Our Groovy Team

THE BUZZING BUBBLY BACKSTREET CREW

There is a strict criteria for being a part of the Backstreet Team. All Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Student Teachers and employees have to be positive, committed and most of all passionate about what they do. This ensures everyone has a great time and gains confidence.  

 

All Teachers have Blue Cards, are trained in First Aid (regularly) and have suitable experience/qualifications to teach/assist (eg.  Cert III in Dance or Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management or equivalent inhouse training).

 

We also have an intensive Teacher Training Program for new and current Teachers in our Cairns Dance Studio so that the whole team are in alignment with the philosophy of Backstreet. This is important to the success of everyone involved at Backstreet.

 

Teachers regularly travel to Sydney and Melbourne (2-3 times per year) and every few years some travel to Los Angeles to attend dance classes and the Director has visited and will continue to visit Boston and Phoenix for specialised Dance Teacher Conferences or Dance Teacher Retreats to keep up to date with the latest choreography, safe teaching practices, effective teaching strategies and other important news that relates to the Dance Industry.

 

Most importantly, Backstreet operates in accordance with the Australian Dance Council's Code of Ethics.

We also have in place, according to law, a Risk Management Plan to ensure we offer a safe place for students and parents to attend.

 

If you would like to read our Studio Handbook- outlines the Terms & Conditions, Expectations, Responsibilities, etc.

 

Check out who is part of the bubbly Backstreet Team below:

 

DEBORAH STORER

(Studio Director, Qualified Dance Teacher, Trainer & Assessor for CERT III in Dance)

 

Deborah has been teaching dance for 20 years, is a published author of 7 books, is a Life Coach and finds anyway to make a difference.

DEB'S QUALIFICATIONS:

- Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management

- Cert IV in Life Coaching

- Cert III in Fitness & Cert IV in Fitness

- Cert IV in Business & Small Business Management

- Cert IV in Training & Assessment

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She has also received a nomination for the Local Hero Award. She has contributed to the community and many ways - which you will see on the corridor of the studio. What more can you want in a Director of a Dance School?

As Deborah says: "You only get one life - live it with passion!!. Most of all, ensure you have loads of fun. Life is not meant to be serious all the time - enjoy yourself!"

DEB TEACHES:

- Dance classes from 3yo to Adults in the styles of jazz, funk and hip hop

- Performance Troupe

- Certificate III in Dance Qualfication

- Self-Esteem Workshops

- Team Training and Mentoring

You'll see her organising:

- Disney Dance Trips

- Work Experience Programs

- Discos

- Community Performances

- plus heaps more behind the scenes.

Her passion is obvious and the connection with her students is evident. You'll see her choreographing, organising costumes, taking phone calls, organising enrolments and ensuring everything is in tip top Backstreet shape.

If you don't have the pleasure of having Deborah as your Dance Teacher, you will definitely have the opportunity to soak in the positivity she spreads through the team, on the walls at the studio and through every bit of communication.

DEB'S FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Why try to fit in; when you are born to stand out!"

ONE THING DEB LOVES ABOUT BACKSTREET:

The people - I feed off the people who enter the studio. I love my team, I love my students, I love everyone that walks through our door. People keep me motivated!

ONE THING DEB WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

1. Fun

2. Energy

3. Feel good about yourself

DEB'S TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS:

1. Overcoming my own self-esteem issues and eating disorders as a young adult. Dance and personal development saved my life!!

2. Owning and continually managing a dance studio I'm proud of

3. Loving what I do - nothing beats passion!!! MUST do what you love. It's hard work, sometimes scary, sometimes challenging but IT'S SO WORTH IT!!!

 

 

 

TAMIKA KAHSNITZ

(Qualified Dance Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing at 7yo
  • did ballet, tap, jazz
  • auditioned for Disney 3 times but found it wasn't for me
  • joined Backstreet 5 years ago and found my calling
  • been on 2 Disney Dance Trips
  • completed a Performance Troupe program
  • attended countless workshops in LA, Europe and Australia

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Currently completing a Cert III in Dance

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Disney Dance Trip (Europe & USA)
  • Qualified Dance Teacher
  • Qualified Assistant Teacher

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Dance like no one is watching"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

EVERYTHING!!

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

I want them to feel confident and have fun every single lesson.

 

 

KATELYN HALL

(Qualified Dance Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • dancing since 3yo
  • danced at Bodies in Motion dance school, Mossman & Dancehouse, Smithfield and Mad Dance House, Brisbane
  • studied jazz, tap, modern contemporary and ballet in multiple syllabuses - RAD, Southern Federation of Dance and Cecchetti
  • performed at Stockland
  • performed at Carols by Candlelight
  • have participated in numerous dance workshops interstate
  • cast member in school musicals (Eg. Grease)
  • received places (1st, 2nd, 3rd at Eisteddfods)

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Contemporary (lyrical and abstract, modern)
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Musical Theatre
  • Funk
  • Ballet
  • Tap

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Qualified Dance Teacher at Backstreet
  • Qualified Assistant Teacher at Backstreet
  • Diploma of Health
  • Currently completing CERT IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • First Aid + CPR
  • Blue Card

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  1. Placed top in Australia for Jazz in a dance exam
  2. Attaining my Qualified Dance Teacher Qualification through Backstreet
  3. Attaining my Diploma of Health

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion!"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

I love being able to inspire students, help them to connect with others and encourage and support them so that they grow in confidence

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

Most importantly, I want my students to have fun!! 

I also want students to feel welcome, included and supported so that they make friends, grow in confidence and have their passion for dance ignited!!

 

 

 

JORDANN GRANT

(Qualified Assistant and Relief Dance Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing at 6yo at Moondust (Deb's 1st dance studio)
  • been on 2 Disney Dance Trips (USA & Europe)
  • performed in 'Backstreet on Broadway' dance show
  • danced for 15 years
  • attended interstate dance classes 
  • danced all styles
  • favourite style is Broadway Jazz

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz, Hip Hop & Contemporary

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First aid
  • Cert III in Hospitality
  • Blue Card
  • Cert III in Tourism
  • Qualified Assistant Dance Teacher
  • Currently completing a Cert III in Dance

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  1. Performed at Disneyland
  2. Performed at "Backstreet on Broadway"
  3. Teaching dance to the elderly and disability (Move Time)

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Why try to fit in when you were born to stand out"

"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

The Positivity and the family; we are all connected and everyone is welcome :)

 

WHAT SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

Fun, inspiration and cool new moves.

 

BROOKE DAY

(Qualified Teacher, Assistant & Relief Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing with Deb at 6yo
  • been on 3 Disney Dance Trips
  • achieved 4 Performance Troupe Programs
  • danced for 15 years...so far
  • completed dance workshops in LA with Deb
  • danced in the Cairns Festival Parade each year

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • Blue Card
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Qualified Dance Teacher
  • Qualified Assistant Teacher
  • Currently completing a Cert III in Dance

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Performing at Disney
  • Performing around the community
  • Helping grow a new generation of dancers

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"She turned her can'ts into can's and her dreams into plans!"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

I get the opportunity to inspire my students and give them a place to be themselves.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

Confidence, new friends and a positive mindset.

 

NICOLA ALOI

(Qualified Assistant, Receptionist, Relief Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • Performed at Disneyland, LA 2017
  • Danced for 4 years
  • Performance Troupe 2015
  • Attended dance workshops with Jess Innes and other industry professionals

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

Hip Hop (main), Jazz, Contemporary

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Cert I in Business
  • Cert III in Hospitality
  • Cert III in Legal Admin
  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Blue Card

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Disney
  • Dancing at Millenium Dance Complex, LA
  • Job at Backstreet

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Don't compare - your only competition is the person looking back at you in the mirror"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

Being constantly surrounded by positive people. Watching kids/adults grow and find their passions.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

Students to have fun and enjoy themselves - no pressure

 

BRIDGETTE LAYMAN

(Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing at Backstreet when I was 9yo
  • Performance Troupe 2014
  • Performance Troupe 2016
  • Inspired heavily by Michael Jackson
  • Taught myself the moonwalk at home
  • Been dancing for 8 years

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

Hip Hop

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Blue Card

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Started student teaching at 11yo, employed at Backstreet at 12yo
  • reaching 7 years commitment at Backstreet
  • Staff member of the year 2018

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Take more chances. Dance more dances"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

Backstreet is my happy place. It is full of beautiful, lovely, talented people who want to see you grow.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

I want my students to feel challenged in a safe space and experience growth in a place like no other.

 

 

JAIME DUNGAR

(Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing when I was 4yo
  • always knew I wanted to be a dancer
  • completed 2 Performance Troupe Programs
  • started ballet but I wanted to express myself more so I moved to Backstreet and did jazz
  • my family has been with Backstreet for 10 years

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Contemporary
  • JFH

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Blue Card
  • Currently completing CERT III in Dance
  • Currently completing CERT III in Childcare
  • RSA

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  1. Getting a top job at Backstreet
  2. Performance Troupe Programs
  3. Every Production

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

It is a family environment. Everyone is so positive with everything and I love that I get the privilege to see students get a new move that they have been working on for ages and seeing them come out of there comfort zone.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

I want them to feel like it is a safe environment that they can be themselves and express themselves to learn.

 

 

 

 

HAYLEY PYE

(Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing when I was 10yo
  • more of a hip hop dancer
  • have done gymnastics and cheerleading
  • studying dance at school

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • Blue Card
  • Cert I in Hospitality
  • Cert III in Fitness (currently completing at school)

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Assistant Teacher!
  • Selected at school for dance troupe
  • Performance Troupe at Backstreet

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Fake it until you make it"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

The amazing environment, the people and the team I work with and also watching kids grow.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

Passion and feeling - love letting everything out!

 

EVA MCGREGOR

(Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started dancing at Deb's first studio, Moondust, when I was 3yo
  • self esteem workshops
  • started with jazz but around 3 years ago, I fell in love with hip hop
  • Performance Troupe 2015 & 2018
  • Jess Innes Workshops (Industry Professional visited our studio)

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • Blue Card
  • Completing Cert III in Dance
  • Qualified Assistant Dance Teacher

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Performance Troupe
  • Employed
  • Disney USA 2020 (my goal)

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"It doesn't matter who long it takes as long as you don't give up."

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

I love the vibe and the atmosphere; the positivity and involvement in the community.

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

FUN!!! And learn new moves.

 

ELLIE BROADHEAD

(Qualified Assistant Teacher)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • started jazz at Moondust (Deb's first dance studio), when I was 2 yo
  • completely many dance workshops
  • completed workshops at school and as a subject
  • Performance Troupe - 3 to 4 times
  • assisted Deb and the Disney students for their Disney show
  • teaching dance and cheer with school

 

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Contemporary

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • Blue Card
  • Currently completing Cert III in Dance

 

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • completing over 10 years of dance
  • getting a job at Backstreet
  • completed 3-4 Performance Troupes

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"We can't always choose the music life plays for us, but we can choose how we dance to it."

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

The positive bubbly atmosphere

 

1 THING SHE WANTS HER STUDENTS TO GET OUT OF HER CLASSES:

The sense of belonging and confidence

 

SHARON DAY

(Office Manager)

 

BACKGROUND:

  • danced as a child i.e. scottish sword dacning and line dancing
  • been to every performance my children have done at Moondust & Backstreet
  • been around dance so long I am starting to learn the lingo
  • volunteered first then got employed

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Mum - should have a certificate for that!!!

 

TOP 3 CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Travelled on the Disney Dance Trips with the students 3 times!!
  • Job at Backstreet

 

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

"Sorry I missed your call, I was dancing to the ringtone!"

 

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

Seeing the students grow and seeing how much they love their classes.

 

1 THING SHARON WANTS WHEN CONNECTING WITH BACKSTREETERS:

To feel like they are important to us

 

JASMINE WEBBER

(Instagram Footage)

 

DANCE BACKGROUND:

  • Danced at Backstreet for 10 years.
  • Been on the 2017 Disney Dance trip to America
  • Done 4 Performance Troupes
  • Workshops with Jess Innes (industry professional)
  • Backstreet Master Classes
  • 3 Cairns Festival Parades

DANCE STYLES COMPETENT IN:

  • Jazz
  • Hip-Hop
  • Funk

TOP 3 DANCE/DANCE CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS:

1.  Dancing in the USA

2.  Being selected for performance troupe 4 times

3.  Creating social media videos for Backstreet

DANCE PHILOSOPHY/FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Dance enables you to find yourself and lose yourself at the same time, so make it count”

1 THING LOVE ABOUT BACKSTREET:

The positive, fun and non-judgemental atmosphere between the students, staff and community.

 

CHRISTINE DOWNIE

(Parent Dance Choreographer)

 

  • Christine is Deb's mum.
  • She is a big fan of Backstreet.
  • She is a student of Deb's Adult Jazz/Funk Beg/Int class (an example that you are never too old to dance)
  • Christine has been choroegraphing the Parents Dances forever - since Deb's first studio, Moondust
  • You will always hear laughter in the Parents rehearsals
  • She puts on these Parents Dances every 6 months to a year (read the E-Newsletters to keep up to date)
  •  The Parents dances are free and most suitable for very very very basic beginner level
  • If you can't dance - Christine wants you
  • If you are a funny awkward dancer - Christine wants you!!!

 

 

 

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