Meet our proud owner and teachers bellow....
Principal & Studio Owner
Originally from rural Queensland, Amy has trained and performed extensively from a young age throughout; North Queensland, Central Highlands, the Darling Downs, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Prior to being accepted into Edith Cowan University, where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has had exposure to a wide variety of genres; classical ballet, Russian/Polish character dancing, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Kung-fu, Yoga, Pilates, Silks, Contact Improvisation, Chinese movement, Capoeira and Acrobatics. Throughout her training, she has attended dance intensives at; Brent Street, Australian Dance Performing Institute (where she was awarded a full scholarship), Queensland Youth Ballet (became a member of the touring company in 2005), Australian Ballet School, Prudence Bowen Atelier (offered a position in full-time training program), Expressions Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre.
Under the guidance of Benita Whalley and Alison Vallete, Amy has completed all of her graded and vocational Royal Academy of Dance examinations (until Advanced 2), for all of which she was awarded Distinction. Amy received private contemporary dance training under the guidance of Jenifer Murray (2007 - 2010), gaining exposure to the Martha Graham technique. Throughout her training and career Amy has had a wide range of dance theatre, musical theatre and comercial dance performance opportunities.
Since attending WAAPA (2011-2013), highlights during her studies include; performing the lead female role in Xiaoxing Zhang's, Rite of Spring and being selected to go on exchange to Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). Whilst at TNUA, Amy performed in Natalie Wier's work, His Weeping. In 2013 Amy toured to Beijing, China, performing Rite of Spring, as well as Kim McCarthy's, Violin's. In her final performance season at WAAPA she featured in Leigh Warren's original work, There Is No Time Like The Present.
When she joined LINK Dance Company in 2014 Amy performed in Natalie Allan's debut work, Lab S, as well as Tomas Moricz, Profusion. Most recently Amy has returned from Europe, where she toured with LINK Dance Company performing both works in Montpellier (France) and Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Amy has also conducted a number of Educational Dance Intensive workshops for children in remote and regional areas. In 2011 she was comissioned by Bianca's School of Dance (Collinsville) to choreograph for the end of year production. In 2014 she conducted "Lets Dance" Summer Intensive for the children of the McKinlay Shire. Amy has also been a full-time dance teacher at Step Up Dance Academy (Perth) since 2011. She is passionate about teaching dance and has found great joy in establishing BRANCHES Performing Arts, offering classes in Julia Creek & Cloncurry.
Deputy Principal & Studio Manager
Born and raised on a cattle property west of Bowen Queensland, Tammy started dancing at the age of 4 with her local dance school, Nicole’s Dance Experience. During high school she dedicated herself to her training, travelling over an hour to Proserpine each week where she trained with Dee Jays School of Dance. During her time with the school she progressed from being a student to assisting with teaching classes and eventually taking on a full-time teaching position after graduating from high school in 2012.
During this time Tammy completed her Advanced Foundation examination with the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as her CSTD Tap Examinations. She was fortunate enough to have many opportunities in experiencing a wide range of genres including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip-Hop from various leading members of the industry. After High School Tammy went on to teach in Bowen, Proserpine and Collinsville whilst maintaining jobs book-keeping throughout the community.
In 2014 she was awarded her Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies through two years of study with the Royal Academy of Dance. In 2017 Tammy established a dance school in Collinsville with close friend and fellow dance teacher Bianca Wilson, with the regional school boasting over 60 enrolments. Tammy is looking forward to new adventures and the opportunity to spread her love of dance with her students.
Originating from Cloncurry, Grace spent the first two years of her training with North West Gymnastics in Mount Isa during primary school. Grace went on to study dance with Power Up Dance and Fitness, while attending boarding school in Charters Towers. During her four years with Power Up Dance & Fitness she enjoyed taking classes in Lyrical, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Grace also generously gave her time to teach a number of movement classes to children aged 1-5. She is a motivated and enthusiastic emerging artist, who is eager to gain further experience teaching in 2019. Grace looks forward to pursue her dream of musical theatre in 2020, with the hope of being accepted to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Preforming Arts.