SHILLEENA'S DANCE ACADEMY

OUR DANCE TEACHERS

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, Cabaret

Examinations Completed

RAD Intermediate Ballet, Imperial Level 5 Ballet, SFD Level 10 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, CSTD Level 9 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

Miss Eden

Miss Eden

Teacher

Miss Eden comes to SDA from Noosa Professional Dance Academy where she has been dancing since 4 years of age. She holds Advanced 1 qualifications from the British Ballet Organisation, and a Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) from ED5 International. She has danced with Australia's musical theatre elite in Sydney, and has taught at various dance schools in Sydney, Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. Miss Eden would love to be an acrobatic performer in a circus and be able to work with all the animals! Her favourite dance step is Russian Fouettes!

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Commercial Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Miss Hannah

Miss Hannah

Teacher

Miss Hannah has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She has completed the SFD Level 8 Jazz, Intermediate Ballet and RAD Grade 8 Ballet exams. Currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Miss Hannah was a student teacher at SDA during her last year of high school. Her favourite dance step is pirouettes.

“I teach dance because it is a wonderful way to share my love of dance with others and encourage them to grow as dancers.”

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Irish, Jazz, Contemporary, Cabaret

Examinations Completed

SFD Advanced Ballet, RAD Grade 8 Ballet, SFD Level 10 Jazz

Miss Paige

Miss Paige

Teacher

Finishing school in 2016, Miss Paige is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Dance at ADPI (Australian Dance Performance Institute). She has been dancing since she was 3 years old in all styles and performing any chance she can get. She has completed examinations up to Level 9 Jazz, Level 10 Tap & Intermediate Ballet SFD.

"Seeing the passion children have for dance grow is something so special to watch. As these students then mature, being able to share the same love for dance is the reason why I thoroughly enjoy being a dance teacher."

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Cabaret, Musical Theatre

Examinations Completed

SFD Intermediate Ballet, SFD Level 9 Jazz, SFD Level 10 Tap

Miss Zoe

Miss Zoe

Teacher

After begging her parents to start dancing for 12 months, Miss Zoe started dancing at 5 years of age at SDA. She has been a student teacher since 2014, and loves to teach all ages and dance styles.

"When I was younger, my dance classes where always the best part of my week so being able to spread that passion is so rewarding. The discipline and teamwork that young dancers develop is so important and being able to watch students grow in both skill and enthusiasm makes it so worthwhile."

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Irish, Cabaret

Examinations Completed

SFD Advanced Ballet, SFD Level 9 Jazz

Miss Sam>

Miss Sam

Teacher

Miss Sam has been dancing since she was 4 years of age, studying ballet (RAD Advanced 1), tap (FATD Silver Star) and jazz (SFD Grade 8). Her favourite step to dance is … plies! Sam studied full time at Danceworld in Melbourne before graduating from QUT with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Sam has performed both in Australia and the United States, dancing for 5 years with Ballet Theatre of Queensland.

“I teach dance as it enables me to share my love for dance with others, impacting in positive and creative ways on a range of generations.”

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop

Examinations Completed

RAD Advanced 1 Ballet, SFD Grade 8 Jazz, FATD Bronze Star Tap

Miss Georgina

Miss Georgina

Teacher

Miss Georgina has been dancing professionally for over 10 years, performing and choreographing in Dubai, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore and for Carnival Cruise Lines USA. She holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre from ADPI. “Dance has been a passion of mine from a young age. My teachers were always a source of inspiration for me and I’d like to have that same effect on my students. Dance has always given me so much joy, and I want to pass that on to younger generations.” 

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

Examinations Completed

RAD Advanced 1 Ballet

Miss Lily

Miss Lily

Teacher

Miss Lily comes to SDA from the Royal Ballet School and the English National Ballet School, graduating in 2013 with a Diploma in Dance. Her early training was here in Brisbane at ARDA, and she has danced with the English National Ballet and at Universal Studios in Osaka. She loves allegro exercises, classical ballets, but The Phantom of the Opera is a personal favourite. “I love being able to share in people’s passion for dance and to contribute to their learning experience.” 

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Irish

Examinations Completed

RAD Advanced 2 Ballet


Miss Maddie>

Miss Maddie

Teacher

Miss Maddie is a trained dancer, actor, and singer, and brings the energy of performing arts to all of her classes. She started performing from a young age and trained in RAD Ballet, FATD Tap, APDA Jazz, BBDS Hip Hop, AMEB Speech & Drama, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. Maddie has a Masters of Adolescent Psychology, and a Bachelor of Literature and Drama Education. After finishing her study, Maddie worked for multiple performing arts academies writing and developing programs, and teaching drama, literature, musical theatre, and dance. She is a trained AMEB teacher for drama, and is currently working towards publishing her PhD in the are of Art Therapy for children.

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Speech, Drama, Musical Theatre, Contemporary

Examinations Completed

RAD Advanced 1 Ballet, BBDS Intermediate 1 Hip Hop, APDA Intermediate 2 Jazz, FATD Grade 5 Tap, Glenn Wood Grade 7 Tap