Teachers

It’s our pleasure to introduce our hand-picked faculty. Our enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated teachers are thrilled to be a part of your family’s dance journey. We are truly looking forward to growing together to mould this generation of skilled, confident, genuine and unique performers.

Morgan Holt – Principal

Cert IV in Performing Arts
Registered PBT teacher (Progressive Ballet Technique)
Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (Royal Academy of Dance) Current student
Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher
Registered ATOD Member (Australian Teachers of Dancing Ltd)

Miss Morgan started training in dance at the age of four, following in her sisters footsteps.

From a young age Morgan focused on ballet, which led her to winning numerous championships Australia wide, high placings in the RAD scholarships, exceptional marks in her RAD exams and being accepted into the Australian Ballet Interstate Program.

As Morgan’s love of dance grew, she moved into learning different styles which gained her a place at Urban Dance Centre to study full-time. Whilst studying, Morgan found work teaching, working for Ubisoft and games such as Just Dance & Abba, photoshoots for BLOCH, Mercedes Benz & Dancetrain Magazine. From here Morgan gained a place as a Principal dancer in the contemporary company LOcREaDO, assistant to Jason Winters, choreographed for numerous events (Mercedes Benz & Fashion Palette), performed on TV shows Everybody Dance Now & the movie Dance Academy, finalist in Australian Dance Festivals “Dance around the world”, then appeared in various music videos for Australian Artists as well as being signed to Grayboy the agency.

Morgan, age 19 then received her first contract overseas for Princess Cruise Lines. Touring the world for several years, Morgan was then offered a land based contract in Dubai as a Dance Captain/Aerialist in the Pacha Dinner Show. Her most recent contract was a 15 month stint at Tokyo Disney in the show ‘One Man’s Dream II’.

Morgan has now permanently moved back to Australia and is excited and focused on training new and upcoming talent.

As of Term 2, 2021. Morgan has taken over as the Principal of DanceWorks Nowra. Morgan is so excited to bring her training and expertise to the Dancers of Nowra, and to mentor them through their years.

Miss Morgan started training in dance at the age of four, following in her sisters footsteps.

From a young age Morgan focused on ballet, which led her to winning numerous championships Australia wide, high placings in the RAD scholarships, exceptional marks in her RAD exams and being accepted into the Australian Ballet Interstate Program.

As Morgan’s love of dance grew, she moved into learning different styles which gained her a place at Urban Dance Centre to study full-time. Whilst studying, Morgan found work teaching, working for Ubisoft and games such as Just Dance & Abba, photoshoots for BLOCH, Mercedes Benz & Dancetrain Magazine. From here Morgan gained a place as a Principal dancer in the contemporary company LOcREaDO, assistant to Jason Winters, choreographed for numerous events (Mercedes Benz & Fashion Palette), performed on TV shows Everybody Dance Now & the movie Dance Academy, finalist in Australian Dance Festivals “Dance around the world”, then appeared in various music videos for Australian Artists as well as being signed to Grayboy the agency.

Morgan, age 19 then received her first contract overseas for Princess Cruise Lines. Touring the world for several years, Morgan was then offered a land based contract in Dubai as a Dance Captain/Aerialist in the Pacha Dinner Show. Her most recent contract was a 15 month stint at Tokyo Disney in the show ‘One Man’s Dream II’.

Morgan has now permanently moved back to Australia and is excited and focused on training new and upcoming talent.

As of Term 2, 2021. Morgan has taken over as the Principal of DanceWorks Nowra. Morgan is so excited to bring her training and expertise to the Dancers of Nowra, and to mentor them through their years.

Nicole Rodgers – Dance Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education (University of New South Wales)
Affiliate Member (Australian Teachers of Dancing Ltd.)

Miss Nicole joined the DanceWorks faculty after returning to Australia from a five-year teaching contract with the International School System in Cairo, Egypt and Thailand.

As a teenager Miss Nicole was a student of the Wollongong Performing Arts High School, adding HCS dance and drama to her already achievements in extracurricular Ballet, Tap, Jazz Contemporary and Lyrical. 

After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education she worked within primary schools in Sydney teaching their dance program. This gave her the incentive to develop her own educational movement programme, which she offered and successfully taught in Day Care Centres and Kindergartens in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

DanceWorks youngest students have been receiving the benefits of Miss Nicole’s unique Early Childhood Movement and Dance Programme for the past five years. She offers our students the best possible foundation for their future years of dance training and we are exceptionally lucky to have her here in Nowra.

Miss Nicole joined the DanceWorks faculty after returning to Australia from a five-year teaching contract with the International School System in Cairo, Egypt and Thailand.

As a teenager Miss Nicole was a student of the Wollongong Performing Arts High School, adding HCS dance and drama to her already achievements in extracurricular Ballet, Tap, Jazz Contemporary and Lyrical. 

After graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education she worked within primary schools in Sydney teaching their dance program. This gave her the incentive to develop her own educational movement programme, which she offered and successfully taught in Day Care Centres and Kindergartens in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

DanceWorks youngest students have been receiving the benefits of Miss Nicole’s unique Early Childhood Movement and Dance Programme for the past five years. She offers our students the best possible foundation for their future years of dance training and we are exceptionally lucky to have her here in Nowra.

Shannon Standen – Dance Teacher

Master of Physiotherapy (University of Canberra)
Bachelor of Applied Science/Human Biology (University of Canberra)
Diploma of Arts in Musical Theatre & Commercial Dance (Australian Dance Performance Institute)
Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (Royal Academy of Dance)

Miss Shannon is a Registered Physiotherapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). While studying for her Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra ACT, she six times won the Deans excellence award for Academic Achievement.

She is also a qualified Pilates Matt Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute and Qualified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet teacher. She has eight years of experience in preparing and entering students for RAD examinations, both grades and vocational levels from tiny tots to Advanced 2 Ballet. As the fundamental principles and technique that form both excellent Ballet Syllabi is universal, we look forward to Miss Shannon sharing her vast her dance teaching experience with us.

In addition to over ten years of experience in teaching Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap and Cheerleading for Performance Teams and Soloists, her background in physiotherapy, gives her a particular interest in assessing and correcting dance biomechanics including pre-pointe assessments and dance injury prevention.

Miss Shannon holds a Diploma of Arts in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance from the Australian Dance Performance Institute, Brisbane and while training in Queensland she was employed as a Professional Commercial Dancer.

Miss Shannon is a Registered Physiotherapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA) and member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). While studying for her Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra ACT, she six times won the Deans excellence award for Academic Achievement.

She is also a qualified Pilates Matt Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute and Qualified Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet teacher. She has eight years of experience in preparing and entering students for RAD examinations, both grades and vocational levels from tiny tots to Advanced 2 Ballet. As the fundamental principles and technique that form both excellent Ballet Syllabi is universal, we look forward to Miss Shannon sharing her vast her dance teaching experience with us.

In addition to over ten years of experience in teaching Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap and Cheerleading for Performance Teams and Soloists, her background in physiotherapy, gives her a particular interest in assessing and correcting dance biomechanics including pre-pointe assessments and dance injury prevention.

Miss Shannon holds a Diploma of Arts in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance from the Australian Dance Performance Institute, Brisbane and while training in Queensland she was employed as a Professional Commercial Dancer.

Sara Kinross – Dance Teacher

Bachelor of Exercise Science (University of Wollongong) Current studies

Miss Sara started her dance training at the early age of 3 years old. With 15 years of experience, Miss Sara has trained across all dance styles and has developed a real love of Jazz & Hip Hop.

As an original member of the DanceWorks family, Miss Sara has completed numerous exams in the ATOD Syllabus, represented DanceWorks as a member of the Competition Team, danced in the Regional & State Dance Festivals with Nowra High School, completed her HSC, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong.

In Miss Sara’s later years of training, she developed a real interest in teaching, after several months of training and assistant teaching, Miss Sara lead her first class. With 15 years of dance experience and 12 months of teaching, Miss Sara has shown real promise and dedication to her art form.

In 2021, Miss Sara also submitted her first class of students through their ATOD Jazz exams, and all students passed with flying colours.

Miss Sara is warm and welcoming, passionate and hardworking, kind, and is adored by the DanceWorks students and faculty.

Miss Sara enjoys watching students grow and improve, and guiding them on their own dance journey.

Miss Sara started her dance training at the early age of 3 years old. With 15 years of experience, Miss Sara has trained across all dance styles and has developed a real love of Jazz & Hip Hop.

As an original member of the DanceWorks family, Miss Sara has completed numerous exams in the ATOD Syllabus, represented DanceWorks as a member of the Competition Team, danced in the Regional & State Dance Festivals with Nowra High School, completed her HSC, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong.

In Miss Sara’s later years of training, she developed a real interest in teaching, after several months of training and assistant teaching, Miss Sara lead her first class. With 15 years of dance experience and 12 months of teaching, Miss Sara has shown real promise and dedication to her art form.

In 2021, Miss Sara also submitted her first class of students through their ATOD Jazz exams, and all students passed with flying colours.

Miss Sara is warm and welcoming, passionate and hardworking, kind, and is adored by the DanceWorks students and faculty.

Miss Sara enjoys watching students grow and improve, and guiding them on their own dance journey.

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