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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 SS 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, developing it further as the years went on.   This popular program ran for 9 years until the end of 2018 when Sabrina retired from teaching it due to the studio and it’s different programs growing so much.  She was also the assistant teacher for our Tiny classes for many years.  These days, Sabrina’s main focus is more on the running of the studio and developing it further – but is still very ‘hands on’ giving her attention to ALL classes run at the studio.  In previous years, Miss Sabrina has played a big part in the script writing for the End of Year Showcases, but in 2020 and 2021,  Sabrina enjoyed solely writing both scripts for our Junior Drama and Drama Showtime classes to learn and perform at our Showcases.  Along with co-ordinating and producing our End of Year Showcases each year, Sabrina has enjoyed producing 3 x original Productions:  Escape to the Galaxy in 2018, Mad House in 2019, and Dead Giveaway in 2021.

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 2022, 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.

Joshua Walker, BA MSS – Theatre Production Course Teacher & Director and drama showtime teacher

Josh’s love of the arts began at a young age. When he was 12 years old, he starred in the Singapore national stage pantomime, 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 has enjoyed both teaching our Theatre Production Course and directing our three successful totally original Theatre Productions “Escape to the Galaxy” in 2018, “Mad House” in 2019, and “Dead Giveaway” in 2021.   In 2021, Josh also joined the ‘other side’ of our studio as our Drama Showtime Teacher and Director and also starred as ‘Santa’ in our 2021 Showcase ‘Christmastown’.  Josh is excited to return in 2022 as Drama Director for both our Theatre Production Course class and Junior and Senior Drama Showtime classes.

Nicole Hannan, CSTD – Senior Dance Teacher

Being one to always sing and dance around the house, it was no surprise when Nicole pursued a career in dance. Beginning lessons at the age of 2, she received her CSTD Tap and Theatrical Teaching Diplomas while training at the Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre. It was here that she gained invaluable performance experience through exam preparation, competitions and floorshow work.

Nicole has been teaching Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acro and Hip Hop over the past 20+ years. During this time she has taught students of all ages, at various high schools throughout Perth, and successfully run her own studio for 10 years. After the birth of her eldest daughter, she closed her doors to concentrate on being a mum, but continued to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to not only her 2 girls, but also the other studios she has been involved with ever since.

She looks forward to continuing her journey of teaching her passion of dance to our Showstoppers students.  Nicole is a wonderful asset to have at our studio with the multiple administration duties she does within her Senior Role – including being in charge of our important DanceStep Education Assistant Teacher program.

georgina matich – head ballet mistress

Georgina was born in Wellington, New Zealand and began her ballet training at the age of 4, following in her mother’s footsteps. She moved to Australia at 16, training with Prudence Bowen (Gold Coast) and Hilary Kaplin (Sydney) before receiving a placement in Queensland Ballet’s professional program, working under the leadership of Artistic Director’s Francois Klaus and Li CunXin. Where she had the opportunity to both preform and tour with the Company. She joined the West Australian Ballet in 2014 performing in their seasons of Giselle, La Fille Mal Gardee, Snow White and Embraceable You (Balanchine). Through her work with young dancers Georgina has discovered a love of teaching, reigniting her passion for all things dance. Georgina is passionate about commencing her work with Sabrina’s showstoppers and looks forward to passing on her knowledge and inspiring students.

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Georgina to our studio for 2022.  Miss Georgina will be offering her inspiring RAD Ballet classes aimed at the levels of Primary to Grade 5 on Friday afternoons. She will also be available on Friday evenings to teach an Open Ballet class at our Bibra Lake studio for those older students wanting to train in higher grades, and this class will be available to students from outside studios. Grade/s taught would depend on the demand from these students.  Please get in touch with Sabrina tinyshow@tpg.com.au if interested in joining us for any of Miss Georgina’s Friday ballet classes.  All of her classes will also be open to students from outside schools who are after some extra ballet training from this passionate ex WA Ballet dancer.

skye mclean – acrobatics specialist and ballet foundation dance Teacher

Skye began dancing at the age of two at a local studio, unbeknownst to her that a fun morning class would turn into a beautiful passion for the Art. Over the years, Skye has trained in multiple dance genres and participated in numerous performances. She began competing at the age of 10, and since then, has participated in multiple competitions per year: even achieving the incredible opportunity to go to Nationals. In 2019, Skye attended John Curtin College of the Arts after auditioning successfully for their Contemporary program, whilst simultaneously attending the Ballet programs’ classes and rehearsals. At JCCA, Skye learnt a wide variety of different dance skills and styles that she believes have help shaped her into the dancer she is today.

Skye has learnt the RAD Ballet Grades 1-6, and she has completed her RAD Intermediate Foundation exam. Skye is currently learning the RAD Intermediate syllabus under her CERT IV mentor, Hayley Parker-Close, who is RAD qualified (and our former Head of Ballet). Skye has also completed Grades 6, 7 and 8 Acrobatic Arts exams and was present as an assistant for both Module 1 and 2 Acrobatic Arts course training.  And she will be trained as an Acrobatic Arts Module 1 teacher for the start of 2022 and has her First Aid certificate.  She is also familiar with multiple styles of Jazz.

Skye currently teaches at Paragon Performing Arts, and has been teaching/assisting/relieving primarily Jazz and Acro classes for the past three years, but has also taught Lyrical, Contemporary and RAD Ballet classes.

Skye is currently completing her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and is always striving to advance her skills and training for her teaching career whenever possible.  She is a teacher who promotes a safe and inclusive classroom for all students to flourish, and really enjoyed working with our SS students in Term 4, 2021.

Skye is excited about returning in 2022 to teach our Tuesday night Intermediate classes, as well as teaching a range of classes on Saturdays – including our NEW Acro and Flex Extension class for students (11 yrs+) striving to improve both their acrobatic skills and tumbling, as well as their overall flexibility.

 

eilidh sinnamon – musical theatre teacher/vocal coach

Eilidh is thrilled to be returning to our team in 2022 after a successful 2021 with us and will teach our popular (and now expanded class) on Wednesday evenings Triple Threat Plus (10 years+) : where students can train in singing, dancing and acting from this Triple Threat performer herself.   Eilidh will also teach a range of classes (including our NEW Popstars – Sing, Dance and Model class 8 yrs+)  and private vocal lessons on Saturdays.   Eilidh has a Diploma in Musical Theatre from WAAPA, and in 2022, will be in her 2nd year of study in the 3 year Bachelor of Musical Theatre Course at WAAPA.

jessica huntley –  DANCE AND commercial TEACHer

We are thrilled to welcome back talented teacher and choreographer Jessica Huntley to our team for 2022.   Jessica has over 10 years of dance experience. She danced in Melbourne full time in 2018-2019 at Transit Dance, where she completed a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) and her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.  Jessica has danced professionally in both Melbourne and Perth, working with some of Australia’s leading choreographers as well as locally at corporate events’ including the AFL 2021 Grand Final pre-match entertainment.  Jessica is now in her second season performing with the Perth Wildcats as a Knightcorp Dancer, which she finds an amazing opportunity and experience.

Jessica really enjoyed teaching and choreographing at Sabrina’s Showstoppers in 2021 and is excited to return to us on Thursday nights to teach a range of classes and private lessons – including our popular Open Teen classes.   Jessica has teaching and choreography experience in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, Acrobatics, Contemporary, Commercial and Hip Hop, and she can’t wait to watch her students grow even further throughout next year.

 

HANNA HARVEY –  DANCE AND VOCAL TEACHer

Hanna Harvey is a Triple Threat performer from Melbourne, who has had a passion for the arts from a very young age.
Hanna has completed a Diploma of Music Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is thrilled to be currently studying her dream course; Bachelor of Music Theatre (also at WAAPA) – and will be in her Second Year in 2022.
With 15 years of dance training under her belt and experience in teaching various dance styles, Hanna is very excited to share her knowledge and love for the arts with our Showstoppers students.  Miss Hanna enjoyed working with our SS students in Term 4, 2021 and is excited to return in 2022 to teach a range of classes on Saturdays.

MEGAN RENNIE – HIPHOP AND COMMERCIAL JAZZ TEACHER

Megan has performed and choreographed at various events around Perth , including for fashion brands, magazine publications, and alongside musical artists:  constantly updating her training.  She attends workshops in a variety of styles to incorporate diversity in her choreography,  Heavily in demand to teach at schools around Perth, we are so lucky to have Megan teaching for us for the third year in 2022.  Her SS students in 2020 and 2021 thoroughly enjoyed learning her modern choreography in their hiphop and commercial jazz classes.  In 2022, Miss Megan will teach both of her Senior Hiphop and Commercial Jazz classes on Monday afternoons – which will be so convenient for those students wanting to train in both of these styles with Megan’s popular up to date and current choreography.

jacinta buonomo – dance TEACHER

We are very excited to welcome Jacinta Buonomo to our SS team for 2022.  Here’s a little introduction from Jacinta herself:

Hi, I’m Jacinta, and I am so excited to be joining the team at Sabrina’s Showstoppers in 2022. I have been dancing since the age of three at various studios; mainly at The Platinum Zone and most recently Melissa Jade Academy of Dance. I have undergone examinations for jazz, tap and ballet under the CSTD syllabus, as well as training in lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. I am undertaking the CSTD jazz teachers certificate and starting my bachelors degree in primary school teaching in 2022. Dance for me has been a source of joy and happiness in my life. It has taught me drive, motivation and resilience, and those are qualities I wish to share with the students of Sabrina’s Showstoppers.

Miss Jacinta will be teaching our Intermediate students (9 – 12 years) on Tuesday nights and will have further duties as directed by Miss Sabrina.

Keren Schlink, BA MSS – production scriptwriter

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 three original Theatre Productions “Escape to the Galaxy” in 2018, “Mad House” in 2019 and “Dead Giveaway” in 2021, and has been on hand for a range of administration duties as directed by Miss Sabrina when needed.

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.

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