our staff

Meet The Team

Maya Schroeder

DIRECTOR

(M. SDA,Advanced Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Bronze Tap)

Miss Maya has been a student since age 4 and is currently studying Dance Full Time at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance as well as teaching.  She also studies Musical Theatre & Singing.

Maya has performed in competitions across Melbourne as well as continuing in her SDA examinations. She was heavily involved in her Secondary College Dance & VCE Dance Program. Maya has

worked in Melbourne through out the industry

Elizabeth Kirby

DIRECTOR

(M.SDA, F/T PSA Alumni, Intermediate Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Tap, Professional Dancer)

Miss Liz began dancing with Performance Academy Of Dancing when she was 4yrs old.  She has studied Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Cntemporary, Lyrical, Commercial & Hip Hop dance styles as well sat formal SDA Examinations.  Miss Liz is an Alumni member of the full time Patrick Studios Australia (PSA) course and has been working in the industry ever since. 

Miss Liz has been fortunate enough to have travelled across Australia and internationally as a professional dancer

Laura Buik

DIRECTOR

(M.SDA, Dance Dip in Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap, Examiner, VCE Dance, Adjudicator, SDA Chairperson 2010-2017, SDA Administrator)
Laura has been dancing since age 2 in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, National, Song & Dance, Character, Neo Classical and Contemporary styles.
She has danced competitivly since the age of 4 and has been awarded multiple perpetual and overall aggregate trophies.
Over the years Laura has studied the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus, R.A.D and SDA Ballet, Jazz & Tap Syllabus.
She has performed in numerous Musical Theatre stage productions and has been taught by many renowned teachers including Tabitha & Napolean & Mandy Moore (both Choreographers on 'So You Think You Can Dance USA').

Laura also works with local Primary Schools to coordinate their School Concerts Productions.

Juliann P Smith

Assistant Director

(M.SDA, SBA, Dance Dip, VCE Dance State Reviewer, Examiner, Adjudicator, SDA National Member Liasion)

Juliann Established Performance Academy of Dancing in 1991 in Moorabbin and has grown the studio into the friendly & well known school that it is today.
Her career in Dance has included working as a Channel 9 Dancer for many years, performing professionally in many stage and theatre productions all leading to her teaching career of over 35 years both in Australia & Internationally.
Juliann has been a full time teacher/guest teacher at a number of different studios in Australia & around the world including Victoria, Queensland, England, Scotland and many more.  She has also worked as a VCE Dance State reviewer and trainer.

Katia Kourilova

Hip Hop/Funk Teacher

Katia is energetic, enthusiastic and her students LOVE both her and her classes which is the reason her classes are often at full capacity.

Originally from Russia, Katia’s has an extensive dance training background and long list of professional performance experiences.

Her classes focus on fun and fitness while challenging students to continue to develop their technique and own personal style.

We are very lucky to have Katia with us and invite you to come down and see how good her classes really are! 

Adriana Pavlekovic

Lead Teacher

(M.SDA, Major Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Tap)

Miss Adrianna has danced since the age of 3 and has studied both Cecchetti is syllabus as well as the SDA Classical, Jazz & Tap Syllabus.

She is passionate about health & fitness and as well as dancing she is also an elite tennis player.

Her desire to see students reach their full potential and grow in both skill & confidence is evident.

Adrianna's classes are fun & vibrant with a strong technical element which ensures that students of all levels have a good foundation to expand their skills.

Shona Guiry

Shona is currently in her 3rd year of Full Time Dance at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance. She has been competing in dance competition from a young age. 

Shona has a wonderful relationship with her students and focuses on ensuring every class members feels confident and challenged in all classes.

Juliette Beninati

STUDENT TEACHER

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