Our STAFF

All our teachers and staff are passionate and experienced. Take a look through their qualifications, passions and backgrounds in our profiles on this page.

Angela Corkeron

Principal

  • RAD Registered Teacher & CBTS Mentor, RAD Silver Swans Licensee
  • CSTD & ATOD Affiliate Teacher
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management
  • Progressing Ballet Technique Certification
  • MDM Dancewear Mobile Affiliate [Blue Mountains & Western NSW]
  • Bachelor of Music [Music Education & Piano], Qld Conservatorium [Griffith University]
  • AMEB A.Mus.A. [Piano]

Studio Principal, Angela Corkeron, is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and an Affiliate Teacher with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) and the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD).

Since her first ballet lesson at the age of 7, her feet have hardly touched the ground.  Angela’s passion is for as many people as possible to experience the joy of dance be it in class, attending performances or dancing down the street!

Since starting Dance for Life! in 2005, Angela has found joy and fulfilment in nurturing others to dance.  In addition to teaching the majority of classes at her own studio, Angela began work as a Freelance Ballet Teacher & Choreographer in 2015, and has enjoyed Teaching/Relief Teaching at the following Dance Studios & Schools:

  • Barker Dance School [Glenbrook & Lapstone]
  • Blackheath Public School [Blackheath]
  • Blue Mountains Grammar School [Wentworth Falls]
  • Caper School of Performing Arts [Bella Vista]
  • Commotion School of Performing Arts [Smeaton Grange]
  • Dance Dymension [Katoomba & Faulconbridge]
  • Dance Junction [Seven Hills]
  • Greater Western Sydney Dance Academy [Richmond]
  • Nikki Webster Dance Studios [Minchinbury]
  • PAWS – Performance Art Western Sydney
  • The McDonald College [Strathfield]
  • Turning Pointe Dance Studio [Cairns, Qld]
  • You Can Dance [Emu Plains] 

In addition, students from Bathurst to Penrith travel to Blackheath for Private Ballet Coaching with her.

In 2019, Angela was fortunate to be an Adjudicator at the Australian Dance Challenge in Sydney.  “It was a terrific day, the standard of dancing was high and I loved working as part of an Adjudication Team!”

In 2017, Angela became a MDM Mobile Affiliate, offering her services as a trained dance shoe fitter to Studios in the Blue Mountains and Western NSW.  Angela believes in the importance of a well-fitted dance shoe and believes that the technology in MDM Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary Footwear offers great support for young feet.

Growing up in Brisbane, Angela studied dance with renowned RAD Examiners and Teachers, Shirley McMahon and Barbara Eversen, before completing a Bachelor of Music degree (Piano & Music Education) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (1986).  Her dance studies include the Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (2007) and completing RAD Advanced 1 Ballet (1983) and RAD Grade 8 Ballet (2005).

At the age of 16, Angela choreographed [and played a leading role in] her High School Musical Performance at La Boite Theatre, Brisbane.  Angela danced professionally in Qld Conservatorium Opera & Chorale Seasons at the Basil Jones Theatre and the Qld Performing Arts Complex, as well as in regional Musical Theatre in Melbourne.  Angela also assisted Opera Qld with casting young dancers for performances in the mid 1990’s.

No one is happier than Miss Angela, when she sees the students performing [with big smiles on their faces!] in the annual concerts at the Blackheath Opera House [aka Blackheath Community Centre!] at the end of November each year!

Her enthusiasm for dance is infectious and at Dance For Life! students of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Amy Antaw

Teacher

Miss Amy has been with Dance for Life! since 2007, studying Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Tap and Teaching Dance Classes since 2018.  Miss Amy’s Dance Exam achievements include RAD Advanced 1 Ballet, Comdance Modern Jazz Shield, Jason Winters Contemporary Level 4 and Comdance Advanced Bronze Tap.

Miss Amy has achieved the Comdance Modern Jazz Teaching Certificate, and in 2021 is  working towards achieving the Comdance Modern Jazz Teaching Diploma, Jason Winters Contemporary Level 5, Comdance Grade 7 Tap and the RAD Advanced 2 Ballet Examination. 

We are thrilled to have Miss Amy teaching at Dance for Life again in 2021!

AMELIA THAI

Teacher

Miss Amelia is an urban hip hop dancer who is known for her fusion of different styles in her freestyle and choreography.

After graduating from Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. she went on to complete a Bachelor of Dance Practice at ACPE. Amelia competed with ACPE’s cheer team and choreographed for their hip-hop crew. Taking the team to State 6 National competitions, she led numerous wins in AASCF. Cheercon, & UniSport competitions.

Formerly a member of Kookies N Kream, Amelia has performed at Major Events in NSW as well as competing in World Supremacy Battlegrounds and Hip Hop International. where she qualified to compete in Arizona, USA.

BETHANY HARRISon

Teacher

Miss Bethany is a passionate teacher who has trained at the Federation University Arts Academy. 

Completing a Bachelor of Musical Theatre degree, Bethany is currently studying her Masters degree of teaching specialising in dance, music and drama. 

Bethany has performed in venues all over Sydney and Melbourne including the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Opera House. 

MICHAELA HAWKINS

Teacher-in-training

Miss Michaela has been dancing for many years now and has been trained in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre.  She is currently studying a Certificate III in Dance through Empower Dance and a Bachelor in Primary and Secondary Education through the University of New England. 

Michaela is also working towards her RAD Intermediate ballet examination and she is passionate about Dance and Self Improvement.

LUCY & LANA

STUDENT Teachers

Both Lucy and Lana began dancing with Dance for Life when they were 3 years old and between them they have learnt all the styles of dance that we offer.

Lucy and Lana are dedicated to their dancing and have achieved excellent results in Dance Examinations and have performed in NSW Comdance Showcase.

Lucy has also performed as a Dancer in the NSW Schools Spectacular and been a member of the Pulse Dance Group.

Lana has had success dancing in Eisteddfods receiving 1st. 2nd, 3rd 6. HC places for her performances in Classical Ballet, Demi-Character and Lyrical routines.
We are thrilled that both girls are extending their dance training by learning how to teach dance with us in 2021.

Megan wooldridge

ADMINISTRATION

In 2021, we welcome Megan to the Dance for Life team. Megan has a Cert IV in Accounting and Finance, and has experience working as an accountant in Local Government. Megan has extensive customer service experience and endeavours to make every customer engagement a positive one. 

Megan’s responsibilities with dance for Life! are:-

  • DfL family/Student enrolments
  • Term invoices and accounts
  • Maintain/Update DfL website and online Dancewear Store.

Megan is looking forward to working with all of our DfL Families, and can be reached via email at accounts@danceforlife.net.au