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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 / 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 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.

Tamara

Tamara Harrison

babyballet®

Tamara Harrison started her dance journey at the age of 7 with the majority of her training being done at Dance North Academy. At the age of 12 she completed 3 years with the Australian Ballet Interstate Program where her love for ballet blossomed.

After school, she continued her dance studies completing a Certificate IV in Dance and Performing Arts at Brent Street Studios. Since graduating Tamara has worked professionally in a wide variety of genres, including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop.

One of her highlights was a 6-month contract in Mumbai, India performing in various Bollywood movies, music video clips, extravagant weddings and various VIP events.

Tamara has a passion for ballet and dance, which she hopes to be able to inspire in our babyballet® stars at Tempo Red.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Corbett

Musical Theatre, Acrobatics and babyballet®

Lizzie began dancing at the age of 9 when a small school opened in her hometown of Junee. After attending boarding school in Sydney, she was accepted into Lee Academy’s rigorous full-time professional program. Lizzie has recently completed her studies, graduating with an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) and Diploma of Musical Theatre. She is trained in a wide range of styles, including aerials (lyra and silks), acrodance and showgirl technique.

Lizzie recently performed with aKrobatiKa in their inaugural show ‘Australia Dreaming’, and recurring shows at the Magician’s Cabaret in Darlinghurst. She is also an accredited teacher with Acrobatic Arts and Rhythm Works, and also holds her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management. She looks forward to working with the students at Tempo Red and sharing her passion for dance with them.

Jordan Lazarus

Musical Theatre & Private Voice

Jordan began singing and dancing from the age of 3. She has trained in all areas of the performing arts at Brent Street Studios and recently graduated from Brent Street’s full-time performing arts diploma course. Jordan has a strong passion for teaching Musical Theatre and her classes are vibrant and filled with lots of fun and energy.

Jordy believes it’s a wonderful genre to learn how to dance, sing and act whilst building confidence and performance skills along the way. Jordan’s theatre credits include Annie (GFO), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML Enterprises) and Strictly Ballroom the Musical directed by Baz Luhrmann

(Global Creatures). Her love for drama and performance has seen her in many commercials including Austar, JC Penny, Sheridan, TK Maxx, Kohl’s, Foxtel, Animal Scramble, Kmart, Woolworths, plus a guest role on The Cut an ABC series and Disney Channel Hanging with Adam and Ash. Jordan has also performed as a featured dancer in music videos such as Affifty – Shawty and Kim Calapardo – Balia Balia.

Juliette Coates

Singing & Private Voice

Juliette is a driven and passionate singer, actor, dancer, pianist and songwriter. In 2016 she graduated both from the Talent Development Project (Sydney) and The Hunter School of The Performing Arts (Newcastle).

She moved to Sydney in 2018 to complete her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Brent Street Studios and shortly after graduation, was invited to be a singing teacher at the studio and signed to Focus Talent Management.

Juliette has spent the past year performing in musicals, plays, Sydney Fringe Festival and attending classes at Sydney Dance Company (dance) and The Hub Studio (acting) to keep up her training and refine her skills as a performer.

Her dream is to one day be in a musical on Londons’ West End. Juliette is excited to be back teaching private singing at Tempo Red and looks forward to working with her students and helping them achieve their personal vocal goals as well as assisting them in preparing a variety of vocal pieces for our end of year concert.

Charlotte Rowe

Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Lyrical

Charlotte has recently trained full time at Brent Street, gaining her Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) focusing on Performing Arts. Training from a young age her credits include; competing across America, leading the Disneyland parades, representing Brent Street on Sunrise and many other industry events.

She has been trained by many of the top choreographers in the industry such as Cameron Mitchell, Mitchell Woodcock, Matt Lee, Sophie Holloway, Matthew Gode and many more.

Charlotte is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education Degree at University this year.

Her passion and dedication for kids to reach their best is what pushes her as a teacher and choreographer in the classroom. Charlotte is excited to be part of our tribe and looks forward to inspiring our dancers and build their passion through dance.