Meet The Team

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Melissa Sullivan
Owner/Director

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

Started at 6 years, opened Galaxy 2004!

 

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

 

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.

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Sharni Cooper 
Senior Teacher & Education Programs Co-ordinator

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

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

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!

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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

 

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

 

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!!

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

Education and Course Qualifications

Barre Attack 

Certificate 3 in Fitness

First aid 

 

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.

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Jaymee-Leigh Wood
Senior Teacher & Little Stars 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.

Education and Course Qualifications

Certificate 3 in Early childhood Education and Care

Currently Studying Diploma in Early Childhood

Certified Acrobatics Association Teacher

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.

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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

Education and Course Qualifications

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

Cert III Retail

Excellence in drama-HSC

 

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!

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Ash Fry
Senior Teacher & Drama Coach

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

Started dancing at 4, came to Galaxy at 9

Education and Course Qualifications

Secondary (Drama & English) Education

Cert IV in Leadership and Management

Facilitator at The Reach Foundation

First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis 
 

Favourite thing about being a dance teacher?

Watching students build confidence within themselves and support/encourage one another within the classroom

Favourite style of dance to DO and favourite to TEACH?

Do - Tap, Teach - Hip Hop

The most wonderful dance memory I have is...

Not a specific memory, but getting to grow up through Galaxy having the most incredible mentors and then eventually getting to give back and teach at this very beautiful place.

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

Galaxy is more than just a studio where you come to perfect your dancing. It is a place that fosters genuine connections and life long friendships through our inclusive, fun and supportive environment.

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Gayle Warne
Office Manager