Meet our amazing MJDS Team!

“The staff are dedicated, beautiful women with a true passion for dance and performing who create a positive environment for young girls. Excellent role models for our growing daughter”
– Dance Parent of Maxi-Jazz

<span id="MAXINE">MAXINE JOHNSON</span>

MAXINE JOHNSON

Founder

Hi my name is Maxine Johnson, I have studied since the age of 3. Competing in Latin, Ballroom, New Vogue, and studying in Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. I am a qualified Adjudicator and coach and have received my ACHPER Certificate (Australian Council for Health and Physical Education)...

I opened Maxi-Jazz in 1987 and have trained many students who have successfully opened their own studios, with Ylanda now at the forefront as part owner and principal, bringing such a passion of dance, new ideas and development to our family friendly studio. It is a new beginning to our studio after 30 years of operation!

FUN FACT: I love spending time with my grandchildren!

FAVOURITE STYLE:
I Love it all.

SHORT MESSAGE: No matter what age, ability, gender or physical obstacles, make sure you keep your passion of dance alive by having fun and participating!!

<span id="YLANDA">YLANDA ROBINSON</span>

YLANDA ROBINSON

Director, Owner and Senior Teacher

Miss Ylanda, Principal and Owner of Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio has been dancing for over 30 years. Styles that she has studied over these years include Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pom, Acro Dance, Contemporary, Pointe, Hip Hop, Funk, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue.
Ylanda has been teaching for the studio for over 20 years now, with taking the final step in 2007 as becoming the Principal of Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio alongside Maxine. As well as learning and teaching dance, Ylanda has performed at various events throughout New South Wales, and has competed in Ballroom competitions all over Australia.
Miss Ylanda took 9 of her students to participate in our USA Dance Tour in January 2012 and 16 students in 2014 with performances at Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios in LA. She and her students also took part in classes at The Edge Dance Studio in LA and on Broadway in New York. In December 2016, she performed alongside 22 of her students on the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. Miss Ylanda says “these trips are an opportunity of a lifetime for myself and the students. We had an amazing time dancing in Disneyland and Universal Studios and learnt SOOO much from the amazing teachers in the USA dance studios.
Miss Ylanda has dedicated her life to dance and Maxi-Jazz, and enjoys nothing more than to see her students having fun, getting fit and confident by doing something they enjoy. She is like a proud mum of each and every student, every time they step onto the stage to perform!

FUN FACT: I started dancing 2 years of age due to turned in feet! I’m a movie buff! I love to chill out with my boys and watch movies, especially Disney ones!


FAVOURITE STYLE:
It’s hard to pick but probably Jazz!

SHORT MESSAGE: This year is shaping up to be another incredible year. I am so motivated and excited to implement our new teaching programs and practices. I’m looking forward to watch all our students grow and shine in each and every aspect of their dance lives. I am so proud of my teaching team and the hard work they put in for our MJDS families and I cannot wait to continue to be a more supporting, motivating and inspiring leader. Together let’s make this year’s dance season absolutely amazing!

Qualifications:
- Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management
- Level 1 AASCF Cheer Stunt + Tumbling Accreditation
- Registered Acrobatique Acro Dance Instructor
- First Aid
- CPR
- WWCC

<span id="MIRANDA">MIRANDA HYLAND</span>

MIRANDA HYLAND

Team Leader and Senior Teacher

Miss Miranda has been dancing with Maxi-Jazz since 1996 and in 2008 she joined the teaching staff. Over this time she has studied many styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue. Miss Miranda has participated in many performances and competitions over the years representing Maxi-Jazz everywhere she goes.
Along with being an enthusiastic and dedicated Senior Teacher, Miss Miranda holds a Bachelor of Primary Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and works as a Primary Teacher. She is a passionate dancer who always has a smile on her face. She takes pride in teaching dance to her students and loves to see them enjoy their classes just as much as she does.
Miss Miranda also joined Maxi-Jazz on their USA Dance Tour in January 2012, performing At Disneyland and Universal Studios in Los Angeles. She attended classes at The Edge Dance Studio in LA and on Broadway in New York.

FUN FACT: I started dancing 4 and a half years old. I started in the ‘Tiny Tots’ at the old studio location in Charlestown. I have an extra bone in each foot.

FAVOURITE STYLE: My favourite style would have to be Jazz. It was where I started all those years ago. It has given me my foundation for dance, body control and discipline I need to pursue other styles of dance. I feel at home in the style of Jazz where I can express my happy and smiling personality within my routines.

SHORT MESSAGE: This Year, I’m most excited about working within my role at the studio as team leader, meeting all our wonderful new families and watching our current students try something new. The friendships I have made here at MJDS I still hold so dear to me I love that I see the same thing happening with in our studio.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor of Primary Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
- First Aid
- CPR
- Anaphylaxis
- WWCC

<span id="ANNIE">ANNIE STEWART</span>

ANNIE STEWART

Team Leader

Miss Annie has been studying and teaching dance at Maxi-Jazz since 1992. Over the years, she has performed and taught styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Funk, Hip Hop, Cheer and Musical Theatre. She has performed at local festivals, shows, Ballroom competitions and other special events, and has enjoyed seeing many of her students do the same since beginning her Dance Teaching career in 2005.
Miss Annie is a Qualified Teacher currently teaching Primary School part-time, and holds a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies with a focus in Creative Arts.

FUN FACT: I started dancing with Miss Maxine at the age of 4. I have a daughter, Alexia who is continuing dancing with MJDS, and son called Zander.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Jazz

SHORT MESSAGE:Hi everyone! I absolutely love Maxi-Jazz and am so excited about continuing my role behind the scenes this year. My passion is to inspire young people to have confidence and really love what they do and this is the best place for it.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
- Graduate Certificate in Education Studies (Creative Arts)
- First Aid
- CPR
- WWCC

<span id="DANIKA">DANIKA MOGENSEN</span>

DANIKA MOGENSEN

Office Manager

Miss Danika is our Office Administrator and has been working at MJDS since 2018. Miss Danika Also moved to Australia in 2018. She has her Bachelor in International Business Administration as well as a minor in Economics from Western Washington University in the USA. Danika loves to bring her admin perspective to the MJDS Team.

FUN FACT: I have Bungee Jumped & Skydived

FAVOURITE STYLE: Hip Hop

SHORT MESSAGE: I‘m so excited to welcome our new students as well as our continuing MJDS families. I’m your go to Office Lady, so don‘t be shy, I’m here to help.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor International Business
- Bachelor of Arts
- Minor in Economics and Communications
- Associates Business Admin
- ILEAD Certification
- Working with Children Check
- First Aid Certificate

<span id="NIKI">NIKI NICOLAOU</span>

NIKI NICOLAOU

Lead Teacher

Miss Niki has been dance teaching since the age of 16, joining Maxi Jazz Dance Studio in 2013. Starting dance at the age of 4, she has trained in RAD Ballet, Khorabushka Character, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. Miss Niki is also certified in Pound Fit; a high energy combination of drumming and cardio (aka: seriously good fun!).

Miss Niki completed her Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology and Sociology major in 2014 . As well as teaching at MJDS, Miss Niki works as a foster care caseworker at Key Assets (The children’s provider in Wallsend). Miss Niki is getting married this year and will be taking a short break overseas between March and April to celebrate this milestone!

FUN FACT: I have danced for 23 years of my life.

FAVOURITE STYLE: I have a passion for contemporary because it gives me a sense of freedom to open up emotionally.

SHORT MESSAGE: I am excited for the year ahead and looking forward to welcoming new faces into our dance family. Our team has been reflecting on our past and looking forward to what is to come this year and we cannot wait to share this with you all!

QUALIFICATIONS:
- First Aid
- CPR
- WWCC
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology Majors)
- Certified Pound Fit Instructor
- Mental Health First Aid

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<span id="MORGAN">MORGAN CREEK</span>

MORGAN CREEK

Photographer and Experience Enhancer

Miss Morgan has been with our MJDS dance family since she was 4 years old. She knows our studio culture and values very well and we’re excited to have her as our Photographer and Experience Enhancer!
Miss Morgan has been dancing with Maxi-Jazz since 2001. Over the years she has taken classes in Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballroom and Latin. In this time she has participated in many performances, local shows and events. In 2014, she was part of the MJDS America Performance Troupe and in 2016 took part in the MJDS Cruise Performance Troupe. Since 2017, Miss Morgan has enjoyed being a member of the MJDS competition team. From 2018 she completed 8 LGTDA Tap exams and is excited to continue with her exam work.
Miss Morgan also has a passion for photography. In 2011, she opened her own photography business, Alice Photography. For the last couple of years, Miss Morgan has been able to combine her two passions together by photographing many MJDS events and performances. Miss Morgan is excited to capture more memories for our MJDS students and families this year!

FUN FACT: I love musicals!

FAVOURITE STYLE: Tap!

SHORT MESSAGE:
I’m so excited to see what we as Maxi Jazz Dance Studio gets up to in 2020 and can’t wait to capture all the memories for our MJDS Family.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Diploma in Professional Photography
- Business for Photographers
- WWCC
- LGTDS Tap Exams: Pre Test, Test 1 2 3, - -Bronze Medal, Bronze Star, Silver Medal, Gold Medal

<span id="ELISE">ELISE SELLICK</span>

ELISE SELLICK

Admin Team

Miss Elise is our behind the scenes Admin extraordinaire and has been working at MJDS since 2016! She is a mum to 4 precious little boys.
Prior to becoming a mum in 2013, Miss Elise worked as an office administrator at a financial planning firm and has recently returned to this role part time.
Miss Elise is no stranger to dance, dancing for approximately 20 years in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary & even a little bit of Ballroom Dancing. She also enjoyed playing Netball for many years.
In 2012, Miss Elise was a part of Maxi Jazz’s first USA Performance Troupe visiting Disneyland, Universal Studios and Broadway.

FUN FACT: I have been dancing in various locations since I was 3 years old & have been dancing with Maxi Jazz since I was 17. My favourite colour is green & my favourite food is pasta.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Hip Hop

SHORT MESSAGE: I am so privileged to be a part of the MJDS staff team again this year & look forward to being a part of celebrating all that MJDS represents. I am super excited to be putting my dancing shoes back on after a break to complete my family. I can’t wait to get back in the classroom as a student & hopefully get to see more of the wonderful faces in our MJDS dance family!

<span id="ABBIE">ABBIE McKAY-CLERK</span>

ABBIE McKAY-CLERK

Junior Assistant

Miss Abbie has been dancing at Maxi-Jazz since she was 8 years old and has taken classes in a wide range of styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Pom, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Tap! She will be moving into Year 11 at school this year and will be completing dance as one of her HSC subjects.
Miss Abbie loves being involved in all of our MJDS events. She’s performed and assisted at community performances such as the Wallsend Winter Fair and Mattara Festival. In 2016 she was a part of the Cruise Dance Troupe! This year will be Miss Abbie’s 3rd year of being a part of the competition dance teams. She LOVES the competition world and can’t wait for this year’s season!

FUN FACT: I have an obsession with funky socks! I HAVE SOOO MANY. You will never see me with a matching pair at the studio.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Lyrical!

SHORT MESSAGE: I am so excited to be joining the staffing team for 2020. This dance season is going to be a big one and I am certain our students are going to have so much fun!! I can’t wait to meet even more beautiful faces and to share my love of dance with everyone. Bring on 2020!!!

<span id="LILY">LILY CRIBB</span>

LILY CRIBB

Junior Assistant

Miss Lily has been at MJDS for 9 years and for the past 2 years she has been a Student Assistant at Maxi-Jazz. At Maxi-Jazz Miss Lily has studied the styles Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro, Pom and Cheer.
In 2016 she was a part of the MJDS Cruise Performance Troupe, in 2017, she joined the MJDS Senior Competition Dance Team and in 2018 she became a Student Assistant.

FUN FACT: When I was 7 I broke my arm going down a hill on a scooter and from that point I have avoided steep hill and scooters.

FAVOURITE STYLE: I can’t decide just one so it’s between Hip Hop and Contemporary.

SHORT MESSAGE: I can’t wait to start another amazing year at Maxi-Jazz and welcoming everyone into our family to learn and discover their passion for dance.

<span id="EMMA">EMMA HALL</span>

EMMA HALL

Junior Assistant

Miss Emma has been dancing with Maxi Jazz for 10 years in styles such as Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and Tap. She has also enjoyed participating in many performances over the years as a performer and Student Assistant at events such as Wallsend Winter Fair and Mattara Festival. Miss Emma also represented MJDS when she joined the Showtime Performance Team in 2019. She is currently studying for her HSC, completing Year 12 in 2020.

FUN FACT: I started dancing in 2007 and have been with Maxi Jazz since 2010. I am also studying dance as a subject for my HSC in 2020.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Jazz

SHORT MESSAGE: I am so excited to be joining the team for the 2020 dance season and can’t wait to get to know more of you!