Faculty

Tracey Parker - Bach. of Dance Education, RAD, Glenn Wood Tap Certified, Acrobatic Arts Certified

Tracey trained at the Deborah Johnson Dance Centre, where she was fortunate to work with many successful choreographers such as Peter Oxford, Ame Delves, Carly O’Connor, Marissa Yeo and PJ Clarke.

 

In 2006, Tracey joined the Imprint Performance Company. During her time at the company Tracey was introduced to and worked with Sarah Vyne-Vassallo, Jonathan Vassallo & Dene Kermond to create a performance program to be performed in Los Angeles, USA. With the Imprint performance Company, Tracey participated in many performances in Los Angeles, such as Magic Music Days at Disneyland, Back To The Beats at Bobby’s Performing Arts School and Dance Excellence for Annie McQuitty Productions Showcase at the Charles M Schulz Theatre. Whilst touring with the company, Tracey was also offered a position with the Young Americans, a touring company that specialises in dance, singing, acting and musical theatre.

 

Supporting her belief in the importance of quality Dance Education, Tracey completed a Bachelor of Dance Education at the Australian College of Physical Education. During her time at the college, Tracey was accepted into the ACPE Dance Company which created opportunities to perform at Soft Collision, Breathing Backwards and graduation productions. Opportunities at the college facilitated Tracey to work with successful choreographers, such as Emma Saunders, Kay Armstrong, John Bancan-Wrzos, Jess Taylor, John Timmins & Marnie Palomares. Whilst at the College, Tracey was awarded the ACPE Blues Award for her excellence and contribution to Dance.

 

In 2011, Tracey joined Sydney’s premier mentorship company, youMove Company. During Tracey’s time at the company, she was introduced to and worked with choreographers, such as Kay Armstrong, Anton, Ian Colless, Venettia Millar, Paul Selwyn Norton, Nelly, Kevin Privett. With the company, Tracey has performed in youMove’s 2012 & 2011 Sydney Festival performances of Thinking About Forever – a collaborative project with the Australian Chamber Orchestra - and Loungers as a pop up artist, Parramatta String Players and LAKME- Parramatta Imaginings collaboration with Opera Australia and Polyartistry, 4Tell in conjunction with Form Dance and their Dance Bite’s program and many educational workshops. 

 

Tracey has also been an Assistant Choreographer at the Catholic Education’s Dance Program - ‘Captivate’, which allowed her to mentor students and choreograph dance works for many different events. Tracey is actively teaching Dance in many Department of Education and Catholic Schools in NSW, thus has a broad range of knowledge, skills and experience to instil inspiration, creativity and motivation into your child/children at ‘Parker’s Performing Art’s Centre. 

Carly Honan RAD

Carly started ballet at age of 4 in the styles of classical ballet, jazz, pilates, contemporary, tap and character dance. 2. Carly has a strong ethos of delivering fun, engaging and challenging dance classes to our PPAC Students. Her passion for dance allowed her to train at some of the top schools including  The McDonald College and the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy. Carly  was a member of the Premier State Ballet Company, where she was able to share her passion for dance throughout extensive performance opportunities.

 

With a strong belief in quality education, Carly completed a Tertiary Education Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education at the University of New South Wales and completed her Royal Academy of Dance Registered Teachers Certificate with Distinction under the direction of  Hilary Kaplan (RAD Examiner)

With over 20 years of teaching experience at numerous high schools and dance schools in Sydney, choreographed classical troupes and solos which have won numerous awards including placings at prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod and Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, coached and prepared students for the Australian Ballet Interstate Program as well as RAD awards such as Isobel Anderson, Gala performances, Eisteddfods, Bursaries and Showcase National Dance Championships. Also Carly has consistently produced excellent exam results and attends RAD courses each year to further training.

Victoria Laird  RAD

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 & Musical Theatre.

 

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.

 

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 she also attended ‘The Introduction to Grades Four and Five’ course run by the RAD. Victoria will continue to attend many 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.

Ashli Marin - Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre)

Ashli has been performing on stage since she was 15. She is now 23 years old and her passion for music theatre has led her to pursue it professionally.

 

After transferring from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Ashli is currently chasing her dreams and studying a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at one of Australia’s leading music theatre schools, Federation University (formerly known as the Ballarat Arts Academy). Through this, she is currently being taught by some of the best teachers and performers in the music theatre industry and is excited to have the opportunity to pass on this valuable knowledge and experiences to the younger generation of performers.

 

Having trained in voice, drama and dance since she was a young child, Ashli has developed a love and strong passion for the arts, and is looking forward to inspiring the younger generation of performers to work hard to hone their craft and to follow their dreams.

Emily Banks - Acrobatic Arts Certified

Emily has been performing since she was 7 years old. Over the years she has trained in a variety of dance forms including Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet & Contemporary. Emily has also assistant taught in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Acrobatics. In 2015, Emily completed her Higher School Certificate where during her HSC she completed Dance as one of her subjects and her technique and knowledge of dance increased tremendously from this experience.

 

Emily is currently in her last semester at the Australian Dance Institute studying her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Emily has completed her Module 1 Acrobatic Arts Qualification. She has now had training with Acrobatic Arts in Aerial and Back Handsprings and Module 2 training.

Emily continually attends workshops and trains to enhance her skills further in all areas of dance and teaching. With her qualifications she aspires to inspire her students in dance and performing arts. ​

Zoe Apap - Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts

Zoe has been dancing since she was 5 years old and has a genuine passion for dance. Teaching solo for 6 years, Zoe prides herself in being flexible by working with many different age groups and choreographing in several different styles. Zoe’s work varies from Dance, modelling, singing and acting.

She has completed her RAD ballet exams and ATOD exams to elementary level, in both tap and jazz. 

While completing her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts at ED5 International, Zoe performed at the Netball World Cup, NSW Premiers Gala Concert, Arnott’s Gala Ball, Heart Kids Australia Ball and Sydney’s Carols in the Domain.

After graduating in 2016, Zoe has been travelling and Performing in a number of kid’s theatre shows. Touring to the Philippines, Singapore, Dubai, Taiwan and Hong Kong several times during this period.

Zoe has a passion for teaching and choreography, as well as bringing entertainment to an audience. She is enthusiastic in passing on her knowledge to her students and loves watching them grow as dancers.

Marika Zorlu - Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) & Bachelor of Education

Marika is currently in her final year at Macquarie University studying her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education for Primary School! She has been performing in musical theatre since she was 12, premiering as the main character Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors in 2007, her first musical theatre role.

 

Now in 2016, Marika has performed lead roles in musical theatre productions including Rent, Cats, Legally Blonde the Musical, The Wiz and The Sound of Music, and now The Boy from Oz that premieres in May. She has also been professionally trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap for 16 years, and teaches all styles. She has been teaching singing since 2014, specialising in Pop and Musical Theatre genres after having immaculate vocal training at the Actors College of Theatre and Television in Sydney. Marika has always wanted to purse musical theatre professionally, but has found an equal love in teaching and inspiring those who want to learn and thrive in the business, while most importantly having fun!

 

 

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