Kaitlin was dancing pretty much as soon as she could walk. After graduating from QUT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries in Dance (with Distinction), Kaitlin toured as a dancer with Queensland Arts Council, as well as performing in corporate and community settings. She developed a love of teaching dance while at university, working in primary and secondary schools and dance schools around Brisbane.
Outside the studio, Kaitlin has worked for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Artslink Queensland and The Arts Centre Gold Coast in arts education and project coordination roles, and was the Queensland reviewer for Dancetrain magazine from 2008 to 2014. She regularly adjudicates eisteddfods and competitions, and has provided mentorship for younger dance enthusiasts.
Kaitlin has recently completed a Master of Arts by research at QUT, investigating talent identification and development of ballet dancers in an Australian context. When she has a spare minute, she’ll take her two dogs (Bonnie and Daisy) for walks along the Esplanade or might be spied out on the bay paddle boarding. Her biggest claim to fame is appearing onstage with Michael Jackson when his HIStory tour visited Brisbane (she was ten!).
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Maddison took her first dance class at the age of 6 where she fell in love with ballet. Years of study and training landed Maddison at the Houston Ballet Academy in Texas, where she spent two years performing with the student and professional company and educating the up and coming ballerinas of the future.
In 2010 Maddison took on a new adventure and accepted a contract with Royal Caribbean International, traveling the world while performing from ship to ship. Four contracts later Maddison moved to Brisbane to follow her teaching career.
Yolanda has recently graduated from JMC Academy with a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Voice. She is a highly regarded singer, and completed her degree as a scholarship student and a JMC Ambassador. Yolanda has worked with children in a variety of settings including the teaching of Early Childhood music classes through the company Hush Little Baby music. It was in this setting that she developed her love for working with children and music. She has an extensive background in live performance as a solo singer, backing singer and musical theatre performer, as well as having completed her Grade 8 level singing exams through Trinity College of Music. Through her kind-hearted and affectionate nature, Yolanda is passionate and dedicated to passing on her knowledge in a friendly and enjoyable environment for every child attending her classes.
Harry has played and written music since he was 10 years old, and studied Music Technology at the Griffith Conservatorium graduating in 2015. He has a portfolio career of live sound, studio engineering and production, and is the wizard behind much of the sound editing magic at our concerts and performances. Most recently, he has focused efforts into a solo project under the name HARRY FOX, making energetic, thumping dance and hip-hop tunes. You can find HARRY FOX at iTunes, Spotify, Triple J Unearthed, Soundcloud & Facebook.
Taylor loves to share her passion and dedication for dance with her students. Learning from the age of 3, Taylor is now studying her teachers certificate in the CSTD syllabus and is now a registered Acrobatic Arts Module 1 teacher. She has performed in and won numerous eisteddfods and participated events such as the Stefan’s Hair Show and Coffee Club Telethon Ball alongside various stars including Taylor Henderson and Nathaniel.Over the past few years Taylor has been teaching and choreographing an array of styles across the Brisbane region. Specifically, she has taught ages 2-20 tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, musical theatre and acrobatics. Taylor wishes to further her teaching experience and pass on her love of dance to all her students.
Our Miss Abbey is extremely passionate about the arts and believes that they are the chocolate chips of life – which is why she has chosen to pursue this wonderful industry. She recently graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and a Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. She has been dancing since age 4 and understands the incredible impact that dancing can have on a young person’s life. She loves that at Bayside Dance she has the opportunity to ignite a young dancer’s passion for dance and the arts.
Jenna trained in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary at Shilleena’s Dance Academy before undertaking a Certificate III in Performing Arts at ADPI in 2014. She followed this with further full time dance training at DLDC, completing a Diploma of Musical Theatre in 2015. She has danced professionally at numerous events and on television, and has also danced at Disneyland! She is now a sought-after teacher across Brisbane and is especially known for her creative and dynamic hip hop and contemporary choreography.
Kate grew up in Brisbane and trained under Lisa Wyatt and Charmaine Paddick at Kick Dance Studio in Bulimba. Before completing her full time training in 2004 at The Edge in Melbourne, Kate performed locally as a professional dancer in and around Brisbane. She began her international dancing career in 2005 with Carnival Cruise Lines and then progressed on to roles as Dance Captain and Entertainment Project Manager for CCL and Gables Grove Productions in New York City. Kate now shares her industry and technical knowledge with up and coming performers. At Bayside Dance, she’s our highly skilled Preschool classes Coordinator, as well as teaching hip hop, jazz, tap and ballet.
Oli, having grown up in a family of performers, had almost no choice but to fall in love with dance and being on stage. She started dancing when she was 5 years old and continued training in tap, ballet, contemporary and jazz for the next 11 years under the guidance of Kim Bowkett and her team at ‘Theatre & Dance.’ Having always had a passion for working with children, she now thoroughly enjoys her time teaching with the Bayside team and pursuing her dance and musical theatre passions in her spare time.
Bayside Dance is proud to be an Affiliate Partner Studio with DanceStep. This program encourages and empowers our next generation of young leaders by providing opportunities for students to assistant teach within certain classes. Working alongside our dance teachers, assistants also study theory from the DanceStep program, providing valuable knowledge in areas such as Anatomy, Safe Dance, Learning Styles and Musicality. The inclusion of leadership studies and self awareness activities seeks to encourage students to take responsibility for themselves and others in a supported environment which often results in increased levels of self esteem and confidence. #DanceStep #empoweringstudents #growingleaders