The teaching team at Caper comprise an amazing group of individuals hand-picked for their rapport with their students and commitment to making their classes inspiring and educational.
Click on each teacher for a brief biography. We are proud of the combined qualifications, teaching expertise and professional performance experience. However what we can't communicate in a simple biography is their wonderful personalities and humility and warmth they exude. Our teachers care to ensure all students feel pride in their achievements and that their skills progress and confidence blooms. Our teachers work with parents at Caper to ensure the whole family feels welcomed and supported.
We are extremely proud of our staff retention rates. We have several teachers who have been employed at Caper for ten years or more. The benefits this continuity provides our students are immeasurable. Furthermore many teachers undertook the bulk of their dance training at Caper, meaning they have not only received a high standard of tuition but also are special members of the Caper community and have grown up with our values and ethos.
MELISSA AURISCHMelissa enjoyed an 11 year career with the West Australian Ballet as a principal dancer and is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. Melissa is RAD trained gaining her Solo Seal as well as completing the RAD teaching certificate.
Melissa has been teaching at Caper since 2015.
KIRSTYN BASILEKirstyn Basile has a Degree in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University. Her tertiary qualification is complemented by her years of dance training which include examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and Glenn Wood Tap. Kirstyn has performed at venues such as Disneyland, California and completed a season with a professional NRL Cheer Squad.
Kirstyn has been teaching at Caper since 2014 however she has been part of our community a lot longer having enrolled as student in 2004.
NATALIE BROCKNatalie Brock a highly regarded teacher, earning distinctions from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) for her Advanced Teaching Certificate and High Distinction for Level 12 Vaganova with the Australian Institute of Classical Ballet. Natalie is also an RAD mentor, in this role she mentors up and coming student teachers in conjunction with the RAD.
Natalie has been teaching at Caper since 2008 and is also the Director of Ace Dance Events.
EMILIA BRUNETTOEmilia Brunetto has a Certificate IV in Dance and has trained in all styles of dance and acrobatics. Emilia completed her RAD exams up to Intermediate with Distinction. She has also completed up to the highest level in Glenn Wood Tap (awarded 100% after being personally examined by Glenn Wood). Emilia's Musical Theatre credits include Mamma Mia! with Packemin Productions.
Emilia has been a Caper teacher since 2014 and first joined the Caper community in 2003 - the school's foundation year.
CAITLIN CATFORDCaitlin is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Dance (Performance) at the Academy of Music & Performing Arts. She began her training at the age of 4 and has spent most this at Caper studying Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical & Hip Hop. Caitlin has performed at The Australian Dance Festival, Project Pink and Shows such as Impetus, Fusion, Eclipse & Elysium. Recently she choreographed her first original work "Forbidden". Caitlin has been teaching at Caper since 2018.
RAE EDDS-GIBSONRae trained with the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne and during her time there competed her RAD Advanced Exam (an associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, ARAD. Rae performed with The Dancers Company and performed as an extra in Australian Ballet Company productions. Rae graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from Western Sydney University and also achieved her RAD Teaching Diploma.
Rae has helped many students to pursue their journey to a career in the performing arts.
SARAH FINDLAYSarah Findlay is trained in RAD ballet and GWT Tap as well as jazz, musical theatre, acrobatics, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. Sarah has been a member of many award winning dance routines and has competed as soloist, most notably receiving a Top Ten High Score in a prestigious national competition. Sarah is currently undertaking a degree in Health Science at Sydney University and first joined the Caper community in 2004 as a student.
Sarah has been teaching at Caper since 2016.
TEGAN FLAHERTYTegan Flaherty has a Bachelor Degree in Dance Practice from ACPE and is currently studying her second degree (Bachelor of Education at Macquarie University). Tegan is trained in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, RAD Ballet (Intermediate with Distinction) and GWT Tap. Tegan has reached the highest level in GWT Tap and in this level was awarded 100% personally by Mr Glenn Wood!
Tegan has been teaching at Caper since 2014 and is also a former Caper student herself (enrolled in 2007).
AMELIA HARRISONAmelia Harrison has trained extensively in dance under the RAD, BDA and FATD syllabi. Amelia is a gifted vocalist, songwriter and musician and has trained through AMEB for singing and piano and worked with Warner Chapel publishing and Caplice Management. She also produces all the tracks that feature pre-recorded vocals from our students.
Miss Amelia has been teaching at Caper since 2008.
RILEY HEADRiley has trained in all styles of dance, musical theatre, acrobatics and RAD Ballet where she attained Intermediate Grade with Distinction. Riley’s competitive dance experience includes group and solos at the national level performing in Queensland, the Opera House and Australian Dance Festival. Riley attended Northmead Performing Arts High School and received the honour of callbacks for her HSC pieces.
Riley has been teaching at Caper since 2017 and also studies Business at University.
MADDI HOGANMaddi Hogan is currently undertaking a degree in Education at Macquarie University. She is trained in RAD Ballet (major vocational grades), GWT Tap as well as jazz, contemporary/lyrical, musical theatre and acrobatics. Maddi is in her second season performing in a professional NRL Cheersquad and is a former Caper student, having joined the school in 2008.
Maddi has been teaching at Caper since 2014.
KIM IVERSENKim grew up in Adelaide and was passionate about dance from a young age. At the age of 16, Kim moved to Sydney to continue her study in all areas of performance at the McDonald College. She then went on to ED5 International gaining a certificate IV in Performance. Since graduating Kim has performed all over the world including contracts in Bollywood, India, The Sands Casino, Macau and Norwegian Cruises. Kim now regularly performs as a dancer/aerialist.
Kim has been teaching at Caper since 2018.
KIERON KULIKKieron has attained numerous Musical Theatre credits including Grease The Arena Spectacular, Happy Days The Mega Musical, Hot Shoe Shuffle and Mamma Mia! He was the lead male vocalist in "Burn the Floor" touring over 100 cities across the world.
Kieron has worked alongside artists such as Kylie Minogue and currently heads
Musical Theatre and Corporate Events at Jeep Management. Kieron also operates his own talent agency, The Garage.
Kieron has been teaching at Caper since 2015.
REBECCA PICKFORDRebecca Pickford has a Diploma in Dance Performing Arts, a Certificate III & IV in Personal Training and is a NIDA Music Theatre Studio Graduate. She has also trained in AMEB Piano and RAD Ballet. Rebecca's career highlight was the two years she spent in London working on and off the stage with a production company.
Miss Bec has been teaching at Caper since 2014.
KATE RODWELLKate Ferguson has a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street and has been involved in multiple facets of performing arts including R.A.D. classical, Glenn Wood Tap (under the tuition of Glenn Wood), AMEB piano and singing exams. Kate has modelled for magazines, such as Studio Bambini. Kate has also appeared in television commercials, film clips and television series.
Kate is an examiner with the Glenn Wood Tap syllabus and first started teaching at Caper in 2007.
EMELIA SERRAEmelia has attained an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts from ED5 International and is represented professionally by The Garage Creative Management. "Miss Milly", as she is known, is trained in RAD Ballet, GWT Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Acrobatics, Singing and Hip Hop.
Emelia is a special member of the Caper community as she enrolled as a student the very first day we opened back in 2003. She has been teaching at Caper since 2017.
KRYSTYNA SINGLETON-TURNERKrystyna trained at Caper in all dance styles including consistently achieving the highest grade in her exams. Krystyna has successfully competed in troupes and solos at prestigious competitions with performances at Disneyland, Jupiter’s Queensland and Sydney Opera House. She studied Dance at HSC level and was also a member of LOcREaDO Dance Company.
Krystyna is currently studying a Bachelor of Sport Science UTS to develop knowledge on anatomy for dancers and has been a Caper teacher since 2017
MADDIE SMITHMaddie has a Diploma of Performing Arts from Brent Street and trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre. Maddie is a former student of Caper having been enrolled for 12 years, completed exams with GWT Tap and RAD Ballet and competed in national dance competitions.
Maddie’s credits include Disneyland, Easter Show, Australian Dance Festival, film clips, corporate events for MEA and REDKEN.
Maddie has been teaching at Caper since 2018.
ALEENA TCHETCHENIANAleena has a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street and is trained in in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, acrobatics, musical theatre, singing and tap.
Aleena has performed in a variety of events and shows around Sydney and Brisbane. Recently performing with the Dream Dance Company in Marko Panzic’s ‘Prodigy’.
Aleena was a Caper student for 12 years and is currently in her first year of teaching at Caper.
LACHLAN THOMASLachlan is completing a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Brent Street and was offered a scholarship to study at the school.
Lachlan is professionally represented by Jeep Management and has performed at several corporate events.
Lachlan is passionate about choreography and was previously a student at Caper from 2010-2017.
Lachlan first commenced teaching at Caper in 2015.
EMMA WONGEmma has a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance as well as a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from Dance Force, QLD. Emma previously taught in schools and private dance studios in Queensland before she moved to Sydney. Emma also completed the Show Business course with The Dream Dance Company and is trained in technique, conditioning, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, cabaret, musical theatre, commercial and contemporary.
Emma has been teaching at Caper since 2017.