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
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.

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.

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!