Diana Sakaris

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

Studio Coordinator / Accounts

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 and Break dance field.

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. We are thrilled Shae is part of our team and with her genuine passion for helping, growing and supporting Children and their families, we know and trust that our tribe will be well cared for.

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.

Chloe Taylor

Jazz & Conditioning

Chloe Taylor completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts and Dance. Chloe began training full-time whilst studying school via correspondence at 13 years old receiving numerous scholarships and under the guidance of many internationally recognised choreographers.

Since Graduating Chloe went on to train in Marko Panzics ‘Show Business’ course. And also signed with Sydney’s Jeep Management. Chloe has trained under many well known teachers including Rhapsody James, Jacquie Howard, Marko Panzic, Mathew Gode , Leah Howard, Euan Doige and many more.

Freya Smith

babyballet® R.A.D and Lyrical

Freya is going into her 16th year of dance training in a variety of styles including commercial and musical theatre jazz, ballet, contemporary/lyrical and hip hop. She has completed her training at Dance North Academy and a variety of programs/institutes.

She has completed up to advanced one in RAD ballet and was also lucky enough to complete a year of Academy Ballet’s Aspire part time ballet program under the guidance of Vicki Attard.

Isabella Spiteri

Lyrical & Contemporary

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.

Dylan Bull

Hip Hop and Break

Dylan has been dancing for 10 years and is 19, he has trained across all genres but specialises in urban, hip hop styles and contemporary. Dylan is currently studying for the elite performance diploma at Brent street this year and hopes to be a renowned choreographer and dancer and dance internationally as well as around Australia.

Dylan has backup danced for artists such as John-Paul-young, Vanessa Amorosi and has performed for company’s such as the Melbourne storm. He is also currently with the Hip Hop crew “Pioneers” and will compete with them around Australia throughout this year.

Natalie Foti

Musical Theatre, Singing & Private Voice

Natalie Foti is one of Sydney’s great triple threat performers and teachers. Previously trained in dancing, acting and singing and is an emerging talent making her entrance into the Musical theatre and Dance industry.

Trained in all styles at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Completed all RAD ballet exams (with distinction) and have trained alongside the very talented Sydney and International teachers at Brent Street for four years studying dance and Musical Theatre (Scholarship 2018).

She has worked alongside Opera Australia, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, The Voice, Premier’s Gala Concert and been featured in Dance Train Magazine.

Natalie Foti

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.

Jordan Lazarus

babyballet®, Jazz & Acrobatics

Jordan graduated from Brent Street Performing Arts elite dance focusing on Performing Arts Diploma in 2019. Her theatre credits include Annie (GFO), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML) and Strictly Ballroom (global creatures). She has also appeared in Carols in the Domain, Disney Channel, ABC’s The Cut and numerous television commercials.

Jordan started studying dance, singing, acting and acrobatics since the age of 3 making her a versatile performer. Jordan holds an accreditation in gymnastic coaching and has represented Australia internationally in figure skating.

Lachlan Thomas

Hip Hop

Starting from the age of 5, Lachy has been super determined and motivated with his performing arts Career. He trained in all styles at Caper School Of Performing Arts (2010-2017), At the age of 17 he moved to train at Brent Street to further his commercial training.

He is currently completing full-time at Brent this year receiving his diploma in performing arts. Before Fulltime Lachy was scouted by Jeep Management giving him incredible and amazing opportunities.

Siena Wright

babyballet®

Siena graduated from Village Nation in 2019, with a certificate IV in dance. She has worked professionally in the dance industry across the years being in candy man tour 1 and 2 the musical and Grease the Arena Spectacular.

Siena has various tv and modelling credits working with Netflix, ABC studios and Bonds. Siena is now studying a Double Degree in Business, and Commercial Interior Design.

Siena is excited to continue teaching so many wonderful students and sharing her love for Dance.

Siena Wright