About

Our Faculty

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Mikkayla Ashdon
Director

Dancing for over 15 years, and teaching for ten, Mikkayla has loved dance all her life and began teaching and choreographing in her teens. Mikkayla grew up dancing locally in Sunbury where she developed a love and passion for dance. Choreographing school productions and assistant teaching through high school Mikkayla knew that dance was always going to be what she pursued after graduating, with an ultimate goal of owning and directing her own dance school.

After high school she went on to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree with a major in Dance and a minor in Health Science at Deakin University and graduated in 2014 with High Distinction. During her time at Deakin Mikkayla gained strong knowledge in contemporary dance technique, safe dance practices, anatomy, physiology and nutrition, as well as choreographic skills and also produced performances alongside other dancers.
After graduating from her Bachelor Degree Mikkayla moved on to a year dedicated to full time dance training in all genres of dance including jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, tap, musical theatre and singing at Dance Factory in Melbourne. Mikkayla completed her full-time training in 2015 and went on to then commence a Masters Degree in Primary and Secondary Education with Deakin University. With a keen interest now in working with special needs children Mikkayla is also now qualified in Education Support and is currently working in a primary school.
Mikkayla has been teaching dance within both dance schools and primary and secondary schools since she was 17 years old and has gained valuable experience teaching students from ages 2 to adults. Mikkayla teaches various styles of dance and has also completed a teacher’s course with the Acrobatic Dance Association. In addition to this, she has since become an Affiliate Member of COMDANCE. In 2017 Mikkayla established Bound Dance with partner Jesse Ashdon and their dream of owning their very own dance school was a reality. Mikkayla has also performed and continues to perform for various choreographers and dance companies around Victoria.

Jesse Ashdon
Director

Jesse began dance lessons at the age of three at his local dance school where he loved and excelled in jazz, ballet and tap examinations. After training and competing with his Eltham studio and having fallen in love with classical ballet, Jesse then spent the majority of his formative training years at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet in their Russian Vaganova based Specialised Coaching Program, studying the ACB Syllabus under the careful instruction of Christine Walsh A.M. Jesse spent his final year at The Conservatoire training Half-Day, studying his Cert III/IV in Dance (Classical and Performing Arts).
Moving on from his strict classical training, Jesse spent four years at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, including two years in their Full Time Course, graduating in 2012. Here he studied jazz, tap, hip hop, ballet, acrobatics, musical theatre, singing, contemporary and commercial dance, as well as safe dance practices, injury prevention and management, anatomy, and nutrition.

Capping off his nearly 20 years of training and after a year of taking casual classes around Melbourne and Geelong, Jesse studied a Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Business Management in 2014 at Dance Factory in Richmond, where he received his DFTA Associate Teachers Certificate (Honours).
Jesse has since also completed a Teachers course with the Acrobatic Dance Association and is an Affiliate Member of COMDANCE.

Jesse taught and choreographed for various studios and private schools around Melbourne and Geelong prior to establishing Bound Dance in 2017 with partner Mikkayla Ashdon.
Jesse continues to teach and take classes across Melbourne and Geelong as well as continuing to perform with various choreographers and contemporary companies around Victoria.

Our Staff

Bethany Elcock

"I am a bubbly individual with a big love for all things dance. I love teaching and I prioritise safe dance training and a fun environment in my dance classes.

I’ve been dancing since the age of 4 and found my passion for dance in my teen years. I began to take as many dance classes as I could in as many styles as possible, as well as competing locally, regionally and nationally. I’m originally from country Victoria but moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in dance. I completed my full time dance training at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance from 2019-2020, receiving both a Diploma of Dance and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

I have been teaching since the age of 17 in a variety of dance styles, age groups and skill levels. I am an Acrobatic Arts certified teacher having completed my Module 1 training in 2017 and Module 2 training in 2020. I’ve found my favorite thing about dance teaching is my ability to nurture young students’ passion for dance. Personally, there is no greater feeling than helping my students achieve a skill they have worked so hard on, seeing them grin from ear to ear in my classes, and watching them dance their hearts out in the studio and on stage."

Crystal Mifsud

Born and raised in Melbourne, Crystal began her dance training at a very young age. Her passion for dance grew as she was trained in styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Hip-Hop. 

In 2016 Crystal furthered her dance knowledge at Jason Coleman’s Ministry Of Dance where she studied full time. During this period she was fortunate enough to have been mentored by many well known industry professionals such as Jason Coleman, Adrian Ricks, Michael Ralph and many others. 

Crystal has also participated in many workshops around Australia over the years learning from different choreographers all around the country as well as having the opportunity to perform in many events both interstate and around Melbourne. 

Upon graduating Crystal has been spending her weekdays and Saturdays sharing her passion and giving back to the dance community. As a teacher, Crystal’s aim is to provide a fun and supportive environment where students are free to grow and express themselves creatively.

Joëlle Vivienne Aeby

From Fribourg, Switzerland, Jojo has over 20 years of dance experience specialising in ballet. Whilst pursuing a career as a classical ballet dancer with the Victorian State Ballet, Melbourne, Jojo has finished her studies and received the Certificate lV in Dance teaching.

Jojo has been travelling and leaving home at age fifteen to follow her passion as a dancer. First stop was the “Ballett-Akademie Hochschule für Musik und Theatre München”, where she received a scholarship, followed by the “Balletschule Theater Basel”. Joining the Junior Company Prague for a year where they had different productions in classical ballet as well as contemporary works. In New Zealand Jojo danced with the Aotearoa National Youth Ballet in Christchurch. The last years she was blessed to get all the support from her parents and family to live, study and work as a ballet dancer in different countries around the globe and got many new and beautiful experiences. Every new location/place was a new journey of life. It did bring joy, challenges, happiness, even tears, some unforgettable moments and friendships for a lifetime. One of the highlights in her career was to be invited at a Gala and dancing Aurora from the ballet Sleeping Beauty at the Opera House in Prague. Besides dancing with the Victorian State Ballet, Jojo composes her own piano pieces and has accomplished the Certificate 3 and 4 in Dance Teaching and Management. Jojo has been teaching Ballet at different schools and is currently a teacher at Pointe Nation.

Tim Doherty

 

Tim Doherty is a well-accomplished Australian performer and Dance Teacher. He has performed and choreographed all around Australia and internationally. 

 

As a veteran of the Melbourne dance industry, Tim’s career in performing and teaching now spans over a decade. He prides himself on a high level of professionalism he reflects onto his students.

 

Tim has worked internationally back up dancing & choreographing for many famous artists in Asia, he has worked in musicals including Australia’s premier of the Tony Award Winning ‘In The Heights’ as an ensemble member and Assistant Choreographer, numerous commercial entertainment companies in Melbourne as well as many contemporary companies/shows. He enjoyed a 5-year residency as a dancer/performer at Copacabana International for Ole Ola’s Latin show.

 

Tim is a dedicated teacher who enjoys a collaborative approach with his students to bring out the absolute best in everyone. He is looking forward to starting with Bound Dance and is excited to share the studios with all of the amazing staff, students and families.