Our Team 2018-06-13T18:21:39+00:00

Sonia

Ria

Nature

Cat

Amina

Olga

DJ

Meet Our Team

We are a group of Professional and highly qualified Dance instructors with many years of experience in both the technical and performance aspects of Dance. As a company, our focus is motivating and encouraging people of all backgrounds to embrace a love of life and of themselves through movement and expression.

SONIA NAZZER

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMY OF DANCE

​Academy of Dance is founded by award winning Teacher and Choreographer, Sonia Nazzer. Combining her passion and expertise in dance and drama with her knowledge of teaching, Academy of Dance was created as a new style of dance studio that captures the essence of ‘Dance’ for Sonia, Creativity, Style and Discipline. Academy of Dance has established itself as Hong Kong’s premier JazzAddict and Urban Ignition Dance and Performing Arts Studio which has also gained a status for producing Number 1 Top Results in Jazz dance examinations in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Academy of Dance has become known as the studio with heart, where the teaching style is as important as the content. Classes range from Jazz and Contemporary to Hip Hop and Ballet.

At 16 Miss Sonia was winning national dance and acting awards and gaining recognition as a young talent in the performing arts industry. As the drama cup recipient for her high school, Sonia went on to pursue further performing arts training through Excel School of Performing Arts in New Zealand. Prior to this Sonia had training in BBO Tap, BBO Ballet, NZAMD Jazz to Solo Seal level, And gained distinctions in her Trinity College of London Speech and Drama examinations up to grade 8 and Performance certificate. Many years later, Sonia is most proud of her achievement of creating a successful dance studio, in the heart of Asia, Hong Kong. Enjoying the many faces of the job of Director, Sonia thrives in a diverse and open environment where her talents can be put to use. From costume design, script writing, teaching, mentoring, and developing curriculum Sonia enjoys most seeing the kids shine and overcome to become the best they can be.

AMINA

Miss Amina has taught with Academy of Dance for the past 2 years. Briefly taking time out to further her dance education at the prestigious Steps on Broadway Dance program in New York for the latter part of 2017. Amina has gained distinction in her advanced 2 level RAD examinations and is currently enrolled in the teacher training program for Asia Pacific Dance Association. Amina has great insights into teaching and communicating with students in both a professional and fun manner; bringing that powerful combination to every class she teaches at Academy of Dance. Check out her some of her amazing performing and choreography awards!

  • 2016 Champion, and Best Choreography Award, The Best Dance Crew 2016
  • 2014 1st Runner Up, Hong Kong Dance Power Competition 2014 (Jazz Group)
  • 2014 2nd Runner Up, Guangzhou Diamond Freak Dance Competition 2014
  • 2013 Finalist, Hong Kong Best Dance Crew Competition 2013
  • 2013 2nd Runner Up, Hong Kong Dance Power Competition 2013 (Jazz Group)
  • 2013 Scholarship for “Outstanding Student”, The Showbiz Project, Studiodanz Hong Kong
  • 2010 Merit Scholarship Summer Dance Program, Boston Ballet School

CAT

Miss Cat brings her own unique and winning style to Academy of Dance. With a strong technical focus in Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz dance Miss Cat is our lead teacher for competitive Dance troupes. Check out her many accomplishments in Australia and New Zealand.

  • 2003 1st place with AAD in Open Contemporary teams at Brisbane Eisteddfod
  • 2006 Most Committed Dancer at Excel Performing Arts School
  • 2007 Outstanding Performer of the Year at Excel Performing Arts School
  • 2010 Performed for Stan Walker, J. Williams and Dane Rumble at the Vodafone Music Awards
  • 2011 6th place with Monroe Dance Crew at SDNZ Nationals
  • 2012 Top 12 at World Supremacy Battlegrounds in Sydney
  • 2012 1st place Stomp Dance Competition with Monroe and Co.
  • 2012 Junior Hip Hop Crew Qualified, in 3rd Place, to World Supremacy Battlegrounds
  • 2014 Varsity Hip Hop Crew Qualified for SDNZ National Championship
  • 2014 Get the Beat – 1st Open Jazz teams
  • 2013/2015 Two nominees (Lisa McLaughlan & Brianna King) for PACANZ, with Lisa McLaughlan receiving Runner-Up in the National Competition, Modern, both years.
  • 2014 Ora Burnett Award for Jazz – Winner (Lisa McLaughlan)
  • 2016 Ora Burnett Award for Jazz – 3rd place (Brianna King)
  • 2016/2017 Troupe Nominee for PACANZ – Superwoman
  • 2017 4th place with Superwoman at Brisbane Eisteddfod Very Highly Commended – Aztec
  • 2017 Invited to teach at Lucy Ellis Workshop in Sydney alongside Kylie Norris

RIA

Miss Ria Is our Lioness of the Studio. Bringing a huge amount of energy to every class she teaches, this ex Disney Lion King Dancer gives as much heart and attention to detail to the youngest of dancers at 2 and 3 years old as she does to the exciting teenage classes she teaches. A fully qualified JazzAddict accredited teacher Miss Ria teaches some of our most vibrant classes at the studio, her ability to teach anything from baby ballet to adult burlesque and cheerleading for teens makes her a great addition to the team! Check out her performing and experience credits.

  • 1994 – 1996 – Powerdance company- Jazz and Hip Hop
  • 2001 – 2003 – Fedex Cheerleading Scholarship Performer
  • 2002 – 2003 – Met Dancemasters – Performer and member
  • 2004 – 2005 – Danscap Manila – Performer and member
  • 2007 – 2008 Hong Kong Disneyland – Parade Dancer
  • 2008 – 2018 Hong Kong Disneyland – Festival of The Lion King (Tribeswoman, Zebra, Gazelle)
  • 2008 – Philyo Crew Champion
  • 2009 – Philyo Crew 1st Runner Up
  • 2005 – 2007 – Gforce Performer for Television shows, concerts, commercials and US show tour.
  • 2014 – 2015 – Fusion Loca – Star World and Galaxy Hotel Performer