Studio Director

Libby Ellis

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BBus, GradCertComm(OrgComm), GradCertHRM, CSU, Cert IV TAE40110, MAITD

Libby has a strong commitment to supporting and developing the arts in rural and regional areas. She has a belief in lifelong learning. Continually curious and always researching and learning she seeks to employ best practice in all her endeavours.

Libby believes that studying and participating in the arts is not only for enjoyment and self expression, but dance is a way of gaining insight into yourself and others leading to greater understanding of life and development of problem solving skills.

Libby has diverse experience and education in business, project management, community development and training. She has skills ranging from sheep handling to tutu making and is passionate about MYPA and the opportunities and pathways the team can provide.

Head of Vocational Training

Alison Jones

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Certificate IV Training and Assessment, L.I.S.T.D, A.I.S.T.D TB, MTD, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, London, BBO Affiliate Member, AusDance Certified Trainer

Highly experienced and qualified, Alison has been a Dancer, Choreographer, Trainer and Dance educator for over 40 years. With a background in Calisthenics and Physical Culture, she studied

Modern Theatre Dance, Tap and Cecchetti Ballet with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London, gaining her Diplomas. She studied Physiotherapy at Kings College, London (University of London), to improve her knowledge of Dancer training and rehabilitation.

She has worked as a Dancer and Choreographer in London, Europe and Australia working with respected industry professionals and companies. Alison has taught for highly respected schools in London, the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, Regional Academy of Performing Arts and is currently teaching VCE VET Dance at Wodonga Senior Secondary College. She is head of Vocational Training and lead trainer in the VET program at Murray Youth Performing Arts.

Beth Docker

Beth Docker

Ballet / Contemporary / Ready Set Ballet

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Beth began dancing aged 4, and completed her early training at Murray Youth Ballet in Albury. During her time at Murray Youth, Beth completed her RAD examinations from Grade 2 – Advanced 2, achieving Distinction for each exam.  In 2014, she moved to Sydney to commence full-time ballet at the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy.

In her first year at TPCCA, Beth competed in the Genée International Ballet Competition, held that year in Belgium.  At the completion of the competition, she and two other TPCCA students toured through Europe, taking class at some of the most prestigious pre-professional ballet schools in the continent – including the Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School, and the School of the Hamburg Ballet.

At the end of 2015, after a short time training in Paris, Beth returned to Albury to complete her HSC and began teaching at Murray Youth Performing Arts.  Here she was able to share her passion for dance with students aged 3 – adult in a range of classes including classical, RAD syllabus, contemporary, conditioning, pointe work and repertoire.

After completing her HSC and graduating as Dux of James Fallon High School, Beth accepted a position in Melbourne City Ballet’s pre-professional (Finishing Year) program.  In 2017, she was invited to guest as Aurora in Melbourne City Youth Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, which was nominated for an Ausdance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance.  The following year, Beth performed the lead role of Swanhilda in the School of MCB’s Coppelia.

Beth was promoted to Emerging Artist in 2019, officially joining the company.  During her 2½ years at Melbourne City Ballet, she has toured and performed extensively with the company in productions including Don Quixote, Carmen, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and more.  Most recently, Beth was involved in MCB’s Alice In Wonderland, which toured throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Beth performed in the corps de ballet and in the solo role of the Duchess, and was the only company member to dance in every Alice In Wonderland show.

Since February 2018, Beth has also been a teacher at the Dance Discovery school in Melbourne, teaching classical, contemporary, conditioning, and solo coaching.  In addition, she taught adult Community Classes at MCB from the end of 2017 until the company’s closure in late June of this year, and choreographed contemporary pieces ‘Communication’ and ‘Fracture’, performed by students of MCB in their 2017 & ’18 contemporary seasons.

Beth is excited to re-join the MYPA team in Term 4, 2019, and looks forward to helping instil a love of dance in her students.  She has a passion for teaching and loves having the opportunity to pass on her knowledge, gained from world renowned instructors including Tanya Pearson (OAM), Lucinda Dunn (OAM), Wim Broeckx, plus guest classes with Dusty Button, Cynthia Harvey, Danilo Radojevic and Daniel Gaudiello.

Elli Knobloch

Elli Knobloch

Acro / Ballet / Ready Set Dance

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Born in Wodonga, Elli started her dance training at a young age of 5 years old.  Performing in a large range of styles including; ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tap and musical theatre. Over the years Elli has completed Royal Academy Of Dance ballet exams up to intermediate level where she revived a distinction, holds a certificate II & III in dance, along with a certificate IV in dance teaching and management. She is also a qualified acro teacher with AcrobaticArts.

Elli has been very involved in the dance community over the years competing in local and state competitions, dancing in relay for life events, Christmas carols, fundraisers and being a part of the state school specular. As a young student Elli danced with the Russian ballet company and In 2018 she also had the incredible opportunity to perform at Disney world Orlando and aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise line in the Bahamas. In 2020 Elli danced for pop-star Katy Perry at the International Women’s Day Cricket World Cup performing in front of 87000 people. 

At the age of 16 Elli held a student teacher position at Hume Dance School and ever since has become very passionate about sharing her knowledge and expanding her teaching skills. Elli is very excited to be teaching across three dance schools in various styles from ages 2-adults. 

Elli’s goal as a teacher is to teach safe dance practices and provide high quality dance education to all of her students.

Rachel Pringle

Rachel Pringle

RAD Classical Ballet / Extension and Coaching

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BA (Vis) Hons, Dip Dance, Cert IV Classical Ballet, Cert IV TAA, Member RAD, Member Golden Key Society

Miss Pringle has a total 24 teaching and choreographic experience across most genres and all ages. She has taught at MYPA for the last seven years, and previously for Murray Youth Ballet, Albury and Braemar Australian National Centre for Dance and Performing Arts in Canberra and Cooma.

Rachel trained full time in dance with Danceworld, Melbourne gaining her Diploma in Dance and Certificate IV in Classical Ballet. She has attained the Royal Academy of Dance Examination Awards to the advanced level. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual) Hons from ANUSA and exchange with the Academy of Fine Arts Prague.

A practising artist in painting and photo media, Rachel also plays the violin, cello and piano. She is very interested in the relationship between dance, music and art and loves the collaboration between student and teacher in creating unique contributions to dance as an art form.

Rachel was selected to study the RAD Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies and is currently completing this course online.

Jamieson Cummins

Jamieson Cummins

Ballet / Jazz / Danceability

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Jamieson started her ballet passion at the age of 4 at Murray Youth Ballet School and has been with the Studio ever since. Through the years, Jamieson has studied in many styles of dance and performing arts and became a student teacher at Murray Youth Performing Arts MYPA in 2015.

Jamieson’s love for teaching started with her involvement in the DanceAbility class at MYPA, which she now teaches and choregraphs performances with students and volunteers. This class focuses on providing opportunities for students who have either physical or intellectual disabilities. Her involvement and dedication to these classes, which is all voluntary, has led MYPA and Miss Jamieson to be a nominee for the Albury City Council Community Group of the Year in 2019.

Further to the DanceAbility classes, Jamieson has successfully completed the Dance for Parkinson’s introductory online learning program and graded assessment. This assessment focuses on the basic knowledge of safe and informed practices related to Parkinson Disease.

Over the years Jamieson has successfully completed her RAD examinations up to Advanced One and is currently partaking her Certificate II in Dance.

Jamieson is currently teaching RAD syllabus at MYPA. You may also see Jamieson’s smiling face at the desk on Saturday mornings assisting with administrative tasks at MYPA.

Rebecca Koroneos

Rebecca Koroneos

Musical Theatre / Tap 

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Rebecca started weekly dance classes in the styles of Jazz, Tap and Ballet at age seven and has continued dancing ever since. Over the years she has also explored Contemporary/Modern Dance, Hip Hop and Music Theatre among many other styles and disciplines including completing her Classical Ballet and Tap examinations through the British Ballet Organisation between 2001 and 2011.

She continued her love of dance and live performance throughout high school and tertiary training completing a year of a Bachelor of Teaching and Arts at Deakin University in 2011 before transferring to one of Australia’s leading performing arts institutions, The University of Ballarat Arts Academy in 2012 and completing a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre).

In 2016, Rebecca completed a Master of Teaching (P-12) in Wodonga and is a qualified dance, drama and music specialist teacher and primary classroom and arts teacher.

Rebecca has been teaching for over 12 years and has conducted classes in a range of styles, age groups and environments. She loves all things theatre, dance and performing arts. Rebecca loves supporting people of all ages to become their most confident and fulfilled selves through the power of learning and is a passionate arts and education activist. In her spare time Rebecca loves to get crafty and has a laminating obsession.

Rachael Boehm

Rachael Boehm


Deanne Burr

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Brian Hewitt


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