About Pivot Studio

At Pivot Studio we have experienced,professional, patient,open, motivated,enthusiastic and passionate team with the flexibility to facilitate your experience regardless of ages or level of dance background.

Pivot Studio offers dancers or dance tuitions for functions and fun nights out such as Hens & Christmas Parties, new years eve events, birthday parties, Team building and Corporate events.

We also offer an option for children’s birthday parties.

Private tuition in Wedding Dances, Birthday parties, High school dances & Formals is also available upon request.

Meet Our Teachers

Lija Turner-Carroll

Lija Turner-Carroll

Principal

Principal teacher and co- owner of pivot studio has her own unique style of dance drawing on techniques and training in Afro, Jamaican dancehall, hula, tap, jazz, Latin styles and hip hop. She had performed and choreographed throughout Australia with local and international artists in music videos and live performances, such as Lisa Viola, Afro Moses, LL Bock and Elephantman.
Atalie Wilmoth

Atalie Wilmoth

Lyrical Jazz Instructor

Atalie is a professional singer, choreographer, dancer with over 19 years professional performing experience. Former principal and owner of pivot studio teaches many kids jazz/ballet classes, lyrical jazz, burlesque, funk hip hop and Latin styles.

Atalie has performed nationally and internationally at many prestigious events.

Ishtar

Ishtar

Hip Hop Dance instructor

Ishtar’s dance journey began in the usual way – a little girl with dreams of becoming a Ballerina. However, as with most journeys, there have been a few forks in the road and numerous changes of direction along the way. Ishtar did most of her formative dance training with Jackie Hallahan at the Canberra Dance Development Centre (CDDC) before being accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) which is a predominantly Contemporary based course. Soon after finishing her training at WAAPA, Ishtar met her most influential teacher and now husband, B-boy Swipa. Through Swipa Ishtar had the opportunity to learn about Hip Hop dance and culture as well as train and perform with other dance artists involved with Dance Central Sydney – where a whole new world of dance opened up for Ishtar. Ishtar and Swipa moved to Newcastle in 2008 and began teaching at Pivot Studio as well as numerous other dance schools around the Newcastle/Hunter region. It has been the time spent with the Dance Central and Pivot dance communities that has really deepened Ishtar’s affinity for dance and taught her that dance is for everyone – whether you’re a Prima Ballerina with perfect technique or a toddler bouncing along to The Wiggles, the joy we experience from dance is the same.

Some of Ishtar’s career highlights have been dancing in the Fall Down film clip for Perth band Jebediah, being a Principal Dancer in a Perth based production of Bob Fosse’s Chicago, performing at corporate functions for companies such as Yahoo, McDonald’s and Westpac, NYE 2007 and 2008 at Lunar Park Sydney and being Head Choreographer for the Newcastle United Jets Dance Squad from 2009 to 2011.

Andrew Burrows "Pep-C"

Andrew Burrows "Pep-C"

Hip-Hop Instructor

Pep-C is a singer, songwriter from Newcastle. With a mixture of his wild creativity & passion for music, movement & life Pep-C rolls his skilss as an entertainer into one bundle to create his unique sound and style.

As a young boy Pep-C was introduced to the hip hop scene as a B-Boy and learnt his performance skill through breakdancing, it transitioned into entertaining as a dancer.

Mary-Anne Hawson

Mary-Anne Hawson

Hula Hips Instructor

Mary-Anne has a Tongan, Welsh background . She has  been dancing different styles of Polynesian dancinjg since the age of 5.

She started to focus on Hula as she entered her late teens, when she began to educate people around Polynesian Culture and how Hula is the telling of stories. Your hips are the ocean, your core is the foundations and your hands gently tell the story.

Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay

Samba Dance Instructor

After falling in love with samba in Brazil, Emma’s hips have not stopped moving! Emma returned from her travels in 2011 and went straight to her local Townsville dance school Latin Vibrations to learn Brazilian Samba from Director Jodie Connor. Over the past 6 years she’s gone from a super-keen beginner student to a passionate instructor teaching weekly classes and choreographing samba performance routines for various Townsville events from the annual Cultural Festival to Dance School Showcases. In 2016 Emma toured Brazil for a month with SYTYCD’s Gianne Abbott and a team of Australian samba dancers. She danced her heart out every day and learned from some of the best Samba Dancers in Rio. Emma was a founding member of the Townville samba pro team the Tropicalistas, who came Runners Up in the 1st Annual Australian Samba Queen competition on the Gold Coast. Some of Emma’s samba highlights include performing at Sydney Latin Festival 2013 and dancing alongside Gianne & the Brazil tour samba team at Doudoule Latin Dance Camp 2016. Emma’s samba and teaching style is infections, authentic, sassy and loads of fun!

Loris Andrea Sanchez

Loris Andrea Sanchez

Latin Dance instructor

Loris was born to dance, in fact she assures that she was just a child when she started dancing back in Colombia, where she was born and raised she is a natural dancer With a love for the Latin music and a tremendous desire to teach people to Latin dance such salsa, cha cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, bachata, and Colombian Folklore Loris will transform you into a lover of Latin dancing immediately whit her passion and charisma.

Debra Rodrigues

Debra Rodrigues

Circus/Aerial Instructor

Debra has 20yrs experience teaching over 3000 students in youth and adult amateur and professional circus and drama companies, festivals and arts programmes.  She specialises in coaching circus conditioning, single static, swinging and dance trapeze, aerial web, tissue, tumbling, clowning, hula hooping and stilt walking. She has trained and worked with members of Circus Oz, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Rock n Roll Circus (now Circa), Legs on The Wall and Chinese hand balancers (Lung Bros). She was artistic director/trainer/performer for The Tasmanian Youth Circus, Bliss Family Circus, Triptoe  Trapeze Trio, Horizon Circus (Tasmania), Circus Kabau (Brisbane) and performed at Out of The Box Children’s Festival, National Circus Festival, Woodford and Illawarra Festivals and has toured extensively as a professional hula hoopist, dancer and comedian with The Australian Touring Theatre Company.

Raquel Hamilton

Raquel Hamilton

Zumba / Ballet Barre Instructor

has been spreading the zumba love for many years now and has recently added to her love of fitness and dance with becoming a ballet barre instructor.