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Katrina began dancing at the age of 5 in Townsville studying Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Irish dance, Singing and Drama. She completed her R.A.D. Classical Ballet Advanced Certificate at 16 and in her youth, won the Townsville Eisteddfod Classical Ballet and Modern Championships. Moving to Sydney at 16 to attend the Sydney City Ballet School (under the direction of Tanya Pearson), she completed her Teacher’s Certificate in Modern and Tap F.A.T.D syllabus.
After teaching in Sydney, she returned to Townsville to commence work with the Johnny Young Talent School. Here she introduced syllabus and technical training to the students, and purchased it to form TAPA in 1999.
Growing up in Townsville, Michelle studied, performed and competed in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Highland and Irish dance, before successfully auditioning in 1979 for admission to Melbourne’s Victorian College of Arts.
Upon completing her Diploma of Teaching, Michelle returned to Townsville and attained her Royal Academy of Dance Teachers’ Diploma. She is also a fully registered teacher of the well-appointed Royal Academy of Dance.
Trained in Townsville, Porzhia studied Ballet, Tap, Highland, Modern and Contemporary in a whirlwind of dance classes, workshops & eisteddfods. She completed her Associate Degree in Dance at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), before going to teach in Victoria, where she gained Pilates teacher qualifications and completed her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, with Michelle Flynn as her mentor.
Melissa has been dancing and participating in musical theatre productions since 1994, as well as teaching since 2005. She graduated from Ikin Dance as a full-time student in 2010 and then worked for agencies at the Gold Coast, Brisbane and overseas, before returning to Townsville.
Yes…Melissa was also a cheerleader for the Gold Coast Titans (sorry, NQ Cowboys!). With Melissa’s extensive experience, she is highly regarded within the local theatre communities and has choreographed and performed with The Burdekin Singers & Theatre Company, North Queensland Opera and Musical Theatre (NQOMT) and the Townsville Choral Society (TCS).
Naomi began dancing from 9 years of age with Dance Works Academy, in Innisfail. Upon completing school and having received a full-time ballet scholarship, Naomi moved to Melbourne for further tuition and experience.
Missing both North Queensland and the fullfilment of teaching, she relocated back to Cairns to complete her teaching qualifications, while working full-time at Turning Pointe Dance Studios.
Madison began dancing at the age of 4 and quickly discovered Irish dance to be her favourite style.
Madison competed at a state, national and travelled to Ireland to compete in the world championships before undertaking her teacher training. She was awarded her teacher qualifications by An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha, the governing body of Irish Dance in 2015.
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Tyla started Ballet at the age of 2 and continued her dance education at a number of schools in Sarina, Mount Isa and Townsville, picking up Jazz and Contemporary also.
Whilst also competing in competitive gymnastics for several years, at the age of 12 she discovered her love of performing in Eisteddfods. She went on to win the Townsville Modern Dance Championship and come runner up in the Ballet Championship as well as being awarded the Modern Dance Bursary at the age of 16. She completed her Advanced 2 Ballet Exam as well as completing various Modern exams in both F.A.T.D and A.T.O.D syllabi.
She has found a love for choreographing and after completing her Certification in Acrobatics Arts, she is hoping to complete further teaching qualifications. Tyla has continued to share her passion for dance since completing her double degree of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws at JCU.
Katerina’s love for dance was nurtured when she commenced dance classes many years ago with TAPA, where she initially studied Jazz, Contemporary and Irish dance, before then including Tap and Acrobatics to broaden and strengthen her dance base.
Always aspiring to be the best dancer she could be, Katerina received due recognition from her school in Year 12, receiving the Jane Pirani Award for the dance student who demonstrated the most potential.
She is currently studying to achieve a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management (ATOD) and has successfully completed the Acrobatic Arts Teacher Certificate recently.
At age 15, Kerry was accepted to The Royal Ballet School in England. Upon graduating, Kerry danced in ballet companies in both Europe & the UK before returning to Australia at age 21, settling in Perth. She then toured Australia with the Hanna-Barbera production of “Flinstones on Parade”, worked at the Genting Casino in Malaysia with Regmat Productions and also toured Egypt, Japan, Greece and South-East Asia with Jacoba Productions performing in show rooms in the Hilton, Sheraton & Marriott Hotel Groups. While in Perth, Kerry taught major ballet students both RAD and Commonwealth syllabi at various schools before relocating to Townsville.
In 1999 she enrolled her daughter, Porzhia at TAPA, who became a favourite teacher at the Academy, before she left to take a position with Etihad Airways, but has been drawn back again.
Married to Katrina, Andrew is the Academy’s JOATMON (Jack of all Trades, Master of None). Usually you will find him manning the administration desk of an afternoon, tending to the parents and students of the Academy…but he has also been known to appear in the end of year production when a “strong man” is required.
Completely lacking any formal dance training, Andrew has a Building Services Authority licence in Carpentry and Metal Fabrication and extensive experience in Construction, Engineering and Management.
Renee began working with children at the age of 18 through sports coaching roles and Early Childhood Education where she gained her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. A love of sport and coaching has seen Renee attend many coaching workshops and sports and physical education workshops over the years. While she represented at local and state level for numerous sports, Renee also shared a passion for dance.Renee has been a member of the TAPA family for over 10 years and loves the energy and fun that the Ready Set Dance program inspires in the students and teachers. She is so excited to be able to pass on her love of physical activity to the littlest members of TAPA and loves watching their excitement and development from week to week.
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Tearna, the younger daughter of Katrina and Andrew, grew up in the TAPA household (quite literally) and you might recognise her as "the little girl in the pink tutu" on the studio front door. As a TAPA student, Tearna studied all styles of dance and then assisted in the studios as a junior teacher from the age of fifteen.
After finishing her secondary schooling, Tearna moved to Melbourne. There she studied Contemporary dance and Performing Arts full-time at the dance training institution, Transit Dance. While in Melbourne she was tutored by highly-regarded Australian choreographers such as Yvette Lee, Paul Malek, Kim Adam and Michael Ralph and successfully completed both a Certificate IV and Diploma of Dance, as well as a Certificate IV - Dance Teaching and Management.
Tearna is thrilled to call Townsville home again and to be back with the TAPA family. She is excited to share her passion and knowledge in the studios as a teacher and welcomes the opportunity to work alongside her parents.
Growing up in Townsville, Alyssa, at the age of 2, started (and has never stopped) dancing at TAPA, studying ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip hop, highland and tap since that early beginning. Competing at many championships, competitions and eisteddfods, Alyssa quickly realised her love for dancing and performing. She is very thankful for the many opportunities that dance has provided to her over the years. While on overseas tours, Alyssa has participated in classes and workshops with some of the world's best dance companies, with a significant highlight being the opportunity to perform in Disneyland’s “Dance the Magic” Parade in America. Working alongside the TAPA staff who have played a huge part in her life is considered a great privilege by Alyssa, as it has been partly through their caring guidance that has resulted in the engaging young woman she has become. Being provided with the opportunity to teach TAPA's younger students has further strengthened Alyssa's passion for teaching children and enriching their lives...and in her words, "It's not work when you can be at TAPA and do what you love every day!"