Seanan O’Connor (Faust), has captured the hearts of many, across stages around the world in her dancing, aerial, acting and singing performances. In 2003, Seanan completed her Certificate IV in Performing Arts at Brent St Studios. She then went on to perfect her wide range of techniques and talent at various institutions in Australia, Canada, America and throughout the world. This propelled her to land roles in many commercials and renowned TV shows, such as Home and Away (2003). She “Wished Upon a Star” and was blessed the opportunity to perform in Disneyland, Japan (2004). She also landed an exclusive contract for The Venetian & The Sands Casinos in Macau, which lead to a dance performance for the world famous singer, John Legend (2009). Seanan also has many years of experience in children’s productions for major companies such as Nickelodeon, Showtime Attractions, Entertainment Store. Later in 2009, one of these children’s shows saw Seanan fly to Singapore to perform the Winx Club Fairies production show.
Her love of travel inspired her to be a dancer and aerialist on cruise ships, performing high energy Vegas and Broadway style shows for a number of years. This love led her to meet her other true love, her husband, and for the last few years they have shared their mutual passion for the arts by running an international art gallery. Combining her 16 years of experience in event management she enjoyed the opportunity to hone her other talents as she was in charge of sales, marketing and event coordination. She has always wanted to share her passion for the creative arts by inspiring young minds to follow in her footsteps. It’s for this reason that she has been a teacher of many styles for over 15 years, helping bring her experience to the industry.
Miss Tash has been dancing for 16 years covering all styles of dance while under the guidance of some of Australia’s most prestigious dance teachers and choreographers. From a young age Tash was involved in all things dance, performing at the DET schools spectacular, touring in Queensland for the Showcase Nationals Dance Competition in which she was in the top placing’s, and entering into many eisteddfods both as a soloist and as a part of a Jazz troupe as well as doing student choreographies and improvisation in Contemporary and Classical Ballet. Tash has entered into many ballet exams from the tender age of 5 covering both the B.A.L (Ballet Australasia Limited) and R.A.D (Royal Academy of Dance) syllabus. During her junior grades she received Honors with distinction, the highest mark possible and then later sat her Senior Ballet exams, training up to an Advanced Foundation level. Whilst at school she had the privilege of being taught by leading Contemporary choreographer Jason Winters, where she undertook dance as an elective for her HSC at Ecole Ballet and Theatre. As well as this, she voluntarily taught dance at a local primary school, catering to all ages and abilities and also choreographed her former high school’s musical production, ‘Back to the 80’s’.
Tash is currently completing her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, giving her valuable skills and knowledge in how to teach dance safely and correctly. She is also a provisional teacher member of BAL, allowing her to teach their syllabus in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop, as well as being able to enter her students in exams. She is also an affiliate member of the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) allowing her to teach, famous choreographer, Jason Winter’s Contemporary syllabus and enter students in exams for this as well.
Tash is a dedicated teacher with over five years teaching experience. From a very young age it has been her dream to teach and nurture children, and allow them to create a passion and dream of their own. She finds that being a teacher is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers as every day she is able to see the children grow; both as dancers and people. Although she loves and has trained in all styles of dance; Contemporary, Jazz, JFH and Ballet are among her favourites and she hopes she can pass on her knowledge and passion to her students. She looks forward to meeting you and your sparkling dancer!
Klien Hicks was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia at a young age. He started training in a wide variety of dance styles at the Australian College of Entertainment where he won the coveted Dedication to the Arts Scholarship in 2007. The following year he attended the Australian Performing Arts College where he was awarded leading roles in dance productions. An accomplished dancer and natural performer, he was accepted into the prestigious dance school ED5 International and graduated with a Certificate IV in the Performing Arts, majoring in dance.
Klien has featured as a support dancer in both the 2009 Grand Final of So You Think You Can Dance and Nikki Webster’s Music Video “Devilicious”. He has travelled the world, as a professional entertainer aboard the Luxurious Princess Cruise Ships.
Klien has been teaching for 6 years, 5 of which, he has taught at Jigsaw Dance. Klien is a well rounded teacher specializing in Hip Hop both commercial and street, Jazz, JFH, Contemporary, Lyrical and Solos. Klien is a successful dancer, promotional model, choreographer and a passionate teacher and he continues to seek opportunities in dance.
“Working for Jigsaw is always the highlight of my week. The staff are fabulous and the children are such a delight to teach. Watching all the students learn and grow into wonderful dancers is a true privilege. Making their learning experience a happy one and watching them smile and have fun is something I will always cherish.”
Zoe began dancing at the young age of 4 and has been dancing ever since. She is trained in many dance styles such as Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Drama, Ballet and Acrobatics. Zoe has completed her Glen Wood Tap exams from level 1 all the way up to level 8, where she received consistent marks of high distinctions and gold awards. Her last exam, which was level 8, she attained a mark of 100%. Zoe is determined to finish all levels of the GWT syllabus as she is almost done. Zoe has competed in both troupe and solo eisteddfods all over Sydney where she has placed 1st every time for her tap solo and 1st and 2nd for everything else.
She has performed at many venues such as the Royal Easter Show every year since 2011, Darling Harbour, Crestwood Fair, Orange Blossom Festival, Synergy Dance Festival, Ridges Festival where she also was an MC at this event and many more. One of the biggest events Zoe danced at was Project Pink in 2015. Project Pink is a fundraiser gala concert held at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. It is the Global Dance Tour where Zoe worked with the host of Young Talent Time Rob Mills, Sam Moran and Delta Goodrem just to name a few. Zoe has also performed at a major fashion event at the Star City Casino.
As well as these performances, she has been a HSC dancer for year 12 students in the past years. This has been an excellent opportunity for Zoe as it has given her experience in the process of composing dance pieces.
In 2018, Zoe will continue to teach styles such as Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, JFH and the Next Gen Combo Class for ages ranging from 3-13years old at Jigsaw Dance Studio. This will be Zoe’s 3rd year of teaching with us.
Zoe says “The most important part of a child’s dancing life is to have a safe environment to have fun whilst dancing, to create life-long friendships and to have supportive mentors as their teachers. I believe that Jigsaw Dance Studio is the best place to see your child grow. Seeing my beautiful kids performing at the concerts makes me so happy and proud to see how far they have come, it is honestly the best feeling. I love being a part of the Jigsaw Family and getting to work alongside my fellow teachers is such a great opportunity. It doesn’t feel like working when you’re doing what you love.”
Miss Nikki has been dancing since the tender age of 2. Studying all forms of dance from many well known and award winning choreographers. Nikki’s first stage performances were with the multi award winning Joey Fimmano at various RSL clubs throughout the greater Sydney region.
Nikki’s love of all things dance, has seen her perform at many events, such as the Orange blossom festival, Dance Expo, the Sydney entertainment centre, The Royal Easter Show, The Sydney cricket ground and the Opera House. Nikki has also done voice over work for Variety .
During Nikki’s dance career she has been a cheerleader for both the Sydney Kings and West Tigers teams as well as being chosen as a solo performer for two years as a HSC selected dancer.
Nikki has competed on the eisteddfod circuit since she was 6 and two of her proudest achievements were winning the National dance Championships with her sister as a duo in Broadway Jazz in 2007 at the Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast. She followed that up in 2009 when she competed as a soloist in Jazz and was the National runner up at Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. As a team member she was also crowned PDSSSC champion 3 years in a row.
Nikki has obtained High distinction awards for every level of GWT up to level 8. Nikki has accreditation with Gymnastics Australia and in her spare time whilst studying at Macquarie uni, she works for 2Day FM/Triple M, rubbing shoulders with some well know entertainers.
Jaime has been dancing since the age of 3. She has been an assistant teacher for the past 4 years teaching a variety of styles.
Jaime has represented the Jigsaw dance troupe team at eisteddfods and placed first and second. She has performed at the Royal Easter , Relay for life and festivals in the local area showcasing Jigsaw Dance to the local community. She has just completed dance in HSC in 2017 and has danced for a HSC dancer in 2016 gaining greater experience and knowledge in performance and composition.
Jaime has also completed her medal testing exams in tap and ballet. Miss Jaime looks forward to sharing her creativity and working with our studio throughout the year !