Tempo Red Academy Instructors 2018-02-12T21:22:04+00:00

Tempo Red Academy Instructors

Diana Sakaris

Managing & Creative Director at Tempo Red Academy & babyballet® Brookvale, Sydney

Born in Sydney, Diana started dance classes at the age of four. She studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and National Dance at Halliday’s Dance Art Centre, where she undertook all her dance training and completed her R.A.D. and Jazz Examinations with Distinction. Diana also completed an associate Diploma in Childcare Studies and Social Science where she blended her artistic talents with her love of teaching children. Prior to founding Tempo Red Academy, Diana served as Head of the Babies and Tiny tots program at Brent Street Studios, as well as teaching across other genres and disciplines. Her work as a choreographer includes pieces for solo and group Eisteddfods, school and community events, festivals and dance workshops. Diana has over 20 years experience as a dance teacher and choreographer and is passionate about training her students to be versatile dancers with the necessary foundations and up to date training of all dance styles, to ensure her students’ success in the professional dance world. Her latest business endeavour was successfully implementing the award winning babyballet® program into her performing arts school catering for ages 18months to 6 years.

Amelia Sakaris

Jazz , Body Conditioning , Drama/ On-Camera & Performing Theatrics

Amelia has been involved in dance and acting since the age of 4. She began her dance and acting training at Brent Street Studios, before choosing her dance education through SCECGS Redlands Dance Academy where she completed her R.A.D Ballet exams and further studied Jazz styles, Drama and Film. She graduated from the fulltime dance training program at Brent Street in 2014 and acquired a Certificate IV in Dance, Singing and Acting. Amelia is part of our performance team choreographers and provides routines for our groups and solo competitors. Amelia is passionate about making a career in the industry, whilst working with children to inspire them to do the same.

Andrew Huynh


Andrew first began his studies at Glenda Yee School of Dance across multiple disciplines. At age 16, He moved to Newtown High School of Performing Arts focusing on Ballet and Contemporary. After completing the HSC, he enrolled in the Bachelor of Dance program at Wesley Institute and graduated that program in 2014. Andrew is one of the next unique upcoming artists to hit the industry and has a huge future ahead of him. He has been involved in many collaborated pieces with Stephen Tannos e.g “New Dorp. New York” as well as choreographing his own pieces for major industry events. Andrew hopes to not only achieve all of his own goals, but also encourage and inspire others to follow their dreams.

Kara Peake


Kara is a Sydney based dance artist and teacher who has studied classical ballet since the age of 3. Kara completed her HSC at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and later went on to study at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Sydney. In 2016, She graduated with a Bachelor of Dance, Majoring in Ballet and Contemporary. Kara has participated in contemporary dance intensives with Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane, Chunky Move in Melbourne and Japanese Dance Theatre, Baobab and has performed at Sydney’s Platform Shorts 2017, BEAMS Arts Festival and Good Food Month. Kara currently works as a freelance dance teacher on the Northern Beaches whilst also completing her Cecchetti Ballet teacher’s degree.

Nathaniel Hancock


Nathaniel has been teaching Tap Dance both nationally and internationally, in the form of classes, workshops and rhythm and counting tutorials for the past 7 years and has a great passion for sharing his love and knowledge and passion for Tap Dance. Nathaniel is a current member of the touring cast of Tap Dogs and has toured Europe, Asia, Bahrain, UAE, Australia and South Africa over the past 4 and a half years.

Embla Bishop

Singing/Private Voice & Musical Theatre

Growing up in London in a Swedish speaking home, Embla was surrounded by the world of music and dance from day one. Emblas first professional appearance was in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ at the London Palladium in the West End at the age of eight. She went on to feature in two operas, ‘La Boheme’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ at Farrar Theatre (UK) After moving to Australia in 2009 Embla received a ‘Vocal Arts Excellence’ Award from the Manly Rotary club, and a number of Sydney Eisteddfods in classical and musical theatre voice categories. Embla completed the HSC in 2013 with a band 6 in Dance, Drama, Music and Music Extention. In 2016 Embla completed a three year BA in Music Theatre at WAAPA. Embla has been teaching for over 5 years in all varieties of music and theatre and is still performing weekly.

Ilyan Keay

Acrobatics, Cheer & Tumbling

Ilyan began her career as an elite gymnast, training at the NSW Institute of Sport and securing a scholarship at the AIS. She medalled on the Sports Acrobatics state and national circuits several times before dedicating herself to her forte, Trampolining. After being selected to be a part of the National Squad for Trampoline, she went on to win multiple national championships, most impressively, two bronze medals in the Australian International Challenge 2002. Ilyan retired from competition at age 16, but maintains a performing career as a gymnast internationally. She has collaborated with Legs On The Wall and the Australian Theatre for Young People, and can now be found performing acrobatics at events across Sydney. She is excited to bring her vast experience and technical knowledge to create engaging classes for our students here at Tempo Red!

Yukino McHugh

Contemporary & Hip Hop

Yukino McHugh is a creative performer who is passionate about expressing her messages and ideas through her crafts. These crafts embrace Dance, Choreography, Acting, Singing and Modelling. Yukino is an Australian based performing artist who is currently working in the Australian Dance industry and is well known from the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance”, where she was one of the top 20 Finalists.

The show aired on channel TEN and Yukino finished in the top 14 dancers of Australia – She was the last standing female Hip Hop dancer on the show. Being on the show gave her the chance to work with world class artists, such as Paula Abdul and Robbie Williams. Yukino was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to also choreograph a segment for Paula Abdul in the Paula Abdul tribute routine on the show. Yukino is very passionate about fusing different styles of dance together and she believe this comes from having two different ethnic backgrounds and being brought up with different cultures, Yukino has always being passionate about translating, when she can cross different cultures like Hip Hop and Contemporary, Commercial and Arts, she loves mixing the two together and being a translator for the different worlds.

Jens Radda

Musical Theatre

Before moving to Australia in 2007, Jens Radda grew up in South Africa to a Danish speaking family. His cross-cultural upbringing played a big part in growing him as a performer, writer and producer. He is a graduate of the Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), class of 2016. While at WAAPA Jens hosted a variety of events including the Julie Michael Cabaret Awards and often acted as a Vocal Captain, Emcee and Pianist for the academy. Jens has written and produced numerous shows in the Fringe circuits including his own solo work, Frankly Hank. He has also performed as Billy Flynn in Mad About Theatre’s touring production of Chicago. Jens has recently completed a Cert IV in Business.

Thomas Egan

Guest teacher for Tap, Hip Hop

Thomas began his dance training across multiple disciplines at his mother’s dance school in Melbourne. Later he joined the Australian Ballet Associates Program, training and performing in such ballets as ‘1914’, ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Coppelia’. At the age of 10 he, landed a role in the musical ‘The Boy from Oz’ and followed by a role in ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ which both sparked his interest in Tap. Currently, he performs with So You Think You Can Dance Finalist Jesse Rasmussen and the “TAP PACK” which consists of a few other exceptionally and well renowned skilled tappers in the industry.

Chantelle Landayan


Chantelle Landayan grew up in Sydney and has been dancing for more than 15 years, being trained in numerous genres of dance. In 2014 she completed her Certificate IV in Dance at Sydney’s Ev and Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre, and as a result of her hard work and dedication she received a scholarship in 2015 to further her training. Chantelle was lucky to learn closely with mentors such as Sarah Boulter, Adam Blanch, Neale Whittaker, Stephen Tannos, Anton, and many more.

Her love for performing was most recently highlighted in 2015/2016 where she became a Showtime dancer and performer at Luna Park Sydney entertaining a crowd of all ages. In 2016 Chantelle also became a part of several dance productions including DUTI Dance Company ‘Underminds’ and Dance Editorial’s ‘7 Vices Dance Production’ which toured several states in Australia. Later on in 2016 she also became a dancer for Australia’s soul singer Ngaiire, and performed at her ‘Blastoma’ Tour in Sydney. In 2017 she completed an intensive in Los Angeles to train under the guidance of the world renowned international choreographer Dana Foglia. Currently Chantelle is a member of the contemporary group ‘Des Fleurs’, where she creates, trains and performs at industry events. Despite performing one of her favourite places is to be is in the studio creating, teaching and inspiring the next generation of young dancers. She aims to create a fusion of movement and keep evolving her artistry through her experiences.

Georgia Robinson

RAD Ballet, Pointe Class & Body Conditioning

Georgia Robinson, originally from Newcastle, NSW has just completed a contract with Celebrity Cruises, traveling throughout Europe and the Caribbean over 2016-17. Georgia studied full-time at Brent Street in 2015 and completed her Certificate IV in Triple Threat. She has extensive Ballet Training with the Royal Academy of Dance having completed all grades with distinctions through to Advanced 2. Georgia preformed for the release of Lady Gaga’s perfume ‘Fame’ and also danced for the launch of the Mazda CX5. Some other credits include The Voice Channel 9 dance extra and the Toyota Gala Awards 2015. Georgia has also performed at the HINO Dealer of the Year Gala and for Air BNB on a float in Mardi Gras. She has been a backup dancer for C+C Music Factory and is currently completing her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Braeden Lee

Hip Hop

Braeden Lee, originally from central Queensland, first trained at the Queensland University of Technology where he studied a Bachelor of fine arts. He them moved to Sydney in 2014 where he completed his training at Brent Street studios. After gaining his Certificate IV in Dance, Braeden now work professionally as a dancer and as a choreographer. Braeden’s style of choice is a fusion of Afro/Dancehall and Hip-Hop which he has created. This style incorporates various dancehall grooves and movements with a mix of b-boying, old-school, new style hip-hop.

Tegan Jeffrey-Rushton


Tegan Jeffrey-Rushton began dancing at the age of 8 at Sunshine Coast Performing Arts Centre in Queensland, training in all styles she then completed her Cert II and III in Dance. At the age of 16 Tegan moved solo to Sydney to complete Fulltime studies at ‘Ettingshausens’ and graduated from a second year of Fulltime gaining her Cert IV in dance at ‘Brent Street’ in 2015. During those two years of training she has had the privilege to train under many industry professionals such as- Stephen Tannos, Cameron Mitchell, Rob Mclean and Cat Santos. Tegan has also taken class at ‘Pulse Convention’ in Las Vegas and taken classes in LA and New York learning from world renowned choreographers (2015).

Tegan has had the opportunity to work with artists such as The Veronica’s and Redfoo. She has recently been lucky enough to be a part of The Dream Dance Company- ‘Show Business’- being mentored by the incredible Marko Panic and Katie Sanchez, along with training under other renowned industry legends such as Kelley Abbey and Kate Wormald. Tegan’s focus for the future is to continue to learn and grow as a dancer and teacher and gain more experience and knowledge in every genre. We are so excited to have Teagan as part of our Tempo Red team.

Natalie Taylor

RAD Ballet, Non-Exam Ballet & Body Conditioning

Natalie has been dancing since the age of 4, beginning her classical ballet training at Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy. She began her full-time training at the age of 14 mentored by Lucinda Dunn, a former principal of The Australian Ballet and has been trained in the RAD, Cecchetti and Vaganova disciplines. Natalie has had numerous achievements including being in the Invitee program with the Australian Ballet School, being a finalist in the Sydney Ballet Eisteddfod and competing in the Prix de Lausanne competition in Switzerland, where she received several scholarships. She furthered her classical ballet training at Hamburg Ballet School in Germany on scholarship for 18 months before returning back home to Australia. Natalie is passionate about teaching ballet and passing on her wealth of knowledge she has learnt from all her experiences and is looking forward to inspiring our young ballet dancers here at Tempo Red.