Meet The Team

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Melissa Sullivan

Founding Director

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

Started at 6 years, opened Galaxy 2004!

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Seeing children bloom from beginners into a more confident and skilled version of themselves, as dancers and in life. Seeing the pride when they achieve something new is always priceless.

 

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

No surprises here - TAP on both fronts!

 

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Seeing my 2 children and my students (who were now my teachers) perform in Disneyland & Universal Students in LA was SO special.An amazing moment I will NEVER forget.

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

If you want SOLID dance tuition taught in a nurturing and supportive environment - Galaxy is for you! The beautiful connections and community we have created here is a lovely one to develop your passion for dance. We believe wholeheartedly that to create a beautiful dancer - to the level of dance expertise that they want for themselves, whether it be for fun or for competition - we get the best results not from the teachers demanding excellence.... but from the students demanding it from themselves.

Education and Course Qualifications

Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation & Tourism) at Newcastle University

Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Instructor Certification (dance for children with special needs)

Certified Teacher for Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus

Certified Teacher for Barre Attack

Certified Teacher for Progressive Ballet Technique

Certified Teacher for Acrobatic Dance Association

Sharni
Cooper

Senior Teacher

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

I was around 7 but came to galaxy when I was 12 (2006) and began assistant teaching the following year

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Everything! Love seeing the students grow and improve their technique and ability. The excitement they have on there faces when they come to classes bring me so much happiness.

 

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

My favourite style is Jazz in particular cabaret which is very similar to what I love teaching. Technique and Jazz are definitely what I love teaching - I love teaching students the building blocks to become a great dancer. It’s so important to understand your body and how to control movements.

 

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Dancing and travelling to America to dance at Disneyland and Universal Studios is definitely one of the biggest highlights for me. Also the friends I have gained from dancing - my closest friends I have met at Galaxy and have some amazing memories growing up with them.

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

Go for it you won’t look back! Galaxy is such a family environment where you can just come and have fun with no pressure. You can work towards the goals you set - tuition can be geared from being the best competitive dancer you can be to having the best fun as a recreational dancer. You don’t have to be the best dancer as long as you have a fun attitude you’ll be set!

Education and Course Qualifications

Bachelor of teaching (PDHPE)

Certificate III & IV in fitness

Studio Pilates Mat Certified Teacher

Barre Attack Certified Teacher

Acrobatic Dance Association Certified Teacher

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

Certified Dance Cirque (Circus for Dancers) Program Instructor

Certified Little Monkeys Preschool Program Instructor

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Shannon Walsh

Senior Teacher & Supernova Program Co-ordinator

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

Started dancing in 2004 aged 3. Started at Galaxy in 2012 aged 11

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Watching all the kids grow and see them love dancing and teach them skills and educate them with important knowledge!

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

Favourite style to dance: Contemporary Favourite style to teach: Contemporary, modern and Jazz

 

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Coming and being a part of Galaxy and feeling welcomed by everyone! Also travelling to New York to dance and attend dance workshops was pretty special.

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

If you are unsure of where to go but want the  a loving nurturing and super fun studio that really looks out for kids wellbeing and happiness Galaxy is definitely for you!!

Education and Course Qualifications

Cert III in Assistant Dance Teaching

Cert III in Hair & Makeup

Completed HSC at HSPA 2019 majoring in Dance, & receiving Callbacks for Core Composition &   Major Study

Acrobatic Dance Association Certified Teacher

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

Certified Dance Cirque (Circus for Dancers) Program Instructor

Certified Little Monkeys Preschool Program Instructor

Certified Tumbletown Preschool Program Instructor

Certified FlexAbility Program Instructor

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Lauren Watson

Senior Teacher & Star Program
Co-ordinator

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

I started dancing in 2009 when I was 9 years old and have only ever danced with Galaxy

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Building relationships with students and watching their confidence grow as they achieve things they previously doubted they could do.

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

Favourite style to do: tap and theatre jazz 

Favourite to teach: tap 

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Dancing at Disneyland and the many other performing opportunities I've had, but the dance family I have for life has to be top.

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

I don't think you'll find a more welcoming, supportive, loving and fun studio. Everyone's individuality is celebrated here.

Education and Course Qualifications

Barre Attack Certified Instructor

Certificate 3 in Fitness

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

Certified Dance Cirque (Circus for Dancers) Program Instructor

Certified Little Monkeys Preschool Program Instructor

Certified Tumbletown Preschool Program Instructor

Certified FlexAbility Program Instructor

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Jaymee-Leigh Wood

Senior Teacher & Preschool Program
Specialist

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

Started dancing in 2001 aged 3, started at Galaxy in 2006 aged 9.

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Watching the children shine and have a smile on their face whilst doing so.

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

To do: Commerical Jazz & Theatre Jazz

To Teach: Commerical Jazz/hiphop. (& of course my Little Stars!)

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Meeting so many of my lifetime friends. Travelling to the US to dance at Disneyland and Universal studios has to be a highlight though!

 

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

If you/your child wants lifetime friends, then Galaxy is the place to go. With the supportive atmosphere and the quality tuition you’ll receive without any pressure the decision would be unanimous. Personally I’ve never looked back.

Education and Course Qualifications

Diploma in Early Childhood

Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

Certified Dance Cirque (Circus for Dancers) Program Instructor

Certified Little Monkeys Preschool Program Instructor

Certified Tumbletown Preschool Program Instructor

Certified FlexAbility Program Instructor

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Ella        
Paton

Senior Teacher 

Year and age I started dancing, and the year and age I began with Galaxy

Started dancing age 3, started at Galaxy age 8

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Being able to share my love and passion for dance with others

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

Favourite style to dance would be either modern or hip hop and fav style to teach is modern

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Dancing at Disneyland!!

What I would like to say directly to anyone thinking about joining Galaxy....

At Galaxy we aren’t just a dance studio - we are a family who all share a love of dance!

Education and Course Qualifications

Currently studying Exercise & Sport Science at The University of Newcastle (Ourimbah Campus)

Cert III Retail

Excellence in drama-HSC

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

Certified Dance Cirque (Circus for Dancers) Program Instructor

Certified Little Monkeys Preschool Program Instructor

Certified Tumbletown Preschool Program Instructor

Certified FlexAbility Program Instructor

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Katelyn
Moy

Drama & Music Teacher

Katelyn has joined our team in 2022 and brings with her not only experience but the sense of fun and love for what we do that means so much to us all!

Katelyn has completed her qualifications in a Bachelor of the Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching. She has a double major in Drama and a major in Music, having also performed in children's theatre where she toured Brisbane in 2010 performing "We Are Going On a Bear Hunt." 

 

Katelyn has a passion for working with kids - in her words "I love to see them grow and develop into their own person. I love the Arts and I love how kids can really express themselves through performing".

 

When Katelyn was at school she had amazing Music and Drama teachers with whom she credits for inspiring her to be the person she is today. They made learning fun and created within her a strong passion for the performing arts.

 

It is Katelyn's deepest wish to have the same affect on her own students.  Her parents also had a big contribution in her  becoming a performing arts teacher as both my parents are musical. Her mum was a dance teacher for 30 years and her dad was performing and touring in his band when we were younger. She says "Performing arts is just in our blood."

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Gayle
Warne

Office Manager

Gayle is your go-to lady for all things administration related...

But that's not all she is to this team. She brings with her an incredible passion for making sure your experience at Galaxy is a smooth, effortless and positive one!

She is an enthusiastic member of the Galaxy staff and we can not wait to involve her in more programs within the studio!