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Brady Pollard - Meet Dance Instructors - Hunter Academy of Performing Arts

Brady Pollard

Brady, originally born on England, moved to Australia to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Brady has been dancing/singing and modeling from a young age auditioning to be apart of a selected group called Chris King kids competing nationally. Brady's passion for performing arts lead him to audition to be apart of a selected few to join a performing arts high school located in Newcastle named Hunter School of Performing Arts, in which he majored in performing arts.

Brady has competed in numerous dance championship throughout NSW, QLD, and Victoria as a soloist, inspiring young performer especially young boys/men to start dancing. Throughout Brady's success he joined Crane academy of dance as a male lead dancer, and completed all of his BAL jazz exams with Honors with Distinction under the guidance of Janelle and Natasha Crane.

Through Brady's passion for performing arts he started teaching/choreographing at age 14 for numerous studios on the central coast and Sydney region, creating award-winning numbers-Fame School of performing arts, Melinda dance School, Kristen's ballet school, Crane Academy, Nikki Webster's dance school just to name a few.

Whilst still teaching Brady was accepted into a fulltime dance in Sydney named ED5 international and graduated with diploma of performing arts, and was signed to a agency which took his career internationally, dancing for cruise lines, upcoming artist and modeling.

Brady is training in all styles of dance as is excited to continue to motivate/coach and develop the future talent of the entertainment industry.

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Carlee Stackman - #1 Dance Studio Maitland - Hunter Academy of Performing Arts

Carlee Stackman

Miss Carlee is 21 years old. Born and raised in Australia.
Miss Carlee has been dancing since she was 3 years old, where she developed a passion for dancing. Miss Carlee has also taken part in local performances showcasing her skills in dance but also singing. Miss Carlee’s goal is to become a dancer on cruise ships. Miss Carlee loves sharing her passion with people that love dancing to. Miss Carlee has been helping her mum with opening dance studios up for not for profit to help out families and communities that are unable to afford dancing, as she believes that everyone should be given an equal opportunity to do something they love despite their background.

Miss Carlee is trained in all styles of dance. Miss Carlee has completed all her Glen Wood Tap Exams and Cheerleading coach up until competition level 2 plus Jazz exams when she was younger. Miss Carlee teachers Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, Ballet, Contemporary, Gymnastics and Cheerleading.

Miss Carlee is excited to continue to motivate and coach young children and teenagers allowing them to become the future entertainment.

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Gabby Rawthorne - Meet Dance Instructors - Hunter Academy of Performing Arts

Gabby Rawthorne

Miss Gabby has been dancing for almost two decades and has trained in a number of styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, Technique, Cheerleading and Character, as well as studying Dance and undertaking lessons at a University level in London.

Miss Gabby has danced in competition teams for over a decade, competing in Jazz, Lyrical and Hip hop as well as performing at Charity events and in Musical Theatre productions, including 'Chicago' and 'Wicked'.

Miss Gabby loves performing and working with children and also works as a Children’s Performer for an Australian Charity. This is Miss Gabby’s 4th year teaching at HAPA and she is excited to see what this year brings.

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Sharna Stevens - Meet Dance Instructors - Hunter Academy of Performing Arts

Sharna Stevens

Miss Sharna is 30 years young and was born in the Newcastle region before moving to settle in Maitland with her young family.

She started out as a gymnast at 2 years old making it to level 5 in women’s artistic gymnastics at 12 years old before leaving gymnastics for good. In those 10 years she competed nationally for her squad and had a few wins and losses. After a year’s break due to an ankle injury she took up trampolining until the age of 16 where she found her love for dance.

At 16 she started her first jazz class in a small studio in Wallsend and fell in love with dancing. After a few months she has joined another 2 class’s hip hop and tap and decided to try out for the senior troupe the following year.

After 3 years in senior troupe, countless performances and amazing dance experiences she moved on to do competitive cheer for 3 years where her level 3 team competed across NSW and QLD.

It was then she found her second home in HAPA at first competing in the open team, followed by teaching for the last 5 years. HAPA is a passion that she feels lucky to be a part of so every child has the opportunity to dance but more importantly find a place to fit in and find happiness.

Her expertise is in Hip-hop, Jazz and Cheer/Gym stemming from her Gymnastics Background she loves a good flip or 2 in a dance.

Her goal for young dancers is to educate them on safe dance practices, feel good within themselves and dance until there heart is content.