Narrabeen Dance Academy is a premier dance school located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We specialise in teaching girls and boys aged 3-16 years and boast a small friendly team of formally qualified teachers.
We strive to achieve a sense of fun in every lesson leaving students with smiling faces as they exit our classes. Bringing the joy of dance to children and teaching them how to express their natural love for music through dance is the ultimate goal for our school.
“Narrabeen Dance Academy endeavours to sweep our students’ away with music and the freedom that dance brings children and dancers. We cherish sharing our love for dance with our students and aim to give children the same great passion for dance that we attained as young students.”
Director: Natasha Hamester
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Natasha Hamester has been involved in the dance industry since she was 4 years old. When she was young her aspirations and commitment for dance grew and this led to her pre-professional training at one of Sydney’s most sought after dance schools. It was studying at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she began to pursue her career as a professional dancer. After graduation, Natasha toured and auditioned in numerous professional schools all over Europe, landing her a position at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim, Baden Württemberg in Germany. It was here that she gained immense experience and hindsight into the dance world and at last she began her career as a professional dancer.
Natasha had the joy of dancing with the Sydney City youth Ballet for 5 years in her home Country and relished choreographing group and solo works throughout her career also. After her profession in Germany, Natasha moved back to her home of the Northern Beaches and has been teaching her profession to aspiring dancers ever since. Studying with the Royal Academy of Dance in Australia, Natasha graduated with her Postgraduate Degree of Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, awarding her the qualification of a RAD registered teacher.
With over 18 years of experience in the dance industry Natasha has taught all over Sydney’s Northern Beaches finally leading her to acquire Narrabeen Dance Academy. Natasha adores working with children, in a team environment with her staff around her. Inspiring her students in movement and with her love for dance, fills her with an abundance of joy and fulfillment, knowing that they too are learning and experiencing the joy of dance.
Kristy has been dancing since she was 3 years old training at various dance schools in Newcastle. Since moving to Sydney she graduated with a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Brent Street (2016) and has performed around Sydney in the following productions: NUTS ‘The Addams Family’ (2017), Packemin Productions ‘Miss Saigon’ (2017), Louis Ellis Productions ‘Carrie: The Musical’ (2018), Theatre and Company ‘Funny Girl’ (2018), Theatre and Company ‘If/Then’ (2019), MUSE ‘Tuck Everlasting’ (2019), Theatre and Company ‘The Full Monty’ (2019). Kristy has also performed at the Royal Easter Show with Birdie Productions and volunteers at the Hayes Theatre.
Ellie has had the success of being the first Australian to graduate from The Juilliard School in New York City, USA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. This training provided Ellie with world class education and experiences in the performing arts from the most prestigious arts conservatory in the world. With a rigorous education in ballet and modern techniques of the great contemporary choreographers, she has had the honour of working with and performing the works of this centuries top choreographers including; William Forsythe, Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter and Kyle Abraham. She has also intensively studied Anatomy, Dance History, Stagecraft, Literature and Materials of Music, Elements of Performing, Performance Production and Producing.
Regularly performing in the theatres of Lincoln Centre in New York City, Ellie has travelled the world with dance; performing on tour with Juilliard in Aiken South Carolina, expanding her knowledge at training programs in Colorado USA and Tel Aviv Israel, visiting dance companies throughout Germany, Paris and England, teaching dance at an orphanage in Johannesburg South Africa and doing weekly outreach performances at facilities throughout New York City.
Ellie’s career has also expanded into commercial work including TV commercials, film clips and TV series for many different companies including Disney Channel Australia as well as being a featured dancer in film clips. Ellie is originally from Orange NSW and moved to Sydney to study dance full time at Brent Street. She then went one to perform a season with Melbourne Ballet Company before moving to New York City where she lived for five years.
Ella started dancing at the age of 3 at North Balgowlah School of Dance. Showing a passion for all genres of dance she has since trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap and Musical Theatre. She was rewarded a Ballet and dance scholarship to Redlands Ballet and Dance Academy, where she performed in multiple eisteddfods, musicals and developed her technique in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Ella completed dance as a subject in her HSC where she received two callbacks for both her performance and composition. She enjoys working with children and sharing her love for dance in a friendly and fun environment.