Your First Dance Co.
Our vision is to offer our individuals, families, and couples a service that is uniquely tailored to their personal style, experience, physical capability, and vision. Working towards a love, and invigorating experience, of dance; we focus on the joy of movement not competition or perfection. If you don’t love the experience of dance, then dance itself means nothing.
Walking, or rather dancing, with you as you experience every one of Your First Dance experiences. YFDC believe that in order to offer such high quality dance choreography, we must have a high level of training and professional experience. Therefore, the wedding and dance choreographers and teachers at YFDC have extensive training and experience in the industry, and also have full creative freedom.
Creativity in dance is essential in order to capture the essence of who the dancer is; therefore our teachers work collaboratively with their couples and students to create a beautiful dance experience.
Music. Movement. Memories
Owner & Dance Instructor
After seeing my wedding dance, five of my friends asked me to choreograph their own first dances for their big day; I did five weddings in the year of 2010. I was also working in other dance studios at the time, and it was at this point that my new husband said to me “you should go into business for yourself,” and Your First Dance Co. was born. Advertising using those first five couples, with a small garage studio in Hamlyn Terrace, YFDC blossomed into a unique and highly sort after wedding service provider.
Many years later, YFDC has choreographed hundreds of weddings dances, and continues to be the leading Wedding Dance provider on the Central Coast and Newcastle/Hunter Regions of NSW. Also provided Hens night workshops, father/daughter mother/son dance, bust outs and more.
I love to educate and instruct at other Dance Schools and Gymnasiums on a regular basis as well as running YFDC, keeping myself busy and in the industry in all aspects of Dance; and to top it off in 2016, Term 3, I introduced our first lot of Kids Classes which have continued to expand. Plus a wide variety of dance classes for adults!
I’m motivated and passionate about any Bride and Groom whom are willing to take the “spotlight” on the Dance Floor on their Special Day! Or anyone wanting to step out of their comfort zone and to learn what I love to teach. Walking alongside children, parents, and couples with their First Dance experience is a huge honour and privilege I am truly grateful for.
Courtney has been with Your First Dance Co. since the early years. The Central Coast Wedding Dance instructor, and adult’s dance teacher. Courtney began her dance career at a young age in a small country dance school, and after moving to the Central Coast, continued her training with a popular local studio. At 13 she started student teaching and went on to teach Jazz and Hip Hop from the age of 17. Courtney participated in numerous local and state eisteddfods, Rock Eisteddfods, and showcase performances.
Wanting to extend her skills, Courtney was successful in auditioning for Urban Dance Centre, and trained, and completed workshops, with many respected teachers. Not only that, but she has performed with renowned music artists and on numerous television shows for opening and closing sequences.
Courtney’s qualifications include:
– BAL jazz exams, receiving honours.
– Certificate IV in Performing Arts
Maddie is the newest member of the Your First Dance Co. wedding dance team, and assists with the kids classes as well. Focussing on the ever growing Sydney weddings, Maddie is already receiving rave reviews! Though she is new to teaching, she has known and been trained by Anne Marie for fifteen years. Also training in a multitude of other styles by industry professionals, dancing in a variety of showcases nationally and overseas, Maddie is a huge asset to the YFDC. team.
With a passion for Hip Hop Maddie offers a different flavour for the kids classes. Disciplined, yet grounded, she supports the children in learning not only dance, but what it is to experience dance with a different flavour, and offering a new learning experiences. Having been trained by multiple industry professionals (including our own Anne-Marie), and dancing national and international, Maddie is well on her way to carving out her own name in this industry.
Maddie’s qualifications include:
– Diploma of Elite Performance at Dargie Entertainment (currently studying)
– Glenn W Wood Tap
– RAD training to Intermediate Foundation
Olivia is another of Your First Dance Co. fabulous kids dance teachers. Having danced since she was 3 years old, and teaching since the age of 14, her passion for dance has only grown with her. Her love of children and dance has even seen her travel to Fiji to teach western dance styles to the local children, a mutually enriching experience.
Another of our team who has dance all over the world, attending multiple workshops, and training with many industry professionals, Olivia continues to add to our incredible team with her speciality in Tap, yet still having significant experience in a multitude of other styles. Olivia is a huge asset to our team, and for our children in her classes.
Olivia’s qualifications include:
– Student teachers diploma in LGTDA
– Trained in Glen wood Tap Syllabus
– Technique training in RAD
Shearra joined the Your First Dance Co. team in 2018, bringing her unique blend of Twerk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Bodyworx, and Ballet to the squad. Teaching in our corporate/consulting team, Shearra works with an incredible group of woman over at the W Tribe on the Central Coast.
Having danced from a young age in multiple styles, Shearra began teaching at the age of 14 and went on to teach independently at the age of 18, she has also trained and completed workshops with many industry professionals.
Hayley was with YFDC for quite some time from 2015, having had some time off she is now back, and we are so excited! Starting her dance career at the age of 4 in all genres, Hayley competed in eisteddfods from when she was 6 years old up until the age of 18. Be impassioned with dance and teaching, Hayley began to teach at the age of 15 at the Ritz Dance Company, teaching kids as young as 2 year old to Open Age on a weekly basis. She then joined YFDC in 2015 teaching along side Director Anne Marie Dox in all genres including Bridal Dances.
Attending workshops is a favourite of hers, with Stephen Tannos, Katie Grey, Micheal Schwandt, Aimee Regan, Neale Whittaker and Tom Richardson just to name a few, Hayley is also another performer, having performed in a number of venues.
Hayley’s dance qualifications include:
– BAL / RAD Ballet exams
– Glenn Wood tap exams
– Studio Champion of The Ritz Dance Co in 2012.
Kara has been dancing since the age of 5 training in ballet, lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and tap with Simone’s school of performing arts and has trained with Anne-Marie from Your First Dance Co in the styles of tap and jazz as well. Throughout this time she has competed in many Eisteddfods in both troupes and solos achieving many placings and championships. Kara has also performed in a number of shows across Australia, and on national television, as well as working with many known choreographers/trainers
Kara started dance teaching at the age of 14 as an assistant dance teacher before teaching her own classes from 16 years old. She has taught ballet with her students completing RAD examinations with excellent results, tap with students completing their Glen Wood Tap exams as well as jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, stretch/technique, hip-hop and contemporary. She has taught performance troupes with her choreography competing in local Eisteddfods and competitive soloists also.
Kara’s dance qualifications include:
– RAD ballet exams up to intermediate achieving merits and distinctions
– Glen Wood Tap exams completing up to level 10, with high results
Diana Yates and Nicoline Hancock
Meet the admin and marketing team.
Diana Yates (left) originally from Costa Rica, she moved to Australia almost a decade ago. Working a career in Customer Service and Quality for ten years, whilst also completing a degree in interior design, Diana uses her corporate background combined with her creative talent to elevate the experience of all YFDC’s dancers. She is passionate about supporting the administration of businesses that stand for health and well-being for all ages, especially those of children. She lives and learns alongside her daughter Pippa in Terrigal.
Nicoline Hancock (right) is originally from South Africa, she moved here with her family in 2018 and jumped headfirst into dance and YFDC. It was in South Africa that she obtained her qualifications in Public Relations and it has always been a passion of hers to be involved with weddings and events as well as marketing and creative endeavors. A passionate and energetic mum of two, Nicoline is not only one of YFDC’s star administrators but joins in on our adults dance classes, and has her daughter attend YFDC kids.