The heart of Little Lights Dance

Founded in 2014 by Sonja Ebsary, the heart of Little Lights Dance is to inspire your child to fall in love with dance and to unlock their imaginations through our incredible program. Their weekly classes will quickly become their favourite activity of the week.

About Us

Little Lights preschool classes provide children with the opportunity to explore a variety of dance styles within their lessons. With a strong focus on storytelling, our classes use incredible props each week that aim to inspire the creative dancer within each child.
School age children enjoy classes in ballet, lyrical and jazz without the pressures of exams. Our classical program provides a space for children to grow in their ballet technique as they learn the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and gain a knowledge of classical ballet stories such as ‘the Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Lake’ in their repertoire sections of their lessons. Our jazz and lyrical classes are a wonderful chance for children to learn another dance style and build a strong foundation for years to come.

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About the Director

Sonja Ebsary

ARAD, B Ed (Primary)
LLD Director and Head Teacher (Preschool)

 

Sonja is married to Scott and is the mother of two beautiful children Anders and Lucy. She immersed herself in dance from the age of three. Throughout her teenage years she performed in many classical ballet productions with the Sydney Festival Academy including: Cinderella, La Fille Mal Garde and The Nutcracker, which travelled around Australia and developed in her a love for classical ballet and performing. In 1999, Sonja was responsible for pioneering the dance program at Brigidine College St Ives which at that point was non-existent.

Having completed all Royal Academy of Dance examinations with the Sydney Festival Ballet Academy and completing outstanding results in HSC Ballet accelerated in Year 11, Sonja went on to study ballet/dance at tertiary level at the Victorian College of Arts and the Australian College of Physical Education. Sonja has taught dance for many years and enjoys instilling creativity, unlocking imaginations and teaching beautiful technique to her students whilst exploring with them the joy and freedom that dance brings.

In 2004 Sonja graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education majoring in Special Education. She then went on to teach at Oxford Falls Grammar School before the birth of her two children. She looks forward to bringing her passion for dance, knowledge and skills as a teacher and love for children into her teaching.

Miss Angelica

Adv. Dip. Contemporary Dance –

LLD Studio Manager and Head Teacher

(Preschool & School Aged)

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Angelica has been dancing since she was three years old. Training in both the Cecchetti and R.A.D. syllabuses she partook in numerous eisteddfods, productions and examinations. ‘Performing was my favourite part of dance. I loved to step into a new costume and become a new character on stage. There is nothing quite like the anticipation when hiding behind the wings before stepping into the lights.’ In 2012, she moved to Sydney, where she furthered her dance studies at C3 College over the course of three years.

‘I have been teaching and choreographing for a few years now. I can honestly say there is no place quite like Little Lights Dance. Not only is it a beautiful dance space but there is something truly magical about what goes on behind the studio doors that you don’t get anywhere else. We truly foster a love of dance and performance without the pressures of examinations or unrealistic expectations for pre-schoolers and school aged children. I adore seeing each child’s face light up as they enter our studio eagerly awaiting to hear what the lesson will be!

Miss Skye

Head Teacher (Preschool)

and Assistant Ballet Teacher

Born with a love of ballet in her DNA, Skye first visited the Opera House to see the Australian Ballet perform at the tender age of two. Soon after, she began ballet lessons at Chambers de Maria under the tuition of Barbara Chambers and Kathleen Geldard. These two women, both original principles of the Australian Ballet, had previously taught Skye’s mum and aunty (a professional ballet dancer). Skye completed all of her RAD ballet exams and enjoyed performing, competing & placing in many eisteddfods. At 15 years old, Skye began dancing at Sydney Festival Ballet where she met Sonja and had the incredible opportunity of touring and performing in numerous classical ballet productions. 

Skye went on to teach young dancers the RAD syllabus and choreograph ballet solos for her students to perform in eisteddfods. Skye feels extremely thankful to her own dedicated ballet teachers (and supportive family) who nurtured in her a love of classical music, performance and the art of storytelling through movement. Graduating from a Bachelor of Design, Skye has had a successful career as an illustrator and textile designer. She is happiest with a paintbrush in her hand or ballet shoes on her feet! She lives by the beach with her husband Josh and two ballet obsessed girls, Lilou and Sylvie.

Miss Lucinda

Head Teacher (School Aged)

and Assistant Teacher

Luciana’s love for dance started from the age of four at Ballet Academy Northside, where she trained in lyrical, contemporary, jazz and ballet. She has immersed herself in the dance world from a young age, entering and succeeding in several competitions and scholarships; including placing first at the Sydney Eisteddfod, qualifying for scholarship finals and being selected to perform in HSC Dance ‘Callback’ where she was offered a position to join the Rambert School in London.

Through teaching younger dancers, Luciana aims to share the joy and creativity dance has given her so that children will not
only have an unforgettable experience in class and onstage, but also cherish the magic of dance.

Miss Grace

Head Teacher (school aged)

and Assistant Ballet Teacher.

Grace began dancing at age three, and instantly fell in love with the beauty of ballet. She trained for many years in local dance schools, before attending a summer school workshop intensive at the Sydney Ballet School. Following this week of training, she was offered a part time position at the school, alongside seven other girls.

In 2014 she accepted the offer and began home schooling. This experience not only taught her immense lessons in the realm of ballet, but also in life. Being pushed at such a high level, forced her to determine the meaning of hard work, dedication and commitment at a young age.

During her time at the Sydney Ballet School, she also trained in contemporary. Completing her HSC in 2018, she received 96% in dance. She also loves choreography, and having fun with hip-hop and Jazz. Grace has always had a passion for dance, working with children, helping young girls to dream big, work hard, and always have fun.

Miss Sarah

Assistant Teacher

(Preschool & School Age)

Sarah has been dancing since the age of three and danced with Ballet Academy Northside and later for many years at Dance North Academy. Sarah reached Advanced 1 level in R.A.D. ballet.

She has competed in numerous eisteddfods in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and jazz and has reached national level. She has a love and passion for dancing and performing. She was Dance Captain in Year 12 at Oxford Falls Grammar and represented her school in many eisteddfods over her time at OFG. Sarah is really excited about sharing her passion for dance and creating new memories with the dancers at Little Lights.

Miss Mikayla

assistant teacher

(Preschool & School Age)

Mikayla started dancing at Valerie Smith Stage School, from the age of four. Her first dance experience was with jazz which she fell in love with and is still her favourite to this day! From there her passion for dance grew simply from watching ‘the big girls’ on stage and performing herself. Over the years she has immersed herself in many different dance styles such as ballet, lyrical and contemporary.

Mikayla went on to compete in eisteddfods, joined her dance school troupe and in 2018 completed her HSC and got into band 5 dance.
‘Dance has always been a big part of my life and I’m so excited to be able to be working with children and show them how much fun dance can be and show them they can be like the older girls on stage, just like I once wanted to be.’