Dance Fusion Staff

Melissa Sgro

Artistic Director & Head of "Advanced & Dedicated"

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

Assistant Head of "Advanced & Dedicated"

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 Garreffa Cleary

Head of Classical Ballet

Sonia Garreffa 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.

Danielle Zinc

Head of "Just 4 Fun" Morley

Danielle Zinc

Danielle was born and raised in Perth, WA and received her dancing tuition from the Debra McCulloch Dance Academy since she was 12. Well rounded and trained in jazz, tap, classical and acrobatics she completed all available Theatrical, Classical and Tap examinations in CSTD as well as some classical in RAD.

Danielle taught at Debra’s as she got older as well as many other studios in Perth and internationally in a wide variety of genres. She regularly teaches, choreographs and performs both Australia wide and internationally and has competed on many stages with outstanding results throughout her years.

Her accolades include Senior Performer Awards, being the CSTD Intermediate Classical Award Recipient, receiving the MFOD Classical Scholarship, completing her CSTD Martin Reubenstein Award, being awarded the CSTD Premier Danseur Award and the CSTD Gold Star Award among many others.

Danielle is constantly building on her qualifications and currently holds CSTD Teacher’s Diploma (Theatrical), CSTD Teacher’s Certficate (Tapping), Cert IV In Fitness and Personal Training and Cert IV in Massage Therapy.

Chloe Rankine

Head of "Just 4 Fun" Bibra Lake

Chloe Rankine

Chloe started dancing when she was 4 years old in Perth under the Commonwealth Society Of Teachers Of Dancing, The Royal Academy of Dance and Dance Masters International. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro and Hip Hop. As a child Chloe performed in many local musicals such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Oliver, and Mary Poppins.

At the age of 13 Chloe started assisting in classes, by the age of 16 she was teaching her own choreography and by 18 teaching her own classes, She then moved on to teaching competition private classes for solos and duo/trios. In 2010 Chloe was able to go to Sydney to train at the Urban Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company, and Brent Street Dance.

In 2015 Chloe started teaching dance and drama at a local Primary School putting on a yearly arts night production. Chloe now continues to train and teach in all dance genres.

"I believe all children should have a chance to dance, dance has not just been a hobby for me it has been a way of life, as a child I learnt patience, respect, to listen to instructions, to be proud of my hard work and made great relationships with peers and teachers, I want to take all my positive experiences and share that with others and spread my love of dance"

Hayley Burdon

Head of Hip Hop

Hayley Burdon

Hayley started dancing in Perth when she was five years old. She has trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary and Jazz with over ten years teaching experience in these genres. At just seven years of age she was selected to perform as part of the Michael Jackson History tour where she performed Heal the World and Earth Song. Hayley has also performed in major corporate events throughout WA with Greenroom Entertainment.

In 2008 Hayley travelled to Sydney to undertake a full time course with Brent Street Performing Arts. In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship with Source Dance which provided her with the opportunity to dance and train with world renowned choreographers in LA and NYC. 2010 brought her to Melbourne where she performed in shows with prominent Melbourne choreographer Paul Malek in his Contemporary Company “The Collaboration Projects”.

She performed in Collide, Project Y shows, Gallery and Project One as well as performing with up and coming Melbourne dance company Red Back Dance Co in their debut show “Wild Eagles Fly Alone”. she was selected by choreographer Travers Ross to be a part of his upcoming Contemporary production “Boji”. In 2016 she returned from a SHOW/BUSinESS course in Sydney where she was under the guidance of Marko Panzic and worked extensivily with renowned choreographers Danielle Polanco , Candace Brown. She now also runs her own burlesque / cabaret company called The Showhouse Perth.

Matt Leaver

Head of Acrobatics & Stunts

Matt Leaver

Matthew has been teaching cheer and acrobatics with outstanding results for over 5 years now. He has also been fortunate enough to perform professionally as an acrobat and cheer leader for many local events and sports teams including West Coast Fever, The Perth Heat and West Coast Waves.

Matthew has a real passion for helping students develop the necessary strength in muscles and joints to optimise their tuition and technique in a safe, caring and injury free environment. Matthew is a valued head of acrobatics and cheer & stunts department at Dance Fusion.

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.