An All Star Cast
Meet the teachers and staff behind the magic at Strictly Dance that inspire and motivate your children everyday!
The Best in the Business
Strictly Dance offers highly qualified dedicated teachers for students both starting their dance and music training as well as for those with exceptional technique and ability. With studios in Cleveland, Birkdale for parents in the Redlands and an Underwood dance studio for parents in Springwood, Daisy Hill, Karawatha and surrounding areas we offer a wide variety of dance, Acrobatics and Martial Arts programs. With innovation classes for young children to classes offered to prepare dancers for the professional world, our teachers are highly dedicated in helping each child progress and reach their potential. We also offer music lessons in piano, guitar and voice/ singing in one of our convenient locations in Cleveland or Underwood.
“They share our dreams and help us achieve them. At Strictly Dance I have found a family. ”
Xanthe Dunning (11yrs)
Our First Priority
We believe a teachers influence on a students future extends far beyond what goes on in the classroom. Our teaching philosophy is centred on instilling passion for dance while building self-esteem and confidence in every child. The students well-being is our priority; their technical capability is secondary.
For more than 25 years our school has been a leader in dance education. Our reputation for inspiring young people to be the best dancers they can be is one of the primary reasons for our success. When we say ‘the best dancers they can be’ were speaking inclusively about all students whether at a recreational or intensive level.
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Mrs Debbie-Lyn Davidson commenced her dance training at the age of 5 years. She studied Classical Ballet RAD, Jazz, Tap, Highland and Irish Dancing. She has been teaching for more than 20 years and passed her RAD teachers Certificate with Distinction. Debbie-Lyn was awarded the ATOD Australasian Teachers Award in 2007 and 2010. She is always striving to provide expert tuition in a caring and positive environment for students at Strictly Dance.
On a personal note Debbie-Lyn is married with 4 grown children. Three sons (into golf not dance) and one daughter, a professional dancer and also a teacher at Strictly Dance. They have been living in the Redlands for over 20 years.
Amelia has recently returned to Australia after dancing as a soloist with the Leipzig Ballet in Germany for 6 years and prior to that was a soloist with the Queensland Ballet Company for 8 years. During this time she has worked with many international classical and contemporary choreographers and have danced works by William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Meryl Tankard, Mario Schroeder, Nils Chrisite, Stephan Thoss, Francois Klaus, Uwe Sholz and Natalie Weir to name a few. She has also toured extensively throughout the world including Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Spain, Taiwan, Columbia, Singapore, Japan and Brazil and has a good knowledge of the international dance scene and current trends within the industry.
Amelia teaches Classical Ballet, Pointe work, Classical repertoire, Contemporary, contemporary repertoire or creative dance and processes within choreography. Amelia is a very passionate and energetic person and aims to get the absolute best out of her students. Her classes are very upbeat and she believes that the energy you give out is the energy you receive back.
Miss Olivia studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Performance and Jazz voice. She has completed Harvest Rain’s musical theatre internship program, and has received private vocal coaching from age nine. Olivia was awarded honors in her Grade 8 AMEB Singing for Leisure exam.
She performs as a solo artist under the name PeppermintOllie, writing songs whilst accompanying herself on the ukulele and piano. She has experience with numerous genres, and teaches classical, musical theatre and contemporary styles. Olivia is passionate about sharing her love of music with students from Strictly Dance.
She loves to see the progress and passion grow and develop through our classes and lovely, stressfree music concerts where student get to perform for family and friends.
Ayla started dancing at age 3, and grew up competing in eisteddfods. At age 12 she turned to competitive cheerleading and all-star dance and has never looked back. She has been a part of several award winning and national champion cheerleading and dance teams, as well as competing in Dance Worlds, Florida, in 2011.
She has been a cheerleading coach for 4 years and has been involved with a number of programs, coaching elite open dance teams, all the way down to beginner mini cheer teams. She has also had the privilege to Judge for World Cup Cheer and Dance. She enjoys spreading the love of cheerleading and watching young girls gain life skills and confidence through the sport.
USA predominantly as a contemporary dancer. As a young dancer she trained in all genres of dance ( classical ballet ( RAD) ,contemporary ,jazz and tap.) Sally won many scholarships and championships in solo and in group work at numerous eisteddfods throughout her home state of NSW. In 2001, she graduated with an Associate Degree and BA in Dance at Queensland university of technology(QUT). Whilst training at QUT she worked with choreographers such as Leigh Warren, Harold Collins MBE and Natalie Weir.
After graduating Sally then went on to become a free lance dancer and performed for numerous corporate events, award ceremonies, TV shows and product launches in and around sydney. It was at this time she joined a independent dance company called Bondi Ballet where she performed In and around Sydney and throughout regional NSW. Sally was then Invited to join the Jin Xing Dance Company in Shanghai, China. Sally has had an extensive amount of experience as a dance teacher and choreographer in various dance schools, at contemporary dance festivals, youth dance companies and amateur musical productions.
As a teacher; “I enjoy Teaching all ages in various genres of dance. I live to inspire those Aged 3 to simply co-ordinate movement to training and challenging the technical and artistic ability of the ‘ elite’ dancer who is preparing themselves for a professional dance career. “ Sally On a personal note: I am a stepmother and mother of 5 children ( 3 boys and 2 girls) they have kept me very busy and definitely the most challenging role I have and will ever play in life. My 3 youngest children love dancing and dance many afternoons as apart of the strictly dance family. I also have worked in the fitness industry (certificate 3 and 4 in fitness) and also worked in aged care ( certificate 4 dementia leisure and lifestyle).
Danielle started dancing in the Redlands at the age of four. She loved learning a wide variety of styles but classical was a major focus. During her younger years in dance she won many eisteddfods, ATOD Scholarships and danced with the Queensland Ballet in their production of Romeo and Juliet.
At the age of fourteen she took up a scholarship to attend a full time school in Sydney, Ecole Vocational Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Here she studied under the tutelage of Ashley Killar, Jane Allyn and Kit Letheby. During this time she danced at the Sydney Opera House and toured with the school to regional NSW. At the age of sixteen she successfully auditioned at The Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag where she completed her professional training. During these years she had many opportunities to develop her artistry in classical ballet and contemporary dance. Being able to dance the choreography of Jiri Killiyan and Hans Van Manen at performances in Den Haag and Haarlem with live orchestras was most memorable.
As a teacher, her passion and drive is to deliver a high standard of training in a nurturing environment and be able to pass on the benefits of her international experience so that young, aspiring dancers of this generation may realise their dreams.
Kimberley Semple (Davis) was introduced to ballet in her home town of Maitland N.S.W. under Beth Reid and Suzanne Pettit. She moved to Brisbane to attend Queensland Dance School of Excellence followed by another move to Melbourne to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Dance through the Victorian College of The Arts. Following graduation Harold Collins offered her a position with the Queensland Ballet Company. She was promoted to feature artist in 1995 and under the new direction of Francois Klaus was promoted to principal dancer. Kimberley enjoyed dancing numerous feature and principal roles from ballets such as Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Peer Gynt and The Little Mermaid. Kimberley was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2003 for her performance in “The Big Three” which included works by international choreographers William Forsythe, John Neumeier and Stephan Thoss. Some of the most memorable moments in her career involved featuring and being involved in the choreographic process of new works by artists such as Natalie Weir, Paul Boyd, François Klaus, Chrissie Parrot and Rosetta Cook.In 2003 Kimberley stopped dancing to have the first of her two children. She returned to the stage in 2004 but knew in her heart that life was taking her on a new journey so happily retired from a full time dance career. Since this time Kimberley has enjoyed freelance teaching, performing in different projects by independent artists as well as undertaking a diploma in Professional Pilates. Kimberley has a boutique Pilates studio in Brisbane’s western suburbs and is a member of the Polestar Pilates mentor program assisting new students in their journey to becoming better Pilates teachers. She has enjoyed being part of a team that has seen young dancers go on to professional dance institutions such as Dutch National Ballet Academy and QUT. Using her understanding of body mechanics as well as her own professional experiences Kimberley now receives particular enjoyment from teaching, coaching and inspiring young dancers to grow into all they can be.
Holly has had extensive office training with 3 years working at the Courier Mail in Advertising. She is the Administrative Director of Strictly Dance, her management skills and love of the studio atmosphere creates a positive and supportive environment for students, faculty and their families. Holly is an extraordinary woman who enjoys the many challenges of studio management and a busy family life.
She continues to amaze us by scheduling our classes and performances, managing accounts payable, costumes and running our Dancewear shop as well as backstage operations at our end of year show – the list is endless and her competence and passion for Strictly Dance is unparalleled!
Bodelle Davidson started dancing and singing at her mother’s dance school at at just 2 years of age. She was chosen to dance with the QLD Ballet Company in their productions of Sleeping Beauty and Romeo & Juliet. She was also was chosen to perform with the QLD Opera in their production of Turandot, Hansel and Gretel and La Bohème.
She won many eisteddfods and championships during her competitive years. She attended the QLD Dance school of Excellence and after completing a Certificate 1V in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts at DLDC she successfully auditioned for a soloist role at Tokyo Disneyland where she performed the role of Wendy from Peter Pan and Snow White in the musical ‘One Mans Dream”. She continues to perform hosting and performing in ABC Children’s shows. She has taught & choreographed many award winning routines for Strictly Dance.
Mr David Semple
David Semple began dancing at the age of 5 in Brisbane. As a young dancer he was a member of Ballet Theatre of Queensland, Australian Youth Ballet and performed at Expo 88 with the RAD. David moved to Melbourne to complete year 11 and 12 at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School before later attending the Australian Ballet School. After graduating, David was successful in being offered a full-time contract with the Queensland Ballet. While at the company, he had the privilege of dancing many classical solo and principal roles including Swan Lake, Copeilia, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Othello. In addition to enjoying classical ballet, David had the opportunity to participate in the choreographic process with well-known contemporary choreographers including Natalie Weir, Paul Boyd, François Klaus and Rosetta Cook. Among the highlights of his professional career was having the opportunity to perform in pieces by choreographers including William Forsythe, John Neumeier, Stephan Thoss and Davide Bombarda. David left the company at the end of 2003 and began his teaching journey while still working with Queensland Ballet as a Pilates instructor. He became the first Pilates teacher for the new Professional Year program under Artistic Director François Klaus. After taking a break from teaching, David was drawn back to teaching where he found he was able to continue to exercise his passion for dance. Since going back into teaching David has enjoyed combining his Pilates skills and experience with his experience as a professional dancer. He has a particular passion for helping dancers gain a greater understanding of their bodies.
Briony started dancing at the age of three in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. It wasn’t long before she realised dance was truly her passion. As a young teen, she ventured to Brisbane to take part in one of Strictly Dance’s Summer Schools. It was after completing the Summer School week that she and her family made the decision that she would move here permanently from Bundaberg to be part of Strictly Dance’s elite training program. While focusing on her technique she still continued to work in Jazz and Tap but also added Modern and Musical Theatre, aiding her in becoming a versatile, well-rounded dancer. After being part of the the elite training program for 4 years, Briony was accepted into Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program in New York. At the age of 17, Briony embarked on the long flight to the United States to begin with Joffrey in the fall of 2013 continuing on to a second year in 2014 on a full scholarship. In March 2015, Briony accepted a contract after a successful audition with Universal Studios Japan, where she called home for 12 months. Briony is now excited for the opportunity to pass on her knowledge and experience to the extremely fortunate students at Strictly Dance.
From the moment Jaimee started to walk she was literally on her toes, twirling around her living room, dressed as a ballerina. This delight brought her to Strictly Dance at the age of eight where she spent six years living her childhood dream. During this time, she attended Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Conditioning and Performing Team classes, joining the elite program at 11 years old. Jaimee placed in countless solo and group eisteddfods, was a finalist or prize winner in many prestigious competitions, such as Alana Haines Australasian Awards, Brisbane Performing Arts Competition, Jaqueline Moreland Scholarships and Justine Summers Full-time Awards. At 14, she successfully auditioned for Queensland Ballet’s Junior Extension Program and performed main roles in Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s productions from ages 11 to 15. With the guidance and support of many amazingly talented and caring teachers, including Karen Muller, Jane Divine and Paul Boyd, Jaimee was one of five applicants chosen for Queensland Dance School of Excellence’s Ballet Stream in 2013-14 (now Queensland Ballet Senior Program). Jaimee trained with QDSE under direction of Queensland Ballet’s Ex-principal, Christian Tátchev, while completing grades 11 and 12 at school. Upon graduating, she was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ and successfully auditioned for Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy (TPCCA), Sydney. At TPCCA, Jaimee was trained by longest serving Australian Ballet Principal Lucinda Dunn amongst many other phenomenal teachers for six months. She then came home to her family in Brisbane due to an unfortunate injury but hopes to continue her passion by helping others find the same joy in their lives through dance as a teacher. She is now completing her RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and enjoys teaching at Strictly Dance.
“Strictly Dance has been my second family since I took my very first ballet class there when I was ten years old. They have provided me with amazing opportunities, ever growing support, and life long friendships that I am forever grateful for! Strictly Dance nurtured my talent and provided me with an incredible teaching staff of a world class standard, which helped me achieve so many wonderful accomplishments. In 2012 I was accepted into the Queensland Ballet Junior Program, which I continued right up until 2017 when I left Strictly, to dance full-time with the Queensland Ballet Academy! From my time at Strictly; starting with afternoon classes and then progressing into the Elite program, I was able to enhance my dance journey by entering and winning a number of prestigious competitions. I was grateful to win ATOD Scholarships and Australasian competitions 4 years in a row as well as RAD bursaries and local eisteddfods. In 2013, myself and my best friend (now work colleague at Strictly Dance) Brooke Smith, were fortunate enough to be selected to dance with the world class ballet company, the Bolshoi Ballet, as child extras! It’s once in a life time opportunities like this that Strictly Dance can provide, and I couldn’t be more proud and excited to continue passing down my knowledge to the up and coming talent at Strictly Dance!”
Silvia has started helping out in the Cleveland office a couple afternoons a week so make sure you say hello when you see her. Holly is still around during the days as well a couple of other afternoons each week and the wonderful Delene is still around to help out on Saturday mornings. Silvia moved to Australia from Russia 18 months ago and recently married Mrs Davidson’s eldest son. Being part of the Davidson tribe now, we thought it only fitting that she come be part of the Strictly Dance team too! She has amazing organizational skills and is keeping herself busy learning the ins and outs of all the going-ons around Strictly Dance. On the side, Silvia is also a brilliant lash and brow technician – a lady of many talents!
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