Students are taught in a positive environment and encouraged to reach their fitness, self-discipline and confidence goals.
Astrid Chiochiu (ARAD, ATOD affiliate) began dancing at the age of 4. Winning multiple championships and bursaries, Astrid studied with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence, at the age of 16. She owned and operated a RAD ballet school for 6 years. Astrid went on to represent Australia as a Professional Dancer throughout Europe, where she met her husband Anatolie. For 11 years Astrid danced throughout Europe, Asia and the United States and has held positions of Company Manager, Soloist, Lead Adagio Act and Line Captain for various International Companies. Astrid spent 5 years training Professional Dancers in LA and Las Vegas for Production Shows and has been an Assistant Director, Choreographer, Talent Scout and Trainer for NYK and Crystal Cruises. Astrid is excited to teach in Australia again and pass on her International knowledge and experience to her students.
Anatolie Chiochiu was born in Moldovia, an Eastern European country near Romania. Anatolie began ballet, national and folk dancing at the age of 10. His professional career began at the age of 17 in the national, folkloric company JOC. JOC has 100 professional dancers and performs throughout Europe. By the age of 20 Anatolie was the male soloist for JOC and travelled throughout Europe performing within various companies. After meeting his wife Astrid, Anatolie started performing onboard cruise lines. There he was Male Line Captain, Soloist and Lead Adagio Act. Once settling in Australia, Anatolie taught Ballroom and South Amercian Dancing in Brisbane for several years. Anatolie’s experience and patience make him an ideal partner of the Five Star Dance Academy team bringing his European style to dance.
Emma Jubb, born in England, singing from the age of 4 and became a member of the Northern Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) at the age of 11. She studied LAMDA Drama, ISTD and RAD Ballet along with ISTD tap and Modern. Has a National Diploma in Performing Arts and A Level in Dance. Her final year in the UK was spent with the Leap Dance Company studying OCN dance in Contemporary, Ballet, Street Jazz and Hip Hop. Emma has performed and choreographed hip hop routines for many shows and sponsored events, as well as being head cheerleader for Hull FC for four years. After moving to Australia in 2004, Emma has worked at Movie World, been a Latin style dancer and choreographer and performed at many high profile events. Joining Five Star Dance Academy in 2012, Emma brings her skills, passion and experience to pass onto our students.
Yelena Smith, born in Siberia – started dancing at the age of 5. At age 10, she joined the National Folk Company “Yuonst” (means – Youth) in the city of Barnaul, Siberia, performing at National and International festivals and competitions. In 1992 Yelena moved to Kazakhstan to study with the Kazakhstan’s College of Dance and Art, specializing in Classical, National and Traditional Kazakhstan dance as well as Ballroom and Modern. Graduating in 1998, a professional dancer and qualified dance teacher, Yelena signed with the South Korean Company “Asia Entertainment”. For seven years she choreographed and performed in shows all around Korea before moving to Australia in 2006 and working for “AusDance for schools”. Yelena joined the Five Star Dance Academy teaching facility in 2014 and just loves every minute teaching the students and exciting them about dance.
Miss Courtney started dancing at the age of 3, and at 10 started gymnastics and fell in love with flipping. She has been in the sporting industry as a coach for the past ten years, has coached in three different countries and has a post graduate certificate in sports coaching with a background in sports psychology. She also holds a Level 1-5 in Cheer, Advanced Tumbling and WAG through Gymnastics QLD. Obtained a Certificate in Youth Counselling and has mentored and trained other sports coaches.“I am passionate about working with my students on the mental mind set that comes with competition and performing.” Courtney has coached elite athletes at Worlds level in cheerleading and sport aerobics. She is delighted to be part of Five Star Dance Academy and looks forward to encouraging, supporting and enhancing all our students.
Kirstie McIvor began dancing at the age of 4 in babies ballet, tap and jazz classes. After her first dance concert she found her love for performing which lead to many solo and group local dance Eisteddfods and competitions. Early in her dance career she found a love and passion for tap dance where she completed all ATOD exams with honours. After completing her year of full time dance at Raw Dance Company she has decided to apply her knowledge and teach what she has learnt throughout her years of experience to others, and hopes to bring her passion for dance to Five Star Dance Academy.
Jacob Watton is a Brisbane-based choreographer and performer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at QUT with High Distinction as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) with first-class honours. Jacob has worked broadly across the performing arts in Dance, Circus, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Choreography, and Producing. His choreographic work has been presented nationally and internationally.
Graduating full time through RAW Dance Company, in 2016 Milena Lydzbinski received her Diploma in Musical Theatre. Exploring the relationship between music and dance, Milena has been professionally trained in Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Latin and Flamenco. She began her years competing at numerous dance Eisteddfods and stage productions, before carrying out her passion for dance professionally. Having a strong music and performing arts background, Milena achieved the role of a Company Dance in Creative Generation: State Schools on Stage, in her final years of schooling. From then on, she has been a part of the RAW teaching team, training and travelling in an all-girls Hip Hop crew. Milena is excited to continue her passion and begin teaching her experiences, at Five Star Dance Academy.
In 2018, Tahlia Ashdown graduated full time at Queensland College of Dance, receiving a ‘Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)’. Tahlia grew up training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre and many more while studying numerous syllabi. Starting dance at the age of 10, she soon found herself undergoing up to 4 exams multiple years in a row to catch up to her friends and compete in Australian wide competitions. Tahlia performed with ‘Merge Dance Theatre’ for 3 years and was one of the original members of the company, through this experience she found her love for Contemporary technique and choreography and hopes to share her knowledge from experience with all the students at Five Star Dance Academy.
At the age of 16, George moved to the Gold Coast to train in full-time ballet, mentored by Justine Summers, and completed his RAD Advanced 1 and 2 exams with Distinction. At 19 he moved to the United States with a full scholarship to Charlotte Ballet’s pre-professional program in North Carolina. While there, he trained and performed under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride of New York City Ballet. He eventually performed numerous roles with the company including the soldier prince in The Nutcracker, second soloist in Spatialisation, mazurka in The Sleeping Beauty and as first soloist in Concerto Divertimenti, by Jeanene Perry. Before returning to Australia, George was offered contracts with Ballet Tucson, San Diego Ballet and Ballet Arizona, but has since returned with a focus on teaching. George is so excited to join Five Star Dance Academy in 2020 and enhance the Ballet techniques for all the dancers.
GRAPHIC AND WEB DESIGN
A Design veteran of 20 years, winner of international design awards and a published illustrator, Hannah joined the Five Star family in 2013 creating our first ever End of Year program for BIG TOP. Since then, she has created many on and offline promotions for Five Star as well as our popular end of year programs each year. Newly creating our revamped Five Star Dance website.