Tempo Red Academy Instructors 2020-05-29T13:54:04+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.

Shae McDougall

Studio Coordinator / Accounts

Born on the Northern Beaches, Shae started dance at the age of 5 and danced throughout her school years at Tempo Red. While Shae studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Drama, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acrobatics, her true passion was in the Urban Hip Hop and Break dance field. Shae has completed her Bachelor Of Music and Sound Design at the University of Technology Sydney, and Certificate IV in Entertainment all while becoming a recording artist with her main vocal interests being Soul and Rnb. Her friendly and bubbly personality, along with her connection to Tempo Red and love for the performing arts, made her a natural candidate as our Studio Coordinator. We are thrilled Shae is part of our team and with her genuine passion for helping, growing and supporting Children and their families, we know and trust that our tribe will be well cared for.

Siobhan Parker


Siobhan ‘Shibby’ Parker began dancing at age 3. Siobhan completed her RAD Ballet exams from Pre-Primary through to Advanced Foundation. In 2007 she trained at Brent St full time, obtaining her Cert IV in Performing Arts, then in 2015 Siobhan undertook further full time training at The Village Performing Arts School. 

Siobhan’s credits include ‘Mornings with Kerry Anne’, ‘Sunrise- Dare to Dance’ series and Home and Away as a singing extra. Siobhan has performed at the televised ‘Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards’ as well as in the Young Divas ‘This Time I know it’s for Real’ film clip. In 2018 Siobhan performed as a company member in the FORGE tap projects debut production “Alpha”. She is currently an active member of Sally Hares “Girls on Tap” group- an all female company of singing tap dancers! In 2016 Girls on Tap performed live on Weekend Sunrise and in 2017, debuted their first full-length stage show to a sold out theatre audience! In 2019 Girls on Tap followed up with a second season of sold out shows in Australia as well travelling abroad- performing in NYC at the Rave Theatre Festival.

Siobhan loves and is passionate about teaching dancing and has been doing so for the last decade in various schools around Sydney. Our pre-school aged students love Miss Shibby and her bubbly personality here at Tempo Red.

Freya Smith

Babyballet®, Lyrical & RAD Ballet

Freya is going into her 16th year of dance training in a variety of styles including commercial and musical theatre jazz, ballet, contemporary/lyrical and hip hop. She has completed her training at Dance North Academy and a variety of programs/institutes. She has completed up to advanced one in RAD ballet and was also lucky enough to complete a year of Academy Ballet’s Aspire part time ballet program under the guidance of Vicki Attard. An influential aspect of her training was the mentorship she received during her two years at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts dancing in their senior repertory and Classical Ballet companies. This past year she successfully completed a year of full time dance training gaining her diploma of elite performance in dance at the Next Step Performing Arts, which has expanded her knowledge and developed herself as a more versatile dancer. Freya is excited to join the Tempo Red team and work to inspire and extend our recreational students. 

Deborah Patience

RAD Ballet (Registered Teacher), Progressing Ballet Technique & Body Conditioning

Deborah studied RAD ballet and ISTD National Character as a child with Dalvern Thom and then went on to continue her studies full time with Joan and Monica Halliday, completing all levels including her RAD Advanced Certificate in ballet and achieving high level results and her ARAD status. After travelling extensively and performing internationally, Deborah returned to her teaching career and completed her RAD teacher training qualification with Prudence Bowen and has been an active RAD registered teacher since 1992.

At home in Australia, Deborah has been involved in much commercial work and has performed in a great many shows, events and featured in TV work and photo shoots. Deborah has also judged locally for the Showcase Australian Dance Championships Regional Competitions and Showcase National Finals in Australia and New Zealand. Deborah has also been on judging panels for dance competitions internationally, such as Canada and the USA and was in the very first cultural exchange performance in China.

For 12 years she was the Studio Director of the Deborah Johnson Dance Centre in Castle Hill and had many successes with her students having placements with the Australian Ballet school, Victorian Collage of the Arts, Chicago Ballet, Elmhurst, Royal Ballet School, Royal Birmingham Ballet and the Moulin Rouge Paris. Deborah’s students have had abundant success on the competition circuit, winning many prestigious competitions, including Sydney Eisteddfod and the RAD Isobel Anderson Awards.

Deborah sold her studio in 2018 and is currently working as a freelance RAD ballet teacher and has worked for some of Sydney’s most prestigious full-time ballet schools such as Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy. She is passionate about continuing her professional development and is highly experienced in exam and eisteddfod preparation. Deborah is looking forward to sharing her love of ballet and years of teaching experience with a new generation of dancers  at Tempo Red to inspire and educate, as well as nurture the dancers and dance lovers of the future.

Chloe Taylor 

Jazz & Conditioning

Chloe Taylor completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts and Dance. Chloe began training full-time whilst studying school via correspondence at 13 years old receiving numerous scholarships and under the guidance of many internationally recognised choreographers.
Since Graduating Chloe went on to train in Marko Panzics ‘Show Business’ course. And also signed with Sydney’s Jeep Management. Chloe has trained under many well known teachers including Rhapsody James, Jacquie Howard, Marko Panzic, Mathew Gode , Leah Howard, Euan Doige and many more. Some of her credits include; Haliee Stienfeld, Macklemore, The Veronicas and dancing for the The Final series of The Voice au contestants. Numerous Corporate functions.
Chloe began teaching at the age of 14. Assisting many top choreographers. Since then she has taught at many studio’s and full-time dance schools. Chloe’s love for dance and choreography has seen many of her students and troupes go on to win national and international titles. Chloe is excited to be working with our students at Tempo Red and looks forward to inspiring and helping them reach their goals.

Isabella Spiteri

Lyrical & Contemporary

Isabella started dancing from the age of 3 years old and since then she was always motivated to create a career for herself in the performing arts. She started training at Lee Windon Dancers (2003-2016) in all styles of dance and did extra training at Glenda Yee School Of Dance. At the age of 15 she left high school to attend the Brent Street Academy to pursue her dance at a higher level whilst finishing her schooling to receive a certificate IV at the end of year 12. She also attended Brent’s streets after school classes for competitions and to further her training. She is currently completing full-time at Brent Street this year to receive her Diploma in Performing Arts. Isabella was luckily enough to get scouted for gigs at The Star Sydney in commercial dancing for Jtown Creative. She was also a model for Bloch as their commercial artiste for 2019. Isabella is a dedicated and hardworking person that always finds a way to improve herself as a performer/choreographer. Isabella is overly excited to join our team of teachers and is willing to mentor and inspire our students to be the best performers they can be. 

Lachlan Thomas

Hip Hop

Starting from the age of 5, Lachy has been super determined and motivated with his performing arts Career. He trained in all styles at Caper School Of Performing Arts (2010-2017), At the age of 17 he moved to train at Brent Street to further his commercial training. He is currently completing full-time at Brent this year receiving his diploma in performing arts. Before Fulltime Lachy was scouted by Jeep Management giving him incredible and amazing opportunities. He has been apart of many corporate gigs such as being a dancer in the Universal Upfront productions (promotion of sing the movie), The Full Monty Show (dancer)and fashion modelling gigs. Lachy is a very hardworking and compassionate person, which he is always looking for ways to improve and growing as a performer/choreographer. Lachy is excited to join our team of teachers and is looking forward to inspiring and mentoring our students.

Issy Meyers

Hip Hop & Acro

Issy completed her Diploma of Performing Arts at Brent Street in Sydney Australia with a role of honour. Issy is represented by Jeep management and was featured as a dancer in Guy Sebastian’s film clip “Choir”. She also performed as a back up dancer for Guy on The Voice Australia, in his performance “Choir”. Issy was awarded NRG International Prodigy in Sydney where she then headed to the United States to work with many American leading choreographers such as Rustin Matthews and Mallauri Esquibel. She is also a Prodigy for The Dream Experience and works alongside and assists some of Australia’s leading choreographers. Issy was recently featured in Samantha Jade’s film clip which is to be released in early 2020. Issy’s commercial credits include Guy Sebastian, Timomatic, Samantha Jade, Jai Waterford and Marquee Sydney. Issy is excited to be sharing her knowledge with our dance students at Tempo Red!

Alice Bendall

Musical Theatre, Singing & Private Voice

After brilliantly executed impressions of Pavarotti from the age of 2, Alice was shipped off to dance, drama and singing classes where she learnt the foundations of stagecraft by performing in shows, straight plays, competing in Dance festivals, obtaining her dance exam board qualifications (ISTD/RAD) and heading to the All England finals, until being given the opportunity at the age of 17 to move to London to train as a performer.

After 3 years of triple threat training, Alice graduated from Arts Educational School with a degree in Musical Theatre, and went straight into working in and around London’s West End with an Agent as a Performer, Voice Over Artist, Choreographer and Director. A highlight of her time in London was working beside the creative team, cast and crew to rework staging and choreography ideas for Matilda the Musical. One of her directing highlights was working with a cast of 65, all between the ages of 5-21, on the UK Billy Elliot Youth Program – Performing to sell out shows at Malvern Theatres.

Returning to Sydney from a contract as Head of Musical Theatre in Singapore, Alice is keen to work with Tempo Red on their very first Musical and join the family!

Reid Perry

Tap Instructor

Reid began dancing from a young age at Tap Pups under Dein Perry. During his childhood years he performed at many lucrative events including the Lord Mayor’s New Years Eve Party at the Opera House in 2015, He also appeared on The Footy Show, at the re-opening of Luna Park, at the World Masters Games Opening ceremony and many more.

Reid was lucky enough to make his Tap Dogs debut in 2016 and has performed corporate events with the Tap Dogs them all over Australia. Reid has recently returned from the Tap Dogs 2018/19 World Tour where they performed in South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United States and on London’s West End.

Jordan Lazarus

Acrobatics & Jazz

Jordan graduated from Brent Street Performing Arts elite dance focusing on Performing Arts Diploma in 2019. Her theatre credits include Annie (GFO), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (TML) and Strictly Ballroom (global creatures). She has also appeared in Carols in the Domain, Disney Channel, ABC’s The Cut and numerous television commercials. Jordan started studying dance, singing, acting and acrobatics since the age of 3 making her a versatile performer. Jordan holds an accreditation in gymnastic coaching and has represented Australia internationally in figure skating. Jordan is excited to work with the students at Tempo Red to inspire a real love of acrobatics and dance!

Pete Evans

Guest Teacher

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.