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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 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 is what creates such and amazing facility for our kids to learn.

 

 

Shae and Taryn Beadman – Jazz & Musical Theatre

What is your ULTIMATE career highlight? 

We are so grateful for so many experiences we’ve had, but a dance career highlight would definitely be dancing for Alexis Jordan at the Official Mardi Gras After Party. That was an awesome experience! For Drama we are super excited that our short film “Toxic”, which we created and played the leading roles in was selected into several Film Festivals across the globe! 

 

 

What do you LOVE about working at PAWS?

Teaching at PAWS has truly been a major highlight in our lives for the past 12 years. It definitely doesn’t feel like “work”! We love the family environment that has been created over the years, and really enjoy building relationships with the kids and watching them grow into not only amazing dancers but human beings! 

 

 

What are you GRATEFUL for right now?

 

We both have so much to be grateful for and make sure we write things down everyday! We truly are blessed to wake up every morning being able to pursue the things we’re passionate about. We are surrounded by so many amazing, inspiring people, who support us and encourage us to live the life of our dreams!

 
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Vanessa Travis – Drama

What is your ULTIMATE career highlight?  

The growth of drama classes at PAWS. Starting with 12 students in 2013, we now have 85+ students enrolled in drama classes. I have adored seeing students of all ages develop a love for drama, growing in confidence that assists them in all aspects of their life. 

 

What do you LOVE about working at PAWS?

I love that PAWS fosters creativity and growth in all aspects of the performing arts; each art is valued for its own unique qualities and it is the most amazing community to be a part of.

 

What are you GRATEFUL for right now?

I am grateful for my family, my friends and the abundance of privilege that comes from living in our beautiful country. I love that my job allows me to nurture, guide and inspire young people to become capable, passionate and driven human beings.

Maddison Epthorp – Singing 

What is your ULTIMATE career highlight? 

Working on Hayes Theatre Co.’s New Musicals Australia program with the likes of Nancy Hayes, Lisa Campbell and Tony Cogin.

 

What do you LOVE about working at PAWS?

I love teaching at PAWS as I’m able to help foster each child’s individuality, creativity and confidence. I love that at PAWS I’m able to encourage my students to do the best they can, reminding them that no dream is ever too big.

 

What are you GRATEFUL for right now?

Right now I’m grateful for my creativity and for music.

 

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Sharyn Constable – Ballet
Paws is more than just a Dance Studio and I love encouraging kids to be confident young learners.

Matt Douglass – Tap
The energy, effort, focus and drive that the students here at Paws bring to each class is an absolute joy to be around. Not only are the students eager to learn, improve and be the best they can be, but the support they have for one another to grow is something that makes coming to the PAWS family every week a highlight.

 

 

 

 

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Lynsey MacKay – Singing/Keyboard
I love to share my wealth of knowledge with my students. I enjoy working at PAWS because the students are encouraged in all facets of the performing arts in an age appropriate and caring environment, nurturing their individual talents. I am delighted to join the teaching team this year, providing quality music education in a dynamic and forward thinking studio.

Brooke O’Neill – Hip Hop
Brooke 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.

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Starcia O’Neill – Hip Hop
I enjoy working at PAWS because the students are encouraged to become confident kids.

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Emma Lonard – Circus/Acro/RSD/RSB
I love that every child at PAWS is made to feel special, regardless of what level they are at and without limitation, through our nurturing environment. PAWS allows the kids to work at their individual level, developing skills and technique at their own pace. I enjoy teaching in this environment where the focus is on creating confident kids, not only in the performance industry but also in life. One of the things I cherish most about teaching at PAWS is the love and passion each staff member has for each individual child. 

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Jem Dermilio – Lyrical/Jazz/Tap
I love working at PAWS because it is more than just a dance studio. We aim to instil qualities and teach skills that go beyond the dance floor. At PAWS, our students learn to work as a team, to persevere with their goals and to accept and grow from any setbacks that may occur.

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Brett Hartnett – Jazz/Technique
I love that every child at PAWS is made to feel special, regardless of what level they are at and without limitation, through our nurturing environment. 

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Caitlyn McKay – Lyrical/Ballet
I love working at PAWS because it is more than just a dance studio. We aim to instil qualities and teach skills that go beyond the dance floor. At PAWS, our students learn to work as a team, to persevere with their goals and to accept and grow from any setbacks that may occur.

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