Tempo Red Academy Instructors 2018-12-10T11:53:34+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, 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. In 2017 and 2018 she was involved in The Stars Of The Beaches-Dance For Cancer event as a professional dance partner in order to raise money for the Cancer Council. Amelia is part of our performance team choreographers and provides routines for our groups and solo competitors. Amelia is passionate about working with children in order to inspire them to become technical, confident performers that share her love of dance.

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 has completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance.

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.

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. Since graduating at WAAPA, Embla has starred in the professional production Oklahoma, Brigadoon, Jesus Christ Superstar and also performed the lead role of Aurora in OzPanto’s Sleeping Beauty. Embla has been teaching for over 5 years in all varieties of music and theatre and has instilled her love for it in many of our students here at Tempo Red.

Chantelle Landayan

Lyrical, Contemporary & Hip Hop

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.

Jonah Ende


Jonah started dancing at the age of 10 at the Tap Pups school in Bondi. His teachers Dein Perry and Nathan Sheens inspired him in his early years of dance to pursue tap dance to its fullest. After graduating high school Jonah travelled to New York City where he attended Broadway Dance Centre’s International Student Visa Program, here he furthered his dance education across all styles whilst honing his tap skills. From this time Jonah was mentored by Aaron Tolson and in recent years has travelled back to the USA to attended many festivals and intensives all over the country allowing him the opportunity to work with some of the worlds best and leading tap dancers. Jonah is passionate about educating dancers on the rich history and culture of tap dance and is excited to engage new dancers to discover the art form at Tempo Red.

Robbie Mejica

Hip Hop

Robbie Is a Performer/Choreographer who graduated from Ed5 international performing arts course in 2015 under the guidance of William A Forsythe and an incredible faculty including the likes of Leslie bell and Nathan sheens. Robbie began his journey in 2010 within the world of Hip hop as a self trained hip hop dancer. Through this dormant passion for hip hop dancing Robbie was scouted by the Hip hop crew Kookies N Kream and played a part in many of their successes such as Grand finalists in 2012 Australia’s Got Talent where he was lucky enough to back up dance for the likes of Justin Beiber and Timomatic. The crew also found huge success within the national/ international Hip Hop competitions such as Hip hop international and World supremacy Battle grounds.

Robbie continues to expand his knowledge within the dance realm recently graduating from Marko Panzic Dream Dance “Show business” course where he trained under not only Australia’s elite but also internationally renowned dancers/choreographers such as Caetlyn Watson, Sarah burns and Lee Daniels. He is excited to inspire our students at Tempo Red and help them build a love for the hip hop genre.

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.

Jair Coronado

Acrobatics, Tumbling & Tricking

Jair Coronado, age 22, has had 9 years of training with Acrobatics, tumbling and Martial arts tricking as well as over 5 years of experience in teaching these styles. Jair has a certificate III and diploma in early childhood education and is currently studying a bachelor in early childhood & primary education. His philosophy is to educate and shape each students attitude, commitment and discipline in training in order to persevere within the art of Acro. He has performed in many shows and productions such as The monkey magic journey to the west Theatre production (Sydney,Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra) and has won many awards including being the 2017 WTG Champion. We are delighted to have Jair sharing his wealth of knowledge with our Acro students at Tempo Red!

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 Tegan as part of our Tempo Red team.

Pete Evans

Lyrical & Contemporary

After moving to Sydney when he was 19 to further evolve his career in dance, Pete completed two years of full time dance at ‘Ev&Bow’ under the guidance of Sarah Boulter and Lisa Bowmer. Once graduated, he took part in the ‘Dream Dance Company’s’ pre-professional program facilitated by Marko Panzic, which he used to network with other like-minded commercial dancers whom he now works regularly alongside of. Represented by Grayboy the Agency, Pete has continued to work regularly within the Sydney dance scene as well as internationally. Some of his performing and choreographic credits include Honda, ASICS, Telstra, Qatar Airways, the Eurovision Song Contest, Chinese New Year Parade, the NSW School Spectacular and Sydney Trains.

After living in Los Angeles recently for three months, his love for teaching and creating has heightened, leading him to become a sought after choreographer within Sydney. Pete is currently performing in ‘Una Palabra’, an original contemporary dance show choreographed and directed by Neale Whittaker. Pete is excited to inspire our students at Tempo Red and pass on his creative artistry and passion for the performing arts.

Yukino McHugh

Contemporary & Hip Hop (Guest Teacher)

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.

Thomas Egan

Tap (Guest Teacher)

Thomas has performed with Tap Dogs (touring France, Singapore, Hong Kong, UAE, China and Australia), Singing’ In The Rain, Fame The Musical, Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby”, Kylie Minogue, Timomatic, X-Factor, Australia’s Got Talent, Young Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, Charlie Bates in Oliver and TVC’s for So You Think You Can Dance.

He is a creative on the show ‘The Tap Pack’, nominated for two Green Room Awards, Spirt Of The Fringe Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a Dance Award. The show has had seasons on the West End in London, Beijing, Berlin and Australia. Thomas Founded The Forge Tap Company (an Australian contemporary tap company) debuting with it’s first work “Alpha” and is passionate about inspiring young tap dancers with his initiative The Forge Tap Project.

He credits Sharon Lawrence (his Mother), Barbra Lynch, Chris Horsey, Paul Davis, the Victorian College Of The Arts and the many instructors he traveled to the U.S to engage with for his training. Thomas Egan is excited to be back at Tempo Red again as the head of our Tap faculty, teaching his unique style of tap to our new generation of dancers.

Andrew Huynh

Contemporary (Guest Teacher)

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.