Katrina Orenstein (Owner & Dance Teacher)
BEd(Sec)/BCI(Dance), RAD DDTS; RTS
Having grown up on the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet syllabus and completing her major examinations and Grade 8 with honours, Katrina knew from a young age that choreography and teaching were her passion.
Performing at various Eisteddfods in NSW; North West Dance Festival, State Dance Festival, Schools Spectacular, HSC Callback she then went on to lead the school Rock Eisteddfod Challenge as Head Choreographer in 2002.
Katrina successfully completed a Bachelor of Dance and Bachelor of Education at Queensland University of Technology and immediately gained employment as a high school Dance and Drama teacher. After 6 years teaching Dance in schools, Katrina decided to open Studio K Dance and has been enjoying her role of teacher and business owner ever since.
In 2016 Katrina completed a two year Diploma of Dance Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) allowing her to become a registered RAD trained ballet teacher and school, whereby students undertake RAD Ballet examinations. Following this, Katrina completed the Progressing Ballet Technique course with Marie Walton-Mahon in Sydney becoming a PBT registered teacher and incorporating the safe dance practise within all Ballet classes.
Recently Katrina has completed Perfect Form’s Intensive Flexibility course with leading Dance Physiotherapist Lisa Howell, furthering her understanding of Safe Dance Practice with a particular focus on increasing flexibility safely.
Amy Curtin (Dance Teacher)
This is Amy’s first year teaching at Studio K Dance. Amy enjoys teaching dance all over Sydney from pre-schoolers through to adults. She teaches many styles including Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz and Musical Theatre.
She trained at The Brent Street School of Performing Arts where she studied all dance forms as well as singing and drama and achieved her certificate IV in Performing Arts. She has also completed the Higher School Certificate Dance program studying performance, choreography and theory and has also completed her Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet examinations. Amy has participated in the Australian Dance Awards, The Olympic Opening Ceremony, as well having various other experiences in the dance industry.
Amy’s recent performance credits in musical theatre include Chicago, Honk, Little Mermaid, Chorus Line and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The theatre shows she has choreographed include Spamalot, Seussical, Evita, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening and Eurobeat – The Eurovision Musical.
She is looking forward to working with the Students at Studio K Dance and to having a great year.
Lara Duncan (Dance Teacher)
Lara Duncan is a Northern Beaches local who started dancing at age 3. Initially a student of Dynamite Performing Arts and later Lamont Dance and Theatre, Lara studied and competed in Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Singing as both a soloist and group performer. During High School, Lara participated in the NSW Talent Development Project for singing and songwriting and was a Featured Artist on 5 Barrenjoey High School Band tours.
After gaining a band six in music in her HSC, Lara received a scholarship to Brent Street Performing Arts to complete her Diploma of Musical Theatre. There, she was given the opportunity to open for Kasey Donovan and also sing back-up vocals for Judah Kelly on The Voice AU. Recently, Lara was a successful applicant and graduate of the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music, in which she performed at the Opening Concert of the Tamworth Country Music Festival.