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The JBPS Teaching Philosophy

At the Janice Breen Performance Studio we pride ourselves on teaching the whole dancer. We teach with energy, investment and passion.

We work to instil in every student a love of dance, a sense of belonging to a strong and supportive community, along with the many other benefits of dance; self-discipline, goal setting, time management, team building, personal responsibility.

JBPS is a family. We work to create an inclusive and encouraging environment and strive to foster connections beyond the studio walls – connections between students, their families and the wider dance community.

At JBPS we strive to give ALL students as many performance opportunities as possible. Dance health is paramount. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning and incorporate the latest research in health, fitness and somatic practice.

Our team of teachers are both tertiary and industry qualified and work to create the best learning experience they can for each and every student. 

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Teaching: About

Meet Our Team

Alysia Jarvis

Alysia Jarvis (BA Dance Ed., M Ed.Dance Teaching RAD RTS)

Head of Teaching

Alysia Jarvis has worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer for the past 33 years. Alysia was taught and mentored by Janice Breen OAM and has been the Head of Teaching at the Janice Breen Performance Studio since 2017. Alysia has, for the past twelve years, lectured in technique, performance and pedagogy 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 also works for the RAD Faculty of Education as Practical Teaching Supervisor for the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies and the Professional Dancers Postgrduate Teaching Certificate programs. Alysia is currently training on The Royal Ballet School’s Affiliate Training and Assessment Program. 

Emma Murphy

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. Emma joined the JBPS Teaching Staff in 2015. In 2019 she began teaching the Senior and Intermediate Dance Ensemble groups at South Coogee Public School. Her groups performed at In The Spotlight Dance Festival and were selected to perform as part of a showcase at the NSW Department of Education's State Dance Festival. 


Emma holds a Certificate III in Fitness and is an instructor at KX Pilates. She is also a Quality Controller for the KX Network. In 2022 Emma was Trainer of the Year at KX Pilates Randwick. Emma brings her skills as a fitness instructor to her dance teaching, focusing on training students in their strength and conditioning so as to create strong, well rounded performers. 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 JBPS Family.


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 teaching role at JBPS.

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Greg Robinson (BDA Teachers Dip. Tap, Hip Hop)

Hip Hop/Tap

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.

Mikayla Bayliss

Mikayla Bayliss (B Dance, Cert IV, Adv Diploma Performing Arts)

RAD Ballet/Lyrical

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.

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Judy Robinson

Tap

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.

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Olivia Causer

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!

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Erika Rees

Business Manager

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.

Teaching: Dance Company
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