Our Teachers

 

All Pulsate Dance Force Staff have an up-to-date First Aid certificate as well as a current Working With Children check.

Along with the essential safety requirements, Pulsate staff continue to work towards certifications, and attend seminars, workshops and training programs around Australia.

We are dedicated to providing your child with the most recent  and current dance techniques from around Australia and the world.

Miss Sam
(Director)
Sam Pulvirenti) has been dancing since the age of 6 and is trained in Jazz, Ballet,  Hip Hop, Funk, Cheerleading, Acrobatics and Contemporary.

At the age of 18, Sam moved to Adelaide to pursue her dance career becoming part of the faculty at “The Australian Company of Performing Arts”, and a member of “The Talent Agency”.  Dancing in Adelaide she has performed at some of SA’s biggest commercial performances.

These include dancing and promotions for Port Power AFL, Adelaide Thunderbirds netball, Rundle Mall, Telstra business awards, Adelaide Entertainment and Convention Centre, just to name a few.

Sam has travelled all around Australia working with some of Australia and America’s best choreographers and implements this knowledge to all her of her students.

Since beginning her family, Sam moved back to Wangaratta where her dance training began with Miss Tanya many years ago. Sam took over the running of the studio in 2016.

Fully accredited through the AUSTRALIAN TEACHERS OF DANCE (ATOD) Sam has ensured her industry knowledge is also backed with a nationally accredited certification to teach dance. Thus ensuring safe teaching practices throughout the studio and in all classes.

Sam teaches all styles of dance at Pulsate as well as competition troupes and soloists. Her time at Pulsate has seen her train all of the competition troupes to success at both regional and national levels. Big achievements have been taking the competition students to Nationals on the Gold coast in 2014 and 2015. These teams went on to win numerous National Titles including 1st place for her Hip Hop Crew which also received the Highest Scoring Troupe at State Finals.

Sam continues to grow as a teacher and provides her students with the most recent techniques from around the world. In 2015, Sam travelled to the USA to train with the world’s best choreographers in all styles of dance. She also attended the World Hip Hop Championships in San Diego. This trip saw her bring home fresh and innovative teaching techniques and ideas that has seen Pulsate push new boundaries.

Sam provides the students with the necessary training and experience to one day enter the dance industry.

 

Miss Tanya
Tanya Singh is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and our principle Ballet teacher at Pulsate.

Tanya’s love of ballet began at the age of two, when she began learning classical ballet. At 15, Tanya studied classical ballet full time under Marie Walton-Mahon in Newcastle, Australia and was then fortunate to obtain a scholarship to The London Studio Centre in London, UK. Whilst studying performing arts, Tanya performed in various pantomimes and studied all genres of dance, drama and singing.

After completing her training in London, Tanya returned to Australia and went on to start her own successful dance studio: Pulsate Dance Academy bringing styles such as Hip-hop/funk and her unique contemporary style and industry knowledge to children in North East Victoria.

Over the 17 years, Tanya gained her registered teacher status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and was mentored by the ex-principle artist of the Australian Ballet Lisa Bolte. Many of Tanya’s students have completed their RAD ballet exam with honors and distinctions. Some going on to fulfilling dance careers in contemporary, ballet and commercial dance, as well as dance choreography and teaching.

Tanya has worked with many industry professionals and festivals such as the Arts Council of Victoria as their Regional Rehearsal Director for Bal-Modern part of Melbourne’s Art Festival in 2003. Again was commissioned by the Arts Council Victoria to choreograph an African and Latin Contemporary dance piece for the Mount Beauty Muster. Tanya has extensive competition experience with Pulsate winning numerous national titles at Showcase Dance Championships.

in 2015, Tanya moved to Melbourne where she has begun adjudicating. She is continuing to pursue her passion for dance, wanting to share her knowledge and help dancers improve and develop to be the best they can. Tanya believes that her 17 years of teaching, class preparing and presenting students for examinations, choreographing solos ,troupes, productions and mentoring students to reach their goal and dreams, has provided her with the ability to know what it takes to compete at a competition level and how important it is to the students’ parents and teachers.

Miss-Emily-Pulsate-WangarattaMiss Emily
Emily Oates started dancing at the age of four, learning all styles including ballet, demi-character, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, broadway jazz, commercial jazz and hip hop.  At the age of nine she began dancing competitively.

Emily has achieved great success with her dancing. Her highlights include:

 

  • Winning several age championships in both junior and senior age groups on the competition circuit. Including many championships – Ballet, Jazz, and Modern.
  • Successfully auditioning for the Australian Ballet School at age 12, where she was accepted and danced for three years undergoing intense training in styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Character and Neo Classical. Along with several lessons of Floor Barr and Stretch and Limber.
  • Being one of the youngest chosen  at a contemporary audition for the company Chunky Moves where they travelled and performed in locations of Victoria.
  • Competing at a L.A. Dance Force workshop in Sydney and being selected for an award in the junior age category from hundreds of others.
  • Competing at City of Sydney and performing a routine choreographed by David Williams who was such an inspiration to her.
  • Competing as part of Pulsate’s National Team with two routines that she choreographed, both of which were very successful.
  • Completing RAD ballet exams up to and including Advanced 1 Ballet, receiving Merits and Distinctions in all her assessments.
  • Choreographing several of Pulsate’s solo, duo and troupe competition routines at both regional and national comps, placing high with golds and high golds.

Emily began teaching alongside Miss Tanya when she was 16, assisting with Tiny Tots Ballet, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 Ballet.  And at the age of 19, began teaching ballet and contemporary, and more recently lyrical.

Emily recently completed a teacher course with Contemporary Guru, Paul Malek, at Transit Dance. Emily was inspired by Paul and the reason why he is a choreographer. Emily has taken a lot out of his class and uses it in her own classes.

Emily loves to teach and hopes she can inspire students in the way she has been inspired by the many amazing influences in her life. Emily is passionate about teaching students to always believe in themselves and to dance from the heart, believing it’s not about being the best in the class but about the love and passion for dance.

 

Miss Katrina
Katrina Pulvirenti grew up in Wangaratta dancing and competing until the age of 18.

After completing VCE, she was accepted to train full-time for two years at “The Space Dance & Arts Centre” where she continued to train in all commercial and technical styles of dance, and was soon accepted into Katie Collins’ “Universal Entertainment Agency.”

Katrina’s most studied and perfected styles to teach and dance is Hip Hop and Urban. Katrina has studied and honed her craft joining the hip hop company/crew “Triple8funk” (Australia), where she has performed, trained and showcased at many corporate events for three years, eventually becoming one of the head directors.

Katrina’s dancing and teaching as taken her to the U.S., Singapore, NZ, Norway, and all across Australia. Katrina is also the Crew Liason/Organiser for one of Australia’s biggest Hip Hop  competitions – “Hip Hop International” – which travels to all states of Australia. In 2017, she will have the opportunity to shadow judge at all regional events to expand her skills.

Katrina’s main goal when teaching is to educate students in music, grooves and feel, to grasp an individual style of their own.

 

Miss Caitlin
Caitlin Dolphin-Sewell

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Miss Brittany
Brittany has been dancing now for 14 years, and in that time discovered her calling was for the art of Tap Dancing.

Competing all across Australia as well as travelling and performing at Disneyland in Anaheim USA, her dancing years have taken her all over the world, and she has gained a tonne of experience and knowledge of the style and how it has grown over the years.

Brittany has completed ATOD Tap Examinations up to the Silver Star level, and still has the fabulous feet she has always had. She has been teaching now for six years, and has the versatility to incorporate a routine to suit a whole classes needs.

Miss Beth 
Miss Bethany Elcock is a versatile dancer and teacher with an energetic and fun vibe.

Bethany has been dancing since the age of four, and has been at Pulsate for five years. Over the past two years Beth has undertaken the student teacher program under Miss Sam. She has also recently been certified under the Acrobatic Arts syllabus after completing their module one teaching course.

Since dancing at Pulsate Dance Force Miss Beth has been a member of the Advanced Competition team and has competed at various local dance competitions as well as at Showcase National competitions on the Gold Coast in 2014 and 2015.

In 2017, Bethany hopes to pass on her dance knowledge to her students and continue developing her skills as a teacher by experiencing what dance has to offer outside of Wangaratta. She has recently attended the Summer Intensive workshops at Brent Street in Sydney and will be travelling to the Singapore Summer Jam Dance Workshops in March of this year. She plans to continue attending as many dance events and workshops as possible so to continue her learning as both a dancer and a teacher. She is also preparing for full time dance training which she plans to undertake in 2018.

Bethany has a strong passion for dance and believes that true passion in dancing is something that cannot be taught, but is discovered by the dancer themselves.

 

Miss Tahni
Tahni Binko is sixteen years old, and has been dancing at Pulsate Dance Force since 2007.

She has been involved in the competition team for a number of years and has competed locally, regionally, and nationally with our team.

Tahni has participated in two ballet summer school workshops and she has been extremely successful in receiving great results in several RAD exams. Tahni has also been student teaching at Pulsate for three years and has been thoroughly enjoying each class.

Tahli hopes that her love and passion for dance can be passed onto her students through their classes together.

 

Miss Ashlee
Ashlee Aylward is 16 years old and has been dancing with Pulsate since 2006.

Since 2008, Ashlee has been competing in competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. One of her biggest achievements was achieving an overall 2nd place in the preteen section in Adelaide regionals in 2014. Ashlee has also placed in the top 10 in Melbourne competitions over the years, and has received High Golds competing at a national level.

Ashlee has been involved with many ballet summer and winter schools and recently spent a week in Melbourne at Transit Dance participating in a summer intensive program.

2017 is Ashlee’s first year as a student teacher with Pulsate, and she wishes to share her love of dance with the younger students.

 

Miss Molly
Molly Nolan is 16 years old, and has been dancing at Pulsate Dance Force since the age of 3.

She is currently a part of the advanced competition team, and has been competing for a number of years locally, regionally and nationally, loving every experience.

Molly has also completed her RAD ballet exams with great success, an achievement she is proud of.

Molly loves to be on stage and has a strong passion for the performing arts and one day hopes to achieve her dream of performing on Broadway.

Molly loves loves working with the kids at Pulsate and hopes she can help them dance in as many ways as possible. She is very excited for the 2017 year ahead and the new experiences it has to hold.

 

 

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