About Our Team

Inspiring Educators - Kathryne Eden, Shirae Baker, Alison Cronan, Allyx Falla, Amelia Gulliford, Samantha Hopkins, Amy Perkins, Caitie Nilon, Jim Kretschmer, Rob Aspinal, Jordan Hemphill, Jordan Dwight and Maddy Hunter

Kathryne Eden

Kathryne graduated for the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Dance and Bachelor of Education. While in Sydney she worked with industry greats including Sandy Sellers, Georgie Sheppard, Patrick Harding-Irmer, David Spurgeon and more. 


​Returning to Canberra, she gained Cert IV in Fitness (FIA), ATOD Affiliate Membership, and Glenn Wood Tap registered teacher. Kathryne also worked with the Canberra Cannons and Canberra Raiders as a cheerleader and Dance Captain. She is also the Dance Teacher at Karabar High School choreographing many musicals, Junior and Senior Dance Ensembles for Queanbeyan Performing Arts Festival, choreographed for Southern Stars and School Spectacular. Kathryne has received 12 CAT Award Nominations over the years for costume design, choreography and ensembles. 


Kathryne believes in providing her students with learning and performance opportunities both in and out of the studio. She is dedicated to ensuring her students achieve a high technical standard while developing their own personal style through creative expression to create the next generation of choreographers and dancers.


​She is passionate about animal conservation and is currently completing a Bachelor of Behavioural Science.

Shirae Baker

Shirae has been passionate about dance since a young age. She began dancing at the age of 4, and at 5 began competing in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical styles. Shirae danced competitively for 12 years. During this time she attended a number of summer schools and workshops, and also attended classes with the Australian Ballet Junior School. 


Shirae also gained experience and broadened her knowledge of dance by travelling to New Zealand, Switzerland, and around Australia. She has completed all her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams up to Advanced 2, and has also studied a Diploma of Dance at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth. Due to injury Shirae was unable to continue dancing.


After moving back to Canberra, Shirae realised how much she missed dance and that’s when her love for teaching began. During her teaching career Shirae has guided and mentored a number of students into professional dance companies around the world. Shirae has now been teaching for over 14 years and thoroughly enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with her Eden Dance Academy students to help them to achieve their dance goals and become the best dancers they can be. 

Alison Cronan

Alison graduated from the University of Newcastle and the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education. Her performance experience spans many years in musical theatre, vocal groups, choirs and bands. She has taught music at Karabar High School of many years with highlights including the academic and musical success of many students, the many international Marching Band tours and her role as a conductor at the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Alison believes that music, and singing in particular, is good for the brain, the heart and the soul and brings great pleasure and enrichment to life.

Allyx Falla

Allyx has recently moved back to Australia from living in London for the past 5 years dancing and teaching professionally. Allyx has 15 years training in all styles of dance starting at Eden Dance Academy, Kim Harvey School of Dance and Brent Street Academy. She graduated from Jason Winters Contemporary Course with a Diploma in Dance and Elite performance and certificate IV in Performing Arts. Allyx successfully completed her first professional job in Sydney along with performing at Australian Dance Festival with choreographer Jason Winters and in Rani Luther's 'Face the Music' contemporary show at Carraige works theatre. In London she was fortunate enough to have worked with the most regarded in the industry of dance teachers, producers and directors. Allyx completed a professional dance contract in Greece, filmed for Men in Black International, multiple TV shows on BBC, ITV, Sky Sports, was a dancer for English Premier League Leicester City and completed 2 international dance jobs in Madrid and Glasgow for 3 Mobile UK campaign.

Allyx is an enthusiastic, high energy individual who is very hard working and has a strong passion towards helping people and sharing her industry knowledge. Allyx loves entertaining an audience with movement alone and the person you become whilst working hard and training for this art.

Amelia Gulliford

Amelia’s passion for dancing began when she was 5 years old and has continued to flourish into her adult life. Amelia is trained in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre and contemporary. She completed Royal Academy of Dance exams from pre-primary to Intermediate and has completed syllabus work of the Australian Teachers of Dancing curriculum for jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary. 

From a young age Amelia competed as part the performance troupe and also as a soloist and now continues to compete and represent the studio as an adult. Amelia was chosen to be part of the Performing Arts class for year 7 and year 8 at Karabar High school, she was also a part of all school musicals and represented the school at School Spectacular. Amelia also has 2 years experience in cheerleading with The Emeralds performing at Raiders games. As a dance teacher Amelia has 5 years experience teaching all ages and abilities, in all styles of dancing. She takes great pride and joy in sharing her spirit for dance and performance.


Amelia has a great passion for learning and teaching, she looks forward to continuing to enrich the lives of young and aspiring dancers.

Samantha Hopkins

Sam commenced dancing in 1997 at the age of 5 and has studied a variety of styles including; Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. She has participated in competitions as a; soloist, duo partner and performance team member as well as participated in extracurricular dance activities such as; Wakakirri, Rock Eisteddfod and DanceFest during her school years Sam has completed RAD exams; Grade 1 – Grade 8 and major examinations; Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advance Foundation with Distinction. Sam has also completed examinations in BAL Jazz and Tap, and Glenn Woods Tap Level 11.

Sam was accepted into the Australian Ballet Junior Interstate programme from 2005-2006, she was a member of the Canberra Raiderettes in 2011 and has been a member of Canberra Physical Culture Club from 2018 competing as an individual and within teams. Sam originally started as a student teacher in 2007 and joined the Eden Dance Academy teaching team in 2012.

Sam’s passion is working with the younger members of the studio, she seeks to provide students with the encouragement and support to explore their creativity, imagination and passion for dance in addition to delivering a solid technical foundation to prepare students for their training in years to come. 


Sam is studying a Bachelor of Business Informatics at the University of Canberra and in her free time enjoys taking her dog Lexie to the beach.  

Amy Perkins

Amy is excited to be a part of the teaching team at Eden Dance Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Primary Education from the University of Canberra and currently teaches Kindergarten at a local primary school. Her love of teaching the Performing Arts shows through in her commitment to her students, being the Performing Arts Co-ordinator for the primary school. Additionally, Amy has also been one of the choreographers for the NSW public school’s Queanbeyan district Junior Elite dance team. Through this she has given her students additional opportunities with extra-curricular studies to Dance, Act and Sing at a district level.


Amy has been dancing since the early age of 3. She is trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She completed Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams from pre-primary through to Intermediate levels in Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Amy has experience in Cheerleading, and was a performer with the Canberra Raiders cheer team The Raiderettes for 4 years. 

As a child, Amy competed nationally as a soloist, duo partner and was a member of the troupe team. She was very passionate about entertaining and performing from the moment she stepped on the stage.


Amy began teaching at EDA as a teenager and has continued to show her passion throughout the years for Jazz, Tap and junior Troupe teams. She enjoys working closely with children to develop and pursue their love and passion for the Arts.

Caitie Nilon

Caitie is a dedicated and talented dancer who has taken every opportunity to learn and perform since this passion was ignited at age 3. Dancing at EDA, with the NSW State Dance Company, Schools Spectacular, sitting exams with ATOD, Glen Wood and the RAD, competing, attending workshops and intensives here and in LA in order to build skills, meet dancers who share her passion and find her unique style. In recent years she has found a love of choreography and teaching. She enjoys seeing her vision come to life at the hands of the talented dancers she teachers. Her love of teaching Caitie stems from seeing dancers achieve, grow and find their individuality.

Jim Kretschmer

Jim has been dancing all his life and has a lot of passion for dance. He is trained in many styles but specialises in hip hop and contemporary. From working with Sydney's One Dance Collective, training in their More Than Movement program, to the Los Angeles based Museffect, he has experience from across the world. Jim loves dance as it allows us to connect with each other in a unique way. It transcends barriers like language letting artists connect with both their audience and other artists. Jim loves using this to communicate through his movement, telling stories in everything he creates. As well as using dance to express, Jim enjoys just groovin', whether he's walking down the street or having a boogie by himself, it's rare to catch Jim standing still.

Rob Aspinal

Rob Aspinall is a street dancer whose passion lies within teaching and spreading the culture of Hip Hop to as many people as possible. He loves the way dance and music can bring people together in unexpected ways. Rob believes that dance is a universal language which everyone can express. He has experienced this within his students, as well as his own crew; Project One.


Rob enjoys the fun ‘party’ atmosphere that Hip Hop brings to people, but also appreciates the dedication and work ethic it is able to teach through an artistic medium. Rob is passionate about passing these tools onto others through the Hip Hop culture.

Maddy Hunter

Maddy began dancing at the age of 6, studying a range of dance styles, including jazz, tap, classical ballet and contemporary. She has been dancing with EDA since opening in 2008, competing in Performance Team and as a soloist. In addition to this, Maddy has completed many years of RAD Classical Ballet and Glenn Wood tap exams, where her great passion for tap became apparent through her success in these exams. She also took part in five school musicals throughout her high school studies, and HSC Dance. 
Her participation in years of dance training has inspired a passion for health and encouraging others to dance for both their health and happiness. Dancing has inspired Maddy to commence a career in nutrition, of which she has almost finished her PhD.
Alongside her study, Maddy works tireslessly on any jobs required to keep our amazing studio running as smoothly as possible. Maddy is a member of our award-winning Adult’s Team.

 

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