The perfect team — with decades of experience across multiple dance styles.
Doug Newton - Director and Principal Teacher
Doug started dancing Ballroom and Latin at 10 years of age. He became an Australian Junior, Amateur and Professional Champion. Doug represented Australia in many competitions obtaining 5th place in the World Amateur Latin Championship.
He lived in London for eight years while dancing the world circuit. During this time he also worked as a choreographer for the BBC and independent film companies.
Doug was the director of the Illawarra Drama School. He has extensive theatrical knowledge and experience having produced plays for both children and adults as well as the annual Dance World Revue.
At Dance World Doug teaches Ballroom and Latin to children and adults. He is actively involved with Dancesport Australia as an examiner and a judge at national and international levels.
Shaynie Zieba - Ballet Teacher
Shaynie is a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher and mentor who began teaching to share her joy and love of dance with the next generation of students. During her 20 years of teaching her students have won many championships and scholarships, they have been finalists at the Isobel Anderson awards, accepted into the Australian Ballet School interstate program, secured ongoing promotional work and secured overseas contracts with Ballet companies. Many students have selected to also teach dance. She specialises in the training and coaching of students undertaking Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational Graded examinations and their preparation prior to auditions for finishing schools and company placement. Shaynie also teaches Contemporary, Lyrical, National Character and Jazz.
Shaynie has choreographed many items for regional dance festivals, Rock Eisteddfod RAW division and various Eisteddfods with Great success.
As a student Shaynie very successfully competed in various Eisteddfods winning many Championships and Scholarships. She also won RAD Seminar scholarships for 6 years consecutively and was awarded the Hope Keelan Seminar Award. In addition to her training in the Illawarra Shaynie was coached by Marilyn Jones, John Byrne, Valerie Bayley and Leslie Whitehead to name a few.
Candice Morgan - Jazz Teacher
Candice started dancing jazz, ballet and tap at Dance World in 1995. She is an experienced performer and has been teaching jazz since 2002. Her jazz troupes continue to achieve outstanding results at regional eisteddfods.
Rebecca Virtu - Tap Teacher
Rebecca is a dancer, singer and actor and is a graduate from Brent Street Studios in Sydney. Rebecca teachers tap, jazz and musical theatre Rebecca has previously performed in Musicals of Cats, Oliver, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and has recently performed in Forbidden Broadway, La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry’s Girls and The Producers. Rebecca has a passion for dance and loves to share it with the kids.
Andrew ‘Bubblez’ Phan - Hip Hop Teacher
Bubblez is a well versatile dancer who has learnt various street dance styles such as ‘breaking, popping, hip hop and locking’. His main styles though are hip hop and popping.
Starting at a late age of 17 in 2009 Bubblez, originally a freestyle dancer started learning the street dance styles from his teachers such as Brooke Tulloch, Don Napalan and Jack Warden throughout the years. Having gained experience and more knowledge about the foundations of street dance Bubblez has since then started teaching at various dance studios and workshops for community groups.
Bubblez is quite well known amongst the street dance community having been involved with various events and also being one of the founding members starting up a dance society 'Groove Central’ at UOW.
“Since knowing more about the culture of dance and hip hop I want to be able to share it with the younger generation and teach them what it really is about”.
Hip hop also known as party dances is a class to develop rhythm and co-ordination. The class involves developing the dancers knowledge of hip hop culture and being able to express their own individual style inhip hop freestyle.
Popping known as a funk style is a dance created in L.A in the States. The basic definition of popping involves the dancers contracting and releasing the muscles at a rhythmic pace to create the ‘popping’ effect. In commercial mainstream media this may have been depicted as the robot, moonwalk and expressed from singers and dancers such as Michael Jackson. This class will involve the student in understanding the funk style and and expressing their own individual style in popping freestyle.
Originally one of the elements of hip hop and the true definition of hip hop dance. This involves the dancer dancing to the breaks on the record played by the dj. This dance involves use of floorwork using their feet and hands. In mainstream media thisstyle would have been coined as breakdance.