The Team

At Your First Dance Co. (YFDC), we specialise in offering you your every First dance experience. From taking Your First Dance class, to Your First Dance at your wedding. YFDC offer unique and tailored classes and choreography for all ages and couples. In 2010, we were one of the first studios in Newcastle and the Central Coast to offer a personalised wedding dance and choreography service. This is a growing niche, and we are proud pioneers in the industry.

Our vision is to offer our individuals, families, and couples a service that is uniquely tailored to their personal style, experience, physical capability, and vision. Working towards a love, and invigorating experience, of dance; we focus on the joy of movement not competition or perfection. If you don’t love the experience of dance, then dance itself means nothing.

Creativity in dance is essential to capturing the essence of the dancer. That’s why our teachers work collaboratively with our students and couples in order to create beautiful dance experience. We will walk (or dance) with you as you experience each of Your First Dance moments.

We can offer high quality dance education and choreography because we have highly trained, professional staff who are passionate about what they do. All teachers at YDFC have extensive training and experience in the dance industry.

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ANNE MARIE

Owner & Dance Instructor

Anne Marie is an experienced dancer, performer, choreographer and business woman.

Having taught dance for over 15 years, it was her own wedding in 2009 that helped her to find her calling. Marrying the love of her life, she co-ordinated a wedding dance for her and her husband (plus their bridal party!) which wowed their guests and added something extra special to their day. With hard-work and passion Your First Dance Co. was born. Anne Marie wanted YFDC to become everything a normal dance school isn’t, she wanted it to offer everything DANCE. And with determination she made it so. 

From its beginnings YFDC blossomed into a unique and highly sought-after wedding service provider and now, after many years Your First Dance Co. has choreographed hundreds of wedding dances and continues to be the leading Wedding Dance provider on the Central Coast and in the Newcastle / Hunter Valley region.

Anne Marie is motivated to help anyone who wants to make memories on the dancefloor – “I admire couples who truly want to make their wedding day special and set out to learn something that is unique and personal. It’s an honour to be part of your dance journey”.

Anne Marie has had an incredible dance and competition choreography career with highlights including performances throughout Australia and America including the Sydney 2000 Olympics opening ceremony and workshops in Hollywood.

She brings this experience and energy to all she does, continuing to grow and expand the Your First Dance Co. range of offerings and instructing dance schools and classes – Anne Marie is an inspiration and a power-house! 

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Courtney

Dance Instructor

Courtney has been part of our YFDC team since the early years. A wedding dance instructor, as well as an adult dance class teacher, Courtney is from the Central Coast. She began dancing at a young age in a small country dance studio, then continued her training with a popular Central Coast studio after relocating there. At 13, she started student teaching and by 17 she was instructing Jazz and Hip Hop classes.

Courtney has participated in numerous local and state Eisteddfods, Rock Eisteddfods and showcase performances. Wanting to extend her skills, Courtney successfully auditioned for Urban Dance Centre where she trained and completed workshops with many respected teachers. She has also performed with renowned music artists on various television shows for opening and closing sequences.

Her qualifications include; BAL jazz exams, receiving honours and has Certificate IV in Performing Arts.

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Chloe

Dance Instructor

Chloe has trained in most styles, with her forte being lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet and hip hop since the age of 3 years old.  

She started her journey at a local Central Coast Dance Studio, Simones School of Performing Arts, where she found her passion for dance and dance teaching. During this time, Chloe competed in numerous eisteddfods in both troupes and solos, winning scholarships and championships. 

Chloe has also performed in many shows and attended workshops with many well-known choreographers in the industry. She has completed all of her RAD Ballet Exams from primary ballet to advanced 1 with High Distinctions. Chloe has also Performed at Australia’s Best Dance Crew and appeared on National TV. 

In 2020, Chloe was given the opportunity to take on the role of our Hunter Region Kids Classes Dance Teacher and is excited to share her knowledge and passion with each and every student.  Have know YFDC owner, Anne Marie for over 10 years, Chloe is excited to be mentored under Anne Marie’s leadership, and to teach alongside her sister Kara Hamilton who is also a Your First Dance Co. teacher.

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Krystal

Dance Instructor

From a young age, Krystal trained in most styles of dance at a local Central Coast dance school. Krystal grew up competing in troupe and solo competitions and performed in numerous events including the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, Rock Eisteddfods and opening nights for various events.

Krystal has always been passionate about tap dancing, and at the age of 18, commenced teaching tap to all age and skill levels. Krystal has taught competition teams and soloists, gaining high results and awards.

After living in the USA for the past two years, she is very excited to be home on the Central Coast and even more excited to be joining Team YFDC, doing what she loves to do, which is sharing her knowledge and passion for tap dancing and teaching her favourite genres of dance again.

Krystal is also a Mum of 3 and values the work / life balance Team YFDC offers – she will be taking on our New Adults Tap Class for the Central Coast Region which will be opening Term 3, future adult classes, bridal dance lessons + become the Private Lesson Guru.

We are so excited to have Krystal onboard!

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Rachel

Dance Instructor

At just 15, Rachel discovered her passion for teaching dance and worked to develop a strong background in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Heels. 

Having taught for the past 11 years, Rachel has held classes with ages ranging from 2 years old to adults. Working with both large groups and private classes, Rachel loves to create a fun and energetic dance space, where everyone is able to feel confident and let go.

Most recently, Rachel has branched into choreographing and directing children’s musicals, having produced Disney’s “Aristocats”, “Annie Jnr” and “The Little Mermaid” in the last 3 years. This came about after many years as an active member of the Newcastle Theatre community, performing in numerous plays and musicals throughout her career.

Rachel is so excited to be sharing her knowledge and love of dance within her new role with the YFDC team.

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Shearra

Dance Instructor

Having successfully danced multiple styles from a young age, Shearra embarked on her dance teaching journey at age 14 and by 18 was teaching independently.

Shearra joined the Your First Dance Co. squad in 2018, bringing along her unique blend of Twerk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Ballet. Shearra inspires her students to try something new and build their confidence.

Over the years, Shearra has trained and completed workshops with many industry professionals and is right at home teaching in the Your First Dance Co. Corporate/Consulting team, leading YFDC Adults Dance Classes, Hens Parties, and Corporate Events.

Your First Dance Co. is lucky to have Shearra on their side and she loves being part of such a passionate team.

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Jenna

Dance Instructor

Jenna started dancing at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped!

Having trained in dance styles such as jazz, contemporary, modern, cheer-leading, hip hop, tap and ballet, Jenna couples a passion for teaching kids with a bubbly and energetic personality. 

Over the years Jenna has completed and attended many workshops in all styles to further her career and challenge herself as a dancer. From here she has competed in several competitions and landed several live performances, including dancing for Macklemore during the NRL Grand Final in 2017. 

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NILZA

Administration

Nilza has had a passion for dance since childhood, starting with the Johnny Young Talent Academy and dancing consistently until she was 17 when unfortunately adult life got in the way. 

But her passion for dance never went away and after trialling a variety of adult classes which didn’t quite fit, she finally found Your First Dance Co. (YFDC). As a student of their burlesque class her spark was reignited. 

Nilza’s family consists of 4 lovely human children, 2 cute fur babies and her gorgeous husband who she married in 2019. During their wedding the couple wowed their families with a stunning dance routine choreographed by the one and only Your First Dance Co. owner Anne Marie.  

And now Nilza is officially part of the YFDC dance school team. To Nilza though YFDC is more than a dance school, it’s a family. She loves her dance family and looks forward to helping you during your lesson.