The Heart of Little Lights Dance
Founded in 2014, the heart of Little Lights Dance is to see children learn to dance in a creative, positive and joy-filled environment where they feel valued and inspired to express themselves through dance. Little Lights preschool classes provide children with the opportunity to explore a variety of dance styles through play, story telling, improvisation and the use of props that aim to inspire the creative dancer within each child.
Classes are held within the awesome facilities at Kidz Connexion located on the corner of Wakehurst Parkway and Dreadnought Rd Oxford Falls – entry is through C3 Church and then just follow the signs to Kidz Connexion. The facilities are absolutely first class…with the cafe serving up beautiful coffee for the mums and the play centre available at special reduced rates for siblings not participating in the dance classes, everyone is taken care of! For more info about Kidz Connexion please see their website
Sonja Ebsary – ARAD, B Ed (Primary) Sonja is married to Scott and is the mother of 2 beautiful children Anders and Lucy. She immersed herself in dance from the age of 3. 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 and beautiful technique in 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.
Angelica Lainis – Adv. Dip. Contemporary Dance – Head Teacher
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 for me 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 preschoolers. My favourite part is seeing each child’s face light up as they enter into the classroom each week with wander and awe of what is to unfold each lesson.’
Hannah Elmes – CERT IV in Theology Majoring in Contemporary Dance, Cert IV in Contemporary Dance. ARAD – Head Teacher & Assistant Teacher
Hannah has been dancing since she was 3 and hasn’t stopped since. She has completed all her RAD ballet exams and also trained in Cecchetti. When Hannah was 15 years old she trained at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy, she has also trained in dance at C3 College and last year she completed her Certificate IV in Contemporary dance at Ev & Bow Full Time Dance Training Centre. Hannah has trained in and enjoys dancing many different styles of dance but ballet has always been her favourite. She enjoys teaching all ages but believes the love and joy you give and receive when teaching young children is beyond compare. Hannah wants to pass on the love, joy and passion she has for dancing to the children she gets the pleasure of teaching at Little Lights.
Lisa White – Dip. Creative Arts in Christian Ministry Specialising in Contemporary Dance – Assistant Teacher
Lisa began dancing at the age of 15 and quickly fell in love with the art forms combination of creative expression and athleticism. Coming from a background in gymnastics, she began by studying curricular dance and joining school based eisteddfod groups. After completing HSC dance in 2014, Lisa decided to pursue further studies in dance by completing two years at C3 college. Lisa enjoys working with children of all ages and is currently studying a bachelor of arts/bachelor of education. She loves teaching young children because of the energy, curiosity, and excitement that they bring to class; and she delights in watching the magical moments that unfold when a child experiences something new.
Luciana Lopez – Assistant Teacher
Luciana’s love for dance started from the age of 4 at Ballet Academy Northside, where she continues to train 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, being selected to perform in HSC Dance ‘Callback’ and being offered a position in 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.