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 regularly 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, 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. 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 contactor performing around QLD for major events and shopping centers. Miss Samantha has been accepted into multiple Full time Dance companies in Melbourne and Sydney but was offered a scholarship for “Jason Coleman, Ministry Of Dance”, she took this offer and trained in Melbourne for 9 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 an encouraging young dancer, teacher and choreographer hoping to pass on as much as she can to her SJ Family.
Miss Jodie Holcombe, Teacher & 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 (Honors 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.
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.
Mr Jarrad, Teacher
RAD Ballet/ Ballet Extension
Jarrad Cramp ARAD | Solo Seal
Training as an afternoon student and performer in all genres from the age of 10-14yrs whilst gaining his majors in Cecchetti, Jarrad travelled and trained at numerous full time programs including the Australian Ballet School. After his training at the ABS, he completed all his majors in RAD along with his Solo Seal.
His highest achievements by then: NSW RAD Bursary Winner, Finalist in the McDonald Ballet Scholarship Sydney, Finalist International Genee Awards Canada, Semi Finalist Prix De Lausanne Switzerland. Granted scholarships offers from all over the world, Jarrad took up a full scholarship with the English National Ballet, London UK & toured with the company.
Returning home, Jarrad found a passion for teaching and choreographing which led him to opening his own school in 2008.
Gaining his teaching qualifications with both the RAD & Cecchetti, his teaching methods is built upon a strong foundation in classical ballet and strong belief in versatility.
Along side full time teaching, freelance choreographing & currently in the stages of releasing a classical contemporary syllabus, Jarrad enjoys his time travelling to adjudicate and spreading his knowledge and wisdom of dance.
Miss Riley, Teacher
Senior Hip hop & Senior Hip hop Crew
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