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

Rachelle has been dancing since she was 5 years old starting with jazz and tap, since then she has trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop and cheerleading. In 2013, she completed a year of full-time dance training through Ikin dance and obtained Certificate IVs in dance and fitness. Rachelle has a passion for health and fitness and as well as being a personal trainer is currently studying a bachelor of health science in nutrition. Rachelle has been teaching dance to children and adults for the past 3 years with her strongest genres being hip hop, jazz and contemporary. She currently still trains several times a week and performs at different corporate events.

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.

carlie-editedCarlie Kendall

Acro Instructor

Carlie has trained extensively in both gymnastics and dance since the age of 2. Growing up in NSW Carlie completed her Ballet, Jazz and Tap ATOD dance exams as well as training in other genres. With a love of Rhythmic Gymnastics at the age of 7 she took out the NSW state champion. From then, her passion for dance and Acrobatics continued.

She was trained acrobatics on the Gold Coast by Suellen Venker and Ben Nicolodi from age 10.

She has also trained and competed in Sports Acrobatics level 8 and Cheerleading open level 4.

She travelled with Ashton’s Circus in 2016 and competed at the National Circus Challange in Sydney where her choreographed Acrobatics routine placed first.

Carlie has a passion for teaching both Contemporary and Jazz as well as specialising in Acrobatics. For two years she was a kindy gym teacher and a circus coach training aerial and floor apparatus.

Carlie has been teaching Dance and Acrobatics for 4yrs.

She aims to create a special bond of trust with her students to be able to get the very best out of them.”

tiffany_editedTiffany Lawrence

Dance Instructor

Tiifany is R.A.D classically trained up to Advance 1. Tiffany trained with Corin school of dance in all styles of dance from 5years-17years. These styles included Jazz, Ballet, Irish, Tap, Broadway Jazz, Showgirl, Hip hop, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acrobatics. After completing year 12 at high school Tiffany trained 2 years full time ballet with Ransleys Ballet school where she completed Advance 1. Since then she has performed in shows with Marisa Burgess, Dean Vegas and Burlesque Dolls Australia.

Tiffany has been teaching   Ballet, Junior and Senior Jazz and Lyrical over the past 2 years

Always adding to her skill Tiffany has kept up her dance training and has also added aerial circus to her skills.

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.