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
Hi My name is Michelle and I work at the front desk at PAWS. I have been a PAWS for 3 1/2 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.
Shae Beadman – Jazz
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.
Taryn Beadman – Jazz
Taryn has been dancing since the age of 5 years old 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.
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”.
Hi I’m Shannon Shallis and I’m the Little Stars teacher here at PAWS. I have been studying dance since age 4, doing jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and acrobatics. I have been at PAWS since 2007 years and received excellent results in my RAD intermediate foundation and intermediate ballet exams. I have been teaching at PAWS for 7 years and have completed a Bachelor of Education (Birth – 12 years) at Macquarie University.
Jasmine Straga – Circus
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 high 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.
Kieron Kulik – Tap
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 3 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 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 sucessful 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 Shakespere’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.
Emma is originally from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and has been dancing since the age of 3. She was trained as 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. Whist 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.