Kim Dresner

Director, BA Communications, Dip.Dance Teaching and Management

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


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.

Joanna Cook


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.

Ivey Wawn


Ivey Wawn is an independent dancer living in Sydney, Australia. She trained at Brent Street Studios throughout high school then at Ev and Bow in Sydneyʼs South in 2009. She has since sought out various international teachings and opportunities; attending dance festivals and doing work experience in other parts of the world. Living in London for two years, Ivey was involved in a wide variety of projects engaging with Hofesh Shechter Company, Ultima Vez (Wim Vandekeybus), Tino Seghal, Jose Agudo (Akram Khan Co.), Leila MacMillan and Ben Duke among others. In 2012 she was a grant recipient of the Ian Potter Cultural Foundation, which enabled her to visit Impulstanz and also funded her being a part of the Ultima Vez Research Training Program. Returning to Sydney in early 2013 Ivey has been working on her own creative practice and taking part in a number of projects through Critical Path, Kaldor Public Art Projects, DirtyFeet, United Movement and for independent artists; Rob McCredie, Jess Devereaux and Tanya Voges. Ivey teaches an open improvised class for artists across disciplines with United Movement and a gentle creative movement practise to a seniors group in Kings Cross. For younger dancers she is interested in building a deep understanding of functional movement, embracing individuality whilst encouraging the use of the body as a creative outlet. Ivey is currently studying to obtain her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification.

Johnny Xenos


Johnny studied performing arts at Brent Street Studios for over a decade, developing skills in all styles of dance. Johnny also gained Royal Academy of Dance training in classical ballet through Redlands Ballet & Dance Academy. Through the Brent Street Talent Agency, Johnny gained experience in numerous elements of commercial performing arts. He has been involved in commercial advertisement work for such companies as ANZ Bank and McDonald’s, as well as live theatre productions such as All My Sons (2002) and Death In Venice (2005), both productions performed in the Sydney Opera House. With the agency Johnny also worked in film, performing alongside Academy Award winner Geena Davis in Accidents Happen (2009). Johnny has also been briefly involved in television program variety segments such as CNNNN, a program later to become the renowned Chaser’s War on Everything. Johnny has been involved in numerous musical performances with various institutions, including productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Son Pinocchio, All Shook Up and Fame. After completing his International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2011, Johnny has continued his studies at the University of Sydney, currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Film Studies).

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

Assistant Teachers for 2015

Gemma Anderson, Lyndsay Charlton, Martha Dixon, Amelia Dixon, Annaliese Hall, Maddy Harsanyi, Sophie Janssen, Bronte Liddell, Bella Nery, Lucy Rapee, Emily Rich, Olivia Sawyer, Nina Tierney

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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