DANCE STREAM VICTORIA’S team of friendly and experienced staff will have you finding your feet at our studio quickly and easily! Our highly skilled teachers and helpful receptionists are passionate about what they do and look forward to getting you started on your dance journey!

REBECCA BICKERTON

Owner/Director, Performance Team, MOD and Ballet Extension Program Teacher.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Education; Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management; ATOD Associate Classical Teaching Diploma.

My Super Power is: Adapting my teaching to different ages and levels, refining technique and and helping students develop a positive mindset.

Years I have been teaching dance: 19 years.

Full Time Dance Training: 1 year at Dance World Studios.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Reading, doing professional development short courses and spending time with my family.

What I love about my job: Being able to help grow our students into confident, committed and resilient adults.

Greatest achievement as a performer: Being awarded the Myee Huddy District Solo Aggregate (for the most points awarded to a soloist) at the LV Eisteddfod for 5 years in a row; being awarded Runner-Up in the ATOD Australasian Senior Classical Scholarship and performing in the Closing Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I worked as a school teacher for 6 years while running DSV.

RYAN BICKERTON

Owner/ CFO

Qualifications: Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Commercial Finance Management, OH&S Legal Compliance Requirements for Managers, Initial Occupational Health and Safety Representatives, Managers and Supervisors & Essential Leadership.

My Super Power is: Fixing stuff.

Years I have trained in dance: 10 years – I danced from age 7 to 17, competing in troupes, solos and duos.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Anything other than sitting!

Interesting fact you may not know about me: In my day job as an engineer, I build major water infrastructure projects across Melbourne.

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ALEX BELTRAME

Academy, Performance Team, Ballet Extension Program Teacher & Admin Assistant.

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Dance; Certificate III in Community Activity Programs & Progressing Ballet Technique Certification.

My Super Power is: Instilling the importance of correct and safe dance technique while having fun!

Years working at DSV: 5 years.

Years I have trained: 23+ years in dance and 16 years in gymnastics.

Full Time Dance Training: 3 years at Spectrum Dance.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: I love going to the beach, doing jigsaw puzzles and spending time with my fiancé and my German Shepherd dog named Frank.

What I love about my job: Getting to dance every day and sharing the joy of performing with my students.

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: I have always admired Lucinda Dunn as a performer/ dancer (past Principal Artist at the Australian Ballet). Apart from having flawless technique, she had a quality about her when she was dancing that would draw you in. You could see the passion behind everything she did.

Greatest achievement as a performer: Performing with MKTO at the Logie Awards; being a Melbourne Storm Cheerleader and dancing in the AFL Footy Show Players Review.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: My favourite Disney character is Cinderella.

ALICIA HYNES

Little Streamers Preschool Teacher & Receptionist

Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Science – Human Movement; Bachelor of Applied Science – Exercise & Movement (Honours); Masters of Research; International Society of Advancement of Kinanthropometry (ISAK) – Level 1 & 2.

My Super Power is: Having fun with the pre-schoolers, being a big kid and interacting with them!

Years working at DSV: This is my first year!

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Exercise and water-ski with my family.

What I love about my job: Being able to share in the joy and excitement that our littlest students express as they achieve skills and progress through their READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET classes.

Greatest achievement as a teacher: Seeing the most nervous pre-schoolers who don’t want to separate from mum, develop confidence to come into class on their own and have the best time! It is so rewarding.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I love AFL! Go Saints!

FARRAH PHILLIPS

Receptionist

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Business Administration.

My Super Power is: being calm and patient.

Years working at DSV: 7 years.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Watch my favourite TV shows and relax!

What I love about my job: DSV is a friendly, happy place to work!

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I am a Kiwi!

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JESS HARRIS

Receptionist and Social Media Officer

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Marketing).

My Super Power is: being organised!

Years working at DSV: 1 year.

Years I have trained in dance: 13 years.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Go to the beach!

What I love about my job: Being a part of such a great community and team.

Greatest achievement as a performer: Being awarded the DSV Senior Scholarship.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I love indoor plants and using essential oils.

JORDYN FITZGERALD

Academy & Performance Team Teacher

Qualifications:  Certificate IV in Sport & Recreation.
My Super Power is: Musicality and applying this to my choreography.

Years working at DSV: This is my first year!

Years I have trained in dance: 17 years.

Full Time Dance Training: Currently in my first year full time at Transit Dance.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: I love to draw in my spare time; whenever I’m not dancing of course!

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: Kim Adam (who teaches me in my Full Time Dance course) – she inspires me to be the best person and dancer I can be! I admire her commitment to her teaching.

Greatest achievement as a performer: Being awarded the DSV Senior Scholarship in 2016.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I was born cross-eyed! (You’ll notice my eyes are not like this anymore!)

MADISON MCLEOD

Academy & Performance Team Teacher

Qualifications: Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management & Certificate IV in Dance.

My Super Power is: Choreographing under pressure!

Years working at DSV: 1 year.

Years I have trained in dance: 18 years.

Full Time Dance Training: 2 years at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Hang out with friends and family.

What I love about my job: The kids’ bubbly personalities and seeing them blossom from term to term!

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: Kelly Aykers – she is so determined with everything she does and treats everyone like family.

Greatest achievement as a performer: Performing in the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I was born cross-eyed! (You’ll notice my eyes are not like this anymore!)

SAMANTHA WHITEHEAD

Little Streamers Preschool, Academy & Performance Team Acrobatics Coach

Qualifications: Advanced Silver Coaching Certification for Acrobatic Gymnastics (Gymnastics Australia).

My Super Power is: helping kids feel confident to try new tricks!

Years working as a gymnastics/acrobatics coach: 24 years.

Years working at DSV: 9 years.

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Travel!

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I have performed live on TV twice as an Irish Dancer with the Australian Irish Dance Company (Rove Live & The Footy Show) and also performed at the Sydney Opera House with the Australian Pops Orchestra.

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: Travis Wall – I absolutely love his choreography!

Greatest achievement as a performer: Placing in the Top 3 at the Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships in 3 different years.

SARAH MORRIS

Little Streamers Preschool, Academy & Performance Team Teacher

Qualifications: Currently studying Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management.

My Super Power is: being organised!

Years I have trained in dance: 13 years.

Years working at DSV: 1 year (prior to this I was training as a student teacher for 2 years).

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: Going shopping!

Interesting fact you may not know about me: On the weekend I love to go to the beach and try new restaurants around whichever town I am visiting!

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: I really admire Misty Copeland as a dancer. Despite her hardships in life she has never stopped working hard to achieve her dreams!

Greatest achievement as a performer: Receiving the DSV Senior PT Award in 2019.

TAMARA LAY

Head of Little Streamers Preschool, Academy, Performance Team, MOD & Ballet Extension Program Teacher

Qualifications: Bachelor of Health Science & Masters in Speech Pathology; Progressing Ballet Technique Certification.

My Super Power is: embedding individualised learning goals within each activity.

Years I have been teaching dance: 15 years.

Years working at DSV: I have taught in varying capacities at DSV since it opened in 2011 and have been full-time since 2018.

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I have always enjoyed music and writing. I wrote my first full length song at age 10 and performed it for my school. I will not be performing it again so don’t ask, haha! I would like to write a book one day.

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: There are honestly too many to list! I am currently inspired by the work of Sarah Reich, Chloe & Maud Arnold, Michelle Dorrance and Melinda Sullivan. I admire their musicality and artistry, as well as their willingness to advocate for positive change and equality in our industry. My dance teacher, Judy Fildes, is also a source of inspiration for me. I often draw on her visuals and stories as I teach my own students now and I hope that they see the same spark of excitement, passion and magic in me when I talk about dance that I always saw in her!

Greatest achievements as a teacher: Having a student in the finals of the Ballet Teachers Workshop; being selected as a finalist for the READY SET DANCE Teacher of the Year Award in 2019; being asked to be a training assistant at the Victorian READY SET DANCE Teacher Training Day & helping grow our Little Streamers Preschool from 40 students to over 100 students in the space of 2 years.

VANESSA KIRKBRIGHT

Little Streamers Preschool, Academy, Performance Team and MOD Teacher; Admin Assistant, Receptionist and Social Media Officer

My Super Power is: Making people feel welcome and giving new things a go.

Years I have been teaching dance: 11 years.

Years working at DSV: I have been teaching at DSV in varying capacities since it opened in 2011, so 9 years!

Favourite thing to do outside of the studio: I’ve been lucky enough to have a very diversely talented family when it comes to art and crafts so naturally, I LOVE to make things. In my spare time I love to do macramé and make gifts – so much so that I even created an Instagram account so I could share my photos with family and friends!

Interesting fact you may not know about me: I can play golf!

Person in the dance industry that I look up to and admire: I admire Misty Copeland – ABT Ballerina – I love that she challenges the expectation of the traditional ballerina build by being herself while working hard for what she wants. She pays it forward by spreading the word on body positivity and I think that is so important within this industry especially for our young dancers.

I also look up to Galen Hooks – Choreographer/creator/dancer/everything! – I fell in love with Galen before I even knew who she was. What drew me in was her energy, intensity and detail as she danced but what locked me in was discovering her diversity. This woman can do it all! I also love The Nicholas Brothers – Tap duo – These guys are just so fun to watch! They also remind me of the fun classes and duos I used to do with my dancing friends when I was younger.

Greatest achievements as a teacher: Helping Ryan build Studio 3; being responsible for growing the DSV Social platforms; taking Acrobatics classes with Miss Sam and learning to successfully do an Aerial Cartwheel (As an adult student!) and seeing students that I taught in their very first year of dancing still enjoy, thrive and excel in their dancing and being able to see them grow up within the DSV family.

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