Tempo Red Academy Instructors 2019-10-08T20:53:53+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.

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.

Chantelle Landayan

Lyrical & Contemporary

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.

Pete Evans

Lyrical, Contemporary &  Jazz

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.

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.

Tegan Jeffrey-Rushton

Lyrical, Contemporary & Jazz

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.

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.

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.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.

Ryan Ophel

Singing/Private Voice & Musical Theatre

Graduating from ED5 International in 2017, Ryan has been lucky enough to work with great company’s including Opera Australia and Disney.
For the majority of 2018, Ryan toured with Opera Australia in 2 productions “Don Quichotte” and “Rigoletto” performing at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne. In 2019 he made his professional Musical theatre debut when touring with Disney’s Aladdin. Ryan has also been seen on “The voice”, “Australia’s Got Talent”, The Footy Show and “Carols in the Domain”. He has performed behind artists such as Delta Goodrem, Tim Campbell, Paulini and more. We are are so excited to welcome Ryan to Tempo Red to share his expertise!

Anna Pettifer

Jazz & Tap Combo, Ballet & Private Singing

Anna started dancing at the age of 8 years old. By the age of 14 Anna was accepted into the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School with a scholarship and attended whilst training at Brent Street Part-time. In 2014 Anna was accepted into the renowned Brent Street Academy to finish her senior schooling whilst in full time dance, attending Brent Street for 2 years full time. During her training she completed her ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Ballet, up to the advanced level and also completed her CSTD Contemporary Technique exam with the guidance of renowned choreographer Jason Winters. She also passed her HSC Dance exams with flying colours receiving a band 6 and two callbacks to perform with the best in the state. Since her training Anna has worked as a dancer professionally and continues to perform.

As well as dance Anna has excelled in music, performing as a core singer at the schools spectacular and as a featured singer at the arts north festival, performing at the opera house concert hall as a soloist two years running. Anna has also performed opening at the Randwick Racecourse and has a passion for the piano. As an enthusiastic and passionate individual, Anna is always excited to work with new talent and help young performers grow into the best artists they can be in a nurturing and encouraging way.

Victoria Luxton

Musical Theatre

Victoria Luxton is a triple threat performer originally from Perth where she went to WAAPA to complete her certificate in Musical Theatre while training full time in dance. She then chased her dreams to the Sunshine State and completed her Bachelor Of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Whilst there she had many performance opportunities including Opera Queensland’s Kiss Me Kate in which she was featured in a tap trio. Since graduating Victoria has performed in Independent musical theatre productions across Sydney. She loves her students at Tempo Red and can not wait to continue teaching in 2019!

Freya Smith


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. 

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.

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Brodie Shepherd

Acrobatics Instructor

Brodie is an internationally trained dancer. He has undertaken classes at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City and the Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. He is currently finishing his Australian training at ED5 International. Brodie has 5 years’ experience as a dance teacher in Jazz, Acro and Tap. His performance experience includes an extensive number of shows with the Raw Dance Company, including UNTAPPED and many corporate and public performances as part of Raw Metal.  Brodie is excited to work with the students at Tempo Red and inspire a real love of Acrobatics!

Natalie Taylor

RAD Ballet & Private Tuition

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.

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 Intermediate winner of the 2008 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 has also overseen and been appointed Mentor by the RAD for many new teachers undergoing their RAD teacher training qualifications. Deborah has also been selected by the Artistic Director of the RAD, Paula Hunt to join the RAD Examiners Training Program. In 2017 Deborah was fortunate enough to travel to the Institute of Arts Barcelona, where she attended the World Dance Movement Convention and 2019 travelled to Holland to the European School of Ballet where her own daughter has received placement at age 14. 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.