Dance Fusion Staff

Melissa Sgro

Artistic Director

Melissa Sgro

Melissa Sgro (Nee: Tatasciore) was trained in Perth under the Commonwealth Society Of Teachers Of Dancing (CSTD) studying in modern jazz, tapping, acrobatics, classical ballet, contemporary, hip hop, singing & musical theatre.

From age 4 she has enjoyed a busy career performing in dancing competitions, conventions, examinations, musical theatre productions, floorshows & concerts in some of Perth's most prestigious theatres & venues. At age 13, Melissa began to mentor children in various styles of dance, ages & abilities, and it was from here that her passion for dance continued to thrive. By age 16, Melissa had completed all major CSTD examinations gaining outstanding results in theatrical dance, tapping & classical ballet.

In 2003, at age 19, Miss Melissa took over the reins of a small dance school with some 60 students, growing & nurturing their talents with her unique teaching style, passion & dance techniques. Today, Dance Fusion continues to provide specialized dance tuition to over 350 students and she credits her continued successes to the studio’s fun & friendly approach to dance. 

Miss Melissa has since earned her full CSTD (theatrical) qualifications, and has extended her love of human movement with a Bachelor of Science (BSc. Sports Science), and Master of Science (MSc. Exercise Physiology) degrees from ECU. She is a wife, mother to 2 beautiful girls, and a passionate dance teacher, mentor and friend to her students.

"I have been very fortunate to develop a deep, all consuming love of dance from an early age. I have been awarded so many amazing opportunities to continue my learning and expand on my teaching techniques & repertoire from national & international industry leaders, artists & choreographers. I took my passion for dance and combined it with my unwavering desire to effectively and efficiently train the human (dancer’s) body. I am incredibly proud of the current programs we are implementing at Dance Fusion, based on my years of experience in the dance industry, continued training and careful study into the developing dancer's anatomy & physiology. My philosophy: Everyone deserves the chance to love dance"

Alanna Amoroso

Head of Junior School

Alanna Amoroso

Alanna Amoroso has been training in jazz, tap, ballet, acrobatics and hip hop since she was 4 years old. At the age of 13, Alanna joined Dance Fusion and it was here that her love and knowledge for dance reached new heights. At age 16, she began teaching preschooler and junior classes, sharing her passion for dance with students in their most formative years. She has completed numerous CSTD and DMIA examinations over her dancing career, and now fulfills an integral position teaching & preparing the next generation of students for their dance exam successes. Miss Alanna continues to train, learn and expand her talents in all facets of dance, and loves to share her passion of dance with our students.

In 2010 Alanna was fortunate enough to travel with Dance Fusion to USA on our first international dance tour. Here she performed onstage at Universal Studios, Disneyland, California Adventure and had the privilege of also taking various dance workshops from many talented American choreographers. This experience was one of the highlights of Alanna's dancing career and allowed her to grow not only as a dancer, but also as an inspirational mentor. In recent years, Alanna has joined the Australian Performing Arts Network (APAN) where she had the opportunity to work with various local, national & international choreographers. She has performed on Telethon, at the Chris Mainwaring tribute match and in various routines as support act for the Justice Crew concert.

Alanna is currently at ECU studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and after graduating this year, will be completing her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics.

Sonia Cleary

Head of Classical Ballet

Sonia Cleary

  • Specialist Junior Dance Teacher & Classical Ballet Coach
  • Trained at Terri Charlesworth & Graduate College of Dance in Trained Dance
  • Principal Junior School Teacher JCDC (14yrs)
  • Classical Ballet Teacher JCDC (14yrs) 
  • Littlies Specialist Dance Coach (2009 - current)
  • Certificate - Working with Children Check

With over 15 years experience in teaching children to dance and four children of my own, I was blessed with a natural affinity of relating well to children of all ages. I’ve gained so much joy and satisfaction from watching each child I’ve taught blossom with confidence and develop their potential.

Dancing is an expression of life and giving your child the gift of dance will not only improve their memory skills, improve co-ordination, posture and fitness but most importantly encourage them to become more confident expressive individuals. I hope you enjoy watching your little star dance just as much as I enjoy teaching them.

Claire Darling

Head of Hip Hop

Claire Darling

Claire Darling is a highly experienced and versatile professional performer and teacher, on both the international and national stage.

She returned to Perth in 2016 after 18months living overseas performing and training at some of the World’s most renowned Entertainment venues and Dance institutions. In 2015 she worked as a professional dancer at Macau’s famous Venetian and Sands Casinos (China). Whilst living in London in 2014 Claire successfully gained representation with a number of London's top commercial dance and modelling agencies, consistently working as a professional performer.

Whilst in Australia Claire has danced for X-Factor winner Samantha Jade, with various TV and special event appearances, she also was one of the top 35 female dancers on the latest series of Australia’s So You Think You can Dance, one of only 3 Western Australian dancers selected for the Top 100 week in Sydney.

Claire has over 10yrs experience professionally performing in Perth including cheerleading for the Perth Wildcats, Perth Orioles, Danny Green and HBF running events. In 2009 she was flown to Bali as part of a 6 girl team representing Australia at an International Hair conference performing as both dancer and model. She has trained at Pineapple Studios, London as well as Broadway Dance Centre in New York, Edge and Millenium Studios in Los Angeles and Brent Street in Sydney.

Her teaching experience is vast and versatile, teaching for over 10 years in Perth Dance schools, Secondary schools and Primary Schools. She specialises in Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. Claire began teaching at Dance Fusion in 2013 and is excited to be back in the studio working hard with all the wonderful students, sharing her passion and love for all things dance!

Matt Leaver

Head of Acrobatics

Matt Leaver

Coming soon

Marisa Amoroso

Head of Glee Club

Marisa Amoroso

Marisa Amoroso began her singing at the age of nine at the Johnny Young Talent School which provided her with lots of experience in singing and performing. Miss Marisa competed in numerous competitions during her time at the Johnny Young Talent School, and by age 16, she started singing in Cabaret Bands around Perth.

After year of performing and participating in competitions, appearing on T.V. shows (Perth Young Entertainers & Telethon), Miss Marisa made it to the grand finals of Perth’s biggest and most professional talent quest at the Raffles Hotel. Today, She is still singing and performing with local bands in Perth. They perform at private ,corporate functions and Marisa also performs at wedding ceremonies. For the past 10 years, she has enjoyed teaching singing to big classes and also to individual private lessons. "Watching and hearing new talent in my Glee Club classes is amazing. Seeing the students develop their own styles and confidence is so rewarding"

As well as her singing, Miss Marisa is also an Education Assistant to kindy students, and says the most rewarding experience of all is becoming a mother and sharing all her experiences with her children.

Amy Kilworth

Junior Jazz / Tap / Ballet

Amy Kilworth

Coming soon

Tiarna Carolan

Junior Jazz / Tap / Acro

Tiarna Carolan

Coming soon