PREMIERE STUDIOS STAFF
At Premiere Studios we are proud to boast some of the best teaching staff on the Central Coast. Our staff come with years of experience in their fields and are dedicated to helping dancers dreams become reality.
Kahlia Mehmet has been dancing since the age of five. She began training on the Central Coast in R.A.D. Classical Ballet, Modern Expressive, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. Kahlia received Honours for all her graded R.A.D. exams.
At the age of 10 Kahlia travelled to Newcastle to join the Natarsha Noble Dance Academy. At 14, Kahlia became a full time daily student and completed her School Certificate by correspondence. Throughout her years at N.N.D.A. Kahlia received numerous placings in solo and group competitions. Kahlia was twice a Finalist in the Isobel Anderson Awards, a Semi Finalist in the Society of Dance Competition and a Finalist in the R.A.D. Bursary Awards. She won the Society of Dance Association “Choreographic Competition” and was the winner of numerous scholarships at eisteddfods including Seven Hills, Baulkham Hills, Central Coast and Central Coast Performing Arts Challenge.
In 2000 at the age of 15, Kahlia auditioned for the English National Ballet School in London and was accepted on scholarship. Whilst there she was taught by many well known dancers and performed in numerous productions. Kahlia danced in two End of Year Productions and performed repertoire such as Les Sylphides and Alleged Dances, choreographed by Anthony Dowson. Kahlia was chosen to perform in the musical On the Town and to dance Zorba at a gala concert for Irek Mulkhamadov. She also performed for Princess Margaret’s Birthday and was an understudy for the English National Ballet Company’s production of Swan Lake.
Kahlia completed her Benesh Notation and A Level Dance course in which she received an A and was placed in the top 8 marks in the whole of the UK. Both her choreographed pieces were performed in the ENBS Choreographic Evening.
On returning to Australia in 2002 Kahlia attended Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy where she completed her Advanced 2 exam with Distinction. She was a semi finalist in the McDonalds Challenge Scholarship and performed in the studio’s End of Year Production of The Nutcracker
as the “King Rat”, ‘Spanish Dancer’, ‘Lead Flower’ and ‘Snow Queen’. During that time Kahlia also performed as an extra in the Australian Ballet Company’s production of Spartacus at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2003 Kahlia auditioned and was accepted into the Queensland Ballet Company. Whilst with the company she performed in productions such as
“The Little Mermaid” along with numerous gala nights.
In 2004 Kahlia returned home to pursue her love of teaching. She was accepted into the R.A.D. Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and passed the course successfully. She is now a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Kahlia has taught as a freelance dance teacher for studios including Cathy Makin’s Dance Academy, Fiona’s Studio Of Dance, The Ritz Dance Co and Natarsha Noble Dance Academy. In 2006 Kahlia took over the role of Principal at Natarsha Noble Dance Academy and has coached numerous students through competitions and exams. To date every student Kahlia has taught has passed an exam with excellent results.
In 2012 Kahlia decided to move her business to the Central Coast and open the Coast’s first ever audition only elite training facility, Premiere Elite. Premiere Elite has been the home to some of the best dancers from the Central Coast and Newcastle areas. Premiere Elite has been highly successful in competitions in Newcastle and the Central Coast with Miss Kahlia's choreography receiving numerous placing’s and accolades. The studio has competed not only locally but has traveled to Port Macquarie, Wollongong, Sydney and the Gold Coast competing against some of the best dance schools in Australia. Not only does Premiere Elite remain highly competitive but continues to be awarded numerous first places including many Ultimate Troupe Awards.
Students of Kahlia’s have been accepted into, Australian Ballet School Associate Program, Australian Ballet School Full Time Course, Western Australian Performing Arts, Western Australian Ballet Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet School, Melbourne Ballet Company, Victorian Collage of The Arts, Queensland Ballet’s Professional Year Program, Central Ballet School (UK), Joffery Ballet School (USA), Ajkun Ballet Theatre (USA), the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, The Rock School of Ballet (USA),Ballet West (UK), Performance Contracts (INDIA), Billy Elliot The Musical, Brent St Studio Full Time Course, Knight Cheerleaders, Dance Academy (ABC) as well as competing in the Youth American Grand Prix (New York), Prix De Lausanne (Switzerland) and Alan Haines Awards (New Zealand).
Kahlia is the Director of Premiere Studios and is looking forward to a wonderful year of dance in 2020.
Premiere Petite Co-ordinator
Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap & Acro
Nicole has always been active, having been trained in all styles of dance, acrobatics/gymnastics, drama and singing since she was very young. Performing is part of Nicole’s DNA. She has competed at an array of competitions and eisteddfods spanning over 20 years. A highlight for Nicole was receiving a scholarship through YIPA (Youth in Performing Arts) in 2012.
On completing High School, Nicole studied both a Certificate IV in Fitness, worked as a personal trainer and a Zumba Instructor and enrolled in two years of full-time dance training at Premiere. To say these few years were busy is an understatement.
In 2013, Nicole accepted a commercial contract as a professional dancer in India. She featured in 14 Bollywood films, numerous commercials and television appearances, as well as performing at many of India’s most prestigious million-dollar weddings.
Nicole has performed in over 30 musicals with Gosford Musical Society and played a leading role in Wyong Musial Theatre Company’s production of Rent. She has choreographed Bring it On, the sold-out season of The Little Mermaid and Alice in Wonderland. Her community work continues to include Stars of the Central Coast where she was both a choreographer and dancer in their annual Cancer Council fundraiser showcase where she and her dance partners have raised over $100,000 for the charity.
With Nicole’s love and passion for dance, coupled with her qualifications in early childhood, she was the perfect candidate to coordinate our Petite program, Premiere Petite. This program has gone from strength to strength under Nicole’s leadership commencing with only six students to registrations today exceeding 80. Many of her dancers perform at eisteddfods and competition throughout New South Wales and following
graduation, progress through to the Premiere Elite Program.
Nicole’s goal is to pass on as much knowledge and technique to her dancers as possible. All the while, ensuring they feel nurtured and build self-confidence. We are so lucky to have Nicole part of our team and are grateful for all that she does to develop our young and inspiring dancers.
Sara began dancing not long after she took her first steps and was on stage performing shortly after that. Sara studied all styles of dance, however, focused her training in Ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Vaganova style, pas de deux and character, completing all majors RAD exams with high distinctions and all levels of Khorobuska Character exams.
Sara’s passion for teaching was evident from an early age and while being trained by Tessa Maunder for five years including, three full-time at Robyn Turner’s Ballet School; she commenced student teaching.
In 2005, Sara was accepted into Elmhurst: School to Birmingham Royal Ballet in England. One of her biggest influences during her time there was being trained by Irek Mukhamedov ex principle dancer from Bolshoi and Royal Ballet.
At 18, Sara moved to the USA and worked with directors and choreographers from West End and Broadway. For 18 months she played the role of Louise in Carousel Ballet performing Louise’s Ballet Pas de duex in Hey Mr Producer a Cameron Mackintosh. She also performed Reviews from Andrew Lloyd Webber including, Sunset Boulevard, Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar. During multiple contracts, she was appointed Dance Captain.
During this time, Sara met her husband, and they create their act as a principle Adagio acrobatic duo. Together, for over six years, they performed in many different styles and shows including spending a year in Las Vegas, before relocating back to Australia.
Sara is now our resident Elite Full Time classical ballet teacher and has had enormous success over the years with our students competing in prestigious competitions such as Prix de Lausanne, Youth American Grand Prix, ADC/IBC, World Ballet Competition, Genée Awards, Alana Haines Awards, Isobel Anderson Awards, and the Joan and Monica Halliday Awards.
Sara is proud to be a part of Premiere Studios. Her love for sharing her knowledge, passion and experience with the next generation is a highlight and she enjoys catering to the abilities, and goals of each student.
Jazz, Contemporary & Lyrical
Premiere Dance Co-ordinator
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary
Rebecca’s love for dancing began at the age of five, and it didn’t take her long to discover that dancing was her future. Rebecca’s dance training spans all styles and she studied full-time dance with J&L Productions for four years.
During this time Rebecca completed her Solo Seal Diploma’s in Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical and Tap and upon completion, became a qualified teacher with the British Ballet Organisation.
Rebecca has always had a love for teaching, and became an assistant teacher at 15. From the age of 17 Rebecca travelled throughout Australia performing in numerous shows including, Dance Encore Productions, Dianne Heaton Dancers and J&L Productions.
In 2003 Rebecca moved to the Central Coast where she has continued her passion for teaching, working closely with choreographers and has trained multiple award winning soloist and troupes.
Rebecca believes her dance experience combined with her Early Childhood Diploma allows her the ability to connect and teach children of all ages and levels. Rebecca’s goal is to help each of her students past and present achieve their fullest potential.
TAYLOR VAN VEEN
Taylor began dancing at the age of four, attending schools on the Central Coast, training in all styles of dance and vocal coaching.
In 2012 she joined Premiere Studios and after completing full-time training, she was offered a 6-month contract, performing at various cooperate events and weddings across India, along with performing in countless Bollywood films and TV commercials.
When she returned to Australia, Taylor continued her dance and vocal training as well as joining Gosford Musical Society (GMS) in which she has performed in several productions including Wicked, Evita and dazzling as the role of 'Roxy' Chicago. In 2015, Taylor co-choreographed Bring it On: The Musical.
Taylor currently completed an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at Ed5 International and after graduating in 2019, hopes to pursue a career in Professional Musical Theatre.
Over the past ten years, Taylor has taught dance and feels privileged to be able to pass down the knowledge and skills that she has attained to her students at Premiere.
Premiere Petite & Premiere Dance
Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Tap, Acrobatics & Musical Theatre
Starting as a young performer on the Central Coast, Emily has an extreme passion for dancing and has a goal to pursue a career in the Performing Arts Industry. She began dancing at the age of four and is currently training at Premiere Studios to further her education in dance. She has completed all RAD Ballet exams through to intermediate and also studies singing and acting.
Emily has been fortunate to dance in Los Angeles, USA at the World Championships of Performing Arts and received a three month scholarship to study at Millennium Dance Complex Los Angele.
In 2018, Emily accepted a one year contract at Disneyland Paris where she played a number of rolls including Elsa and Anna from the hit Disney film Frozen. A highlight during this time was performing in Starlight Princess Waltz where she danced as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Emily has competed at numerous eisteddfods across the Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle and has many trophies and titles to her name. She joined Gosford Musical Society (GMS) and has performed most recently in Evita and Strictly Ballroom.
Emily has a strong passion for teaching and her goal is to teach student’s knowledge about the performing arts industry and have lots of fun along the way.
Receptionist & Director's Personal Assistant
Kylie can’t remember a time in her childhood where she wasn’t dancing and performing. She studied all styles of dance locally, and her love and dedication to the arts followed through to the stage. In 1999, Kylie joined Gosford Musical Society (GMS) and performed in their junior production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Since then, Kylie has performed in over 30 GMS productions, most recently being Strictly Ballroom and Les Miserables.
Kylie isn’t just creative on the stage, as a qualified graphic designer, in 2014 she launched her own business Nifty Design & Photography; a creative studio with a collection of inspirational prints, bespoke invitations, business graphic design needs, photography and homemade soy candles.
Kylie is our Premiere all-round extraordinaire who keeps our wheels turning. Her bubbly personality is infectious, and we are privileged to have Kylie as part of our incredible team.
Hassan is a leading international choreographer. Born in Cairo, Egypt, he commenced his classical training at the Cairo Ballet School before receiving a Scholarship to train in Moscow, Russia.
In 1970 Hassan became a Principal dancer for the Cairo Ballet Company and performed a broad classical repertoire. In 1975 he joined the Frankfurt Ballet and in 1980, travelled to Australia and joined Sydney Dance Company. During his tenure he became highly regarded as a classical teacher.
In 1982 Hassan joined Tanya Pearson's Sydney City Ballet as Ballet Master. His passion for choreography saw him form his own company, Sydney Festival Ballet.
After many years of teaching in Sydney, in 2004 Hassan was invited to become Ballet Master and Rehearsal Director for the Tasmanian Ballet, mounting touring productions of classical repertoire.
Hassan is proud to join the Premiere Studios staff. He has a huge hand in the training of our full time ballet students, preparing them for competitions, as well as assisting in the constructing of the studios end of year ballet productions.
Ballet & Contemporary
Thomas Dilley began his professional dance training at the age of 12 at Premiere Studios Australia Sydney. During his early years of training Thomas was a top 7 Junior Men’s Finalist the Youth America Grand Prix and Invited to compete at the Prix Lausanne where he was awarded Summer Intensives to Academie Princess Grace, The HARID Conservatory, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Royal Ballet School and The Rock School of Dance.
Thomas was also awarded scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre and placement into the Australian Ballet School & New Zealand school of dance. After graduating his full time training, Thomas took up placement with the Queensland Ballet Company in their pre professional year program. Whilst there, he performed in Strictly Gershwin, Flames of Paris, Scotch on the Rocks and Muscle Memory.
In 2017 Thomas joined the Atlanta Ballet 2 and performed such works as Beauty and the Beast and Eclipse. In 2018/19 Thomas accepted a contract with Complexions Ballet to where he is currently working now.
Thomas looks forward to working with the students of Premiere for the remainder of 2019.
Singing & Musical Theatre
Vibrant, bubbly and talented, Eden Hook is the fresh face of Vocal and Performance Coaching.
For the past 7 years Eden has been training some of Australia’s most elite performers with artists from across the globe coming to train with her. Performers from “Dragone’s House of Dancing Water (Macau)”, “Cirque Du Soleil Kooza (Australia)”, “Cirque Du Soleil Mystere (Las Vegas), “House of Magic (Macau)”, “Disney Land (Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo)”, “Le Moulin Rouge (Paris)” have all snapped up a piece of Eden’s extensive vocal & performance knowledge.
This is because Eden is known as a stand-out singer with the skills and techniques to inspire a wide range of voices – whether you sing opera or pop; country, jazz or anything in between, Eden is your ‘go to’ coach. You can be confident that Eden knows the entertainment business. She’s appeared on stage in musical productions and live performances and has valuable experience working with fellow musicians and performers across Australia.
More than simply a singer, Eden’s a certified triple threat – a singer, actress and dancer. As a graduate with a Diploma of Musical Theatre; a Cert IV in Dance, plus Conservatorium training through grades 1-7 AMEB Classical Voice – she loves nothing more than guiding the next generation of bright, young performers to be their best.
Eden’s brand is about growth, vitality and an idyllic environment to foster your talent.
Eden understands what it’s like to be young with a passion to perform. Growing up in the entertainment business, Eden had access to some of Australia’s best performing arts tutors who fostered her passion and recognised her dynamic vocal ability. Now she’s enthusiastic to do the same for you – sharing her love of vocal performance and entertainment with the youth of Australia.
ARE YOU READY TO GROW?
Full-time Commercial Course
Bec is fast becoming one of Sydney’s up and coming teachers and choreographers, making her mark in the industry through her dynamic style of choreography.
Bec has completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at Brent St, as well as her Bachelor of Dance Education at the Australian College of Physical Education. She has also travelled internationally to both America and New Zealand, where she has sought training from some of the leading industry professionals across the globe.
Some of Bec’s choreographic credits include Schools Spectacular, Australian Dance Festival N.E.X.T Choreographer, Hoyts, Westfield, Cancer Council, LOcREaDO Dance Company, Dance Dr. Company and more. Most recently, Bec has established and founded BCCAP – a contemporary arts program designed to train, nurture and educate dancers seeking to amplify their knowledge and skills in the style of contemporary dance.
Full-time Commercial Course
After finding her passion for dance at a the age of 2 yrs old, there was no going back. Shania trained under Cassandra Bartho for 7 years. At the age of 13 yrs old she completed her schooling through Cairns Distance Education whilst juggling full-time dance under the mentorship and training of Kahlia Mehmet- Smith.
Since a young age, Shania has studied and competed in all styles of dance. She has trained under many influential mentors such as Cassie Bartho, Kahlia Mehmet-Smith, Briden Starr, Jacqui Howard, Wayne Aspinall, Matt Lee, Wil Sabin, Marko Panzic, Kelley Abbey, Lauren Elton, Natasha Marconi, Alex Miedzinski, Tiana Canterbury and many more.
In 2015, she was awarded a full scholarship for “The Pulse On Tour, NYC” During 2016 and 2017. Shania toured Australia with both Dance Editorials shows “Love is Love” and “7 Vices”.
Shania has recently completed her Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma in Musical Theatre at Village Nation.
As Shania is only 19 yrs old, through her hard work and dedication she hopes that one day she will be traveling around the globe, inspiring our younger dance generation.
Acro & Conditioning
Cody has had 30 years of gymnastics experience. He started training in the United States at 4 years of age and has never left the sport. Along the way, Cody was a 3 time US Champion and member of the US Senior National Team. Cody was coached by such greats as Valeri Lukin.
During his years as an elite gymnast, Cody also competed in many international competitions including the World Championships, where the team received a silver medal. He was also an apparatus champion at the World University Games and the Pan- American Games.
Cody first started coaching at 15 years of age and was able to learn from 2 different US Olympic Team coaches (Barry Weiner and Terry Gray). From his broad personal experiences Cody has developed a sound professional coaching style that allows individual gymnasts to reach their full potential.
He has had numerous successful athletes in the US, including the level 10 US Junior All Around Champion, level 10 US Uneven Bars champion, and level 9 & 10 US Floor Champions.
Cody and his wife Sara, now live in Australia with their young son Rylan. Cody has taken a coaching position at Gosford Gymnastics and is currently coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. Cody introduced an International Gymnastics program at Gosford which is flourishing. He now trains
gymnasts in IL2 right through to Junior Elite International.
Cody is joining the Premiere team again for 2020 and is excited to help our wonderful dancers with their acro skills.
Crew / Hip Hop
Harrison Wade is dancer from Sydney's Greater West. He has trained in all styles from studio to authentic street and he combines both into a fresh new style.
Harrison has represented Australia at both national and international level (zboyz) and is actively involved in community building. He encourages every one of all skill levels to start dancing along with his crew the "rubber baby buggy bumpers".
Full-time Commercial Course
Born and raised on the Central Coast NSW, Jackie trained at Premiere Studios and also trained on scholarship in LA at Millennium Dance Complex learning from the likes of Kevin Maher and Kyle Hanagami.
In 2018 Jackie travelled to New York to take up a Joffrey summer scholarship in their Contemporary/ Jazz program.
Jackie has recently completed Certificate IV in Dance at Ettingshausens Pro Fulltime Course as a scholarship student: training under the guidance of industry professionals like Kelley Abbey, Matt Lee and Mitchell Woodcock. Jackie worked with Mitchell Woodcock on projects such as UK artist James Arthur’s film clip and performed at global conference’s such as Oriflame. Also performed on Live TV events such as the ARIA Awards for Dua Lipa, Guy Sebastian’s State of Origin Grand Final performance and on Channel 9’s The Voice.
Last year Jackie joined the WE ARE DANCE Project as a cast member in their debut show choreographed by Stephen Tannos as well as starring as a lead role in JTown Creative’s short film ‘Only God Can Fix You’ . Most recently Jackie has begun rehearsals for Opera’s Australia ‘La Traviata’ on the harbour.
Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical,
Musical Theatre, Acrobatics
Layla has been dancing since the age of 5 and has completed her RAD exams up to Advanced Foundation, and received a Distinction in all levels.
In 2017 and 2018, Layla was part of the Australian Ballet Associate Program in Melbourne. In 2019 Layla travelled to New York to compete in the Youth American Grand Prix Finals.
Layla is extremely excited that she has been accepted into the School of American Ballet Summer Course in NY and The English National Ballet Summer Course in London.
Dylan is a vibrant performer who was born in Melbourne the hub of music in Australia and began his musical study with Jonathon Welch (AO). After graduating at the Hunter School of Performing Arts (Newcastle) in 2014, Dylan furthered his study with the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney.
With over 10 years of experience and extensive study in the industry, Dylan has played at a variety of prestigious venues including Feinstein's/54 Below (New York City), Pearl Studios (New York City), Curzon Hall (Sydney), Babylon (Sydney), Coast Bar and Grill (Central Coast). In 2018 Dylan was awarded the opportunity to travel to New York to participate in a series of workshops and also to perform at the famous Feinstein's/54 below.
In the theatrical world, he has also performed in a number of musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, We Will Rock You and Spring Awakening. Dylan has also been the Musical Director of a wide variety of musicals including Into the Woods (Director - Nicholas Christo), Heathers (Director - Pippa Grandison).
Receptionist & Director's Personal Assistant
Brooke began dancing at the age of 4 on the Central Coast and started training at Premiere Studios at the age of 13 and went on to study Full-time from 15 years under the guidance of Kahlia Mehmet-Smith whilst continuing her schooling through Brisbane School of Distance Education.
Brooke has also attained her Cert IV in Performing Arts whilst studying Full-time at Brent Street Studios. Since then, she has received full scholarships for “The Pulse On Tour” in NYC and a 3-month scholarship for “Millennium Dance Complex” in Los Angeles.
Brooke is excited to become involved with the admin side of Premiere Studios, a place that she has been apart of for such a long time and we love having Brooke as part of the Premiere family.
Full-time Commercial Course
Sam is a working Sydney dancer signed with Jeep Management. After attending Brent Street Academy Sam went on to complete his Certificate IV in 2014 at Brent Street Studios.
Sam has worked with choreographers such as Matt Lee, Cameron Mitchell, Jason Colman and Rafael Bonachela at events including the Sydney Theatre Awards, AACTA Awards, Rob Guest Endowment March Into Merivale, Kaldor Art Project’s 13 Rooms, The Premier’s Concert and Bonnie Lythgoe’s OZPANTO’S.
Over the years Sam has had the pleasure of performing for artist such as Ronda Burchemore, Vanessa Amorosi, Paulini, Christina Anu to name a few. On screen he has appeared in Young Talent Time, Dance Academy, The Masked Singer, The Real Full Monty as well as campaigns for Toyota and ‘The Unbirthday Bakery’.
Sam has also completed two contracts with Royal Caribbean International as a Dancer/Aerialist and we welcome Sam to our Premiere family for 2020.