ALL ABOUT

ATTITUDE

ALL ABOUT US

Welcome To Attitude Dance Academy

At Attitude we provide a safe and fun learning environment where you can learn dance from professionally trained instructors. Attitude is a boutique style studio and delivers an excellent student to teacher ratio. We aim to provide students with the necessary confidence, discipline and creativity while improving their strength, technique, flexibility, co-ordination and general fitness.

Throughout the year Attitude strives to participate in as many community events as a possible such as school fetes and local markets. If you have an event that needs performers, don’t hesitate to get in contact!

Attitude also provides students with the opportunity to undertake dance exams under the leading Ballet, Jazz and Tap Syllabus’ and to participate in our multi-award-winning Performance team.

Attitude Dance Academy offer a broad range of exams to motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities. Exams enhance creativity, musicality, and technique, providing opportunities to progress and achieve.

Attitude offers Ballet exams under the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Syllabus, which is the most globally recognized dance syllabus in the world. The RAD syllabus has helped to produce some of the most recognizable names in classical ballet. Through its long history, RAD has worked to perfect their syllabus to ensure students get exactly what they need in the development of their classical training.

For Jazz and Tap, Attitude offers exams under the CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance) syllabus, which is the most highly recognized syllabus for these styles in the commonwealth. The CSTD Jazz and Tap syllabus aid children with the development in these styles and have maintained an extremely high quality over the past 50 years.

Attitude has performed all over Brisbane over the past five years and has cemented itself as one of the leading studios, winning various competitions and eisteddfods. This year alone Attitude took out titles at ‘Get the Beat’, ‘Evolution’ and Brisbane Eisteddfod including highest scoring group routine and Adjudicators choice for our under 12’s and under 15’s performance groups. Performance Team is a great opportunity for children who wish to commit themselves to their dancing and develop their skills whilst learning to work in a team.

 

TEACHERS

The artistry of dance takes time to develop. Through technical training, patience, dedication, support and perseverance, myself and the team at Attitude are lucky enough to see our amazing students achieve this.

JORDON RENNIE

PRINCIPAL

  • Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance
  • Certificate 3 in Contemporary Dance
  • CSTD teacher in ballet, tap and jazz
  • CSTD teacher in ballet, tap and jazz

Jordon Rennie began her dancing training at the age of two, studying the same styles of Ballet, Jazz and Tap that she teaches at Attitude today. As a teacher, Jordon aims to educate students in not only the skills and disciplines required of good dancers but also wishes to uphold the fun and creative aspects that make her work so rewarding.

JORDON RENNIE

PRINCIPAL

Jordon holds a long list of academic credentials including a Diploma in Dance Education and an Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance, both obtained from the Australian Dance Performance Institute.

Jordon has taught dancing for over 10 years working with students aged 2-18 across a number of studios around Brisbane. She took over Attitude Dance Academy in 2015 and has loved working, sharing and growing with the students ever since. Jordon is also a member of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers and Dance, which allows her to facilitate the world-renowned CSTD Syllabus through her classes at Attitude.

The last few years at Attitude have been both professionally and personally rewarding for Jordon having met many new families and introducing them to the Attitude community. Jordon looks forward to what Attitude’s future brings for both her and her students.

KRISTIN WILLIAMS

BALLET, JAZZ, CONTEMPORARY/ LYRICAL

In 2004 Kristin commenced teaching in Rockhampton and found her passion in passing on her love of dance to students of all ages. After receiving both the Junior and Senior choreography awards at the Showcase National Dance Championships 2009 Regional Finals for her ballet and contemporary works she has continued striving to choreograph original and appealing works for her students to perform.

Kristin was the Director of Project Movement in Brisbane, which she founded, from 2010 to 2017. Her students have been very successful in many facets of dance and excelled in their Royal Academy of Dance ballet and Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance jazz and tap examinations. They have also been very successful at competitions local and national. Project Movement was awarded the Adjudicators choice awards at the Brisbane Eisteddfod three years running in 2014, 2015 & 2016 for their outstanding and memorable group performances.

Miss Kristin’s classes are energetic and challenging. She is always learning new styles and techniques which she enthusiastically shares with all her students.

MARIA ROSELLI

BALLET

I started my ballet training in New Zealand then moved to London to take up a position with the Royal Ballet School (RBS) in 1982. I trained there for 2 years under teachers Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Michael Somes, Lynn Wallis and Dame Merle Park, performing the Golden Vine fairy (Sleeping Beauty) and La Sylphide pas de deux in the RBS end of year performance. 

In 1984 I was awarded the silver medal at the Adeline Genee and in that same year accepted a full-time contract with the Royal Ballet Company, Covent Garden, London. I worked with many esteemed choreographers including David Bintley, Sir Peter Wright and Sir Kenneth Macmillan under the directorship of Sir Antony Dowell. During this time I toured Russia, Japan, Germany and Australia. In 1990 I joined National Ballet of Canada; then I joined NAPAC and CAPAB in South Africa dancing many soloist and principal roles including Swanhilda (Copelia), Sugar Plum fairy (Nutcracker) and Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). 

In 2000 I retired from the stage to start a family, in that same year I received distinction for the RAD professional dancer’s teacher’s course. 

From 2001 – 2016 I owned and managed my own ballet school in Cape Town, South Africa as well as teaching at the University of Cape Town (UCT) ballet school under the directorship of Dianne Cheesman and the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) under Debbie Turner. I have entered many children of all ages into RAD exams and Eisteddfods. I also teach open class, repertoire and coaching at a high level.

In December 2016 I immigrated to Brisbane with my family and will continue my love of teaching dance and impart my knowledge plus wealth of experience, to the Australian dance community.

MIA THAMS

JUNIOR JAZZ, BALLET AND TAP

A natural born teacher, Mia discovered her passion for teaching whilst still undergoing her own training in her teenage years. It was then she realised passing on the love of dance could bring her even more joy than being on the stage. Mia has been teaching for over 7 years and has been a member of the Attitude team for the last 4.

Mia is trained under the CSTD syllabi and continues to train our Jazz and Tap students under the same syllabus, bringing her own exam experiences and knowledge to the classroom. Miss Mia’s classes are full of energy and excitement, whilst still being challenging and disciplined. Mia is always working to make sure her students get the most and exactly what they need out of every class. 

Mia has studied a double degree in Drama and Business at QUT, which she uses as our Marketing Coordinator  at Attitude. She has found the combination of continuing to teach children and harbour her love of teaching and dance whilst also putting her business knowledge to use, to be extremely gratifying and rewarding. 

MEG MULLIGAN

LYRICAL/ CONTEMPORARY & JAZZ

Meg is an ex Attitude student and has over 4 years teaching experience. She is trained in RAD Ballet and CSTD jazz syllabus. When she isn’t teaching at Attitude she’s working at a real estate office or at uni, studying law. Teaching dance is her long time passion and labour of love.

LAURA McNALLY

BALLET & CONTEMPORARY

Laura is a Brisbane based dance teacher/performer who provides a positive environment for all classes and is most passionate about contemporary dance and classical ballet. Her performance practice has seen her feature in various independent dance works and children’s theatre in many settings including art galleries, on stage and in public spaces! Her university degree allowed her to experience full scale theatre productions twice a year from 2012-2016 working with a range of renowned Australian and international choreographers. 2017 saw her choreograph and dance in a collaborative work as part of Surge Collective that toured throughout Europe and festivals in Brisbane. Over the last two years she has shifted her focus to develop her teaching career. Laura’s Royal Academy of Dance qualification allows her to commit herself to an in depth and constantly growing knowledge of classical ballet, guiding students to excel in class and examinations. Laura’s extensive contemporary dance experience provides her with a detailed understanding of the body in movement and the ability to build students into strong, intelligent, technical and performative dancers. With experience teaching students as young as 2 through to pre professional dancers, Laura hopes to inspire and invigorate all students who have the opportunity to participate in her classes. 

EMMY ANDERSON

JAZZ, BALLET, CONTEMPORARY/ LYRICAL

Born to perform, Miss Emmy started dancing at 4 and found a real love for the stage. Trained in RAD Classical Ballet, and both CSTD and FATD Jazz and Tap, she is a versatile dancer that has enjoyed success in both group and solo performances with a number of national champion titles from Showcase, and a Regional Title from Get the Beat.

Miss Emmy was a student from the original Elite Dance/Project Movement team who has continued in her dancing endeavours, now teaching for Attitude. Having extensive stage experience, she provides coaching for a number of our soloists and performance groups who get great first-hand advice on both technique and performance. Miss Emmy is also able to share her tips on good competitor preparation and how to manage the emotional rollercoaster that can come from the competitive environment.

When she’s not at the studio you will probably find Emmy working as a Web Design/Digital Marketing specialist or at uni studying Business and Creative Industries at QUT. In her own time Emmy is also a committed member of the QUT Cheer & Dance Club where she continues her passion for dance and performance, competing in all styles (including competitive cheer) across a variety of competitions throughout the year.

STEVE CARNAHOFF

ACRO

Steve has been teaching various forms of acrobatics for over 20 years. Born and raised in Canada, he started out at an early age competing in gymnastics and went on to become a certified coach for both MAG and WAG (Mens/Womens Articstic Gymnastics). He became level 2 certified under NCCP (National Canadian Coaching Program) which in Australia equates to “Advanced Silver” accreditation. From there he had worked as a coach in cheerleading, tumbling, and trampolining.

In more recent years he fell in love with the fusion of acrobatics in dance and became a certified teacher specifically for this. He received his module 2 certification in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and he teaches his classes with a strong foundation in technique but also focuses on the aesthetics of acro.

More important than anything is his love for teaching the youth and helping them realise that they can achieve their goals.

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We have been running for over 10 years are now open at Newmarket and The Gap. We offer RAD and CSTD syllabus to create the most versatile well rounded dancer.

Attitude offers a safe, fun, learning environment where your child can study a variety of dance styles such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Song and Dance and general fitness classes. We take children from the age of two years old in our “Tiny Performers” classes right up to young adults with our senior classes.

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