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 2017 being the 8th 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 2017, she is wanting to take Sabrina's Showstoppers to even greater heights with the addition of her new Head of Ballet and Curriculum on board her team, as well as the rest of 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. More troupes and competition routines will also be underway, under the professional guidance of her Director and Teachers. Sabrina is looking forward to expanding Sabrina's Showstoppers even further and has lots of exciting plans in store for it.
Matthew Treadgold - Director of Acrobatics
Mr Matt joined Miss Sabrina's team in late 2013 and his role within Sabrina's Showstoppers has grown each year. Miss Sabrina has recently promoted him to this new role in recognition of his hard work and dedication to her studio over the past 3 years and Mr Matt's workload will increase even more in 2016 - including the introduction of 3 new competition troupes under his direction. Mr Matt is our specialized Acrobatics teacher but is also a very talented choreographer and teacher in other genres such as Contemporary, Hiphop, Lyrical and Jazz. Mr Matt's dancing career started at a young age where he trained in Hiphop, Acobatics and Jazz. He also received training at John Curtin College of the Arts as part of their Specialist Dance and Ballet program in Contemporary, Breakdance and Ballet. His five years at John Curtin culminated in him being named Performer of the Year and selected for the opening solo of the Performing Arts Perspectives in 2010. Following John Curtin, Mr Matt has performed with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for three and a half years. He has enjoyed performing in a number of lead and ensemble roles with the Ian Charles Westrip Performing Arts Association, STEPS Youth Dance Company, Bent Knee Creativen and John Curtin. Mr Matt has also been teaching at schools across Perth for the last 8 years and during that time has successfully choreographed students for competition and performances. Mr Matt enjoys working with the students of Sabrina's Showstoppers in our relaxed, encouraging environment, and is a well-respected member of our Showstoppers community.
Hayley Parker-Close BA LP RAD RTS NATD ISTD -
HEAD OF BALLET AND CURRICULUM FOR 2017
BA Degree Performing Arts
Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (RAD)
Diploma Contemporary Dance (NATD)
Level 1 Vaganova Teacher (Russian Ballet Method)
Certificate in Acting for Camera
Certificate IV Professional Make-Up Application
Hayley has been a member of the Royal Academy of Dance West Australian Regional Advisory Panel and is a Registered Teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus and is currently a Mentor and Teaching Supervisor for the RAD teaching program. Hayley is a registered teacher for the following syllabi: RAD, ISTD and NATD.
In 2001 Hayley was part of the singing reality television craze ‘Idols’ in South Africa, she also completed a work experience assignment with the Cape Town City Ballet Company. In 2002 she sang with a touring all girl pop group named “Nova” as well as performing at the prestigious Grahamstown Festival.
In 2006 she completed a BA Degree in Performing Arts, her graduation film brought her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the AFDA Awards.
Hayley arrived in Australia in 2008 performing in local productions, she went on to professional performance work for a travelling children’s theatre company with in a show entitled “The Power of One” that focused on bullying issues in schools.
Feeling she hadn’t studied enough she went on to complete a Cert IV in Professional Make-up, Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (RAD) and a Diploma in Wedding Planning and consultancy.
Hayley has studied in prestigious schools in South Africa, Sydney, London, New York and Perth and is a big believer in continued professional development. She has also entered into competitions achieving success and great results with many first places in all categories for herself and the students she has taught.
Alessandra Tonkich - Senior Dance 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 commence her Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) at WAAPA and will be improving and mastering her Art in dancing, singing and acting for the next 3 years and hopes that she can share her intense training with the wonderful students at Sabrina’s Showstoppers.
She is very excited to commence as a teacher with us for Term 2, 2016 and is looking forward to many fun years ahead.
Jackie Hende - Dance and Acro Teacher
Miss Jackie has been an integral part of Miss Sabrina's team in 2013 and 2014 - mainly teaching Acrobatics and Cheerleading, but as a relief teacher in other genres also. 2015 was the start of Miss Jackie's nursing career, so Miss Jackie was just in a backup and supporting role for that year. In 2016, Miss Jackie will be back to a more regular role teaching classes, private lessons and competition troupes throughout the week and Miss Sabrina looks forward to seeing her on a more regular basis. Miss Jackie loves working with the students at Sabrina's Showstoppers and being part of Miss Sabrina's team, and is a very popular member of our Showstoppers family.
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 completedd her Certificate 2 and 3 in Dance, and is working towards graduation at John Curtin College of the Arts this year. 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 loks 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 NEW Junior Musical Theatre class, Wednesday Triple Threat class and the Thursday Junior Song and Dance and Drama Showtime classes and will be available to teach private singing lessons during the week in 2017. We look forward to Miss Nikki being a very valuable member of the Showstoppers team again in 2017.
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. 2017 will be the third 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.
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 comes to our studio (with a personal recommendation from Miss Kara) and with several years of teaching experience with children under 8 years and under, and can teach a range of genres/classes such as Tiny Ballerinas, Tiny Jazz, Tiny Acro and Tiny Hiphop and makes a fabulous assistant in Miss Sabrina's Tiny Showstoppers Drama and Dance class when she is needed.
Miss Emma (EMMAZART)
Our Gorgeous and Talented Props lady. x