Meet the Team

Main St Funk Dance School Epping provide a quality and progressive dance education. Its passionate and driven instructors have the highest qualifications, First Aid training and Working With Children Checks to go in hand with their invaluable experience, creativity, and love of dance.  



Kristie began her dance training at Bev Palmer’s Performing Arts School where she excelled in the areas of classical ballet, tap and jazz. Kristie competed in the most prestigious dance competitions and won many championships as both a troupe member and a soloist. Her teaching career began when she became an assistant ballet teacher at the age of 12 and since then her love for teaching has grown and she has completed a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. While Kristie specialises in teaching our younger students, she is a hit with all age groups. Her positive and patient demeanor brings out the best in all of the children under her care and Kristie’s warm and loving nature makes every student feel welcome and special in the dance studio.



19029309_10155311281903290_5603342062408836579_nCarla’s dancing career began at Bev Palmer’s. She was highly successful at all dance competitions, particularly in the areas of jazz, tap & acrobatics where she excelled as a performer. Following this, Carla trained full time as a professional dancer at one of Melbourne’s renowned dance institutions, Dance World Studios. Her teaching career began in her teenage years where she took on classes in the styles of jazz, tap, hip hop, funk and contemporary at a number of dance studios and leisure centres in Melbourne. Carla sustains a great reputation for her innovative choreography, her eye for detail and her ability to get massive improvements out of all of her students. Carla attended the Keep Kids Safe in Dance training session and workshop in 2017 and is passionate about providing an environment that promotes trust, teamwork and fun! In 2020, Carla will be on maternity leave from teaching classes as she looks after brand new Baby Arthur but will continue to be heavily involved in the running of the school.


IMG_0904FChloe found her passion for teaching and choreography at the age of 14 when she started teaching hip hop classes. Since then she has gained invaluable experience teaching at a range of dance schools, holiday programs and gyms in Melbourne. In 2013 Chloe graduated from Box Hill Institute of TAFE with a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management. She also has a Certificate III in Fitness and has completed a year of full-time professional dance training at The Edge Performer’s School.  In 2017, Chloe trained full time at Etienne Khoo’s Intensive Urban Course at o2 Studios in Richmond. She attended the Keep Kids Safe in Dance workshop and training day and is a member of the Southern Federation of Dance. Chloe is proactive about professional development and is always searching for ways to extend herself as a dancer and a teacher. She believes that dance class promotes confidence, discipline, a healthy body image, and an active lifestyle and she strives to instill each of these qualities into all of her students while ensuring an inclusive environment where every student feels welcome, valued and seen.


Nakarin - Nam 500dpiNakarin works as both a professional dancer and choreographer in Melbourne as well as overseas. He is very active in the dance community and specializes in Acrobatics, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and traditional Thai dancing. Nakarin has a Bachelor of Fine Arts along with a diploma of Dance Teaching& Management, for which he received a scholarship for “Most Outstanding” Student and he has recently been certified as a Module One Acrobatic Art teacher. These qualifications complement years of experience as both a choreographer and a professional dancer at institutions such as; Victorian Ballet School, SILP Productions Inc, Delta Project:Collision Productions, Triple8Funk Dance Company. He joined the Melbourne Mapping Festival from 2013 to 2018 and in 2014 he also joined the MAPFest (Melaka Art and Performance Festival) in Melaka, Malaysia, to perform as soloist and produced group performances. In 2019, he performed as a guest soloist in “Grounded: Battle of The Art”, a dance competition in Manila, Philippine. Nakarin has been a hugely appreciated and loved Main St Funk team member since 2010. He brings diversity, discipline and fresh choreography to our classes.


_AX04505-EditBreeana has been an assistant teacher, working with our junior students since 2013 and after years of being mentored by Kristie Hocking, Bree officially joined the team, taking classes of her own in 2017. She is very much loved and admired by all of her students and the rest of the MSF team, because of her gentle and caring nature and her passion for dance. Bree holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and she hopes to further her studies in the areas of her combined passions: dance, dance teaching, and education. Bree is a dance teacher by night and a childcare worker by day, where she works in the baby’s room fulltime! Her experience and passion for working with children shines through her teaching and sees each of her students enter the studio excited and eager to learn and leaving after each class happy and smiling. Breeana is a fantastic role model for the MSF kids and having started at just 4 years old, is a perfect example of one of the many pathways students may choose to take when they start dancing with Main St Funk.



Laura has been dancing for 14 years, being involved in both local and interstate competitions from 8 years old to 18 years old. Her training began in Tap, Jazz and Ballet and then she branched into more styles as she got older, finding passions for more expressive genres such as contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. Laura also began developing her tumbling skills with acrobatics classes.  Laura’s training has given her the opportunity to travel abroad and perform in shows in both Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as show-girl and podium work. Laura found her passion for teaching and choreographing in her early teens and after successfully completing VCE dance, which has a large focus on choreographic theory and safe dance practices, she was set on concreting her teaching career more confidently. She recently completed her Certificate to Teach under the Professional Curriculum for Acrobatic Dance. We are thrilled to welcome Laura to the MSF team as we love her professional, caring and attentive approach to teaching dance and we can’t wait to see how she challenges the MSF kids in Jazz, Hip Hop and Acro!


Image-60Holly has a strong  passion for dance which she is excited to share with the students of Main St Funk. Holly started her dance journey at the age of 3, and never looked back. She has trained in many styles over the years such as ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, technique and hip hop. Holly has had the opportunity to excel as a professional dancer, working  both nationally & internationally, with some amazing artists which she believes enabled her to be the dancer, teacher and choreographer she is today. Holly believes that dance isn’t just about creating a sequence of dance steps, it can be much more for many children, such as building confidence and creating friendships. Her nurturing and friendly nature, makes her a perfect fit for the MSF team and we can’t wait to see our students shine under he guidance. Holly says she is looking forward to a magical year at Main St Funk.