Jane Houlihan (Studio Director)
2/8 Bromley Road,Emu Plains, NSW 2750
2/125 Russell Street, Emu Plains, NSW 2750
(02) 4735 7797
0416 213 816
MEET YCD's 2019 TEACHING TEAM!!
What a line up of GREAT TALENT & EXPERIENCE leading our students journey this year!
All are passionate, knowledgable & experienced professionals AND they are 100% ready to guide & extend each of their students potential & inspire their spirits!
Jane & Kevin Houlihan - Studio Directors
Jane's 27 years teaching experience has seen her inspire literally thousands of dancers; With a Bachelor in Teaching Degree & a career as a Professional Dancer for 20 years her knowledge and experience is vast & exceptional. Her own desire to continually learn, grow & be challenged as a dancer & professional is inspiring to her students and colleagues alike.
Jane & Kevin are passionate about providing a school where their students can thrive, feel supported, gain excellence in all learning experiences & are surrounded by family - in a home away from home environment. Kevin's extensive corporate experience & Jane’s background in Dance & Education has seen YCD remain true to their vision for 15 years!
They are two of the hardest working people - who are quite simply driven by a strong desire to do GREAT things for their students, families and their community.
Erick Kristianson - 2019 Cheer Director
Direct from the USA with over 20 yrs coaching experience; Erick is credentialed levels 1-5 in Cheer & Tumble. His experience as an International Coach, Varsity Judge, Cheer choreographer & former program owner for 8 years brings incredible expertise to our YCD teaching team ! His athlete have won 50+ U.S National Champion titles and he is passionate in bringing out the best in all Cheerleaders. Having in house training for our Cheer & Tumble coaches has seen our program re-shaped and ready for continued success in 2019.
You will not get a more experienced Ballet professional than Miss Sharyn!! A Registered R.A.D Ballet Teacher & R.A.D Examiner with 40 years + ballet teaching experience. Sharyn travels the world examining R.A.D ballet students & has an exhaustive list of qualifications - way too many to list! Sharyn has lead many dancers to great heights in their professional dance careers & educates R.A.D teachers at professional development seminars. She's the creator of D.O.T.S program (Dance Over The Spectrum). Sharyn is highly respected across the Australian Dance industry & we are blessed to have such experience in our 2019 team!
Miss Angela brings a wealth of knowledge & experience to our 2019 team! Highly qualified as an R.A.D Registered Ballet Teacher & R.A.D CBTS Mentor; ATOD & CSTD Affiliate Teacher & Diploma of Dance Teaching & Progressing Ballet Technique Certified!
Angela is an incredibly passionate & creative dance educator, who continues to train at every opportunity expanding her own knowledge and experience so she can inspire the next generation of dancers to be the best they can be.
An incredibly accomplished professional artist & ballet educator with 14 yrs teaching experience. Suzi's exhaustive resume of professional credits on stage, film & TV is impressive to say the least... these range from The Australian Ballet Company, Ballet company's in NewYork, ABC's Dance Academy to 'Las Vegas' The Musical!
Suzi brings exceptional experience & knowledge - having trained under choreographers as esteemed as Graham Murphy, we are delighted to welcome Miss Suzi to our YCD team!
YCD's Tumbling Coach Miss Kylie is also a professional Aerial Artist. She's travelled internationally & nationally to perform & has over 10 years teaching experience. Continually training with the industries best, Kylie has transformed YCD's tumbling program and is achieving amazing results! Credentialed levels 1 – 4 in tumble, she is a firm believer in teaching safe progressions by building confidence & excellence in technique - before progressing to harder skills. Kylie's educational background in Sports Science brings great knowledge of the human anatomy and injury prevention - something she is also very passionate about!
Miss Barbara is a highly accomplished professional recording artist, singer, songwriter & guitarist. She has travelling the globe with her award winning duo 'Baylou' wowing crowds from Nashville to Tamworth. Barbara has toured with artists as esteemed as Troy Cassar-Daly, Becky Cole & more. Barbara's professional experience along with her exceptional skill in bringing the best out in her students - makes her an inspiring coach. She brings a wealth of expertise in vocal & guitar training, musicianship & performance!
With over 25 years teaching experience Miss Julie is a highly experienced dance educator. Her background as a professional performer and teacher both in Australia & Internationally brings high calibre to our 2019 team! Julie has worked closely with our Pre-school & YCD Brightstars programs for nearly 10 years! She is also YCD's head Party host bringing joy to literally thousands of children with her exciting & fun parties!
Kati has trained extensively in all facets of dance with many of our dance industries most accomplished!
Her passion, enthusiasm & positivity is infectious and with over 9 years teaching experience her classes are inspiring!
Kati continues to train her craft & when she is not sharing her passion with her students in class - she's performing as a professional NRL & NBL Cheerleader/Dancer.
A highly skilled, energetic and compassionate educator who brings the best out in her students always.
Miss Hannah brings 9 years teaching experience in various genres to our 2019 team! Having trained in New York, London & performing professionally alongside many of the best choreographers & artists in Australia.
Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge, experience & technical expertise to her students!
Her depth of knowledge, passion for creativity and desire for excellence in technical dance precision makes her an inspiring teacher!
With over 10 years dance teaching experience Miss Karlie brings great enthusiasm & expertise to our YCD team.
A former professional dancer/performer who's had extensive training in all genres.
Karlie's professional career outside of YCD caring for those with special needs, coupled with her extensive background in dance / teaching makes her an incredible teacher of our YCD Brightstars and a compassionate & knowledgable leader of our young and aspiring dancers!
Miss Karina is a passionate Cheer Coach - Credentialed Levels 1-4 in Cheer & Tumble. With 8 years coaching experience & 14yrs training as a competitive YCD Cheerleader (up to level 4) - she shares invaluable knowledge with her students through her own athlete experience! Karina has a strong desire to keep learning and extending her own knowledge/experience - to give her students the absolute best.
As a qualified school teacher with a Masters degree in Teaching... Karina brings her career paths together as an inspiring
In his 10th year as a Tap teacher at YCD, Adam brings extensive performance & choreographic experience with an exhaustive background as a Tapper & theatre professional! Choreographer of 2018's Blackout Theatre Company's 'Singing in the Rain' and performer in various other professional productions - Adam's exceptional talent & enthusiasm has seen great results with our Tap students.
He also owns his own video production company PixFlix!
Miss Siobhan is young, innovative & an inspiring Dance Coach - her training of 16yrs in both Dance and Cheer make her extremely versatile. In 2018 Siobhan won a recognition award for her Pom choreography at AASCF Dance Battle - an incredible achievement for her first year as a competition coach! Having partially completed a degree in Dance - Siobhan is as passionate about learning herself as she is about teaching!
Miss Courtney has done exceptional work as a Novice Cheer coach since 2017 & will continue to inspire our students with her energy, positivity & expertise!
Nate has a passion for strong Hip Hop & Breakdance technique and can't wait to share his knowledge! Welcome Nate!
Having trained in all facets of Dance and Cheer and excelling in all - she has much to share!
We can't wait to continue supporting Clementine with her 2019 classes - she is keen to inspire, continue learning and share her passion!