Kay Flynn

Kay Flynn

Principal

Ms Kay Flynn has dedicated a lifetime to studying dance and teaching professionally. Ms Flynn originally trained in Australia and gained professional overseas experience in all dance genres in the United States and London. Her technical and artistic approach has enabled many dancers to attend full time at the Australian Ballet School, Tanzakademie Zurich, Queensland Ballet Junior Extensions Programme, Musical Theatre, Moulin Rouge Paris, Indian Bollywood Movies, and many other professional institutions.

Ms Flynn has been fully registered with the Royal Academy of Dance, London, for over 30 years and loves to share her expertise and experience with dancers in training. Quality choreography, music and standards are imbued into the everyday class regime and a good knowledge of theatre etiquette is part of general training.

She believes dance should have a high standard of appropriate movement and music for children of today and insists her staff and students understand the importance of  ethical values and ideals.

Ms Flynn’s professional affiliations include

  • Fully registered Teacher, Royal Academy of Dance
  • Finalist Gold Coast Honours Award
  • Gold Coast City Council Cultural Development Committee
  • Queensland Ballet Junior Extensions Programme
  • Australian Ballet Junior Extension Programme
Arri Pyke

Arriana Pyke

ADA Jazz, ADA Tap, Street Jazz, Street Tap and RAD Ballet

Arri began dancing at Kay Flynn Dancing Academy at the age of four and is now a graduate of KFDA. Arri is a certified ADA tap and jazz teacher where she obtained Honours with Distinction for her teaching exams and is now the head of the jazz and tap department at KFDA.  She has also obtained her Advanced Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet level and is on our ballet teaching faculty. Arri begun teaching at KFDA as a junior teacher at aged twelve and in 2012 Arri danced the lead role in KFDA’s production of Life’s Journey. Arri loves to share her love of dance with many of our junior and senior students and is an integral part of our Academy’s faculty.   She is currently completing her Physiotherapy degree at Griffith University. This is a valuable asset to her teaching abilities as she incorporates her study of anatomy to assist with student training.

Louise Shreik

Louise Schriek

RAD Ballet

An ex Professional Dancer, Mrs Schriek began her career in Melbourne with the Borovansky Ballet.  She also appeared with the National Theatre, Rex Reid Dancers, Robert Pomie Company and ABC TV and Channel 7, Melbourne.

Upon moving to Brisbane, she started her successful Dance Academy at Ferny Hills, Stafford Heights and Samford, whilst still dancing with Ballet Theatre Brisbane in adult Jazz and Modern roles.  She then Headed the Dance Department at Somerset College, and is currently employed by KFDA as an experienced, registered RAD teacher.

Carmen Reid

Carmen Reid

RAD Ballet

Carmen has been dancing since the age of three joining Kay Flynn Dancing Academy at age thirteen. She completed a Certificate IV in Musical Theatre as well as many RAD and ADA exams. She enjoyed a 6 month contract in India, performing in Bollywood’s biggest movies and working with some of India’s most respected choreographers.

Carmen has spent the last year teaching workshops, joining in flash mobs, performing at many corporate events as well as cheer-leading for the Gold Coast Titans. In 2014 she completed a fulltime year of Dancing, gaining a Certificate IV in Dance Performance and a Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

Carmen successfully completed a professional dance contract in Turkey in 2015. She brings a wealth of professional experience, as well as a sense of joy to her classes.

Gianne Bezer

Contemporary

Gianne Bezer started training with KFDA in 2010, doing the genres of ballet, contemporary and jazz. With Miss Flynn’s constant guidance and professional support Gianne not only learnt the skills and technique needed to be a dancer but also stage etiquette and morals to continue to grow not only in the dance industry but everyday life. Gianne believes that without her training at KFDA she would not have been prepared to pursue dance as a profession and have a successful audition for the Queensland University of Technology Dance Stream.

Gianne graduated with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology in 2015, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Health, Fitness and Wellness.

Throughout her Dance Degree she maintained a high GPA and was therefore invited by QUT to partake in many professional workshops with AusDance. Such workshops include working with Elise May from Expressions Dance Company, Aakash Odedra from Akram Khan Dance Company in London and Heidi Duckler from Heidi Duckler Theatre in America.

Gianne is passionate about contemporary dance, especially the genre of ‘post modern’ where the line between pedestrian movement, dance movement and performance spaces are blurred. Gianne was apart of a live professional post modern contemporary dance performance at the Gallery Of Modern Art,

Brisbane for the Trace Live event.  The work was entitled “Other Ways to Enter and Exit” – where she collaborated with performance artist Agatha Gothe Snape.

Gianne was selected to be apart of the Timor Leste International Dance Teaching Project in 2015. She taught dance in Dili and Maliana at the Science of Life Schools – this was a incredibly rewarding and eye opening experience in which she noticed the power that dance has on people’s lives.

Gianne also assists with the Dance for Parkinson’s program at the Queensland Ballet Company in Brisbane.

Gianne continues to partake in dance workshops to develop her contemporary technique and to keep growing as a dance artist. In 2016, she completed her yoga teacher training course, having been inspired by the benefits of yoga as it was integral to her training at QUT and assisted her with her contemporary dance technique.

Christine Inglis

RAD Ballet

Christine, at the age of four, begun dancing with Kay Flynn Dancing Academy. Whilst at KFDA she studied the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus, the ADA jazz and tap syllabus, street jazz and tap, contemporary, demi character and pointe. She has successfully completed the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet exams from Primary Ballet up to and including Advanced one. In 2011 Christine danced the lead role in KFDA’s production of Lilac Cottage. During her later years at KFDA she was an assistant teacher, before becoming a teacher for Miss Flynn at KFDA. In January 2013, Christine successfully auditioned for the Queensland National Ballet (QNB). Whilst there she was trained in the Russian Voganova method of classical ballet and also studied repertoire, pas de deux, contemporary, commercial jazz and acrobatics. She was taught by principal ballet dancers and numerous other professionals in their fields. In December of 2014 Christine received her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Ballet and Modern Dance) from QNB. Over the seventeen years that Christine has been dancing she has competed in numerous solo and group eisteddfods throughout South East Queensland and at the Sydney Opera House.

Tamara Gillians

RAD Ballet

Tamara began dancing aged three and joined Kay Flynn Dancing Academy aged twelve. Whilst with us she completed her Royal Academy of Dance Grades two, five and intermediate ballet exams. Tamara discovered her passion for ballet and contemporary and in 2014 headed off to the Australian Dance Performance Institute before returning to us this year to pass her knowledge and passion of dance on to the younger generations.

Tess Burke

Musical Theatre

Tess has played many roles in all aspects of the Performing Arts since she could walk. She commenced training from a young age in singing, dancing and acting with local performance schools; DnD School of Performing Arts and The Spotlight Theatrical Company. Tess was also heavily involved with short intensive youth programs with NIDA, Raw Metal, Expressions Dance Company, Zen Zen Zo and most recently The Actor Warehouse Workshop. These programs slowly moulded her into a Teacher, Director, Choreographer and now the President of a local Gold Coast theatre company. Tess is excited to be incorporating Musical Theatre into young performers skill set and feels that in our industry it is so important to embody all three qualities, singing, dancing and acting as professional performers.

Bianca Deidda

RAD Ballet

Bianca began dancing at the age of seven and joined Kay Flynn Dancing Academy in 2010 at age twelve. As a student of KFDA Bianca has completed her Royal Academy of Dance grades five, six, Intermediate, Advanced one and most recently her Advanced two classical ballet exams. She has also completed her ADA bronze star, silver star and gold star jazz exams. Bianca is on our ballet faculty and currently teaches our Pre-Primary and Primary Ballet students.

Tamara Hudson

Acrobatics

Miss Tamara Hudson has been dancing for twenty two years. Tamara started dancing with Suellen Venker at the tender age of three and fell in love with acrobatics. Tamara also learnt tap, jazz and ballet at Suellen’s studio but acrobatics remained her passion. She began her teaching career along side Suellen and Ben Nicolodi in the acrobatics industry from the age of fifteen and has since performed professionally in flash mobs at Gold Coast 600 and various other events, such as Army Balls and The Tivoli Show.

Ali Rive

Hip Hop and Jazz

Ali was introduced to dance at the age of 3 where she took classes in Jazz, Tap and Ballet. As Ali grew older her experience and training grew too. She took classes from national and international choreographers such as Tony Czar, Nick Demoura, Ian Eastwood, Sohey Sugihara.

She began teaching jazz and contemporary at the age of 15 before branching out into other styles including hip-hop, ballet, tap and musical theatre. Ali has taught students as young as 5 through to adults for both fun and competition. Choreography and teaching ethics have landed her wins in local eisteddfods, cheer and hip-hop competitions.

Ali has been lucky enough to be chosen as a back-up dancer for Lil Kim and Cosima Devito and has also featured in multiple film clips for up coming artists. Performing since she was 11, she has won solo competitions along with her crew winning Australiaʼs Best Dance Crew and has travelled all over Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney.

Ali has a passionate love for dance and this is portrayed through her stories.

Kellie Martin

Ballet

Kellie’s dancing adventures began at the age of six when she began her training at the Carole Oliver School of Ballet in Ballarat, Victoria.

Kellie completed every Cecchetti Ballet examination and received the highest possible result throughout the syllabus including ‘Honours’ at Advanced level. Kellie was chosen as a Cecchetti scholar for six consecutive years and in 1994 attended weekly classes as an Australian Ballet School Associate.

Other achievements included Cheerleading for the Ballarat Miners Basketball team and performing with singer ‘Peter Andre’ at the Grand Hyatt hotel, Melbourne.
At the age of sixteen Kellie left home to study a Diploma in Ballet at the Christine Walsh Dance Centre. The Diploma was based on the Australian Conservertoire of Ballet (based on the Vaganova method ). Kellie competed in the International GE Ballet competition and was one of only 8 finalists chosen to perform two solos at the Sydney Opera House.

Upon completion of her Diploma and at age 18 Kellie travelled to Europe to audition for professional theatre companies. After just one week in Europe Kellie landed her first guest contract with the Salzburger Landestheater, Austria under the direction of Peter Breuer.
This led to a full contract with the company.  Here, Kellie performed as a soloist and the ensemble danced ballet, contemporary , jazz and Musical theatre productions including West Side Story.
After 2 years in Austria, Kellie successfully auditioned for Ballet Renaissance a contemporary /pointe company in Frankfurt, Germany directed by Malaika Kusumi. Kellie soon became Assistant to her Director and taught  Ms Kusumis choreography of ‘Lampenfieber ‘ to the dancers of the ‘Mainz Staatstheater’. Renee Pegliasco was the director in Mainz and here Kellie also performed as a guest artist.

Kellie returned to Australia at the age of 21. She went on to study an Acting Diploma of ‘Small Companies and Community Theatre ‘. She became the lead singer of a Victorian cover band for two years. She had a speaking role in a Rural Ambulance Victoria TV commercial and studied short courses in Television with John Orcsik.

Kellie taught jazz ballet classes at Ballarat University and has hosted children’s Birthday parties.
In 2006 she completed a hairdressing apprenticeship. In 2008 she moved to the Gold Coast and began working at Draculas Theatre Restaurant. Here she was invited to perform on behalf of Draculas ‘Magenta’ from the ‘Time Warp’ at the Holiday Inn Charity Ball. She was also employed as a promotional model for a variety of events.

Kellie soon met Alan and is now a proud wife , mother and stepmother.

In 2015 Kellie undertook Pilates Barre Training with Dina Matty and is now teaching for Dina. Kellie has also taught Burlesque for Adrienne Nock here on the Gold Coast.

Kellie has recently brought her talents to Kay Flynn Dance Academy. She is so excited to be able to pass on her love and knowledge of ballet and dance to MS Flynn’s delightful students!