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OUR TEACHERS

Rebecca Liu-Brennan - Principal

Hi! My name is Rebecca and I am the principal of PAWS studios. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to pass on to our amazing students. I am a teacher and mentor with the Royal Academy of Dance. Some of my career highlights include choreographing for two groups for Australia’s Got Talent, choreographing for an opera and recently choreographing a piece for Delta Goodrem for Project Pink, a huge breast cancer gala. The thing I love most about PAWS is the incredible team we have here, the way all the teachers network, work together and learn from each other to bring the best facility possible for the kids to learn in.

Michelle Cameron - Administration

About Michelle

Hi. My name is Michelle and I work at the front desk at PAWS. I have been at PAWS for three and a half years, but have been associated ​with paws for 14 years. I have 28 years' experience in Banking and Finance prior to PAWS. The things I love the most about PAWS​ is the amazing team of teachers, parents and students. They are simply amazing in their commitment and support.​

Natasha Crane

About Natasha

Natasha Crane is an international choreographer and performer who is based in Sydney, Australia. Natasha has a Diploma in Performing Arts and a wide range of experience to draw from. She is also a qualified and practising life coach. As a performer she was a dancer in the film “Happy Feet 2” working with US choreographer Wade Robson for Kennedy Miller Productions. She has made numerous TV appearances on shows including “X Factor”, “Helpmann Awards”, “NRL” and “Lord Mayors NYE Broadcast”, as well as appearing in TVC’s for “Farmer Wants A Wife”, “Axe Deodorant” & “The Singing Office”. She has performed alongside international and Australian artists such as Redfoo, Jessie J, Nikki Webster, Tony Campbell & Wayne Scott Kermond. She has also worked as a line captain for Princess Cruises and as an ensemble member in the musical “Candyman”. She has danced at many events such as hair expo for Redken & the opening of the “Star Casino” under creative direction of the Squared Division.

Kieron Kulik - Tap

About Kieron

Kieron has been Creative Director, Assistant to the Choreographer, Jason Gilkison and Lead Vocalist on the world tour of ‘Burn The Floor’, which debuted on Broadway in August 2009. As a member of the show, he has performed to over a million people in over 90 cities around the world. He also choreographed and directed the shows Broadway launch on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in the USA, as well as becoming Resident Director for its 2009 tour of China. His other musical theatre credits include ‘Grease – the Arena Spectacular’, ‘Happy Days’, Larry Hart’s ‘Sisterella’, ‘Hot Shoe Shuffle’, playing the role of Tap, featuring as a Delltone in ‘Shout!’ and completing three years on the Australasian tour of ‘Mamma Mia’. No stranger to television, he has appeared in many commercials, drama series and variety television, but is best remembered as a finalist on ‘Popstars’.

Katerina Vigh

About Katerina

Katerina Vigh has been performing professionally for over 10 years, touring both nationally and internationally. Highlights of her career so far include performing at Tokyo Disneyland, touring with Marina Prior and David Hobson, and most recently completing a successful run of two self-devised shows. Her favourite roles to date have been Louisa from the Fantasticks, Cinderella from Into the Woods, and Viola from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. She has a Bachelor in Music majoring in Music Theatre from The Australian Institute of Music where she had the privilege to learn from some of the best in the business. Katerina has extensive experience working with children, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her hard earned knowledge to a new generation of performers.

Taryn Beadman - Jazz

About Taryn

Taryn has been dancing since the age of five and has had extensive training in Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Tap. Taryn has performed in “Dance Dance Dance” show with dancers from Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and was a dancer and co-choreographer for the “So What Pink Cover Show”. Taryn has trained at numerous studios including Brent Street Studios with Jacqui Howard, Matt Lee, Cameron Mitchell and Jason Gilkison. Taryn has trained with international choreographers including Tabitha and Napoleon, Tony Testa, Tony Czar and Tucker Barkley.

Shae Beadman - Jazz

About Shae

Shae has been dancing for over 20 years and has trained with numerous choreographers including Matt Lee, Cameron Mitchell, Jacqui Howard and Jason Gilkison at Brent Street Studios as well as numerous international choreographers such as Tabitha and Napoleon, Tony Czar and Tucker Barkley.  She received her Cert. IV in Performing Arts, graduating from Brent St Fulltime in 2011.  Shae has had extensive training in Jazz, Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre as well as acting and singing. She has also done modelling and been in many TV commercials such as, Mercedes, KFC, Jeep Commando, Disney Channel, Vodafone and many more. Shae has worked on the set of Baz Luhrmann’s film “The Great Gatsby” as a featured extra, performed in Kelley Abbey’s film “Goddess” and played the lead role in an AFTRS short film “Happenstance”.

Jasmine Straga - Circus

About Jasmine

Hi. I’m Jasmine Straga and I’m the circus teacher here at Paws. I have worked throughout the world​ as a circus performer, dancer, talent booker and show producer. I also come from a highly technical​ background as an artistic and rhythmic gymnastics coach and trained some national champions. ​ I blend my circus, dance and gymnastics knowledge to give students a range of technical information from all of these disciplines. Paws focuses on their technical training as well as their career knowledge and ​practical skills for when you’re on contract. ​

Nicole Cameron - Circus

About Nicole

Hi. I’m Nicole Cameron and I’ve been the circus teacher here at Paws for seven years. I teach circus classes specialising in silks, lyra, aerial, net, trapeze, Spanish Web, sling and stilt walking. I have been dancing since the age of 10 and have trained in many different styles such as jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical and aerial circus arts. I have performed with Carnival USA, Circus Monoxide workshop, Tour de Corde, Andre Rieu tribute shows, Weber’s Circus, The Carnival and reached semi finals on Australia’s Got Talent.​ “I love teaching here at Paws because it’s such a big happy family and everyone makes you feel welcome. It’s such a positive energy.”  ​ In 2016 I graduated from UOW were I completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and I am now doing my studies in Master of Nutrition and Dietetics at UOW

Tiffany Fennell - Little Stars

About Tiffany

I have been dancing since the age of five in styles such as jazz, ballet, tap, musical theatre, drama, circus, acro and contemporary. I have completed ballet, jazz and tap exams in a variety of syllabuses and levels. I completed most of my tap exams through the Glen wood syllabus although completed some through the BBO syllabus where I also completed my jazz and ballet exams. I have graduated from my Bachelor of Arts degree at Western Sydney University and also completed my Masters of Primary Teaching degree also at Western Sydney University. I absolutely love working with children and being a teacher that they can look up to and want to be around. Each child has a special quality and I love to appreciate every child’s individuality within the classroom. You get to see each child’s improvement over a small period of time, being a teacher, and this is why I love it. Being apart of PAWS and being given this opportunity to teach these wonderful students is a great honour. I absolutely love my job and watching all these wonderful students performing and having the time of their lives.

Shannon Shallis - Little Stars

About Shannon

Hi. I’m Shannon Shallis and I’m the Little Stars teacher here at PAWS. I have been studying dance since age four, doing jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and acrobatics. I have been at PAWS since 2007 and received excellent results in my RAD intermediate foundation and intermediate ballet exams. I have been teaching at PAWS for seven years and have completed a Bachelor of Education (Birth - 12 years) at Macquarie University.

Amy Shallis

About Amy

Amy began dancing at the age of four and has completed classes in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics. Amy has been teaching acrobatics for approximately 10 years and in 2014 participated in one of Australia’s first AcroDance syllabuses Acrobatique. Amy has completed a Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Science (Psychology)(Honours) and a Masters of Psychology through the University of Wollongong. In addition to teaching acrobatics Amy, along with Shannon Shallis and Tiffany Fennell, is a teacher of our Little Stars program. What Amy loves most about her teaching is her ability to aid children to develop a sense of mastery with their dancing skills, foster new friendships and develop confidence and self esteem.

Emma Wong

About Emma

Emma is originally from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and has been dancing since the age of three. She was trained as a young dancer under Andrea Dalton (Principal of ATOD 1999-2006) and after graduating with her Grade 12 Certificate she moved to Brisbane to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the Queensland University of Technology. Whilst studying she taught at many schools and private studios across South East Queensland and has also taught internationally in Singapore and East Timor. Upon graduating with distinction Emma pursued further dance education at Dance Force Full Time 2016. Since graduation, Emma has relocated to the Sydney area and has been signed with leading Australian agency, Jeep Management. She has appeared on SBS as a dancer, been featured in Jacob Lee's music video 'Ghost' and has represented Australia internationally numerous times as a performer, among other dance achievements. 

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