Dancing for over 15 years, and teaching for more than eight, 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 teaching dance was always going to be what she pursued after graduating Year 12, 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, graduating 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 Deakin University Mikkayla was invited into the International Golden Key Honor Society alongside other select students who achieved results within the top 10% of their degrees worldwide.
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 currently completing a Certificate 3 in Education Support.
Mikkayla has been teaching dance within both dance schools and through workshops in primary and secondary schools since she was 17 years old and has gained valuable experience teaching dance to students from ages 2 to adults. Mikkayla teaches various styles of dance and has also recently completed a teachers course with the Acrobatic Dance Association. In 2017 Mikkayla established Bound Dance with partner Rebecca 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 companies around Victoria including Attitude Dance Company and Masters of Choreography.
Bec began dance lessons at the age of three at her local dance school where she loved and excelled in jazz, ballet and tap examinations. After training and competing with her Eltham studio and having fallen in love with classical ballet, Bec then spent the majority of her 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. Bec spent her final year at The Conservatoire training Half-Day, studying her Cert III/IV in Dance (Classical and Performing Arts).
Moving on from her strict classical training, Bec spent four years at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, including two years in their Full Time Course, graduating in 2012. Here she 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 her nearly 20 years of training and after a year of taking casual classes around Melbourne and Geelong, Bec studied a Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Business Management in 2014 at Dance Factory in Richmond, where she received her DFTA Associate Teachers Certificate (Honours).
Bec has since also completed a Teachers course with the Acrobatic Dance Association.
Bec taught and choreographed for various studios and private schools around Melbourne and Geelong prior to establishing Bound Dance in 2017 with partner Mikkayla Ashdon.
Bec continues to teach and take classes across Melbourne and Geelong as well as continuing to perform with various choreographers and contemporary companies around Victoria.
Acrobatics, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip Hop
Jacqui began dancing at the age of 4 in Perth, WA. In that time she has been involved in many productions including Candy Man, Telethon and many other performance opportunities. In 2014 Jacqui was accepted into Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she competed a year of intense and technical ballet and contemporary training. Jacqui then began studying fulltime dance at Dynamic Performing Arts in 2015 until she was offered a position to study at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance training in styles including but not limited to jazz, ballet, contemporary, commercial, hip hop, lyrical and acrobatics. She completed 2 years there where she graduated with a Certificate IV in Dance, a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management and a Diploma in Musical Theatre.
Hip Hop, Jazz
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.