Zara Convery

Principal of The Studio International

Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management

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Miss Zara has over 20 years of dance experience and knowledge. Fuelled by passion and conviction, Zara completed her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management with Distinction in Melbourne before returning to Canberra to take on the Directorship of National Capital Ballet School in November 2010. Having originally trained in NSW, Zara studied extensively in RAD, Laurel Martyn OAM's syllabus, Cecchetti, and Christine Walsh's Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (based on the Vaganova) syllabus. She has been taught by luminaries as Jacqui Hoole, Suzanne Duffy, Dianne Parrington, Janet Karin OAM, Christine Walsh AM to name a few and to whom she attributes much of her knowledge and inspiration today. This led Zara to Canberra, where she was offered the position of Director of National Capital Ballet School. Zara had been the owner, director, and Primary to Senior teacher at National Capital Ballet School, Canberra for 10 years. Some of the many successes over the years include local, national and international ballet competitions, as well as having a number of students gain entry into prestigious schools in Australia and abroad.

Zara is an avid balletomane, inspiring as much as she is inspired, the reason for which she has sought to continue to invest in bringing out amazing guest artists to her hometown to perform alongside her student from places afield as Cuba, the US, and from Russia including the incredible Joy Womack in her school's 2017 production of The Nutcracker. Zara's focus is upon helping and guiding each dancer, regardless of level or achievement, to realise their individual potential.

Sarah Jackson

The Studio International Administrator

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Sarah has been a performer her whole life and is beyond thrilled to be a part of the TSI Family. She started dance lessons at TSI when she was 6 years old and continued to dance under the tutelage of Zara and Daniel until 2020 where she started working in an administration role at the studio. Through her time at TSI she learnt various dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop and Russian character. She performed in many of the school’s major productions such as Don Quixote (2017) and The Nutcracker (2018). Sarah is currently studying a Bachelor of Genetics at ANU but she can still be found on stages around Canberra, pursuing her love for theatre. Some of her favourite productions include Pride and Prejudice (2019), Jasper Jones (2019), Beauty and the Beast (2020), Secret Bridesmaid’s Business (2020) and most recently Be More Chill (2021) where she appeared as a featured dancer. Sarah looks forward to seeing all your beautiful faces from the office at The Studio International! Come and say hi or email me via TSI’s website.

Miss Nicole Aspinall

Performance choreographer

Diploma in Performing Arts

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Nicole is originally from Canberra and moved to Sydney to study dance full-time. She has completed her Diploma in Performing Arts through Brent Street Performing Arts, Sydney. Nicole has trained in all styles of dance as well as training in singing and acting. She also loves working with kids and has a love for teaching and choreography. Some of her career highlights include a range of music videos working as both choreographer and dancer, corporate events such as the Meeting and Events Conference Sydney and the Asia Pacific International Conference for 2017 and dancing behind artists such as Kate Ceberano, Andrew O'Keefe and Damien Leith. I have also represented Australia at the Hip Hop International World Finals in Las Vegas and am a resident dancer on The Today Show on Channel 9.

Faith Ajae

Hip Hop Teacher

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Faith Ajaye is a dance instructor, performer and choreographer. She’s been dancing for 15 years, focusing primarily on the styles of hip hop & dancehall. She has performed and toured internationally, as well as all around Australia. Faith has had many opportunities to dance in TV commercials, music videos and corporate events. She’s been teaching for 4 years now at a variety of dance studios & primary/high schools. Faith loves to vibe with all her students, making it a fun place for everyone to grow & learn.

Past Guest Faculty

Joy Womack - US/Russia/South Korea

Bolshoi Ballet, Kremlin Ballet, Universal Ballet Korea, Boston Ballet, Astrakhan State Theatre of Opera & Ballet.

Finalist Moscow International Ballet competition.

Silver at Varna International Ballet competition, Bulgaria.

Gold medalist at Asian Grand Prix & Korean International Ballet Competition.

Guo Chengwu - China/Australia

Australian Ballet (Principal), SYTYCD China (Winner)

Ako Kondo – Japan/Australia

Australian Ballet (Principal)

Ryo Kato – Japan/US

Hong Kong Ballet, Houston Ballet US. Finalist at Prix de Lausanne

Joseph Gatti – US

Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet

Director of United Ballet Theatre, US

World Ballet Competition US & YAGP (Winner)

Joseph Phillips – US/Russia/Philippines

American Ballet Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre Russia, Ballet Manila

Word Ballet Competition US (Winner)

Adiarys Almeida – Cuba/US

National Ballet of Cuba, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet

Taras Domitro – Cuba/US

National Ballet of Cuba, San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet

Sergey Kheylik – Russia/US

Bolshoi Ballet, Russian Imperial, Ballet Teacher at ALDC (Dance Moms)

Avery Gay – US

Prodigious young dancer and winner of many US and international dancecompetitions

World of Dance US, SYTYCD US, YAGP, Little Big Shots US

Shale Wagman – Canada/UK/Russia/Germany

English National Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, and Bayerisches

Staatsballett München

Winner of Canada’s Got Talent, Prix de Lausanne, and Emerging

Dancer Award in his first year at English National Ballet

Lisa Macuja-Elizalde – Philippines

Director of Ballet Manila

Simon Hoy – Australia

Former Director of Melbourne Ballet Company

Michael Braun – Australia

Royal New Zealand Ballet, Queensland Ballet

Vicki Attard – Australia

Australian Ballet (Former Principal)

Tanya Hearne-Keenan – Australia

Former Director of Dance Unlimited.

Academy, Director of Progressing Ballet Technique

Marie Walton-Mahon – Australia

Former Director of National College of Dance, Tanya Pearson

Ella Havelka – Australia

Bangara Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet

Alexa Heckmann – Australia

Sydney Dance Company

Hiroko Ito – Japan/Russia/Australia

Bolshoi Ballet Academy graduate, Tanya Pearson Academy

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