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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Kara has trained in Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap from the age of five. She started out with Simone’s School of Performing Arts and then furthered her training in Tap and Jazz with our Owner and Director, Anne-Marie.
Competing in numerous Eisteddfods in both troupe and soloist capacity, Kara has also performed in shows across Australia. She’s also appeared on national television and worked with many known choreographers and trainers.
Her teaching career began at age 14 as an Assistant. She was teaching her own classes from 16 years. Her students have completed RAD examinations with excellent results, and her tap students have also been successful in their Glen Wood exams. Her teaching repertoire extends to Jazz, Lyrical, Stretch/technique, Hip-Hop and Contemporary as well. Kara has taught her choreography to performance troupes and soloists.
Kara’s dance qualifications include; RAD ballet exams (up to intermediate), achieving merits and distinctions. Along with Glen Wood Tap exams completing up to level 10, with high results.
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.