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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

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

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 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.

Michelle Onvlee

Michelle Onvlee

Michelle studied dance with Carolyn Gilby Dance Centre she has a teaching Diploma in CSTD Tapping, Theatrical, Classical and Jazz. Michelle is also a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance of Ballet. Michelle as over 12 years of teaching experience.

Sophia Buccini

Sophia Buccini

I started my dance journey at the age of 2. I danced all styles and competed and won many eisteddfods throughout my time as a dancer. I really grew my passion for Acro with the guidance of an amazing teacher. I started assisting in acro class at just 12 years old. I now am a qualified Acrobatics Arts Module 1 & 2 teacher, Acrodance Pre school certified, Aerial Arts Hoop certified and a certified Alixa Flexibility module 1 & 2 teacher. I taught acro alongside another teacher at Conroy Dance Centre for 3 years. In 2020 I began another teaching position at Strictly Dance. In 2021 I opened my own acrobatics and circus school in Caboolture called Infinity Circus and Acro. I love teacher acro and seeing the student's reactions when they learn a new skill. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to help these students achieve their dreams.

Jack Manago

Jack Manago

Jack is an energetic, creative and passionate dancer/choreographer and ex-5th Element Dance student who enjoys all genres of dance, with his favorite being jazz and contemporary. Jack is a Jaqueline Morland Awards finalist and has worked with professional choreographers - Jen Murray, Keith Hawley and Michelle Hopper Doyle. Jack has recently been working, instructing and choreographing new works within the dance excellence program at Albany Creek State High School.

Aurélie Roque

Aurélie Roque

Originally from the States, Aurélie studied Vocal Performance and Dance at the UMKC Conservatory before moving to Brisbane 7 years ago. Some of her reviewed performances include Glinda in THE WIZARD OF OZ ARENA SPECTACULAR Australian tour, Morticia Addams in the Brisbane premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL, Joanne in the 20th Anniversary of RENT, and Susan in [TITLE OF SHOW]. In the last few years, Aurélie entertained international audiences with her Wizard of Oz themed cabaret RUBY SLIPPER CHRONICLES, choreographed for the 24 HOUR MUSICAL PROJECT (2017-2019), and choreographed / directed in Taipei. She has also performed alongside such notable performers as Rue McClanahan, Clay Aiken, Andrew O’Keefe, John Wood, and Nancye Hayes.

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