Abbey Kim

Abbey has danced from a young age and has always loved music and performing. Trained at the London Studio Centre in the UK, Abbey danced and performed professionally on stage in and around the UK for six years, including London's West End and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, before moving to Australia and starting a family. Sharing music and dance with young children is a joy that she relishes including in everyday life.

Adam Carnegie

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Adam has worked in many different fields throughout his life but eventually decided it was time to return to what he loved most, singing and teaching children. He returned to study by completing a Diploma of Music, majoring in Performance as a Vocalist, and Composition Using Electronic Media. He complimented this study by completing a Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment and now is running his own music program for children with special needs called Given To Groove.

Adam Issacs

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Adam has been involved in the music industry since he was 6 years old, getting his start in the Australian Children's Choir. Since then he has gone on to be become an artist in his own right as well as a label owner and artist manager. Adam has worked predominantly in the Hip-Hop industry over the last ten years. He has run or been involved in workshops and performances for Amnesty International, The Salvation Army, The Department of Justice as well as numerous other community groups and organisations. Adam runs the Knox franchise.

Alanna Volker

Alanna studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Speech & Drama, Singing and Musical Theatre and developed a passion for teaching at a young age.  She has taught in both Private Studio’s and School settings in Queensland and Victoria for the past 16 years. Alanna has a Bachelor of Musical Theatre (Central Queensland University – Conservatorium of Music) majoring in Dance, Acting & Voice, A.T.C.L. in Musical Theatre (Trinity College of London) and a Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (University of Southern Queensland).  Alanna is a member of Ausdance Victoria and has obtained the Ausdance Skill Set in Teaching Dance, is an affiliate member of the Australian Teachers of Dancing and is a registered provider of the ATOD Imagine Program. Alanna previously taught the Certificate III in Community Dance Course in Collingwood at the Cultural Infusion Studios through Melbourne Polytechnic. Alanna’s passion is choreography for the stage and has choreographed many musicals over the years. Alanna has been the resident choreographer for the Hart Theatre Company and received Commendation Awards from the Victorian Musical Theatre Guild for her work on Sweet Charity (2013) and The Wizard of Oz (2014). Alanna is a VIT registered teacher and holds a current senior first aid certificate. Alanna currently runs her own studio ‘Alanna’s Theatre and Dance Studio’ in Hampton and teaches Creative Dance for children 2 – 5 years and Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Drama and Musical Theatre for 6 year olds to adults. Alanna loves that Hey Dee Ho gives her the opportunity to combine her love of working with children and her passion for performing and teaching.

Alex Papageorgiou

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Alex has studied drama at Anne Peters school of drama and is involved in a bilingual semi-professional theatre company. She has sung and performed both interstate and overseas. Alex has experience in Greek community choirs as well as an extensive background in hospitality (owning her own cafe for 8 years.) Alex is multi skilled in interacting with people of all age groups and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Ali MacDonald

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Ali has the unique opportunity of working with pre-school children during the day AND performing as a professional singer in the music industry at night - and has done for many years. At a young age she participated in several musicals at the “Why Not Theatre” in Carlton and from there pursued a career as a professional vocalist. She spent 6 years assisting in Child Dare Development then a further 10 years at Kids Promotions, a company who tours high profile children's entertainment around Australia. During this time Ali contributed as a lead and backing singer on albums and onstage for many Melbourne bands both here and around Australia as well as Mauritius, Fiji, Phuket and Bangkok. She has also performed the Australian National Anthem to a world-wide audience for the V8 Supercars. Ali studied piano and the theory of music for over a decade and demonstrates an incredible feel for her work. She also portrays an incessant appreciation of the invaluable influence of music and movement on pre-school children.

Amanda Armstrong

Amanda is an actor and singer who whose teaching credits include The National Theatre Drama School, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and Theatre, Footscray Community Arts Centre to name but a few.  Amanda’s wealth of performing & teaching experience is a perfect fit for her role as a hey dee ho music Presenter where she keeps the children on the edge of their seats with her theatrical performance and beguiles them with her lovely singing voice!

Amanda Testro

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Amanda, a professional singer and a budding piano accordion player, is a veteran hey dee ho franchisee, joining the team in 2001.  Amanda looks after the Inner West & Port Philip areas and is still an active hey dee ho presenter herself.  This, she maintains, keeps her finger in the ‘hey dee ho’ pie and also exposes her to the never ending enjoyment of seeing the children kick their development goals whilst singing, dancing & having fun!

Amelia Vitasovich

Having worked with hey dee ho for five years, Amelia is thrilled to be the Brighton Franchise owner! A Speech and Drama tutor, Vocalist and professional silly goose, Amelia brings a passion for education and a love for the world of story and magic to each session with an abundant warmth and enthusiasm.

Belinda Coco

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Belinda has been performing since the age of 3 and has many years of dance & music training. Over the last 16 years she has performed in numerous bands and has also worked as a professional actor in Music Theatre. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Music Performance, Certificate in Music Theatre, Foundation in Drama, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in Music Teaching & First Aid. Belinda has a passion for working with children and enabling them to gain confidence by expressing themselves through music & movement.

Bess Evans

Bess grew up in a family of musicians, so it is no surprise she has made her career out of singing and performance. Bess plays piano and sings in both cover and original bands. She teaches piano and singing from her own studio in Brisbane and is currently completing her Masters in Vocal Pedagogy. She loves kids and helping them grow into happy little musicians.

Brandi Cerreto

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Brandi Cerreto is a singer, dancer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. Brandi has 30 years  of teaching piano, singing and bass privately in her own music school:- (in Melbourne until moving to Kippa Ring in 2007) as well as regularly performing in rock and roll bands, while at the same time raising a family of 5 beautiful children. Brandi has kept fit and active with Yoga for many years. In 2013 she was accepted into Griffith Uni to study vocal pedagogy and now holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Music Studies/ contemporary voice. Brandi is also the under 10s vocal couch at Redcliffe Musical Theatres' Roar Academy.

Candice Mountford

Candice is passionate about performing arts education in early childhood, and the benefits that these music, drama and dance experiences can have on the child. Candice studied music all through her primary and secondary schooling, sitting AMEB and AGMS music exams and TEE music. She went on to gain her Bachelor of Arts (music education) and her Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University. Candice has taught both classroom and music in various primary schools. She has always had a particular love and interest in early childhood education and loved working in a popular Children’s Fun/Play Centre for years. She also assists at a local dance school. Candice is the proud mummy of 2 daughters who are both heavily into the arts and performing. The hey dee ho music program allows Candice to bring her love of music, drama and dance to so many little ones.

Carol Doyle-Gleeson

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Carol began performing on stage at the age of three, where she discovered her love of dance. She performed in a variety of musicals and plays and achieved her degree in Contemporary Performance Art through Victoria University where she focussed on movement and dance. Carol began her career with hey dee ho as a fun-key music teacher, running singing and performance classes for primary school children as well as private singing lessons, later combining her teaching with presenting the hey dee ho music program and the fun-key yoga sessions with Pre-Schoolers. Carol also ran her own dance school - The South City Dance Co. for seven years. Carol has over ten years experience as a hey dee ho Area Manager, currently managing hey dee ho Head Office's staff and clients.

Carole Tibbett

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Originally from the UK, Carole runs the Joondalup and Wanneroo franchise in Western Australia. Carole comes from a musical background, is part qualified in childcare and is proud to be the launcher of the hey dee ho music program in WA. She loves working with her little hey dee ho friends and gets great satisfaction from bringing the joy of music, fun and entertainment to them on a daily basis. She also feels very blessed to able to get up and do something that she loves on a daily basis and truly believes that “every child deserves a hey dee ho moment”.

Caroline Close Rowell

Originally from the North East of England, Caroline grew up studying ballet, tap, jazz dance, drama and gymnastics. She loves all kinds of music, movement and dance and is a performer and certified Tribal Bellydance teacher, running weekly classes from her dance studio. Caroline also practises yoga and Pilates, enjoys gardening, hiking, plays zils and doumbek and is currently studying African and Bollywood dance styles. In 2006 she moved to Australia with her husband and two sons and began working in early childhood, obtaining her Cert III and Diploma of Children’s Studies. Her experience in this industry deepened her understanding of children’s learning and development and she loved seeing children express their delight, wonder and knowledge through music, movement and song. Caroline believes music is an essential joy everyone should be able to discover, particularly children, and is excited to be part of bringing hey dee ho to sunny Cairns!

Cathy Beckham

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Cathy has been with hey dee ho since the early days. She has also performed in many different capacities over the past 30+ years. As well as her experience in children’s education and entertainment, she has toured Victoria with bands and folk groups, performed in choirs and cabaret shows and as a soloist in several pubs, restaurants and private venues. She plays both guitar and piano. Cathy has a particular interest in child development and has had over 20 years experience with special needs children, particularly those with autism and speech delays. She has had experience with sign language and has researched extensively into various different aspects of development including psychology, OT, and the impact of music in the aid of speech development. Cathy runs hey dee ho Bayside Victoria and currently runs parent child classes each Thursday in Patterson Lakes.

Chanelle Rozario

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I am Chanelle, a positive and hardworking individual who always strives to achieve the highest standards possible. I am talented and caring, and love making a positive impact on young children. I consider myself open minded, patient and supportive when it comes to assisting a child and their development. I am also good- humoured and composed under pressure. Currently, I am a psychological science student at Deakin University and have completed 3 units in child psychology and development. I have a passion for the arts; specifically singing, dancing and acting.  I have had professional vocal and basic guitar training. I’ve had a love for singing ever since I was a child. I sang in numerous bands and have performed in Footloose the musical at the Monash auditorium as well as in various other musicals during my school years. I have also successfully completed VCE level drama and theatre. I am an energetic and ambitious individual who has developed a mature approach to problem solving. Even from a young age I have always been trusted to baby sit neighbours and family friends’ children. I always have a smile on my face especially in the presence of children. It’s a passion and an extremely rewarding experience to be part of the hey dee ho group and to be able to watch each childs’ individual development.

Charissa Hanlon

Charissa is studying a bachelor of senior education at QUT focussing on physical health and geography. Gabbys hobbies include singing, playing various musical instruments and participating in community sports.

Chelsey Johnston

Chelsey is originally from New Zealand and a complete lover of all things arty, musical and dramatic. She holds a Trinity certificate in Performing and Teaching Speech and Drama, and has been working with kids as a children's entertainer. Chelsey loves being able to do what she loves with hey dee ho every week.

Claire Godley

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Claire’s passion for teaching young children in the early years, stems from her very first job at a nursery school in Zimbabwe at the age of 16. Having studied Psychology and Child Development in England, Claire went on to teach preschool aged children in Botswana and in Dubai for 8 years and then relocated to Perth. From the age of 3, Claire started classical ballet and loved dancing so much, she took up tap dancing and modern as well. Now the mother of a very busy 3 year old, Claire feels very fortunate that she can still indulge her creativity and love of teaching through Hey Dee Ho Music whilst juggling her role as a ‘mom’! Claire enjoys the variety that each Hey Dee Ho theme brings each week and most importantly, the excitement and joy that it brings to all the children she teaches!

Colette Valvona-Healy

Colette grew up in Scotland studying ballet, tap, modern and jazz. Upon leaving school, she started training with a National Certificate in Community Drama. She has experience in teaching music to preschool age, taught percussion & vocals to school aged students and has lectured video production in Colleges and Universities both in Australia and Scotland, including Queensland School of Film and Television. Colette’s film career lead her to become assistant director on ‘Big Brother Australia’ and’ I'm a Celebrity! Get me outta here’, and has experience hosting school camps, team building training and has facilitated youth groups to create over 250 short films. Colette now concentrates on expanding her passions. She is a practicing Yoga student, she adores teaching music to children and loves to spend time in the garden with her menagerie, including ducks, peacocks, a husband, a tiny horse and two older children.

Dot Allen

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Dot has a background in teaching kinder in country Victoria, running her own restaurant business and as a mother of two boys is very busy like all mums. Dot runs the Casey and Cranbourne hey dee ho franchises in Victoria.

Eadie Testro-Girasole

Eadie, having completed her VCE and a year of College Music Captain in 2014, has thrown herself into all things hey dee ho! Eadie is doing her Bachelor of Music at Monash University, plays Piano & Mandolin, has a voice like an angel and adores interacting with and entertaining children.

Gabby Hanlon

Gabby is currently studying her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium. Gabby has been teaching singing and piano for 5 years. In her spare time Gabby loves spending time at the beach.

Guylaine Acker

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Guylaine has been performing professionally in a 5 piece Corporate Band for over 10 years. Guylaine also choreographs for the Band and when performing Guylaine also plays percussions. Guylaine has a Diploma of Community and Children's Services and has been teaching since 1996. Guylaine is also a presenter for Hey Dee Ho and teaches singing with funkey music.

Hayley Dridan

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Hayley has been singing from an early age and has since gained honours in both Grade 6 ANZCA Modern Voice and Grade 3 AMEB Music Theory in addition to her VCE Music studies. Whilst studying music business at university, Hayley sung tenor for and was performance manager of the Geelong Harmony Chorus and taught private singing lessons at multiple primary schools across the Geelong region. Heavily involved in cheerleading, Hayley was instrumental in the development of the cheerleading program at the Geelong YMCA and was fortunate enough to travel to the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation National Championships in the Gold Coast. The opportunity to take on the Geelong franchise of hey dee ho combines all of Hayley’s passions and she looks forward to sharing the joy of music with many more Geelong children and families.

Isabelle Reynaud

Isabelle, a trained dancer, has been teaching dance to children since she was 14yrs old. Relocating from Queensland to study at Melbourne University (VCA) Isabelle graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2011. Since graduating, Isabelle has been writing and performing under her stage name “Cheeky Goose” and independently released her debut self titled EP late last year Isabelle joined the hey dee ho team in February 2013 and is loving every minute of it!

Jack Williams

Jack holds an Advanced Diploma in Music and has been playing guitar since he was eight years old. He loves working with children, saying “You can never have a bad day when you are working with Kids.” He is currently studying his final year of his Bachelor of Education (primary).

Jan Pitman

Jan has been actively teaching piano and music for over 20 years, mostly with children. She has worked as a music therapist but her passion is teaching young children new skills in highly interactive and fun ways. Jan loves being able to use her skills to help children flourish and optimize their potential!

Jane Stinchcomb

Jane has been singing for over 30 years, performing in bands, choirs and musicals. She is a mother of four children who are also heavily involved in singing and musical theatre. She has a Certificate III in Children's Services and a Diploma in the Arts. She currently works as a kindergarten educator and teaches vocal classes for a youth musical theatre company along with Hey dee ho music and Funky yoga .

Jason Tupu

Jason has been playing piano and teaching music for over 20years. He has worked in a variety of different fields, but in the last few years has focused on his passion of teaching children music.

Jean Hobson

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Jean trained and received her degree in music at the London College of music. Jean has been a regular presenter and accompanist at hey dee ho music since 1996 and also teaches piano for Fun-key music. Jean is also an accomplished dancer having competed in world championships with various styles of dance. Jean currently owns and runs the Canberra Franchise in ACT.

Jennifer Monk

Jennifer graduated from the London School of Dramatic Arts where she trained in acting, singing and dancing, among other techniques. She has been working in the performing arts for over 15 years and has been teaching and directing children and young people for 10 years. Jennifer has been a hey dee ho presenter for 4 years and loves every minute of it. Jenn’s Favs! “One of my favourite songs in the program is ‘Bubbles Pop’ because the children get so excited when they hear the opening that they look like they are about to pop themselves! Any dress up day at hey dee ho is a highlight for me as well!”

Jenny Wilkinson

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Jenny has been performing professionally for over 30 years. Jenny has a wide scope of experience having performed and toured with many artists all over Australia (from Kate Ceberano to Denis Walter). Jenny plays guitar and piano and teaches singing to adults as well as children. Jenny has run hey dee ho music for over 20 years and founded Fun-key music singing and performance classes for school age children in 1998.

Jessica Sapwell

Jessica is a singer, actor, dancer from the Gold Coast.  Her qualifications include a Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Australian Dance Performance Institute (2015) and a B.A. of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre from Griffith University (2014). Jessica has experienced working in the theatre industry for 14 years and has taken her passion and love for travelling around to different countries, including performing in Papua New Guinea (2012) and in the United Kingdom (2013). Jessica is currently performing professionally as a singer with Susie Jay and Joe Ace as well as teaching acting and singing lessons to all ages.

Jill McPartlane

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Jill was born in America and began singing professionally in High School, winning awards and being chosen to represent her school and community in music competitions. Jill went on to form her own band in Seattle, where she performed regularly and recorded a CD. Jill has studied ballet, jazz, and tap, and was chosen to perform at Disneyland, California. She also studied drama for 4 years, and was involved in some well-known musicals, ranging from "Grease" to "The Pirates of Penzance". She has also directed a play, and been involved with the Travelling Children's Theatre program, performing fairy tales at primary schools and community centres. Jill loves working with children, and believes music can change our lives. In late 2006, Jill took up the challenge of owning the Brighton franchise of hey dee ho music and also runs the Knox, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula hey dee ho franchises.

Josie Gauci

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Josie has been singing since she was 5 years old and music has always been a big part of her life. Josie studied music for her HSC using voice as the instrument. She can also play guitar and flute. Now with 2 kids of her own, hey dee ho is a perfect match. Josie loves seeing her kids and all of the kids she teaches learning and developing through the use of music.  It is a very enriching experience. Josie runs the Sutherland Shire franchise in NSW.

Karen Sherwell

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Before being a stay at home mum, Karen Sherwell’s background was in the Childcare industry. Once her youngest had settled into school it was time to return to the workforce, and in 2004 Karen became a hey dee ho presenter in Geelong. Over the years Karen has been a member of various choirs, but now volunteers at an aged care facility, incorporating music and song on her weekly visits. She is still very passionate about hey dee ho and hopes to continue for years to come.

Karli Benson

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Karli is a big believer in doing in life what makes you happy and what makes her the happiest is children and music. Karli has had extensive experience with children from being a full time nanny for 6 years. She completed her Diploma of Music teaching hoping she could combine her two loves of life. Karli loves performing, she started dancing lessons at the age of 8 years old, in classical, tap and jazz. She has also completed her Diploma of Music Performance. She plays guitar, piano, sings and writes her own music and conducts lessons for children and adults to give them the gift of music that she feels is such a rewarding part of life.

Kathryn Lewis

Kathryn joined the hey dee ho in December 2016 and is proud to be supporting the wonderful Wyndham team behind the scenes. Kathryn has a strong administration background as a Personal and Executive Assistant and prides herself on having a strong business administration focus and passion for organising teams. As a mum to two small children, hey dee ho gives her the opportunity to be there for her children and flexibility to grow with a wonderful group of talented presenters.

Katie Garth

Katie has a background and love for stage productions and musicals and has performed in a few. She also has a crazy obsession with Karaoke. When Katie is not singing or working with children, her other love is animals and she works part time in a shelter.

Kelsie Danvers

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Kelsie has grown up with dancing , singing , the arts and music.  After working as a Dental nurse for 7 years she decided to look for a new career more close to her heart. She feels so lucky that she can work in a field that she loves and is passionate about; making a difference, teaching, learning, and putting smiles on childrens faces.

Kim Colman

Kim is an talented young lady having achieved a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Grade average) as well as having experience with children’s literature, certificates in dance and fitness and experience teaching singing and drama to both children and adults.  As well as having a multitude of experience in singing, dance, drama and fitness, she has dedicated herself as a volunteer in community service helping the underprivileged people and for the preservation of animals in and around Melbourne and Africa.

Kimberley Parker

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Kimberley Parker runs the Rockingham/Mandurah franchise in Western Australia. Kimberley has worked for as a teachers aide, an educators assistant in primary schools and run playgroups for many years prior to taking on the franchise early 2016.

Kirsten Lovett

Kirsten Lovett currently teaches drama at The Young Company and holds a B.A in Drama and English Literature from the University of Queensland. As a teenager, Kirsten was a part of Cairns High’s Centre of Excellence drama program, in addition to being involved in five Tropical Arts productions. While at University Kirsten was selected for ATYP’s National Studio, a week long mentoring event for young playwrights from around Australia. After graduation she interned at Perth-based children’s theatre company Fine Edge Theatre. She also had the opportunity to work abroad at Disneyworld Florida through the Disney International Program. While working at Disneyworld Kirsten completed an Entertainment Professional Development Study with the company. Since returning to Cairns, Kirsten has been involved in productions with The Rondo Theatre, and with Cairns Dinner Theatre.  

Kym Starr

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Kym was awarded a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Australian National University in 1996. After graduation, Kym worked as a psychologist for a number of years and then moved into health research and policy work. Kym is now enjoying being a Mum and a Hey Dee Ho Music presenter. Kym plays piano and has had training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing. Kym loves improvised theatre and regularly performs in productions by ImproACT, both as an actor and a musician.

Liam Howarth

Liam Howarth is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of fine Arts (Drama) program. He graduated with distinction from this three year course in 2013 with a minor in music. Liam made his stage debut as part of the Brisbane Powerhouse’s Powerkidz festival where he performed as a puppeteer in the collaborative theatre piece, Argus. He has performed in theatre works, short film and television commercials. He appeared as Gavin in the Martini Award winning and West End Film Festival selected film, The Bubble Bandit. Liam also has musical training, playing and teaching the drums for many years as well as singing and playing guitar.

Lizzie Frendo

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Lizzie Frendo has had her finger in the performing arts pie since the tender age of 2. In that time she has appeared in several TV shows and Movies and has travelled around Australia performing in live stage shows. At present Lizzie teaches singing for Isolation and has done so for several years now. Lizzie now owns the Sunbury/Macedon Ranges Franchise of hey dee ho and is continuing to expand the area. As a mother of two she believes music and laughter is one of the keys to a happy home!!!

Louise Rogers

Louise has been playing music since she was a little girl. She began piano lessons at age 9 and picked up clarinet aged 12, playing in various school bands and orchestras throughout high school. Shortly after university Louise started singing jazz and has been singing with various choirs and bands ever since. In 2104 Louise completed her Master of Teaching (Primary) which marks a change in career for this former IT professional. Louise is very excited to be working as a hey dee ho music presenter, a role which combines two of her passions; music and education.  Louise is the mother of two wonderful boys.

Margaret Ziino

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Margaret has been performing as a singer for 12 years and started dancing lessons at the early age of 2. She studied at various music schools and received her certificate 3 in Theatrical Dance, Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre at the Tony Bartuccio School Of Performing Arts. Amongst some freelance work, Margaret performed weekly for many years as a female vocalist in Reception bands at weddings and mixed corporate functions. After teaching group singing at various dance schools around Melbourne, Margaret is now successfully running her own school, 'MARGARET'S SCHOOL OF SINGING & PERFORMING ARTS' where she teaches singing, dancing and drama. Margaret's unique choreography compliments her creative ideas. Margaret made it to the top 80 of Australian Idol in 2007 which was a great learning experience for her, but her passion remains with her teaching. Margaret believes that Life is a Song & Dance.

Megan O’Leary

Megan has always loved music and singing. She has done training in acting and musical theatre. She began her acting career in children’s theatre performance in a production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Megan has done master classes in puppetry, poetry, and picture books. She is a member of the society for children’s book writers and illustrators.

Melissa Defina

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Melissa has been performing all her life and has a Bachelor of Music Performance and Entertainment. Melissa started dancing at age 4 and at age 8 started at a performing arts school where she had private singing lessons and also studied dancing, acting and modeling. Over the years Melissa has performed at many venues across Victoria and has won many awards for her singing. She has a strong passion for teaching, especially young children and she loves that Hey Dee Ho allows her to do this. Melissa is joining the western suburbs as a Fun Key Music presenter in primary schools & hey dee ho music presenter.

Melissa Smile

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Melissa Smile joins hey dee ho from New York City, New York. Smiley started dancing ballet and tap at the age of 5. From there her love of the performing arts grew to singing and playing the piano as well as the clarinet. She has even performed at Carnegie Hall! As she traveled around the world, she has modeled, sung, danced, and played in three different countries. Smiley has a Associates degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is very excited to be joining hey dee ho!

Michelle Cohen

From a young age, I have been active in gymnastics, ballet, singing and performing in school plays. My dedication and love of ice skating allowed me to travel and compete overseas for over 10 years representing Australia. I have an adventurous worldly spirit which helps me have fun with children and see things through their eyes. I am passionate about helping children learn, grow, and discover their own path through music, play, and being active outdoors. I am excited to be the franchisee for the Bayside & Dandenong region presenting hey dee ho music, The Fiction Factory and fun-key yoga to lots of happy little faces.

Michelle Gardiner

Michelle is a mum of two girls and has been singing/performing on various stages from a young age.  Most recently Michelle completed an Artist Development Program and has been developing her career as a singer both solo and in acoustic duo’s/bands.  She also loves dancing and was involved with the Gladstone Park Community Dance Program between the ages of 6 and 19.  Michelle was first introduced to hey dee ho music as a mum bringing her children to the parent child sessions.  She is passionate about the educational and musical offering hey dee ho brings and is excited to be joining the program!

Michelle Lee

Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2005 to all age groups. She is a mother and a strong believer of a holistic approach to children's education that emphasises a reverence for life and a passionate love for learning. Michelle runs the Stonnington franchise in Victoria.

Nicolla Morehouse

Nicolla has been performing since she was a child and is a huge lover of Music and the performing arts. She has a diverse performance dance background from Tahitian, Ballet & Flamenco dancing. She has sung professionally – to a televised audience as large as one million people and plays the piano. Nicolla’s education background is in Psychology which is very relevant to Childhood development, she has a teaching background in Language & Community Services, she has 2 years of experience teaching Kindergarten in South Korea and is a mother of 4. Education: Bachelor Psychology (Current), Dip. CSW, Dip. TESOL, Cert IV TAE, WHS Cert IV

Raynne Rasha

Raynne has been a performer since she was a 8 years old though back then her audience consisted of family members in her living room. She is a singer as well as an actress, children's educator and comedian. She was even on a children's TV series. She has a knack for bringing stories, characters and music to life. Raynne's background is in film & software engineering but found her love in education when she started reaching music, art and drama in a Montessori school.

Rebecca Matthews

Rebecca Matthews is a singer/songwriter born and bred in Melbourne. She graduated from a Bachelor of Arts Contemporary Music Performance Degree at the top of her class with honours. This talented vocalist has been making a name for herself in the Melbourne Music Industry ever since. Beginning with local open mic nights, Rebecca moved onto session work with various producers, performing at corporate events and pub gigs with various Melbourne bands. As well as performing, Rebecca also has a passion for teaching music and was extremely excited to join the hey dee ho team.

Robbie Breugelmans

Robbie is a professional performer and has recently toured internationally with the children’s entertainment group ‘Hi 5’. Robbie graduated as dux of his Musical Theatre studies in 2015 and has since discovered a passion for children’s entertainment and teaching. Other achievements include being an internationally award winning A Capella quartet member and performing on Carols by Candlelight.   Robbie is thrilled to be joining the Wyndham team.

Roxanne Morabito

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Roxanne originally hails from Tasmania and started classical ballet and modern dance at the age of six, picking up other styles of dance including highland, tap & national. Over the next ten years she spent time working with the Tasmanian Dance Company, the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne, The Canberra Institute and choreographers and members of the Sydney Dance Company. She then went on to perform in stage productions and theater restaurants which then lead to a professional singing career which is still ongoing. With a wide range of experience in office administration and customer service, plus a background in singing and dance, the opportunity to join the hey dee ho music team was too good to resist and Roxanne now owns and operates the Glen Eira franchise in Victoria.

Ryan Ireland

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Welcome aboard Ryan Ireland to our hey dee ho music and Fiction Factory team! Ryan was born and raised in the North-West of England. A jack of all trades performer brimming with energy and character, professionally trained as a Singer, Dancer, Actor, while dabbling in many other fields! We extend a huge welcome to our growing team in the Western Suburbs you are a wonderful addition!

Sharon Wright

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Sharon is a seasoned performer, having worked professionally in music for over 20 years. As a mum, her interest in childhood development and the opportunity to work with children led her initially to the hey dee ho music program. She has purchased the Franchise for Melbourne City, City of Yarra and Moreland, leaving behind a successful corporate career to follow her dream of becoming a small business owner. Sharon is delighted to be able to share her love of music with the 'little folk' in her classes and thoroughly enjoys bringing music to life in a way that is educational and fun. Sharon sees her parent-child classes as a way for people to connect in the community and she is passionate about providing an enjoyable time for all - there will always be a cuppa on offer after the sessions so parents and carers get to know each other whilst the children have some playtime together.

Sonia Bridgewater

Sonia spent her primary and high school years learning singing and dancing with the Johnny Young School and then the Australian Girls Choir. With degrees in Anthropology and Health Promotion, she has always been interested in people and health and is a huge advocate that music is very healing both on a physical and mental level. As a mother of boys with special needs, she sees everyday the impact music has had on their lives, and sees what a magical connection you can make with babies all the way up to our senior years!  Sonia believes hey dee ho is a wonderful opportunity to connect with kids...music is pure joy and expressed in their own individual ways.  

Sonja Olsen

Presenter

Sonja originally comes from a classical musical background, studying clarinet & playing in an orchestra, which later progressed to playing in the accompanying band for musicals, then eventually climbing out of the 'pits' to sing on stage. Experiences to date includes singing in a duo; in an accapella group; being a character at a theatre restaurant; various characters doing Singing Telegrams; & has been part of a performance troupe for the last 10 years (called 'Where's Jo?') that puts on charity concerts annually to raise money for worthy causes. Sonja has completed two acting courses at NIDA in Sydney and is a mother of two young children. Sonja also runs the Manningham hey dee ho music franchise in Victoria.

Sophie Sylvester

Sophie has almost always been a musician, playing almost anything you can give her she was a maestro to this day. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at UNSW majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. She also directs and sings in a church band, and works as a piano accompanist. With a deep a passion for education and for kids she has been teaching piano and music theory for over 5 years. She loves the excitement and delight she sees in kids as they engage with the story telling, physical movement and music of the Hey Dee Ho program.

Story Morehouse

Hi! I'm Story and I love teaching yoga for Hey Dee Ho. I love the outdoors, Im an Art student at Griffith University, and I regularly practice Yoga. I love getting to know the children I teach and actively work towards tailoring my lessons to each class and student.  I understand that every group will be different, and hope to assist Educators in their goals for the class and centre.   I am very proud of our Fun-Key Yoga program, we regularly see great results where children feel more calm and focused and it’s fun to be a part of this.  I look forward to meeting you and your children on the Yoga Mat soon!

Tai Tapu

Tai is a mother of 6, and has a corporate background, but is passionate about working with children.  She loves singing, music and having fun with kids and trys to make her lessons active, creative and enjoyable.  Tai currently teaches music and yoga in Early Learning Settings and has a lot of fun doing it!

Taylah Wilkinson

Taylah Wilkinson has recently graduated with a Diploma in Dance and Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management. With 14 years of dancing and 2 years being professionally trained, Taylah is ready to get out into the big world and start teaching. She lights up the room with her bubbly and charismatic personality and can’t wait to see the children grow with her. She is very excited to start working with Hey Dee Ho and we are thrilled to have her as part of our team.

Yianna Raciti

Music has always been a part of Yianna's life in some way.  She has always love performing from a young age started dancing when she was 3 and singing when she was 10, and strived to work on her voice and perfect it. Yianna is also a singing and piano teacher now and loves helping the kids come out of their shell through performance and expressing themselves through a song.