THE SJ TEAM
We would like to introduce you to our highly qualified teaching faculty we have at SJ Dance Studio. Get to know your teachers and take a look at their qualifications and training history.
SJ dance offers our students the best opportunity for quality dance training but also the latest choreography. Our teachers always keep up to date with what's going on in the industry by regulary traveling to different states, to attend workshops with leading choreographers from around the world. All of our teachers hold a current working with children's blue card
Miss Samantha Howcroft, Principal & Director
Samantha Howcroft is the principal and Director of SJ Dance Studio. Samantha has had a great passion for dance since an early age and it’s had a massive impact on her life, she started classes from the age of four with a lifelong dream of one day opening up her own studio, teaching and sharing her love for dance with others. There’s no doubt Samantha has excelled in her dancing, from the age of 15 she started teaching and
choreographing for different primary schools, high schools and dance studios around the Sunshine Coast. Samantha took her dance career seriously so at age 16 she trained full time for 2 years with Queensland Dance and Performance College meanwhile also completing year 11 and 12. She received her Diploma in Dance and Grade 12 School Certificate and went on to teach until she was 19. For four years Samantha has been involved with a leading national entertainment agency, as a paid contacter performing around QLD for major events and shopping centres. Miss Samantha has ben accepted into multiple Full time Dance companies in Melbourne and Sydney but was offered a part scholarship for “Jason Coleman, Ministry Of Dance”, she took this offer and trained in Melbourne for 6 months to gain as much knowledge as she could about the dance industry. From their Samantha felt inspired and motivated to make her lifelong dream a reality, she moved back to Sunshine Coast and is committed to succeeding in her dream. Miss Samantha is a committed, talented and encouraging young dancer, teacher and choreographer hoping to pass on as much as she can to her SJ Family.
Samantha recently was the artistic director and choreographer for a queensland commercial.
“I hope to inspire all my students in making their dreams come true”
Miss Jodie Holcombe, Teacher & PA/Administration
Miss Jodie is a highly respected and passionate dancer, teacher and choreographer.Dance has been a big part of Jodie’s life since the age of nine and showed great potential since day one, this is where she found her obsession and love for the performing arts. Jodie continued to dance and train for 12 years and during this time studied and completed syllabus exams in RAD Ballet, CSTD Jazz and Glenn Wood Tap, receiving remarkably high results (Honours Plus). Jodie has many years of experience working within teaching and contracted dance performance work state wide and training with elite national and international choreographers and teachers.
At age 15 Jodie undertook her
Full time studies where she met Samantha, training every day for 2 years
to receive her qualification for a Diploma in Dance with Queensland Dance and Performance College, once she completed her Diploma she stayed training and studied for her professional year. Since then, Jodie has been working for a children’s entertainment agency as well performing at events and shows around QLD.
"I dont know what i would do without dance, and being able to share my passion with my students is amazing. Im so grateful and motivated to be able to pass on my knowledge to the SJ students”
Miss Bonnita Anthony-Mcintosh, Teacher
RAD & OPEN Ballet training, Classical Ballet Development Program Coordinator.
Teachers Dance History:
1992-95 Vocal studies, Joe Muir
1995-98 Sunshine Coast Combined Theatre Company
2001-04 Federal Association of Teachers of Dance (Qualified Teacher)
2003 Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus Registered Teacher
2005 Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD)
2012 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110
2012 Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Certificate in Ballet teaching
2009-2015 Performing Arts Director of Queensland Dance Performance College. Wrote and delivered certificate II in Dance CUA20III, III in Dance CUA30III, IV in Dance CUA40III and Diploma of dance (Elite Performance), Australian Government accredited courses.
2002-2015 SCPAC (Suncoast City Performing Arts Centre)
2002-2015 Drama teacher and Performance Director at SCPAC
2005-06 Drama Teacher, Caloundra High School. Special Education
2009-Present Showtime Attractions, Melbourne. Casting Director for Talent Management Queensland
Actor, Choreographer, Dancer, Singer
“I AM...Two of the most powerful words....for what you put after them shape’s your reality”"
Miss Majella, Teacher
Majella danced in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay since the age of 3, studying all genres of dance and performing arts and completed all of her Tap/Jazz/Acrobatics/Ballet and Theatrical exams within the CSTD Syllabus. Most recently she completed her CSTD Tap Teachers Certificate and in 2013 was awarded her full CSTD Tap Teachers Diploma.
Majella has performed at various charity, cooperate and promotional events throughout Australia including performing as an Acrobatic Fairy for A Mid Summer Night’s Dream touring show, Melbourne. She has held workshops and choreographed for numerous studios as well as competed at eisteddfods throughout QLD.
Majella moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2011, since then she has continued to perform and hopes to keep teaching for years to come.
Miss Nina, Teacher
Info coming soon..
Miss Holly, Teacher
Ready Set Dance / Beginners.
Info coming soon..