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.
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.
From her very first dance class Ebony has been extremely passionate about the dance world. She has trained in all styles of dance and been coached by leading industry professionals. She has completed both RAD ballet and CSTD jazz exams to a high level. Ebony has choreographed both national and regional award winning routines and was announced as a finalist in the Dance Architect choreography awards. Most recently she was named the QUT Vice Chancellors Scholarship dance award recipient. She received her Certificate III in Dance and is currently studying her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. Ebony prides herself on creating an environment in the studio that allows students to flourish and hopes to share her knowledge from experience with all the students at Five Star Dance Academy.
Miss Kianna started Gymnastics at the age of 4 and her passion and love within the field of dance, gymnastics, tumbling and acrobatics has flourished over the years. In 2015 Kianna transitioned from gymnastics into Acrobatics, competing in pairs and trios up to Level 9. She has competed representing Queensland in many state and national championships and received the 2018 and 2019 National Acrobatic of the Year Award. Kianna’s passion for the sport led her into coaching and multiple opportunities to adjudicate. Miss Kianna holds Qualifications through Gymnastics Queensland as a Gymnastics and Acrobatics judge and coach. Kianna is excited to join the Five Star Team in their Acrobatics program. Nuturing the students to achieve their goals and to believe in themselves.
Miss Kate has been dancing since the age of 4. She has trained in all styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, cheer, lyrical and musical theatre. Kate has completed her ATOD Jazz and Tap, and RAD ballet examinations to a high level. Her talents have taken her to perform for the Broncos Cheer Squad and for the University College of London Performance Team. Outside of Dance Kate is a published author in scientific literature and completed her First Class Honours in Biomolecular Science. Dance has always been a fundamental part of Kate’s life and at Five Star Dance Academy, she hopes to create a warm and nurturing classroom where ‘everybody’ is worthy of love and belonging.
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.