Adele Mayhew

Having taken over the Jazz Factory management in 2009, Adele is committed to continuing the core fundamentals of the Jazz Factory. A mum of three, two of which have danced at the Jazz Factory since there were five and three respectively, she wants to create a happy, stable, learning environment where the students come and have fun whilst exploring their potential as dancers.

Kim Dresner

Artistic Director, Associate Teacher – ATOD

Kim Dresner

Kim has studied performing arts for over 25 years and in that time has had the opportunity to perform both in Australia and overseas on television and stage. Kim started classical ballet at 3 years old, but found her love for jazz dance a few years later. As a teenager she broadened her studies to include hip-hop and contemporary and in 2008 studied full time at Broadway Dance Centre, in New York City, covering all styles of dance. Kim has also studied at Pineapple Studios in London and Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris. In addition to dance, Kim is passionate about singing and acting. As a triple threat, Kim has had many performance opportunities including the musical HAIR in Miami, Florida in 2004, Jekyll and Hyde (Willoughby theatre company 2012), Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat and Fame (Chatswood musical society 2013).

In addition to performing arts, Kim has studied yoga in India as well as volunteered at an orphanage in Malaysia setting up a dance program. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, an Associate Diploma in Dance and in 2010 qualified as a Yoga Coach instructor. Kim has been a part of The Jazz Factory family since 1996 (starting as a student, assistant teacher, associate teacher and acting principal) and is excited to take it into its 20th year! Kim is passionate about sharing her love of dance and performing arts with all the students. She is extremely committed to safe dance practice and conducts her classes to motivate and challenge students whilst ensuring that they are not only athletically fit dancers but expressive artists too. Kim’s annual NYC dance trips ensure that she stays up to date with the latest techniques, styles and choreography. It was such an amazing experience for her to initiate the very first JAZZ FACTORY NYC TOUR in 2013 and take the students to the next level in their dancing and artistry.

Brigitte Egan

Jazz Dance Teacher

Brigitte Egan

Brigitte has been a part of the Jazz Factory family since she began her dance training at the age of 3. Since then, she has trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre and contemporary at the Jazz Factory, Ecole Ballet Studios and Brent Street Studios.

Brigitte has completed all AToD jazz exams, up to and including Intermediate, achieving 3 Honours with Distinctions and an average mark of Honours Plus. She has also competed in eisteddfods for the Jazz Factory both as a soloist and in performance troupes. Brigitte’s love of dance continued into her school life where she was both Loreto Dance Troupe Leader and House Dance vice-Captain.

Brigitte loves sharing her knowledge of dance with her students and is passionate about developing their technique and individual personalities.

Jess Kerr

Jazz Dance Teacher

Jess Kerr

Jess’s love for dance began at a very young age. Having being a member of the jazz factory for many years, jess’s training is varied from ballet, jazz and contemporary. Whilst at the Jazz Factory jess has completed her exams and has competed in various troupe eisteddfods. Jess’ also represented her school for 3 years in the school dance troupe and performed individual items in the school dance festival. Over the past 3 years Jess has been an assistant teacher for ranging age groups and in 2010 began teaching her own classes on a Tuesday afternoon. Completing her HSC in 2009, Jess has continued her studies in Primary Education to fulfil her dream of being a teacher.

Chris Favaloro

Contemporary Dance Teacher

Chris Favaloro

At the age of 18, Christopher Favaloro was invited to represent the Sydney Dance Company for the International Mayors’ Congress organised by APEC, performing a piece, entitled ‘Courting’ choreographed by Sarah Boulter. Not long after, Christopher joined the Melbourne Ballet Company as a soloist for their 2008 and 2009 seasons; ‘Emerge’ and ‘Believe’ and performed works by choreographers; Timothy Harbour, Simon Hoy, Robert Kelly and Sharon Fernandez where he received outstanding reviews in dance Australia magazine, referred to as “the stand out performer”. Towards the end of 2009, Christopher was accepted into the Cirque du Soleil Casting Database and is currently being considered for upcoming roles. During that time he was also awarded his Solo Seal. Following this he then toured nationally with the original, critically acclaimed production of West Side Story as Shark Boy, ‘Anxious’. In 2012, Christopher joined the newly formed Mod Dance Company as a Principal Dancer under the direction of Brett Morgan and Graeme Murphy performing ‘Suite Synergy’ which also toured nationally. Soon after, Christopher joined Opera Australia, performing in countless productions including ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’, ‘Ballo’ & Graeme Murphy’s “Aida”. Christopher, while still currently performing with Opera Australia enjoys sharing his passion for dance and his vast knowledge of the industry to students and pre-professionals at schools and company’s around Sydney and Interstate.

Joanna Cook

Hip Hop Dance Teacher

Joanna Cook (Tauranga, New Zealand) began her formal training at Excel School of Performing Arts (2004) and was selected to tour New Zealand with a group of artists performing in every major theatre throughout the country (2005). She went on to study education and taught performing arts in many prestigious schools and after school programs in New Zealand. In 2011, Joanna completed her Cert. IV in Dance at Brent Street and returned in 2013 to complete her Diploma of Elite Dance Performance under the direction of Jason Winters. Joanna was selected to dance with I.N.Z.P.Y.A dance crew and Urban Beat dance crew (NZ), she was a dancer and choreographer at Zirca Mega Club in Singapore (2009), she was a featured dancer in Tracy Trinders hybrid art piece, Skirt (2010) and Amber Gribbles Painful Word (2010). Joanna performed in the Sydney Fringe Festival for Corinne Urquhart in Out of Balance (2012), Entity Dance Collective in Mira Mansells, Grounded (2012), Expressions Dance Company in R&J (2013), In April 2013, Joanna was dance captain for the collaboration with Kaldor Public Art Projects for the contemporary art exhibition 13 Rooms where she featured in Allora and Calzadilla’s Revolving Door.

Please note all The Jazz Factory Teachers hold the new Working With Children Check

Hanne Larsen BA(Hons) AISTD AMusA LMusA

Founding Principal, Associate Teacher – ATOD

Hanne is currently based in New York City where she has opened up a Sister School to the Jazz Factory, called Downtown Dance Factory. The whole Jazz Factory family wishes Hanne and her team the very best of luck with her new venture.

Assistant Teachers for 2013

Gemma Anderson, Martha Dixon, Charlotte Elliott, Claudia Harris, Maddy Harsanyi, Bronte Liddell, Chloe Parker, Lucy Rapee, Emily Rich, Bella Snelson,

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The Jazz Factory

Specialist Jazz Dance Centre

Mailing Address PO Box 144, Lindfield NSW 2070
Studio Address 1A Lindfield Ave, Lindfield, NSW 2070
Telephone 0412 100 537