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Teachers2020-01-16T12:31:11+00:00

S.H.A.K.E Teachers

Nikki McIntyre
Nikki McIntyreBallet, Jazz, Tap
Nikki began ballet training with Shirley McMahon at age 7 and then Jazz and Tap at age 13 with Sandra Breen, later moving to Qld Ballet School with Mary Heath. She worked part-time in various theatre and club shows professionally from the age of 15 and then switched to a 9 to 5 office job after realizing she was 7 inches too short for Moulin Rouge! After working for a number of years part-time teaching dance, she began S.H.A.K.E. in 1998 and has never looked back.
Georgia Pierce
Georgia PierceContemporary
It all started when she was 3 years old: Georgia Pierce was cast as the role of Number 3 in the Number Rumba for S.H.A.K.E. Dance School’s 1999 concert. With the help of Miss Nikki and the other S.H.A.K.E. teachers, Georgia went on to complete her CSTD exams in modern jazz, contemporary, tap and ballet, including being the first person in Queensland to pass Premier Danseur. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at QUT and is the resident contemporary teacher at S.H.A.K.E. Choreographically, Georgia pursues dynamism facilitated by contrast. She predominantly develops dances from a single movement concept, quirk or aesthetic to present a holistic work that flows, intersects and loops with itself. Georgia performs professionally as a Contemporary Dancer in various productions in South East Queensland.
Anthony Strollo
Anthony StrolloJazz, Tap
All about the booty, Anthony gets his tips and tricks from only the best… JLo. Since starting at S.H.A.K.E in 2002, he has developed his own style and no one can move their body quite like the original sexy, himself. Taking part in CSTD exams, Anthony has completed his modern jazz exams and is currently training to complete his final tap exam. In 2016 he was one of the first students at S.H.A.K.E. to complete their Modern Jazz Teaching Certificate. Anthony has been dancing for 15 years and therefore not only brings the technique but also the flavour. As one of our Jazz and Tap teachers, his choreography demonstrates a crisp, explosive and sleek style, to bring together a polished performance.
Anthony also teaches and choreographs at various other school in Brisbane.
Jodeen Hassall
Jodeen HassallTap
Jo began her dancing career at the tender age of 4 years in New South Wales. Her family moved to Brisbane when she was 9 and this is when she joined the Southern Academy of Dance under the guidance of Miss Sandra Breen OAM. Jo has been a part of the Southern Academy of Dance for over 35yrs where she completed the theatrical, jazz and tap syllabuses and achieved her full teachers at age 21. Jo’s choreography skills were honed with a certain Miss McIntyre on her parent’s unit roof top when they were 14 to Lady Bump. Jo joined S.H.A.K.E. many moons ago teaching tap and continues to, whilst also teaching at Southern Academy of Dance.
Maxine McIntyre
Maxine McIntyre Costumes
Maxine started dancing with the Theatre royal in Brisbane at 14 and was on the first Variety Television show produced in Brisbane in 1961. She then became resident choreographer for QTQ9. Maxine at one stage had dancers in 5 different states across Australia and has worked with some of the best known names in show business from the 60s onwards. She continues to stick her nose into all aspects of S.H.A.K.E. Costumes are now her forte and some of the more exquisite (and brief) ones come from her collection.
Kristin Satchell
Kristin SatchellHip Hop
From a young age Kristen has always had a love for performing, from making up dances in her living room to performing in talent shows, she was born for the stage. Kristen started formal dance lessons at the age of 7 under the guidance of Sandra Breen OAM of Southern Academy of Dance. She has completed RAD Ballet exams, CSTD theatrical, Tap and Jazz exams as well as completing her CSTD Jazz Teachers Certificate. Kristen’s love for HipHop evolved when she first had the opportunity to create a HipHop routine, ever since then she has been concentrating on the HipHop genre and perfecting her unique style. One of Kristen’s proudest moments was when her latest HipHop routine was showcased at the 2019 CSTD dance convention.
Jessica Bagnall
Jessica BagnallModern Jazz
Jess has been dancing at S.H.A.K.E for over 10 years, starting back when she was in the Tinies class. Growing up dancing, Jess has completed her CSTD Modern Jazz exams, and has done multiple tap and ballet exams (always achieving outstanding results). In 2019, Jess was awarded her Modern Jazz Teachers Certificate, and now teaches jazz and tap classes at S.H.A.K.E. You will rarely find Jess without a smile on her face and she is a wonderful teacher for our little S.H.A.K.E.rs.
Andrew Maude
Andrew MaudeAcro
Andrew Maude is a level 9 gymnast and has been studying acro and gymnastics since age 3. He has worked with Darren and Diane Smith from Just Acrobatics, Sunshine Coast and also studied the Acro component of the previous CSTD theatrical syllabus up to and including Advanced grade.
Andrew holds his teachers certificate in Modern jazz, and has a Current first aid certificate and blue card.
Andrew has choreographed acro, contemporary and jazz routines for touring shows to USA, eisteddfods and exams for the past 4 years. He has been teaching acro for the past 5 years at various schools across Brisbane. Andrew was awarded most outstanding performer at Brisbane Eisteddfod in 2017. He has performed in Japan, Macau, USA, Hong Kong and throughout QLD at festivals and competitions, as well as Carnival Cruise Line.
Andrew loves passing on his knowledge of acrobatics to younger students and help them extend their skills and technique.
Kate Gibbons
Kate GibbonsBallet, Contemporary
Kate Gibbons has been dancing since age 4, learning ballet with Shirley McMahon School of Ballet (one of Miss Nikki’s old schools). Since then, and moving to Shake, she has received distinctions in all her exams with the Royal Academy of Dance and CSTD exams. She auditioned for Ballet Theatre of Queensland at age 10 and performed in their company for 5 years. Kate received her CSTD Classical Teaching Certificate in 2019. She is currently studying for her CSTD Premier exam and doing a Bach of Communication at UQ. In 2020 she will attend Sydney Dance Company for a secondment. Kate teaches ballet and contemporary at S.H.A.K.E. and loves to see her students achieve. She really enjoys the friendship and support that S.H.A.K.E. Dance School provides.