Here at Talent Co. we have built a team of dedicated and award winning teachers who are experts in their fields. Our passion for the arts and the industry is obvious from the moment you enter our studio. We remain at the top of our fields by continually attending workshops and seminars to update our education. All of our teachers are over 18 (we do not have our classes taught by teenagers!!!). Our teachers train beginners right through to National Champion dancers.
We are an official ‘Friends of Broadway Dance Center (New York)’ Studio an affiliation not given out lightly!
We regularly have in working professionals from all over the world to work with our students. It is our aim to constantly expose our students to some of the worlds best dancers and choreographers keeping classes exciting, fresh and fun!
Bianca Chater- Director/Founder of Talent Co.
Dancing has always been my passion and I began my training at a very early age. I was taught by some of the very best teachers available and was trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Cheerleading and Singing right through to CSTD Teacher Level. I have competed and performed nationally, including being apart of a very high profile dance team performing 4 times a night throughout Australia. After establishing Talent Co. in 1996 I have continually furthered my education to compliment the management of the studio including a Diploma in Public Relations, Diploma of Marketing and Business, Certified Event Planner, Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Diploma in Musical Theatre, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate in Dance Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management. I am also a registered assessor and travel throughout Australasia adjudicating, examining and assessing dancers in all genres.
Having my own studio has allowed me to continue my love of dancing and share my knowledge and experiences with my students.
Being motivated to teach and dance comes so naturally to me, as it is not only my passion but my number one priority, and in life when you enjoy and love something as much as I do dancing and teaching, then it becomes a journey of wonderful experiences.
Greta Brinsley - Teacher
GRETA BRINSLEY (CERT IV DANCE & DIP MUSIC THEATRE)
ACROBATICS, JAZZ, LYRICAL, COMPETITION TEAMS
Acrobatic & Dance Teacher, a graduate of ADPI, Brent St, and GCTT. Greta is well known around the Coast for her dance and acrobatic skills and is in high demand at several of Gold Coast’s top dance schools. Greta’s high expectations of her students results in them achieving well above what they ever believed possible of themselves.
Morgan Blesing - Teacher
Morgan Blesing began dancing aged 3½ at Del Sante’ Dance Connection, TIDC performing arts school and then Gravity Dance Studios with Christine Underdown until she was 17.
In 2009 Morgan was offered a scholarship to participate in the New York Summer Dance Festival working with Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden from the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company. She performed “Rise” with the Company as a part of their U2 tribute season.
In 2010 Morgan completed a Bachelor of Dance Performance at Adelaide College for the Arts. From her years at ACA, she has danced in works by Sol Ulbrich, Alison Currie, Daniel Jaber, Leigh Warren, Xiao-Xiong Zhang and Peter Sheedy. Morgan is heavily trained in classical ballet, contemporary and Lyrical and is training in acrobatics at present.
Morgan has also worked in a Professional Development courses run by Lisa Griffiths, Laura Trevor, Troy Mundy and Alistair Macindoe. She has also been involved in Master classes run by Zaimon Vilmanis, Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company, Bangarra Dance Company, Marc Brew and Lucy Guerin and Australian Dance Theatre. She has also worked with independent artist Chris Scheer, Graduate from Adelaide College for the Arts. Morgan has also participated in the Dance North Master class series in the middle of 2010. Late in 2010 Morgan played the lead role in the ballet version of Mary Poppins put on by The Australian Classical Youth Ballet Company performed at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Morgan has also worked closely with The Australian Dance Theatre, working on class technique and tumbling skills.
In 2011 Morgan was a part of the redevelopment with Shaun Parker for his production of “Happy as Larry” for the Melbourne dance festival “Dance Massive”. Later in 2011 Morgan also took part in “Dance Around the World” Tour of the United States of America. Late in 2011 Morgan completed her training in becoming a fully qualified Personal Trainer. Throughout 2011/2012 Morgan extended her skills by performing various commercial/corporate events with Adelaide performance group called “Ding Productions”
2012/2013 has held something different for Morgan, taking a back seat from performing and has put more time into her teaching. It is something she has enjoyed as she gets great satisfaction from seeing her students improve. Morgan has come from Star Academy Performing Arts School where she was the head ballet teacher and Vivienne winter school of ballet where she was a main teacher to the schools younger children. She has also taught in high schools around Adelaide. Early 2013 Morgan had a group from Star Academy perform at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in CanDance for a Cure, a fundraiser for cancer.
Morgan still has hopes to work as a performer in the dance industry.
Shanice-Kalina Thompson - Teacher
Shanice-Kalina Thompson started her performing career at the age of 4, with Kalamunda Performers. Here she went on to learn all genres of dance as well as vocal / music theatre classes. Her teaching career began at age 11, with a natural ability and under the watchful eye of her teachers. Here she went on to teach many genres and becoming quite a successful Perth choreographer.
Over the years Shanice has done many performances, competitions, appeared in music videos, Telethon performances and received many Scholarship awards. Shanice has very successfully completed her ATOD examinations and in July 2014 flew to Sydney to compete for the David Atkins Award and was the first Perth Competitor to win it.
Still furthering her studies Shanice has done her Cert IV in Musical Theatre which has covered the genres of Singing, Dance and Acting. To then going on to complete her Cert IV in Commercial Dance. In 2015 she was apart of High School Musical On Stage playing the role of Martha Cox, and in 2016 she was lucky enough to score the lead role of Sandy in Grease The Musical. Shanice then went on to choreographing for a local theatre production of Camp Rock The Musical.
Brooke Fellows - Teacher
Brooke has been part of the Talent Co family since 2000, specialising in acrobatics and tumbling.
She was a competitive gymnastics for 12 years, representing both her club and state at competition.
She has experience in coaching state, national and recreational competitive gymnastics streams, as well as completing her WAG (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) coaching accreditation.
This led her into the Talent Co Cheer and Dance Squad. She has now been teaching acrobatics, tumbling, cheerleading, contortion and acrobatic balance skills for sixteen years.
Her formal qualifications include: Bachelor of Science (ECU), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (North Metro TAFE) and a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD).
She has also completed up to Level 4 cheer coaching credentialing with the Australian and US All Star Federations, which includes separate sections for stunts, tumbling and tosses.
In addition to this, Brooke has completed training and is qualified to deliver the syllabus for The Acrobatic Dance Association (Australian syllabus).
Sarah Gwynne - Teacher
Sarah’s passion for dancing began at the age of 5. Upon her own request to her supportive parents. She spent the next 9 years expanding her skills and knowledge in Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Jazz and Hip Hop. Completing numerous CSTD and ATOD examinations.
Sarah began competing in competitions at the age of 12 resulting in some outstanding placings. She continued to enjoy and focus on dance throughout highschool and choreographing large scale productions.
At 18 to her disappointment she sustained an injury that forced a break from her passion. After a four year break she returned to dance with the inspiration given to her by Talent Co. Sarah has sinced returned to the stage and is teaching with more passion than ever after having it taken away from her.
She continues to expand her knowledge by working with talented dancers from around the world.
Amy Laker - Teacher
Amy has been teaching for Talent Co since 2006, specializing in Jazz, Tap and Ballet.
She has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been fortunate enough to train in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, Lyrical and Contemporary.
Various completed examination work includes CSTD Theatrical (all Grades), CSTD Tapping (up to and including Gold Star), RAD Classical Ballet Syllabus and CSTD Classical Ballet Syllabus (up to and including Intermediate for both) and CSTD Public Examinations including the Dorothy Gladstone Theatrical Award, Theatrical Shield and the prestigious Blue Sash award. She is currently studying the CSTD Jazz Syllabus and CTSD Theatrical Teacher’s Certificate.
Amy has also been dancing competitively for many years in state competitions with great results, including the City of Bayswater Festival of Dance Perpetual trophy for the Open Modern Solo three years in a row and the Senior Dancer of the Festival Aggregate Award for the 2008 WA Performing Arts Eisteddfod.
Jessica Johnson - Teacher
Jessica’s passion for dancing arose at an early age. She has been dancing with Talent Co. since the age of eleven and has loved every second of it. Jessica has been trained in and undertaken examinations in the CSTD Modern Jazz and Classical Ballet syllabus. She has won countless placings in dance competitions around WA for over 10 years, performing particularly well in the styles of acrobatics and jazz. She currently teaches classes in acrobatics, contemporary, jazz and lyrical.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sport Science), Graduate Diploma of Education (Dance & Physical Education) as well as a Certificate IV in Teaching & Assessment.
She is currently the Dance Coordinator at Prendiville Catholic College and has been since 2013, where she teaches both Year 11 ATAR Dance and Year 12 ATAR Dance as well as lower school dance (Year 7-10). One of Jessica’s 2015 Year 12 ATAR Dance students was selected to perform at the prestigious Performing Arts Perspectives Concert in 2016 as a result of achieving a score in the top 5% of the state for her ATAR Dance Practical Examination.
Jessica feels extremely blessed to be a part of the Talent Co. family.
Julie Moore - Teacher
As a freelance dancer, choreographer and Zumba Fitness Instructor, Julie has worked with various dance studios around Perth. Teaching classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, toddler dance & Zumba fitness. Under her guidance, students have been very successful in both state & national dance competitions and have gone on to secure placements in some of the country’s most sought after full time dance programs.
Trained in RAD Ballet. Trained in ISTD Tap & Modern, Julie has been teaching professionally for over 15 years. Julie recently choreographed the overall 1st Place Teen Tap Solo for the international dance competition ‘Dance Upon A Dream’.
Her recent national awards include 1st Place (dancer 26+ years) 1st Place (choreography 17 years Jazz Solo) National Dance Showcase Qld.
Prior to teaching, Julie won numerous awards for dance examinations and competitions. Julie successfully medalled in State, National and International Sports Aerobics Championships. She also performed professionally with STEPS Youth Contemporary Dance Company.
In addition to these personal successes Julie has performed on both stage and television with the children’s group The LuLu’s and has choreographed and performed for various festivals and charity events around Perth.
Julie is thrilled to be working with the team at Talent Co.
Taihla Saunders - Teacher
Taihla has been dancing and competing for 16 years starting at the age of 3 at the Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre.
Here she completed all C.S.T.D. exams in Theatrical Jazz, Tap and Classical Ballet, receiving Honors plus (95%+) for most of these exams. Taihla has also completed all RAD Classical exams to the Advanced level receiving a distinction or high distinction for all of these exams.
Taihla has been competing in state and national competitions since the age of 6 receiving numerous placings and awards throughout the years including Dancer of the Festival in 2007 and 2009. In 2007 Taihla was chosen out of 65 other competitors to compete as a finalist for the Under 16 modern championships in Melbourne receiving an honorable mention.
In 2007 at age 15 Taihla auditioned for the role of Victoria, the lead dance role in CATS The Musical. This entailed three months of rehearsals, four times a week and resulted in 24 performances at the Regal Theatre in Perth. This was a fantastic experience for Taihla and a massive stepping stone in her career.
In 2008 Taihla started classes under the direction of Raquel Muir at The Performance Company, learning as many different styles of dance as she could. Taihla considers herself a very versatile dancer having spent her years of training studying all styles of dance including; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acrobatics Lyrical and Singing. Taihla has travelled all over Australia doing classes and workshops to help further her knowledge.
Taihla started teaching at Talent Co in 2005, teaching all ages and styles. Taihla loves teaching and hopes to pursue a career in freelance choreography. Taihla has always had a love of dance and knows that dance will always play a big role in her life and career. Taihla believes her hard work and determination has given her great results as a student and a teacher and want to continue to learn more about the dance industry via further study and working with many different teachers and choreographers.
Taihla spent 2012 in Sydney studying and working with the Urban Dance Centre, performing at professional shows and commercals including ‘The Voice’ and ‘The Apprentice’ also teaching at ‘Nikki Webster’s School of Dance’.