Staff

Miss Stephanie: Director

She currently teaches all contemporary classes, troupe and soloists.

Beginning her first dance classes at the early age of 4, Caitlin trained in a number of dance styles over the years including ballet, jazz, contemporary & tap, however focused mainly on classical ballet, training in R.A.D through to advanced levels.

While continuing with dance training and starting to take on teaching roles within Ignite, Caitlin took on a different route in her early adult years – she followed another growing passion of hers and completed a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood at Macquarie University. This led to a number of years of experience working closely with young children, in both early childhood and primary school settings.

However, while maintaining her dance teaching during the early years of Ignite, and after a few short years focusing on teaching in a school setting, Caitlin chose to turn back to her real passion in dance and being able to gift this to her students. The combination of the joy of dance along with the theory & practice behind early learning quickly became a new focus for her and one that is now steadily thriving within the studio.

In 2012, with the steady growth of Ignite, Caitlin moved on from only teaching a number of classes per week by taking on the role of Co-Director. She has been heavily involved in the management of all aspects of the studio since. Being part of the studio in this way has been so rewarding, especially due to truly being a part of each student’s (and their parent’s) dance journey, and to watch them grow from tiny dancers into confident, talented young adults!

Caitlin currently creates & runs all of our Ignite Kids program, along with teaching jazz, ballet, performance teams & technique classes amongst our youngest age groups.

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Valerie: Tuesday Acro & Saturday Preschool Classes

Miss Valerie is one of our new teachers at Ignite and we are thrilled to have her on board. Miss Valerie will be teaching the Tuesday Acro & Saturday preschool classes 😃

BIO | Hi, my name is Miss Valerie and I’m so excited to come back to Ignite as a Teacher! I trained at Ignite as a student from age 4 to 17 in all styles and competed throughout the years as a soloist and a part of troupes.

I then went on to complete a Diploma in Performing Arts and Dance Teaching at Brent Street Performing Arts.

Following all my training I have been signed with Focus Talent Agency where I have participated in several productions, most recently appearing in the latest Mcdonalds Ad.

I am super excited to work with the students at Ignite and utilise all the tools I’ve learned so far in the industry.

 

Miss Santiana: Pre-Junior Contemporary & Tap, Pre-Teen/Open Hip Hop & Acro

We are excited to introduce Miss Santiana, who will be taking a number of our Thursday classes. Pre-Junior Contemporary, Pre-Junior Tap, Pre-Teen/Open Hip Hop and Pre-Teen/Open Acro.

Santiana is currently studying for a Diploma in Performing Arts (Elite Performance) at Brent Street Studios. She has always had a passion for dancing and performing since her early childhood. She started dancing at the age of 6 and started training seriously to become a professional dancer when she was 12. She has trained in jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre and ballet and has been part of many prestigious competitions and shows during her high school years. During these years, Santiana has developed her own style which is more of an urban/commercial style of dance and would love to share the knowledge and experience she has acquired so far with the children at Ignite Dance.