Our Directors

Sarah Ambrose
Sarah Ambrose

Principal Director

Sarah discovered her passion for dance the moment she took to the stage at just 2 years of age. After seeing Janet Jackson live in her Velvet Rope Tour, she was convinced that dancing would become her career. Since that time Sarah has strived to become one of Australia's most versatile dancers, studying in all areas of the Performing Arts including Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Latin & Ballroom.

Sarah studied full time at Dance World Studios (2004) and also trained with Industry School of Dance under the direction of Robert Sturrock. After travelling overseas to train intensively in L.A, New York & London, Sarah was inspired by some of the best talent in the world. This led to her decision to relocate to Los Angeles where she spent the following 2 years training, assisting and performing with leading US Dancers & Choreographers.

Professionally she has worked for a number of Australian artists' including Jessica Mauboy and has performed for major corporate companies such as Panasonic, Adidas & Optus for various events & TV appearances around Australia. Sarah is now focused on her role as co-owner & Director of Dance at MAPA where she is committed to passing on her years of experience and knowledge to young people who wish to find their inner passion and express themselves through the art of dance and performance.


Susie Ahern
Susie Ahern

Director of Music & Drama

Susie has been a Vocal Coach for over 25 years and knew she wanted to be a professional singer since the age of 10. Over the years she has worked with some of Australia's best singers including Guy Sebastian and Natalie Gauci as well as Superstar DJ and emerging recording Artist Ruby Rose.

Susie has been very fortunate in her career working as a session vocalist and has toured with artists such as Kylie Minogue, John Farnham and Anthony Callea. She has also been involved on albums as a background vocalist with Renee Geyer, David Hobson, David Campbell, Shannon Noll and the Badloves. Susie has also coached singers on many TV shows including Australian Idol, AGT, It Takes Two, The X Factor and Starstruck.

She is especially proud to have been involved and directing the Choir for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 for David Hirschfelders piece 'Eternity' and sang background vocals on 'Dare To Dream' with Olivia Newton John and John Farnham.  Susie is excited to be concentrating her efforts and imparting years of knowledge through MAPA, developing young artists who have the potential to achieve success in a world market. She can assist emerging performers to become the artist they were meant to be by working on vocal skills, the art of songwriting and production, performance skills and visual styling.


Anji Soie
Anji Soie

Director of Classical Ballet

Anji has performed in numerous classical and contemporary works throughout Europe including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Nut Cracker, Coppelia, Paquita, Pas de Quatre and pieces by Jiri Kylian. Anji has a deep passion for imparting the discipline, art and performance of Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

Anji began her Classical Ballet education in Tokyo, Japan. Anji moved to Europe to extend her skills and trained at a range of prominent schools in London, Paris, Germany including the Royal Dutch Ballet School. With over 25 years' experience as a dancer and teacher, she has developed a strong reputation for her original method of teaching that will dramatically improve a student's technique and skill. Anji is a qualified clinical Pilates, therapists and provides training and programs that assists students to strengthen, develop and engage the correct muscles to avoid injury.

As a ballet and conditioning teacher she provides guidance and advice to her many students on the importance of maintaining well holistic health practices and balances in their life. Anji can provide private training including point work for those students looking to advance their skills and can assist dancers who wish to pursue a professional career in Ballet. Anji is excited to be the Director of Ballet at MAPA and takes pride in providing and producing beautiful classical ballet choreography for the students to perform each year.


Mark Davis
Mark Davis

Executive Director & Talent Manager

Since 1981, Mark has been the founder, owner and manager of a number of successful and prominent businesses in Melbourne covering the property, design, building, technology and sports industries. Through his business interests, Mark has won international recognition and awards for producing and managing large scale conferences, seminars, functions and experiential events.

Mark has become well accustomed to the dynamics, culture and commitment needed to establish and manage a creative and performing arts business. His daughter has danced since the age of 2 and has been involved behind the scenes with dance concerts, events and performances for over 20 years and is supported by his partner who was a professional ballerina and now teaches classical ballet.

Mark assists with strategies for developing the school and works closely with the Directors and management team to continually improve the service offerings at MAPA. Mark brings his years of experience and his international connections to MAPA and assists with the staging of the annual concerts and actively seeks new opportunities for our growing list of talented performers. He was instrumental in providing the beautiful performing arts and training facility at MAPA and is passionate about creating an environment for young talent to thrive and express themselves through the creative arts.

 

 

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Our Location
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    MAPA Dance Academy
    140 Hall Street,
    Spotswood, VIC 3015
    Phone - 8560 4334

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    MAPA Music and Drama Academy
    144 Hall Street,
    Spotswood, VIC 3015
    Phone - 8560 4335

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