Lauren Couch - Studio Manager
Lauren commenced dancing over 20 years ago at the Carolyn Gilby Dance Centre. During this period her love of dancing and singing lead to her participating in dance concerts, eisteddfods, and overseas performances.
Lauren has been a vital team member of the Sharee Skye Dance Centre since 2018. She brings a broad knowledge and versatility to the studio along with teaching experience in many different genres. Lauren’s qualifications include Teachers Certificates (CSTD Jazz, Tap, Theatrical & Performing Arts, and Classical Ballet) as well as Teachers Diplomas (CSTD Jazz and Theatrical & Performing Arts). She has also completed RAD Classical Ballet exams (Advanced 2 and Grade 8).
Lauren’s passion for dance was inspired by her teacher, Mrs Gilby, and she strives to pass this on to all of her students.
Joelle Babuin-Henry moved to Brisbane from Vancouver, Canada in 2008. She has been dancing since the age of three and teaching Royal Academy of Dance ballet for 30 years in Canada, Australia and Singapore.
Joelle has been teaching ballet at Sharee Skye Dance Centre for ten years. During this time the ballet program has produced wonderful ballet students and improved the students’ performance in jazz and contemporary.
Joelle also has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. This degree fuelled her desire to continue studying movement further and she now teaches Polestar mat Pilates and GYROTONIC®.
She is keen to pass on her love of dance and movement to others and is really looking forward to another great year at SSDC.
RAD Teachers Certificate in Classical Ballet
Kelsey has been dancing at Sharee Skye Dance Centre since 2008, and has progressed into a dominant teaching role.
Kelsey loves working with SSDC students of all ages, with her most recent students receiving impressive results in their Jazz & Tap dance examinations. Kelsey also has a significant role working with our Performance Team groups, she is always enthusiastic and her attention to detail inspires the students to continuously give their best. Qualifications include: Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, COMDANCE Teachers Certificates in Modern Jazz & Tapping, and is presently working towards her full diploma in both genres while continuing her Masters of Dietetics at the University of Queensland.
Kelsey has a passion for all aspects of dance and is looking forward to her future years ahead with the dance studio, developing the younger generation to also share her love of dance.
Lily took up dancing at the young age of 3 and began teaching for Sharee in 2009. She is a well-rounded dancer and performer with experience in all genres we have to offer.
When it comes to teaching, Lily understands each student is their own individual. She uses this to create unique teaching strategies for each dancer and is able to connect with the students to build a warm, positive environment. She is passionate working with all ages, but particularly shows great patience with our youngest of dancers - building their confidence and setting a strong foundation for their future training. Lily has taught successful dance workshops in India and also has experience performing in Disneyland USA.
In 2016 Lily successfully obtained her Modern Jazz Teachers Certificate and is currently working towards her full diploma
Beth has been teaching for SSDC since 2018. She trained at the Carolyn Gilby Dance Centre where she gained her teaching qualifications, Full Teaching Diploma in CSTD Tapping, CSTD Jazz Award, RAD ballet Grade 8. She also has a Bachelor of Business Communications in Film and Television Production.
Beth has 30 years of dance teaching experience in tap, jazz and ballet, including preparing students for exams in all styles.
Beth has a flair for choreography and has years of experience creating routines for both solo and group performances in Australia and USA Disneyland and Universal Studios.
Emma commenced dancing at the young age of 3, following in the footsteps of her big sister.
Emma is a passionate, committed performer who has completed her examinations in the RAD classical ballet syllabus (Advanced Fd), Comdance Modern Jazz 9 (Honours Plus), Comdance Tapping syllabus (Honours Plus), Comdance Theatrical and performing arts syllabus (Honours Plus), Jason Winters Contemporary 4 (Honours Plus) and most recently was awarded the blue sash award, an invite only examination. Emma’s performance experience includes Disneyland USA, Disneyland Hong Kong, Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and most recently Merge dance theatre.
Emma has a particular flair for detail and thrives on setting new challenges for all students young and old. Emma is in her final stages of preparation for her teaching certificate in all genres and also studying to be a nurse.
Jasmine began dancing at the age of 3 and studied Tap, Jazz and Ballet. As the years went on, Jasmine expanded her repertoire to include Hip Hop / Street Dance. All these different styles fused together have created Jasmine’s own Street Style, which she is now renowned for.
Jasmine has been performing, choreographing and teaching workshops throughout Australia since 1998.
Industry credits include performing and choreographing for Mexican superstar Belinda, performing co-choreographing Mega Jam Instructional DVD’s, RAQ Fashion Awards, Dancer and Choreographer for QLD Reds and Brisbane Broncos Dance Teams, and seven years as a dancer and character performer at Warner Bros Movie World.
As a freelance performer, she has appeared in countless video clips, television appearances, fashion shows and night club performances, locally and internationally. If you want to see Jaz in action, her Mega Jam YouTube Channel is currently one of the biggest Hip Hop Choreography Dance Channels in the World!
Jasmine brings a wealth of knowledge, experience & passion, and is thrilled to be our resident Hip Hop teacher at SSDC.
‘Nanna’, as our little ones refer to her has over 12 years experience in teaching tiny tots & pre school dance and is also a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Nanna has just completed her Elementary Gold examinations and holds a strong passion for dance. Nanna is strong believer that no matter what age, dance is a language that can be taught and Nanna, herself is no exception to this rule!
Dance has been a part of Sophie’s life since she was 4 years old starting with jazz and tap and quickly followed by ballet. She has completed all her tap, jazz and ballet exams. Sophie's Group performances include eisteddfods, D3, Disneyland USA, Disneyland Hong Kong and Universal Studios USA. Solo performances include tap, jazz and lyrical. Sophie has been teaching for 7 years and holds her CSTD Modern Jazz Certificate. She loves teaching children and works hard towards helping each child achieve their potential. Her happy nature is infectious and she is enthusiastic about her work. Sophie holds her Bachelor of Health Sciences and is currently studying Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland.
Leilani has been dancing since she was 2 years old and joined the SSDC family in 2012. She has recently completed her Advanced Foundation R.A.D ballet examination and Comdance Modern jazz 8 exam. She is now currently working towards completing her Teaching Certificate in Jazz and becoming a certified R.A.D ballet teacher. This year, Leilani is studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at QUT. Leilani loves teaching and hopes to instill the same love and passion she has for dance in younger generations.
Sam has been dancing since the age of 5, studying Ballet, Jazz, Flamenco, Cabaret, Singing, Musical Theatre, and his passion – Tap Dance. At the age of 14 Sam became the Junior ATOD Australasian Tap Champion, which he later reclaimed at the age 17 winning the Senior ATOD Australasian Tap Champion. Sam joined Raw Dance Company in 2011 and has since toured with RAW’s Untapped, Bang! Crash! Tap! and Raw Metal throughout Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New Zealand and the United States, including a season in New York City.
Owain Kennair is a Brisbane based Dancer/ singer/ actor who discovered dance from a young age. Owain has studied a huge collection of styles including: Musical theatre, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, Salsa, House, Singing, Drama and many more.
After high school, Owain completed a Diploma in Musical Theatre with Raw Dance Company - opening his mind and body up to the world of dance. Owain has performed and taught with RAW on many occasions including at the Brisbane Convention Centre and the Gabba as half time entertainment for the Brisbane Lions.
Owain is one of the newest members of RAW METAL and is wishing to take on the world one hit spring at a time. So far, he has toured in Canada in 2016 and 2017 with RAW METAL, he performed in the Untapped tour all throughout Queensland in 2017 and he has performed at corporate gigs in nearly every capital city of Australia. He is really excited to share his passion for dance with with you and your students!
Olivia commenced dancing at the young age of 5 and quickly found her love for the arts, music and performance. Completing examinations in RAD Classical Ballet, Comdance Modern Jazz syllabus and Comdance Tap syllabus, Olivia is now in the final stages of preparing for her teachers certification and her practical hours. With her endless energy, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, Olivia has beautifully transitioned into her role of teaching and inspiring our future generation to share her love for dance.
Tiarni has been dancing from the age of 4 and started dancing at the Sharee Skye Dance Centre in 2010 when she moved to Brisbane. Tiarni is currently training towards completing her grade 9 jazz exam, level 5 contemporary exam and advanced foundation ballet exam. Tiarni has a passion for teaching people of all ages and helping them develop their skills. She is currently completing grade 11 at school and hopes to continue dancing and teaching following her high school graduation.
Mackenzie started dance classes at three years old and has danced in a range of genres including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Mackenzie has completed the Queensland Petite Pointers teaching course last year, and her favourite part about teaching is encouraging students to do their best and have fun with dance.
Mackenzie is currently in her second year of university and is studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutritional Science at UQ.
Lana has been dancing from the age of 4 when she started at Sharee Skye Dance Centre in 2008. She has danced in numerous styles of dance and has competed in the eisteddfod team from 2009.
Lana has completed examinations in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and musical theatre and is continuing to complete higher grades.
She is excited to begin her teaching journey and bring a wonderful experience to all her students.
Esmée began her journey in dance at the age of 2 and started dancing at Sharee Skye Dance Centre in 2012. Esmée has completed many examinations in the R.A.D Ballet and CSTD Modern Jazz syllabus. She is currently working on her Advanced Foundation Ballet exam and Grade 9 Jazz exam. As well as this, Esmée participates in non-examinations classes including, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop and Eisteddfods. Esmée also commits her Saturday nights to a Contemporary company called Merge Dance Theatre. She is extremely passionate about dance and hopes to one day pursue a career in the dance industry. As she is now 15, she would like to take her passion for dance and inspire new generations with it through teaching.
Anna has been dancing since the age of 4, joining Sharee Skye Dance Centre in 2009. Anna is now shifting her role from student to teacher after receiving experience in the classroom assisting over the last few years.
Anna has completed examinations in classical ballet, Jazz, and tap, and has studied every genre offered by Sharee Skye Dance Centre. This year Anna is looking forward to working towards completing her Teachers Certificate in Modern Jazz, and further developing her skills in Acrobatics training through the ‘Acrobatics Arts Program’.
Anna is committed to inspiring her students and welcoming new students into the Sharee Skye family, ensuring every child feels comfortable and able to develop their passion and love for dance.
Bruna Guarda Ribeiro
Choreographer. Artist. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Bruna started her ballet studies at Sao Paulo School of Dance, where she graduated in 2014. During 9 years she studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Modern Dance. In 2013, she participated in the Opera La Traviata of Giuseppe Verdi and choreographed by Simona Bucci in the main theatre of Sao Paulo. Bruna also performed Acts of Light at "Virada Cultural" which is a 24-hour cultural festival of music, dance and art sponsored by the state Secretary of Culture in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2014 she did an internship for few months in Sopro Company of Dance participating into their process of creating new projects and rehearsals.
After her graduation, she started teaching Ballet while she was studying acting at Wolf Maya School of Actors in Sao Paulo. She taught for 2 years acting for children including performances.
Bruna finished her Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching by Australian Learning Group in Melbourne in 2019 and she is current teaching Contemporary dance at Sharee Skye Dance Centre and Promenade Dance Studio in Queensland, Australia.
"I have been dancing since I was 9 years old and teaching is my passion. I love sharing my knowledge and the experience I have acquired in my years as professional teacher and have found teaching to be an extremely fulfilling experience for me. There is nothing better than teach someone who really wants to learn and I hope to have a positive impact on the students I teach."
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TERM DATES 2020
Term 1: 28 Jan - 21 Mar 2020
Online Tuition: 23 Mar - 4 Apr 2020
(Due to compulsory government regulations)
Term 2: 20 Apr - 27 Jun 2020
Term 3: 13 Jul - 19 Sept 2020
Term 4: 6 Oct - 18 Dec 2020*
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