MEET THE TEAM
Stephanie entered into the performing arts at the age of nine. Growing up, she worked professionally on-stage at QPAC in numerous productions. Her favourite contract included playing the head orphan in ‘An Inspector Calls’ written by JB Priestley and directed by Stephen Daldry. Stephanie loved performing but her passion lay with teaching.
After completing her Bachelor of Education and graduating with honours, Stephanie taught in the education sector as a primary school teacher. During this time, Stephanie also ventured through Europe and Australia. She completed professional development courses and workshops with celebrity choreographers including: Jason Coleman, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Matt Lee, Blake John Wood and Matthew Prescott.
Stephanie's teaching career spans over thirteen years including teaching Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Speech & Drama, Musical Theatre, Cheer and Acrobatics. She thrives when teaching solo intensives and choreographing for eisteddfod competitions.
Fun facts about Miss Stephanie include she can do a side aerial, her favourite place in the world is Fiji and she has a boat and jet ski licence.
Stephanie’s qualifications include:
Bachelor of Education – Honours (2016)
Diploma of Performing Arts (ATCL) with Trinity College London (2012)
Acrobatics Arts Teaching Certificate – Module 1 (2016) & Module 2 (2019)
IASF Level 1 Cheer Coaching Certificate (2022)
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) Certification in Junior, Senior and Advanced Programs (2018)
CSTD Jazz Dance Teacher’s Certificate (2015)
CSTD Tap Dance Teacher’s Certificate (2015)
CSTD Advanced Theatrical – specialising in Ballet, Tap and Jazz (2011)
QLD Certificate II in Business (2012)
QLD Certificate II in Work Place Practices (2012)
Concussion Management Training (2022)
First Aid, CPR and Fire Training Certification (2022)
Current Blue Card and registration with Queensland College of Teachers
Miss Alannah is a very passionate teacher and performer. After graduating school and moving to the Gold Coast to train full-time, she was offered a contract overseas as a professional dancer and acrobat. Miss Alannah has also worked as a professional Cheerleader for the Bulldogs in Sydney for four seasons. Despite, being an outstanding performing, she also possesses a strong love for teaching.
Miss Alannah is currently studying a Bachelor of Education majoring in Dance and HPE. Her other qualifications include a teaching certificate in Acrobatic Arts - Module 1 (2021), PBT certification in Junior, Senior and Advanced programs as well as a Certificate IV in Dance and Training & Assessment. Miss Alannah is a level two qualified cheer instructor and specialises in teaching Acrobatics, Cheer, Jazz and Conditioning. Miss Alannah also holds her current first aid, CPR, anaphylaxis training, blue card and child protection & awareness training. She enjoys sharing her knowledge, passion and drive with all students watching them progress to achieve their full potential.
Fun facts about Miss Alannah include she has lived in Mexico, her favourite colour is blue, and she loves swimming.
Miss Bec began dancing and singing at the age of two. She
has a Bachelor of Music specialising in Musical Theatre,
current first aid, CPR and blue card. Miss Bec has performed
in various professional musical theatre productions including
Wicked, The Little Mermaid and Legally Blonde. During the day, Miss Bec works for a talent agency and enjoys booking clients for upcoming performance opportunities.
Miss Bec inspires and supports our students to achieve their goals. She creates a welcoming, fun environment paired with engaging lessons to challenge each child.
Fun facts about Miss Bec is that she has travelled around the US, her favourite disney princess is Cinderella and her favourite colour is orange.
Dr. Sam (known at Achieve as Miss Sam) began dancing at the age of four and singing at fourteen. She firmly believes in the joy and value of performing arts. Miss Sam studied at Dance Network (Sydney) and at the University of Wollongong, obtaining her teacher’s qualifications (FATD syllabus) in Tap and Jazz. With over a decade teaching and production experience in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and musical theatre, Miss Sam has a wealth of performance expertise to share. Miss Sam has performed in Sydney, Brisbane, Wollongong and London and has sung in a band, duos and solo.
Miss Sam graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Science (Biology),
1st class Honours and also has a PhD in pollination ecology. She has taught science for over a decade, from primary-aged children through to university students. Miss Sam’s daytime profession is as Principal Scientist and Manager of the Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Miss Sam also holds her current first aid, CPR and blue card.
Miss Sam is thrilled to join the passionate and highly skilled team at Achieve Performing Arts where she will specialise in Tap and Performance Technique.
Some fun facts about Miss Sam is that she writes and reviews children’s books in her spare time, adores baking and owns over fifty dresses.
Miss Caity is a wonderful choreographer and teacher! She possesses a strong focus on technique and exam syllabus and thrives with creating innovative, award winning choreography. Miss Caity has been dancing for more than thirteen years. She started her teaching career four years ago, and has taught a variety of genres and ages specialising in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary. She has also performed in the senior company of Merge Dance Theatre in 2021.
Miss Caity holds her current first aid, CPR and blue card. She is passionate about teaching a range of ages and ability. She aims to inspire each of her students to do their best in all aspects of their dancing life.
A few fun facts about Miss Caity is that she has completed a community project in Vietnam, her favourite colour is aqua, and she is studying a dual degree in nursing and midwifery.
Zayden has worked professionally in the performing arts industry
since the age of seven. Growing up, he has performed in
professional productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,
The King and I, The Jungle Book and Cinderella. He has gained
knowledge and experience whilst working with Queensland
Musical Theatre, Brisbane Arts Theatre and Opera Australia. Zayden has been in numerous television shows on ABC including Grace Beside Me and Harrow. To further this, Zayden has worked in professional fashion shows and commercial photoshoots.
Besides performing, Zayden is a very talented hip hop and acrobatics choreographer. His qualifications include a teaching certificate in Acrobatic Arts - Module 1 (2021), a certificate in Community Coaching (2020) and Concussion Management (2022) as well as current first aid, CPR and a blue card. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Dance at university. Zayden shows great leadership, determination and enthusiasm in all of his classes. He brings a wealth of knowledge around working professionally in the industry and is a wonderful role model for all of the students at Achieve.
Fun facts about Zayden is that he enjoys rap music, can do a standing back-tuck and is thriving in rugby and boxing outside of dance.
Miss Chelsea thoroughly enjoys working with the next generation of dancers. She has run dance mentoring programs, teaching and choreographing for Brisbane schools. She has a strong passion for teaching Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical and thrives when choreographing commercial Jazz routines.
At age fifteen, Miss Chelsea began studying at RAW Dance Company, where she completed her Certificate III in dance, and then Diploma of musical theatre. Miss Chelsea went on to train under re-owned choreographers such as BJ Rorke, Jack Chambers and Vanessa Friscia. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Communication in Entertainment. Miss Chelsea also holds her current first aid, CPR and blue card.
When teaching, Miss Chelsea challenges students to step out of their comfort zones, pushing them to their full potential.
Some fun facts about Miss Chelsea include she can recite the periodic table from memory, she adores cats and her favourite colour is lime green.
MISS MILLIE - Assistant Teacher
After graduating from the three year student teaching program with qualifications in Junior, Senior and Advanced PBT certification in all levels and her Acrobatic Arts (Module 1), Miss Millie was eager to support and challenge our Achieve students. She thrives when assisting with Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Cheer and Hip Hop. Miss Millie is known for her winning solo eisteddfod choreography and is looking forward to seeing the students perform their routines at competitions again this year. She is currently undertaking her Jazz teaching certificate (CSTD) and furthering her current Cheer professional development with Level 1 Cheer qualifications through AASCF. Miss Millie holds her current first aid, CPR and blue card.
Miss Millie's pedagogy encompasses patience, encouragement, consistency and fairness. She supports her students with learning in their ZPD by offering differentiation throughout her lessons. Miss Millie has a strong passion for teaching and is interested in studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) upon graduation.
Fun facts about Miss Millie include that she can do multiple back handsprings in a row, she is from a large Italian family and loves mac and cheese.