Our Team

Jenny Wilkinson

Jenny Wilkinson was inspired to be a part of hey dee ho after attending classes with her son in 1996. Equipped with a background in performance and a career in marketing and sales, Jenny saw hey dee ho as the perfect opportunity to build and grow a business that would also allow her to indulge her love of singing.

Launching the first hey dee ho franchise in 2002, Jenny has continued to expand the business into the successful model it is today with more than 15,000 children participating in classes every week.

A seasoned entertainer who still loves to fill in for hey dee ho performances when required, Jenny loves the influence that hey dee ho has on children’s lives. ‘The pure joy of the children participating in the program is priceless and knowing the impact hey dee ho has on their social, physical and emotional development is often breathtaking.’

Jenny’s vision has seen her grow the business into a successful franchise with over 150 presenters and franchisees nationally. ‘ This is another highly rewarding area for me where I can witness the personal and financial growth of our franchisees. We are committed to supporting our business and all four programs nationally.’



Meet Our Franchisees

Adam Isaacs

Franchisee Knox, Diamond Valley, Dandenong & Yarra Ranges, Maroondah & Whittlesea
Adam is an artist, a label owner and artist manager. Adam has worked predominantly in the Hip-Hop industry over the last ten years, including workshops and performances for Amnesty International, The Salvation Army, The Department of Justice.

Amanda Testro

Franchisee Inner West & Port Philip
Amanda, a professional singer and piano accordion player with her musical ensemble The Big Front, is a veteran hey dee ho franchisee, joining the team in 2001. Amanda thrives on the never ending enjoyment of seeing the children kick their development goals whilst singing, dancing & having fun!

Amelia Vitasovich

Franchisee Brighton
Amelia worked with hey dee ho as a presenter for over five years before taking on the role of Franchisee. A professional vocalist in her band Winter Moon, a speech and drama tutor, and extremely popular member of our team, Amelia brings a wonderful energy and sense of fun to all her classes.

Bess Evans

Franchisee Brisbane South
Bess grew up in a family of musicians, and has herself made a career out of singing and performance. Bess, who holds a Master in Vocal Pedagogy, plays piano and sings in both cover and original bands. She loves kids and helping them grow into happy little musicians.

Carole Tibbett

Franchisee Joondalup & Wanneroo
Originally from the UK, Carole comes from a musical background. She is part qualified in childcare and proud to be the launcher of the hey dee ho music program in WA. Carole feels very blessed to able to do something that she loves every day and believes that “every child deserves a hey dee ho moment”.

Catherine Fleming

Franchisee Cranbourne
Catherine comes from a training background and is a qualified chef, however music has always been a big part of her life. Mum of two, Catherine attended hey dee ho classes with her children for 8 years before joining the team as a presenter. Witnessing the benefits of the programs first hand, Catherine was inspired to become a franchisee, taking on the Cranbourne area in Victoria.

Emily Day-Lewis

Franchisee Alkimos & Yanchep
Emily has been heavily involved in all things music and drama, playing oboe for a number of orchestras and singing in different choirs, She also loves practicing yoga. After taking some time away to study psychology and become the mother of 2 boys, Emily is excited to combine her passion for music and yoga and helping children grow and reach their full potential.

Hayley Dridan

Franchisee Geelong
Hayley gained honours in both Grade 6 ANZCA Modern Voice and Grade 3 AMEB Music Theory. She has degrees in both Music Business and Early Childhood. Hayley sung tenor for and was performance manager of the Geelong Harmony Chorus, and was instrumental in the development of the cheerleading program at the Geelong YMCA.

Joanna Predo

Franchisee Moreton Bay North
Joanna is a professional jazz singer & pianist who taught singing privately for many years. She has completed numerous AMEB certifications in piano, holds two Diplomas of Music and has studied at the Queensland Conservatorium majoring in jazz piano and vocals. Alongside her music, Jo has had several corporate roles in marketing and business.

Josephine Gauci

Franchisee Sutherland & St George
Josie is multi talented, able to sing and play both guitar and flute. Josie studied music for her HSC using voice as the instrument. Now with two children of her own, hey dee ho is a perfect match. Josie loves seeing the child she teaches learn and develop through music.

Melissa Smile

Franchisee Wyndham
Melissa (Smiley) is an accomplished ballet & amp; tap dancer, a singing and piano and clarinet player. She has performed around the world, including Carnegie Hall in her hometown, New York City. Smiley has a Associates degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Michelle Cohen

Franchisee for Bayside & Dandenong
Michelle has been active in gymnastics, ballet, performing and spent over 10 years competing for Australia as an ice-skater. Her adventurous, worldly spirit which helps her passion for helping children learn, grow, and discover their own path through music, play, and being active. 

Michelle Lee

Franchisee Stonnington & Melbourne City
Michelle has been teaching yoga since 2005 to people of all ages. 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.

Nicolla Morehouse

Franchisee Gold Coast North
Nicolla is an experienced kindergarten teacher and Mum of four who has been performing since she was a child. Nicolla has a diverse dance background including Tahitian, ballet and flamenco and has sung professionally. Pianist and psychologist, Nicolla offers a wide range of talent and knowledge to the hey dee ho team.

Rachel Chetcuti

Franchisee Hobsons Bay & Melton
Rachel has been a performer for over 20 years, with experience teaching both singing and dancing. She performs regularly in an acoustic duo in Victoria and New South Wales and is studying Bachelor of Education. Rachel is passionate about delivering hey dee ho programs to facilitate young children’s learning development.

Roxanne Morabito

Franchisee Glen Eira
Roxanne comes from a dance/theatre background and has worked with the Tasmanian Dance Company and members of the Sydney Dance Company. Rox also performed in cover and original bands and wedding/corporate line-ups. Having experience in administration and accounting, hey dee ho combines her business sense with her love of music and dance.

Meet Our Presenters

Adam Carnegie

Adam has worked in many different fields throughout his life but decided to return to what he loved most, singing and teaching children. He completed a Diploma of Music, majoring in Performance as a Vocalist and Composition Using Electronic Media. Adam also runs his own music program for children with special needs called Given To Groove.

Adele Ward

Adele combines her previous experience as a qualified early childhood educator with her passion for drama, movement and fun. She loves helping children learn skills and seeing their growth through music and movement.

Ainsley Robbins

With a love of music, physical theatre and a desire to provide inclusive creative arts opportunities for ALL children, Ainsley has enjoyed teaching drama, performing and facilitating community arts projects in the disability sector for the last 20 years. Ainsley brings a positive, energetic and sometimes humorous approach to her creative work with children.

Alex Papageorgiou

Alex studied drama at Anne Peters school of drama and is involved in a bilingual semi-professional theatre company, singing and performing both interstate and overseas. Alex has experience in Greek community choirs as well as an extensive background in hospitality, owning her own cafe.

Ali MacDonald

Ali is a professional singer in the music industry. Ali contributed as a lead and backing singer on albums and onstage for many Melbourne bands 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.

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!

Amelia Rawson

Amelia is an experienced choir singer, having joined her first choir at age five, and has fond memories of her own childhood music classes. Amelia loves to sing and to spread her love of music to the next generation.

Andrea Fels

Andrea has come from a background of working with children, volunteering as a leader and teacher from 2013. Andrea is also an experienced choir singer, performing at Christmas Carols and other festivals in her home town of Toowoomba.

Anna Reardon

Anna is a seasoned performer with over 10 years experience. Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Acting, and has also extensively trained in both singing and dancing. After performing in a variety of children's shows and educational theatre Anna is incredibly excited to bring her love and passion for performance to a younger generation.

Annie Hughes

Annie is avid in her yoga practice and believes in the benefits and beauty of mindful movement. Annie is keen to share her passion for yoga with all, especially younger children who are so eager to learn and engage.

Atiya Le Chalmers

Atiya has specialised in many dance genres including jazz, tap and ballet and has been involved in statewide competitions as both a solo and group performer. Atiya holds a Diploma of Music and is completing her Bachelor of Contemporary Music studies through UC. She is also an assistant soccer coach for 3-12 year olds.

Belinda Coco

Belinda has many years of dance & music training, performing in numerous bands and working 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.

Bess Dunlop

Bess started singing in the Australian Children's Choir from a very early age. Starting with hey dee ho in 2006, Bess became an experienced and well trained music program facilitator before moving in full time early learning education in care services, Bess returned to hey dee ho in 2016 and has continued to extend her knowledge and expertise.

Bryan Yap

Bryan is a singer, actor, dancer and a voice actor. He has performed in various concerts, short films and TV commercials. With a background in training, Bryan is very excited to be part of hey dee ho family and let the kids experience how learning can be fun and entertaining at the same time.

Callie Trihey

Callie’s love of singing and acting has been a great passion since childhood. Callie studied a Bachelor of Opera studies and Voice at the Victorian College of the Arts and has performed in various amateur music theatre productions. Callie says the joys of performing in front of children and watching them learn and grow is so satisfying.

Cathy Beckham

Cathy has a particular interest in child development in children with autism and speech delays. She has researched psychology, OT, and the impact of music in the aid of speech development. As well as this Cathy has toured with bands and folk groups, performed in choirs and cabaret shows and as a solo. She plays both guitar and piano.

Chrysann Kimber

Chrysann is an energetic loving mother of three with a great passion for education, singing and performance. With a Certificate III in Children Services she has dedicated her life to the education of youth. Chrysann loves spreading the joy of music to enrich children’s developmental and to enable them to express themselves through music and movement.

Cole Green

Cole holds a diploma of Auslan and combines her previous experience as a qualified Early Childhood Educator with a passion for music, movement and fun! In addition to studying a Bachelor of Education, and working with hey dee ho, Cole is a children's circus coach and acrobat. 

Colette Valvona-Healy

Colette grew up in Scotland studying ballet, tap, modern and jazz before training with a National Certificate in Community Drama. She has experience in teaching music to preschool age, taught percussion & vocals and has lectured video production in Colleges and Universities both in Australia and Scotland, including Queensland School of Film and Television.

Danica Guest

Danica has been active in choir and learnt guitar from a young age. In high school she studied music and drama. After the birth of her daughter Danica joined the hey dee ho team because it includes her two greatest loves - music and creating fun for children.

Danielle Faour

Danielle is a qualified early years educator and professional singer/songwriter. She is Australia’s 2014 Female Karaoke Champion and went on to represent her country in the World Championships in Sweden. She has also written and performed an acclaimed comedy for the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Dean Lewis

Dean worked in Hong Kong for six years presenting dramatic English as a second language content in a kindergarten, engaging children through music and movement, with annual town-hall drama and singing presentations for kindergarten graduates. On return, the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Deakin University has cemented this interest of engaging children.

Ella Giddens

Ella has been a performer since the age of 3, participating in a variety of dancing classes, competing in numerous dance competitions and has taught dance to children of all ages. Ella has also competed in a variety of team and individual sports, as well as studying Forensic Science and Criminology at Deakin University.

Fran Pappalardo

Fran was introduced to music as a child, playing piano from a very early age. After a lengthy paediatric nursing career, Fran completed a Yoga Teaching Qualification. Finally, to complete her dream, she pursued study and qualified as an Early Childhood Educator. Yoga and Music are her ultimate calling and the perfect combination to bestow unto others.

Guylaine Acker

Guylaine has been performing professionally as a singer and percissionist in a 5 piece Corporate Band for over 20 years. She also choreographs all the dance moves for the band. Guylaine has a Diploma of Community and Children's Services and has been teaching since 1996.

Hattie Robertson

Hattie has had a passion for dance and music from an early age, with years of training and playing in bands. She also recently completed her 12 Month Advanced Actors training at Brave Studios, and has spent the past three years working in children's entertainment.

Jayne Bennet

Jayne has been working with children for almost 20 years and is currently studying her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (primary). The proud mother of a 2 year old daughter, Jayne is always looking for ways to improve herself and considers being accepted into Mensa as one of her greatest achievements.

Jayne Nicholson

Jayne is a qualified music teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching and Bachelor of Education. Music has always been a big part of her life and she enjoys singing and playing guitar and piano.

Jenn 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 over 10 years.

Jess Leis

When it comes to art and entertainment, Jess is a Jill of all trades. Originally a Multimedia student, Jess is no stranger to theatre, film and television projects in Victoria and across Queensland. She is better known for her character impersonations and stand up comedy. A big kid at heart, she relates well to children, and adores singing to them and telling stories.

Jordyn Leafa

Jordyn is a seasoned performer, singing and playing piano at regular church and community events around Cairns. Jordyn loves watching children gain confidence and learn new skills through music and movement.

Kai Mann-Robertson

Kai has worked on many sets of features, short films and TV shows, with passion for film making behind the scenes. Going on to study dance and musical theatre, he has performed in 'Disney’s Beauty and the Beast' live in concert, BBC Worldwide’s 'The Dr Who Symphonic Spectacular’ across Australian and New Zealand.

Katie Christensen

Katie is a professional nanny with a Diploma in Children's Services who has worked within the field of children's education for many years. Katie loves the arts and bringing smiles to children's faces through music.

Kelsie Danvers

Kelsie has grown up with dancing, singing and music. She loves working in the children's education field and is passionate about making a difference by teaching, learning, and putting smiles on children's faces.

Kent Borchard

Kent is an accomplished french horn player and performer, singing and touring with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus for over 15 years. He is a current member of the Hamer Singers, a high quality a capella chorus conducted and directed by internationally renowned Jonathan Grieves-Smith.

Kevin Murphy

A gifted musician, Kevin has been playing drums and singing professional since he was 12. For the past 20 years Kevin has been a prominent name in the Australian music scene, recording and touring here and in America with some of Australia’s biggest names.

Klara Ayad

Klara is an experienced childcare educator who has worked alongside children from the age of 16. Klara's mission trips overseas has helped shaped her passion for making a difference in children’s lives and hey dee ho is helping her to achieve exactly that

Kym Starr

Kym holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and worked as a psychologist for a number of years before moving into health research and policy work. Kym plays piano and has had training in Ballet, Jazz and Tap dancing and regularly performs in productions as both an actor and a musician.

Laura Van Zutphen

Laura has a strong interest in child development and learning through music and play. Laura is studying towards a bachelor of education specialising in early childhood and primary education. She is passionate about bringing joy and excitement to children through music and dance.

Lauren Neilson

With a twin brother who has a disability, Lauren believes that music has healing qualities and a language of its own that inspired her to achieve a Bachelor of Music majoring in Voice and a Certificate 3 in Individual Support for Disability. Lauren has also completed courses in and around dementia as she sings in aged care facilities, it is here that Lauren has seen how music can change lives.

Leigh Campbell

Leigh started her performance journey in her families Maori, Polynesian cultural group then moved into acting and music. After graduating with a BA degree in Performing Arts, she began producing and performing her own shows for ELC's and Primary Schools.

Lizzie Frendo

Lizzie has been performing on television and in movies since she was a child and has travelled around Australia performing in live stage shows. She believes music and laughter is one of the keys to a happy home.

Lucy Pasqualone

Lucy studied music and dance at high school and performed in several amateur theatre productions over the years. She has a Certificate II in vic fit training which she put to use after becoming the proud mother of two children, working with children in both kinders and primary schools.

Luke Gao

Luke has always had a passion for music, frequently playing piano, guitar and singing with friends from a young age. He recently completed his Bachelor of Psychology in 2018. Aiming to pursue a career in music therapy, he wants to use music to help kids grow up to be the best they can be.

Marcello Pietrantonio

With over 20 years experience in martial arts, acrobatics, movement, percussion, and singing, Marcello has performed and conducted workshops in almost 10 countries and speaks fluent English, Portuguese, and Japanese. Marcello has over ten years experience working in kindergartens and schools and has two young children of his own.

Margaret Ziino

Margaret holds a Certificate 3 in Theatrical Dance, Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre. She has worked as a singer in reception bands at weddings and mixed corporate functions and is now successfully running her own singing and dance school, 'Margaret's School of Singing & Performing Arts'.

Megan Ivey

Megan is a trained singer, piano and violin player and a seasoned performer, performing in many choirs, concerts, musicals, and eisteddfods. Being the oldest of 4 children she has experience in all things kids! Her study in Psychology (Hons) gives her in depth insight to the developmental stages of the children she teaches.

Megan Kendrick

Music has been a huge part of Megan’s life, playing clarinet, saxophone and voice. Megan holds a Bachelor of Music. She is also part qualified in Early Childhood and feels that every child should have the opportunity to learn and develop a love for music through being actively engaged.

Paige Owen

Paige is a state award winning singer song writer, who plays piano and guitar. She has performed in musical theatre for 10 years, completed 6 years of drama and holds a certificate 4 in music performance. Paige thoroughly enjoys entertaining, working with both children and adults.

Pheba Abrahams

Music has been a part of Pheba’s life for as long as she can remember. After becoming a mum, Pheba moved from a career in social work to children's music education. The kids love to call her 'Princess Broccoli'.

Puck Rice

Pickles is a creative whirlwind hailing from the Netherlands. Pickles speaks fluent Dutch and English, holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Development and a Diploma in Dance Teaching. She is an accomplished singer, dancer, painter (face and canvas!) and all-round entertainer.

Reba Mohan

Reba has always aspired to be a teacher. After becoming a mother, Reba realised there is nothing more accomplishing than to see little children learn and grow, and takes great pleasure in witnessing how significantly music and yoga contributes to the development of children intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Rebecca Muscat

Rebecca is a talented singer and dancer who has a wonderful way with children. Rebecca ran her own special needs music, song and dance program for special needs children and has taught music, yoga and fitness to children here and in China since 2006.

Ronja Markham

Ronja is an instrumental teacher and conductor who has a passion for teaching young children. She completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in performance, and plays violin, viola, oboe and sings. Coming from a long line of teachers, it’s no surprise she has a passion to invest in the lives of young children.

Sharelle Vollmer

Sharelle is a proud mother of two who is very passionate about music and children. She has been singing and performing for more than 30 years, the past 10 being dedicated to her barbershop chorus. She truly loves bringing the joy of music and song to others and believes it can transform lives.

Sonia Bridgewater

Sonia spent her youth singing and dancing with the Johnny Young School and the Australian Girls Choir. With degrees in Anthropology and Health Promotion, she has a strong focus in people and health which she utilises during music and intergenerational sessions.

Sonja Olsen

Sonja originally comes from a classical musical background, playing clarinet in an orchestra. She completed two acting courses at NIDA before becoming a mother of three and has also performed as a singer in bands and an stage actor. Sonja spearheads our intergenerational musical playgroups.

Sophie Sylvester

Sophie is a piano and music theory teacher who is studying a Bachelor of Music majoring in piano performance and pedagogy. She also directs and sings in a church band and works as a piano accompanist.

Spencer McWilliam

Spencer grew up in the Bendigo region, heavily involved in music, theatre and gymnastics though various community clubs, both as a performer and as a coach. Combining these passions with a background in Early Education, Spencer is right at home leading the children through the hey dee ho programs.

Susie Paino

Susie is a piano player who has performed in various musical groups and choirs throughout her life. With three girls of her own, entertaining young children with her skills has led her from running playgroups to coaching sporting teams and directing school bands.

Tahlia Haworth-Hooker

Tahlia has extensive experience as children's entertainer, running birthday parties, concerts and events. The professional fairy and magician has a bachelor of Acting from the Federation University Australia.

Tania Destratis

Tania is a dancer and a singer and has performed professionally for various companies in Melbourne. She teaches many styles of dance to young adults and children. Tania has her Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and absolutely loves working with children! She is very happy that she gets to combine two of her passions.

Tash Easton

Tash Easton is an experienced music teacher, both instrumental and classroom. A former trumpet player and singer, Tash is passionate about enriching the lives of all children through a shared love of music.

Tansy McLean

Growing up in a musical family, Tansy has been singing, writing and performing songs since she was young. She has performed nationally and internationally singing blues, RnB, jazz, neo soul, gospel and pop. Tansy has also featured on Radio National, 4 Corners, The Project and A Current Affair as both a singer and an advocate for carers and the disabled through Carers NSW.

Tim Hollands

Tim is a music teacher and is studying mental health. Tim loves teaching children new things, how to sing and have fun with music.

Vicki Dwyer

Vicki is a specialist teacher of voice and performance coach, Master Director and conductor of two nationally awarded acapella ensembles. Vicki is also a music arranger, performer and international competitor in acapella singing competitions as well as an internationally recognised coach of vocal pedagogy and performance skills.

Virginia Stack

Virginia teaches at Primary and Secondary schools as well as University level students and working professionals. She has developed and taught a wide range of music programs which she combines with a professional singing career, having had an international career in the world of opera, music theatre and dance.