SHILLEENA'S DANCE ACADEMY

OUR DANCE TEACHERS

Shilleena Collins, Principal

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 Ballet Examination completed - SFD (pass 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 completed the highest level of examinations in all three styles (Advanced Ballet, Level 10 Tap & Level 10 Jazz SFD). She travelled to Los Angeles with SDA's Performance Group and performed in and around Brisbane. 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

SFD Level 10 Jazz, SFD Level 10 Tap, SFD Advanced Ballet (pass with Distinction), RAD Intermediate Ballet, Imperial Level 5 Ballet

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

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 Paige

Miss Paige

Teacher

After finishing school, Miss Paige completed 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 the highest level of examinations in all three styles (Level 10 Jazz, Level 10 Tap & Advanced 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, Commercial Jazz

Examinations Completed

SFD Level 10 Jazz (Honours with Distinction), SFD Level 10 Tap, SFD Advanced Ballet (pass with Distinction)

Miss Zoe

Miss Zoe

Teacher

After begging her parents to start dancing for 12 months, Miss Zoe started classes at 5 years of age and has been a part of SDA ever since. She was a student teacher for many years then became a teacher at SDA and loves to teach all ages and dance styles.  Miss Zoe has completed her Advanced Ballet & Level 10 Jazz examinations with SFD and continues to challenge herself by learning new skills and 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, Tap, Contemporary, Irish, Cabaret

Examinations Completed

SFD Level 10 Jazz, SFD Advanced Ballet, SFD Level 8 Tap

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 works for the Queensland Ballet as well as teaching at SDA. 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 Charlotte

Miss Charlotte

Teacher

Miss Charlotte has been a student teacher at SDA for the past four years. She has danced at SDA since the age of 11, and her favourite dance step is pirouettes. Miss Charlotte is passionate about passing on her love of dance. "It is truly one of the best moments to see kids come to class with a smile on their face because they are excited to dance, and I hope that dancing is always a joyous and carefree space for them."

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Examinations Completed

SFD level 8 Jazz, SFD level 8 Tap, SFD Intermediate Ballet, QSDA (Highland) Level 5

Miss Edie

Miss Edie

Teacher

Miss Edie has been dancing since she was three years old and loves being able to share the beautiful gift of dance with her students. "I have always enjoyed imaginative and thought-provoking disciplines that allow me to learn more about myself and the world around me. Seeing the students embrace movement as a form of self-expression and create the most special friendships with their fellow dancers, is truly a gratifying experience." She has been a member of SDA since 2009 & started out as a student teacher for 3 years before taking on her own classes.

Dance Styles Studied

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Commercial Jazz

Examinations Completed

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