Eugenia Machado - Director

Director and main Instructor of IC Academy, Eugenia Machado has been with the Academy since its first year (2002) moving from a dancer/student, to an instructor and now the Director. During her time at IC Academy, she studied the dance styles Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Acrobatics, Hip Hop & Contemporary. 

In 2017, Miss Eugenia graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Dance at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE). Throughout her time at university, Eugenia studied Classical dance style such as Ballet & Contemporary in accordance to anatomy studies. As of 2019, Miss Eugenia is a certified and qualified Acrobatic Arts Instructor (please read more under ‘Acrobatic Arts’)

She has had the privilege to dance at the iconic Mardi Gras celebrations in 2015 & has travelled to the USA & performed in Disneyland, California Adventure Land, Universal Studios & Hollywood Blvd.

Miss Eugenia has been dancing for over 15 years where her firing passion continued to grow. Moving into teaching dance, Eugenia has found a new passion where she strives to pass on her passion and love for the arts onto her students.


Irene Zarate - Instructor

Irene Zarate graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts Degree – Dance (Distinction). She holds a Capricorn Ballet & Arts Academy (C.B.A.A.) Dance Teacher accreditation.

Having taught dancing and singing for over 18 years, Miss Irene brings to the Academy the experience of a multi talented performing artist, professional singer, dancer, songwriter and choreographer.

Miss Irene’s previous experience includes a record deal and a released song called 'Chilly Cha Cha' through Molly Meldrum and Michael Gudinski’s record label Luxor Records.

She has performed at the Colonial Football Stadium in Melbourne, Bert Newton’s Good Morning Australia, Channel V, Aurora and other venues across Australia. 

She has acted in Australian televisions shows such as A Country Practice, Home & Away and Heartbreak High.

At the National Music Oz Awards (2005), Irene's original song ‘Light Years Away’ won three awards against four thousand artists for Best Pop Artist, i98 Listener’s Choice Award and the Development Award.

Miss Irene’s love and passion for performance and skilled instruction is an inspiration to her students.

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Caroline Hopkins - Instructor

Caroline Hopkins, specialising in Jazz & Tap, brings over 30 years of dance experience & over 15 years of teacher experience. Miss Caroline is focused on providing a fun dance experience whilst learning correct technique, building confidence, improving fitness, encouraging individual expression and enjoying all that the world of dance has to offer.

Passionate about dance, Miss Caroline has completed her Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD) dance exams in Jazz, Tap & Ballet.

Miss Caroline is passionate about sharing her love of dance with students of all ages & capabilities.

Elma Avdicevic - Instructor

Elma Avdicevic has been with the Academy since 2009 as an enthusiastic student before transitioning to instructor in 2012. Since starting dancing at the age of 7, Miss Elma continued to study a range of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop at the Academy, developing a strong passion for dance and teaching. During her time at the Academy, Miss Elma's love for ballet led her to complete her Capricorn Ballet & Arts Academy (C.B.A.A.) exams with honours.

In 2016, Miss Elma graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education from Macquarie University. Throughout her studies, she developed knowledge and skills in teaching.

Miss Elma has had the privilege of performing at various events and festivals including the Easter Show and has travelled to the USA & performed in Disneyland, California Adventure Land, Universal Studios & Hollywood Blvd.

Dancing for over 18 years, Miss Elma brings her devotion and ability to offer a learning environment for all students to grow and be the best performer they can be.