Diana Sakaris


Managing & Artistic Director

Born in Sydney, Diana started dance classes at the age of four. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and National Dance at Joan and Monica Halliday’s Dance Art Centre, where she undertook all her dance training and completed all R.A.D. levels up to advanced and Jazz Examinations with Distinction.

Diana also completed an associate Diploma in Childcare Studies and Social Science where she blended her artistic talents with her love of teaching children.

Prior to founding Tempo Red Academy, Diana served as Head of the Babies and Tiny tots program at Brent Street Studios, as well as teaching across other genres and disciplines. Diana has over 20 years’ experience as a dance teacher and choreographer and is passionate about training her students to be versatile dancers in all styles of the performing arts with a strong foundation in ballet. Diana has recently implemented into her performing arts school the internationally acclaimed & award winning babyballet® pre-school dance program, for boys and girls 18months to 4 years. It’s the perfect start for Tempo Red’s youngest dancers to begin their dance journey by experiencing the magic of babyballet and igniting their passion for dance.

Shae McDougall

Private Voice

Born on the Northern Beaches, Shae started dance at the age of 5 and danced throughout her school years at Tempo Red. While Shae studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Drama, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acrobatics, her true passion was in the Urban Hip Hop, Break dance field and Singing.

Her friendly and bubbly personality, along with her connection to Tempo Red and love for the performing arts, made her a natural candidate as our Studio Coordinator. Shae has a Bachelor of Music and Sound Design, Certificate IV in Entertainment and has complete multiple courses under Cheryl Porter the World’s No.1 Vocal Coach.

We are thrilled Shae is part of our team and teaching private voice.

Deborah Patience

RAD Ballet (Registered Teacher), Progressing Ballet Technique & Body Conditioning

Deborah studied RAD ballet and ISTD National Character as a child with Dalvern Thom and then went on to continue her studies full time with Joan and Monica Halliday, completing all levels including her RAD Advanced Certificate in ballet and achieving high level results and her ARAD status.

After travelling extensively and performing internationally, Deborah returned to her teaching career and completed her RAD teacher training qualification with Prudence Bowen and has been an active RAD registered teacher since 1992.

Katie Strugnell


Katie started dancing from the age of 5 years old and has fallen in love with the performing arts ever since. Growing up on the Northern Beaches, Katie has trained at multiple local dance studios throughout her school years, receiving extensive training in all styles.

She found her love for teaching during her senior year of high school, as she taught and helped the school’s dance ensemble as Performing Arts Captain.

Katie loves teaching preschool age dancers and finds so much joy in nurturing their first steps and is looking forward to providing her babyballet stars with a magical experience at each class.

Recently, Katie has graduated from Ed5International full time receiving an advanced Diploma in Performing Arts and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and love for the arts with our students at Tempo Red.

Isabella Spiteri

Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz & Youth Company Development Program

Isabella started dancing from the age of 3 years old and since then she was always motivated to create a career for herself in the performing arts. She started training at Lee Windon Dancers (2003-2016) in all styles of dance and did extra training at Glenda Yee School Of Dance.

At the age of 15 she left high school to attend the Brent Street Academy to pursue her dance at a higher level whilst finishing her schooling to receive a Certificate IV at the end of year 12.

Reid Perry

Reid Perry

Tap Instructor

Reid began dancing from a young age at Tap Pups under Dein Perry. During his childhood years he performed at many lucrative events including the Lord Mayor’s New Years Eve Party at the Opera House in 2015, He also appeared on The Footy Show, at the re-opening of Luna Park, at the World Masters Games Opening ceremony and many more.

Reid was lucky enough to make his Tap Dogs debut in 2016 and has performed corporate events with the Tap Dogs all over Australia.

Winston Sky

Hip Hop

Winston is not only an up & coming Australian Dancing Prodigy, but also a renowned Urban HipHop Choreographer.

Despite Winston’s young age he has excelled through the world of Hip Hop and has already achieved many significant feats. Just some of these feats include Three International Titles representing Australia in Mexico, Three Solo National Titles and one Solo International Title over in the United States of America.

Winston has also danced for Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian & most recently is a member in the Dream Dance Company show ‘ICON’ choreographed by Paris Cav.

Winston is keen to inspire the next generation of hip hop dancers to not only become great dancers but to acquire through their learning the history and true essence of the hip hop style and culture.

Nina Hurley

Little Monkeys, Dance Cirque
Open Ballet, Technique & Acrobatics

Nina has been passionate about dancing and performing since she was 3 years old. She attended GY dance from 2006-2020 where she trained in all genres of the performing Arts and graduated with much success.

She is currently extending her skills to further her studies and is undertaking the advanced Diploma in Performing Arts studies at ED5 International. Nina is thrilled to be part of the Tempo Red team and is excited to share her love for the arts with our students.

She is keen to build each individual dancer’s belief in themselves and inspire them to be the best they can be.

Murray Cunynghame

Jazz, Musical Theatre & Private Voice

Murray is a dedicated performer & creative based in Sydney, Australia. Beginning his training at the age of 5 at his local dance school, Murray would find a deep passion for performing, eventually going on to complete his Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts under the guidance of William A. Forsythe at Ed5International.

Murray has trained extensively in many styles of dance, singing and acting. He has choreographed productions of ‘Matilda’ and ‘Strictly Ballroom’, and has had the opportunity to be a performer for Star Observer at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, 2020 & 2021.

With the skills acquired from his training, Murray provides students with a strong foundation, and aims to instill the passion for performance which he himself found as a young student.

Murray looks forward to working with our dancers and singers at Tempo Red and fostering that same passion for performing whilst helping them make their dreams a reality.