The quality of instructors in dance education is naturally a key element to learning the best technique, choreography and skills development for any dancer. Hunger For Dance is proud to introduce you to the line up, so lets meet your teachers!
Peta Hungerford – Director: Peta began her training at the age of 14 and within a few months was swept up in the passion of performing arts, taking up every available class to her at her local dance school. From the age of 15 she started choreographing high school productions with 2 of her routines chosen to be taken to Melbourne Concert Hall. Teaching at various dance schools and full time performing arts schools throughout Melbourne, Peta is finally ‘at home’ with her own school and students.
Alida Segal – Ballet: Alida is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected dance lecturers and choreographers specialising in National and Character Dance. She has worked with professional companies and leading training institutions as an advisor, teacher and choreographer for more than 30 years. Her early dance training includes studying classical ballet under Kathleen Gorham, Eileen Tasker, Madame J. Ciunovas and Laurel Marten OBE.
Laura Vandersluys – Jazz & Contemporary: Laura has been dancing since the age of 3, learning Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap. Laura completed her Southern Federation of Dance level 10 Jazz exam in 2011 (the highest Jazz level) and has completed all her Ballet exam levels up to Advanced Foundation with the Royal Academy of Dance. Laura has been teaching since 2011 and since has gained a qualification in teaching Southern Federation of Dance syllabus.
Anna Murray – Acro, Stretch & Contortion: Anna has worked in many areas of the performing arts and gymnastics industries, as a teacher, choreographer, trainer and performer. Initially training as a competitive artistic gymnast from 4 years old, Anna moved in to cheerleading, aerobics, tumbling and trampolining, and then began dancing at the age of 17. Quickly falling in love with the art form.
Brad Griffiths – Hip Hop: Brad has been teaching many different styles of dance for the last 6 years and choreographs with BFierce Entertainment, headed by Billie Casey Jabore. Brad has many years of training in a variety of dance styles, and has performed in the Production Company’s 42nd Street, with Contemporary companies, Collaboration the Project and Kim Adam’s “4 Letters” as well as television work including The Footy Show, Thank God You’re Here, It Takes Two and has danced for artists Zoe Badwi and Kate Alexa.
Maddie Heath – Ballet: Madeleine’s teaching began as a class helper at the age of 9 and taking her own classes from age 15, teaching jazz/funk for teenagers aged 13-18. She has also choreographed various pieces for showcases and school musicals. In 2013 Madeleine moved to Adelaide and completed her Certificate IV in Dance at Gravity Dance Studios, while dancing for the NBL’s Adelaide 36érs as a Muzz Buzz dancer.In 2014 Madeleine will be studying at Patrick Studios Australia with their full time performing arts course.
Watch this space to more additions to the HFD Faculty!
Read more about the HFD teachers in their full bios on the HFD Staff page.