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.

  • Lochlan Erard

    - Musical Theatre and Senior Jazz Coach

    Lochlan is a graduate from the Musical Theatre course at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and also Marko Panzic’s The Dream Dance Companies: Show/Business. Before this Lochlan trained as a dancer under the direction of various choreographers across Victoria, and gained experience in Music Theatre with the GSODA Junior Players through most of his childhood.

    2018/2019 found Lochlan at sea as a Production cast Dancer and Dance Instructor with Celebrity Cruise Lines. Previous to this he danced at the ICC Cricket World Cup (Beside X Factors, Nathaniel Willemse), YouTube Fanfest/Brandcast (Sydney, Australia), and had featured roles in Masters of Choreography’s “Once Upon a Time, Chapter 2” and “A Nightmare on Dance Street, 2”.

    Under the direction of Kelly Aykers (Director/Choreographer) and Stephan Gray (Musical Director) Lochlan was involved in their production of Pippin, where he was fortunate enough to play the title role Pippin, and then involved in their production of Chicago.

    Lochlan was part of Footlight Productions Disney’s Mary Poppins (the role of Neleus) and Wicked(the role of Chistery). Back in 2014 Lochlan had his first named role in a musical with the GSODA Junior Players in their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (the role of Lumiere).

    Lochlan continued his journey with GSODA as choreographer on their production of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage and various showcase productions. Lochlan has been the choreographer for Footlight Productions Wicked, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Mamma Mia where has worked closely with the director, Alister Smith.

    Lochlan has been thrilled to not only be creating but also sharing his knowledge and experience in dance and performance across dance schools in Geelong and the Melbourne area for a number of years now.

  • Jack Rowan

    - Contemporary Coach

    After graduating full-time Dance/Musical Theatre training on a scholarship at The Ministry of Dance, Jack Rowans most recent attainments have been on Television in the 2018 Lee Jeans Campaign, Channel Nines ‘Postcards’, and undertaking Dance Captain for Channel Sevens ‘The Big Music Quiz’, including dancing for the ‘NFL College Football Show’ airing on American FOXTEL. Other dance credits include SCIMM Dance Companies 2018 season of ‘Senseless State’, backup dancing for Zoe Badwi, a featured dancer in ABC’s docuseries ‘Unboxed’, and the recent ‘YRSNO’ Music Video, ‘Imaginary Boys’ Music Video and Samsonite Campaign as a featured dancer.

    Jack has also trained/worked in Tap, Hip Hop, Commercial, Jazz, Contemporary and musical theatre. Previous training through Broadway Dance Centre NYC, The Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Australian Dance Performance Institute and Premier Dance Academy.

  • Brianna Taylor

    - Intermediate & Senior Elite Tap Coach

    Brianna Taylor is one of Australia’s leading Professional Tap Dance artists. The Far North Queensland country girl turned Melbournian fell head over heels for Tap and Performing Arts from the young age of four, training in jazz, tap, commercial, classical, contemporary, hip hop/urban and musical theatre. Her passion for Tap saw Brianna relocate from her hometown to train at Brent Street in Sydney, one of Australia’s top performing arts academies.

    A career highlight is being one of the first Australian female tap artists to perform on Broadway in New York with RAW Dance Company’s ‘UNTAPPED’ USA tour. Brianna has recently returned to Aus after living in the USA performing as a lead female tap dancer in Vegas residency show OPIUM at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, choreographed by Dein Perry & Melinda Sullivan. Other recent achievements include Disney’s ‘Mickey’s Christmas Big Band,’ Disneyland Paris, 2017 & 2018 seasons. Performing with American tap company, Rhythmatic, directed by Nick Young in the companies production, ‘On Top of The World’ in Bermuda, LA & San Diego, California. She also performed as part of the cast in New York company Apartment 33 production ‘Where Dreams Are Made’ (NYC).

    Brianna is the Co Director and Founder of the Australian Tap Dance Company alongside Thomas Egan, Jack Egan & Peta Anderson which launched in 2019. Their first works will be showcased in Sydney in March 2020 with a vision to present engaging works for audiences here in Australia and to tour works around the globe producing and creating work for Australian tap dancers.
    Brianna is sponsored by Capezio as a Capezio Athlete Ambassador of which she extremely proud of.

    Brianna has studied at both Broadway Dance Centre (NYC), Steps on Broadway (NYC) and at the American Rhythm Centre (CHI) where she was offered a scholarship to train with Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies. A force to be reckoned with, Brianna has made a prominent mark on the Australian tap scene, working with some of America’s and Australia’s leading tap production companies.Brianna has taught at some of Australia’s leading dance institutes around the country and in the USA.

    Brianna is extremely passionate about building a strong female market for tap dance by highlighting and generating opportunities for women in the industry; particularly in Australia. Her love for music and rhythm is infectious and she promises to continue to honour the history of the dance, and inspire and spread her passion for this art form through education.

  • Angela McNay

    - Beginner & Junior Hip Hop Coach

    Ange has always loved dancing since a young age but didn’t start lessons at a studio until the age of 11. She trained in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop for 4 years before joining Infinite where she has now been dancing for 5 years. She enjoys training in Hip Hop and Jazz.

    In 2017, Ange completed her certificate II in VET Dance at Geelong High School and VCE Dance certificate & Year 12 VCE certificate at Western Heights Secondary College. After discovering her passion for Hip Hop, Ange joined a competition team in 2019 where they  won the title of State Champions which progressed them to Nationals in Gold Coast where she placed 3rd in Australia.

    Ange loves being apart of the Infinite family and is very excited to dive deeper by extending her training into teaching Hip Hop at IDS. She can’t wait to see what this year of dance brings to the table!

  • 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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