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>

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
- Dance Cirque Training Certification

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

ABBIE McKAY-CLERK

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.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Lyrical!

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!!!

QUALIFICATIONS:
- First Aid and CPR
- WWCC
- Dance Cirque and Little Monkeys Trained
- Tumble Town Trained
- FlexAbility Trained
- IASF Level 1 Cheer Credentialing
- Concussion Training

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

ANNIE STEWART

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.

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="ELISE">ELISE SELLICK</span>

ELISE SELLICK

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.

FAVOURITE STYLE: Hip Hop

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>

EMMA HALL

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. .

FAVOURITE STYLE: Jazz

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

QUALIFICATIONS:
- First Aid / CPR
- WWCC
- Dance Cirque and Little Monkeys Trained
- Tumble Town Trained
- FlexAbility Trained

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

GEORGIA WAY

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!

FAVOURITE STYLE: TAP TAP TAP

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!

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Studying Bachelor of Nursing
- IASF Level 1 Cheer Credentialing
- Dance Cirque and Little Monkeys Trained
- Tumble Town Trained
- FlexAbility Trained
- First Aid/CPR
- WWCC
- Concussion Training

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

LILY CRIBB

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>

MIRANDA HYLAND

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.

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

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

NIKI HINCKS

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!

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

<span id="ROCHELLE">ROCHELLE HESSE</span>

ROCHELLE HESSE

Senior Teacher

Miss Rochelle has been dancing since 4 years old, performance and being on the stage has always been the light of her life! Trained in styles of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Kicks/Turns/Leaps, Commercial Jazz, Heels, Musical Theatre, Singing, Acting, Acrobatics, Aerial, Tumbling, Lyrical and began training professionally at Full time school Lee Academy in 2019.

Miss Rochelle’s career, highlights includes; TV paid experiences such as Australia’s Got talent with team aKrobatika (grand finalists achieving 2x golden buzzers) working with square division and Sony media, working with Channel 7 on The Voice & Farmer Wants a Wife (as an TV extra), featured dancer/tumbler at Mardi Gras, sponsored by BMW mini Australia. Some of her cooperate/ stage show events include; suit character roving work such as: Olaf, Mickey, Minnie and Bluey as well as portraying Disney princesses/villains/superheros etc; Love Lanes festival roving hand cane soloist and cheerleader for Central Coast Mariners, immersive shows working with creative director Keith Hawley.

FUN FACT: A Competitive National Champion at Dance life unite given the opportunity to attend dance workshops in New York, Los Angeles with companies, Broadway Dance Centre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Edge Performing Arts Centre.

FAVOURITE STYLE: As there are so many different styles in dance it is difficult to make a choice, I love all equally as it shows a persons talent in the way they dance as an individual.

SHORT MESSAGE:
Hello everyone! I’m super excited to be part of the team to share my knowledge and experience with you all, encourage every student to their best capabilities and reach their goals. I’m excited this is my first year teaching at Maxi Jazz Dance Studio and looking forward to collaborating with Staff to create the best experience for the MJDS family.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- Cert III in Assistant Dance Teaching.
- Cert IV in Arts Admin.
- Cert IV Dance.
- Diploma in Dance specialising in Acro & Aerial.
- Advanced Diploma in Dance (currently studying 2nd year).
- First Aid.
- Working with Children Check.

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

TAYLOR CLIMAS

Junior Teacher

Miss Taylor has been dancing with Maxi-Jazz since 2011 and has loved every single moment. 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, Cheer, 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

FAVOURITE STYLE: Pom/Cheer

SHORT MESSAGE:
I am super excited for what this new 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:
- IASF Level 1 Cheer Credentialing
- Dance Cirque/Little Monkeys Trained
- Tumble Town Trained
- Flex Ability Trained
- First Aid / CPR
- Anaphylaxis Training
- Child Protection Training
- Concussion Training
- WWCC

<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!!

Meet our amazing Student Assistants!

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

GABRIELLA WALLIS

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="MAGGIE">MAGGIE JOHNSON</span>

MAGGIE JOHNSON

Student Assistant

I am Maggie and I am a student assistant for 2 classes.

I have been dancing for 11 years and have been dancing at Maxi-Jazz for 10 years this year. The styles i have done is jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, pom, cheer, tap and contemporary. This year I am doing competition dance, technique, mighty ballet, mighty tap and gold acro.

I am in year 7 at school and I am a mighty student at dance.

My favourite styles are Jazz, Hip-Hop and Lyrical.

I also do dance at school and I am doing star struck this year.

I love being a student teacher at Maxi-Jazz because I get to learn leadership skills and I love teaching younger years like i was taught when i was younger.

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

MAGGIE JOHNSON

Student Assistant

My name is Miss Jacinda and I am a new student leader at MJDS.

I have been dancing for 9 years. At school, I am in year 9 and I am an Inter at dance.

This year I am a part of the Junior Firestorm Competition Team. I am also doing Hip Hop & Pom and AcroDance. My favourite style is Contemporary because I love to express my feelings.

I am looking forward to being a student leader as I love to see children happy and expressing themselves through dance.

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

ABBY ROBERTS

Student Assistant

Hi my name is Miss Abby and I am a Student Leader.

I am in the Junior Firestorm Dance Competition Team and I do tap as well as Hip Hop & Pom. I have been dancing at MJDS for 10 years.

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

I am looking forward to being a student leader so that I can share my love of dance with others.

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

JASMINE DAVEY

Student Assistant

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

I have been at Maxi-Jazz for 8 years and this is my third year as a student assistant. I have participated in Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro and Lyrical.

I am in Year 8 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 in year 6 which has helped me grow with all my responsibilities. Another thing I have accomplished is being in the SRC in high school.

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>

KAYLIN ROBERTS

Student Assistant

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

I have danced at Maxi-Jazz for 13 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 10 at school and an Inter/ Open student. My favourite style is tap, as I get to express myself the most. One of my achievements at dance is that I was awarded most outstanding tapper in 2018.

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="LILYA">LILY ALLEN</span>

LILY ALLEN

Student Assistant

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

This is my 10th year at Maxi-Jazz and I have done Jazz, Tap, Acro Dance, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Cheer, Pom and Ballet. I am excited to be doing Dance Cirque this year. I have been a member of the Showtime Team for 3 years now and this is my second year on the Competition Cheer Team.
My favourite styles are cheer and tap.

I’m in Year 7 at school and an Inter 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.

I love being a student assistant because I get to assist all the kids and see the smiles both on stage and in class.

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

MATAYA MARSHALL

Student Assistant

My name is Miss Mataya and I am a student leader here at MJDS.

This is my 14th year at Maxi-Jazz and I have studied a range of different styles. This year I am enrolled in Development Class- Skill Advancement and Senior Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. This is my 6th year assisting and 2nd year being a part of the Dance Step program.

I am in Year 12 at High School and I am a Senior student here at dance. I am also taking TAFE classes where by the end of this year I will have a Cert 3 in Early Child Education & Care and a Cert 3 in Sport Coaching.

It is a lifelong dream of mine to become a teacher here at Maxi Jazz and I cannot wait for this year to begin! I love being an assistant teacher because it brings me joy when I am able to help other students achieve their dance goals.

<span id="MADISON">MADISON LAWRENCE</span>

MADISON LAWRENCE

Student Assistant

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

I have been at Maxi Jazz for 7 years and this is my second year of assisting. I have done Jazz, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Pom, Contemporary, Acro, Competiton Dance and Competition Cheer.

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

I love going out and spending time with my friends.

This is my 5th year of being in a competition team and I love competing in Newcastle and Sydney. An accomplishment I have made through dance was when I won “best walkover” at a competition in 2019.

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.

<span id="HANNAH">HANNAH MULHERON</span>

HANNAH MULHERON

Student Assistant

Hi my name is Hannah Mulheron and I am a assistant dance teacher

This is my 10th year dancing at Maxi Jazz. The styles I do are tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pom, ballet and acro.

I am in the Junior Firestorm Competition Dance Team this and have previously done Competition Cheer as well.

I am in year 7 at school and my favourite style of dance is tap.

My key accomplishment is getting awarded the mini and mighty overall dancer.

I love being an assistant dance teacher because I love seeing the kids light up when they dance.