The Team

Miss Sabrina has especially chosen the members of her team for having a passion for what they teach.  They will all have the relevant qualiifications or experience that Miss Sabrina deems necessary to give the students of her school an optimum learning experience in a FUN and ENCOURAGING environment.  

  

“At Sabrina’s Showstoppers our dedicated Principal and teaching team strives to impart their passion and knowledge of performing arts to the next generation, while creating an atmosphere over-flowing with excitement, enjoyment, imagination and creativity.”  

  

Miss Sabrina - Principal

Miss Sabrina is Sabrina McGarraghy. Sabrina started her Dancing life at the age of 3, and since then.....hasn't really stopped! She has MANY years of dance training and performance experience behind her. She is also a mother of 2 sons and has a genuine LOVE of working with children. Sabrina enjoys seeing her students' skills develop and their self-confidence blossom!  Sabrina created her very successful Tiny Showstoppers with Miss Sabrina Drama and Dance program for children aged 2 1/2 - 5 years in late 2009 and has developed it further as she has gone along teaching it, with 2018 being the 9th year the program will be running!  With Sabrina's many years of Dance/Drama experience, her theatrical personality and her love of working with children, this is a great combination to ensure that her immediate students thoroughly enjoy her classes and ALL Sabrina's Showstoppers students enjoy attending her studio.   Sabrina also prides herself on being a strong businesswoman, aiming to manage her growing team to utilise their strengths as much as possible to help provide a better service, and at the same time she enjoys personally 'connecting' with her customers who she believes are all part of her Showstoppers 'family'.   With her many years of Administration and Accounting experience behind her along with the growing amount of years as a business owner, this has helped her to enjoy watching her business Tiny Showstoppers with Miss Sabrina grow considerably in it's first 2 years, then grow even more when it became Sabrina's Showstoppers in February 2012 up until today.  She has also found that her studio has the 'community feel' she wanted for it and really enjoys the big social aspect of her studio.  Sabrina enjoys catering for both recreational and more competitive students, and still stands behind her motto that everyone deserves to SHINE!

In 2018, she is wanting to take Sabrina's Showstoppers to even greater heights with her professional teaching staff who she believes not only offer top quality dance and performance training, but who are fantastic role models for instilling good life values in the students(whether they are recreational or competition level) who attend her studio. Sabrina is looking forward to expanding Sabrina's Showstoppers even further and has lots of exciting plans in store for it. 

Claire Darling - Senior Dance Teacher

  

Claire is a highly experienced and versatile professional performer and teacher, on both the international and national stage.  She returned to Perth in 2016 after 18 months living overseas performing and training at some of the world's most renowned entertainment venues and dance institutions.  In 2015, she worked as a professional dancer at Macau's famous Venetian and Sands Casinos (China).  Whilst living in London in 2014, Claire successfully gained representation with a number of London's top commercial dance and modelling agencies, consistently working as a professional performer.

Whilst in Australia, Claire has danced for X-Factor winner Samantha Jade with various TV and special event appearances.  She also was one of the top 35 female dancers on the latest series of of Australia's "So You Think You Can Dance"; one of only 3 Western Australian dancers selected for the Top 100 week in Sydney.  She has worked alongside Carmello Pizzino from 'Dancing with the Stars' on numerous dance shows, and is a well-renowned professional performer in Perth's dance community.  

Claire has over 10 years experience professionally performing, including cheerleading for the Perth Wildcats, Perth Orioles, Danny Green, Crown Casino and HBF running events.  In 2009, she was flown to Bali as part of a 6 girl team representing Australia at an International Hair conference performing as both a dancer and model.  She has trained at Pineapple studios, London as well as Broadway Dance centre in New York, Edge and Milenium Studios in Los Angeles and Brent Street in Sydney.

Claire's teaching experience is vast and versatile, teaching for over 10 years in Perth dance schools, Secondary schools and Primary Schools.  She specialises in Hiphop, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary.  Miss Claire is excited to be back at Sabrina's Showstoppers on Tuesday nights for 2018.

  

 

Alessandra Tonkich - Senior Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

  

Along with her extensive dance training at the top dance studios in Melbourne, Miss Alessandra has got 6 years of teaching experience behind her teaching all ages and abilities from the ages of 3 years of age upwards.   

Alessandra has been studying many styles of dance from ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap, acrobatics and voice since the age of 3 years. She has received training from many reputable teachers such as Marko Panzic (So You Think You Can Dance Choreographer/Dancer), Kim Adams (SYTYCD Choreographer), Todd Patrick (Moulin Rouge Dancer), Squared division (X-Factor choreographers) and many more. From the age of 10 she started voice lessons with a teacher of contemporary and then recently moved onto Robert Mills (Australian Idol/Grease the Musical, Legally Blonde), Joshua Pittman (West Side Story and Cats) and Delta Goodrem’s singing teacher, Amanda Colliver. 

Alongside her dancing tuition, she has completed VET 1-4 in Dance receiving a certificate as a qualified dancer, has studied RAD Ballet receiving qualifications until Grade 6 and has CSTD training in both Jazz and Tap. 

Originally studying dance and living in Melbourne, Miss Alessandra has moved to the West Coast to complete her Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at WAAPA and while improving and mastering her Art in dancing, singing and acting, enjoys sharing her intense training with the wonderful students at Sabrina’s Showstoppers.   

   

  

Sophie Moore - Ballet Foundation Dance Teacher

Sophie has been training at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy from age nine under the influence of Katharine Mantle and Adrienne Eastoe. She has currently completed her Certificate 2 and 3 in Dance, and has graduated from John Curtin College of the Arts in 2017. She has competed in various competitions in Australia and the United States and has been awarded Teen National Champion of the Dance Life Unite Finals in Sydney for both 2014 and 2016. She has been awarded most outstanding dancer at the WA Dance Expo and has completed all RAD vocational levels. In 2016, Sophie was accepted into the Sydney Dance Company's Pre-Professional year and looks forward to training with them in the future. 

Miss Sabrina has personally known Sophie since the age of 6 years and has enjoyed following Sophie's very impressive dance and performing journey over the years, and watching her transform in to the beautiful young lady she is today.

Sophie is very excited with the opportunity she has been given to work with our young Showstoppers students, and looks forward to helping them with their dance journey.

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

Nikki Langford - Senior Vocal and Drama Teacher

  

Miss Nikki has a strong passion for Music and the Arts and has performed since the age of five.  Throughout her life she has performed the lead roles in numerous Musicals, sang in a Jazz Band and even made a record!  Miss Nikki is also a qualified Special Needs Assistant, a dedicated Mum of 2 girls who share their Mum's passion, and they too dance, sing and play musical instruments.  Miss Nikki enjoys teaching at Sabrina's Showstoppers where she is able to share her passion with her students to nurture and encourage their creativity and develop their confidence to help them SHINE!  Miss Nikki will be teaching the Monday Junior Musical Theatre class, Wednesday Triple Threat class, Thursday Junior Song and Dance, Drama Showtime classes and NEW Elite Vocal Technique class on Saturdays and will be available to teach private singing lessons during the week in 2018.  We look forward to Miss Nikki being a very valuable member of the Showstoppers team again in 2018.   

  

     

Jasmine Murray - Dance and Vocal Teacher

  

Miss Jasmine is a talented singer/songwriter, pianist, guitarist, dancer and actor and an experienced teacher in the fields of Musical Theatre, Vocals, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and technical classes such as turns and leaps. 2018 will be the fourth year that Miss Jasmine will be working with the students at Sabrina's Showstoppers and she is especially enjoying working with our Competition students utilising her strong choreographic skills.

  

Hayley Mathews - Acrobatics, Contortion and Ballet Teacher

  

Hayley began her dancing career at the age of 5, also training in Artistic Gymnastics.  During her 11 years on Artistic Gymnastics, she competed from ages 7 to 15 years, participating in numerous regional and state competitions, winning over 75 awards, including 2nd Individual All Around State Champion.  During some of these competitions, Hayley was judged by Australian Olympic Gymnast Emily Little.  Hayley has trained in various styles of dance, including RAD ballet, lyrical, contemporary, contortion and jazz.  She has participated in various contemporary workshops, including with "So You Think You Can Dance" Top 20 Finalist Eden Petrovski.  Hayley has also been taking part in the Co3 Dance Senior Intensive contemporary program, run by WA's flagship Contemporary Dance company.  She has also taken part in an open class to learn the Balanchine ballet programme, taught by former New York City ballet dancer, Diana White.  Hayley has also recently taken classes with Kinetica Circus School to further her contortion training, and in 2014 she took part in the Lunar Circus Summer school learning various circus arts such as contortion, silks, trapeze and lyra.  Always keen to expand on her knowledge and training, this year Hayley gained her Progressing Ballet Technique with Marie Walton-Mahon teaching cetificate, as well as attending the Radar Technique Turns, Leaps and Tricks Workshop hosted by PADWA. Hayley completed her Certificate IV in Preparation for Nursing Education in 2016 alongside finishing her final year of highschool.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing at Curtin University and looks forward to also gaining a post graduate degree in midwifery on completion of her nursing course.  Miss Hayley enjoys sharing her knowledge with our students and being part of their dance journey.

  

  

Letisha Carozza - Ballet Foundation Teacher

A ballet, contemporary and lyrical dancer and teacher, Letisha has been dancing from the age of 7, with the majority of her training occurring and continuing at Katharine Mantle Performing Arts Academy.  She has danced competitively, winning many awards.  In addition, she has completed 8 RAD ballet examinations, receiving a Distinction in Advanced 2 last year.  She attended Santa Maria College, where she completed her Certificate II in Dance in 2016 and received Dux upon graduation.  She is currently studying Physiotherapy at University of Notre Dame.  Letisha aims to encourage her students to develop a love of dance and is excited to see them flourish and gain the many skills that come with dance training and performance.

  

Shikiah Swift - Dance Teacher

  

Shikiah started dancing at the age of 3 where she was introduced to many styles such as jazz, tap , hiphop and lyrical.  As she got older, Shikiah wanted to be a triple threat performer, so she took acrobatics, musical theatre adnd singing classes.

Shikiah has also completed her Diploma in Make Up and Special Effects in 2014.  Half way through 2015, Shikiah moved to Sydney where she took casual classes at Brent Street and attended several workshops, where she was taught by many well known industry artists.

Shikiah has performed in multiple competitions every year since she was 8 years old.  She has done many public performances such as Telethon 4 years in a row, dancing alongside Todd McKenney, Rachel Beck and has been the supporting act with APAN's dancers for the Johnny Ruffo and Justice Crew Dance it Out concert in 2011.  She has also performed at the Chris Mainwaring game, been in hte Musical Legally Blonde, and performed at the Christmas Nativity Show.

In 2015, Shikiah was lucky enough to go to America to dance at Disneyland and Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Before coming to Sabrina's Showstoppers at the start of 2018, Shikiah started off her teaching journey in an assisting teaching role for 3 years, and then moved on to teaching Jazz, Hip hop and Lyrical for 3 years and Acrobatics for 2 years, and has choreographed routines for students to enter in competitions with fantastic results. 

Rhiannon Hodge - Acrobatics and Dance Teacher

  

Rhiannon has been dancing since the age of 3.  She has trained in many genres of dance including Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hiphop, Jazz and Acrobatics.

Rhiannon has competed in many competitions here in WA, as well as interstate.  She has performed on Telethon, The Couch television show, and various local shows around Perth.  Rhiannon has successfully auditioned for Krave Perth Dance Agency, which gives her the opportunity to perform in local shows and on cruise ships.

Rhiannon completed a Cert 2 in Dance and a Cert 2 in Sport and Recreation at John Curtin College of the Arts in 2017.

Miss Sabrina has personally known Rhiannon since the age of 6 years old and has enjoyed watching her perform over the years and seeing her blossom into the talented beautiful young lady she is today.  Rhiannon is enjoying teaching her young Showstoppers students and seeing them grow as performers.

  

  

Ruby Birch - Under 8's Specialist Dance Teacher

  

Miss Ruby joined us in Term 2, 2016 and Miss Sabrina feels that she is the Showstoppers answer to a Hi-5 host!   She has so much energy and a natural talent with teaching young children - capturing their imagination and attention so easily. She arrived at our studio with several years of teaching experience with children under 8 years and under, and is currently teaching her very popular classes of Beginner Ballet, Jazz and Acro on Wednesday afternoons .

  

  

Breiarne Walker - Dance and Musical Theatre Teacher

Breiarne has recently graduated in 2017 from Apan Academy with an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts Musical Theatre.  Breiarne started her dance training at a young age and over the years has trained in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Hiphop, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre.  Along with her many years of dance training, Breiarne is also a very accomplished singer and actress, who has performed in many productions over the years, with her latest role playing the lead of "Belle" in Apan's Beauty and the Beast production at the Regal Theatre in 2017.

Breiarne has been working closely with Miss Alessandra this year and is her relief teacher when Miss Alessandra has WAAPA committments.

  

  

  

Miss Emma (EMMAZART)

Our Gorgeous and Talented Props lady. x

  

 

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