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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Owner & Dance Instructor

I had been teaching dance for over 10 years, in a range of styles, before I found my calling. In 2009, when I married the love of my life, I realised that I wanted to create something special with my partner as we approached our big day. I enlisted the help of a dance choreographer and created a beautiful wedding dance that was appreciated by all the guests at our wedding. They said it added something really special to our wedding day. I saw this as a gap in the wedding market, and knew that I needed to pursue it.

This is how is all started. I followed the success from my own wedding dance, five friends then approached me for help with choreographing something special for their own wedding days. I did five weddings in 2010 whilst still working in other dance studios and having a full time job as a Kitchen Door Sales Representative.  At this point, my new husband suggested that perhaps I should go in to business for myself. That’s when Your First Dance Co. was born.

Starting in a small garage studio in Hamlyn Terrace, I used those first five couples as advertising materials to build my following and before long, YFDC blossomed into a unique and highly sought after wedding service provider.

Now after many years, YFDC 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. Not only do we offer customised wedding dances for brides and grooms, we also provide Hens night workshops, father/daughter dances, mother/son dances, bust outs and much more. 

I love my role as a dance teacher & dance studio owner.  I still instruct at other Dance Schools and Schools in general on a regular basis plus i am known for competition choreography in Tap and Commercial Jazz around the Central Coast and making my mark for the Hunter Region. From 2016, we introduced Kids Medley and Hip Hop dance classes to YFDC, which also continues to grow and expand. Our Adults Dance Fitness classes have also been a big hit since our doors opened. 

YFDC is about giving YOU the dance spotlight and having your own moment to shine. I am super 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 honor to be part of your dance journey.

A few highlights in my career of dance to date is being a back up artist for artist Vanessa Amorossi and performed in various places
including Disneyland in Anaheim USA, Workshops in Hollywood USA, Sea World Qld,
Movie World Qld, Australia’s Wonderland, The Royal Easter Show at Homebush, ABC
Awards Nights at Civic Theatre, Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics – Field of Play with the
Tap Dogs, Cheerleading for the North Sydney Bears, Jim Beam Cheerleading
Competition Finals, Australian Dance Idol Finals, Global Dance Conventions,
Choreography for best routine for the Australian Body Building Champions,
Cabaret Show for AV Jennings Homes, Sports Fitness Model Competition Semi
Finals, Cabaret Shows for “Bastille Night” at The Little Frog Restaurant & Le Chat Noir, Terrigal & also performing at a a number of Shopping Centres including Charlestown Square & Westfield Shoppingtown Tuggerah. I have toured around America in 2010 performing and attending workshops at the best
studios that America has to offer. Not to mention being accepted for an ORAL-B Commerical which was filmed at Stockton Beach, NSW which was broadcasted worldwide in 2011.  

YFDC has been the Winner of Best Dance Studio at Brides Choice Awards from 2016 in both Central Coast and Hunter / Newcastle Regions. Also Runners Up and Top 5 within the Unique Services Category NSW at the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Awards) since 2017. 

I hold a Cert 4. In Business Management and a history of Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus training with marks achieving up to 100% with past experience of Office Managerial Roles, Sales Representative & Marketing Skills.

Whatever the occasion, I’m passionate about helping you love that dance experience.

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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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Dance Instructor

Maddi made the decision to leave school at the age of 16 and focus on her training in the performing arts. She gained a Diploma of Elite Performance with Dargie Entertainment and took advantage of many amazing performance opportunities. Some of these included; the Penrith Panthers Melbourne Cup Bears of Hope Charity Event, and the Sydney Latin Festival.

In recent years, Maddi has lived in Sydney to continue her training with Brent Street Studios. She is super passionate about the performing arts in general and feels truly lucky to have had experience working with expert choreographers and industry professionals on a regular basis.

In late 2018, Maddi joined our team as the Kids Dance Class Teacher for the Central Coast Region, and then began as a Bridal Dance teacher too. She is loving the endless possibilities for her here at Your First Dance Co.

Maddi also has experience in Glen Wood tap exams grades 2-11 and RAD Ballet Exams

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Dance Instructor

Chloe has trained in most styles, 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 through each and every student.  Knowing Owner of YFDC, Anne Marie for over 10 years, Chloe is excited to be mentored under Anne Marie, also to teach alongside her sister Kara Hamilton who also teachers for YFDC. 

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Dance Instructor

From a young age, Krystal trained in most styles of dance at a local dance school on the Central Coast. Krystal grew up competing in troupe and solo competitions for dance and performed in numerous events including the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony, school Rock Eisteddfods and Opening nights for various events. Krystal has always been most passionate about tap dancing, and at the age of 18, Krystal commenced teaching tap to all age and skill levels on the Central Coast.

Over the years, Krystal has taught competition teams and soloists, gaining high results and awards, adult tap classes and general classes for all age and skill levels.

After living in the USA for the past two years, she is very excited to be home and even more excited to be joining #TeamYFDC and get back to what she loves to do, which is sharing her love, knowledge and passion for tap dancing and teaching her favorite genres of dance again.”

Krystal is also a Mum of 3 which works in well with the work/life balance of #TeamYFDC. She will be taking on our New Adults Tap Class for the Central Coast Region which will be opening Term 3, future adults classes, bridal dance lessons + the Private Lesson Guru.

We are so excited to have Krystal onboard.

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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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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Dance Instructor

Shearra joined the Your First Dance Co. squad in 2018, bringing along her unique blend of Twerk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dynamic Bodyworx and Ballet. Shearra teaches in our Corporate /Consulting team, being a back up for Courtney for YFDC Adults Dance Classes, Hens Parties and Corporate Events. 

Dancing multiple styles from a young age, Shearra embarked on her teaching journey at age 14. By 18, she was teaching independently. Over the years, Shearra has trained and completed workshops with many industry professionals.

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Dance Instructor

Jenna has been dancing since she was 3 and brings her talent and training in Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, and Ballet to YFDC. Jenna participated in competitive cheerleading for 4 years, competing at Nationals and is not shy of being on stage, having performed in Eisteddfods, Starstruck and been part of the mass ensemble for productions, Hairspray and Grease. 

Jenna’s aim as a dance teacher is to help kids feel comfortable within themselves and feel a sense of belonging when attending dance classes. Jenna believes dance provides kids with a way to express themselves and what they are feeling.