Leesa has taught dance for twenty years and been Principal of her own studio network for the last fifteen years. She has trained dancers at all levels in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop and enjoys inspiring all students to not only achieve technical proficiency but to understand the importance of enjoying this wonderful art form. Leesa has spent time as a consultant to the Singapore Ballet Company in the instruction of Pilates methodology, dancing professionally and has held nationally renowned workshops throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Leesa was also the first fully licensed Pilates practitioner (Australian Institute of Pilates, Stott Pilates) west of the Blue Mountains.
Leesa was addtionally the creative director for the team of teachers that competed at the International Dance Gala in Prague achieving an overall second place. Leesa is married to Aaron, together they have two children Phoenix and Ariella.
Bachelor Degree in Training and Development - University of New England
Advanced Certificate in Dance - Queensland University of Technology
Advanced Diploma of Management - TAFE NSW
Certificate IV in Finance - The National Finance Institute
AASCF Level 1 Coach - Allstars Cheer and Dance
Bella commenced her love for dance at three years of age and has ever since proved her dedication to dance by being involved in numerous classes and performances. At age six Bella started solo performances at local dance eisteddfods. She has performed at the Western Region Dance Festival, School Spectaculars and Dance and Cheer competitions with Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation qualifying at a National Level for Cheer in 2016. Bella has been successful performing in local theatre productions with the Orange Theatre Company for the Wizard of Oz and Phantom of the Opera.
In 2012 and 2017 Bella performed professionally in a USA dance tour performing at Los Angeles Disneyland, California Parks and Mexican Riviera Cruise line. Bella has increased her knowledge of Dance by attending the Western Region Dance Camp, auditioned for the Western Region Dance ensemble, BBO intensive week at McDonald College in Sydney and completed her BBO intermediate foundation exam.
Certificate IV In Leadership and Management - TAFE NSW
Certificate IV In Dance Teaching and Management - Australian Dance Vision
AASCF Level 1 Coach - Allstars Cheer and Dance
Amelia has been dancing since the age of four and has been performing in groups and solos as well as completing all her ballet exams from Primary to Advanced Foundation receiving a Distinction in all grades. Amelia has training in a variety of dance genres including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, National Character, Musical Theatre and Song and Dance. For the past five years, Amelia has been teaching a variety of genres in Orange and Bathurst studios, teaching groups, technique lessons, and soloists.
Amelia is so excited to join the United Dance Project Team and is looking forward to getting to know her students. Amelia provides all children with inspiration and encouragement they need to become the best dancer they can be. Dancing and the love and freedom of dance through self expression
is truly a gift to be shared
Certificate in Ballet Teaching - Royal Academy of Dance
Level 1 Acrobatic Arts
Ash fell in love with dance well before she started classes at the age of three. Performing in groups and solos of many genres including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, song and dance, and national character. She competed in many eisteddfods in groups and as a soloist as well as completing jazz, tap and ballet exams (intermediate RAD).
From the age of 13, Ash has been performing with the Orange Theatre Company in many shows, including, The Witches of Eastwick, The Phantom of the Opera, Singing in the Rain and many more as well as being the assistant choreographer for Orange Theatre Company’s ‘Seussical”.
Ash is so excited to be joining the team at United Dance Project. She cannot wait to get to know all her students and encourage them to express themselves through this beautiful art.
Claudia’s dance journey started at the tender age of 4 years old when she fell in love with this form of self expression. She has not ever stopped dancing since.
Claudia joined the United Dance Project family in 2013 and thrived in the inclusive and encouraging environment. During this time she has been provided many performance opportunities including eisteddfods, concerts and AASCF Cheer Competitions. Claudia also danced in Orange’s Dance for Cancer in 2018 alongside one of the featured “Stars.”
Outside of the United Dance Project Studio, Claudia was a part of the Orange Theatre Company’s production of Legally Blonde, has danced as a part of dance ensembles in the Schools Spectacular, participated in the Western Dance Festival and performed at many school concerts and eisteddfods. She obtained an A in dance for her ROSA, has led a Primary School Dance Development programme and choreographed a number of dance performances.
As a Junior Teacher, Claudia is committed to fostering self confidence, teamwork, friendship, perseverance and a love of the performing arts.
Madison’s dance journey started at the young age of 2 when she fell in love with the movement and motion of dance.
Madison has benefited from attending multiple classes with many leading choreographers and Dance establishments including Australian Ballet masterclasses, Sydney Dance Company and BK dance workshops. On top of this Madison has participated in a number of performances including 7 years of Eisteddfod solos, United Dance Project concerts, AASCF Cheer and Dance competitions at Olympic and Moore Parks, was a cast member in the James Sheahan production of Guys and Dolls and performed at NAIDOC week under the guidance of Miss Steph
In 2017 Madison was a member of our overseas performance team and travelled to the US. While in the US, Madison performed in Los Angeles on the Hollywood Boulevard, on stage at Universal Studios and on stage at California Disneyland, with further performances on the Carnival Miracle during a Mexican Riviera Cruise. As part this performance team, Madison also had the opportunity to attend workshops at the Edge Performing Arts Centre in LA, Broadway Dance Centre in New York, as well as Broadway Musical workshop at the New Amsterdam Theatre with cast members of Aladdin.
As a Junior Teacher, Madison is focussed and committed to teamwork, friendship, experiences and all the fun that dancing at United Dance Project provides.
How to begin to describe a person so uniquely special? Integrity, talent, commitment all scratch the surface of this truly amazing person. What we admire most about our beautiful Miss Steph was the love she had for people, living each moment to express her joy for people through the gift of dance.
She had the most amazing ability to enjoy her time with every dancer and allowed each to feel comfortable and free to dance fearlessly. Hundreds of children each week had the pleasure of spending many hours a week with this one of a kind, positive and amazing individual. It has been an absolute joy to be a part of Steph’s life, although much too short, it was a life well lived! Steph was a determined visionary, a faith filled, goal orientated caring person who loved life and all that it offered.
We have so many cherished stories, moments and memories to hold close, we are all so fortunate to have spent these precious years in Steph’s company. One things for certain, there are a whole bunch of United Dance family members excited to share these memories and Steph’s joy for dance with Eiva in the future!
Steph was one of a kind and will be deeply missed as a dear friend, colleague, role model and teacher.
“Forever dancing in high places”