Staff

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 Abbey: Ballet

This is Abbey’s first year teaching at Ignite. She has recently completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching studies and is now a registered RAD teacher. She has been teaching all styles of dance for 5 years and loves pushing her students to the best of their abilities.

Abbey has 10 years of Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary training and has completed all RAD Ballet examinations. She was lucky enough to perform overseas at Disney World and Universal which were amazing experiences. Sharing her love for dance is a major passion of
Abbey’s and she loves coming into the studio and sharing her knowledge and experiences with all her students.

 

 

 

Miss Tiarna: Ballet

This is Tiarna’s second year teaching at Ignite. She has 21 years of dance experience and has been trained at studios in the Sutherland shire. Tiarna’s training has been by leading choreographers in the industry including Kelly Abby, Stephan Tannos, Carly Copper, Blake Wood, Cassie Bartho, Jason Coleman and Natasha Crane. Tiarna has been trained in the styles of Jazz (FATD), Tap (FATD & Glenn Wood) and Classical ballet (RAD). She has competed at many eisteddfods in both groups and solo sections since she was young and now continues her performance experiences through dance gigs including performing back up for Jacinta Gulisano, Christmas Rockettes at Sydney Star casino, The footy show and performing with the NRL Sydney Roosters cheerleaders squad for her second year in a row. Tiarna has taken many workshops such as at New York City broadway dance centre intensive and the New York City Rockettes intensive program. Tiarna loves pushing people to the best of their abilities. She enjoys seeing each student every single week and putting a smile on their face, watching them grow into the beautiful dancers she knows they can become. Tiarna’s qualifications include certificate IV in dance, certificate IV in dance teach and management, first aid, working with children check and diploma in early education.

 

 

Miss Tahlia: Acrobatics

 This is Miss Tahlia’s 2nd year of teaching at Ignite, after being a students here for many years! Miss Tahlia started gymnastics when she was 6 years old in 2007 and slowly made her way up to competitive gymnastics, She was a competitive gymnasts for 7 years, and competed in women’s artistic gymnastics from levels 1-6 . She competed until she was 16 and reached up to level 6. She began coaching gymnastics at the YMCA when she was 17, completed her beginner coaching course and started out coaching recreational gymnastics. She has made her way into coaching competitive levels gymnasts ranging from level 1 -4. She has loved passing down her knowledge to  future gymnasts and is extremely passionate about what she teaches. She is now an advanced coach, which incorporates tumbling and spring. She is also a beginner level judge which helps her understand the judging side of competitive gymnastics.

She started dancing at Ignite Dance Co in 2016, loving contemporary, jazz and hip hop.  She danced until 2019 and once she had finished dancing, began teaching Acro. This has been a huge passion of Tahlia’s, as it combines her love for both dancing and gymnastics. She loves teaching Acro to all age groups and is motivated to teach her students the proper strength and flexibility involved in doing acrobatic skills.

It is her goal to ensure that everyone enjoys their Acro class and has is able to learn the strength and flexibility required to do the skills.