Staff

Jenny Cumming has studied various dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop. She holds a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Cert IV in Business (Management) and is an affiliate member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing. Jenny has taught dance for over ten years, including two years working full-time as a dance teacher in a busy Melbourne studio, as well as in primary and secondary schools. She is also a qualified Zumba instructor. Jenny has adjudicated school dance festivals and choreographed for local musicals and school productions. Jenny is the Principal of Leaps and Bounds.

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Tessa Bell started dancing at a young age and has trained in most facets of dance. She gradutated from Patrick Studios Australia with a Certificate II in Dance in 2010. Tessa then went overseas to pursue her dance career in London. She performed in two of Sami Russell's lyrical contemporary pieces, "Coexist" and "Flyaway". Tessa also danced with the Cabaret Rouge iand Identi.co whilst in London. In Australia, Tessa has performed in The Production Company's "The Boy from Oz" as well as many other commercial events. Tessa has been teaching dance for various schools since 2006.

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Phoebe Coupe grew up in Gippsland and started dancing with Julie Ryan Dancers when she was 7. She has a Diploma in Dance Technique from Dance World Studios and a Certificate IV in Music Theatre from APO Arts Academy, where she studied as a scholarship student. She has recently returned from 3 years working in London where she was part of Jerry Mitchell's original West End cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Her other professional Music Theatre credits include Martha Cox in Disney's High School Musical Live On Stage; Sally in Reefer Madness (RL Productions); Meg in Merrily We Roll Along (Magnormos); Ensemble in Sugar (Production Company); original cast in the Australian Premiere of It's Only Life (Stella Entertainment) performed in Melbourne and New York; Dance Captain in They're Playing Our Song (London) and two contracts as a Singer and Singer/Dancer respectively with Norwegian Cruise Line. She has worked with West End in Schools in the U.K. and has been teaching various styles of dance for many years. Phoebe is passionate about creating a safe space in the dance studio and on stage, where young performers can develop a strong work ethic and above all, enjoy themselves.

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Ash King started dancing at a young age and has trained in many different styles of dance. Ash was an assistant teacher with Leaps and Bounds and went onto further training at Transit Dance in Melbourne, studying contemporary dance, classical ballet and dance teaching & management. Ash has a passion for contemporary dance and as a VCE student, was chosen to perform in "Top Class", ranking her among the highest scoring students for VCE Dance. In 2016 Ash was also selected to create a piece for "Dance Architect" in Melbourne. Ash is looking forward to returning to Leaps and Bounds and sharing her knowledge with the students.

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Eden Mogridge has studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop extensively for many years. She has competed successfully in many dance competitions and choreographed for local events. Eden developed a love for teaching through her years as an assistant teacher at Leaps and Bounds and since then has choreographed many of our hip hop solos, duos and troupes. She has a passion for hip hop and contemporary dance and has produced many award-winning routines. Eden is excited to share her experience with the students of Leaps and Bounds.

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Keeva Svikart commenced dancing at a young age. It was in her blood as she followed in the footsteps of her mother who was a dancer and dance teacher herself. Keeva has trained in many facets of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary as well as extensive training in tribal and modern styles of belly dance. Keeva was one of only a few selected to attend the annual "8 Elements" course run by the well-respected belly dancer Rachel Brice in Portland, USA. Keeva has also completed a full-time dance course at Kelly Aykers Full-Time Dance in Melbourne, which included completing Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Keeva has taught dance when her mother ran a dance school in Sale, as well as at Leaps and Bounds in Sale and Yarram. She has also choreographed for local musicals and theatre productions. Keeva is also co-creator of fusion belly dance troupe "Serpentess" who have been performing across Victoria at events and festivals.

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