Our Dance Teachers

Miss Shilleena

Miss Shilleena

Principal

Shilleena Collins began her dance training at the age of 5 and since then has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, character, cabaret, singing and musical theatre. Having successfully completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts (Dance) and a Full Teaching Certificate in RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing), Shilleena continues to update her skills by attending regular seminars and workshops. In 2014 she completed her training through SFD (Southern Federation of Dance) and is now a fully qualified examiner in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

With experience on both an amateur and professional level, Shilleena has choreographed for musical and children's theatre productions, danced extensively in competition and performed in professional and corporate productions. Shilleena began her teaching career coaching and choreographing in private studios and musical theatre groups. Then early in 2005, she took over Suzanne Beames School of Dance as Principal and the school was renamed Shilleena's Dance Academy. From then on she has strived to build the school to what it is today constantly adding new styles and hitting new heights as a school focusing on quality dance training, hard work and fun.

Qualifications

Advanced Diploma of Arts (Dance) - Australian Dance Performance Institute
Full Teacher's Certificate - Royal Academy of Dance
Examiner - Southern Federation of Dance (Ballet, Jazz & Tap)
Member - Southern Federation of Dance
Theatrical Grade 1 Examination completed - CSTD
Senior Gold Star Tapping Examination completed - CSTD
Grade 10 Jazz Examination completed - SFD (honours with distinction)
Grade 10 Tap Examination completed - SFD (honours with distinction)
Advanced 1 Ballet Examination completed - RAD


Miss Alanah

Miss Alanah

Teacher

Miss Alanah has been learning dance since she was 3 years old, and after dancing with SDA for many years became a teacher in 2012. She has studied ballet (RAD Intermediate, Imperial Grade 5), tap (SFD Level 9), jazz (SFD Level 8) and contemporary. She recently toured Los Angeles with SDA's Performance Group. Alanah loves to dance, and wants to pass that love on to other people. She would love to dance Clara in The Nutcracker, her favourite ballet since she was a little girl.

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Examinations Completed

RAD Intermediate, Imperial Level 5, SFD Level 10 Tap, SFD Level 8 Jazz


Miss Alice

Miss Alice

Teacher

A student of SDA since the age of 7, Miss Alice has studied ballet (RAD Intermediate), jazz (SFD Level 8) and tap (SFD Level 9) and is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) with a Diploma of Education. Miss Alice’s favourite dance is contemporary as it's a style with more freedom and creative expression. She also loves tap because you get to make lots of cool beats and rhythms with your feet. 

“I teach dance because its fun and you get to watch the kids grow and develop their dancing style.”

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Examinations Completed

RAD Intermediate, SFD Level 9 Tap, SFD Level 8 Jazz


Miss Jenna

Miss Jenna

Teacher

Miss Jenna is a former SDA student, who started dancing at the age of 3. She holds a Diploma of Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance from DLDC and a Certificate III in Dance from ADPI. She has completed the SFD Syllabus exams in Jazz (Level 8), Tap (Level 9) and Ballet (Intermediate). "To me dance is about expressing myself and being completely free. It pushes my body to it's absolute limits and is an indescribable feeling. To be able to inspire that in others is the most rewarding job." Miss Jenna has performed at sporting finals in half time shows, as a back-up dancer for bands including 'At Sunset' and as a performer for children's entertainment shows.

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz

Examinations Completed

SFD Intermediate Ballet, SFD Level 9 Tap, SFD Level 8 Jazz 


Mr Alex

Mr Alex

Teacher

Mr Alex has been dancing since the age of 5 and has completed Level 9 Tap in the Southern Federation of Dance Syllabus. He has been a student teacher at SDA, and loves to teach. “The reason I enjoy teaching dance, especially tap, is so that I can demonstrate and teach the skills that I have acquired over the time that I have been dancing.” Mr Alex is inspired by Gene Kelly and his broad range of talents, including tap and singing.

Dance Styles Studied

Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Examinations Completed

SFD Level 10 Tap


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