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At AMDC, we teach the children so much more than just dance - they develop qualities that they can take into all areas of their life such as commitment and dedication and will form friendships that will last a lifetime. With AMDC, it is my dream to develop high quality technique and performance skills, alongside a fun and social environment. With regular studio social events like our Mid-Year Soiree, Movie Night, Team Trip and Disco Bingo Nights, AMDC is a community that everyone can be a part of.

Meet Your Teachers

April McMahon

Miss April is the proud owner of AMDC and comes with nearly 20 years of teaching experience. Growing up in Sydney and training at the Hilda Easton School of Dance, April was a fierce competition competitor winning many titles and championships in all styles of dance. She has completed all dance exams with Honours in tap, ballet and jazz through Ballet Australasia Limited.

April has been fortunate enough to perform in professional shows both in Australia and internationally in theatrical styles as well as ballroom and latin. April and her partner were ranked 2nd in Australia for Open Ballroom and won titles such as the VIC Open, NSW Open, QLD Open, Crown International and East Coast Classic Championships. In the UK, they won the Open Essex, Open Middlesex and South of England titles as well as placing 5th in the Asia Pacific Championships in Singapore.

Specialising in tap but being a good ‘all rounder’, Miss April is a sought after adjudicator in the competition scene. She has travelled all over Australia to adjudicate and loves sharing her knowledge and passion with young performers. During the day time, she is also an instructor and State Manager with Happy Feet - a fitness and movement program in childcare centres.

Mia Vissenjoux

Mia has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has studied and completed exams in all genres of dance and has achieved Honours in each style. Mia has competed in competitions, performed at concerts and taken part in pantomimes and school productions over a number of years, including singing, acting and dancing parts. 

Mia has been teaching dance for 4 years, from ages 4 to 15, both recreational and exam students. She teaches ballet, hip hop, contemporary, tap and specialises in jazz for all ages. 

Mia has completed Year 12 VET Dance, and has been employed for several commercial engagements and so has extensive knowledge of the dance industry. 

As the youngest member of our team, Mia brings a fresh perspective and current performance experience, and loves engaging children in dance through a combination of high expectations and fun. 

Alessia Stamatelatos

Alessia has been dancing since the age of 7. She has been competing in competitions with AMDC for multiple years, competing at a national level. In 2021, she was chosen as our Dance captain.

Alessia is a strong contemporary dancer and was a member of Origins Dance Company at Transit Dance in 2021. She has successfully completed her Certificate II in Dance and aims to further her knowledge and experience in the years to come.

She is currently undertaking Advanced 1 Cecchetti ballet and has achieved honours with distinction in all her Jazz exams.

In 2021 she won AMDC’s Ballet award. At her former dance school Expose Dance Centre, Alessia had the honor of winning a scholarship and Ballet Dancer of the year award. She has an interest in the performing arts and was apart of the Young Australian Broadway Chorus for 3 years which specialized in Dancing, Singing and Acting.

Maxine Regos

  • Maxine Regos L.C.B.A -C.I.C.B (Cecchetti Ballet Australia)
  • Certificate IV Dance Teaching and Management
  • Certificate IV Training and Assessment
  • Certificate III in Business Administration
  • RWID -Rhythm Works Integrated Dance certified instructor/teacher
  • First Aid certificate & Working with Children Check

Miss Maxine brings a wealth of knowledge and over 30 years of teaching experience to AMDC. She holds an abundance of formal qualifications including Cecchetti Associate, Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and Rhythm Works Certification.

Maxine is a much loved teacher, especially by our little ones. She is incredible with this age group and ensures that the classes are engaging, interactive and FUN whilst still teaching correct technique from a young age. Whilst ballet is her specialty, she is passionate about all styles of dance and fitness and enjoys mentoring our assistant teachers

As well as teaching our wonderful students at AMDC, Maxine runs weekly fitness classes, is a cover instructor for Happy Feet Fitness and teaches an amazing program called Busy Feet for children with disabilities. She is a beautiful person inside and out and we are incredibly lucky to have such a nurturing, encouraging teacher at AMDC.

Samantha Szalinski

Sam has completed her RAD training at Jane Moore Academy of Ballet and has completed up to Advanced 1. She has also excelled in Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Lyrical genres.

Sam has been successful in both state and national dance competitions. She has represented Australia at Dance Excellence in Los Angeles, where she was also given the opportunity to perform live at Disneyland. Sam was a member of SCIMM Platforms Youth Company in 2018 that debuted ‘Void’ and was a member of Locreado Dance Company in 2017 in the debut of ‘Life’. In 2021 Samantha participated in Rise the Performance Experience, under the tutelage of Jackie Scott and Mitch Fistrovic.

Sam completed VCE Dance in the top 1% of the state and was chosen to audition for Top Class Dance. She has also undertaken full time dance training at Dance World and Transit Dance whilst completing year 11 and 12. In 2021 Samantha was accepted into The Victorian Collage of the Arts (VCA) and commenced her tertiary dance education.

Sam is a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher and a registered Keep Kids Safe In Dance teacher.

Ruby Paterno

Ruby is a Melbourne based dancer and artist. She is passionate about following creativity through dance. Her aim in dance teaching is to pass this focus on creativity to the next generation of dancers, while also instilling a strong physicality and technique.

Ruby has recently graduated from Transit Dance’s Pre-Professional Contemporary Pathway with a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) and a Certificate IV in dance teaching and management. Her preferred style is contemporary, but has trained in numerous styles over the years including ballet, jazz, acrobatics, hip hop and tap.

In the future, Ruby hopes to pursue a freelance career, creating contemporary dance works and continue expanding her teaching skills and knowledge. Ruby is also very interested in holistic lifestyle and is beginning a yoga teaching course in 2021.

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