2017 Exciting News!

The Jaksa Team are very excited to be implementing a new rewards program called “SPOTLIGHT” highlighting our students who have shown not only improvement but also commitment, dedication, hard work & importantly, teamwork & kindness.  These students will be showcased on the website, social media & on our display boards.  We encourage parents to keep up to date with “Jaksa Performing Arts Studio” social media i.e FaceBook; Instagram; Twitter; Pinterest & YouTube as we’ve got a new marketing campaign happening too!

We are also integrating the CSTD Theatrical & Performing Arts Syllabus!

This syllabus aims to develop the triple threat, to train students to be versatile performers and to prepare them for musical theatre auditions.

Renowned musicals are are studied at each level and is designed to allow teachers creative scope, choreographically and stylistically.

2017 is going to be full of excitement and new adventures!

As a singing and dance teacher, my job is to raise confident little people – First.

Today, we live in a world that is full of endless opportunities. Children have a smorgasboard of extracurricular activities to choose from: swimming, tennis, netball, softball and all other sporting activities connected with balls!; chess, debating, girl guides, scouts, playstation 4, wi, xbox and other PC, DS, QRST games…. but let’s not forget about diving, go-karting, gymnastics, golf and thumb wars! The list is endless…

What worries me is our society is immersed with instant gratification, so how does that change our children’s confidence in the long term? Are we breeding a generation full of bravado, not a genuine confidence in sight? Will they have no understanding of commitment, no concept of reaping the rewards of hard work nor will they understand the value of money or loyalty.
I am not an expert however I have had over twenty-seven years of experience dealing with children (and parents) and it’s fascinating to see what ideals, ethics and life skills are being lost along the way.

From a performer’s perspective, our 21st century artists need to be formidable talents. They need to be able to sing, dance, act, flip and do tricks, learn to play an instrument, read sheet music all while balancing their hectic schedule as they self promote, write marketing campaigns and keep ahead of all various social media’s, tweet, beep and be discreet! (And I know I’ve only revealed the tip of the ice berg!) They need to understand their bodies, incorporate ways to hide their weaknesses and highlight their strengths, diet and nutrition, work health and safety, fashion and beauty, stage make-up and hair, update their skills and techniques and keep abreast with “re-inventing” themselves. That’s a lot to do! It’s a lot to think about!

But what about those stars who rise to instant fame through Media platforms such as Australia’s Got Talent, X-Factor or So You Think You Can Dance. My focus is on the younger performers who have obtained a quick claim to fame when I ask, “What detrimental effect is this instant stardom going to have on that child’s persona & how will they cope in the future?”

As singing and dance teachers, I believe that our main focus should be to raise confident little people – First. We need to teach them to trust their judgement, work hard, commit and set small goals, make healthy choices and good decisions and learn to love themselves. We need to guide them to develop a strong sense of self-worth and understand that it is okay to be the square peg even if you don’t fit the round hole. It’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to ask for help.

The Entertainment industry is full of knock-backs. Instant stardom has a short life and is few and far between. However If you’re confident in yourself and have a strong sense of well being, then it’s easier to handle the negatives thrown at you. No matter what you do, you will always succeed.
Even though I’m a singing and dance teacher, my job is to raise confident little people – First.

Singing Teachers get to play with fancy costumes and listen to music all day!

I was prompted to write this blog by a student of mine.

This student is the sweetest little thing and she told me that she wants to get a job like mine because, “singing teachers get to play with fancy costumes and listen to music all day.”
Oh, from the mouths of babes.

My instant reaction was hesitation because that’s the least of my obligations but then I realised that’s all they see me do! So a grand chuckle pursued. Upon reflection, I do have the best job in the world! This flamboyant industry is full on, it’s hard work and I love every minute of it. However, it’s also complete with intricacies and daily chores that no-one ever gets to see. For a Dance teacher or Singing teacher we have to have many bows in our quiver.
I know for a fact, that I am a multitasking juggler under strict time constraints and regardless of the curve balls thrown to me. I must keep those balls up in the air! Not only are we expected to run a profitable business with up to date bookwork, business stats, BAS & tax implications. We need to market our business and keep up to date with changing social media. We also have to create a safe space, where each student gains confidence and support as they immerse themselves in learning this fine art. For those with families, you also need to keep on top of homework and school activities, housework and meals!
It can be a solo living consumed by bookwork and lists, lots of lists!

At my studio I am lucky enough to be the creator of all that we do.
I organise the concepts of our Pantomimes & Concerts; I write all the scripted works accordingly; I choose all the music, making sure it’s age appropriate and in the right key to sing; I give all the teachers their music and working parameters; I record all the student group singing work and help to mix and edit all the music tracks; I organise all the show runs, keeping in mind times to costume change; I book the venues, seats and organise production of ticket fonts and requirements; I organise all the costumes ensuring they suit the style of the routine and the different shapes of the students; I have to think about stage sets and hand held prop requirements and more often than not I make them from design and concept through to the finished product; I set up sound equipment and live microphones so the student benefits from practicing and working with state of the art sound equipment; I have to liaise with sound, lighting and audio engineers. Then of course I need to teach everything to the student within a time frame that enables them to feel confident for their performance.
And that’s just during concert prep!

Yes there are a lot of “I’s” in there and I do get some fantastic volunteers helping along the way.
I’m certainly not perfect (don’t tell my husband that though ha ha) my costume room is a shemozzle, I need to organise my costume hire aspect of the business (which I’ve still not done!), I’ve only just updated my website and I was really late in editing last year’s concert DVD because my computer chucked several tantrums!

But, I am lucky cos’ I get to play with fancy costumes and listen to music all day. lol

“Hairspray” & “Neighbours” stars to visit Milperra


Stars of the stage and screen are making their way to Milperra for Canvas; school holiday workshops presented by Industry.Brothers.Creative.

Ashford Avenue performing arts studio Jaksa will host former Neighbours star Chelsea Jones (aka Tegan Freedman) and Hairspray sensation Nancy Denis (aka Inez) on July 11 and 12 for the two-day intensive.

Jaksa director Jahn Regan explained that the first day will comprise commercial dance sessions, led by Nancy Denis who has also appeared in stage productions of The Great Gatsby, Panjo 5 and Annie, as well as Hairspray.

“The workshop will focus on musical theatre, hip-hop and jazz, as well as lyrical/contemporary dance” Ms Regan said.

The second workshop will be led by Chelsea Jones, who many will recognise from The Sleepover Club, Stormworld, Wormwood, Streetsmartz and Foreign Exchange, in addition to Neighbours. The focus of this workshop will be on acting for film, television and the stage.

“Participants can expect to learn about and further develop their skills in screen performance, theatre technique, script and character analysis,” Ms Regan said.

The workshops are suitable for students of all ages and cost $130, although an early bird special is available before June 24, bringing the price down to $99. The workshops are open to the public, and highly recommended for budding dancers and actors.

“We’re really excited to be giving kids who are passionate about the arts the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the business,” Ms Regan said.

“Plus it’s a great way for parents to free up a couple of days for themselves during the school holidays, while their kids are having fun learning lots in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Registrations and enquiries should be directed to ibc.workshops@live.com.au.