Meet our Staff
Fiona Donaldson (R.A.D. Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz)
Candice Kerr (P.D.A.U.T. Tap)
Nicole Shuttleworth (Hip Hop and Jazz)
Tanya Flindell (R.A.D. R.T.S.)
Thomas Stevens (Boys Dance)
Mira Mansell (Regular Guest Contemporary Teacher)
Luke Wright (Drama)
Aleeta Northey (Regular Guest Teacher)
Suzanne Rosenberg (Pianist – Preschool Ballet classes)
Catherine O’Meara (Administration)
Regular well-known Guest Teachers from the Dance Industry (including SYTYCD), visit the studio throughout the year to conduct student classes and workshops. Student assistant teachers are trained an supervised to ensure that the high teaching standards are maintained.
R.A.D. R.T.S., Sessional Lecturer in Dance – Avondale College
R.A.D. Teacher Mentor
Fully qualified as a Royal Academy of Dance Teacher and Mentor, and trained in all styles of dance, drama and singing.
‘Miss’ Fiona has been teaching professionally and operating FSD since 1992 in the Lake Macquarie region, passing on the wonderful ‘adventure’ of dance to others. Since 2003, Fiona has enjoyed sessional lecturing in Dance at Avondale College to students studying the Ba Ed., PE and Early Childhood degrees in practical skills and theory of dance.
Miss Fiona has choreographed extensively for Christian Dance items and musicals throughout Australia, including corporate events / companies, competition work, ‘Star Struck’, festivals, and various types of theatrical shows. Miss Fiona has also choreographed for ‘Equitana’ (Melbourne), and adjudicated and assessed dancers in full time training and in competitions.
Miss Fiona is also a Mentor for the C.B.T.S. Teacher Training programme with the Royal Academy of Dance and is very passionate about dance, teaching, and creating dance works.
Miss Candice is a talented young dancer and teacher who has won many prestigious awards at solo competitions and completed her PDA Grade 10 Tap Exam with 96.25%! She has also trained in all styles of dance including R.A.D. Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.
Most recently, Candice has been dancing with the ‘Knights’ cheerleaders. Candice happily joins our professional teaching staff again this year and looks forward to passing on her love of Tap Dance to all ages!
Hip Hop and Jazz
Although Nicole didn’t start until late in her teens, she has proven that hard work does pay off! After nearly a decade training at FSD in mostly Jazz and Modern, and most recently in Ballet, Miss Nicole was appointed the role of teaching our new Hip Hop classes to all ages. Miss Nicole has a flair for teaching Hip Hop and the students always enjoy her wonderful new combinations and creative ideas.
In 2009, Miss Nicole was promoted to ‘Assistant Jazz Choreographer’ which enables her to help with choreography and she also assists with the development of ideas and concepts for our End of Year Annual Productions.
Tanya trained with well known teacher Tessa Maunder in Newcastle and then moved to the Central Coast and trained and taught with her sister Lisa Wall. Tanya then went on to the well known McDonald College at Strathfield where she completed Elementary and Intermediate. Tanya has been teaching for 25 years and is a fully-qualified teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. Tanya has also had many a success at local eisteddfods winning classical troupes and classical solos. Tanya is looking forward to bringing her wisdom and many years of experience to FSD in 2013.
Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies
Thomas was a late starter in ballet starting in 2009 at the age of 20 years, when he discovered his love and passion for dance. He has worked hard in gaining Distinction in his first ever Vocational Ballet examination and has completed Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies with FSD in 2012. Thomas enjoys teaching the younger children and looks forward to passing on his passion and love for dance to others. He is especially delighted to be teaching the “Boys Dance Class” where he will integrate street styles, musical theatre and sport skills into the dance class.
Australian Academy of Dramatic Art
Luke has over 20 years experience in drama and performing both and in Television and Stage. He studies at AADA (Australian Academy of Dramatic Art) studying all aspects of drama such as; voice, movement, improvisation, stagecraft, dance, and comedy.
Luke has performed in stage shows such as; ‘Rent’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Back to the 80’s’, and ‘Fame’. Luke has also starred in Television shows such; as ‘A Country Practice’, ‘Packed to the Rafters’, ‘The Suspects’, ‘All Saints’ and ‘The Bus TropFest’.
Since graduating from AADA Luke has been involved in 48 stage productions and 46 of these he starred as main characters. Luke is a person who is always striving for a challenge in his acting career, and sees his future working as a professional actor in stage and/or screen.
Choreographer / Creative Director
Aleeta grew up in the entertainment arena with both her parents involved in the industry.
Aleeta’s love of marionettes (puppets), guided her into the world of dance as she would regularly put on her own puppet shows and choreograph dance routines, inviting children to come and watch. She was inspired by the classic dance movies of the golden era with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
After taking up dance with Peter Rogers in Blacktown studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Acrobatics, Aleeta left school to pursue her love of dance and an amazing career that followed, appearing in major musicals, movies, television commercials, videos and live events.
Aleeta’s vast experience has evolved through professional performance, teaching and providing choreography and artistic direction in television, film and live events such as: Hey Hey its Saturday, Rugby League Grand Finals, the TV Week Logie Awards, AFI Awards, Resident choreographer for the Ray Martin Midday Show, 9 x Carols by Candlelight, children’s segment in Melbourne, Don Lane TV special, the national tour of Buddy Holly “The Musical”, Todd McKenney, “Star City”, Jessica Mauboy’s “Running Back” video and The Young Divas “Turn Me Loose” Video.
As well as television commercials: West Coast Cooler, Subaru Car, Pepsi, Grace Bros, and Gateway Shopping Centre.
Aleeta was also invited to choreograph for “So You Think You Can Dance” and provided routines throughout the 3 seasons that it aired for in Australia.
Aleeta has taught at well known institutions such as; Brent Street Studio’s Full Time Course, Sydney Dance Company, McDonald College, Australian College of Entertainment, Australian College of Physical Education and more recently directing her own dance classes at The Dance Space in Gosford and Swansea.
Grad. Dip App Sci, Adv Dip Arts, Dip Tch
Suzanne enjoys accompanying the little ‘budding’ preschool ballerinas and dancers for their ballet classes. Suzanne started playing the piano accordion at age 5 and learnt piano from 10 years completing up to the 7th Grade of the AMEB method piano.