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.”
Sabrina McGarraghy - Principal and Business Owner
Sabrina started her Dancing life at the age of 3, and since then.....hasn't really stopped! She is CSTD trained in jazz, tap and acrobatics, with early RAD ballet training, as well as keeping up to date with many years of dance training and performance experience in both her younger years and adulthood. 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 that the program ran. She was also the assistant teacher for our Tiny dance classes for a number of years. With Sabrina's Showstoppers now growing so much, Miss Sabrina has decided to retire from teaching her Tiny Showstoppers program in 2019 to focus more on the running of the studio and developing it further - but will still be very 'hands on' giving her attention to ALL classes run at the studio, as well as co-teaching our 6/u competition troupe class.
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 2019, 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.
Kylie Taylor CSTD. - Senior Acrobatics Specialist Teacher
Kylie's full bio to come soon. In 2019, Kylie will bring her many years of teaching experience wealth to Sabrina's Showstoppers. Kylie is a fully qualified CSTD teacher who can teach a variety of genres, but she is more widely known for her expertise as an Acrobatics Teacher. Miss Sabrina is very excited to welcome Miss Kylie to her team in 2019 and looks forward to our acrobatics department strengthening under her guidance.
Joshua Walker BA MSS - Theatre Production Course Teacher and Director (Director/Writer/Producer)
Josh's love of the arts began at a young age. When he was 12 years old, he starred in the Singapore national stage pantomine, and after that he just had the bug. Throughout his life, he has dabbled in practically every medium it is possible to create in. By the turn of 20, he decided to forgo financial stability and pursue the life of an actor.
Josh studied at Curtin University in Western Australia where he gained a Bachelor's degree in Performance. Since then he has found himself sliding slowly sideways into the dual realms of directing and producing. His original stage works 'Speechless' and 'Breathless' have won him several awards for direction and innovation of theatre festivals across WA. This also led to the creation of his theatre company, the Shadowlight Darkly Theatre Company, and his professional debut as a director at Perth Fringe World 2015. This has led to other professional appointments including directing jobs and chairing the board of Umbrella Works INC.
The suggestion of an old mentor brought him to the WA Screen Academy and he loved every stress-filled minute. His creative works from that year include 'Splendours of a Mind' (Director) 'Trytophan' (Producer) 'Out on a Limb' (Director) 'Little girl Lost' (Producer, Writer and Director) and 'Godot's Clinic' (Producer) which has so far been nominated for a WA screen award and won Best Picture at the Channel Nine Awards.
Josh's ongoing goal is to find a way to reconcile all of his creative pursuits and make a living whilst doing so. He enjoys swimming, painting and playing with his puppy; and is highly passionate about education.
Josh enjoyed both teaching our Theatre Production Course and directing our very first sucessful Theatre Production "Escape to the Galaxy" in 2018. In 2019, the popular Theatre Production Course has now expanded from one class to two classes with Josh teaching both classes, and he looks forward to directing our next original Theatre Production in 2019.
Sophie Moore - Ballet Foundation Dance Teacher
Sophie trained 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 enjoys helping them with their dance journey.
Olivia (Livvy) Holt - Vocal Coach and Musical Theatre Teacher
Olivia Holt is an emerging performer situated in Perth, who has recently completed her Diploma of Musical Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Within her course at WAAPA, Olivia has had the opportunity to perform in the Mid-Year Musical as an ensemble member, under the direction of Nicole Stinton, as well as in a Cabaret style show named "Billy Flynn's Fun Fancies". She loves to devise her own work and is excited to see what the future of creation holds for her. In previous years, Olivia attended John Curtin College of the Arts, performing in a number of musicals over her time there.
She has vocally trained for 5 years with Liz Pascoe, specialising in Musical Theatre repertoire ranging from the classics to the contemporary now. In this time she also worked with talented individuals in the entertainment industry such as Trudy Dunn, Mackenzie Dunn and Kohan Van Sambeeck. Also in music, Olivia underwent classical training in Piano for 8 years and hopes to continue her learning to accompany future students.
Olivia began dance training at the age of 8 in cheerleading, hiphop, jazz and acrobatics, later beginning ballet and pointe repertoire. At the age of 10, she began basic circus before picking it up seriously in 2012 at 'Kinetica School of Circus', Dance and Theatre. At Kinetica, she was chosen to become part of the Junior Performance Troupe which gave her the privilege of performing an 8 show season at the 2017 Perth Fringe Festival of "Circus 9 to 5". In circus, Olivia specialises in aerial skills of silks, lyra and trapeze. Circus also opened up television work in a small advertisement for "Lotterywest" and coaching work of ages 6 - 17, in movement and aerial disciplines. In 2018, Olivia has extended her dance repertoire, learning Fosse and ballroom styles, and will continue with her dance training in a range of styles in 2019.
Olivia welcomes new opportunities and is excited to see what the future of performance has in store for her. She is thrilled to be joining the team at Sabrina's Showstoppers in 2019, and cannot wait for the exciting adventures this year has in store for her in Musical Theatre teaching and Vocal coaching.
Jasmine Murray - Dance and Vocal Teacher
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.
2019 will be the fifth year that 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. Miss Sabrina looks forward to Jasmine being a very valuable senior member of her team again for 2019.
Keren Schlink BA MSS - Drama and Singing Teacher
Keren has been busy in the theatre since the tender age of eight, first as a dancer, then an actor and finally as a writer and director. Keren's achievements include writing and directing for Stirling Players Youth theatre group (winning Most Innovative Production at the ITA Youthfest and Dramafest), writing Tryptophan (nominated Best Screenplay at the Ouchy Film Awards) and writing A Spoonful of Sugar (nominated Best Documentary - Short at the WA Screen Awards). Keren is also an experienced Theatre in Education performer and puppeteer having worked with the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, Safety House WA and Class Act Theatre.
Keren enjoyed her role as Scriptwriter for our very first Theatre Production "Escape to the Galaxy" in 2018, as well as relieving Joshua Walker teaching the Theatre Production Course when needed, and looks forward to doing it all again in 2019.
Keren is excited to join Miss Sabrina's team on the 'other side' of her business as 'Miss Keren' teaching Junior Song and Dance and Drama Showtime on Thursday afternoons.
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, in 2018, 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. In January 2019, Hayley completed Module 1 and Module 2 of the Acrobatics Arts Syllabus and is now a qualified Acrobatics Arts Teacher.
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.
Emily Wood - Musical Theatre and Dance Teacher
Emily has had great passion and intensive training in performing since age 3 where she began tap, jazz and ballet in Adelaide. Since then she has performed in many competitions across the state and country where she was successful many times. She has also completed many dance exams including RAD Ballet, CSTD Jazz and Tap, and Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus where she attained top marks 3 years in a row. She began vocal training at age 9 and from there began her career in Musical Theatre. She has performed in countless musicals over her time, including many lead roles.
Emily has worked internationally on contract in Penang, Malaysia in a children's entertainment Christmas Show. She also performed all over Paris and Belgium singing with her school Concordia College in music concerts. Emily also works professionally with the Adelaide Strikers in the KFC 20/20 Big Bash League doing promotional work each summer.
Emily has had experience teaching and working with children/teenagers for over 5 years now. She has taught many styles including tap, ballet, jazz and musical theatre classes with children of all ages.
In 2017, Emily moved to Melbourne to further her musical theatre training at Patrick Studios Australia where she underwent 1 year of full-time intense training. She learnt many valuable things which she now brings into her teaching environment.
In 2018, Emily made the move over to Perth to complete a Bachelor of Arts at WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Emily is training all-day everyday in singing, dancing ad acting and cannot wait to share all of her knowledge with her students.
Emily is thrilled to be joining the Sabrina's Showstoppers family 'officially' in 2019 and can't wait to continue teaching our beautiful students from where she left off at the end of 2018.
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 - Dance and Acro Teacher Beginners and Juniors
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. In January 2019, Ruby became a qualified Acrobats Arts Teacher after completing the Module 1 Acrobatics Arts Course. In 2019, Ruby looks forward to teaching Junior classes on Wednesday afternoons and Beginner classes on Friday afternoons.
Chloe Laird - Hiphop Teacher
Chloe is our exciting new Hiphop Teacher for 2019! Chloe has been trained in the more traditional genres of ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, but in recent years she has moved over to become a very strong hiphop dancer who has performed in hiphop crews at competitions locally and at a National Level, and who is still currently dancing in a Hiphop Crew. She is excited about this opportunity to pass on her passion of hiphop(and the different variations of this genre) to our Showstoppers students, and her enthusiasm with her students, as well as her bright and bubbly personality is just a joy to have at the studio.