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About Us

IPAS – Creating Strong Performers with Stronger Minds!

Isolation Performing Arts Studio (IPAS) celebrated our 30th year in 2019. This significant milestone caused us to pause and reflect, reminiscing about our long history training some of Melbourne’s best performing arts talent. More importantly, it made us excited about our future.

We feel extremely fortunate as a studio. IPAS grew organically, but from a foundation of hard work, expertise and passion for what we do. Over the years we have attracted amazing and professional team members, whose passion is reflected in our student success stories.

Whilst we are well-established, we understand the need to evolve to fit the needs of our students and the world they live in today. We have spent our 30th year planning for new and exciting opportunities, and we hope our students and families love these as much as we do. We have also been considering how to further focus on the wellbeing of our students.

Our team are the cornerstone of the studio, both nurturing and caring for our students whilst they teach them the technical skills and knowledge required to become established performing artists. Together, we articulated the important relationship that performing arts teachers have with those they teach, as these students spend the majority of their formative years with us. We not only train them to achieve personal excellence in their chosen disciplines, but also pass on as many life skills as we can.

In the world we live in today there are a myriad of pressures influencing our children – from the expanse of technology available and the resulting pressures from social media, to school and the pressure to achieve perfection.  We understand that the ever-changing nature of modern life can be incredibly confusing to youth, leaving them feeling vulnerable. At IPAS, we aim to create a safe space – a place students and their families can consider their second home.

To support this focus on wellbeing for our students, IPAS are sending 11 of our core teachers to participate in an Accidental Counsellor professional development program. This program will enable these teachers to better understand and support our students in their times of need. We wish to develop our team of teachers, not only in their respective arts disciplines, but also in dealing with situations in which they may become “accidental counsellors”.

To further support this, we have also appointed Simone D’Amico as our Wellbeing Ambassador. Simone is a current practicing and qualified youth worker – she has completed a Major in Counselling and is now a member of the Australian Association of Counselling. Her studies have encouraged her to work in government funded organisations as a Young Adults Outreach Worker, and she is currently completing her final clinical placement at high schools in our local area.

Our mission is to ensure that our students have a place where they feel welcome, where they can open up and feel supported by our staff. A place where they can not only enjoy performing with their friends, but feel accepted and understood. Caring for our IPAS Family is paramount, and making IPAS a safe and happy place to thrive is our goal.

The IPAS Team

You will experience first hand the commitment and loyalty that shines through our accomplished and talented teaching staff and fostered within the IPAS family. Your teachers will provide you with high quality classes, utilising numerous years teaching and industry experience to see you reach your full potential and love of the performing arts nurtured. Students achievement and success is linked to the consistency and longevity of our teaching staff at IPAS and is an essential element to the success of our programs; with many of our current teachers being trained through Isolation Performing Arts programs as students, professionals and teachers. You will be constantly inspired as our students and teachers return to Isolation after working in the Entertainment Industry to pass on their knowledge and skills to the new generation of performers. To read more about each of our amazing teachers, click on their photos.

Check out our Student Credits  to see what our past and present family is up to.

Kerrie Power

KERRIE POWER

Principal

While working as a professional dancer in the 80’s Kerrie found not only a love and passion for the performing arts but also an excitement for passing on her knowledge through teaching. In 1989 this led her to achieve her goal and open IPAS. She started in a small scout hall and 30 years later has grown the studio to have the reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading providers of training for the Entertainment Industry.

Kerrie has trained thousands of performers many of whom have careers in the Entertainment Industry, some who now teach for IPAS, others who have brought their own children back to train at IPAS, but one thing they all have in common is the joy and dedication for the arts that Kerrie has passed onto them through their time with the IPAS family. Check out our Student Credits page to see some of the amazing achievements by IPAS students.

Kerrie holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training and a teaching certificate with Southern Federation of Dance.

Jasmine Shockley

Head of Ready Set Dance

Jasmine has been a part of the IPAS family since the age of 10. During her years of training she competed at many competitions and eisteddfods as part of our Elite Team and also as a soloist. She was a successful competition aggregate winner as well as the holder of the Southern Federation of Dance Scholarship. Over the past several years Jasmine has trained many soloists and groups to the highest level of competition, while still working as a professional dancer around Melbourne. Jasmine has performed in various corporate and entertainment gigs, as well as being a member of the highly successful burlesque dance group, Qetesh.
Jasmine
Kristen Pell

Artistic Director IPAS

Kristen joined us at IPAS at age 11 and never looked back! She danced with us for almost 10 years, and was a part of our prize winning elite teams. At the completion of her schooling, Kristen went on to study 1 year full time dance teaching & management. Kristen ran her own successful studios across Melbourne for 4 years before taking a step back to focus on what she loved, teaching and is now excited to be both teaching and directing our dance program.
Kristen
Samantha Torres

Business Manager

Sam comes to us with a wealth of business knowledge. Sam is not only a business wiz but she is also involved in the arts, she enjoys playing the Cello, dancing and watching her 2 sons play the piano and dance at IPAS.
Samantha
Annette Van Wyngaarden
Annette is a Musician and Music Teacher. She has taught Music in Primary and Secondary Schools as well as teaching Piano, Singing and Theory privately. Annette has performed in Piano Bars, Restaurants, Bands and was a member of ZzazZ Entertainment. Annette has prepared students for ANZCA and AMEB Singing and Piano exams, VCE Solo Performance Singing and Piano, auditions and concerts, conducted choirs and orchestras, taught drama and produced school musicals. Annette is committed to providing students with a positive music experience.
Annette
Brendan Daynes
Brendan has been with the IPAS family for over 10 years, having completed full time accredited training at our studio. He has worked professionally in the corporate entertainment scene for many years as a dancer/singer, working with many high profile artists.Brendan also works extensively in children’s entertainment and has toured Australia and New Zealand with many companies, including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. Brendan holds a Cert IV in Assessment and Training and is highly sought-after for teaching VET Dance in the VCE.
Brendan
Kate White
Kate started dance training at the age of 5, studying Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance. Kate attended the Christine Walsh Dance Centre (The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet) then trained at The Dance Factory, studying commercial dance. Kate has completed every level of Cecchetti Classical Ballet from Grade One up to Advanced One, she has obtained her Associate and Associate Diploma Status with Cecchetti Ballet Australia and also Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management under highly respected Cecchetti Classical Ballet Examiner and mentor Miss Carole Oliver O.A.M. Kate hopes to continue her studies towards her Advanced Two and Licentiate with Cecchetti Ballet Australia in 2019.
Kate
Alessandra Tonkich
Alessandra is a graduate of the world famous West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA), where she training in Dance, Singing and Acting for 3 years fulltime. Alessandra trained as a triple threat performer in her younger years at many prestigious Melbourne studios and is thrilled to be back home sharing her skills and inspiring other young performers to have a passion as strong as her own for our industry. Alessandra also completed Certificate II in Dance here at IPAS many years ago!
Alessandra
Jacqui Dawson
Jacqui has a dedication to the IPAS family having been a teacher with us in intervals for 30 years. While Jacqui offers our students many styles of dance she is particularly committed and passionate about our Southern Federation of Dance Tap and Jazz Exams. Jacqui is currently Head of style Tap Examiner, Jazz Examiner and also a Licentiate member of SFD being able to train students up to their teaching certificate.
Jacqui
Sharen Reynolds
Sharen is the former Principal and Founder of the Sharen Reynolds School of Dance in Wodonga, a career spanning over 40 years. Now returning to Melbourne where she grew up and trained in all styles of dance under such teachers as Shirley Tully, Thelma Williams, Coral Brown and Laurel Veitch, to continue her teaching career. Sharen holds an Associate Diploma in the Cecchetti Classical Method, a Tap Diploma with the C.S.T.D and is a qualified Pilates and Zumba instructor. She has taught and trained students for both concert and eisteddfod work over the years as well as preparing them for classical examinations. She looks forward to being part of the Isolations Team.
Sharen
George Weir
George holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), VCA / Melbourne University, Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Diploma of Dance Performance – New Zealand School of Dance. He has studied fulltime at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence training Program. He is also completing his Bachelor in Pilates and is trained in Cecchetti. George will be teaching Saturday ballet classes.
George
Caitlyn Marshall
Caitlyn has trained with our very own Miss Annette, before becoming a part of the teaching team at Pascoe Vale Music Centre. She has undertaken examinations with ANZCA, achieving honours in Grade 8 Modern Singing and Grade 5 Music Theory. Leaving Melbourne in 2011, she spent two years living and working in London (indulging in as many West End shows as possible!). Returning to Melbourne in 2013, Caitlyn has since been working at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), fulfilling her passion for film and television, as well as working with a number of celebrity icons at pop culture conventions throughout Australia. Returning to her love of singing and teaching, Caitlyn is excited to join the music team at IPAS to work with students on advancing their own skills and confidence, and most importantly in having fun!
Caitlyn
Steph Molinaro
Steph started dancing at the age of 5 and has been at IPAS since 2008. She has trained in all styles of dance and has completed Southern Federation of Dance tap exams, as well as CSTD jazz and ballet exams with great results. Over the years she has represented the studio at many competitions and eisteddfods as a member of the IPAS Elite team and as a soloist. In 2015, she performed at the AFC Asian Cup Australia Opening Ceremony as a dancer, as well as continuing her work with children’s entertainment.
Steph
Meg McKinnon
Meg has been training in all styles of dance since she was 3 years of age joining IPAS as an Elite team member when she was 10 years of age. Since 2009 Meg has been entering IPAS students into SFD tap exams with students receiving fantastic results. Meg received a perfect score for VET Dance in the VCE, and in 2009 she was awarded a Premiers Award for receiving one of the highest scores in Australia for dance. In 2015 Meg completed her Masters of Teaching Degree at the University of Melbourne. Meg is also a registered Southern Federation of Dance teacher.
Meg
Caitlin Mrnjavac
Caitlin has extensive teaching experience. She is a qualified Acrobatic Arts teacher, holds a Certificate II in Dance and also completed a student teaching course in jazz, tap and ballet. She has received awards from the British Ballet Organisation and herself has performed as a soloist and troupe team member at dance competitions so understands how important safe acrobatic skills are in the performing arts industry.
Caitlin
Sarah Trezise
Sarah has been part of the IPAS family for over 15 years! She started in our Tinies classes and has progressed through the studio, representing us in competitions and shows all over Australia and in the USA. Sarah showed interest in teaching at an early age having not only been an assistant teacher herself but also helping train other assistant teachers. Sarah holds a Certificate II in Dance completing VET Dance in the VCE with great results.
Sarah
Georgia Cutajar
Dancing since she was 5, Georgia has undertaken exams in ballet, jazz and tap, receiving the highest marks in Victoria for her 2015 CSTD Theatrical examination. Georgia also has a passion for Musical theatre and music which she has been heavily involved in since childhood; taking singing lessons and learning the Saxophone during her time at school. She has performed at competitions , public examinations and events, but enjoys learning and class time the most. Georgia is passionate about self-development, working as a Disability Support Worker and volunteering on Youth Camping Programs. She holds a Certificate II in Dance and is studying both a Certificate III in Education Support and a Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies. 
Georgia
Shereen Sleiman
Shereen has been part of the IPAS family since she was just a tiny little girl. In that time she has grown with us and not only trained in all forms of dance and singing but represented the studio at an Elite level both in Australia and the USA. Shereen has completed the highest level of both Jazz and Tap exam with Southern Federation of Dance. She spent many years in the IPAS student teaching program and is currently preparing to undertake her SFD teaching certificate as well as Acrodance accreditation.
Shereen
Teri Goodwin
Teri began dancing at Isolation at the age of 4 years old where she has developed not only her dance technique but her leadership skills which she has taken and used to help develop her teaching technique. Teri received Honors for her level 10 jazz Southern Federation of Dance exam back in 2017. She is currently working towards earning her diploma in singing with ANZCA Music Examinations. Teri has loved all the training she has received from all the teachers she has been taught by over her years of dance and hopes to spread that knowledge and joy to all her current and future students here at Isolation Performing Arts Studio.
Teri
Emily Showler
Emily has been at IPAS for over 10 years. She has completed her Southern Federation of Dance Tap Exams as well as representing the studio at Competitions and other events. Emily has trained as an IPAS assistant teacher for many years and has put her own students through exams with fantastic results
Emily
Chantelle
Chantelle has been dancing since the age of 4 and was trained in all styles of dance. She successfully passed her Cecchetti exams with honours, but couldn’t overlook her passion for hip hop. Over the years she has participated with her elite team in numerous regional and national competitions. Along with dancing, Chantelle also found a love for singing and instruments. She takes an interest in psychology and hopes to combine the performing arts with mental health to help the youth. Chantelle also completed her Certificate II in Dance here at IPAS.
Chantelle
Rebecca
Bec holds a Diploma in Dance and completed her Certificate II in Dance with our own Kerrie Power. Bec receive a VET Dance high achievers score and was asked to perform at VCE VET Dance Top Acts. Bec is accomplished in many styles of dance having competed across Victoria in Competitions as well as completing exams. Bec has been teaching for many years, first as an assistant teacher and for the past few years running her own classes.
Rebecca
Simone D'Amico

Wellbeing Officer

Simone is a current practicing and qualified youth worker, she has completed a major in counselling and is now a member for the Australian Association of counselling. Her studies have encouraged her to work in government funded organisations as Young Adults outreach worker and further she will be completing her final clinical placement in local high schools
Simone
Giada Garofalo
After many years as a student at IPAS Giada Garofalo now returns as a teacher to continue in the passion that is Isolation. Her main genre being Hip-Hop however has a wealth of experience in other styles such as Krump, House, Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She has competed in National and International competitions in Sydney and America. Learning from recognized world- wide choreographers such as, Paris Gobel, Matt Steffanina, Chachi Gonzales, Brian Puspos, Leroy Curwood and Lance Savali. Giada is looking forward to broadening her experience here at IPAS and bring her commitment and challenging techniques to her students.
Giada
Anne Bateman
Administration Staff
Anne

Student Credits

Over the years some of our amazing past and current students have made appearances in the entertainment industry and gained
extensive experience all over the world. Some of these include:

SHERIDAN ANDERSON

Sheridan
Self
Dusty
The Wizard
The Musical
Pippin

LAUREN ANDERSON & TAMARA EDEN

Wicked
Universal Studios
Lauren and Tamara

SHERIDAN ANDERSON & SAMANTHA BRUZZESE

Sheridan and Samantha
Twisted Broadway

SAMANTHA BRUZZESE

The Musical
Bring On The Musical
Thriller

LAURA INGLESI

Carmen
Funny Girl

SHANICE LIM

Shanice Lim
Matilda

CHEYNE WHICHELLO

Tarzan

MELINDA TZAMBAZAKIS

Melinda

JEFFREY TRINIDAD

Jeffrey

PETER L

Peter L

ANITA MILLS

Anita Mills

BRIANNA ANDERSON & CHEYNE WHICHELLO

Briana and Cheyne

ANDY PORTELLI, TAMARA EDEN, ADRIANNA GIULIANI & LAURA INGLESI

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BRIANNA ANDERSON, LAUREN ANDERSON, SHERIDAN ANDERSON, TAMARA EDEN, LAURA INGLESI, ADRIANNA GIULIANI, LAUREN LOURDES, ANDY PORTELLI, NATHAN SMITH, JEFFREY TRINIDAD, MELINDA TZAMBAZAKIS, CHEYNE WHICHELLO

Royal Caribbean
P&O
Princess Cruises

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