Westside Dance YMCA offers a wide range of classes across all areas of dance. Our teachers are all skilled dancers with numerous qualifications and personal accomplishments.
Sarah is the Dance Coordinator and teaches a variety of classes at Westside Dance YMCA. Sarah established the studio in January 2017 after teaching for 18 years at various studios across Brisbane and surrounding areas. She holds a Bachelor of Entertainment Industries majoring in Dance and Entertainment from the Queensland University of Technology. Sarah has had 29 years’ experience with the CSTD syllabus and has completed her major examination levels in ballet, jazz, theatrical and tap.
Sarah has also organised and choreographed dance performances for the YMCA Rat Race which was covered by Channel 7 and will be working on Ipswich Festival’s Street Party and Media Launch later this year. She has a huge passion for the arts which she loves to share with younger generations. Sarah believes in encouraging all students to unleash their inner creative spirit within fun, engaging yet quality dance tuition.
Phoebe has dancing since she was eight when she started at Dance Force Stanthorpe in the RAD syllabus and moved to The Ritz Performing Arts Centre Stanthorpe when she was 15. During her time at The Ritz she received Honours in CSTD Jazz 5 & 6, Tap Advanced Bronze and Ballet Sub-Elementary, and Highly Commended in Ballet Elementary.
Phoebe graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 with a Bachelor of Creative Industries, Dance major with Distinction. She completed an internship at Promenade Dance Studio where she was a teaching assistant leading up to their students taking exams in the RAD Syllabus.
In 2016 Phoebe worked with four other dancers to organise a story based routine for Cromwell College to compete against the other UQ colleges where she choreographed and designed everything down to casting roles, lighting, and costumes and hair/makeup. In 2017 she performed in Brisbane Festival in a production produced by Brisbane’s The Good Room and danced at Sanctuary Cove Film Festival. This year she will be part of Mad Dance House’s part time course and running dance classes for the residents of Burnie Brae Respite Centre at various times throughout the year.
Stephanie first began dancing at the age of two years old. In 2017 she completed her Certificate IV in Dance and she is now currently completing her Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance) at Dynamite Studios Academy on the Gold Coast. While completing her Diploma she studies jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. Stephanie has completed CSTD Jazz and Tap examinations and RAD Ballet examinations. She has many years of performance experience by competing in several eisteddfods and competitions each year and has been doing so for nine years now.
In 2016 she was a part of Harvest Rain's production of Hairspray the Big Fat Arena Spectacular and in 2017 Stephanie was cast as an ensemble member for Harvest Rain's production of Grease the Arena Experience. She also has experience in suit character work playing characters such as Paw Patrol, Ninja Turtles, Trolls and Smurfs. Stephanie is passionate about all aspects of dance and she loves sharing her knowledge of the dance industry to younger students.
O’shan has been dancing for five years. He is Westside Dance’s resident Break Dance and Hip Hop teacher. He has performed competitively in crew choreography competitions such as World of Dance, Bring It On, Battle Grounds, Hip Hop International, and more. O’shan currently dedicates his dance training towards Break Dancing and is a part of an underground crew called Bneazy. O’shan has been teaching for a year and half and his main goal is to push students to their limit to reach their full potential, so they can apply this to anything in life.