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="YLANDA">YLANDA ROBINSON</span>


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!

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!

- Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management
- Level 1 AASCF Cheer Stunt + Tumbling Accreditation
- Registered Acrobatique Acro Dance Instructor
- First Aid
- Dance Cirque Training Certification

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


Junior Teacher

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 12 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! Miss Abbie also started competition dancing in 2018 and has loved every second of it!

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.


SHORT MESSAGE: I am so excited to be a Junior Teacher in 2021. 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 2021!!!

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


Team Member

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 Maxi-Jazz at the age of 4. I have a 5 year old daughter, Alexia who absolutely loves dancing with MJDS, and a 2 year old son called Zander.


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.

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

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


Studio 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


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.

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


Systems Manager

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 25 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 2008. My favourite colour is aqua & my favourite food is cheesecake.


SHORT MESSAGE: I am so excited to be a part of the MJDS staff team again this year & leading the administration side of the business. I am looking forward to being a part of celebrating all that MJDS represents for our first full year in our new studio home. I can’t wait to get back in the classroom as a student again this year & get to see more of the wonderful faces in our MJDS dance family!

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


Junior Teacher

Miss Emma has been dancing with Maxi Jazz since 2010 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 joined the staff in 2020, becoming a Junior Teacher in 2021

FUN FACT: I broke my finger 3 days before my practical HSC Dance exams. .


SHORT MESSAGE: I am so excited to meet more of our beautiful students this year and share my love for dance with you all!

<span id="GEORGIA">GEORGIA WAY</span>


Program Manager

Miss Georgia has been dancing since 2004 with Maxi-Jazz and has loved each and every year and is also studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Newcastle University.

Over the years, Miss Georgia has taken classes in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Cheerleading and has recently become involved in the Competition World. Miss Georgia has been working on the MJDS team since 2015. Miss Georgia plans all of our competitions, extra performances and events here at MJDS so make sure you come to one of her events!

In 2016, Miss Georgia was a part of the Maxi-Jazz Cruise Performance Troupe performing on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of The Seas.
In recent years Miss Georgia has attained her AASCF Cheer Accreditation, and passed a number of Tap Exams with LGTDA and is one of our trained Dance Cirque teachers.

FUN FACT: I began dancing at the age of 5 at Maxi-Jazz in Miss Maxine’s Junior 1 Jazz class (and Miss Ylanda as the assistant teacher haha!). I can balance objects on my head for a very long time!


SHORT MESSAGE: I love to meet each and every MJDS student and their family! I love to plan all our community extras and can’t wait to see you in and around the studio!

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


Junior Teacher

Miss Lily has been dancing at MJDS since 2011 and I have been an assistant teacher in the classroom since 2018 and in 2021 I started being a Junior teacher 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. Since 2020 I have been the assistant coach for the cheer comp teams.

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="MIRANDA">MIRANDA HYLAND</span>


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 my new role into parenthood. You will still see me around the studio throughout the year mostly at our major events - Miss Ylanda can’t get rid of me just yet! The friendships I have made here at MJDS I still hold so dear to me I love that I see the same thing happening within our studio.

- Bachelor of Primary Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
- First Aid
- Anaphylaxis


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


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, Pom, 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!


I’m so excited to see what we as Maxi Jazz Dance Studio gets up to in 2021 and can’t wait to capture all the memories for our MJDS Family.

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

<span id="NICOLED">NICOLE DAVIES</span>


Senior Teacher

I have been dancing for 11 years training in lots of styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, hip hop and Bollywood.
I’m originally from Grafton NSW but moved to the Central Coast in 2020 to train full time at Lee Academy.
One of my favourite experiences throughout my years of dancing has been having the opportunity to perform in the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast!

FUN FACT: I can also play piano!

FAVOURITE STYLE: Lyrical and Contemporary!

I’m excited to be joining the MJDS team in 2021! I can’t wait to share my passion and love for dance with the students and watch them improve throughout the year!

- Certificate IV in Dance
- Diploma of Dance (Studying in 2021)
- Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (Studying in 2021)
- Working With Children Check

<span id="NICOLE">NICOLE TAYLOR</span>


Senior Teacher

Miss Nicole has been dancing since 1999 and teaching since 2010. She has performed and taught styles such as Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Cheerleading and Pom. Miss Nicole originally trained at a local studio in Canberra, where she grew up. This studio offered her the opportunity to perform at many eisteddfods around the country and also to represent Australia at the Tianjin International Children’s Culture and Arts Festival in 2009 and 2012. She was also an active member in the local amateur musical theatre productions. Performing in productions such as Mary Poppins, Oklahoma, Beauty and the Beast and 42nd Street. Miss Nicole is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with the goal of working in the paediatric field once she has graduated.

FUN FACT: I have zero hand-eye coordination outside of a dance studio. I love plants, however I can never keep them alive.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Tap, Lyrical and Musical Theatre

I am super excited to see what the new year brings! I hope to see everyone around the studio and can’t wait to have fun in our classes this year!.

- First Aid
- Mental Health First Aid
- Working With Children Check
- Glenn Wood Tap Exams- All Levels
- Level 2 AASCF Cheer Stunt + Tumbling Accreditation
- Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage
- Currently undertaking a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

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


Senior Teacher

Miss Niki has been dancing teaching since the age of 16, joining our studio in 2013. She has trained in RAD Ballet, Khorabushka Character, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. Miss Niki is also certified as a Pound Fit instructor which is a high energy cardio class stemming from drumming.
Miss Niki completed her Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Psychology and Sociology in 2014. As well as teaching at MJDS, Miss Niki is retraining to become an Allied Health Assistant in Occupational Therapy.

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!

- First Aid
- Working With Children Check
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology Majors)
- Certified Pound Fit Instructor
- Mental Health First Aid

<span id="TAYLOR">TAYLOR CLIMAS</span>


Junior Teacher

Miss Taylor has been dancing with Maxi-Jazz since 2011 and has loved every single moment. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at the University of Newcastle. Miss Taylor joined the Assistant Training Program in 2017 and joined the Maxi-Jazz staffing team in 2018 as a Junior Teacher.
Over the years at Maxi-Jazz, Miss Taylor has trained in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, Pom, Lyrical and Contemporary. She has also been a member of our Competition Dance teams. In 2016, Miss Taylor was a part of the Maxi-Jazz Cruise Performance Troupe on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of The Seas.

FUN FACT: I have no cousins


I am super excited for what the 2021 dance season holds for us and I cannot wait to learn new skills throughout the year. I’m so excited to see all of our students as well as meet all of our new families.

- Dance Cirque Trained
- First Aid
- Anaphylaxis Training
- Currently undertaking Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
- HSC Certificate

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



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!

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!!

Meet our amazing Student Assistants!

<span id="GABI">GABRIELLA WALLIS</span>


Student Assistant

Hi my name is Gabriella Wallis and I am a Student Assistant at Maxi-Jazz.

This is my 11th year at Maxi-Jazz and I have been a student helper for two years and danced in the styles of dance/ cheer competition, Jazz, Lyrical, Acro and ballet.

At school, I am in Year 8 and an Inter at dance.

I enjoy hanging out with friends and going to the pool.

I love being an assistant because I love to see the children’s faces smile and see them grow their confidence.

I am excited for this year to watch your child, learn, grow, gain confidence and a love for dance.

<span id="JASMINE">JASMINE DAVEY</span>


Student Assistant

My name is Jasmine Davey and I am a Student Assistant.

I have been at Maxi-Jazz for 7 years and this is my second year as a student assistant. I have participated in Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro and Lyrical.

I am in Year 7 at school and an Inter at dance.

I like to play all sorts of sports such as touch football, Netball, Crossfit etc. I also like to spend time around lakes, beaches and pools.

My main accomplishment is being school Captain last year which has helped me grow with all my responsibilities.

I love being an assistant because I get to have the experience and learn all sorts of responsibilities that come along with it, while spending time at the studio.

I’m looking forward to being a help around the studio and role model to all the younger students at our studio.

<span id="KAYLIN">KAYLIN ROBERTS</span>


Student Assistant

My name is Kaylin Roberts and I am a Student Assistant.

I have danced at Maxi-Jazz for 12 years and have been an assistant for three of these. I have done Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Technique and Competitions.

I am in Year 9 at school and an Inter at dance, as well as a Senior in Competition.
I love to spend time with friends and family.
This is my 4th year in a competition team at Maxi-Jazz.

I love being able to share my passion and love for dance with students and I like being a role model. I am excited to help students be the best of themselves and watch them gain confidence.

<span id="LEXI">LEXI DARCY</span>


Student Assistant

My name is Lexi Darcy and I am a Student Assistant.

I have danced for 11 years and studied Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Cheer. This is my second year of assisting at Maxi Jazz.

I am in Year 7 at school and a Preteen at dance.
In my spare time, I love to communicate and hang out with my friends.

Being a part of this Assistant Program and a part of the Ministry at school are two massive achievements for me.

I am so excited to be a part of the assistant program again this year and help encourage all students with their learning. I am very excited to welcome everyone back to the studio and to encourage everyone’s learning and confidence, this year and beyond. I hope you’re as excited as I am for 2021 and what it brings.

<span id="LILYA">LILY ALLEN</span>


Student Assistant

My name is Lily Allen and I am a Student Assistant.

This is my 9th year at Maxi-Jazz and I have done Jazz, Tap, Acro Dance, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Cheer, Pom and Ballet. I am excited to be trying Dance Cirque this year. I have been a member of the Showtime Team for 3 years now.

I’m in Year 6 at school and a Preteen at dance.
Outside of dance, I like to go for bike rides with my family and going to the beach.

My key accomplishment would be when our Showtime Team was awarded 4th in a competition last year.

I love being a student assistant because I get to help the children at MJDS.

I am excited for 2021, to help your children gain confidence in every moment.

<span id="MATAYA">MATAYA MARSHALL</span>


Student Assistant

Hello, my name is Mataya Marshall and I am a student assistant here at MJDS.

This is my 13th year dancing at Maxi Jazz Dance Studio. I have studied a range of different styles but my main styles are tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical. This is my 4th year of assisting and I am also taking classes at school and TAFE for early childhood education and sport coaching.

I am in Year 11 at school and a Senior at dance this year. For my senior years at high school, I have taken interest in art, drama and child studies.

I was a Peer Support Leader at my High School and I have taken child studies for the past two years.

I love being an assistant teacher because it just brings me joy when I see students achieve a goal or step after I have helped them. I am so so so excited for this year and I cannot wait to further my knowledge and experience in the Student Leadership Program.



Student Assistant

My name is Madison Lawrence and I am a Student Assistant.

I have been at Maxi Jazz for 6 years and this is my first year of assisting. I have done Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Pom, Contemporary, Acro and Cheer.

I am in Year 9 at school this year and an Inter at dance, as well as a member of the Senior Competition Team.

I love going out and spending time with my friends.

This is my 4th year of being in a competition team and I love competing in Newcastle and Sydney.

I am excited to be a student assistant because I want to help the younger children become better dancers. I’m looking forward to being a role model for the younger students and to help them to be the best they can be.



Student Assistant

My name is Tiarnah Bartley and I am a Student Assistant at Maxi-Jazz.

This is my 8th year at MJDS and my 3rd year being a Student Assistant. I have done Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Cheer, Lyrical, Pom, Contemporary, and Tap.

I am in Year 10 at school and an Inter at dance.
I like going to the beach, I like meditation and spending time with family.

I have been a member of the Showtime Performance Team for 3 years and we came 4th in the Competition at Christmas in 2020.

I like being an assistant because it lets me gain responsibility.

I am excited for this year to watch your child learn, grow and gain their confidence through dance.