Michelle Du Plessis - Teacher
Bachelor of Arts degree major in Psychology
Born in South Africa, Michelle Du Plessis finished her Bachelor of Arts degree major in Psychology and became a Jazz Modern Dance teacher in 1997, at the "South African Dance Teachers Association". She has been teaching junior and adult jazz as well as Hip Hop for the last 20 years in both South Africa and Dubai (at the Dubai Ballet Centre). Michelle also taught junior jazz in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast on and off for the last two years. Michelle is a certified member of the CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing).
Jessie Phillips-Lee - Musical Theatre Teacher
Certificate IV in Dance
Jessie originally from Tasmania, started her dancing life at Jenina’s Dance Workshop in Hobart.
After moving to Melbourne Jessie trained for 3 years at Patrick Studios Australia in dance, singing and acting under the direction of Todd Patrick, Andrew Hallsworth and Colette Mann, where she completed a Certificate II and IV in Dance.
Jessie was a Melbourne Storm Cheerleader and performed in The Production Company's production of Gypsy with Caroline O'Connor before taking two contracts with Norwegian Cruise Line as a Performer and Aerialist.
In 2016, Jessie was employed as a choreographer, performance teacher and entertainment manager for ExitLeft Productions. She ran group and solo classes for singing, acting and dancing and also organised and ran school holiday programs for students. She choreographed entertainment for groups such as; the Make a Wish Foundation, Wrest Point Casino and Hobart City Council. Jessie was also employed as the Musical Theatre teacher at the very successful Jenina's Dance Workshop, her home studio.
Moving to the Gold Coast, Jessie taught Jazz and Musical Theatre at Danielle’s Studio of Dance and Dance Diversity, as well as Jazz and lyrical/contemporary at Elite Dance Academy. Jessie was involved with workshops for the Annual Gold Coast School Dance Education Celebration and will choreograph a piece for the 2019 RAD Jacqueline Morland Awards.
Jessie also worked with Happy Feet fitness - educating pre-school children on health and fitness in a sing-song, dance and play based class.
We welcome Jessie to the Sunshine Coast where her first post will be as Musical Theatre teacher at Chez Danse.