Paula began dancing as a 7 year old with Marilyn & Graeme Dowd at the Ballet Centre Dandenong. She studied Classical Ballet under the Cecchetti method and completed her exams through to Advanced. During her time training she also began assisting in classes which started her passion for teaching. After years of teaching in local dance schools Paula was approached and encouraged to start up her own and in 1989 she opened Jazz Connection in Endeavour Hills – enrolling 100 students in her first week! The school, which was predominately Jazz to begin with, quickly evolved and progressed to include many dance styles as well as new locations – running very successfully in the Yarra Valley since 2006. In 2011, now with co-principal Lauryn, they changed the name of the school to Live2Dance (L2D) to reflect a change in direction, keeping up with modern times and modern styles.
Lauryn began dancing when she was 3 years old and now has over 20 years performing and 10 years teaching experience. After completing her business qualifications she began teaching dance at the College of Creative Arts and Technologies before going on to complete her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management. Since then she has worked as a senior teacher for many dance schools, including becoming co-principal at Live2Dance (formally Jazz Connection). She currently also teachers Business, Marketing, Jazz and Contemporary at Box Hill TAFE, training aspiring dance teachers. Lauryn is also a registered teacher of the LMDS©, for which she completed her own Classical Ballet exams and is also qualified to administer them.
Former principal of Splitz, Thérèse Macartney began dancing at age three studying BBO Classical Ballet and Cecchetti Ballet which she continued up to her Advanced Exam. In her extensive career she has studied professional style jazz, Horton jazz, Horton modern, contemporary and ballroom and began competition and teaching work from 14 years old. Thérèse has 44 years of national AND international dance experience with 32 of those years working and teaching professionally. This all means she has a wealth of knowledge to share with our students.
Dance is her life; always has been and will be.
Maddi has been dancing since she was 3 years old, joining her mum's school Jazz Connection and continuing through to its current name Nsync.
Maddi began her teacher training as an assistant under the guidance of her mum, taking to it like a duck to water. She found a real passion for Hip Hop and has thrived in the last few years as our Junior, Junior Advanced and Intermediate Teacher.
Maddi has also broadened her skills to include Contemporary, Jazz and Acrobatics.