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Our Instructors

Our teachers combined together have industry experience spacing over 30years. Our teachers dance backgrounds consist of various fulltime Dance Instituations and certifications with their fields of Dance. Our teachers have also been involved in various Facets of the dance industry.

Aaron John

Studio Director
Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary

Dance is something that has always come naturally to Aaron.

Aaron began his formal training in 2003 attending various dance studios including “Davin JG’s”, “School of Contemporary Dance” and later “Body Beat”. Training in all styles of dance.

After completing his HSC at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School, excelling in HSC Dance and Drama, he then progressed to further his formal dance training.

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In 2007, Aaron completed the full time performing arts course at  Urban Dance Centre. Training in Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Krump, Ballet, Contemporary and Theatre Jazz. Under the directorship of Juliette Verne. The following year, he furthered his training with the completion of the scholarship program at Urban Dance Centre where he worked closely with choreographers such as

Rosa Agius, Tiana Canterbury, Veronica Beattie, Paul Saliba. Assisting teaching/choreographing/training in all genres whilst also learning the administrative sides of running a studio. After completing his training with Urban Dance Centre Aaron then signed with “Detour Management” (Mark Byrne) to begin his professional career as a Commercial Dancer.

He has also appeared in various TV commercials and shows including the Australian version of “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 1 (Ten networks), (top 60)

So you think you can dance (ten network/promo/dancer) Uncle Ben’s Sauces U.K. ( Featured dancer), Chandon Pictures (Movie Extra), The Wall Promo (Nine Network), FOXTEL EYOFS (commercial/foxtel/ Main Dancer) Unindian (Feature film. Dancer)

Between the years of 2007-2011, he had Co Directed and Choreographed  Northmead High School’s Rock Eisteddfod Challenge shows (which placed 3rd, 5th, 4th and 1st in the Premier division ).

From here the journey of Divasnap Studios begun.

Dael Chant and Aaron formed Divasnap Studios in late 2008, with the goal of having a studio that trains students at a professional level whilst still maintaining a family atmosphere. A studio that had an adult department available after high school age.

In 2014 Aaron became the sole owner of Divasnap Studios and is so happy with the growth and constant spark that the studio keeps alive.

The studio has had countless success in the eisteddfod world over the years and remains to create professional dancers. The studio has still maintained a professional standard whilst still keeping a friendly and safe vibe.

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James Pilason

Dance Instructor
Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary

James’ dance studies began at a young age recreationally. Through his high schooling years, James became involved with the Rockeisteddfod challenge. It was here that his love for the art started and decided he wanted a career in dance.

James’ first choreographic piece was with Parramatta PCYC and their Rockeisteddfod entry in 2008, which lasted until 2012. Winning many awards of excellence including the award of excellence for choreography and placing in the top five.

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In 2011 James completed his Certificate IV at the prestigious Ed5 International, studying under William Forsyth. James’ full-time training includes Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Singing, Acting and his favourite Musical Theatre.

James has had the privilege in performing onstage in many musicals include Mike in A chorus line, Skimbleshanks in Cats, and many other ensemble rolls. James has also performed professionally in London and was a featured dancer in the movie ‘Unindian’.

I’m 2016 James returned to study at the Australian College of Physical Education where he is completing a Bachelor of Education majoring in Dance. He hopes to become secondary school dance teacher and pass on his love and knowledge for dance to much more.

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Heidi Fox

Dance Instructor
Lyrical and Contemporary

Heidi Fox started her passion for dance at a late age of fifteen, making a swap from Karate to Contemporary.

Heidi took up the subject of Dance naturally after deciding to attend a performing arts high school.

Leaving school in 2010, She received a Band 6 in Dance and an invitation to perform her Major Composition “Sister” in Australia’s ON: STAGE.

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Determined to carry on her passion Heidi continued on from school to do a Full-time Performing Arts Course at Urban Dance Centre receiving a CERTIFICATE IV in performing arts.

World-renowned choreographers such as Juliette ‘JET’ Verne, Jason Winters, Tiana Canterbury, and much more have taught Heidi.

Heidi was Director/Choreographer of Rock Eisteddfod back at her old high school, Northmead. Successfully she took out the First place in Premier Division with multiple awards.

Currently, Heidi is sharing her expertise in dance choreographing and teaching Lyrical and Technique to students around the Western suburbs hoping to create more passionate performers.  

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Heidi-Marie Sayer

Dance Instructor
Acrobatics

Heidi started dancing at the age of 14 months old under the instruction of her mother at Rhonvic Brolga Studios. She then also began dancing at Dorothy Cowie Studios at 16months old.

At age 9, she also began a successful careers of competitive Gymnastics at Bankstown Sports Youth Club under the instruction of Michelle Mason and Karl Chippendall and later on in Acrobatics Gymnastics.

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Through her 25 years in both Dancing and Gymnastics, it led her to win countless titles in the State, National and world championships for Tap, Jazz, Artistic Gymnastics and Acrobatics Gymnastics.

Throughout these years, she performed in many Aussie Gym festivals and FIG Galas, not just around Australia but around the world. The biggest being ‘World Folkloric Festival’ at age 6 and two ‘World Gymnaetrada’s’ in 99′ and 07′.

At the age of 23, she retired from both Dance and Acrobatic Gymnastics and concentrated more on coaching.

In 2007′, she also started coaching Cheerleading at BSYC, leading them to be 4x National Champions in all genres such a Cheer, Pom, Stunt Groups and Hip Hop. In 2010, the club was shut down.

Heidi has been coaching acrobatics since she was 17 and has been taught by some of the best around world, attending coaching courses and workshops to gain complete knowledge and understanding of all Acrobatic skills.

At age 25, after almost two years off, she made a come back one last time to compete at World Championships placing 4th in the world.

Heidi now strives to give her athletes both the knowledge and understanding of safe acrobatics skills for dancers and Acrobats. She continues to coach under the instruction of Michelle Mason at Altitude Gymnastics, along with Dorothy Cowie School of Dance and of course Diva Snap Studios.

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Victoria Laird

Dance Instructor
Ballet

Victoria’s passion for dance started when she was just 3 years old. She has since danced in the Hills District studying all forms of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical & Contemporary.

Victoria completed her Certificate in Ballet teaching studies in 2012 and is now fully qualified with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) which is the only internationally accredited Ballet syllabus. This accreditation allows Victoria to not only teach the RAD syllabus but also send students for their ballet exams.

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Victoria has continued her professional development attending numerous courses throughout the years, such as an intensive workshop in ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ produced by Marie Walton-Mahon and many more workshops run through the RAD. Victoria will continue to attend courses to keep her teaching methods fresh and up to date.

It has always been Victoria’s dream to inspire the younger generation in hope that they take her skills, expertise, and love of the arts and make it their own.

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Taye Yearsley

Dance Instructor
HipHop

After growing up watching and being in awe of rock eisteddfods, Taye moved schools when she was 14 to finally be able to participate in them. She quickly fell in love with performing and was one of Diva’s first students when it opened in 2008.

After experimenting with all styles, she found her passion in hip hop. After years of successfully competing as both part of the troupe and as a soloist, she developed a love for choreographing.

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She now teaches the Elite Hip Hop Troupe class and hopes to empower them through dance in the same way it has her. Taye believes dance is a powerful tool to inspire self-expression and confidence and hopes her choreography is a platform for that.

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Kealey Oswald

Student Teacher
Jazz/Ballet