Meet The Team

Hassan Sheta
Hassan Sheta
Hassan Sheta is a well known classical ballet teacher and choreographer based in Sydney. Born in Cairo in Egypt, a the age of seven Hassan was selected to study at the Cairo Ballet School where alongside his normal classes he was schooled in the Vaganova ballet technique by Russian teachers. After graduating from the School he joined the Cairo Ballet and was soon promoted to soloist and later Principal Dancer. While still a young dancer, Hassan represented Cairo Ballet in International Competitions in Moscow, Japan, Bulgaria and in Cuba. He was granted a scholarship to travel to Moscow to study with leading teachers at the Bolshoi Ballet School.Hassan performed a wide range of principal roles in the repertoire including those in Les Syphides, Don Quxote, Bhakasarai Fountain, Daphnis and Chloe and Swan Lake. He later joined Frankfurt Ballet in Germany before travelling to Australia where he was contracted by Graeme Murphy as a lead dancer and teacher for Sydney Dance Company. Hassan toured in key works created by Murphy such as Poppy and toured with the Company to New York, Charleston, Washington DC, London and Hong Kong.
Kim Traynor
Kim Traynor
Kim studied in Sydney with Scully Borovansky and upon completion of her studies at the Royal Ballet School London joined the Deutsche Oper Am Rhein in Dusseldorf.Returning to Australia she joined the Australian Ballet Company touring extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the Middle East.Along with Kelvin Coe OBE and Donna Traynor she founded the NSW College of Dance offering a service to the dance community in Sydney at a professional and amateur level.Kim joined the Victorian College of the Arts as a Senior Lecturer in classical ballet teaching both secondary and tertiary students.She has adjudicated the McDonalds’ Performing Arts Challenge and also events in New Zealand,Asia and throughout Australia. As a freelance classical coach she continues to share her wealth of knowledge and expertise to the wider dance community in Sydney. Kim’s motto is “Do what you can, with what you can, where you are.”
Vadym Leonidovich Domashchenko
Vadym Leonidovich Domashchenko
Born in Ukraine in 1969, Vadym has enjoyed an extensive and impressive international career as both dancer and a highly respected teacher. Vadym graduated from choreography college of Ukrainian National Academic Virskiy Dance Company as a ballet artist in 1986 and was a principal dancer of the Ukrainian National Music Academy from 1990 through 1997. He was the Head Ballet teacher of Kiev Minskiy children college of arts from 1994 to 1996. Vadym was a member of Seoul Ballet Theatre (South Korea),a guest dancer of Universal Ballet Company (Seoul, South Korea). From 2005 to 2012 he was head ballet teach of the acclaimed Kiev Dance Institute. Since 2012 Vadym has taught in Australia as guest teacher of Tanya Pearson Ballet Coaching Academy, Balmain Dance Academy, Metro Dance, Studio Tibor, Academy Ballet, Valerie Jenkins Academy of Ballet, Menai Dance Academy, Menai Kick Academy, Mary Geer Academy of Dance, Anastasia Ballet Academy, Atkinson’s Dance Academy and An Junyoung Ballet Academy in Strathfield.

Vadym’s Past Pupils include
2006 – Hee-kyung Kang enters Kiev National Ballet Academy (Ukraine).
2008 – Yoon-jee Lim enters Kiev National Ballet Academy (Ukraine).
2009 – Seung-min Lee enters Kiev National Ballet Academy (Ukraine).
2011 – Do-yea Yang enters Goyang High School of Arts (South Korea).
2012 – Sang-il Hwang enters Kangwon Univertsity of Arts (South Korea).

Lorena Otes
Lorena Otes
Lorena began her dance training with Janece Graham, Tanya Pearson and Hassan Sheta. She later headed overseas to complete her professional training at London Contemporary Dance School, gaining a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance and Choreography. She worked as a freelance performer and choreographer for ten years in the UK, before returning to Australia in 2003 to pursue a teaching career in contemporary dance and classical ballet. Most recently, Lorena’s teaching/choreography credits include having medalists and finalists in Youth America Grand Prix 2012/13, Genee 2013/14/15, Alana Haines, and Sydney Eisteddfod Junior and Senior Scholarship finalists in 2011-16. Many of her former students have gone on to have successful dance careers in companies both at home, and abroad. Lorena has continued her ongoing passion for choreography. Professional credits include “Battlefield” for the 2011 season of Short, Sweet and Dance (she performed in, and choreographed this piece) as well as numerous project pieces. She has also spent some time choreographing, performing, and teaching competition Ballroom Dance across Australia. Her teaching philosophy focuses on technique, momentum and expression. Her classes are a combined creative of her training in Cunningham, Limon, and Graham.
Neale Whittaker
Neale Whittaker
While completing his full time dance training at Ev & Bow in 2008, Neale began to develop his own unique brand of movement, fusing Contemporary and Hip-Hop, two styles he enjoys performing. This unique style led him to the top 40 competitors of the hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ in 2010, a program for which he had been assisting Sarah Boulter with since 2008.His TV profile continued to grow when he was cast in the ABC3 TV series Dance Academy and again in Australia’s Got Talent as a semi finalist in 2012 and 2016. In 2011 Neale toured throughout Australia with contemporary a based show ‘Shorter and Sweeter Dance’ gaining performance experience and insight from noted Australian choreographers such as Travers Ross who Neale collaborated with later in 2012 for the ARIAs, co-choreographing and dancing in a routine for artist ‘360’.In 2014 and returning on scholarship in 2015 Neale attended Urban Dance Camp in Germany with the most prestigious choreographers in the world. After which he taught a series of Hip-Hop and Contemporary open classes in Europe.Neale’s talent for Hip-Hop led him to become Co-Director and manager of ‘Phly Crew’ recently titled Grand Finalists on Australia’s Got Talent 2016, who are now Sydney’s Leading Comedy Hip-Hop group performing Independently produced variety stage shows and corporate events for companies including Nikon, Telstra, Blackberry, Beyond Blue and West Mead Children’s Hospital.
Jeremy Gates
Jeremy Gates
Jeremy started his dance career as a commercial Hip Hop dancer. He represented Australia at world Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas with Phly Crew, was a lead dancer in Music Videos with Sabrina Mitwalli and was a back-up dancer for various artists at music festivals, clubs and corporate events across Australia.
At the age of 18, Jeremy was introduced to ballet by Julia Horwath at Urban Dance Centre. By the end of the year Jeremy fell in love with ballet and decided to pursue it as a career. He then studied for one year at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy with a full scholarship before moving to Germany and continuing his ballet studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst under the direction of Stuttgart Ballet’s ex-premier ballerina, Prof. Birgit Keil.
After 18 months of intense training, Jeremy received a full contract with the Thuringian State Ballet in Germany at the age of 21. Within the first 4 weeks of his engagement with the company he was casted the principal role of The Joker in direrctor Silvana Schoder’s ballet “Der Joker”. Since then Jeremy continued performing other principal roles with the company such as Rome in “Rome and Juliet”, The Hero in “Waiting room”, The Grenzgänger in “Keimzeit” and Piaf’s father in “Piaf La vie en rose”. Jeremy has also appeared as guest principal artist as The Prince in “The Nutcracker” with Sydney City Youth Ballet, The Prince in “Paquita” with The Central Dance Company and Franz in “Coppelia” with The Byron Ballet. 

Jeremy has now moved back home to Sydney and is extremely excited to teach ballet and share his knowledge and experience with the next generation of dancers.
Lauren Hustler
Lauren Hustler
Lauren began dancing at the age of 4 studying the Cecchetti method of classical ballet under the guidance of Cecchetti examiner, Robyn Ross. She then went on to study at the North Shore Dance Academy receiving distinction and honours respectively for her graded and major examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance. Lauren completed the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance in 2009 and is now a mentor and tutor to aspiring teachers undertaking this course. Lauren also holds a Bachelor of Science with a major in Neuroscience and sub major in human physiology; a Bachelor or Laws with First Class Honours and a Master of Health Laws, all from the University of Sydney. Lauren is currently completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment along with her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Lauren is an eight time winner of the prestigious City of Sydney eisteddfod in Classical and championship sections including the Robert and Elizabeth Albert scholarship. Lauren was an interstate associate of The Australian Ballet School and later undertook rigorous training with the school. Many of Lauren’s former students have gone on to achieve great successes at both a national and international level gaining acceptance into the Australian Ballet school, English National Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School along with the prestigious classical and contemporary course at WAAPA and other notable European finishing schools. Students have gained notable successes on the international stage including winning Prix de Lausanne, Youth America Grand Prix and the McDonald’s Ballet Scholarship at Sydney Eisteddfod.

Lauren teaches all grades and vocational levels of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at schools all over NSW and Canberra. Lauren also teaches the full-time and part-time Certificate IV in Dance at Brent Street across the Triple Threat and Classical/Contemporary Elite Performance streams. Many of Lauren’s students consistently receive in the top percentile of examination marks for their RAD examinations with most of those students also being interstate associates of the Australian Ballet School. Lauren aims to train her students to achieve technical excellence whilst also instilling artistic maturity and an appreciation of the history and foundations of classical ballet.

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