About Supersonics

Supersonics specialises in offering Dance & Movement and Fairy Ballet for 2-4yo, Cecchetti Ballet, Acro/Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Song & Dance, Musical Theatre/Glee and Private Singing Lessons.

 

Our Teachers

Sonia Andersen - Managing Director

Sonia Andersen has been involved in the performing arts area for over 15 years, and brings an extensive performance history. Sonia has been involved in live theatre in Okalahoma, South Pacific and Pajama Game, has appeared in Neighbours, Blue Heelers, and various movies and TV commercials. Has sung and danced professionally in many facets, floor shows, festivals, major concert venues, television and involved in Commonwealth Games 2006. "I look forward to sharing my skills and knowledge." Holds a BA in Social Work, Cert IV, Musical Theatre, VCA.

Jeanette Tatton

Jeanette Tatton is a well sought after teacher who has had extensive teaching experience here and interstate, she brings a wealth of experience to the ballet world. L.I.S.T.D Qualified Cecchetti Ballet Teacher (Licentiate) D.F.T.A Members in Jazz Ballet & Tap. Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction (91121NSW) and Matwork Accreditation.

Elizabeth Popovic

Elizabeth Popovic (ACBA-CICB) is an Associate of Cecchetti Ballet Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Literature as well as a Bachelor of Education. She brings to her classes over 20 years of dance training and over a decade of dance teaching experience. She has completed examinations in Cecchetti Ballet, ISTD Modern and CTSD Jazz and is currently working on Advanced 2 and the Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (Associate Diploma) with Cecchetti Ballet Victoria. Elizabeth has worked at Supersonics since it opened in 2007, and took over the reins of Principal Cecchetti teacher in 2012. She also teaches VCE Dance, Drama and VCAL full time at a local high school.

Kade Hughes

Kade has been dancing for the last 18 years under the guidance of Kelly Aykers and Carrie Green; genres include Broadway Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Classical ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Hip-hop, Musical Theatre and Aerial Circus. Kade performed as a member of Paul Malek’s Origins Contemporary Company and the Extensions Program. For the past two years Kade has balanced his time living between New York City, Pennsylvania and Australia where he trained at Broadway Dance Centre, as well as teaching Flying Trapeze, Aerial Circus, Acrobatics and Dance at USA Summer Camps. Kade was privileged last year to be promoted into the roll of Head of Dance at Camp Lindenmere, PA.

Kade’s career highlights include playing the lead role of Michael Banks in the Melbourne season of Mary Poppins at Her Majesty’s Theatre 2010 – 2011. He also performed with the cast of Mary Poppins at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candle Light, Sydney Myer Music Bowl . In 2013 he landed the lead Role of Jeremy Potts in both the Melbourne and Adelaide seasons of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang the Musical.

Kade has won numerous solo aggregates and tap championships at various competitions, including the prestigious Royal South Street Eisteddfod. At the beginning of 2017 he was chosen to perform both his VET Dance solos at the VCE/VET Top Class Dance concert for Victoria - at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and was later chosen as one of two performers to represent VET dance at the Top Acts Season of Excellence 2017. Kade is looking forward to continuing his journey in the musical theatre stream, whilst working as a dance teacher where he hopes to encourage others to share his passion of performing. Kade is very excited to be a joining the staff at Supersonics and can’t wait for this journey to begin.

Mirrin Keefe

After a promising start in gymnastics, wining a state championship, Mirrin Keefe transitioned across in dance. She has trained in Cecchetti ballet and has received a perfect score (50) in VCE Vet Dance and was chosen to perform her jazz solo at the VCE top class concert, receiving a Premier’s Award in the same year. After graduating  she continued her training at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, receiving a certificate of Performance throughout 2010 and 2011 and finished a graduating program in 2012. In recent years she has enjoyed touring nationally with ‘The Pink Show’ and the ‘Lady Marmalade Show’. Also performing throughout Victoria at various corporate functions, including the AFL grand final breakfast, many fundraisers for charities, and as a resident freestyler for Viper Room Anthems.

 

Most recently Mirrin has begun to explore the world of choreography in her first position as choreographer for Monash University, in the Science Society’s Annual Ball. Mirrin is a consummate professional that understands that learning never finishes, so enjoys extending her training as well as passing on this learning to her students. For Mirrin, teaching has very much become a dual passion with dancing.

Brett Beckhurst

Brett  has dream of becoming a performer , he began his training in Queensland in a small dance school  where he trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Singing, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Hip Hop Lyrical, Commercial and Circus, later to continue training with ADPI (Australian Dance Performance Institute) under direction from Barbra Evan, Helena Moore and Michael Edge. In 2010, he made the big move to Melbourne to complete the Fulltime Preforming Arts course at Patrick Studios Australia under the direction of Todd Patrick. Brett has travel to and performed across Asia on several occasions and his choreography has been utilised around the globe in LIVE broadcasted shows, music videos (VEVO) and concerts.

Brett is proactivity building relationships and connections around the globe. Where he has had the opportunities to meet and work with some International Artists and Performers - Nat Ho, Kris Wu, Jolin Tsai, Yoga Lin, Wilber Pan, Fatai, Jessica Mauboy, J Williams, Zoe Badwi, Jason Dy (The Voice PH, Champion), SONY Music PH and Gforce Dance Centre PH. Brett has worked with The Australian Opera - A Midsummers Night Dream and also had the opportunity to be a part of many Tv Programs and Cooperate gigs in and outside Australia

 

Brett Looks forward in working with our competition teams.

Eliza Woods

Growing up in Central West New South Wales, Eliza began dancing at the age of 4, and over her 17 years of performing has trained in various styles including Ballet - ADV  (Receiving Honours in her final Major 4 assessment), Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre.

At the beginning of 2016, Eliza moved interstate to further her career in the performing arts at Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance receiving her Diploma in Musical Theatre and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

This year Eliza is excited to share her passion and knowledge for performing with the upcoming generations

Hannah Betram

Hannah has professionally trained in many areas and genres of dance for over 15 years, including Ballet (RAD,Cecchetti and Vaganova), Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hiphop and Tap.
Hannah also holds a certificate 3 & 4 in Dance and Performing Arts. She has trained with the likes of Ms Christine Walsh at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and the Victorian College of The Arts working with some of Australia’s most recognised and respected choreographers, and Dancers. Hannah has danced in professional ballet productions at the State Theatre of Victorian in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty as well as everybody's favourite Swan Lake She offers years of performance experience including preforming all over the state in numerous modern productions

Hannah has now followed her passion to share the joy of dance through her teaching, and love working with children and helping them achieve their goals and dreams.

Matt Benson

MATT BENSON, originally from Sydney is celebrating over a decade of dance is excited to make his debut in Melbourne. Throughout his time as a teacher, Matt has taught, choreographed and assisted with creation for over 50 schools around the Sydney, Newcastle and Illawarra regions along with crediting stages for several nightclubs, entertainment for corporate events, charities, entertained crowds for sporting teams. Professionally Matt has played the role of creating and performing for artists from around the globe including UK artist Luciana, American drag star Adore Delano and Australian artists such as AVALONIA and Kid Mac. 

Matt inspires and encourages creative students to chase their dreams.

Ashley Barrett

Ashley Barrett has been dancing for 10 years and has completed cert II, Cert III, Cert IV in performing Arts at Patrick studios Australia. Ashley specialises in Commercial jazz, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, tap, Strength and conditioning, acrobatics and contemporary. Ashley has  been involved with the production company ‘Artzsmartz’ where productions are created for disabled/Learning disability kids who have a passion for performing and gaining social skills as well as building their self-confidence.

"It would be great to share my passion for dance with others especially children as I enjoy working with kids and helping/watching them grow."

Brittany Barnes

Brittany has a very strong passion for dancing and performing. In 2013, Brittany completed her Certificate II in Dance through the VCE VET Dance Program and was offered a position to be a part of the Full Time Course at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance from 2015-2016. By the end of these two years of intense training, Brittany was able to achieve and graduate with her Certificate IV in Dance, Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, and Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance).

Brittany has performed at numerous corporate, commercial and charity events in many of Melbourne’s most prestigious venues, has appeared on a range of television networks and has choreographed for many school productions, showcases and other dance-related projects. Brittany has been able to dance and work alongside with many industry professionals such as Jason Coleman and Yvette Lee, as well as international choreographers Robin Antin and The Squared Division.

While Brittany still loves to dance and perform herself, she is now very devoted and dedicated to teaching, nurturing and inspiring the next generation of rising performers.

Nicole Kaminski

Nicole Kaminski’s desire to entertain began under the training of her wonderful teacher in Perth at the Valerie Heston School of Dance. She soon discovered that theatre was the way she wanted to channel her talent, and so in 2011 completed a Certificate II Musical Theatre at WAAPA, and furthering her studies in 2013, relocating to Ballarat to complete a BA in Musical Theatre. Graduating in 2015 with credits including the title role of Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie as well as ensemble roles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Urinetown. Studying at Ballarat also gave her the incredible opportunity to be directed by an Australian stage legend Nancye Hayes. Upon graduating she joined the Melbourne cast of The Sound Of Music, and late 2016 saw her cast in the original Melbourne cast of Motormouth Loves Suckface, a new Australian work by Anthony Crowley. 2017 saw her touring the east coast as Princess Anna with children’s touring company Alpha Shows. She has also appeared in various performances with Geelong theatre company, Footlight, having performed both leading and featured roles in Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Miserables, and was honoured to work with the GSODA Junior company choreographing Shrek, The Musical, in 2018 and directing their production of Hercules in 2019.

In September 2019, she began the role of a lifetime, when she became the mother of her baby daughter Adelyn.

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