OUR FACULTY

ANDREW MICALLEF \\ CO-PRINCIPAL

Since starting his training in 1989 at Attitudes Dance Studio, in the styles of Jazz, Tap and Neo Classical, Andrew has a number of achievements to his name. After studying Certificate III in performing arts at Bartuccio's Dance and Promotions Centre at the age of 16, it wasn't long before Andrew was dancing professionally. Some of his career highlights include "The Wog Boy" (feature film), "Godspell" (musical) "TV Week Logie Awards" dancing for Ricky Martin, "Moulin Rouge" ffeature Film) amongst many others. Andrew was offered a full scholarship to Dance Factory in 1999 but chose to stay with Bartuccio's. Andrew was later given a government grant from the St. Kilda Arts Department to set up a dance program for under-privileged children; this was the first experience Andrew had in teaching children. Andrew continued working as a professional dancer, but after teaching full time at various schools in Melbourne he realised his passion lay in teaching. This led to his decision to open his own school in Melton. Andrew is frequently invited to choreograph various events and continues to teach for many full-time dance courses throughout Melbourne. With experience from every aspect of dance, Andrew enjoys collaborating with his hand picked staff and creating the future of dance.

ATLANTA MICALLEF \\ CO-PRINCIPAL

Atlanta commenced her dance training at the age of 10, studying the styles of Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Song & Dance, performing in regular shows and dance competitions.

Atlanta completed a Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies from the Australian Dance Institute, and then later attended the Victorian College of the Arts where she obtained a Bachelor of Dance. Here, she got to work with world-renowned choreographers, and majored in contemporary and ballet; as well as choreography, kinesiology and anatomy.

Atlanta has had many performance opportunities, some of which include the Australian Dance Awards, back-up dancing for song artists at CD launches, as well as being featured in the Australian band 'Client Liaison's' film clip 'Free of Fear.' She has also performed in dance tours in Queensland, performing at Dreamworld and White Water World, and has been featured in famous Melbourne parades such as the Myer Christmas Parade and Moomba.

DONNA DE PAOLI  \\ BALLET \\ TAP

With nearly 30 years of experience in the Performing Arts Industry, Donna's credits include Dance Cancer Initiative - Foxtel Aurora (8 Years), Victorian Gymnastics Championships,  2007 Tokyo Disney Resort Audition Aust-wide Supervisor & Liaison with USA Disney Team, Good Friday Appeal, Aria Awards, In Melbourne Tonight, Belle the Ballerina Video, La Trobe Valley Eisteddfod, Jazz Examiner—Gay Wightman, Inland NSW Ballet Company, Carla Zampatti Fashion Collection, Australian Open Players Party – Grand Hyatt, Opening of Highpoint Entertainment Complex, Amway International Convention – Melb, Barbie Fashion Launch – Myer, Melb, VACC 75th Anniversary – Radisson President, Dance World Studios (DW301) Productions 1992 – 2003 Local & Interstate

GABBY CAMERLENGO \\ HIP HOP \\ TAP  

Gabriella began dancing at the age of four, initially isolating herself to ballet before branching out into Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics over her 17 year commitment. Gabriella attended Galactic Dance (formerly Dance Enterprise) from a young age. She has had the opportunity to perform at numerous fundraising events and advertising prospects for the dance schools she has partaken in, whilst also completing RAD, Cecchetti, and CSTD exams. She has also placed in numerous solo and troupe competitions, and has attended workshops with industry professionals. Gabriella became a teaching assistant in 2010, and was entrusted with her own classes from 2014. Gabriella has recently completed a BA at The University of Melbourne, majoring in Psychology, and is working her way towards a Masters degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology. She utilises her knowledge and personal experience in dance alongside various developmental psychology theories and practices to ensure her students learn in the most informative, safe, and beneficial manner available to them.

HANNAH TROTT \\ CIRCUS AISTD

Hailing from England, Hannah began dancing at just three years old. She trained at Gaston Payne School of Theatre Dance and Drama before moving to London at the age of seventeen to train professionally at the prestigious Laine Theatre Arts. Upon graduating, Hannah worked as a dancer and princess at Tokyo Disneyland before moving to Melbourne to train at the National Institute of Circus Arts, completing a Bachelor of Circus Arts in 2013. She has appeared in numerous shows including Bootlegged, Leap of Faith, Carnival of Lost Souls and a national regional tour of The Paris Underground Cabaret. She has also performed at corporate events for the AFL All Australian event, Ferrari and Virgin Australia, to name but a few. Hannah has also produced several shows, including Hotel Tokyo for Adelaide Fringe; and worked as a rigger, stage manager and event co-ordinator.  Growing up, Hannah volunteered as a teaching assistant from the age of 14 and at Laine Theatre Arts she completed her ISTD FDI teaching exams in ballet and modern theatre dance. She currently teaches dance and circus at several schools and institutes around Melbourne, alongside her performing work.

TANIA ATTARD-O'DWYER \\ MUSICAL THEATRE

Modern Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Lyrical, Song & Dance, Classical, Tap, National, Musical Theatre, Contemporary

Tania decided all she wanted to do at age 6 was dance! She commenced her Theatrical & Classical Training under the guidence & tuition of Mis Camille Edwards & Mr Bert Shaw. Tania gained the best Theatrical & Classical training from Miss Camille Edwards (Director/Choreographer/Dancer/ Actor/Singer: 'A Chorus Line, Beauty & the Beast, They're Playing Our Song, Sister Ella, The Don Lane Show & The Bert Newton show to name a few) & Mr Bert Shaw (Choreographer/ Dancer/Actor;The Don Lane Show, Chanel 2, GTV7, Channel 9, The Royal Command Performance & association with Rudolf Nereuve & Liza Minelli to name a few)

Her Professional career started at a mere age of 15 at the 'Royal Command Performance' for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the 2nd

Tania continued to work throughout the professional industry while completing secondary school & 'The Dance Factory' Full Time Arts Diploma. During this time Tania completed her D.F.T.A & A.O.T.D Associate Diploma & C.S.T.D Jazz 5 Award becoming an Affiliate Member

Her extensive teaching experience credits include: The Dance Factory Part Timers, Australian College of Entertainers A.C.E, Audrey Nicholls & Eve King Ballet School- Theatrical Faculty, BAPA-Jazz teacher 'University of Ballarat Arts Diploma and various Metropolitan, Primary, Seconday and Private Ballet Schools. Tania is currently guest teaching at various full time diploma schools & professional development courses throughout Victoria including Master Classes

Tania's performance history includes working with renowned choreographers such as Barbara Warren-Smith, Gillian Fitzgerald Famous Artists, David Atkins Enterprise, Joanne Adderly Promotions and the list goes on. Performing in the Penguin Awards HSV7; 92 Year of Sport; Rembrandt's Theatre restaurant; Moomba Show Boat; Corporate & Promotional Entertainment; Fashion Launches; Theatre Restaurants; Night Spots; Retro Bands & Pantomimes. Other Credits include Back-Up Dancer Kylie Minogue, Ricky May, John Farnham, Kamahl, Chelsea Brown & John St Peters

Tania is also proud of her professional choreographic experience, such as Assistant Choreographer for the Lygon Arts Festival- Human Chess Game; 92 World of Sport- World Congress Centre; Choreographer for VBL Cheer SquadMens Division Giants with Attitude;Reception Centers; Floor Shows & Melbourne Rivers Cruises Melbourne Dockland; Melbourne Military Ball; Raine & Horne Victorian State Awards" South Melbourne Business Awards; Zanet Couture Fashion Launches: Secret Girls Fashion & Gala Events; Cinema Models Corporate Events; The Opium Den Re- Launch to name a few.

Tania opened the doors to Attitudes Dance Studio  in 1988 with only 14 student's. the success of her students precede her with student's traveling the world performing in many musicals, cruise ships, Disney, Universal Studios & International Teaching, Modeling & Recording Contracts. Students have been blessed to be performing in the corporate entertainment industry including musicals such as Westside Story; Jersey Boys; Happy Days; We Will Rock You; Burn The Floor; Cats; Guys & Dolls; High School Musical; Billie Elliot; Fame; Wicked; Legally Blonde; The Lion King & Grease.

Tania is currently enjoying rehearsing her professional corporate dance group "SILK" Entertainment for the corporate & promotional entertainment industry as well as running ATTITUDES for over 26years. 

DEON NUKU \\ HIP HOP

It all started when he saw the moonwalk, and from that moment, Deon hasn't stopped dancing!

Deon has worked extensively as a dancer/actor in film, television and theatre.  His theatre credits include: West Side Story, Sisterella, Oh What A Nite, Fame, Footloose and Saturday Night Fever.  Deon has toured with International artists Shaggy and Macy Gray, toured the U.K with Will Young, and worked with Kylie Minogue on 'Mushroom's 25th Birthday Celebration', and on her 'On A Night Like This' tour. 

His television credits include: The Aria Awards, X-Factor, Hey Hey It's Saturday, The A.F.I Awards, The Good Friday Appeal, The Logies, Fast Forward and Neighbours.  Deon's performance highlights were being a featured dancer in the films 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Scooby Doo’.