Miss Zoe's School of Dance

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Our Staff:

Teachers -

Miss Zoe (Principal - Wollongong/Kiama Studios)

Miss Zoe established Miss Zoe’s School of Dance in late 2006 and currently teaches most of the weekly classes. Miss Zoe has danced for the past 26 years and has experience in a variety of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Miss Zoe has been teaching for the past 18 years and has experience in all styles but specialises in ballet, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop. Miss Zoe has taught dance to people of all ages and abilities as well as to intellectually and physically disabled people for the House With No Steps.


Miss Zoe is also a passionate advocate for all things health & fitness & is excited to bring Fitness classes for all ages as of 2017. She is also currently writing a health food cook book!

Before opening Miss Zoe’s School of Dance, Miss Zoe taught at Vincentia School of Dance 2001-2003; Vincentia Public School, NSW, 2002-2004; Jervis Bay Public School, NSW, 2002 (Wakakiri Performance); and the University of Wollongong Dance Club 2004-2006. Miss Zoe also held executive positions in the University of Wollongong Dance Club in 2004/05.

Miss Zoe completed HSC Dance in 2003 as well as performances for the HSC Dance CD-ROM for students in 2004. Vincentia High School’s Excellence in the Arts Award was won by Miss Zoe in 2001 and 2003 for her contribution to dance within the school. Miss Zoe has attended numerous dance camps and workshops over the years; as well as performing in eisteddfods, half-time entertainment for the Wollongong Hawks, Southern Stars, Dance Festivals, and more. In 2009 Miss Zoe was nominated for a Top Gong Award for her work in the performance industry and encouraging success in young girls.


Miss Zoe has her current First Aid Certificate and worked for years as a preschool teacher and hockey coach. Miss Zoe has completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) at the University of Wollongong and a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) at the University of New England.


Under Miss Zoe's guidance her students have successfully auditioned for Wollongong Highschool of the Performing Arts, competed in local eisteddfods and competitions, performed at a variety of fetes, festivals, and community events, and enjoyed 11 successful end of year concert days. Miss Zoe's focus is on fun, fitness, and inclusion of all ages, body types, and abilities - no pressure is put on students and everyone has an equal opportunity to perform. Miss Zoe loves what she does and feels privileged to teach you and your children.


Working With Children Check Number:

WWC0717292E


Contact Miss Zoe: [email protected]sszoesschoolofdance.com

Miss Liv (Wollongong/Kiama Studios - 2nd in charge)

Miss Olivia (Liv) began dancing at Miss Zoe’s in 2013 and already had a strong background in dance. She has experience in contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, acrobatics, and tap.

Miss Olivia is always keen to jump in and help whenever needed and has been a joy to have in class as both a student and a teacher as of 2014. She is always keen to pass on her passion for dance to the younger Miss Zoe’s students.


2016 saw Miss Liv taking a leading role in the Monday Preschool Fun Class and Junior Ballet (B), as well as teaching private lessons. Also in this year Miss Liv completed Dance for the HSC in which she received excellent results! Her choreographic, confidence, and teaching skills grew dramatically during this year.

Miss Liv has also taken on a large role in the Miss Zoe’s office and is the point of call on room hire & matters when Miss Zoe is not at either the Wollongong or Kiama studios (contact Miss Liv: [email protected])


2017 was an excellent year for Miss Liv – she continued to teach private lessons as well as the Monday Preschool Fun Class, Junior Ballet (B), & the Saturday Tiny Dancer Class. She also completed a makeup course at NIDA!


In 2018 Miss Liv will be second in charge across both the Wollongong and Kiama Studios.


Working With Children Check Number: 

WWC1478690V


Miss Amy (Wollongong Studio)


Miss Amy joined Miss Zoe’s School of Dance in 2007 (although she has danced with Miss Zoe for all of her life!) and has not only danced at a consistently high level, but has also always helped out with book-keeping, make-up, performances, rehearsals, etc. In 2008 she was awarded Miss Zoe’s School of Dance Student of the Year.


Miss Amy has been dancing for the past 23 years and has experience in the styles of: Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Modern Expressive, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Miss Amy has been teaching at Miss Zoe's for the last 8 years in the styles of Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary (all ages); as well experience with teaching people with disabilities. Miss Amy teaches private lessons and Pre-Sr Contemporary for Miss Zoe’s School of Dance.


Miss Amy completed HSC Dance in 2007 and won Vincentia High School’s Excellence in the Arts Award in the same year for her contribution to dance and art within the school. Miss Amy has performed with great success in eisteddfods, Southern Stars, Dance Festivals, school ceremonies, and dance performances for both Miss Zoe’s School of Dance and Vincentia School of Dance.


Miss Amy is also a practising artist and has a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts), University of Wollongong. In 2011 she was the Wollongong Youth centre's Artist in Residence. Miss Amy works as a youth worker and has her current First Aid Certificate. 


Working With Children Check Number:

WWC0313272E


Miss Chelsea (Wollongong/Kiama Studios)

Miss Chelsea joined Miss Zoe’s School of Dance in 2009 and has experience in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Acrobatics, and Contemporary. Miss Chelsea has always been a dedicated member of Miss Zoe’s, attending numerous performances over the years. She has also won a number of trophies at Miss Zoe’s.

2012 was a fantastic year for her, competing in eisteddfods and performing in many fetes. She grew in ability and confidence and this earned her the Most Improved award for 2012. This dedication has continued and she had great success in her first three years of teaching at Miss Zoe’s.


2015 was another great year for Miss Chelsea – it saw her grow in her teaching ability, so much so that she won the 2015 Miss Zoe’s School of Dance Teacher of the Year!


In 2016 Miss Chelsea started teaching private lessons and in 2017 she continued to teach private lessons as well as taking on Intermediate Hip Hop (B). Miss Chelsea is a very talented dancer, teacher, and choreographer. All of her student adore her and she is a great example of what Miss Zoe’s is all about!


Miss Chelsea also performs at a high level in dance at Keira Highschool and is a very mature, responsible member of the Miss Zoe’s team. In 2018 Miss Chelsea will be at both our Wollongong and Kiama Studios.




Brendan (Wollongong/Kiama Studios)


Brendan Cooper joined Miss Zoe's School of Dance in 2012 as a student teacher for tap classes and from there has taught a variety of classes at Miss Zoe’s from jazz/hip hop, to fitness, to private lessons. He previously trained at a number of studios for 16 years covering various styles of dance such as Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Acrobatics and found his niche in Tap. Having competed in both local and national eisteddfods since the age of 5, Brendan has a great amount of experience to offer. He was also very successful at these eisteddfods having achieved a large number of 1st place awards in Wollongong and Sydney and was awarded 2nd place in the Dancer of the Year at the Showcase National Dance Championships. At the age of 12, Brendan was approached by Tap Dogs choreographer/founder Dein Perry and was invited to attend their advanced adult classes.

Brendan has also choreographed and assisted in teaching others ranging from beginners to more experienced tappers. For more than 2 years during high school, Brendan choreographed routines at The Illawarra Grammar School for the senior boys tap troupe. The routines were performed at various school events for charity. Brendan has also taught various levels of the Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus, having completed the final level of the syllabus himself.

Brendan’s students love his enthusiastic, fast-paced teaching style and everyone loves seeing him perform himself! In 2018 Brendan will be teaching a variety of classes across the two studios.

Brendan has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wollongong.

Working With Children Check Number: WWWC0744204V


Miss Kenz (Wollongong/Kiama Studios)

Miss Mackenzie (Kenz) has been dancing at Miss Zoe’s School of Dance since 2009 and came to us already with experience under her belt. Miss Kenz has experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary and is a graceful, effortless dancer. Miss Kenz has won numerous trophies at Miss Zoe’s over the years and attends Wollongong Highschool of the Performing Arts, where she has excelled with both dancing and choreographing – so much so that last year she was asked to choreograph a show for WHSPA as well as teach lessons to students older than her!


2015 saw Miss Kenz join the Miss Zoe’s teaching team and Miss Zoe has not seen anyone take to teaching as easily as her. Straight away Miss Kenz was able to teach warm ups and techniques on her own and showed great confidence. The younger Miss Zoe’s students absolutely love her and she is a great role model for all!


In 2016 Miss Kenz taught private lessons to younger students, a Tiny Dancer Combo Class, as well as assisting with the Junior Jazz/Hip Hop (B) class, and filling in whenever necessary in other classes – her choreography, teaching style, and dedicated to Miss Zoe’s was amazing and this earnt her the 2016 Teacher of the Year!


2017 saw Miss Kenz continuing with her private lesson teaching as well as Intermediate Contemporary A. During this time she achieved full marks in many components of her HSC Dance Major Works! 


In 2018 Miss Kenz will be teaching at both our Wollongong & Kiama Studios!


Working With Children Check Number: WWC1538431V


Miss Mia  (Wollongong Studio)

Miss Mia D. started dancing at Miss Zoe’s School of Dance in 2006 – she was one of our original students! Miss Mia has experience in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, and Contemporary and is skilled at all. Miss Mia has won many awards over the years. 


Miss Mia is a dedicated member of Miss Zoe’s and we were thrilled to have her begin her student teaching in 2013. This year she will be assisting Miss Zoe in Junior Ballet (A) and is sure to be a hit with the younger children again!


In 2016 Miss Mia started her class choreography with Junior Ballet (A) and thrived! Her confidence grew with both teaching and choreography. 2016 also saw her begin teaching private lessons and taking on the music editing for the dance school.


Miss Mia D attends Wollongong Highschool of the Performing Arts where she does extremely well.


2018 will see Miss Mia continue with teaching private lessons, younger classes, editing our dance school music, doing admin & assisting with birthday parties.

Miss Molly (Wollongong Studio)

Miss Molly started dancing at Miss Zoe's in 2012 and has always tried her hardest in all aspects of the dance school. Miss Molly is a very keen dancer and goes to Wollongong Highschool of the Performing Arts - she never stops practicing! She had a fantastic year there in 2016 & 2017, being selected to perform a solo at their annual end of year Showcase.


In 2015 Miss Molly volunteered her time on numerous occasions and was always happy to help out wherever needed. That is why in 2016 she continued with her admin responsibilities as well as helping with the Saturday Preschool Fun Class.


2017 saw Miss Molly teaching the Saturday Preschool Fun Class as well as private lessons. She is a very talented choreographer and all students seem to really take to her and her kind nature! She will be continuing with this in 2018.


Miss Caitlin (Wollongong Studio)

Miss Caitlin has a number of years experience in dance, with a strong background in tap, as well as participation in jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Over the years she has taken part in a number of performances including competing in eisteddfods with both solo and troupe dances.


Miss Caitlin joined Miss Zoe’s School of Dance in 2014, continuing her tap training. In 2017 she taught all tap classes at the studios and Miss Zoe was very excited to have her on board – her students caught her enthusiasm for tap as well as her lovely smile while performing! She will be continuing to teach tap along with a Tiny Dancer Combo Class in 2018.


Miss Caitlin possesses a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and works locally at a day care. She also holds a current First Aid Certificate.


Working With Children Check Number: WWC0159495E


Miss Lauren (Wollongong Studio)


Miss Lauren began dancing at the age of three learning ballet at a local school. She loved taking dance classes and continued to learn different styles. Miss Lauren has experience in ballet, contemporary, modern, tap, jazz and hip hop. She has competed at a number of eisteddfods and competitions over the years in group, duo and solo performances.


Miss Lauren has experience teaching classes in ballet and contemporary from preschoolers up to students in their mid teens. Miss Lauren joined Miss Zoe’s in 2012 and currently takes contemporary, ballet and pointe classes.


Miss Lauren has always been a dedicated and talented student and Miss Zoe was happy to have her begin her teaching in 2015! She is such an addition to our team and always helps with everything without needing to be asked - a pleasure to have on board! Miss Lauren will be teaching the acrobatics classes again in 2018 with an extensive knowledge of acrobatics and aerial skills behind her - she continues to take classes herself on a weekly basis.


Miss Lauren also has a Bachelor of Psychology and works locally.


Working With Children Check Number:

WWC0300630V


Miss Madison (Wollongong Studio)


Miss Madison has been dancing on the South Coast for 15 years across almost every style. In 2017 she moved to Wollongong and became at student at MZSOD. Miss Madison quickly proved to be a lovely dancer and was keen to help out when needed.


Miss Madison has taught at her previous dance school and this year she is studying her cert. IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Ettingshausen’s in Sydney. 


Miss Madison’s favourite style of dance is lyrical and Miss Zoe is looking forward to having her on the teaching team this year!


Working With Children Check Number:

WWC0684586V


Miss Erin (Wollongong/Kiama Studios)


Miss Erin began her life on the stage at the age of 12, walking out onto the stage as Willy Wonka in the Highland’s School of the Performing Arts summer workshop production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2010, after all of the boys refused to do the part because they had to wear a silly hat and coat and sing some show tunes.


Ever since then she’s made it her goal to bring something unique onto the stage, never saying no to an opportunity, and making sure to leave an impression in the audience’s mind each and every time. From there she continued to work with the Highlands School studying drama, taking dancing and music lessons weekly as well as working with The Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council who helped her to land a Canberra Area Theatre Award nomination for her role as the Cat in their production of HONK! back in 2013.


Miss Erin moved to Wollongong in 2012 to pursue her dream, studying all 3 mediums (Music, Dance and Drama) at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts from years 7-12, participating on and off stage (in the Orchestra pit) in their annual musical, and graduating in 2016 with 3 band 6’s. During that time she trained vocally and danced weekly as well as working with the Roo Theatre company on Drama and musical productions such as West Side Story and Our Country’s Good, topping it off by touring the United States of America in 2012 to audition for industry professionals and perform at places such as Disneyland and Universal studios with The Australian institute of Performing Arts.


Her teaching career began last year after working in Canada, directing shows and teaching musical theatre and drama to the kids of ‘Original Kids Theatre Company’ in London Ontario. Miss Erin is now very excited to have finally found her passion and can’t wait to share it with you all this year at Miss Zoe’s School of Dance. She will be teaching Singing and Musical Theatre in 2018!


Working With Children Check Number: 1136459E

Student Teachers

Miss Han was one of Miss Zoe’s original students! She started in 2006 and has never missed a beat at Miss Zoe’s – her attendance is impeccable & she is extremely dedicated. She has experience in ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, and jazz. Miss Han has been a member of the Costume Club for the last couple of years and in 2017 commenced her student teaching. Miss Han will be student teaching with Junior Jazz (A) & Junior Hip Hop (A). Miss Han is an extremely talented dancer and has always been keen to help out at Miss Zoe’s whenever needed. 2015 saw her receive the Miss Zoe’s School of Dance Student of the Year – very well deserved!

Miss Bonnie has been dancing at Miss Zoe’s since 2007 & has experience in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, & contemporary. Miss Bonnie is a very hard worker and strives to be the best dancer she can be. She has been a member of the Costume Club & has volunteered on many occasions to help out. 2017 saw her begin her student teaching with the Monday Preschool Fun Class and Junior Ballet B – the students love her!

 

Miss Lucy started dancing at Miss Zoe’s in 2010 and has always been a dedicated and hard working student who has improved drastically over the last couple of years. Miss Lucy has helped out with the younger students for years now and is always on call to lend a hand where necessary. Miss Lucy has experience in ballet, pointe, contemporary, & acrobatics; and in 2017 began her student teaching with the Acrobatics classes. She is also a part of the Costume Club at Miss Zoe’s, attends Wollongong Highschool of the Performing Arts for dance, and is also an accomplished singer.

Miss Laura began dancing at Miss Zoe’s in 2012 and she has experience in ballet, pointe, contemporary, and jazz. Miss Laura is a quiet achiever – always trying her hardest in class and steadily improving. Miss Laura has gained in confidence over the last couple of years and turned into a graceful soloist with many evident skills – she is always practising! Miss Laura will begin her student teaching with the Saturday Preschool Fun Class in 2018.

Miss Amelia has been dancing at Miss Zoe’s since 2007 and has been an extremely committed member ever since! Miss Amelia is an absolute joy to have in class – she works hard every lesson & always helps other students. Miss Amelia has experience in ballet and hip hop – the two extremes! Her quiet confidence & kindness is what prompted Miss Zoe to ask her to student teach with Junior Hip Hop/Jazz (B) in 2017 and beyond.