CJS Dance Academy is a respected dance school in the western suburbs of Brisbane.
Under the direction of Chelsea Clark-Spresser, CJSDA offers classes in classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre with a fully qualified faculty of teachers.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in exams and eisteddfods as part of our Eisteddfod Team.
With a focus on strong technique, versatility and excellence, CJS Dance Academy and our team of fully qualified staff are committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment where students are encouraged to work hard and develop a love of the performing arts.
We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement whilst learning valuable lessons about respect, commitment, discipline and team work
The highest educational standards are expected from all CJS Dance Academy staff members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences, online courses and other learning opportunities.
At CJS Dance Academy, our classes are designed to stimulate the enjoyment of dance while laying an important foundation for further training. As the student advances, the variety and intensity of the class work increases. Optional exams in ballet, tap and jazz give students markers of their progress and can lead to internationally-recognised qualifications.
Three spacious studios with fully sprung floors and mirrors
Training equipment including FitBalls, acro mats, TheraBands etc.
Two waiting areas for parents and students
Bathroom with changing table
CHELSEA CLARK-SPRESSER (AISTD), DIRECTOR – Ballet | Tap | Jazz Technique
Chelsea is an accomplished teacher and choreographer with a wealth of experience.
Born into a performing family, she grew up in her mother’s prominent dance studio in Sydney and learned all styles of dance from a very early age.She was trained in RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern as well as jazz, contemporary, hip hop and drama by a host of well-known teachers and finished her schooling at McDonald College and Newtown High School of the Performing Arts where she received top marks in both dance and drama for the HSC.
Following high school, Chelsea went on to university where she studied journalism and after a cadetship with The Daily Telegraph she was made the newspaper’s arts editor and chief dance critic at just 23 years of age.
But the pull of the pointe shoe ribbons was too strong and Chelsea decided to return to the dance studio after 15 years as a journalist and gain her qualifications as a teacher in both RAD Ballet and ISTD Tap and Modern. She is also a member of the CSTD.
Since then she has gone on to train and coach countless students in all styles of dance with excellent results in exams and professionally in both Sydney and Brisbane where she is now based.
Chelsea’s former students are dancing all over the world for organisations such as the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Sydney Dance Company and Carnival Cruise Lines.
With a focus on strong technique, versatility and a view to equipping students to pursue professional careers, Chelsea is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment where students work hard and also enjoy their dancing whilst gaining perspective on the industry and its demands.
RAD Registered Teacher Status (RAD RTS) – Royal Academy of Dance
ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA (Tap) – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA (Modern Theatre) – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
FIRST AID CERTIFICATION (including CPR) – Australia Wide First Aid
FULL TEACHING MEMBER – Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
FULL TEACHING MEMBER – Royal Academy of Dance
AFFILIATE MEMBER – Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing
PANEL MEMBER – Royal Academy of Dance Queensland Regional Advisory Panel
ELISE CATCHPOLE – Ballet | Contemporary | Acrobatics | Tinies | Eisteddfod Team
Elise trained at Monika’s Dance Studio since 2003 and has been teaching since 2015. In 2016 Elise completed a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) at Dynamite Studios Academy on the Gold Coast and also holds a Certificate IV in Dance Performance and a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
Elise has recently started the RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies and is very excited to start this next chapter.
She has trained in numerous styles including RAD ballet (achieved up to Advanced Foundation Level), jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary and acrobatics.
She has performed in corporate events for Evolution Agency and appeared in a number of children’s entertainment performances through DS Agency and Showtime Attractions.
BREANNA CARTER Tap | Jazz | Musical Theatre | Hip Hop | Acrobatics
Breanna trained at Monika’s Dance Studio since 2002 and in that time she has competed in the performance team representing MDS.
Most recently, she has completed her Certificate IV in dance performance majoring in Tap. In 2018, Breanna will commence her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. After the completion of her Certificate IV, she plans to complete a Bachelor of Education to further develop her qualifications.
Over the past few years Breanna has had multiple choreography and performance experiences, such as; choreographing for High School Eisteddfod Teams and performing in Remix, House of Champions and the David Jones Christmas Parade (2016-2017). In 2014 and 2015, Breanna was mentored by a well-known Academy of Brothers Hip Hop performer who ignited her passion for Hip Hop.
Breanna has always had a love for the arts, performing has brought her so much joy and she is now looking forward to sharing that with all her students.
OWAIN KENNAIR Acrobatics
Owain is a Brisbane-based Dancer/ singer/ actor who discovered dance from a young age.
Owain has studied a huge collection of styles including: Musical theatre, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, Salsa, House, Singing, Drama and many more.
After high school, Owain completed a Diploma in Musical Theatre with Raw Dance Company - opening his mind and body up to the world of dance. Owain has performed and taught with RAW on many occasions including at the Brisbane Convention Centre and the Gabba as half time entertainment for the Brisbane Lions.
Owain is one of the newest members of RAW METAL and is wishing to take on the world one hit spring at a time. So far, he has toured in Canada in 2016 and 2017 with RAW METAL, he performed in the Untapped tour all throughout Queensland in 2017 and he has performed at corporate gigs in nearly every capital city of Australia.
HANNAH GROOM Ballet & Contemporary
Hannah began dancing at the age of three on the Sunshine Coast, studying many genres including RAD Graded & Vocational Classical Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, American Pom, Acrobatics and Cheerleading as well as being a long standing Performance Team member competing successfully as both a soloist, and in Groups.
After successfully auditioning for QUT’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance she relocated to Brisbane where she is now in her final year of study and is tutored and mentored by Contemporary Dance Alumni Professionals; such as, Elise May, Elizabeth Old, Csaba Buday, Step Hutchison and others.
Her passion for Contemporary dance has been influenced greatly over last few the years through training with various Youth Companies in Brisbane Hannah was a Senior Company Member with Qld Contemporary Youth Ballet in 2016 and a Senior Soloist in 2017. Senior Company member of Innate Dance Company in 2018 and Dance Captain/Choreographer in 2019. Expressions Dance Company Youth Ensemble member 2018 and Merge Dance Theatre Company member in 2019.
She has also successfully auditioned and performed at the Commonwealth Games in a specially commissioned piece by the Sydney based Company; Force Majeure and has worked and performed with CIRCA at HOTA.
In addition to her Classical and Contemporary training at QUT Hannah has a love for Commercial Dance and competes with the multiple award winning QUT Dance Team at both State and National Titles.
Having just completed her RAD Teachers Training through Queensland University of Technology Hannah is looking forward to using these skills at CJS to create a positive, fun, inclusive and thorough learning experience with her students.
ALLIE MARTIN Drama
Allie started teaching Speech and Drama more than 20 years ago, after studying at Sydney's leading performing arts high school. She holds her Associate (Performance) Diploma with the Australian Guild of Music and Speech and her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Allie's students have consistently received exceptional results in Australian Guild exams and acceptemce into the Perfromance Excellence Showcase (Encore) for Higher School Certificate 2 Unit Drama - Individual Performance (NSW).
JACQUI POWER Singing
Jacqui is a high school drama, music and dance teacher based in Springfield Lakes. Her love of performing began at a young age, seeing her family members grace the stage. After completing her bachelor's degree in secondary education with Griffith University, she completed her Certificate IV in Musical Theatre with Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre.
Upon graduating, Jacqui took a job at King's Christian College at Robina in drama and dance, whilst performing in her local theatre group after hours.
Her favourite roles by far are wife to her husband Brendan and mum to her daughter, Abigail. Jacqui is very excited to join the team at CJSDA, and cannot wait to continue fostering future young performers.
MANDA FLOYDD Hip Hop
Manda (aka ClockworkManda) was a dancer in Adelaide for around 20 years, but in 2018 she and her husband made the move to Brisbane!
In Adelaide she studied Cert IV in Commercial Dance and since then has featured in music videos and performance ensembles, danced in competitions, coached crews, and has always taught classes on a regular basis.
Since moving to Brisbane Manda has been performing where ever possible and teaching Hip Hop all around the city.
When she performs her vibrant character and stage presence makes her incredibly entertaining as she throws herself across the stage and occasionally takes on robot form! She loves to spread the love and knowledge of dance and watch as it heals the souls of young and old. Her unique teaching style has been a big hit in Brisbane and she can't wait to meet new students to share her creativity with!.
BREE JONES Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet
SOPHIA VILLETRI Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet
SOPHIE MERTENS Studio Concierge
Sophie started dancing at aged 3 and trained at Premier Dance Academy and later at
Kimberley Woodger Dance Academy. She quickly grew to love ballet, learning the Royal
Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and successfully completing up to Advanced One level.
She has also trained in other dance styles including jazz, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop.
In 2014 she was accepted into the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) and
went on to join the inaugural Queensland Ballet Academy (QBA) dancing the Vaganova
ballet syllabus. She has been mentored by dance alumni, Li Cunxin, Christian Tátchev and
Demi Jenkins. During her final years as a student Sophie competed in many High School
Eisteddfods with her Dance Troupe and has performed at QPAC and the Gardens Theatre
In 2019, she commenced studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) course at
QUT. As Dance Studio Concierge, she looks forward to welcoming young dancers and their
families to CJS Dance Academy.