Meet the Team
Billy Lids has a diverse team of teaching staff, offering a range of classes. Learn more about our amazing team below.
Annette has been a performer since the young age of 8years old. Annette studied classical, tap, song and dance, lyrical, Jazz and group performance under to guidance of Miss Vicki Flowers of Morwell in Victoria. Annette obtained her teachers certificate in 1985 with SATD (Southern Australian Teachers of Dance). Annette’s journey as a teacher has been a wonderful gift filled with lots of rewards. In 2011 Annette was recognised by ATOD ( Australian Teachers of Dance) as an Affiliate Teacher, since that rime, Annette continues each year to continue her self development, participating in many courses yearly. In 2015 Annette stepped into the role of Director / Owner of Billy Lids Theatre Company. This journey has seen a beautiful growth in the Company on all levels from students, teachers and a wonderful support team. Over the next coming years, Annette looks forward to the new direction which Billy Lids will continue, with their own Performance Complex MPPAC ( Mornington Peninsula Performing Arts Centre) in Hastings. Annette is looking forward to continuing to sing, dance, Act, jump, skip and pirroette with our students and fellow team members.
Head Dance Teacher / Dance Step Student-Teacher Coordinator
Kayla holds a Cert IV in Dance Management and Teaching, which was undertaken with Karen Malek at Transit Dance. Kayla’s past dance teaching experience includes working at Dwan a Dance, Destination Dance (2017-2018). Kayla has completed the Cecchetti Classical Exam – Intermediate Teacher with a Highly Commended result as well as completing Advanced 1 in Cecchetti Classical exam. Kayla is in her 4th year of a Bachelor of Education (P-10), she is dedicated to the education of children, both in the classroom and the dance studio. Kayla is an enthusiastic teacher, with a passion and dedication for developing young dancers and musical performers. Kayla has taken on the role of Dance Step Student-Teacher Coordinator and is looking forward to nurturing the future dance teachers.
I am 23 years old and am currently studying nursing at university and would love to go into Pediatrics where I can work with kids. I have been singing since I was a little girl, and have always loved music. The first time I performed was when I was 5 years old for my church and I loved it so much I knew I just had to do more. When I started school at Flinders Christian Community College, I joined the choir as soon as I could. I loved singing in a group with other kids. In grade 4 I began formal singing lessons at the school and in grade 6 I was asked to be the choir captain. When I moved up to the senior school I continued choir in voices of Flinders, the Chamber choir and Southern Harmony, also making the choir captain in my final year. We sung all over the Peninsula, made CD recordings yearly, and I went on music tour in grade 9 for three weeks up the East Coast. In year 7 I changed singing teachers to Martiene Pavey whom I was with for three years, where I learnt jazz, classical, musical theater and modern repertoire. In year 9 I decided classical and musical theatre were more suited to my voice and I continued my studies with Margaret Brown, where I also continued my AMEB exams, completing up to level 7, with high distinctions. I was also involved with Mrs Brown’s female choir Bel Canto for two years. In 2014-2015 I took a break from singing lessons, but at the end of last year resumed my studies. I am currently learning with John Carlo Belotti, who was trained at the London Symposium of Music, and who is a professional opera and classical performer. I am currently focusing on my classical singing. I still continue to regularly perform at church and am involved with the church choir. I love singing and learning different techniques, performing, choral singing, and I love singing in different languages (Italian is my favourite!) I am looking forward to meeting you all and can’t wait to sing with you!
Griffinn Argus has been studying the art of Dance since the age of
5. Griffinn has studied the syllabus styles of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, lyrical and Musical Theatre. He has trained with Independent dance studio, Sydney dance company, SCIMM and the Australian Ballet. Griffinn joined Billy Lids during 2020, working and assisting with the studio’s productions. Griffinn has a great energy in the class room and is a wonderful role model for all aged students. His wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to inspire is indeed an asset to our studios. Griffinn is indeed looking forward to his teaching role this year as a coordinator of our ATOD Exam syllabus.
Kaylah Abbott is an industry professional who trained at Joanne O’Kelly school of dance. Studying 3 years full time at Spectrum Dance, Kaylah successfully achieved her Diploma of Musical Theatre and Certificate 4 of Dance. Recruited as talent with ‘Spectrum Talent Agency’, Kaylah gets to regularly audition and perform all over the industry, performing for well known choreographers and directors such as Yvette Lee, Nadia Tornese and Chantel Runting. Kaylah specialises in many areas of dance including commercial, jazz, showgirl, tap, ballroom, latin and ballet.
Maggie is a passionate holistic performing artist. She began voice training at a young age alongside Dance training in Jazz, Song and dance, Tap, Contemporary and Classical, completing Cecchetti Ballet Exams and ATOD Tap and classical Exams. She pursued her love of Theatre and Music at Sandringham Secondary College where she played the role of Audrey in the Little Shop of Horrors and Janet van de Graff in the Drowsy Chaperone in the annual school production. Maggie has played in musicals locally with PLOS including 9To5 and Les Mis. She co-directed and performed in a one act play in 2017, called ‘the lottery’ raising awareness for Dyslexia. Maggie is currently studying a Double degree of a Bachelor of Music and Arts at Monash university, Majoring in Popular voice, Psychology and Theatre studies. Maggie loves exploring her passions for teaching, mindfulness and the Performing arts and the positive impact it can have on others (especially kids!)
Lexie is a passionate singer and has been singing ever since the age of 5. She has performed in many choirs, rock bands, and at various restaurants around the Mornington Peninsula. She has had professional vocal training for the past 5 years. Lexie has always loved to dance and has had 10 years of dance training in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Classical, along with completing Cecchetti Classical Exams and ATOD Tap Exams. Lexie loves performing on stage, she has been apart of many theatre productions during her schooling years including ‘The Laramie Project’. In 2018, Lexie completed her VCE studies and is now studying a Bachelor of Arts full time at Deakin University, majoring in Drama. Lexie intends to pass on her love and enjoyment of singing and performing to young blossoming performers, and she is extremely excited to be apart of the great team at Billy Lids Theatre Company!
Jane has been singing for a very long time performing in choirs, small vocal groups, rock bands and musicals. She has been teaching vocal performance at Billy Lids for the past 3 years. Jane believes that everyone should enjoy learning to sing and have the opportunity to learn skills and technique which will maximise their own individual unique voice. She particularly loves working with children and is a fully qualified early childhood educator as such she has many years experience in teaching children. Jane is also fully qualified in first aid. She is the mother of 4 beautiful children who also love to perform. Jane’s favourite part of teaching children to sing is seeing them grow in ability and confidence and watching them radiate joy as they perform.
Hi, my name is Tracey Abbott and I have been a music educator for over twenty years, completing my ‘Bachelor of Music,’ at Deakin University Melbourne in 2000 and the ‘Graduate Diploma of Education – Secondary/Primary,’ at The University of Melbourne,’ in 2002, majoring in piano and music education.
I have been employed over the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas, at several primary and secondary schools to teach classroom music and work as a ‘Casual Relief Teacher.’ Currently, I am teaching piano in schools and privately. My piano students range from primary school students to adults. I provide a program that is tailored to my students’ needs. One is to provide the AMEB (Australian Music Examination Board) exam system or teach students for leisure. My music and piano lessons are based on Suzuki, Kodaly, Orff and traditional musical notation.
I absolutely love teaching music and my passion is to be able to share my love of music to all my students.