Dance Teachers – Aspley Brisbane
With its fantastic teachers, Do Dance Academy in Aspley (near Chermside) aims to be a place that feels like home to every student and family so that they can shine in their own way.
Mrs Renee Thompson (Principal) B.Bus, CSTD
Born in Brisbane, Renee started dancing under Commonwealth Society Of Teachers of Dancing (Comdance) when she was only 3 years old and now has over 25 years teaching experience. She has always loved to dance and teaching it has become so natural. Renee progressed through the grades as a student and has now achieved the following examinations:
- Level 6 Jazz Award
- Teachers Certificate in Tap
- Teachers Certificate in Theatrical
- Teachers Certificate in Classical
- Teachers Diploma in Tap
- Teachers Diploma in Theatrical
Renee loves teaching because of the rewards that you get, when you can make a child who is talented in their own way shine to be their best. The dance school motto is “To Be a Star, Believe in Yourself” and Renee feels that if she can make the kids believe in themselves at dance and in life, then they really will be stars.
What you might not know about Renee…
Renee is a mum to her gorgeous daughter Adalyn and is expecting her second bub in January 2022. She has two dogs, who she loves and adores and also trains to compete in Dog Obedience competitions.
Miss Meg Michalski (Assistant Principal) CSTD
Meg started dancing at the age of 3 and is looking forward to passing on her wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the new generation of bright stars. Meg has been a part of Do Dance Academy since it opened its doors over 16 years ago and has been teaching for over 10 years. In 2020 Meg was promoted to Assistant Principal and is loving her new role.
Meg has a natural gift for working with younger students, who all adore her. Meg’s goal in life is to pass on the values and beliefs that she has been taught to all the students she comes in contact with. Meg has a dream of becoming a dance choreographer and we all can’t wait to see her work up on the big stages in the future.
Meg is a successful soloist and group performer and has completed examinations in all facets of dance with exceptionally high marks. Meg has completed her Level 6 Jazz Award, her Comdance Tap Teachers Certificate and her Comdance Tap Teaching Diploma. She is excited about helping her students to be stars and is enthusiastic about being part of our team and working with all our new little students!
What you might not know about Meg….
Meg is the eldest of 5 siblings and loves baking and cooking and when not at dancing can be caught dancing in her lounge room to Bruno Mars.
Miss Sarah O’Loughlin CSTD
Sarah has a great level of experience and passion for the art of dance and her dream in life is to inspire others. Sarah has been apart of the Do Dance Family for over 10 years now and loves being a role model to kids and thinks, that it is the most important thing in the world. She is always smiling and loves making everyone smile with her.
Her qualifications include a Diploma of Musical Theatre and a Diploma of Modern Jazz. Sarah is always continuing to expand her repertoire to include Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary and Ballet.
Sarah has also proven herself to be a highly successful soloists and has had many performance jobs such as “George” in the Peppa Pig Show at the Ekka, in the Queen Street Parade and Pantomime and also choreographing for the Koi Boys at the 2016 Lord Mayors Christmas Carols.
Sarah is so excited to be part of our team for 2022 teaching Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop and can’t wait to build new relationships with the kids and to grow old ones even further.
What you might not know about Sarah…
Sarah is also studying a dual degree in Psychology and Justice at university.
Miss Jade Michalski CSTD
Jade commenced dancing at the age of 3 and is a passionate, committed performer who has been a part of the Do Dance Academy team since it opened its doors over 16 years ago.
Jade has completed her examinations in many facets of dance including, Classical, Contemporary, Tap, Theatrical and Jazz all with exceptionally high results. Jade has been a successful soloist and also group performer. Jade has completed her Modern Jazz Teachers Certificate and is excited to be working towards obtaining her Modern Jazz Teaching Diploma in 2022.
In 2021, Jade completed her Diploma of Elite Performance (Contemporary) at Brent Street in Sydney. Jade is super excited to be coming back home to pass on her knowledge to all of our dancers.
What you might not know about Miss Jade…
When not at dancing Jade works full time at Otis Elevator Company. If she isn’t at work you can be sure to find Jade at a beach or out socialising with friends.
Miss Amy Lee
Amy commenced dancing at the age of 2 and is one of the most thoughtful, passionate, and committed teachers. Amy has been apart of the Do Dance Team for over 15 years now and has found her calling in dance by teaching our Shining Stars Program.
Amy has completed her examinations in many facets of dance including, Classical, Tap, Theatrical and Jazz all with exceptionally high results. Amy has been a successful soloist and also group performer.
In 2021 Amy has completed her University degree in Occupational Therapy and loves being able to transfer this knowledge into her teaching. Amy has a natural gift for working with our Shining Star Program students, who all adore her. Amy’s goal in life is to pass on the values and beliefs that she has been taught to all the students she comes in contact with while watching them all grow into little stars.
Miss Taylah Postle
Miss Abbey Miles
Miss Temika Hood
Mrs Carolyn Gilby CSTD, RAD
Mrs Rachel Michalski (Reception)
Mrs Cindy Postle (Reception)
Mrs Maree Rablin “Aunty Rabs”
At 10 years of age Aunty Rabs showed her mum a newspaper clipping for ballet lessons, she told her this is what she wanted to do and she has been dancing ever since. Aunty Rabs believes dance is a way of expressing yourself without having to say any words. Her greatest achievement is sharing her love of dance with her daughter Renee and watching her grow into the wonderful person she is today.
Aunty Rabs has completed the following examinations:
- Classical Ballet – RAD Pre-Elementary
- Tap – CSTD Senior Gold Star
- Jazz – CSTD Level 5 Jazz
Aunty Rabs other interests include:
- Costume design and making.
- Dog training where she participates and holds an open license for the sport of Dances with Dogs. Aunty Rabs recently performed and won the DWD Intermediate section at the Brisbane Ekka. She has also judged the DWD several times at the Brisbane Ekka.
Aunty Rabs is excited to be back in the studio, meeting new parents and students and watching how our students (young and old) can do anything they set their minds too.