JBPS Teaching Staff
Meet our team of experienced and industry qualified teachers
Alysia Jarvis (BA Dance Ed., M Ed.Dance Teaching RAD RTS)
Head of Choreography
Alysia Jarvis has worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer for the past 27 years. She is the Head of Teaching at the Janice Breen Performance Studio and has, for the past nine years, lectured in technique and performance for the BA Dance degree programs at the Wesley Institute and the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA).
Alysia’s choreographic and production credits include: the Channel 7 Carols in the Domain, the NSW Premiers Gala Christmas Concerts, The 2015 Netball World Cup Opening ceremonies, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Paralympic Opening Ceremonies 2000, the Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony 2003 , the NFL Superbowl 2003, as well as work for stage, television, advertising and corporate entertainment. Many of Alysia’s students have moved on to a professional career in the performing arts, appearing in major musical theatre productions, commercial and contemporary dance companies, theme parks and cruise lines, both locally and internationally.
In addition to her teaching portfolio, Alysia currently works as a dance and arts consultant within a variety of education settings. Alysia holds an honours degree in Dance Education and a Masters of Arts Education (Dance Teaching with Distinction) with the Royal Academy of Dance/ University of Bath UK. Alysia is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and a mentor for the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies.
Emma Murphy (B. Comm)
Student Coordinator / Costume Coordinator
Jazz, JFH, RAD Ballet, Pre Junior Dance
Emma has trained with the Janice Breen Performance Studio in the styles of jazz, tap, ballet, and RAD examination since the age of 5. During this time she has performed at many events including the Carols in the Domain, the Premier's Concert and the Grand Final of Netball World Cup. She has performed in community theatre playing the roles of Carmen in 'Fame', Morticia in 'Addamms Family' and Anita in 'West Side Story'.
Emma has been teaching dance at JBPS since 2015. In 2019 she began teaching the Senior and Intermediate Dance Ensemble groups at South Coogee Public School. In 2018, she created a routine that was selected for the NSW Department of Education's State Dance Festival.
Emma has highly developed interpersonal communication skills which she developed during her studies of the Bachelor of Communications (UTS). She brings clear and effective communication into her roles as a teacher and Student Coordinator at JBPS.
Emma loves working with kids and believes dance is more than just learning steps. She cares greatly for the development of each child and wishes to help guide them into becoming confident and kind individuals. She brings a great enthusiasm and love to each lesson she teaches. Emma loves her #jbpsfam.
Alexandra Ford (B. Dance)
Born and raised in Newcastle, Australia, Alexandra gained Distinctions in all RAD exams before moving overseas to train professionally at the New Zealand School of Dance from 2011- 2013. Upon graduation, Alexandra gained a professional contract with Footnote New Zealand Dance Company in 2014 and 2015, touring nationally and internationally, as well as collaborating with French company Danses En L’r. In 2016, Alexandra moved to Sydney to complete and graduate with her Bachelor of Dance at AMPA, before moving to Israel in 2017 to work with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). Alexandra moved back to Australia in 2018, to teach at JBPS, tutor contemporary for the Bachelor of Dance degree at AMPA and work as a freelance artist with companies such as Pact and Catapult Dance.
Mikayla Bayliss (B Dance, Cert IV, Adv Diploma Performing Arts)
Mikayla began her classical ballet training aged 5 at a Ballet studio in Brisbane, where she completed RAD exams Primary- Advanced. Upon recommendation from a teacher at age 14 she successfully auditioned for Queensland National Ballet's part time program, soon after joining the full time cohort studying contemporary and classical dance. In the 4 years at QNB she completed ACB Level 4 examination and attained a Diploma in Performing Arts, Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts and a Diploma of Elite Performance awhile completing her QCS and High School Certificate. Mikayla also has experience with Vaganova and Borovanski Syllabuses alongside various Modern and Contemporary techniques. Following her graduation Mikayla moved to Sydney age 17 to study her Bachelor of Dance majoring in Contemporary with the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, which she completed at the end of 2017.
Currently Mikayla works as a dance teacher and is involved with choreographing works in various residencies around Sydney. Mikayla loves having the opportunity to inspire and encourage the students at Janice Breen Performance Studio in the pursuit of advancing their classical technique.
Greg Robinson (BDA Teachers Dip. Tap, Hip Hop)
Greg Robinson has been trained in tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, acrobatics and funk. He began his training at Janice Breen Performance Studio when he was 7 years old and is now a part of the team that he believes has made him the dancer he is today. Greg has a BDA Teachers Diploma in Tap and Hip-Hop and has achieved 100% examination scores on over ten occasions, whilst completing his BDA exams.
Greg was a member of the 'Lil Banditz Krew' that won the 2012 season of Young Talent Time. He has also performed at Carols in the Domain, the NSW Premiers Concerts, the 2015 Netball World Cup Ceremonies, and in Disneyland USA. He has also been privileged to work with artists including, Justice Crew, Stan Walker and Justine Clarke. Greg is a current performer with the tribute group The Vallies. He has performed with them throughout Australia and on various cruise ships.
Greg believes in the importance of tap dancing in creating an all round dancer. He enjoys the difficulty of tap dancing and teaching as he believes it is teaching two arts at once, dancing and music.
Jorgina Vaneris (B. Secondary Education/B. Arts (Current))
Pre Junior Dance
Jorgina has been dancing since the age of 5, training in jazz, tap and contemporary dance. Performances include the Opening Ceremony of the Netball World Cup (2015) and the NSW Schools Spectacular (2012-2015). Jorgi is currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education combined with a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney and is also an active member of the University of Sydney Dance Society. Jorgi is currently an assistant choreographer for Randwick Girls and Boys annual school performance. She absolutely loves dancing and loves working with children and loves being a part of the Pre Junior Dance staff at JBPS.
Estelle Davis (Dip. Dance (Elite Performance), B. Psychological Science (Current))
Pre School Dance, Pre Junior Dance
Estelle Davis is a member of the Pre Junior Dance teaching team. She brings fun, passion and technique to every class that she teaches.
Judy Robinson has been dancing all her life, and teaching for 30 years. Judy is a fully qualified BDA teacher and examiner and has danced in numerous shows touring Australia and overseas. Judy has a won numerous awards at eisteddfods, in all facets of dance.
Judy is a dedicated and passionate teacher and loves working on interesting routines and developing skills in young tappers.
Francesca Gozdek is an Italian freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.
She started her training in Italy at Off Art Academy, where she trained in jazz, classical, modern and contemporary dance. Whilst training there, she also worked with renowned choreographers such as Mauro Astolfi, Roberta Fontana, Valentina Buldrini, and Andre De La Roche.
She then furthered her study in contemporary and modern under Adam Parson and Erica Sobol, attending an intensive course at Edge Performing Arts Centre, Los Angeles in 2012. During these years she had the opportunity to work with Andre de la Roche and especially with Sara Buratti in Italy. She had assisted Sara Buratti for 10 years.
Francesca’s career started when she was 17 in Italy with projects focusing in contemporary dance as well as teaching modern and contemporary in various schools in Italy. Francesca has been teaching internationally for 12 years. Now residing in Sydney, she completed a Certificate IV in Sport Coaching in Yoga and Pilates and she teaches contemporary, lyrical and yoga for dancers. Francesca has won numerous 1st places with her choreography, with her work described as mesmerising and unique. Her style is influenced by many choreographers she has worked around the world and her class includes floor work, centre and travelling phrases focusing in technique and fluidity of the movements.
Francesca has also performed in projects in Sydney at Fringe Festival 2017/2018, Other Art Fair Festival, PACT theatre, In the Cusp. She's currently a dance member of Twisted Element and toured Wollongong, Sydney and Central Coast with the company during 2018.
Francesca believes that hard work and perseverance is what makes great dancers, and what makes people reach their goals. She teaches with passion, enthusiasm, and a deep understanding of how to get the best out of people. She uses her fun loving spirit, and her great love of dance in all forms of teaching.
Pre Junior Dance
As a member of the Janice Breen Performance Studio, Olivia has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, and RAD examination since the age of 6. During this time, she has performed at many events and eisteddfods including the Carols in the Domain, the Premier's Concert, the Grand Final of Netball World Cup and at Disneyland. Olivia started teaching in 2017 and has loved every minute of it. She is truly passionate about dance and the skills it can provide to children that help them develop into talented and exceptional people. Olivia absolutely loves dancing at JBPS and can’t imagine a life without dance!
Erika Rees is the backbone of the Janice Breen Performance Studio, providing outstanding organisation for over 30 years. Mrs Rees is your first point of contact for the Studio, always across all the details of rehearsals, performances, classes, uniforms and fees. A former 'JB Parent' herself, Mrs Rees will find the answer to all of your questions, either at the Studio or on 02 9869 1810.