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MISS TONI

DIRECTOR/TAP TEACHER 

 Miss Toni has been teaching for the past twenty years, in Newcastle including eight years in Singleton and decided in 2008 to start her own studio and call it Bling Performing Arts.

My passion for tap came from learning off the gifted Mr. Les Griffith whom was my tap teacher from the age of three, and I have great pleasure in teachers my pupils the Les Griffith Tap Dancing Syllabus.

My love of dance comes through the children I teach and the pride of achieving wonderful results in dance, is both rewarding and special.

I have always had a love for making the children shine on stage, bringing out their special qualities.

I’m looking forward to fantastic years with Bling, warm and friendly Performing Arts Studio.

TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN TO SHINE!

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MISS JENNY

RAD BALLET TEACHER

Miss Jenny has worked for 27 years teaching RAD classical Ballet and she spent 10 years as Co-Owner and Director of Belmont Dance Centre. Within her studios, she has prepared her students for their RAD ballet examinations, all the way from Primary ballet up to Vocational examinations. Jenny has also choreographed highly renowned routines for end of year concerts, solo eisteddfods and troupes. Over these years she has had many students go on to work in the professional dance world, with past students becoming professional dancers in classical companies, on cruise lines, in the Moulin Rouge, Disneyland and the Australian Ballet International Training Programme. Her love for teaching has also given her the opportunity to adjudicate for scholarships, gala days and eisteddfods.     

Miss Jenny is thrilled to be working with our beautiful students at Bling PerformingArts and cannot wait to help them shine in 2019 and beyond!

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MISS MADDY BARTHO

JAZZ/CONTEMPORARY TEACHER

Maddy started dancing at age 3 studying Tap and Jazz with Marie Walton Mahon. She has competed at many eisteddfods in NSW and QLD winning championships and scholarships in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet.

In 2012 Maddy started studying at Brent Street in Sydney. In 2016 she completed her certificate IV in Dance.

Maddy is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of Newcastle.

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MISS TINA

RAD BALLET TEACHER

Tina began dancing at a very young age and her love for dance has proved to be a lifelong passion. Tina opened her studios and has successfully continued for over 2 decades. Throughout her career, she has coached, taught and mentored countless number of students of all ages, from preschoolers through to mature adults.

Tina’s commitment and longevity in the industry is due to and driven by her desire to inspire young people to lead better lives and to experience more joy by achieving their goals through connection and compassion. Tina continues to further her knowledge and skills by regularly attending numerous professional dancing and business growth programs and conferences. She continues to study various strategies and training techniques and Tina has a very clear direction and vision for creating and maintaining her studios in order to promote clear values and wellbeing for all involved.

Tina was awarded her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate (Distinction) in 2004 and continues to update these skills.

Tina was a Semi Finalist on the ABC TV program Strictly Dancing 2005 when her and her dance partner competed requiring to be versed in 14 genres of dance.

Tina’s longevity and business ownership was acknowledged by being one of three Young business Person of the Year Award finalists in 2014 at the Lake Macquarie Business Awards.

As well as the everyday running of the Studio, Tina teaches RAD Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz/Funk/HipHop and has developed her own Ladies program

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MR MAX

HIP HOP TEACHER

Junior HIP HOP TEACHER - At age 8 Max commenced tap lessons with Bling Performing Arts under the tuition of Toni Zink.  Within a very short period of time, Max expanded to Drama and discovered his passion for Hip Hop, studying under Danielle Kyneur and Pep C.  

Max has competed at eisteddfods in Hip Hop and Tap and has been a cast member in Hunter school of Performing Arts musical productions.

In 2011 Max was a Bling Performance Group troupe member, travelling to the Los Angeles to dance at Universal Studios and Disneyland and undertake workshops at Disney Performing Arts and with Hip Hop choreographer Dejan Tubic.

In 2014 Max was a Bling Performance Group troupe member, travelling to Orlando Florida, to dance at Disneyworld, Universal Studios as well as on board the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas cruise ship. 

Max has infectious energy and is able to engage all ages from toddlers up, in lessons that will introduce new and old styles of Hip Hop whilst bringing a smile to their face.

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MISS KIM

SINGING/THEATRE TEACHER

Kimberley has been performing since she was 3 years old, taking dance classes in a variety of styles for 10 years. She joined Pantseat Performing Arts in 2011, where she took Musical Theatre, Drama, and Vocal lessons, and completed singing exams. In her time with Pantseat, she also performed in many productions, including Xanadu, Devised Cabaret "On My Way", Little Shop of Horrors as "Ronette", Rent, and Mixtape: The Last 10 Years. She also began teaching Musical Theatre, Drama and Vocal lessons to students of all ages. 

 

She has recently completed studying a Diploma of Musical Theatre through Atwea College, where she attended workshops with Rachel Beck and Francine Bell.  Kimberley has since begun teaching Performing Arts courses with Atwea College. 

 

Kimberley is excited to share her passion for the performing with the students of Bling Performing Arts, and assist and support them in growing their singing and performance skills.

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MISS MIKAYLEE

TINY TOTS TEACHER AND FRONT OFFICE

Mikaylee began dancing at the age of 7 and became a part of the Bling family in 2009. Here, she has studied tap, jazz, hip hop, JFH, contemporary and musical theatre whilst also competing in both tap solo and group eisteddfods, achieving excellent results and winning major trophies and awards. She has also been involved in dance and performing arts pursuits outside of the studio, most notably being a member of the featured tap ensemble in Starstruck 2014 and 2015. In 2011, Mikaylee was a Bling Performance Group troupe member, travelling to Los Angles to dance at Disneyland and Universal Studios and undertaking workshops at Disney Performing Arts with Josh Horner and in Hollywood with Dejan Tubic. Mikaylee will also be a part of the 2019 Bling Performance Troupe that will travel to America in 2019. In 2018 Mikaylee completed her LGTDA Teachers Exam and is now a fully qualified tap teacher. She is also studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood) at the University of Newcastle.  Mikaylee began causal reception jobs in 2016 and from there this progressed into a more permanent position. She loves that her role in reception allows her to be so involved in the studio and strives to be helpful and supportive to students and families through her receptionist duties. Mikaylee is passionate about sharing her love of dance with students and her peers through her reception position at Bling Performing Arts!

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MISS HANNAH

TINY TOTS TEACHER 

Hannah began dancing at the age of 3 at Bling Performing Arts with Tap and Jazz, throughout the years she then progressed into Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, JFH and Musical Theatre. At the age of 14 she completed her Intermediate Ballet Exam and received a merit. She began student teaching in 2016 and has been doing so ever since. She has been involved in other performing arts opportunities outside the studio including being part of the Star Struck featured ensembles since 2015 and a featured dancer in School Spectacular 2017. Hannah was part of the America Trips in 2011 performing in Universal Studios and Hollywood at the age of 5 and performing in Disneyland, Universal Studios and Hollywood in 2019. Being involved in our concerts and performing in multiple musicals as lead roles and ensemble, competing in eisteddfods since the age of 5 and being part of our performance and tap troupes Hannah is no stranger to the stage. Hannah was selected in 2018 by Jason Coleman to attend the Ministry of Dance based in Melbourne and is still participating in the MOD Star Program. With her dedication and passion for dance Hannah is very thrilled to share the safe environment of Bling Performing Arts with all those she works with.

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MR TY

SNR TAP GUEST TEACHER

TAP TEACHER - From the age of 4 Ty learnt tap from the late Mr Les Griffith, who also taught the likes of Dean Perry and Ben Read to name a couple. He completed his LGTDA Teachers Degree with Distinction and has taught in many studios since. He has performed alongside The Tap Dogs and has been featured in many musicals throughout his career including 42nd Street, High School Musical, Guys and Dolls and Bugsy and even featured as a lead tapper in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony.

“It’s all about having fun. When you have fun performing the audience will enjoy watching”