FOUNDER

Jackie Scott

Jackie is deeply invested in dance and education…..

This was publically validated through her nomination for
Australian of the Year in 2015, for outstanding work in dance.

Her formal education at Deakin University includes a Bachelor of Arts (Dance & Drama), Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts Honours (under scholarship). She was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award from Deakin Uni for outstanding creative product and she also holds many further qualifications including Diploma of Dance, Diploma of Musical Theatre and Certificate IV in TAE.

Jackie has continuously been a supporter and advocate for individuals in need. She founded and led an outreach program with Sadler’s Wells Theatre which was funded by Mellon Financial Corporation, a scheme run by Arts and Business UK. The work was recognised as being instrumental in the development of “at risk teens” through dance. She has also instigated a number of other community programs including; ‘The Inclusion Project’ young people at risk working with young people with mental and physical disabilities; a teaching development scheme that gives young people the opportunity to work productively within the community; a program she initiated to assist families with gifted and/or talented children; and a performance appreciation program for families of young people involved in the Arts.

Her 25 years in teaching and choreography, and 37 years of performance experience have included television, festivals, conventions, educational events, competitions and world dance events. She has extensive performance, choreographic and educational experience working with prolific choreographers and companies on various projects including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Electric Boogaloos (USA), The Ballet Boys, Cando Co, Push, Tommy the Clown, Mark Morris Dance Company, Stephen Pelton, Dianne Reid and Kim Vincs, the Australian Dance Awards, the NMFC Football Breakfast (Channel 7), Breakfast with the stars, Australia’s Got Talent (semi finalist), XChange (BBC Studios UK), Breakin Convention (Sadler’s Wells), Celebrity Fame Academy (CBBC TV UK), and Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures; performing 3 curtain raisers in a hip hop fusion for his ballets Edward Scissor Hands, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker and numerous corporate events.

Jackie has trained and mentored thousands of students and teachers in many sectors including primary and secondary schools, universities, full time training courses, dance companies, and private dance schools; over 3 continents for 25 years. She has taught and mentored students and dancers whose credits include: Contemporary Dance Companies Chunky Move & Ballet Lab; The Australian Ballet Company; Professional Musicals including The Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins, Dirty Dancing, West Side Story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Aladdin, Strictly Ballroom, Dirty Dancing; Professional contracts including Princess, Royal Caribbean & Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai Hip Hop and Commercial Dance Crews including Flawless (UK), Holloway Boyz & Girlz (UK), ZooNation (UK), Boss Dance Company, Tenacity & Scimm.

As a professional dance artist and educator she believes strongly and passionately about empowering people through dance. She understands the value of empowering communities and providing the means to a voice. She’s extremely passionate about the development of the entertainment industry and raising young people to be positive and successful individuals within it. She has a supportive and nurturing outlook and always strives to be a positive and loving influence on staff, teachers and students and carers. In her own words ‘I am immensely passionate about being the best mentor possible to all those I meet’.

Most importantly Jackie is passionate about working with children and young adults who are vulnerable and at risk.

She is a visionary who believes that all children have the right to be safe and anyone in a position of power should be held accountable for the safety of the young people in their care.

Samantha Dashwood

Since completing her own formal education, Sam has been working with young people in the arts in various aspects of education and training.

Sam is passionate about creating positive change in the dance industry, and integrating dance into all aspects of a young person’s learning, transferring the skills beyond the studio.

After training in all styles of dance with a focus on classical ballet through her childhood, Sam continued her training in commercial dance and musical theatre, performing in many corporate and commercial works. Developing her passion for education, she then continued her studies at Queensland University of Technology, studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance; Education), and then obtaining her Diploma of Dance, Diploma of Musical Theatre & Certificate IV in Training & Assessment . Her studies at QUT opened new pathways and opportunities to combine dance and education. Sam choreographed, performed and facilitated performances and workshops at QPACs biannual children’s festival, Out of the Box. She was also asked to tutor and mentor young creative industry students with physical or mental disabilities through their studies. These opportunities highlighted the importance of equal opportunity for young people in dance, and the necessity of a positive and diverse learning environment.

Sam continued her career in dance through workshops and performances with Zeta Dance Group. The group was given the opportunity to conduct workshops and hosts performances in association with Ausdance Queensland through south-east Queensland, targeting young dancers aspiring to develop their contemporary dance skills.

Throughout her work in Queensland, Sam developed skills in working with a diverse range of students, both able- and disable-bodied, and with students with a range of experience in dance. This led her to conducting workshops and training programs in high schools, primary schools, early learning centers, dance studios, Calisthenics groups and adult training.

Moving to Melbourne, Sam worked extensively with Scimm Dance Company to establish Platforms Youth Company, a program that tours Victoria hosting workshops in both urban and regional centres. The youth program also aims to provide a performance platform for young dance students with notable potential and Sam has provided countless participants mentoring and guidance to ensure they strive to reach this potential, encouraging growth in skill, performance and self.

Sam has delivered accredited training to young people as they train for a career in the performing arts. This included the delivery of courses in dance, musical theatre and dance teaching. Sam has worked closely with students to ensure their training is helping them to meet their goals. With an interest in injury management and prevention, Sam worked to establish safer dance practices in full time dancers, preventing injury and minimizing recovery time, working with leading physiotherapists and healthcare practitioners. She also worked closely with young people to overcome mental and emotional issues faced as they further their training in the arts, working to create positive mindsets and resilience.

Additionally in Melbourne, Sam has worked with National Indigenous Television (NITV, aired on ABC3) on performances, workshops and TV encouraging safe, equal opportunities for indigenous peoples in the arts.

All of her experiences have further enhanced Sam’s passion for creating a positive, healthy environment for young people to learn dance in. Sam strongly believes that dance should be accessible and enjoyed by all people, of all cultural backgrounds and of all abilities, and she endeavors to encourage this in all that she does.

Child safety is vitally important in all aspects of work with young people. These children are the future of all of our industries. Ensuring they have a happy and positive experience in dance, and the arts, ensures the longevity and growth of dance into the future. Child safety concerns us all.  

Kristin Agnoli

Kristin’s life purpose is to guide, nurture and mentor young souls.

Her journey began training and completing a Certificate IV and Diploma in Performing Arts with Brent Street studios followed by an exchange scholarship with Broadway Dance Centre in NYC. Her further education includes; Degree in Marketing and Project Management Diploma as well as Certificate IV in TAE and Diploma of Nutritional Therapy.

Her teaching qualifications extends across all dance styles, Musical Theatre, Vocal, Stage and Film and TV which led her to over 20 years of professional employment within the industry.


Kristin’s passion and dedication to changing lives began as a Director of FAME TALENT MANAGEMENT in Sydney. A children’s agency aimed to proactively prepare and develop kids in a positive, engaging environment. It was through developing youth programs and workshops she was able to work closely with kids opening them up to the world of safe creativity.

From this venture Kristin joined the team of CLASSROOMS AROUND THE WORLD as Artistic Director; a touring dance production company giving secondary aged students the opportunity to perform all over the world.

During these stepping stones, Kristin also instigated a boutique studio LES PETITES working closely with gifted performers in regional and rural communities, providing direction, opportunity and career pathways.

POSITIVE PERFORMANCE is Kristin’s most recent development working with disability groups and young school students aiming to enhance their confidence and awareness in themselves and teaching the skills to step into their power.

It was her passion and drive for dance and performance that led her through a fulfilling career which included working for such companies Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines, NIDA Arts Theatre, Home and Away, Cartoon Network Kids, Nickelodeon, ABC Kids, Channel 7 & 10, Australia’s Wonderland, Disney and saw her growing in a range of platforms, Musical Theatre, Children’s Entertainment, Commercial and Corporate events internationally, Festivals, TV, Film and Stage.

Kristin has taught many students across Primary and Secondary Schools, Private Dance Studios, Full Time courses, universities and personal development providers combining her knowledge in dance and performance with Nutritional Therapy and Life coaching.

As an ambassador for BEYOND BLUE, she continues to help and work with souls in finding their core truth and inner light through dance and creative expression.

It remains her mission, to open the hearts of all young people and fill them with the love and knowledge of the industry and guide them to build their path in an empowered and strong mindset.


Sponsors & Supporters

Loud & Clear

Sean Higgins

Jeremy Scott


Keep Kids Safe In Dance Ambassadors

Michael Ralph – Choreographer / Teacher / Performer
Kiara Kieser – Carmen, Opera Australia
Euan Doidge – Kinky Boots
Martin Croft – Resident Director Kinky Boots
Jayme-Lee Hannekom – The Colour Purple StageArt
Jarryd Byrne – Dancing With The Stars
Arna Singleton – Step Off Director / Teacher / Choreographer / Artist
Steven Grace – Dance Captain Sound of Music – Strictly Ballroom / Teacher
Nathan Pinnell – Dance Captain Singing In The Rain / Teacher
Sam Gaskin – Dancer / Actor / Model / SInger
Kate Meade – Victorian Dance Festival Director
Samantha Bruzzese – The Bodyguard
Tim Barnes – Scimm Dance Company
Jess Quinn – ABC3 / Team Rocket / Teacher / Performer / Choreographer
Dana Jolly – Choreographer / Teacher / Outstanding service to the dance community
Mitch Fistrovic – Aladdin / Teacher / Choreographer
Nadia Tornese – Choreographer / Teacher / Performer / Photographer
Zoe Marsh – Choreographer Spring Awakening
Monica Swayne – Mary Poppins West End
Brittany Page – Dancer / Teacher / Choreographer / Fitness leader
Sean Higgins – Photographer / Artist

All dance schools should now
be a child safe organisation

IS YOURS?

Keep Kids Safe in Dance – aims to reach 100 Victorian Dance Schools in 2017. To discuss your requirements contact us:

Email : info@keepkidssafeindance.com.au
Phone : 1300 501 830