It is important to us at Tempo Red that all members of our team share our vision, our purpose and the philosophy that encompasses everything we do both in and outside of our classes. This vision is shared and demonstrated by the director, teachers and staff members at our studio, and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families.

As teachers our goal is to nurture each student’s unique talent and creativity and build confidence and a love of the performing arts driven by pure passion.

Diana Sakaris

Diana Sakaris


Diana is the visionary Managing and Artistic Director of Tempo Red, born in Sydney, her dance journey commenced at the tender age of four. She immersed herself in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and National Dance at Joan and Monica Halliday’s Dance Art Centre. There, she not only honed her skills but also achieved distinction in all R.A.D. levels up to advanced, demonstrating her commitment to excellence.

Diana’s educational journey extended beyond the confines of the dance world, as she earned an Associate Diploma in Childcare Studies and Social Science. This blend of artistic flair and a genuine love for teaching children paved the way for her multifaceted approach.

Before establishing Tempo Red Academy, Diana held the position of Head of the Babies and Tiny Tots program at Brent Street Studios. Her expertise spanned various genres and disciplines, accumulating over 20 years of invaluable experience as a dance teacher and choreographer. Her unwavering passion lies in moulding versatile performers with a solid foundation in ballet.

A recent addition to Tempo Red is the internationally acclaimed and award-winning babyballet® pre-school dance program, meticulously curated for boys and girls aged 6 months to 5 years. This magical start lets the little ones at Tempo Red dive into the world of babyballet® with excitement, fuelled by their early love for dance.

In 2022, Diana unveiled the innovative circus programs, Little Monkeys & Dance Cirque, creating a buzz of excitement throughout the studios. Students are captivated as they delve into the art of circus, mastering apparatus like silks and Lyra.

Diana’s unwavering dedication to exploring artistic boundaries and her love of dance not only sparks inspiration but fuels a transformative journey for all who step through Tempo Red’s doors, leaving them ignited with passion for the performing arts.

Maisy Jo Russell

Maisy Jo Russell

Studio Coordinator

Born in England and raised in Adelaide, Maisy is a versatile performer with training in dance, vocal performance, and acting. Currently pursuing her Diploma of Musical Theatre at Sydney’s Brent Street, Maisy has an impressive track record, having written three original musicals, choreographed eight productions, directed four, served as music director for two, and performed in over 25 productions, while also earning her Cert III in Dance.

Maisy’s career has seen audiences worldwide, performing at three Disneyland’s including Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Florida, and even aboard a cruise ship in the South Pacific Islands. Beyond the stage, Maisy has contributed her talents to various projects, including voice and dance work for commercials, performances in New Years Eve events and opening ensemble for CanDance For a Cure. Previously, Maisy gained valuable organisational experience during five years as an administrative assistant at her dance studio. She also took on administrative roles for three musicals she wrote and directed, all produced by NOW Productions. 

Now, Maisy eagerly embraces her new role as Studio Coordinator at Tempo Red, where she shares the company’s values and finds her home here. Committed to fostering a sense of belonging within the Tempo Red family, Maisy looks forward to the exciting opportunities ahead.

Deborah Patience


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.

Shae McDougall


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  registered Hip Hop and Singing instructor. 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.

Laura Tremolada

Laura Tremolada


Laura’s love for dancing began at the age of 2 years old; performing her first ballet solo at 4 years of age. Growing up on the Northern Beaches, Laura has trained at multiple dance and acrobatic studios, including Brent Street and Integral Aerial and completed full-time at Dance Force.

Laura’s versatility has given her opportunities to work with Dance Bollywood Australia as well as TV commercials.

Starting her teaching journey in 2023, Laura has absolutely fallen in love with  passing down the knowledge she’s learnt.

She loves helping dancers become artists, in creating a space for them to be authentic, expressive, grounded, creative and moving to audiences.

Laura enjoys teaching dancers how to dance from the heart alongside all their training and technique.


Phoenix Gock


Phoenix has been training in Dance since 3 years old. Her teaching practice is all about nourishing a student’s passion by creating a motivating and safe environment for them to grow their confidence, skills and training to become the best artist they can be.

Phoenix spent a year training at the University of Melbourne studying Dance where she gained experience in both the Performance and Choreographic sides of the industry. Since returning home Phoenix has dedicated her career to Teaching and Choreographing students throughout Sydney, ranging from Young Recreational Dancers to the most Advanced Senior Students.

John Vallentine

John Vallentine


John Vallentine is a renowned tap dancer whose artistry and passion for rhythm have captivated audiences for years. With over 12 years of dedicated practice, John has mastered the intricacies of tap dance, developing a unique choreography style that seamlessly blends free-flowing movements with intricate rhythms. His journey began at Capital Performance Studios before continuing his education at Ed5 International, where he honed his skills under the guidance of Sydney’s finest tappers.

John’s talent has graced prestigious stages, including the Capitol Theatre, where he performed in Chris Horsey’s acclaimed “Swing On This” tap piece. His exceptional abilities caught the attention of industry professionals, leading to an invitation to audition for the esteemed Tap Pack.

Throughout his career, John has been fortunate to learn from renowned tap artists, including his mentor, Mitch Dellevergin, and luminaries such as Thomas and Jack Egan, Georgia Anderson, and the legendary Nathan Sheens.

John’s dedication to passing on the traditions and techniques of tap dance ensures that students receive top-tier instruction while fostering a love for rhythm and movement. We are thrilled to have John as part of the teaching staff, and look forward to him inspiring our next generation of tappers at Tempo Red.

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