Des Wyatt CTSD T/D Principal

Des has been a successful dancer and musical theatre performer for 60 years. He started dancing at the age of 3, having grown up in a dancing family, and opened Desalyne Dancers with the help of his mother and sister at the age of 16.

 

In that time, he has successfully passed all of his tap and jazz Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) exams, obtaining a tap diploma, and has performed and placed very well in tap, jazz and contemporary competitions. He has also had success in singing, having appeared on the radio on 5AD and was a part of Kangaroos on Parade.

 

Since he finished performing and moved into the world of teaching, Des has been a competition examiner which included judging the schools Wakikirri performances for a number of years at the Entertainment Centre. He has also been selected to be a choreographer and teacher for interstate dance schools and to lead other dance projects around Australia.

 

Des was the state organiser of the CSTD, one of the great international dance societies, for 24 years. During that time, he was in charge of setting up exams for all dance schools in South Australia, was tasked with organising workshops with professional dancers and other renowned dance professionals, and organised the dance conventions around Australia to show case the talented dancers at all CSTD practicing schools.

 

During all of that, he has been the principal and lead choreographer at Desalyne Dancers since he created it in 1966. With 51 years of teaching experience, there is no better or more experienced teacher to have at the helm of a dance school.

Caitlin Webb

Caitlin has been dancing at Desalyne Dancers for 14 years. Since starting at the age of 4, she has studied in the styles of jazz, tap and hip hop.

 

Caitlin first joined the Desalyne teaching team in 2011 when she was asked by Chloe to be her assistant teacher for the junior hip hop class. Then in 2014, Chloe asked Caitlin to choreograph her first dance for that junior class. Now in her third year of choreographing, Caitlin has found her true passion in hip hop. She loves the way she can add her own flavour and style to the moves.

 

Caitlin’s artistic passion extends to music as well, having written a song andsold her first single through the Port Adelaide Football Club in 2015. In 2016, she donated the $1,000 she made from the sales to the club’s charity partner, Foodbank. She has since become an ambassador of the charity.

 

When she’s not choreographing or song writing, Caitlin is finishing up her SACE studies whilst also studying her Certificate III in Technical Productions. Once she finishes school, she hopes to get into event management.

Catherine Norman

Catherine joined Desalyne Dancers in 1993 at the age of 5 studying both jazz and tap. As a University Physiotherapy student, she continued dancing and enjoyed choreographing for, and teaching her peers, which she began to do in 2007.

 

As a teenager, Catherine enjoyed the opportunity to learn different dance styles from choreographers from all over Australia. This gave her a great foundation and the confidence to branch out and learn new styles of dance at school. Her performance credits include rock eisteddfods, competitive sport aerobics and dance aerobics competitions. She continues to enjoy different styles of dance including jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop.

 

Entering the Desalyne Choreographic Competitions helped her to develop her music interpretation, positioning and teaching techniques under the tutelage of Desmonde Wyatt. She has subsequently won this competition multiple times.

 

Into adulthood, Desalyne is ingrained as part of Catherine’s life. She loves the life-long friends and amazing memories she has made, and feels proud to be part of a community of talented, confident, creative individuals.

 

Catherine is proud to be in her 23rd year of dancing with Desalyne Dancers!

Chloe Svaikauskas

2016 marks Chloe’s 20th year at Desalyne Dancers. She began dancing in 1997 at the age of 5 studying tap and jazz. In 2003, Chloe was asked to be an assistant teacher and in 2006, began choreographing her own dances. 10 years later, she now choreographs jazz, tap, hip hop and lyrical dances. Chloe has taken all of her CSTD jazz and tap exams and in 2016, began teaching the exams herself.

 

In 2008, Chloe began the hip hop program at Desalyne under the tutelage of Leah Portlen and JC Reyes. Since then, she has worked with professional hip hop dancers like Ryan Turner, Jenna Walasek and Ricky-Jai Revilla which has helped her to hone her hip hop skills. Her program has now grown from 1 small class, to 4 big ones and she hopes to take her teams to the competition circuit in 2017.

 

She has done a lot of character work whilst at Desalyne, including playing Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc, Alex from Madagascar, Tex Richman from The Muppets, Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray and The Cat in the Hat.

 

Chloe has taught at multiple dance schools and high schools around Adelaide, running her own dance program at most of them. She has also performed at World Youth Day during their celebrations in 2009 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, and has performed as a backup dancer for Peter Combe at one of his Adelaide Concerts.

 

When Chloe’s not teaching dance, she is working as the Marketing and Development Coordinator of the Windmill Theatre Company.

Claudia Papillo

Claudia started dancing with Desalyne in 2009 at the age of 7 when the Parafield Gardens branch of the school was first opened. Her favourite styles of dance are hip hop and jazz.

 

She began her teaching as an assistant teacher for the under 7 jazz and tap group in 2014, and continued her assistant work before being selected by Des to choreograph her own under 10 jazz routine alongside Concetta Amuso for the 2016 end of year concert. Claudia and Concetta also choreographed their own duo this year for the Desalyne Choreographic Competition and won first place.

 

Outside of Desalyne, Claudia also took part in her school musical, playing the role of 'Frenchy' in the musical Grease. She is also taking part in Harvest Rain's Hairspray Arena Spectacular in October.

Concetta Amuso

Concetta began dancing at Desalyne Dancers at the Parafield Gardens branch in 2010. She has studied both tap and jazz during her time at Desalyne.

 

In 2016, she was asked to be an assistant teacher to the under 10 jazz and tap group for the Midyear Concert Cabaret. She excelled in this role and was then selected by Des to choreograph a dance for the End of Year Concert which she is doing along with Claudia Papillo.

 

This year has been a big year for Concetta. She came first in the school's Choreographic Competition and received Honours and Honours Plus for her tap and jazz exams respectively. She was also cast as 'Cha Cha' in her high school musical Grease, and later in the year, will take part in Hairspray the Arena Spectacular as part of the ensemble cast.

Courtney Hammond

Courtney started dancing at Desalyne Dancers at the age of 5, and has been dancing there for the past 16 years learning both tap and jazz.  When she turned 16, she also began participating in hip hop classes.

 

In 2012, Courtney was selected by Des to be an assistant teacher to the under 8, under 10 and under 12 groups on Saturday mornings. Courtney has continued to assist these classes until this year, when she was first asked to choreograph her own dances. She finds this to be extremely enjoyable and rewarding as she loves interacting with children and their families, whilst simultaneously teaching them new skills.

 

Away from dancing, Courtney is a recent graduate of The University of South Australia where she successfully completely her Bachelor of Primary Education. Having worked with children prior to her degree has allowed her to gain a greater insight into the education of children.

 

In addition to teaching at Desalyne, Courtney is beginning her first job as a Performing Arts teacher at Wesport Primary School.

Kendra McCann

Kendra began dancing at a young age, learning and progressing through the levels of CSTD tap and jazz, GWT tap as well as Cecchetti and RAD classical ballet. From 2007, Kendra attended Golden Grove High School as a Special Interest Dance student where she went on to complete her SACE. Kendra has been lucky enough to learn from many world renowned teachers and choreographers in her years as a student and gained a wealth of knowledge from the fabulous Penelope Shum.

 

In 2013, she worked with Termarika Rhythmic Gymnastics Club and in that time gained her Beginner’s Coaching Certificate from Gymnastics Australia as well as travelling to regional South Australia teaching dance workshops. Kendra soon began working at Kings Baptist Grammar School, the STARplex and SA Performing Arts where she taught dance in 2014.

 

Kendra now teaches at various dance schools as well as secondary schools teaching a range of dance styles including classical ballet (ATOD), jazz, tap (GWT, CSTD), lyrical, hip hop (ATOD) and contemporary.

 

She is also currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts as well as a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

Kylie Newell

Kylie started dancing at the age of 3 with Desalyne Dancers undertaking jazz and tap. Through her high school years, she also studied the styles of contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre and received a SACE merit in dance in 2006. In 2004, she joined the Desalyne teaching faculty when she was asked to be an assistant teacher at the Semaphore branch of the school.

 

In 2009, Kylie was offered her first choreographic opportunities when she was asked to be the sole jazz teacher at the brand new branch of the school at Parafield Gardens.

 

Since this time Kylie has also choreographed routines for groups at our Aberfoyle Park and Semaphore branches. She is one of very few teachers who has choreographed and taught at our 3 largest branches.

 

Kylie is very passionate about dance and currently in her 23rd year of service with Desalyne Dancers. She finds nothing more satisfying than watching her students improve and shine, making her a perfect addition to our teaching staff.

Lauren Hanna

Lauren has been dancing for the past 24 years at Desalyne Dancers and for the last 10 years, has been teaching and choreographing, with mentoring from Desmonde Wyatt.

 

Lauren has completed all her Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance jazz and tap exams and was one of the first South Australian recipients of the CSTD Modern Jazz Teacher’s certificate. She was also the dance State Coordinator at National Institute of Youth Performing Arts Australia for 3 years.

 

Lauren has furthered her skills in dance with workshops with Jason Winters, Sheila Baker, and Cherice Berton in Australia and America. She has also represented Australia in an Australasian dance competition which was televised throughout Asia. Lauren still competes in dance competitions and is currently one of the State Champions of jazz through the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation.

 

During the week, when she's not dancing up a storm, Lauren works as a criminal defence lawyer at the Legal Services Commission of South Australia.

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