice and training. This is undoubtedly reflected through the high grades attained by her students in both exams and eisteddfods.

 

Arianna holds her current working with children check.

Eliza Cummins

 

Eliza Cummins grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW where she began her dance classes at the age of 4. She trained in the styles of jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre and calisthenics, as well as starting her teaching and choreographing career at the young age of 14.

Eliza furthered her training by completing her Certificate IV in Performing Arts Dance in 2012 at Lee Academy. There she also developed her skills in acrobatics, aerial arts (silks and lyra) and stunt cheerleading. Upon completing her full-time qualifications Eliza danced at The Star Casino, Sydney alongside star acts including Psy, The Twins, Swedish House Mafia and more!

From December 2013 to March 2014 Eliza took her dance career international to the Gran Festival Resort in Mexico performing acrobatics, Latin American Ballroom and Western styled routines. Once she returned home to Australia, Eliza began working with The Wiggles, and appeared as a featured dancer on their ‘Rock n Roll Pre School’DVD.

Eliza has been living and working in Western Sydney since 2014 as a passionate dance teacher and choreographer. She continues to develop successful competition troupes and soloists and shares her knowledge to all ages and abilities.


Currently, Eliza is also studying a Bachelor of Dance and Physical Education to further her career and knowledge in the industry.

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