Artistic Director / Principal
Sarah started dancing at the tender age of 4 and immediately fell in love for the art and discipline of Classical Ballet. Sarah studied all styles of Dance from her early age which included: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary/Lyrical in both B.A.L and R.A.D syllabuses completing all exams to Majors with Distinctions. She also studied the Korabushka National Character Syllabus in Polish Part A & B with Distinction. Sarah had many teachers who trained her in these styles such as: Suzanne Ingall, Wendy Kennedy, Michelle Eves, Melissa Rubbo and Nicole Shipman.
At age 13 Sarah was offered a place in the Queensland Youth Ballet Company for the 2001/02 tour. She went on to win Major Ballet Scholarships for the Dolly Brooks Memorial Award- Ballet Australasia, Finalist in the Isobel Anderson Awards, Maryanne McIntyre, and Rosebank Cottage Bursary.
At age 15 Sarah was offered a place to study Full-Time Dance under the direction of Prudence Bowen on the Gold Coast and apart of the Gold Coast Development Program with Sonja Middlebosch. Sarah also went on to study Dance for the HSC gaining band 6 for Major Performance, Core Performance and Core Composition. Sarah soon found a passion for Choreography/Teaching and by the age 18 was teaching all styles of Dance in Brisbane for Danzart Principal Kellie Hansen. From there Sarah went on and studied for her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and gained her RAD Teachers Status.
Sarah then taught for Extreme in 2009/10 and then at Dance Technique a large successful studio on the Gold Coast being in charge of putting students through their RAD Ballet Exams from Pre-Primary to Advanced 2 and being a part of the Certificate 3 Faculty. In 2015 Sarah became the Principal Owner of Extreme Dance Studios in Port Macquarie which has already seen Students being accepted into professional full-time dance courses and many successes in exams/competitions.
Below is a list of Student's achievements/results that Sarah has taught and prepared them for:
Her expertise in choreography has seen her competition group and solo routines competing at the highest level in large city eisteddfods in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast winning 1st places.
This has included:
Sarah's passion for teaching and choreography is widely spread amongst Extreme Dance Studios. Sarah takes great pride in being a part of all Student's training developing strong, athletic and artistic well trained dancer's in a nurturing environment. With Sarah's expertise and long list of Student's achievements Extreme delivers excellence in training whilst facilitating the love/art of dance to suit each and every Student.
Annalise Geyer began her dance training at the age of 5 in her local town of Port Macquarie. Now at age 22 she has completed two years ‘Full-time’ training at Jason Coleman’s ‘Ministry of Dance’ where she graduated in 2015 with a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) and Certificate 1V in Dance Teaching and Management.
Throughout her dancing years in Port Macquarie Annalise achieved many accolades in RAD Ballet Exams, local and inter-state competitions and also completed Year 12 HSC Dance at St Columba Anglican College receiving band 6 for Dance and nominated for call back in Sydney to showcase her performance.
Annalise has been trained by some of Australia’s finest tutors and has had the honour to perform works by a selection of Australia’s leading Choreographers. Since graduating Annalise has worked professionally with opportunities provided through the Ministry of Dance where she has gained skills in communication and self-management as well as conducting a professional attitude and understanding of the dance and entertainment industry.
Since moving back to Port Macquarie and becoming a member of the teaching faculty at Extreme Dance Studios, Annalise has had her choreography showcased in many local and away dance competitions in addition to the annual end of year Showcase held by Extreme Dance Studios at the Glasshouse in Port Macquarie.
Julie started dancing at the tender age of two. She danced most days till she started school then walked from school everyday to do ballet classes. She learnt Tap, Scottish, Irish and Jazz. She sat for her first ballet exam and received honours from the RAD and received a scholarship to continue dancing. After ballet she then went on stage for various companies. Danced in most musicals, The King and I, The Music Man, Oklahoma, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady. She also danced with the Australian Ballet as a young child and teenager. She went on to continue studying and learnt Vaganova, Checcetti, yoga teaching with Swami Saravasti and Les Griffith Tap. She also studied BBO and taught that syllabus for 6-7 years.
Miss Julie studied RAD with Miss Prudence Bowen. When the teaching diploma for the RAD was first being discussed she put her name down immediately. Julie was under the direction of Prudence Bowen and was taught at her studio in Lindfield and privately in her home. She studied Anatomy, Technique and Ballet History as well as the complete new ballet syllabus from the Royal Academy of Dancing. She was being trained to take this syllabus to Italy. She had to travel to Canberra where they had flown an examiner from England to examine her. Pass and be technically perfect or fail. That first year only two in the world passed and Julie was one. This was a big achievement and the two women who got her there were the highly aclaimed Miss Isobel Anderson and Miss Prudence Bowen. Many guest teachers also taught Julie ,Juergen Schneider, Maina Gielgud, Kit Lethby from whom she learnt artistry and technique.
Julie opened her own school at Manly, L'amour de la Danse. The school offered Rap, Funk, Tap, RAD Ballet, Creative Dance, Contortion and Contemporary. The school built up quickly to 300 students. She also studied with the Sydney Dance Company.
Many students have gone on to become distinguished ballet dancers in ballet companies, aerial artists, professional entertainers and teachers.
Director of Operations
Kerrie Kelly is the Extreme Dance Studio’s director of operations and support. She has had a career in administrative management and high performance sport coaching.
She is committed to the efficient running of the studio with a strong emphasis on planning to support the students and parents. Her goal is the achievement of an enjoyable and satisfying experience as a student.
Kerrie maintains timely communication through e-mail and organises the logistics for eisteddfods and the busy dance terms. Kerrie brings a professional and personable approach to the studio administration.
Rebecca Carney is Extreme Dance Studio’s director of the Wellness for Dancing program.
She is a qualified personal trainer and early childhood educator. Rebecca brings to the studio a combination of skills in personal fitness and learning and development.
The “wellness for dancing” program is tailored to the individual students’ goals for dance. It is underpinned by a philosophy of a well- rounded and balanced approach that also benefits life outside of dance.
Rebecca is a professional and personable coach and teacher committed to the achievement of positive outcomes for the students of the studios.