A Little About Our Teachers
Natalie has always had a passion for music and dance having performed in musicals, competitions, cheerleading for St George Illawarra Dragons and many promotional events. She began teaching at a young age, gaining a wealth of experience. She has completed all of her teaching qualifications with the ADA Australasian Dance Association, under the guidance of some amazing teachers and achieved the highest results attainable. During this time, Natalie also graduated from the University Of New South Wales with a Combined Double Degree in Bachelor of Commerce and Science.
Natalie is currently teaching ADA Tap and Jazz, as well as performance classes at the McDonald College of Performing Arts, Tammy Worth Academy of Dance and the Australian Dance and Drama Company.
In May of 2013 Natalie was accepted as a member of the ADA Examining Board.
Natalie takes pride in her teaching quality and standard, and aims to instil in her students the discipline, knowledge and enjoyment that dance brings to their life.
Brianna is a dance teacher, choreographer, stage manager & model and has trained in RAD Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop & Drama. She began her training at Janice Breen Performance Studio where she completed RAD exams up to Grade 8 and Advanced 1. She then went to McDonald College and finished her studies at ED5 International with a scholarship majoring in Dance under the direction of William A Forsythe. Professional credits include Chinese New Year Parade, Premier’s Senior Week Gala Concert and Carols in the Domain. Film & television work in So You Think You Can Dance, The Oscars promo (Foxtel) and The Daly Show. Brianna has recently completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance and looks forward to sharing her knowledge of performing arts & inspiring the students to reach their goals.
Alyssa has been dancing since the age of 4, taking RAD Ballet and FATD Tap & Jazz classes. Throughout her school years, she participated in official dance exams, concerts, school performances and State Dance Festivals. Alyssa started as a student at the TWA in 2001, progressing through the grades. She commenced teaching in 2008 and has successfully completed her teaching examinations with Distinctions. She currently teaches ADA Tap and Jazz at the Castle Hill and Kings Langley Studios. Alyssa is also studying English and History at Macquarie University.
Rachel is a highly acclaimed Speech and Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre professional certified with both her Associate and Licentiate Diploma in Speech and Drama, a Diploma in Contemporary Vocals as well as her IMEB teaching certificate. She is currently a certified examiner of both the Music and Speech & Drama IMEB Syllabi. Rachel also travels extensively as an adjudicator for eisteddfods and festivals. She is an experienced performer and has directed many productions and showcases. Rachel’s passion is developing skills and gifts in every student, creating confident performing artists, on and off the stage. She teaches both privately and in a class environment at TWA.
Amy Eleanor Fisher
Wendy is a registered Advanced Royal Academy of Dance Teacher and also a Life Member of the Academy. She began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Madge Wallace School of Dancing in Wagga studying Ballet, Tap, Scotch and Irish and enjoyed competing in many eisteddfods. When she was 15, she came to Sydney as a full time student to study at the Scully Borovansky Ballet School where she successfully passed her Intermediate, Advanced and Solo Seal examinations.
Wendy ran her own dancing school in Epping for 33 years, as well as performing in many Cabarets and Musicals. In 1994, she decided to become a freelance teacher and has been a valuable, highly respected and loved teacher at the TWA for over 15 years.
Cristina de Mello
Cristina de Mello is a dance-theatre artist and Classical Ballet teacher. She has a Bachelor of Performance (Theatre theory and practice) from the University of Western Sydney and is a Registered Teacher with The Royal Academy of Dance. Cristina has directed, devised and performed in several short and full-length works that have been presented through out Australia and Europe.
She has been lovingly teaching and preparing students for RAD ballet exams for the past 10 years. As well as continuing to teach ballet which is her first love, she will be commencing a Masters of teaching in 2017.
Lyn joined the team at Tammy Worth Academy in 2016, teaching Ballet at the Castle Hill Studio.
Lyn was born in the UK and has been dancing since the age of 3. She studied RAD ballet along with many other dance styles. From an early age Lyn knew she wanted to teach dancing and went on to study dance full time for 2 years at the Lillian McNeill School of Dance in Scotland where Lyn graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Professional Stage Dance.
Lyn now has over 10 years of teaching experience and has a true passion for teaching Classical Ballet. She regularly attends workshops and training courses to keep up to date with the latest teaching techniques and really loves the challenges of teaching children from TWA’s Twinkle Stars right through to Intermediate senior students.
Demi is a TWA senior student who has developed a great passion for the performing arts. She has studied RAD Ballet, ADA Jazz and Tap, Hip Hop, Showgroup and Singing. Demi is a magnetic performer and has recently been accepted into the Musical Theatre and Dance program at AMPA.
She currently teaches the TWA Junior and Intermediate Hip Hop classes and is adored by all her students. Her choreographic skills WOW the concert audiences each year. All the younger students can’t wait until they are old enough to be accepted into Miss Demi’s Hip Hop classes!
Chez grew up in a small town in North Queensland called Proserpine located in the Whitsundays and started dancing when she was 6 and has been dancing ever since. She has achieved Australian and World Titles and completed all her CSTD and RAD exams. At 17, Chez moved to Sydney to attend ED5INTERNATIONAL Performing Arts Company Fulltime Diploma Course and graduated in 2014. Her professional credits include working with Director William Forsythe, Phoenix Entertainment and the Wiggles.
Chez’s other great passion is teaching. She strives for her students to be confident, and to work hard to achieve their full potential. Chez teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Commerical Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.
She aims to impart as much knowledge as possible and likes her students to walk out of each class with a smile on their face!
Alexandra –Miss Leki, is a senior student at the TWA. She is currently in our Teacher Training Program under the guidance of Natalie Khoury (ADA Examiner). This bright girl is also studying for her Degree in Occupational Therapy.
Alexandra is versatile in all dance forms having studied RAD Ballet, ADA Jazz and Tap, Contemporary, Showgroup and Hip Hop. Alexandra has a lovely manner about her which the students relate to, and in turn respond by always aiming to be the Best Dancer they can be!
Emily has danced for 13 years performing various styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and showgroup. Over the course of these years, she has completed exams for ballet (RAD syllabus up to Intermediate level), tap and jazz (ADA syllabus). A year ago, Emily volunteered as an assistant teacher at TWA as a part of the Duke of Edinburgh award. Teaching along side Miss Alexandra, she gained valuable experience. Her lovely disposition is perfectly suited to her new position as Junior Teacher. In the following years, Emily looks forward to gaining more experience and completing her teaching examinations.
Li commenced her acrobatics training when she was 5 years old. Her training discipline was shaped by a renowned acrobatics school in Taipei, Taiwan. At age 11 she became a full time performer with the school’s company, travelling and performing throughout Taiwan. A few years later, she was discovered by The Trio Fantastic – an Australian creative circus act who travelled all around the world. Li joined the group as a contortionist and continued travelling to Asia, Europe and the Middle East. After many years on the road, the tour finally headed back to Australia where Li decided to settle down and call Australia her new home.
Li has been teaching Acrobatics at TWA for 10 years, sharing her world of knowledge and experience.
Despina began dancing at the age of 9 and trained in Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She became an Advanced member of the Australasian Dance Association (formally FATD).
On the completion of her training, Despina began teaching and preparing students of all ages for examinations, eisteddfods and performances.
Despina is also a primary school teacher of 10 years. She develops and implements dance programs for students in Kindergarten to Year 6.
She brings a wealth of knowledge to TWA, teaching students from Pre-Primary through to Major Teaching Examinations.
My eldest daughter began dancing with TWA in the year 2000 at the age of 4. Soon to be followed by her two younger sisters. The girls have enjoyed many years of RAD and FATD syllabus work along with many performances at end of year Concerts, South Australian Youth Ballet, The Australian Ballet School, Eisteddfods, Talent Quests and Showcase Nationals all with outstanding results as well as teaching opportunities.
Dancing with the Tammy Worth Academy has given my daughters confidence, grace and the ability to fit into any situation. Teachers over the years have created a nurturing environment and have taken the time to get to know all my daughters individually.
Miss Tammy Worth (Principal) has always seen to the needs of each child and ensures that all students and families are happy and involved within the school, by interacting with parents on a regular basis. Miss Tammy always has the student’s interests at heart. Thank you Miss Tammy for enabling my children to grow up and continue within the Tammy Worth Academy.
Amy Orman grew up training in the performing arts at the TWA. Amy performed professionally as a singer on Princess Cruises before moving to the USA to obtain a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Since graduating she has worked with top Chicago musical theatre directors and choreographers in productions of Hairspray, 42nd Street, Sunset Boulevard, Anything Goes and Merrily We Roll Along.
Amy also spends time training and auditioning in NYC where she was featured in a video screened at the 2014 Tony Awards. TV:Betrayal (ABC America) Print work: Huntington Bank, Allstate Insurance and Weber Grill. She is also the voice of Princess Amelia in Uppercut Games’ iOs game: Epoch 2.
My experience at the Tammy Worth Academy has been extraordinary to say the least. I started classes at the age of four, and spent the following 14 years going to dance twice a week with Miss Tammy and her fellow teachers. During this time, I developed as a dancer and a person. I wasn’t the shy little girl who stood in the back corner of the classroom anymore, I became an enthusiastic and energetic student always pushing for the front row. TWA provided me with an abundance of personal and career development opportunities. Through the Worthwhile Kids agency, I have been to various movie and theatrical auditions as well as professional workshops with industry leaders. I have also made many lifelong friends, who I could always count on to cheer me up after a long week of school.
I would highly recommend the Tammy Worth Academy of Dance and Arts for anybody who is looking to find a new hobby, genuine friends, or improve on their technical dancing skills. The teachers, parents and students of Tammy Worth Academy have become a second family for me, and they are always happy to welcome new members. Thank you Miss Tammy xxx
I started at Tammy Worth Academy when I was 6 years old, starting out in everything from Singing to jazz, tap, Modern and Ballet and even Drama and loved every minute of it and learning from all my teachers through the years My main love was singing and thanks to Tammy’s agency Worthwhile Kids and my amazing singing teacher Tina Bangel I was able to land a part in the Sydney season of The Sound of Music alongside Lisa McCune and Bert Newton in 1999/2000.
Through Worthwhile Kids I also got to experience auditioning for Commercials and Musical Theatre etc. Since moving on I have gone onto to performing at many RSL/Sports clubs with The Saturday Night Diva’s and The Motown Show and have done some courses at NIDA and am currently filming some Showreels through NIDA too.
26 years ago my sister and I joined the Tammy Worth Academy keen to develop our skills and further our love for singing, dancing and drama. Tammy’s close attention taught us and her passion and belief in us lead us on a marvelous journey that would impact on our lives profoundly. 7 years of training lead us to sing professionally, to travel, and to realise our ambition to appear in film. So it was with a heart full of wonderful memories that last year I signed up my two daughters to Tammy Worth Academy which had grown dramatically from humble beginnings. Olivia (aged 8) and Monique (aged 6) love attending their classes in Ballet, Jazz and Acrobatics.
The girls have both built close friendships with class mates, they adore their teachers, are keeping fit, developing physical skills and strength as well as social skills and resilience. The highlight of their year is the end of year concert, which the whole family looks forward to. We are looking forward to many more years with the Tammy Worth Academy.
During my time at the Tammy Worth Academy I took classes in all the performing arts for over 7 years. The studio was very professional while still having a very friendly and family feel. The Tammy Worth Academy always managed to find the perfect balance between fun, enjoyment, technique and discipline. The highlight is always the annual end of year concert which gives students the opportunity to showcase their work in a proper theatre environment, and always a lot of fun for the students too.
I have performed professionally with the Australian Ballet following my training at the studio. Although I no longer work in the performing arts industry, the skills which I gained from my years at TWA have served me well in a number of different industries and the memories of the time I spent at the studio are among those that I treasure most.
My daughter has been dancing with Tammy Worth Academy for 6 years and what fun she has had. I have watched my daughter and all her friends develop into wonderfully talented, confident and happy dancers. The teachers bring fun, commitment and enthusiasm to each class.
Our annual concert is a truly memorable experience, each year being unique and exciting.
We are proud to be part of Tammy Worth Academy. I have not hesitation in recommending Tammy Worth Academy to any community member.
My 19 years at Tammy Worth Academy meant that I basically grew up at the studio. The community there, teachers and students alike, was fun and supportive and the friends I made there I still have now. As a student, I took classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern and drama, I learnt to love performing and was given ample opportunity through exams, eisteddfods and concerts.
As a teacher for the studio, I learnt that I loved working with kids and young people and I know my experience teaching with TWA helped guide me to my current career as a clinical psychologist working with children.
Since training and teaching at the Tammy Worth Academy, Melinda has continued to pursue a career in arts and arts education. She graduated from UNSW (2006) with a BA(Dance/English) / B.Ed, and continued her professional development with youMove Company from 2007 till 2012. She currently is delivering the CAPTIVATE VET Dance Program and HSC Dance Course, as well as serving as a board member for the dance company DirtyFeet.
As an independent dance artist, Melinda’s performance credits include: ‘Thinking About Forever’ (Armstrong – Sydney Festival’s Festival Inside Out – 2011), ‘Loungers’ (Armstrong – Sydney Festival POP – 2012) ‘Briwyant’ (Van Hout – National Tour 2011/2012), ‘Table for One’ (tenofus ‐ youMove Company – 2012), Cultivate (Force Majeure – 2013), ‘Game of Seven’ (Chester and Champion 2013), ‘In Transit’ (Vassallo – DirtyFeet Out of the Studio – 2014) and ‘Winds of Woerr’ (Gela – Next Wave Festival 2014).
Melinda’s emerging choreographic practice has been supported by a Parramatta City Council Artist Fellowship (2012/ 2013), and a Vacant Room Residency (PACT Theatre – 2013). With this support, she has begun the development of a dance theatre piece that plays on the relationship between performer, object and audience. The work titled Far‐Off, addressees the notion of alienation and miscommunications that arise from migration.