Our Staff

  • Christie Walter

    - Director

    Christie Walter started dancing at the age of six, specializing in Jazz and Tap. By age 12 Christie was taking classes in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. When Christie was 20 years of age she started Ballet classes which led her to sit both her AICD Intermediate, Adv 1 and Teachers exams as well as sitting her Glenn Wood Tap exam in 2018.

    Over the years Christie started getting involved in various regional productions, leading her to her debut in musical theatre as ‘Cassandra’ in Footlight Productions’ ‘Cats’ in 2012. Christie has since done several more shows, including ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ with Geelong Lyric Theatre; ‘Evita’, ‘My Fair Lady’, ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Wicked’ and ‘Mamma Mia’ with Footlight Productions; and in 2018 Christie played one of the ‘Chorus Girls’, ‘Gladys’ in ‘42nd Street’, where she was also the Assistant Choreographer. Christie was nominated for a Victorian Musical Theatre Guild Award in the ‘Dancers’ category for her work in both Evita and 42nd St. Where she also won the ‘People’s choice’ award for her performance in 42nd St.

    In 2018 Christie was also fortunate to be a part of the production of ‘We Will Rock You’, playing both ‘Jackson 5’ and one of the ‘Teen Queen’ characters. Christie also choreographed the Sacred Heart, St Joseph’s College and Clonard school production of ‘Big Fish’ in 2016. Christie’s other credits include screen acting work in various commercials, short films and television shows, including Blue Heelers, Stingers and the 2001 television movie, Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story. In 2010, she was fortunate enough to travel to Los Angeles for a short acting program at Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

    In 2011, Christie and two other Infinite dancers formed an industrial tap trio called ‘Tap That’. Tap That won the Streets Are Alive completion that same year and were asked to audition for Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 and 2012.

    Christie took over as the Director of Infinite Dance Studios in July 2017 and remains excited to see what the future holds for her and the studio. One of Christie’s biggest accomplishments was walking the ‘Kokoda’ Track in April 2019. Something that has been on Christie’s bucket list for many years and an experience that she will hold very close to her heart.

    2020 had many memories but the highlight would be being able to share her journey as Director with Amanda Best.

    We love being able to work together and see what amazing and exciting things we can do from here.

  • Amanda Best

    - Director

    Amanda grew up in Melbourne and from the age of 3 began training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap. At 8 years old, Amanda successfully joined the cast of  ‘An Inspector Calls’ for an 8 week season at Her Majesty’s Theatre. This experience encouraged her passion for performing from a young age. Moving to Geelong at age 10 she found interest in Hip Hop and Contemporary to broaden her ability in more genres. In 2011 Amanda completed her VCE Dance studies at Sacred Heart College. After choreographing her first large group dance piece at SHC’s Mercy Arts Day at age 17, Amanda’s interest in coaching and mentoring began.

    In 2014, she completed a 2 year full-time Performing Arts course at Patrick Studios Australia, and obtained her Certificate IV in Dance.  Amanda performed in various entertainment performances at Crown Casino as well as dancing back-up for artists such as Jessica Mauboy and performed as a featured dancer on The Real Housewives of Melbourne. Other television appearances include ads for Target and Telstra Bigpond.

    Amanda has now had over 8 years teaching experience, beginning her career assistant teaching at multiple schools across Melbourne during her full-time dance training. On her return to Geelong, her passion for mentoring grew, and her desire to share her knowledge with future generations flourished. 2018 was Amanda’s first year at Infinite Dance Studios where she instantly felt at home. The energy and passion found in the studio was second to none, and Amanda was excited for her future at IDS. In 2020, Amanda’s lifelong dream became a reality and took on the role of Co-Director alongside Christie Walter. She is very excited for this new career adventure and cannot wait to see where this partnership will take IDS.

     

  • Yvette Synot

    - Head Ballet Coach

    Yvette commenced her early training at the Geelong Ballet Centre where she performed in ‘Coppelia’ with the Dancers Co of The Australian Ballet School and then went onto the Heidelberg Ballet Ensemble. Yvette came back to Geelong to teach both the RAD and Borovansky Syllabus where she also spent many years as Co-Director of the Geelong Ballet Centre sharing her passion for classical dance. She continued studying and began incorporating programs such clinical pilates into the ballet program and also went on to become a mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance as well as sitting on the Executive of the Australian Institute of Dance and examining.

    Yvette continues to share of love her of dance with Infinite as our Head Ballet Coach. Former students have been accepted into many full-time schools throughout Australia with others now as Directors, Teachers, Performers and Choreographers within the industry.

  • Casey Angus

    - Administration, Junior Ballet & Contemporary Coach

    Casey began dancing at the age of three, training in ballet, jazz and contemporary. This enlightened her passion for dance and has since been training in hip hop, tap and acrobatics as well.

    Throughout her training, Casey completed her RAD syllabus ballet exams (Grades – Primary to Advanced Foundation), all to a distinction level.
    In 2018, Casey commenced training at Infinite Dance Studios where she was fortunate enough to learn from devoted and enthusiastic staff members and compete for the studio multiple times.

    Casey graduated from Secondary School at the end of 2018, achieving Dux of VCE Dance for Sacred Heart College Geelong and was selected to perform in the Top Class for VCE Dance.

    Moving to Sydney in 2019, Casey commenced a full time dance course at Brent Street Studios where she attained her Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) – Focusing on Performing Arts. This allowed her to perform on ‘The Voice Australia’ and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as well as performing with artists such as Guy Sebastian, Casey Donavan and Tim Campbell.
    Studying Business at Deakin University, Casey will obtain skills and knowledge which she hopeswill be a useful asset for Infinite.
    Casey began her teaching by assisting classes around Geelong and after returning from Sydney wants to further her teaching as it has become a passion of hers and she is fortunate enough to do this, here at Infinite.

  • Sarah Sheils

    - Beginner, Junior & Senior Acrobatics Coach

    Sarah grew up in Melbourne and at the age of 3 attended her first ballet class followed by beginning jazz classes at age 5. Sarah later began to take contemporary and acrobatics classes at WestEnd Performing Arts as her passion for dance continued to grow. Sarah started out as a student teacher in 2009 assisting with jazz and acrobatic classes. In 2011 Sarah completed her year 12 VCE dance unit at Rosehill Secondary College in Essendon.

    In 2015 Sarah moved to a remote town in Western Australia’s South East, where she opened a small dance school which was extremely successful, however a year later moved back to Victoria to complete her Bachelor of Education at Deakin University where she is completed her final year in 2019. She currently is working at Lismore Primary teaching grades 3-6 and still loves to come back down to Geelong on Friday afternoons to teach our Acrobatics students.

    Sarah has recently completed an Acrobatic Arts course which allows for stronger technique and the opportunity for the students to sit exams.

    Sarah loves being part of the IDS family. She cannot wait to see the progress throughout the studio.

  • Chloe Lewis

    - Beginner, Junior & Intermediate Hip Hop Coach

    Chloe began her journey, training as a dancer in 2011 at Infinite Dance Studios. Chloe has participated in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and singing lessons and can’t imagine her life without dance!

    The skills learned have given Chloe opportunities to perform in many dance competitions with her friends, experiences in amateur musical theatre performances, and the ability to perform at multiple fundraisers.

    Chloe’s strongest friendship bonds were formed through dance at Infinite. Chloe has appreciated the genuine kindness of her many teachers over the years. She hopes
    to influence the current students to love dancing just as much as the teachers at infinite did for her. She hopes they will enjoy every class, always leaving with a huge smile on their faces!

    Chloe joins Infinite in 2022 as a Hip Hop Coach .

  • Brooke Lecchino

    - Junior Tap Coach

    Brooke is a local Geelong girl that has been dancing for over 15 years training in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics. She completed the bulk of her training  here at Infinite Dance and was a student for 9 years in the elite teams participating in multiple competitions over the years, whilst completing various AICD ballet exams and Glen Wood Tap  exams.

    Throughout her training in Geelong, Brooke has been lucky enough to perform at several events across the region including the Geelong Cystic Fibrosis Gala Dinners and the Barwon  Health Foundation Gala Ball. She has also been involved in several theatre productions including Geelong Lyric Theatre Society’s production of “Annie” and CenterStage’s production of “42nd  Street”. Brooke was then humbled to be nominated for the Tony McShanag Dancer’s Award for “42nd Street” at the Victorian Musical Theatre Guild Awards in 2018.

    In 2019, Brooke undertook  training at Patrick School of the Arts in Melbourne to further extend herself as a performer which led her to obtain a certificate II and III in Dance. Her training at PSA led her to further  performance opportunities such as performing for Southern Beat Productions at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for “Ovation” and performing at the IGLA opening ceremony as well as other various  events across Melbourne. B

    rooke is so excited to be back at Infinite and share her immense passion for dance with her students.

  • Chelsea Hewitt

    - Junior and Intermediate Contemporary Coach

    As a previous student at Infinite Dance Studios, Chelsea is beyond excited to start this new chapter.

    Chelsea fell in love with teaching dance after becoming and assistant teacher whilst a student at  Infinite, and loved everything about working with children. This also led to Chelsea’s journey in Childcare. Combing two of her favourite things is an absolute dream, and Chelsea is so looking  forward to sharing her knowledge and experience in contemporary, ballet, jazz and hip hop with a new generation of aspiring dancers.

    Since studying at infinite, Chelsea has been able to take all  hat she has learnt and further her career and training in the dance industry. Chelsea has had the privilege of being a member of Scimm Dance Company for 2 years, where there has been work in  music videos, many auditions and exams, and the opportunity to perform on stage with guidance from some of the industry’s best choreographers.

    Chelsea is grateful to be sharing her love of dance  and teaching with you all at Infinite

  • Terri Spronken

    - Costume Manager & Administration

    Terri has been involved with Infinite Dance Studios for the past 10 years as a mother, backstage helper, and more recently as Costume Manager and Administration assistant. Terri studied Bachelor of Arts Journalism at Deakin University and worked as a Pharmacy Account Manager for Revlon Australia before she became a wife and mother.

    Her two daughters have been dancing since the age of 4 and Terri enjoys watching them develop as dancers and learn from the great teaching staff that Infinite Dance Studios provides. Terri enjoys travelling with her family and in 2015 they spent 3 months visiting Europe, England and the United States.

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