Teachers Biographies

Lenore Robbins:
R.A.D.Teaching Diploma, London; Grad. Dip. Special Education; Dip. Creative Arts

Lenore3Lenore has been dedicated to dance for many years, firstly as a student, then as performer, dance teacher and adjudicator. Lenore has been teaching dance for over 25 years, having previously danced professionally in commercial dance and as a producer/choreographer/dancer for the Queensland Ballet School's Touring Programmes. She performed with Queensland Modern and Contemporary Dance Company and was a founding member of Contemporary Dance Theatre. Lenore has studied contemporary technique (Graham and Cunningham) and performed many contemporary works by Australian choreographers such as Jacqui Carroll, Grahame Watson, Nanette Hassell, Russell Dumas and Cheryl Stock. She also studied acting under acclaimed American actor and director, Robert Gist. Lenore ran a successful dance and musical theatre studio in Brisbane for many years and is pleased that many of her students are now performing professionally both in Australia and overseas, and many others are establishing themselves as successful dance teaching professionals.

Students trained by Lenore have successfully auditioned and continued their dance training at prestigious dance institutions such as: West Australia Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA), New Zealand Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland Dance School of Excellence, various Queensland University of Technology Dance and Drama degrees, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, Broadway Dance Centre N. Y., Brent Street Studios, ED5, Dance World Studios, Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy, Transit Dance and Queensland National Ballet School.

Dancers trained by Lenore have, and still, perform in professional productions including:
“Funny Girl”, “Dreamlover”, "Matilda", Hugh Jackman "Broadway to Oz" Live Concert, "Rocky Horror Show", "Wicked", "Fame The Musical", "Back with a Vengeance" ( Barry Humphries ), "The Boy from Oz", "Hello Dolly", "The Sound of Music", " Jolson", "Buddy", Singapore Ballet Theatre, Expressions, Moulin Rouge, The Paris Lido, Queensland Ballet International Gala, Dance Works, Movie World, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios, Disney, Mega Jam Productions, Home and Away, Strictly Dancing (ABC), Mama Mia, plus numerous international cruise ship productions.

Many dancers trained by Lenore are now pursuing careers as dance teachers in after-school teaching programs, as freelance teachers, choreographers or studio owners, and in Dance in Education school based programs.

Meghan Bradshaw:
A.R.A.D., Diploma in Dance (QDSE), Cert. IV Performing Arts, Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies R.A.D.

MegMeg commenced dance training at the age of 3 years and successfully completed her RAD Classical Ballet Exams from Pre Primary to Advanced 2. Meg has been trained in many dance styles including jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, musical theatre and singing. She graduated from the Queensland Dance School of Excellence ( in conjunction with Queensland Ballet). Meg has performed for Queensland Ballet International Gala (Choreographed by Francois Klaus) and for Creative Generation (Choreographed by Helena Moore ). Meg has also graduated from ED5 International in Sydney, where she gained a Certificate IV in Performing Arts. During this time, Meg was fortunate to be trained by such well known teachers and choreographers as William Forsythe, Keith Hawley, Jenny Craddock, Kristen Buckley, Mitchell Hicks and Leslie Bell plus many others. Meg travelled to New York City to train at the world renowned Broadway Dance Centre where she completed the International Student Visa Program. Out of the fifty international students within her program, she was awarded the Certificate of Excellence. While in New York, Meg danced in many Music Videos, and performed as a Soloist in Broadway Dance Centre's Performance Project, and was offered the position of Dance Assistant to Jim Cooney for any Australian Workshops.  Meg has completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the R.A.D. London. Recently, Meg travelled to Las Vegas to choreograph and teach workshops, and to bring her personal vision of dance to American dance students. Meg is passionate about providing dancers with a strong technical foundation of dance, while instilling a love for performing and creating dancers who perform with elegance, purity, grace and style.

Amanda Budd

AmandaAmanda began studying ballet with Madame Borovansky in Melbourne then moved to Sydney where she studied at the famed Scully Borovansky’s School of Dance. Amanda furthered her training at the Royal Ballet School, London having completed Solo Seal. After finishing her professional career, due to injury, Amanda returned to dance teaching, a role that she has always enjoyed.

Throughout her teaching career, Amanda has continued to study in many theatre and education areas, completing a Masters of Creative Industries (Dance Teaching) at QUT.

Over her many years teaching, Amanda has enjoyed seeing her students join the Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts and Queensland University of Technology as well as other professional training groups.

Amanda has worked in educational dance as well as many private dance schools in Sydney, Canberra and northern NSW and her love of dance and theatre has provided a lifetime of experiences and knowledge which she is passionate to impart to young dancers.

Stephanie Cushing

stephStephanie has a very diverse training background starting at a very early age. She has practiced artistic gymnastics, acrobatics, many styles of dance and circus arts. Her love for acrobatics started once leaving gymnastics and enrolling at Mudgeeraba Dance Studio in 2004 where she was tutored by Suellen Venker and Ben Hur Nicolodi. Here Stephanie was introduced to the dance styles of Jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hip and contemporary. In 2008-2009 Stephanie was lucky enough to be cast in her first summer school show Cabaret Berserkus at the Gold Coast Arts Centre where her love for Aerial circus arts was formed. In 2010 she was accepted into a full time Certificate IV in Musical Theatre at the Queensland College of Performing Arts. She also has experience in character work through working at Dreamworld in the entertainment department. She is currently undertaking her Acrobatique junior Acrobatics certification and studying a Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education at The University of Queensland. Stephanie’s goal is to have all students try their best and achieve the tricks they thought weren't possible.

Sarah Kiely:
C.S.T.D. Teaching Certificate

Sarah-KielySarah has been dancing from a very young age and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre and cabaret, with renowned teacher Kay Horsey. She has completed all CSTD Jazz and Ballet Exams and completed her C.S.T.D. Tap Teaching Certificate with the highly regarded examiner, Sandra Breen. She has performed as a Tivoli Showgirl in productions of "Back to the Tivoli" and still performs regularly at major Gold Coast events.

Sarah takes absolute joy in the achievements of her students, and loves watching young dancers explore, improve and grow through their joy of dancing.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science 2014, Masters in Physiotherapy, Griffith University, 2016.

Sarah will continue her Pilates based Strength and Control class to ensure students are fully aware of how to safely manage their bodies and to help avoid injuries.

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