Meet the Team...
Miss Marie's passion lies in dance. She excels in a range of genres in both performance and teaching and her love of dance has enabled her to perform and teach around the world.
Miss Marie, originally from Scotland, started her dancing at a very young age, just like our tiny tots, and loved to twirl, pose and fly around like a fairy. This energy and love never left her and she went on to study dance full time in the UK, gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance. Throughout her intense training she studied Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Cheer, Commercial, Flamenco, Irish, Highland, and National alongside injury prevention, pilates, anatomy and child development in dance.
Miss Marie lived every dancers dream after receiving her first professional dance contract at the age of 19 performing in Disneyland Resort, Paris. There she specialised in bungee in the daily parades. After leaving Disney she danced professionally for many years around the world performing in a variety of Broadway style productions, tours, festivals and events including the London 2012 Olympics.
Miss Marie is an experienced choreographer who has worked alongside some prestigious names worldwide, bringing her teaching style and love of dance to countless students. She has had a wonderful experience running her own successful dance school in the UK before moving to Australia in 2015.
Emily began teaching with Island Dance in 2016 and is now taking the role of studio manager.
Miss Emily began her dancing life at the same age as many of our Tots and hit the stage at the tiny age of 3!
Studying under the BBO and ATOD syllabi, she completed her vocational training in an array of genres before continuing her formal studies at The Australian Institute of Performing Arts. From there she moved to Sydney to study at Brent Street achieving her Certificates in Performing Arts. She has been teaching for many years in both a dance and educational setting.
Throughout her time with Island Dance she has also completed her qualifications with Acrobatic Arts and is always learning new skills and furthering her professional studies.
She is well loved and respected by all students, teaching a variety of genres within the school.
Filled with enthusiasm, her classes are always fun and enjoyable with a strong focus on technique and performance.
I am really looking forward to working alongside Miss Emily again and excited for what 2023 holds.
Miss A has been with Island Dance since we first started and now delivers a variety of genres. She loves being a positive role model for our young dancers and sharing her wonderful choreography skills with our students.
Miss A has a strong love for dance and like many of our students started dancing at the age of 3. She is certified with Acrobatic Arts and has studied an array of genres throughout her dancing life.
Miss A has experienced dancing in Melbourne with Jason Coleman at The Ministry of Dance and has been involved in many galas, flashmobs and eisteddfods.
Her passion for dance along with her friendly smile and caring personality makes her a fabulous teacher who is adored by all of the students from all ages.
Miss A will be welcoming her second bubba at the start of this year and enjoying some maternity leave but we will be excited to have her return later in the year.
Miss Kirsty manages all tap classes from children to adults!
Starting dancing at the age of many of our young tots, Miss Kirsty studied a variety of dance genres in Melbourne. Her professional training lead onto her completing her Teaching Diplomas with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing in Tap, Theatrical and Jazz Genres.
Miss Kirsty has a wealth of dancing experience, performing in numerous concerts, floorshows and many public events. As an honours grade tap dancer, this is where Miss Kirsty's passion lies. She particularly enjoys creating sequences with intricate timing and wonderful patterns for our dancers to enjoy. She is looking forward to be working with our tap students both children and adults.
As a previous successful studio owner in Melbourne, Miss Kirsty has had fantastic experience creating and leading classes for all genres and ages, along with devising exciting concerts and fulfilling her life long dream and passion for dance. Her teaching beliefs are that with the right direction and encouragement, anyone can learn the art of dance, rhythm and develop their coordination skills.
I am really excited to have Miss Kirsty back with our tappers this year and looking forward to working alongside her again as she shares her skills and experience with the Island Dance students.
Originally from Holland, Miss Shree moved to Australia at a young age where she developed her musical skills specialising in playing Cello. As a member of the Cairns Symphony Orchestra, Miss Shree performed in many orchestral events throughout Northern Queensland.
Continuing her musical passion she moved to Sydney and studied singing, piano and music theory becoming a qualified and registered teacher with the Australian Music Examination Board.
Throughout her career, Miss Shree has performed in a wide range of events, directed and delivered a variety of musical theatre productions and has even released her own CD.
Miss Shree is also running Island Musicworx here on Bribie for students looking at furthering their singing and piano skills with private tuition.
We are thrilled to have her here at Island Dance delivering our Musical Theatre programme and looking forward to sharing what we have in store for students this year!