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Meet the Team

Shelley Ebeyer

Studio Director

Youth & Adult Tap, JFH, Ballet, Contemporary and Acrobatics 

Shelley Ebeyer is the Director of Expression Dance School. She trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School (Canada), Elmhurst Ballet School (England) and at The McDonald College (Australia). There she was trained in Classical Ballet (R.A.D, Cecchetti and I.S.T.D), Modern, Jazz (I.S.T.D), Hip-Hop, Tap and Contemporary.

Shelley’s performance credits include ‘The Nutcracker’ with the Alberta Ballet Company, she has danced with one of Australia’s leading dance-in-education companies Darc Swan Dance Company where it saw her touring nationally performing onstage and at school’s Contemporary pieces by Director/ Choreographer Chris Jannides. Shelley has also performed in the pantomime ‘The Dancing Princesses’ in London, she was a dancer at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the Tom Jones Concert, performed with Australian Idol Paulini Curuenavuli and has performed in numerous corporate and concert shows around Sydney.

Shelley has her A.R.A.D, R.A.D Teachers Certificate and is a Mentor for the Royal Academy of Dance.

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EDS Administrator, Youth Ballet and Contemporary

Justine Vallejera

Justine Vallejera, originally from Auckland, New Zealand, has grown up dancing at Expression Dance School since she was 7 years old, training in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and JFH. Here, she was a committed member of the Performance Group and completed her Grade 1 – Advanced 2 RAD Ballet exams with Distinctions. 

 

She continued her studies at The McDonald College, graduating as a HSC Distinguished Achiever in Dance, ranking 1st in her cohort for Classical Ballet and Dance and being selected for Callback (state-wide showcase of outstanding HSC Dance performances). She was also a Senior member of the pre-professional ballet company, Premier State Ballet, starring in Cinderella and in Sleeping Beauty as the Canary Fairy.

 

She then attended Brent Street's Full-Time Contemporary Dance Program in 2022, where she obtained her Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) majoring in Contemporary Dance. She was a featured soloist in her Graduation Showcase. 

 

She now teaches Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz and is pursuing her academic studies in Law and Business.

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Brandon Van-Oosten

Youth Hip Hop

Starting his career in high school, his first ever introduction to HipHop or dance in general was Breakdancing, learning under the tutelage of Don Napalan and Nick Power at school spectacular 2012. Since then, he’s dedicated his mind, body and soul into developing, up-skilling and learning all there is to know about Hip Hop history and culture.

 

In 2018, Alongside his Adult Crew, “No Flex” he had the honour of representing Australian and placing Top 20 out of 500 crews at the World Hip Hop Internationals Competition in Arizona. Brandon has worked many professional environments including Australia’s got talent 2019 Grand finals alongside his mega crew “Kookies ‘n’ Kream” and “Lil Kookies”

 

Since the start of 2022 Brandon has graduated from the 2 year long full time course ‘ED5 International’ with a Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts, under guidance of director William Forsythe. He continues to gain as much knowledge as possible to truly take over his career. Brandon is known for his energy, Motivation and dedication. 

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Youth Hip Hop and Break-Dance

Fynn Avery

Fynn has been trained in all styles of Hip Hop by some great choreographers such as Scott Forsyth, Jet Valencia, James Fenwick and many more.

Fynn has been working consistently as a Hip Hop Dancer and is a member of the well established Hip Hop Crew - Kookies N Kream. The crew was one of the Grand Finalists on Australia's Got Talent 2019, the group has also won the Hip Hop Worlds Championship 2 x times and are currently Battleground National Champions.

Apart from Kookies N Kream, Fynn is also part of 'No Flex' Hip Hop Crew who are currently ranked 19th best in the world after currently competing at HHI in Arizona 2018.

 

Fynn and his dance partner Amin are currently ranked as the 2nd best duo in NSW for World Supremacy Battlegrounds.

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Christopher Favaloro

Youth Contemporary

Christopher Favaloro, originally from Sydney, studied at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, and further continued his studies at Ev & Bow Full-time Dance Training Centre. At 18, he represented Sydney Dance Company for the International Mayors’ Congress commissioned by APEC. In the same year, Christopher joined Melbourne Ballet Company as a soloist for their 2008 and 2009 seasons, Emerge and Believe.

 

In 2009, Christopher was one of a select few accepted into the Cirque Du Soleil database, and was also awarded his Solo Seal by the Royal Academy of Dance. Christopher then went on to assist Sarah Boulter in teaching the top 4 contestants for the television show, So You Think You Can Dance Australia (Season 2 & 3). Soon after, he began touring Australia with Jerome Robbins’ timeless classic, West Side Story as Shark boy, Anxious in 2010 & 2011.

 

In 2012, Christopher joined Mod Dance Company as a Principal Dancer under the direction of Brett Morgan and Graeme Murphy performing signature works by Graeme Murphy entitled Suite Synergy. 

 

Throughout his career, Christopher has performed and toured in several shows with Opera Australia across Australia. These include Baz Luhrmann’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute by Julie Taymor, Orpheus in the Underworld, Ballo, The Love of Three Oranges and Graeme Murphy’s Aida.

 

From 2014-2018, Christopher toured internationally with Cats - The Musical in the iconic role, Mr. Mistoffelees to great acclaim. Since returning to Australia, Christopher regularly guest teaches and adjudicates throughout Australia and internationally

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Youth and Adult Tap

Shay Bromfeild

Shay began dancing at the age of 5 at Stageworx School of Dance, it was here that Shay developed her love for dance and performing. During her time at Stageworx, Shay studied Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap (Glenn Wood Syllabus). Later moving to Off Center Dance Co to further train in Lyrical, Contemporary and Commercial styles of Dance. 

 

Shay continued to develop her love for dance through her high school years, earning many performing arts awards. During her HSC years, Shay volunteered to teach the dance team at a local primary school which quickly sparked a love of teaching.

 

Shay has the ability to create a fun and welcoming learning environment whilst also ensuring development in both technique and performance

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Liv Rielly

Youth Lyrical, Musical Theatre, JFH and Acrobatics

Liv originally hails from Brisbane and has grown up in a family-owned Dance School on the Northside (Reilly Dance Academy). Throughout her training, Liv was heavily involved with Brisbane City Youth Ballet and Harvest Rain Theatre Company; she also trained at Queensland Dance School of Excellence (2013-2015).

 

In 2016 Liv relocated to Sydney to continue her training at Ed5 International, after 2 years of intense full time training, graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts.

 

Along with Dancing and Singing, Liv has worked on various Film and TV sets of the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales (Walt Disney Pictures), Mako Island (Jonathan M. Shiff) and Reefbreak (ABC studios International DISNEY media distribution).

 

Working closely with industry professionals from Choreographers to Directors to Actors- Liv possesses the tools and knowledge to create artistic pieces and inspire through movement.

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Youth Tap and JFH

Kate Soddard

Kate has danced since the age of 4, starting with ballet and then studying tap, jazz and contemporary styles throughout her school years. She attended and trained at Buckingham Dance School and then Central School of Dance in Newcastle. She completed a Bachelor Teaching (Primary Education)/Bachelor of Arts at University of Newcastle, majoring in Creative and Performing Arts.

 

In 2011 Kate moved to Sydney to teach full-time. Alongside classroom teaching, she also runs and teaches weekly dance workshops to varying age groups at the primary school. She also helped direct and choreograph for the school musicals and dance showcases.

 

Kate has performed on numerous occasions with Hillsong Church over the last decade, as a part of their Dance Performance team. She has helped choreograph and produce items, as well as dance for various events.

 

Kate has taken her dance and education training to other parts of the world, including Uganda in 2018. She lived there for 7 months and taught ballet, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance classes to primary and high-school students as well as adults. Kate also performed as a featured artist in a dance showcase tour over there.

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Gemma Rubin

Youth Acrobatics, Social Media Marketing and EDS Administrator

Gemma Rubin, studied at Bradfield Senior College for the creative arts, graduating in 2023. She has directed and produced several short films and has taken up tertiary education at Sydney Film School and National Institute of the Dramatic Arts (NIDA). She started dancing at the age of 3 at Brent Street studios, later moving to Village Nation to start her competitive dance journey. 

 

In 2017 Gemma joined Expression Dance School with a focus on Hip Hop, Jazz and Contemporary. She has competed in solo, duo/trio and group categories in various regional, national and international competitions and eisteddfods. This includes; Showcase, KAR, World Supremacy Battlegrounds and Hip Hop Internationals .

 

Gemma was invited to train with world renowned Australian Hip Hop crew Kookies ‘N Kream and placed 1st in Australia at Hip Hop Internationals in 2022, qualifying to compete in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Youth Tap, Ballet and JFH

Skye Ebeyer

Skye is the eldest daughter of Expression Dance School director, Shelley Ebeyer. She grew up dancing at EDS, training in Contemporary, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Acro and Tap.

She has always been a devoted member of the Performance Group and continues to represent the studio at regional and national eisteddfods with her Contemporary solos and with the EDS Hip Hop Crew, Splice. Notable competitions include Battlegrounds, Hip Hop Internationals, KAR & Showcase Australian Dance Championships. She has also completed her Grade 1 - Advanced 2 RAD Ballet Exams.

Skye recently graduated from the McDonald College in 2023, majoring in Contemporary Dance. There, she worked closely with Sydney Dance Company, receiving guidance and training from Sydney's top Contemporary choreographers and dancers.

She is currently completing her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts majoring in Contemporary Dance at Brent Street.

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Maddison Ebeyer

Youth Tap, JFH and Hip Hop

Maddie, the youngest daughter of Expression Dance School director, Shelley Ebeyer, has grown up dancing at EDS. She spends most of her days dancing and is trained in every style; Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Jazz, Acro & Tap. She is currently studying at the McDonald College, majoring in Dance.

 

She has completed her Grade 1 - Advanced 2 RAD Ballet Exams. She continues to represent the EDS Performance Group at regional and national dance competitions, notably, Battlegrounds, KAR, Showcase Australian Dance Championships & Hip Hop Inter-nationals. One of her biggest achievements includes receiving the title of 'Dancer of the Year' at Showcase Australian Dance Championships 2023.

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Youth Hip Hop and Administrative Assistant

Maxwell Pozniak

Maxwell is currently completing the nationally-recognised Certificate IV in Dance at Village Nation Performing Arts and taking a diverse range of advanced classes in Con-temporary, Commercial, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Hip Hop dance styles.

He has been dancing at Expression Dance School since 2015 and has been in their elite competition group for Hip Hop since 2018, winning medals at local and national level eisteddfods with the Bread & Butter, Just Nice, Splice and No Flip Crews. No Flip qualified to represent Australia at Hip Hop International's (HHI) World Championships in 2023.

Maxwell was a member of the 2021, 2022 and 2023 first place Mega Crew, Kookies N Kream, at the Hip Hop International Australian National Championships and was a crew member of the Junior Varsity team and The Kookies JV, that reached 7th place at the HHI world championships in Phoenix Arizona in 2023.

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Youth Hip Hop and

Break-Dance

Amin Taylor

Amin Taylor is currently completing his Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts at ED5 International and is taking a diverse range of advanced classes in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Commercial, Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz & Ballet. 

 

Amin has been dancing since the age of 8 and started teaching at EDS in 2017. He has been coaching the Hip Hop Performance Group crews; Bread & Butter, Just Nice, Splice and No Flip, who have placed at local, national and international level competitions. Notably, he coaches No Flip alongside Fynn, who qualified to represent Australia at Hip Hop International’s World Championships in 2023. He also coaches crews outside of EDS such as Diamond Dance Academy, Dancekool and Kookies N Kreme Dance School.

 

Amin has been a member of Kookies & Kream since 2017 who have placed at the HHI World Championships. He was also a member of No Flex who placed 18th at the HHI World Championships in 2018. His greatest achievement is ranking 1st as a soloist in Australia for 2 years in a row at World Supremacy Battlegrounds. 

 

He was a grand finalist on Season 1 of ‘Dance Boss’ in 2018, a grand finalist on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ in 2019 and starred as Damo in the Australian musical ‘The Deb’, produced by Rebel Wilson.

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