Director / Principal
Lauren Elizabeth Wormald is a highly respected choreographer in the UK and now in Australia having choreographed and taught for many dance studios, fashion shows, events, cabarets, professional productions, holiday camps, gyms, schools, fitness studios, theatre productions including productions such as Grease, Hairspray, Chicago, The wizard of oz, Legally Blonde, Higher & Higher and Heathers. With over 15 years of experience in the performing arts industry she wanted to focus on building her own dream and so L. E. Academy was born and established in late 2015.
Lauren holds teaching and performance qualifications with the I. D. T. A (international dance teachers association) the U. K. C. A (United Kingdom cheerleading association) the A. T. O .D (Australian Teachers Of Dancing) Acrobatics Arts and a qualification in Zumba fitness instructing.
Lauren trained professionally at the well renowned Phil Winston’s Theatre works college and agency in the UK for three years in all aspects of dance and performance. Her professional credits include: three contracts with Disneyland Paris as a Character, dancer and parade performer, Siblu Resorts (France) as dance captain and choreographer, Singer/Dancer in the works showcases and cabarets (Blackpool), various promotional events, singer/dancer in variety performances at the Royal Albert Hall (London), Entertainment at Paradise Resort (Gold Coast), TV Extra work, Choreographer of community charity fashion shows and various dance schools, college and university performances, dance and fitness teacher for Madonna’s gym Hard Candy-(Sydney), Dancer at Mardi Gras (Sydney), Special performance at the GCTA Arts Centre and many other dance schools/ gyms and theatres.
In 2016 Lauren was awarded with the “Best Choreographer 2016” award at the Gold Coast Theatre Alliance Awards for her work on a production at spotlight theatre in which she also performed.
Ballet (Level 2,3 & 4)
Layla Burgess was born in Queensland and commenced her training at the age of 4. Layla has won numerous competitions including the “most promising dancer” at the Murwillumbah repertoire and first place at the Brisbane senior repertoire. In 2016 Layla made it to the top 25 of the Youth American Grand Prix finals in New York City. There she won a contract with the American Ballet Theatre Studio company in New York City.
After joining the studio company, Layla went on to perform with the main company whilst they toured California performing “Nutcracker” and worked with many professional dancers and choreographers. A few of her highlights were working with Liam Scarlett for a group piece in collaboration with the Royal Ballet School. She also worked with Marcelo Gomes where she was chosen as one of the few to be choreographed on for a new pas de deux. Layla has recently turned her focus into teaching and is loving broadening her horizons into the new generation of young ballerinas. She is also a qualified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and certified Australian Conservatoire of Ballet teacher.
Stretch & Technique and Kicks, Turns & Leaps Classes, Intermediate / Junior Jazz
Intermediate & Senior Contemporary/Lyrical, Under 15’s Elite Performance Team
Trained in all styles since the age of three, Charlotte has grown up on the Gold Coast always eager to jump onstage. She has completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at QUT and is in the midst of completing her Masters of Teaching. Charlotte currently works at Dreamworld as an Entertainer as well as teaching at various school across the Gold Coast. In 2018 she was Vice President/ Dance Captain of the QUT elite dance competition teams and has also performed in numerous Community Theatre productions on the GC. Charlotte is ready for another exciting year with the beautiful LEA family and cannot wait to watch her students dance and grow.
Acro 5& 6, Intermediate Hip Hop
Jackson Brash is a performer who has a passion as an actor, singer, dancer and musician. He obtained his diploma of musical theatre at Gold Coast Triple Threat; where he studied various forms of acting, singing and dancing. He’s performed in various musicals on the coast including; west Side Story, Saturday Night Fever, Rock of Ages and We Will Rock You. Jackson has also performed overseas for Pen2Stage Productions in ‘A Mermaids Tale’ and ‘PawPatrol Live’ which; toured through Singapore and the Philippines. Recently he has been performing with children’s entertainment group ‘Hi-5’ which has been doing an Asia Tour throughout 2019 and heading into 2020. Jackson is very excited to branch out and start teaching at L.E.Academy!
Ballet Level 1 & 5, Junior Contemporary / Lryical, Ballet Pointe Class, Ballet Exam Class
Miss Done is a registered Cecchetti Ballet teacher and moved from Melbourne this year after closing her own ballet school of almost 11yrs. She has made the Gold Coast her home and loves teaching and progressing dancers technical abilities.
Miss Dione’s students have always received above average results in exams has had students accepted in the Melbourne City Youth Ballet training program. She is currently completing Progressing Ballet Technique training so is also be able to teach conditioning specific to ballet she also teaches yoga for dancers.
She attended Adelaide Uni in the early 90’s ( BA Dance ) training with Simi and David Roche (ex Martha Graham) Leigh Warren, Elizabeth Cameron Dalmen, Aust Dance Theatre and more she also attended Deakin Uni ( BA in Contemporary Arts ) in the late 2000’s and has been involved with projects collaborating with Jo Lloyd (Chunky Move) and learning with many amazing Melbourne based contemporary artists.
She has done video clips with Screaming Jets, Hoo Doo Gurus and worked as a showgirl/ backup dancers for Barry Crocker and Lorre Desmond.
Miss Dione is looking forward to further developing the L. E. Academy stars and is excited to get in to the studio with you all! Miss Dione will be taking over Ballet level 4 and pointe classes.
Open Contemporary Lryical,
Open Elite team
MISS MELANIE RANKINE
Boys Only & Cheerleading
Mel has 23 years experience as a dancer and performer with over 5years experience as a hip hop teacher for multiple ages.
Mel attended Ikin fulltime dance course in 2009, where she gained lots of experience and studied all styles of dance.
Mel’s professional credits include back up dancer for Jessica Mauboy, featured dancer on SYTYCD 2009, Notorious dance comp with her crew/ 2nd place, backing dancer for Australia/Indian ambassador Pop star Aiyisha, several Burlesque Dolls shows and workshops, Featured dancer in Legally Blonde at spotlight theatre and Cha Cha in grease at phoenix theatre.
Mel likes to keep herself fit and in training so she also attends regular dance classes to keep up her skills and remain relevant in the industry.
Mel is happy to be on board as a L. E. Academy team member and looks forward to working with all the talented L. E. A stars!
Mini Stars, Acro 3/4 , Acro 7/8, Senior Jazz
Menita Overton started her passion for movement in calisthenics at the age of two. When Menita moved into dance, she developed a passion for contemporary, ballet, jazz and acrobatics.
Expanding her knowledge through the dance excellence program and Certificate II in Dance at Helensvale High, Menita was accepted onto the Elite Dance Troupe participating in many performance opportunities.
In Menita’s final year of schooling she was awarded dux of the dance class for her academic and choreographic success and awarded Most Outstanding Dance Performance and Most Outstanding Performance Within a Troupe. Since graduating, Menita has returned to Helensvale High as a guest choreographer and dance instructor.
In 2015 Menita began sharing her passion with students on the Gold Coast while teaching acrobatics, contemporary and ballet classes. Menita also travelled to Melbourne to study at the prestigious Australian Conservatoire of Ballet where she attained her ACB teachers certificate making her a qualified ballet teacher.
Other qualifications include a certificate in the nationally recognised Acrobatique Junior syllabus.
In 2018 Menita graduated Queensland University of Technology – Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) with Distinctions is now furthering her studies with a Masters degree in Secondary School Teaching.
During the degree, Menita has been involved in the renowned Brisbane Festival, teaching at QUT’s Creative Practice Experience and Widening Participation Days and QUT’s Timor Leste Community Project. This particular project altered her teaching style and inspired her to educate as a facilitator through collaboration rather than a controller of artistic practice. Menita teaches with a strong focus on forming genuine connections and creating social spaces of inclusivity that work on turning human interactions into art.
Aerial Class, Level 2 Tap, Open Acro
Tianna has been involved in dance, acrobatics and circus arts for 18 years. At just 12 years old Tianna received a dance scholarship into her dream secondary school, doing well in the program Tianna was given the title of Dance Captian and since graduating has been back on multiple occasions to choreograph various routines. Her love for dance, circus and acrobatics continued when she began teaching in 2014, teaching classes of all ages and styles.
Tianna has since continued on teaching dance, aerial arts and acrobatics at multiple studios on the Gold Coast. Aerial arts have been a large part of Tianna’s teaching experience, she loves the idea of encouraging her students to ‘do the impossible’ and loves to see the joy on her students’ faces when they achieve their goals.
In 2018 Tianna graduated from the Queensland University of Technology, completing her Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) course. Tianna has since pursued further studies, being accepted into the Masters of Education course at the Queensland University of Technology, due to graduate in 2020. With these degrees under her belt, Tianna will pursue a career in secondary education. Tianna has a huge love and appreciation for teaching, especially in circus & aerial arts as she loves guiding her students to achieve their goals both on and off the ground. Tianna cannot wait to be apart of the LEAcademy team in 2020!
Junior & Senior Hip Hop,
Level 1 Tap
Jess is a Gold Coast based teacher and performer who is utterly passionate about dancing, singing, performing and teaching. After years of training, she completed her Cert 4 of Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre at Brent Street in 2013. After studying Primary Education for three years, Jess now works full time as a singer, dancer and suit character at Dreamworld.
Additionally, she has been a member of “Insomnia” Hip Hop crew, a dancer in the Gold Coast Suns Squad, a suit performer and host in children’s show “Farmyard Friends” and a back up dancer for drag performer Justine Kace. In her spare time Jess loves to perform in musicals, recently doing Heathers and Higher and Higher at Spotlight Theatre.
Jess is very excited to join in L.E.Academy family, and share her passion and knowledge with a new generation.
MISS Jackie Pointing
Vocal & Musical Theatre , Vocal & Drama
Jackie Turner has performed and studied in many varying styles of theatre and voice. She graduated from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries in 2013 where she furthered her studies in Theatre and Film. She has also trained in Musical Theatre, contemporary voice and classical voice over the past 12 years. a graduate of the University of Queensland, she has received A Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts.
Jackie is a dedicated and well-loved teacher on the Gold Coast and has been able to share her knowledge of voice and drama at Performing Arts studios for the past six years. With experience teaching anywhere from pre-prep to adults, Jackie feels comfortable teaching all ages, and is confident that her lessons will engage, excite and extend each individual student to reach their goals.
MISS MADDIE O’CONNOR
Maddie started dancing at the age of just 4 years old , she has practiced many forms of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, cheerleading and really loves the diversity of each style.
Maddie is in the Dance Excellence and Triple Threat Excellence programs at Southport High School and also holds a scholarship in the Academic Excellence program. Hence, she has been able to continue her passion in school-based performances such as Waikikirri, a national competition for Story Through Dance where her school won awards in the Regional and State Finals, various Gold Coast Eisteddfod dance teams and recently on the dance team in their school musical production of Fame.
In addition, Maddie has complemented dance with acting, having played Sharpay in High School Musical and the Queen of Hearts in Dorothy in Wonderland.
A member of L.E. Academy’s Elite Eisteddfod Team, Maddie has performed in various competitions and was so excited when their team qualified to compete in the DanceLife Nationals in Sydney.
One of the inaugural dance students of L. E. Academy when Miss Lauren opened her doors, Maddie was proud to be asked to train as a Student Teacher. She loves her role in assisting miss Lauren with classes as this is a great preparation of her future dreams to have a professional career in the dance industry.
MISS CAITLIN APPI
MISS LUANA BEE AUTILIO
Luana started dance at the age of 7 and from there has participated in different styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, cheer, acro & was also training level 5 in gymnastics at Broadbeach PCYC.
Luana holds a place in the dance excellence program at Southport State High School and she also takes part in their academic excellence program. She has been included in a number of school based events such as being cast as the “March Hare” in “Dorothy in Wonderland” in 2015, being in the Gold Coast eisteddfod dance team team for both Ashmore State School and L. E. Academy as well as competing in gymnastics competitions from levels one through 5.
MISS ELLA GRAY
Hi my name is Ella, I dance at L. E. Academy and I do a variety of dance styles such as ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and Acro and I have the privilege to be a part of an amazing elite competition team.
Through L. E. Academy I have been able to experience many opportunities, such as, competing at nationals in Sydney and participating in many dance competitions around the coast. I’m proud to be apart of the L. E. A family, with very supportive and caring students and most of all our amazing dance teachers, they do such an awesome job.
L. E. A makes me inspired to become a better dancer, every time I step through the doors. I believe that no matter who you are, everyone can dance and have fun. I hope in future I can inspire people and entertain them by making them feel a certain emotion towards my dancing. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings each and every person of L. E. Academy.
MISS AMELIA WISE
Amelia attended her first ballet class at the age of 5. She has progressed through her RAD Ballet Exams to Intermediate Foundation Level. She is now learning pointe work through Cecchetti Ballet program with Miss Erin. Amelia has a love of all styles of dance including jazz, contemporary / lyrical , musical theatre and is now learning tap.
Amelia won a dance scholarship to Benowa State High and is currently studying in their STEM academic program. She has a love of musicals and performed in her first Musical as a cheer leader last year in Benowa State High’s “High School Musical”.
Over the years Amelia has been involved in many Elite Teams performing across the Gold Coast at competitions and eisteddfods, but the highlight was dancing with the first L.E.A Elite Team and making it through to Dance Life United Nationals in Sydney making lots of memoires and lasting friendships.
One of Amelia’s dream’s was to be a student teacher, she has always looked up to her older role models and it was something she strived to be. She loves teaching younger students and hopes to be a positive role model for them to look up to. Amelia is honored to be a part of the L.E.A team.
MR DANE WALKER
Dane is a year 11 student who started dancing when he was two years old and attended Scream Dance and Drama in the U.K. He performed in many shows and even appeared in two TV shows. Dane’s love of dance was inspired by Michael Jackson and over the years has self-choreographed numerous dance routines.
Dane attends Queensland Academies of Health Sciences and volunteers in the boy’s hip hop dance class as part of his school curriculum in which he thoroughly enjoys as he has dance and music in his bones.