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At 5th Element Dance we have qualified, passionate and dedicated teachers, who aim to instill the love of dance into every student. Our goal is to give our dancers the motivation to come to class, to work hard to achieve higher levels and to help them have the confidence and self-esteem to let their creativity flow freely.

Amanda Bayford-Clark

Principal

Amanda has been teaching dance for over 30 years and is a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. She holds a BA Hons Higher Diploma in Dance Education. Amanda is passionate about developing the love of dance and theatre in children and feels strongly about the benefits of dance for all ages.

Charlie-Jean Clark

CJ did her training at 5th Element Dance and then went on to complete a Certificate III in Dance and an ATOD Diploma of Dance while participating in the pre-professional classical program at Queensland College of Dance. She was awarded and attended scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, USA. She holds her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Certificate (97%) and is currently studying a Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance. After winning a scholarship as a finalist at the Jacqueline Morland Awards, she attended courses at Sydney Dance Company and the Australiasian Dance Collective. She was also a proud attendee of the prestigious Queensland Ballet Academy Associate Program and a member of the innovative Merge Dance Theatre. CJ is excited to bring youth and excitement to 5th Element Dance students, hoping to challenge them and extend them to be the best they can be.

Sammi Douglas

Sammi has a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial dance as well as her Teachers Certificate in CSTD Modern Jazz. Sammi continues to work professionally in the dance industry, currently performing at the Pink Flamingo. She has performed in contracts for Norwegian and Princess Cruise Lines and some of her notable work has been performing with Kelly Rowland, The Veronicas and Julia Morris as well as on SYTYCD and The Logies. Sammi is also qualified in Pilates and Nutrition and brings this knowledge to her students.

Tara-Lee Clark

Tara has been training in dance from a young age and was a part of the pre-professional classical program at Queensland College of Dance. As a finalist she was awarded Audience Choice Award at the Jacqueline Morland Awards. She holds her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 Certificate and has completed many Glenn Wood Tap examinations. She was also a proud member of Merge Dance Theatre for 6 years. Tara is currently studying a Certificate of Dance Teaching with the Royal Academy of Dance and is excited and passionate about instilling the love of dance within the students of 5th Element Dance.

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