Our Teachers

joy-jeanes-editedJoy Jeanes

Business Owner and Dance Instructor

Joy began dancing at 7 in Durban under Barabara Lewis: a South African ballet examiner.

She completed her major exams with the late Eileen Keegan and Yvonne Barker when Barbara relocated to Cape Town.

After a number of years performing in the “Love of Dance” program and “Durban Dance Foundation”, she was offered a position with the Department of Education and Culture . Here she taught Cecchetti Ballet and Jazz to all ages, while running her own dance school.

She was sponsored to Australia in 2001 to teach Cecchetti Ballet at St Stephens College.
In 2005 the urge to run her own dance school saw her begin the extra Curricular Dance Program at Assisi Catholic College where she continues to teach.

She also runs a dance studio in Helensvale.

rachelle-doss-editedRachelle Doss

Dance Instructor

Gold Cost born and bred, Rachelle has been dancing since she was 5 years old starting with jazz and tap, since then she has trained in Australia and America in ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and cheer leading. In 2013 she completed a year of full-time dance training through Ikin dance and obtained Certificate IV’s in dance and fitness. Rachelle has a passion for health and fitness and as well as being a person trainer is a qualified nutritionist with a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutritional Medicine. She is also currently studying a bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Rachelle has been teaching dance to children and adults for the past 7 years with her strongest genres being hip hop, jazz and contemporary. She currently still trains several times a week and when she is not teaching dance or in the gym, Rachelle is busy being a mother to her daughter Holly.

shannon-jeanes-editedShannon Jeanes

Dance Instructor

Born in Durban, South Africa in 1990. Shannon Jeanes moved to Australia in 2001 where she was accepted into The Queensland Dance School of Excellence and completed her Advanced 2 Cecchetti ballet exam in 2006. In 2007 Shannon was chosen as one of four QDSE dancers to perform for the launch of Li Cunxin’s ‘Mao’s Last Dancer’.

Her passion for dance came from her mother, a qualified Cecchetti teacher who introduced her to dance at a young age. In her last year at QDSE she was runner up in the Gold section at the Cecchetti medal awards. In 2007 Shannon was accepted into The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she trained under Nanette Hassall, Kim McCarthy, Justin Rutzou, Andries Weidmann and Lucette Aldous. In 2009 Shannon was chosen to work with Australian Ballet’s Timothy Harbour in the contemporary creation of ‘A Listening World’ and in 2010 was given the opportunity to perform with the West Australian Ballet Company in ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

Having a Cecchetti background has definitely helped Shannon become a strong, technical dancer enabling her to be a versatile performer.

In 2012 Shannon decided to travel overseas to gain more experience in the U.K and European dance world. In February she auditioned for Northern Island’s contemporary company ‘Maiden Voyage Dance’ and successfully became a member of the company.

cassie-warman-editedCassie Warman

Dance Instructor

(Guest Teacher)

Cassie started dancing at age 4 with Suzanne Whiteman at Alstonville Dance Studio – Northern Rivers, NSW where she attended classes in all styles and annual Examinations with the R.A.D., C.D.A., C.S.T.D. and the B.A.L.

She launched into teaching full time at age 18 and was accepted into a local dance company called ‘Imprint’ which represented Australia in the U.S.A. for ‘Dance Excellence’. She has choreographed work for eisteddfods, concerts and for NSW schools for – Dance Festivals and Rock Eisteddfods including a NSW North Coast school receiving over $5,000 in prize money.

Cassie holds a Advanced Jazz Teachers Certificate with the C.D.A – (Contemporary Dance Australasia). In 2010 she moved to QLD to teach Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Ballet & Musical Theatre.

dion-bello-editedDion Bello

Dance Instructor

(Guest Teacher)

Dion has been dancing for over 10 years with Hip Hop being his main style.

Dion and His Crew “Dream Crew” along with his students from “Dream Academy” have made the top ranks of many competitions throughout Queensland, as well as performing for local events and assisting local artist with projects.

Dion’s training was mostly self-taught but he has also acquired a Certificate IV in dance and has years of knowledge and experience for his students.

Dion’s accomplishments include having students place in Solo Divisions of Get The Beat, Future Starts, Starbound as well as Australian All Star Cheer and Dance Competitions (AASCF).

Within one year of working with Dion, these dancers were able to climb to the top ranks, one of which being the Cheer and Dance Academy who claimed 3rd in Australia at AASCF nationals in their first year.

angelaAngela Damme

Dance Instructor

Angela has been Dancing for 11 years across all styles with a particular interest in Tap.  Angela completed her Level 10 exams in Glenn Wood syllabus mid 2018 and more recently has been focusing training in enhancing her Commercial Jazz and Ballet technique. Angela completed a year of fulltime Dance in 2019 with Global Dance Pro and then had the opportunity to train in Los Angeles for a month, taking Dance Classes in LA studios.

 

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Tiana Graf

Dance Instructor

Tiana is experienced in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hiphop, Broadway, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics and Acting.

Tiana has worked with Levinge Events as a dancer in tribute shows such as; Sia, Madonna, Lady gaga, Pink and Katy Perry.

She has travelled all over Queensland with Showtime attractions doing numerous shows such as; Peter pan, Tom and Jerry, Dirt Girl, Puss in Boots and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Along with being involved in White Christmas and Carnival, as a dancer at Movie World.

Tiana has completed both her Cert IV in Dance and a Diploma in Musical Theatre and is currently completing her final year at Griffith University, studying a Bachelor of Arts, Drama along with a Japanese Language major.

Bree Gulyas

Dance Instructor

Bree performed as a dancer in the 2016 musical production of ‘Hairspray’, achieved 2 silver cultural awards along with being presented a special mention in Coomera Anglican College’s Drama Fest entry for acting. In final year was a Cultural Prefect (organised everything to do with the Arts).

Bree is a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance Undergraduate at QUT and has also been a performer with Showtime Attractions and TS Talent, hosting live shows for children, supervision of craft villages for recreational activities and minding suit characters for festive occasions.