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

Carlee Stackman

Miss Carlee is 24 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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Sharna Stevens - Meet Dance Instructors - Hunter Academy of Performing Arts

Sharna Stevens

Miss Sharna is 32 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.