Tania Whelan began her training in North QLD at Croft Gilchrist School of Dancing and then as a teenager at Sayers Dance Centre in Brisbane. After 6 years of teaching under Vivianne and Nadine Sayers, she took over their Bardon location - renaming it The Premier Dance Academy - which she soon moved to Milton. Tania later added the Clayfield location of Premier Dance.
Tania received a distinction for her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certificate in Dance Teaching Studies and has also completed the RAD Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies.
Tania has owned Premier Dance since 1994 and has been a voluntary member of the RAD regional panel since 1995.
Phoebe has worked at Premier Dance since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design and a Master of Advertising. Phoebe was a student at Premier Dance from 1992-2004.
Chelsea has worked at Premier Dance since 2017. Chelsea is currently undertaking a dual degree in Bachelor of Business (International Business) and Bachelor of Arts (Chinese/International Relations) at The University of Queensland. She was also a student at Premier from 2005-2016.
Junior Dancers / Ballet / Jazz
Miss Katie has worked at Premier Dance as a teacher since 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from QUT and has also completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. Katie was a student at Premier Dance from 2000 - 2013 and a student teacher from 2009- 2012.
Miss Dymie has worked at Premier Dance since 2017 and has over 10 years of professional experience as a dancer, choreographer and actor. She has completed RAD syllabus to Advanced 2, holds a Certificate IV in Performing Arts from ED5 International (Sydney), is a certified Pilates Instructor in Mat & Apparatus, and is a graduate of L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Acting (Paris). Dymphna is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science (3rd Year) at The University of Queensland. She was also a student at Premier Dance from 1994 - 2006.
Junior Dancers / Ballet / Contemporary
Miss Simone has worked at Premier Dance since 2012. Simone has 30 years of teaching & choreographing experience. As a second generation dance teacher, she began her training under her mother Helene Atthow, then attended the Queensland Dance School of Excellence where she gained her ARAD. She then dance with the Queensland Ballet company and Expressions Dance Company as a professional dancer.
Junior Dancers / Ballet / Jazz / Administration
Miss Sophie has worked at Premier Dance as a teacher since 2016. She holds a Diploma in Dance from QUT (2013), a Diploma in Performing Arts from ED5 International (2015) and has also completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. Sophie was a student at Premier Dance from 1999 - 2013 and a student teacher from 2011 - 2013.
Ballet / Jazz
Karissa has been a teacher at Premier Dance since 2012. She is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and a registered teacher of the Australasian Dance Association (ADA), holding Advanced Diploma in jazz and Elementary Diploma in classical ballet and tap. Karissa has a Diploma in Dance and a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Managment. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary), as well as Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Miss Charlotte has worked at Premier Dance since 2008, primarly at the Clayfield location. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from QUT and has also completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies from the Royal Academy of Dance. Charlotte was a student at Premier Dance from 2001 - 2004.
Ballet / Stretch & Conditioning / Contemporary
Miss Lilly has taught at Premier Dance since 2016. She is an RAD Registered Teacher, having completed Advanced 2 ARAD and also the RAD Certificate in Dance Teaching Studies. Lilly holds a Diploma in Dance with Queensland Conservatoire of Dance and also studied at the New Zealand School of Dance. She is Xtend Barre Trained, with a Diploma in Pilates with Polestar Pilates and a Diploma in Personal Training.
Mr Tama has worked at Premier Dance since 2019. Tama trained at Ecole Classique in Sydney under Prudence Bowen where he completed the RAD syllabus to Advanced 2. He then gained an Advanced Diploma in Dance from the Australian Ballet School and holds a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons 1st Class) from the University of Queensland. Tama danced with the Queensland Ballet company from 1999 - 2006 and the Scottish Ballet from 2006, bring promoted to Principal Artist in 2008.
Tama is currently undertaking a PhD in psychology at the University of Queensland, exploring the Career transitions of elite performing artists: From education to retirement..
Miss Louise has worked at Premier Dance previously and will return to coach the senior school in 2020. Louise is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School and has worked as a professional dancer with the West Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. She has since worked as a freelance artist across Europe, the USA and Australia, where she continues to teach and choreograph in classical and contemporary styles.
Louise founded Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix in 2018 to educate, inspire and create pathways for emerging dancers into the professional industry of contemporary dance. This hugely successful program connects and draws choreographers, coaches and directors from across the globe.
Anna trained with Valeria Hansen in Rockhampton before undertaking full time classical studies with Scully Borovansky - Messrs Nellie Potts and Kathleen Daintree [Sydney] achieving her RAD Solo Seal. After receiving a scholarship, she moved overseas to commence training with the Centre de Danse Internationale de Rosella Hightower [Cannes]; undertook classes with Marika Bessobrasova, [Monte Carlos] and Raymond Franchetti and Gibert Mayer [Paris Opera]; Carolyn Carlson and Matt Mattox[Contemporary and Jazz studies Paris]. Her performance career included time with The Ballets de Marseilles, The Ballet Theatre - Joseph Russillo (Paris), Australian Dance Theatre (Adelaide), and the South Australian Opera.
Anna has taught at the Australian Dance Theatre School (Adelaide), College of Performing Arts (Adelaide), Victorian College of Arts (Melbourne) and opened her own school dance school, Dance Partners, in Albert Park. She also taught for many years at the Tony Bartuccio Dance Centre and The Australian Conservatoire of Dance, under Christine Walsh.
In 2003 Anna was appointed a Grades Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance [RAD] and currently holds the status of RAD Tutor for both Teacher and Student Courses.
Miss Chrissy has worked at Premier Dance as a teacher since 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) - Musical Theatre Voice from QUT and a Master of Music - Contemporary Voice Performance and Composition from QUT.
Laura trained at Sayers Dance Centre and then the Queensland Dance School of Excellence and Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional Year.
She has since danced as an Associate Artist of Sydney Dance Company, and with Celebrity Cruises.
Musical Theatre & Drama
Marcia Penman comes from a background of performing, particularly in Musical Theatre. After completing her Bachelor at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Marcia moved down to Melbourne to pursue performing. Last year she wrote and produced her own cabaret at The Butterfly Club entitled Julie and Julia: The Women of Australian Politics. She has a vast range of experience and training in all performing styles, working professionally as a singer, dancer and actor. Some of her credits include Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Gold Coast Bleach Festival, The Secret Garden and Rent.
Errol is trained in Street Dance Styles, including by some of the originators from the United States & around the world:
- Breaking (Break Dance)
- House Dance
- Urban Choreography
Errol has training in Commercial Dance, Commecial Jazz, Indigenous Contemporary, Traditional Filipino & Islander Culural Dance. In the professional choreography realm, he has choreographed many professional groups in the following styles: Cheerleading, Burlesque, Urban-Burlesque, Modern Jazz.
Errol has choreographed for many sporting events including State of Origin, QLD Firebirds and AFL. He has been the Creative Director for the Brisbane Bullets entertainment since 2007 and is their cheerleaders' choreographer & manager.