Whitsunday Dance Connection strives to inspire, enrich & educate students in the Art of Dance. We aim to motivate young minds & develop happy, healthy dancers in an “I love to dance” atmosphere. Our goal is to teach musical awareness, develop rhythm & coordination, stretch & strengthen and improve posture in our dancers. Through dance, students learn to build confidence and further develop their social skills. Our students are versed in the many styles of dance from Ballet, Tap & Jazz to Modern. Whether our students choose a life path that involves dance or not, we feel that every student who leaves our studio will have a solid foundation to enter the world as a sincere individual with a strong character.
The Cannonvale Studio is located at 13 Commerce Close. Our studio has been purposefully built for dance. It features one large and one small studio. Our studios are fully air conditioned and fitted out with ballet barres and mirrors. We have both Male and Female change rooms and a dance wear shop. Outside we have an undercover patio area for waiting parents and siblings which is fully fenced by a safety fence separating it from our ample off street parking. Dancing terms coincide with state school terms. Students studying towards an RAD Exam or Presentation will participate in ballet vacation classes during the June/July school holidays for precision work. Tap students sitting a GWT Exam will be required to attend extra tap classes during August/September weekends. Whitsunday Dance Connection holds three annual dance concerts at the end of each dance year. These take place at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre.
Miss Jenny began dancing at 5 years of age in Brisbane. Alongside her two sisters, the three Featherstone girls fell in love with dancing. Pursuing a career in dance at 16 years old Miss Jenny attended the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) completing her Diploma during 1991 – 1992. In her final year at QDSE, many years of hard work, persistence, dedication and her love for dance came to fruition for Miss Jenny when she was bestowed the honour of being awarded ‘Dancer of the Year’ in 1992. The following year Miss Jenny was accepted into the University of Melbourne’s - Victorian College of Arts where she completed her university studies, 1993 – 1995 being awarded her Bachelor of Dance Degree. In 1996 having recently graduated from University Miss Jenny, at the young age of 21, moved to Proserpine to run Dance Connection. One year later Miss Jenny built the region’s first purpose built studio for Dance relocating the school to Cannonvale and reopening as Whitsunday Dance Connection where she has been the Principal ever since. Miss Jenny is a registered teacher in the Royal Academy of Dance R.A.D Syllabus and is a registered teacher of the Glenn Wood Tap G.W.T Syllabus.
Paula Bradley has been dancing since the age of three years. Pursuing a career in dance Miss Paula left Proserpine in 2001 and for the next five years travelled across Australia completing studies in dance beginning in 2001 with the Advanced Diploma of Arts Dance Performance, at the Australian Dance Performing Institute in Brisbane (ADPI). After successful completion of her Advanced Diploma of Arts Dance Performance in 2002, Miss Paula successfully achieved admittance to the nationally and internationally recognised Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. (WAAPA) There she completed her university studies from 2003-2005 and was awarded a Bachelor of Dance degree. Miss Paula has completed all Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams from Pre-Primary to Advanced Two and has completed all Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (C.S.T.D) tap exams and has her Pilates Instructors Qualification. Miss Paula commenced teaching and choreographing for WDC in 2006 and has been a valuable and much appreciated part of the WDC family and teacher to all our students. Miss Paula choreographs many of the Eisteddfod routines for our soloist dancers for competition.
Miss Jessee began dancing when she was three years of age at our very own dance school – Whitsunday Dance Connection. Jessee graduated from our WDC family in 2015 after finishing year 12 at school and completing fourteen years of dance with us. During her time at WDC Jessee completed ballet examinations from Pre-primary Ballet to Advanced Foundation (Royal Academy of Dance) and up to Level 11 within the Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus. In 2019 Jessee plans to sit her Glenn Wood Tap Examination for Level 12. After leaving WDC, Jessee moved to Brisbane to begin her Bachelor in Secondary Education at QUT, and continued dance lessons with Brisbane Academy of Dance. Her love and passion for dance took over and in 2016 and she moved to the Gold Coast to commence a year of full time dance with Ikin Dance Australia where she completed her Certificate IV in Dance and Certificates III and IV in Fitness with NHFA (National Health & Fitness Academy). During this time Jessee experienced many amazing opportunities such as; working with Bonnie Lythgoe for Peter Pan Gold Cast auditions, Grease the Arena Experience Brisbane (musical), performances at children’s hospitals, Surfer’s Paradise mall, Titans Cheer Squad and many more. She has an extensive knowledge of auditioning processes and performing in front of large crowds (some as big as 6,000). Jessee also successfully auditioned and performed in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Jessee moved back home to the Whitsundays at the end of 2017 from the Gold Coast equipped with the latest dance styles and choreography. She has also completed her First Aid and CPR Certificates along with her Blue Card. Jessee is an enthusiastic dance teacher and choreographer. She is also in our WDC office as dance admin and account manager.