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Hai Nguyen

Director, Teacher
Qualifications: BA Dance, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Year 7-12) Dance & Visual Arts 

Hai is a Graduate Secondary school teacher in Dance and Visual Arts with over 10 years of teaching experience with both non-dance students and dance students. He chose to open DAAM School of dance and work with other passionate, dedicated teacher to teach, inspire students at all levels. Hai’s teaching philosophy and the focus of DAAM School of dance’s program is all about having fun exploring endless ways to move, musicality, contributing, respecting others and learning disciplines. He listens to parents and students’ feedback to ensure the quality of the classes and that teaching content is suitable for different students. 

Education and Training:
United States: Steps on BroadwayBroadway Dance Center, Peridance, New York City, Debbie Reynolds dance studio, Movement Lifestyle
Australia: Deakin University, Melbourne t1IMG_6329
France: Swingtap, Paris -Tap dance | France Percussions Studio, Paris -Drumming
Registrations:
First-Aid Certificate
Working With Children Check
Area of study:
Dance: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hiphop, Contemporary, Stretch and Strengthening
Visual Arts: Arts and Studio Arts: Year 7-12 VCE
Drums
Credits:
2013- ‘T.A.P’ (Tap dance And Poetry)-Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
2010- ‘Long Walk’ (Contemporary dance)-Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
2008- ‘Words Of Feet 2’ (Tap dance)-Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
2007- ‘TWO’ (Tap dance and Contemporary dance)-Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
2005- ‘Words Of Feet 1’ (Tap dance)-Producer, Director, Choreographer, Dancer

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37968294_10160534660605548_1005189357067304960_nASHLEY LEAN

Ashley Lean began her training in her hometown Ballarat with Anita Coutts School of dance before commencing her full time training at The National Theatre Ballet School under Beverly Jane Fry.
After Graduating with a Diploma in Classical Arts in 2007 from N.T.B.S, she began her professional career dancing with Melbourne Ballet Company in 2008 during their Balanced Perspectives season.
In 2013 Ashley joined Victorian State Ballet performing soloist roles in both Madame Butterfly and Alice in Wonderland.
During 2013 she also had the opportunity to perform as a guest artist with Melbourne City Ballet Company in both Quantum and Parallel connections season.
At the Beginning of 2014 Ashley moved to Japan to perform in a stage show “One Mans Dream 2” at Tokyo Disneyland, performing many dance roles including iconic Disney characters such as Cinderella and the Evil Queen.
After Ashley returned to Australia in mid 2015 she rejoined Victorian State Ballet Company. Over the following years she performed in a variety of Contemporary works and Classical Ballets including, Giselle, Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Cinderella, Snow White and many more.
At the end of August in 2017 Ashley took her final bow in her professional dancing career during her retirement show performing her favorite role as the Step Sister from Cinderella
In 2018 Ashley has been appointed the position as Creative Associate with the National Dance Theatre of Australia to help shape it into one of the leading dance companies in Australia.
Career highlights for Ashley: Step Sister in Cinderella, Winter Fairy in Cinderella, Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Odalisque in Le Corsair, Guest dancer for Melbourne Opera in Carmen, Cygnets at L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week and performing as a Disney Princess at Tokyo Disneyland.
Ashley is very excited to re-join the teaching faculty at DAAM School of Dance and help spread her passion, experiences and years of knowledge with the next generation of dancers.

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IMG_4578Jessica Ride
Jessica Ride commenced her training in the Northern Territory at Australian Dance Academy in Alice Springs. During that time Jessica danced with Duprada Dance Company and performed in many full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Copelia, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. In 2008 Jessica toured with Duprada Dance Company to Singapore. 
At 16 she moved to Melbourne to undertake fulltime training at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet under direction of Christine Walsh. After completing her HSC Jessica went onto study at Deakin University and most recently studied at Transit Dance. 
Jessica has over five years experience teaching classical ballet to students of all ages and abilities including teaching students of elite pre-professional level. Jessica works as a freelance classical ballet teacher and choreographer working with many dance schools throughout Melbourne. 
Jessica is excited to bring her knowledge and skill to encourage and nurture DAAM’s next generation of dancers.