Past Students

Cameron Mitchell

Cameron Mitchell is one of Australia’s most versatile chorographers, he has acted as personal choreographer for musical theatre star Caroline O’Conner and was resident choreographer for the Nine Network’s award winning HI-5 for 6 seasons. Cameron created the National Tour for girl group “Bardot”, worked on the television shows Home and Away and Popstars. Various other work includes Pop Princess 2, Dosah & Jo for the BBC, Gentleman Perfer Blokes, In A Pink Tutu for the Sydney Fringe, and “Trocadero Dance Palace” for the 2011 Sydney Festival. For Ms O’Conner he created the critically acclaimed From Stage to Screen, which toured internationally and was televised on the ABC, and just completed her new show “The Showgirl Within”. Cameron has choreographed for Sony Music, Warner Music and Festival Records and more recently for artists such as Kelly Rowland, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Alexis Jordan. He has also choreographed various commercials, including the renowned Tooheys New Street Party, KFC Fresh Taste Best and the Nircorette’s “How Ya Feelin’ Phil” series and Nicabate. Recently Cameron’s work was featured in the Logie Award winning So You Think You Can Dance on Network Ten. 

As a performer Cameron appeared in the Australian productions of Hot Shoe Shuffle, Chicago, Oliver, Westside Story, My Fair Lady, the concert versions of Zorba and Mack and Mabel. He recently performed in Monty Python’s Spamalot.Film/TV appearances include Baz Luhrman’s Oscar winning Moulin Rouge, People’s Choice Awards, Helpmann Awards, Popstarts, Mornings with Kerrianneand Roy and HG’s Club Buggery. Cameron is also Artistic Director of the renowned Brent Street Studios in Sydney.

Nadia Komazec

TRAINING: Barbara Jayne Dance Centre.

THEATRE: Brigitta in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation); Meg Giry in Phantom of the Opera (The Really Useful Group); Ensemble (understudy Sophie and Ali) MAMMA MIA! (Littlestar); Ensemble (understudy Lisa) in the World Premiere of Moonshadow the Musical (Moonshadow Australia); Maggie in A Chorus Line (TML Enterprises); Cece District Attorney (understudy Serena) in Legally Blonde the Musical (Gordon Frost Organisation); Ensemble (Understudy Jolene) in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (George Youakim); Ensemble in Showboat (Production Company).

TELEVISION: Jordana in Dance Academy Series 2 (ABC 3).

OTHER: Principal Artist in Michael Ralph’s Hollywood, Honkytonk (Giving Productions).

Zoe Komazec

Born into a theatrical family, at the age of two, Zoë studied all forms of dance, in her mothers studio in Adelaide, Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. It was there Zoë developed a passion for musical theatre. One of Zoë's highlights from her career so far was filming the TV Series The Fairies for channel 7 in 2009. Zoë played the role of Rainbow the Activity Fairy, where she instructed children to participate in all sorts of fun activities. Other TV opportunities include dancing in the Channel 9 GO! Music Video by Sharon Muscat, the recent So You Think You Can Dance auditions and various commercials for different company’s. In 2009 Zoë played the role of Bonnie in The Therry Society Production; Anything Goes in Adelaide. 


From 2008 to 2012, Zoë’s performed around Adelaide and interstate with "Ding Productions". A professional company performing for corporate events and various other functions and events. Zoe performed in the 2012 Adelaide Fringe with Ding Productions as a dancer and magician assistant in Illure. Other credits include; Blackjack, Out of Africa, The Mayflower Club, Come to the Caberet, Illure, Christmas Proms, Christmas Cracker and many more. In 2010 Zoe traveled to Manila, Phillapines and Taiwan with Cats Now and Forever playing the role of Tantamile understudy; Rumpleteaser, Sillibub and Dememter. In 2011 Zoë completed her Teacher's Certificate Exams in C.S.T.D Tap and Modern Jazz achieving the letters C.S.T.D TC/TAP and C.S.T.D TC/MJ. Later in 2011 Zoë also completed her Associate Diploma in A.I.C.D achieving the letters ASSOCIATE A.I.C.D. In 2013 Zoe moved to Sydney to perform in the Australian Premiere of The Addams Family; A New Musical, in the ensemble as an Indian Ancestor and also understudying Wednesday Addams. 2013, 2014 and 2015 saw Zoe touring all over Australia (Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth) and internationally to New Zealand, Mexico, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul with The Illusionists 2.0 as a dancer, magician assitstant and dance captain. The start of 2015 Zoe travelled to Singapore with Belle Trio an international girl trio formed by Jeep Management. After Zoe was asked to perform in the Macau season of Cats Now and Forever playing the role of Tantamile. Currently Zoe has been very privaledged to be working and performing with Matilda the Musical as Swing and Assistant Dance Captain she is looking forward to moving with the show down to Melbourne in march.

Monica Swayne

Monica grew up in Adelaide, South Australia where she trained extensively in all areas of performing arts from a very young age with the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. Monica is a graduate of MOD Performing Arts, Melbourne 2009.

 

Monica is currently playing the role of Hodel in the Australian production of Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Musical Theatre: Jeannie Muldoon in Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Production Co.) The Australasian 10th anniversary tour of WICKED, understudied and performed the role of Glinda and Nessarose (GFO), The Australian and New Zealand tours of Mary Poppins, understudied and performed the role of Mary Poppins (Disney and CML), the Australian tour of Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story, understudied and performed the role of Maria (Ambassador Theatre Group). The Production Company’s Australian premier of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and their revival of Anything Goes (State Theatre, Melbourne).

 

Theatre: Steve Vizard and Paul Grabowsky’s The Last Man Standing (Melbourne Theatre Company).

 

In 2014 Monica performed as one of the “Top 6” finalists for the Rob Guest Endowment gala, held at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre (GFO/ANZ Trustee Foundation). 

 

 

Equity member since 2009.

Cristiano Martino

Cristiano was born in Adelaide and began ballet at the age of ten, after copying his sister until his mother took him along to dance classes as well. He trained at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre in Adelaide until 2009, when he moved to Melbourne to join The Australian Ballet School. He toured in Don Quixote with The Dancers Company in 2011 and danced in the Overture of The Australian Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2012. He joined The Australian Ballet in 2013.

Awards

  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award nominee 2014

Stephanie Grigg

Stephanie Grigg has always strived for excellence, at a young age Stephanie was introducted into the world of performing at Barbara Jayne Dance Centre. Winning tap, jazz and theatrical championships, classical scholarships, solo aggregates and overall champion soloist in various dance competitions in Adelaide and interstate were only some of the highlights of her early dance career. In 2008 Stephanie was accepted in WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts) in Western Australia. In her third year of the three year performing arts course, Stephanie played the role of Reno Sweeny in the end of year production, Anything Goes. After only recently finishing her studies in 2010, Stephanie performed the role of Onstage Swing in Love Never Dies. In 2011 Stephanie choreographed the production of John and Jen for the Sydney Fringe Festival and recently finished performing the role of Maggie in the recent production of A Chorus Line. Stephanie is currently in her final weeks performing along side Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Sheriden and Magda Szubanski in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

Jacqui Stratton-Smith

Jacqui grew up in Adelaide and attended the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre from the age of 12 to 17. Jacqui then studied at the Royal Ballet School in London for 3 years. During this time she participated in a number of school performances including performing for the founder of the Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette De Valois on the occasion of her 90th Birthday at Covent Garden. 
After her studies, Jacqui joined the Kiel Ballet in Germany. While there she danced in a number of ballet roles including Swanhilda in Coppelia, the girl in The Miraculous Mandarin, the doll in the Fairy Doll and a variety of group and solo roles in the Three Cornered hat, Carmina Burana, Sleeping Beauty and Dancers behind the Curtain. She also danced and sang in various musicals such as My Fair Lady and West Side Story and performed dance roles in the opera The Merry Widow and La Traviata.
Jacqui danced for five years at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (now the Staatsballett Berlin) under the directorship of Michael Denard. In Berlin, Jacqui danced in all the major classics including, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Giselle, Raymonda, Le Lac des Fees, La Sylphide, Les Noces and Symphony in C. Contemporary works were also part of the repertoire and included, The Competition, Scherazade, Verklärte Nacht and Otto Dix. Jacqui worked with a number of leading choreographers including Maurice Béjart, Pierre Lacotte, Roland Petit and Patrice Bart.
In 1998 Jacqui returned to Australia and has worked as a freelance ballet teacher since then.

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