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Our Faculty

Kristyn Caley
(nee Tindall)

ARAD Solo Seal PDTD (Dip) Principal

As the Director and Principal of the school she aspires to nurture and create a love of dance in the students entrusted to her care.

Career Highlights

Kristyn completed her training with Tessa Maunder O.A.M and Karen Hudson in Newcastle and part-time with Tanya Pearson in Sydney (final year).

She was the recipient of the Royal Academy of Dance Isobel Anderson Award for Advanced and received her Solo Seal.

After competing in the Adeline Genée Awards in London, a Scholarship at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany was offered and accepted with a Diploma for her studies awarded two years later.

Kristyn performed and toured with the Stuttgart Ballet Company in Swan Lake, La Bayadère and Taming of the Shrew during the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons.

1998 – 2005 she accepted soloist contracts in Germany at Theatre Nordhausen and Staatstheater Kassel under the direction of Henning Paar, Theater Vorpommern as a guest performer and soloist in Mainfrankentheater Wuerzburg dancing leading roles such as Black Swan, Sugar Plum Fairy and the Ballerina in Petruschka.

Performances in various choreographies by leading European artists, including Renato Zanella, Henning Paar, James Sutherland, Juri Vamos and Thorsten Kreissig were among some of the highlights of her career.

In February 2005, Kristyn was chosen as one of twelve applicants worldwide to be accepted by audition into the Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters at Battersea Square in London obtaining her professional teachers’ status.

After returning to Australia in January 2007, Kristyn has taught at various ballet schools in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne, including Ecole Ballet Studio’s Lindfield; Redlands Cremorne; Victorian College of the Arts; National Theatre Ballet School Melbourne; The Ballet Class Rose Bay; The Conlon College Turramurra; The Dance Spot Randwick and Diedre Bronner School of Ballet Ramsgate.

Kristyn is also an accredited teacher with The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Vaganova) and Acrobatic Arts.

Julia Furnas

 National Character

Yulia started her “road to dance” in Russia, at the age of 5.

At 19 she graduated with distinction as a ballet dancer from the State Choreography Academy in Voronezh, Russia, where she studied classical ballet (Vaganova system), character and folk dance.

Upon her graduation Yulia joined the “Russian Seasons” Moscow State Dance Company (the breakaway group from famous Igor Moiseyev Ballet). At the same time she became a student of the Balletmaster Department in Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and graduated with distinction, receiving a Master Degree as a Producer- Choreographer.

Yulia was a soloist dancer with the “Russian Seasons” for 12 years, travelling the world extensively, performing the dances of many styles: from the technical Russian and the wild energy of Gypsy to the passionate flamenco of Spain and the tangos of Argentina, from the footwork of Irish dances to the choreography of Broadway. Amongst only 12 dancers she was chosen to participate in the unique Japanese production of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” butoh-style, choreographed by Min Tanaka.

During these international travels Yulia often was asked to give master classes at local ballet schools.

In 2005 Yulia moved to Sydney, where she taught National Character dance at the ballet and dance academies, prior moving overseas again in 2010, when she was teaching ballet and National Character dance in NY, USA and Manila, Philippines.

Yulia is happy to share her knowledge and expertise with students at L’Academie and promote the unique and captivating art of National Character dance in Australia.”

Jeremy Gates

 Ballet

Jeremy started his dance career as a commercial dancer. He represented Australia at World Hip Hop Championships in the United States with Phly Crew and was a lead dancer in music videos, festivals, clubs and corporate events across Australia and on Chinese and National TV. It wasn’t until his late teens that Jeremy’s passion for ballet overtook all other forms of dance and he made the decision to pursue ballet as a career.

Jeremy graduated the Tanya Pearson Academy Full Time program and continued his classical ballet studies at the selective Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Germany.

He was trained in the French and Russian (Vaganova) techniques under the direction of Stuttgart Ballet’s famous ex-principal dancers, Prof. Birgit Keil and Prof. Vladimir Klos.

Jeremy then received a soloist contract with the Thuringian State Ballet in Germany and went on to dance lead roles from classical ballets and contemporary works in Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Coppélia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Waiting room, Keimzeit, Der Joker, 27, Piaf La Vie en Rose and more.

Jeremy retired from the company and returned to Australia to concentrate on his teaching career.

He has adjudicated classical ballet sections at eisteddfods and since January 2019 has been a resident columnist for Dancetrain magazine.

As a teacher Jeremy aims to help students grow as technicians, artists and more importantly into kind, genuine, confident, passionate and hard-working people.

We welcome the commercial and overseas experience Mr. Jeremy brings to L’Academie.

Ella Makovec

Ballet & Lyrical

Starting ballet at the age of 3, Ella continued her love of dance at Balmain dance Academy (now Dance Development Centre), moving to Alegria Dance Studios in Wooloomooloo to complete her final RAD Dance Examinations; receiving a distinction in Advanced 2. Miss Ella trained in Martha Graham contemporary technique at Algeria Studios as well as training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2017.

Completing her High school education at MLC School, Ella participated in school dance, touring to America- performing at Disneyland, Madame Tussauds and various dance studios in LA and New York. Finishing the HSC in 2018, Ella received two ‘Call-back’ nominations for HSC Dance, as well as being a part of multiple successful state finalist Wakakirri groups assisting in both choreography and performance.

Additionally, Ella has been working in childcare since 2016, working for The After School Klub at various schools across the inner west. This includes Wilkins Public school, Camdenville Public school, Stanmore Public school and Taverners Hill Public school.

Ella is currently studying Nursing/Midwifery in her first year at University.

Melisa Ribola

Tamar Arzoumalian

Miss Tamar is a qualified Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teacher. She trained at The Conlan College where she was a full time student. She has been teaching 3 to 18 year olds for over 10 years and brings that expertise to the Inner West.

She has taught students who are now succeeding in The Australian Ballet and who are also training in Germany, Switzerland, Czech Rupublic, Holland and Norway, pursuing their dreams of becoming professional dancers worldwide.

Tamar is very passionate, truly loves teaching and uses her expertise, encouragement and empathy to ensure children have a fun and wonderful experience learning the art of dance.

Michaela Johnson

Hannah Evans

Jessika-Ann Eastlake

Natasha Macé

GUEST TEACHERS

  • Miss Christine Atkinson
  • Miss Karen Barker
  • Vi Lam
  • Brianna Leary
  • Strickland Young