Christine was born in New York. She started her international professional career at the age of 16 with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland. She then worked with various modern/contemporary choreographers. She has also participated in her own choreographic works at the “Young choreographer’s Workshop” with Zürich Ballet in 1990 and 1992. She only ended her rich and exciting career recently in 2017 after 6 years as Principal with Ballet am Rhein Dusseldorf-Duisburg, Germany where she performed the lead roles such as “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet” and many others on top of being exposed to Contemporary dance, improvisation and Yoga/Gyrokinesis practices.
In 2014, Christine became a Certified Teacher of the American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) National Training Curriculum.
In addition to her ballet training and career, Christine lived in India for 5 years, and taught ballet and "Yoga for Dancers", based on Gyrokinesis”R” for an educational diploma program with the Attakkallari Center for Movement Arts and Mixed Media in Bangalore.
Lauren Murray was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and immigrated to Australia with her family in 2002. She began ballet at the age of 5 and she continued this alongside Rhythmic Gymnastics, acrobatics, jazz and athletics. Her passion for dance and performing led her to the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduating in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma. She furthered her classical education at the Charlesworth Institute and then went on to dance at the Dresden SemperOper, West Australian Ballet and the Staatsballett Hannover. She worked as a soloist under the direction of Joerg Mannes for seven years. She has danced a variety of repertoire and creations from full length classical ballets to neo classical pieces, modern dance and musicals by leading choreographers in all of these fields of dance. She is also a certified Gyrotonic®️and Gyrokinesis®️ trainer.
Contemporary & Classical
May graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts Bachelor of Art in Dance (2014). In 2015 she began work placements with Co3:, Fresco Dance Company, Batsheva Company and in 2016/17 with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Dancenorth.
May has choreographed pieces for Short Cuts By STRUT Dance from 2016 to 2019.
Contemporary & Classical
Amelia Sagrabb is an emerging contemporary dance artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She recently graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in May 2020, receiving a BFA (Honours) majoring in dance and minoring in sociology. At Rutgers she performed works by Pam Tanowitz, Jordan Lloyd, Sean Curran, Erik Thurmond and Chien-Ying Wang, whilst also producing her own works.
Her studies included a year at Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where she worked with Roni Chadash, Noa Zuk, Batsheva Dance Company and Vertigo Dance Company.
Most recently, Sagrabb choreographed and performed in her professional debut contemporary dance work Lemon at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2021 and as part of the Blue Room Theatre’s season 900 Seconds. Amelia has also undertaken additional intensive studies with STRUT Dance, Peridance/Hubbard Street Dance, Sydney Dance Company and Co:3 Australia.
Additionally, she is a certified Yoga teacher and currently teaches at Urban OM and Mudra Yoga. Amelia’s main focus in teaching is to give students the space, time and tools to be able to reconnect with their bodies and find the sense of playfulness and discovery within dance. A lot of Sagrabb’s teaching principles are inspired by Gaga - she incorporates imagery and imagination to explore new possibilities and pathways of movement.
Lisa began dancing in Newcastle N.S.W. with Robyn Hick A.R.A.D. RAD examiner, where she undertook R.A.D. Grades and Majors exams receiving 8 Honours results and competed in Eisteddfods for 10 years. She also studied Jazz Ballet with Marie Walton-Mahon before being accepted into the Centre for the Performing Arts in Adelaide at age 17.
During her time there, Lisa was lucky enough to work under the teachers Ray Lewis, Margaret Wilson, Julia Blaike, Joe Scolgio, Helen Herbertson, Jacqui Carol and Gillian Anthony. Graduating in 1985 Lisa freelanced in Adelaide performing works in the Adelaide Festival and decided to finish her R.A.D. examinations under Elayne Cherry. Lisa joined Vision Dance in Byron Bay in 1987 where she stayed for 2 years performing original contemporary dance works by Rachel Zinman a member of Tasdance and Ginny Bradley from Pineapple Studios in London. Vision Dance toured to Sydney to take part in the Bi-Centennial Arts Festival performing works by Maggie Sietsma and Natalie Weir from Expressions Dance Company in Brisbane, after which Lisa travelled to Brisbane to work with Expressions.
In 1989 Lisa accepted a teaching position at a large dance school in Darwin, N.T. where she stayed for 2 years. During that time, she was approached to join the contemporary dance company, Tracks Dance. Lisa danced with Tracks for 4 years and performed in three major professional seasons and numerous community dance projects, working with choreographers David McMicken, Tim Newth, Sarah Calver and Maggi Phillips.
In 1991 she decided to open her own school which became the largest dance school in Darwin. With over 270 students, she operated the school for nearly 10 years. With students partaking in R.A.D. examinations, festivals, community performances, competitions and annual concerts. One major highlight was collaborating with the Darwin Youth Orchestra and choreographing and performing to an original score called “The Wetlands” which they toured to the remote community Bathurst Eylandt. A heart wrenching decision in 2000 to leave it all to start a family with husband Darren found her back in Newcastle N.S.W. and teaching at her old school, Robyn Hick School of Dancing until her son was born in September.
Taking the next few years oﬀ to have two more children, daughter’s Rhiannon and Lilly and then moving to Perth in 2007. Enrolling the girls into ballet classes in Perth, Lisa was soon back into teaching. Lisa taught at Academie de la Classique, Academy of Dance and Elegance and eventually opened her own studio, Carnaby Dance Centre. Lisa began teaching at Pevnev Ballet Academy in April 2017.
Classical, Conditioning and Choreography
Zamira Ketenchieva started as a professional rhythmic gymnast and competed professionally from 7
years old up to 14 years old. During that time she received the “Master of Sports” title (national champion).
Zamira has always been passionate about classical ballet and in 1993 she began her study at Saint Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions (Russia) under director, principal of the Kirov Ballet, A.Sapogov. She graduated in 1997 with a Diploma in Teaching and Choreography.
Since then Zamira has taught gymnastics and ballet in different schools around the world promoting the Russian method.
As well as classical ballet, Zamira specialises in body conditioning and flexibility (a necessity for dancers).
Alex Kay is a Perth born and bred contemporary dancer. She began her dance training with the
Perth School of Ballet as well as performing with STEPS Youth Dance Company in 2014 under the
directorship of Alice Lee Holland, and then in 2015 with Co:3 Australia Youth as a founding
member. During her time training at The Perth School of Ballet, she completed her Advanced 1
ISTD Modern/Jazz exams. A highlight of her time at PSB was being awarded the role of ‘Bert’ in
the production of Mary Poppins, where she believes Jazz was a crucial style of dance she was
grateful to have been trained in.
In 2018 Alex graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a
Bachelor of Arts (Dance) where she commenced Jazz studies alongside her Contemporary Dance
and Ballet studies. She also completed a semester abroad at the Taipei National University of the
Arts (TNUA). In 2019 Alex completed her Honours year through LINK Dance Company and
graduating with First Class Honours. Throughout her years of study, Alex performed in works
choreographed by nationally and internationally renowned choreographers as well as touring
some of these works in France, Taiwan, China and Melbourne.
Since graduating, Alex has worked professionally as a Developing Artist for Co3 Australia,
working for artists such as Raewyn Hill, Stephanie Lake, Daisy Sanders and Scott Elstermann.
Alex has dance teaching experience with local schools in Perth with a variety of styles. Creating
competition solos and concert dances, Alex loves to include approaches from all genres to create
entertaining and visually-mesmerising pieces.
Alex is also is a qualified Yoga instructor currently working at Beyondbeing Yoga. She is interested
in how to cultivate flow state through mindfully moving and how this can directly affect dance