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Meet the Staff - Miss Lee

Roll up, roll up Miss Lee – it’s your turn to be ambushed by Miss Izzy!

If you’d like to meet Miss Lee click on the link down below!!

https://vimeo.com/263274116 << MEET MISS LEE VIDEO

If you’re unable to view the video, please find a plain text version of Miss Lee’s video down below!

So, tell us what you teach: I teach Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, the Tiny Tots Dance Start Program and the Vocational Certificate Three girls.

How long have you been with The Theatre Factory? I started teaching at The Theatre Factory in January 2016.

How did you come to be an arts teacher? That’s a very big question! I did my first teaching exam when I was 15 for tap and jazz and I decided I always wanted to be a teacher and I never really wanted to be a performer… So just ever since then I’ve put the steps in place to become the best teacher I can be.

Do you have a favourite class to teach? I have lots of different favourites for different reasons! I really love Tap cause Tap’s my favourite so I love all my Tap classes. I love jazz cause I get to be creative with my choreography, and Hip Hop is the same, but especially my little tiny people…so the Dance Start and all the Prep and 1’s classes are really my favourite.

What do you do when you’re not teaching? I have a little doggy and I like to take her on walks and take her to the park. I also like to work with Community Theatre programs as a Choreographer and a small time performer as well!

Can you tell us some completely untheatre related facts about yourself? Number One… not a big fan of chocolate, massive fan of cheese! Number Two…I have 2 pet Guinea Pigs and their names are Apple Crumble and Cheesecake. Number Three… I grew up in the country riding horses and hand feeding poddy calves.

Miss Lee is a massive lover of animals so don’t hesitate to tell her about your pets too! Stay tuned for more “Meet the Teachers” coming your way soon!

Meet the Staff - Miss Izzy

So you’ve met the children, but have you met the staff? Over the next few weeks we will be introducing our entire faculty, and today we are starting out with Miss Izzy…lets meet her.

So, tell us what you teach: Hi! I’m Miss Izzy and I am a jazz teacher at The Theatre Factory. I teach Jazz 1, 3/4, 5. 6A, 6B, 7, 8 and 9+ as well as the Performance Team and Broadway Team. I also run our social media (and yes, I’m currently interviewing myself!)

How long have you been with The Theatre Factory? I joined the studio at 13 years old as one of the kids! You may have seen me performing in Peter Pan, Honk Jnr or Annie Jnr while I was growing up. In 2016 I took my first jump to other side of the fence and choreographed a few of the routines for The Rockin’ Tale of Snow White…and I’ve been on this side of the fence ever since!

How did you come to be an arts teacher? I started dancing as a wee little lass in England and when I moved to Australia at 6 I tried out sports instead (what was I thinking right.) At 13 I came back into the crazy world of theatre and I haven’t looked back since! I grew up as a student at The Theatre Factory myself and performed in annual productions, as well as taking part in Dance Troupe and productions in school. I studied musical theatre full time and one day asked Miss Lyn if I could have a go at helping teach…3 years later and I’m still here!

Do you have a favourite class to teach? I absolutely adore teaching each and every one of my classes, but the Performance Team most definitely hold a special place in my heart. It’s beautiful to work with children who are wanting to represent the school and partake in performance opportunities outside of regular class hours. As someone who is pursuing a career in performing arts themselves, it’s lovely to assist in raising the next generation of keen performers.

What do you do when you’re not teaching? If I’m not at teaching you may see me at the dance shop fitting up all the dance shoes on your kids feet! Aside from work though I also run a theatre based youtube channel which you can find here. Coming up in the next few months I will also be choreographing A Little Princess down at Beenleigh Theatre Group. If I find 5 minutes to do something not theatrical, then you’ll find me playing with makeup!

Can you tell us some completely untheatre related facts about yourself? 1. I’m English but most people have no idea because I lost my accent within 3 weeks of living in Australia! 2. This April I will be working at the Commonwealth Games as part of the mascot team, so if you’re down at the events keep an eye out for me! 3. If I could, I’d live on eating just burritos.

Miss Izzy also loves hugs, so don’t hesitate to run up and give her a big hug! (You’ll see most kids don’t hesitate anyway.) Stay tuned for more “Meet the Teachers” coming your way soon!

 

The Health Benefits of Dancing!

So you’re an adult and you can’t decide whether or not you want to get into dance class? Look no further! Here are just a few reasons why you should take up dancing…

 

[1] Dance is terrific exercise! Whether you are looking to burn a few calories, get guns of steel or just get up and active, dance class is definitely for you. Dance is not just an art form, but an extremely athletic and demanding sport!

[2] Dance rids you of stress! We all know that exercise releases endorphins, and what better way to exercise than to the beat of music! With other parents of differing levels in the class, it is sure to be a good time! (Laughing lots will also burn more calories)

[3] Dance not only exercises the body, but also exercises the mind! Studies at Stanford University showed that “dance increases cognitive acuity at all ages, meaning the ability to detect correctness. Many sports are included in this study and dance is the only physical activity that promotes protection from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The reason for this is because there are connections being made between the body and mind that interpret patterns.”

[4] Dance builds confidence! Dance requires a lot of communication of teacher to student and also student to student, ensuring that everyone is comfortable with each other within the walls of the studio. Dancing also requires students to be brave, as you must attempt to do steps or moves that you have never done before. Taking a dance class will inspire you to take leaps of faith in many other facets of life!

[5] Dance class is an hour of technology free time! All too often we can get caught up in the world of modern technology, but for an hour a week you can be free of any technological device! It’s also an hour of “me time” too!

 

So with those points in mind, we look forward to seeing you Monday nights 6-7 pm for Adult Tap!

Age Doesn't Stop a Helping Hand!

Here at The Theatre Factory, we love to see the Senior students support the younger students (literally!) This week we caught up with Shea (12) and Sienna (7) to discuss what they can learn and have learnt from each other.

 

 

First we caught up with Sienna (7) who is in our 3/4 class…

Q: “What’s your favourite thing about working with the big kids at the end of the year?”

A: I like working with the big kids because sometimes they teach us what they do in their classes and it’s a lot of fun. They also help you with corrections when Miss Lyn tells you to do something differently on stage.

 

Q: “Do you look up to the big kids? Why?”

A: Yes, of course. They do a lot of harder tricks and work in dancing, and it’s because they practice a lot and work really hard. They also really believe in themselves.

 

Q: “What’s your favourite lesson a big kid has taught you?”

A: A little bit of their dance with some harder moves in it.

 

Q: “Do you think you could survive doing a show without the big kids?” 

A: (With a cheeky grin) Yes I do! I think I’m responsible and I’m good at what I do, but the big kids do definitely help a lot!

 

Next we caught up with Shea (12) who is in our Grade 8 class…

Q: “What’s your favourite thing about working with the younger students at the end of the year?” 

A: I like working with the younger students because they’re always very happy and really excited to see us (older students.) They’re always really enthusiastic so I really enjoy working with them.

 

Q: “Can you think of a scenario from recent years where you’ve helped a younger student? What’s your favourite memory of helping a younger one?”

A: Every year we help the younger students find their way around the buildings like showing them where the bathroom facilities are and how to get backstage when it’s their turn. I always love to help make sure the kids get on stage in time because you can tell they’re having so much fun once they get on stage and they don’t have to worry about anything at all.

 

Q: “Can you remember the older students helping you when you were younger? Can you name a memory?” – (Shea has been with The Theatre Factory for many years!) 

A: Absolutely! The older students always used to help us like we now help the younger students. I remember in Honk I got to be one of your (Miss Izzy’s) ducklings with 3 other kids and you always made sure we were where we needed to be, but also helped relax us because we hadn’t all worked together before and we were a bit nervous.

 

Our students assisting each other definitely isn’t limited to just the stage, as we watch them help the younger students on a day to day basis. A big thanks to Shea and Sienna for talking to me this week!

Have You Met Our School Captain?

Here at The Theatre Factory, we are beyond proud to see our older students nurturing and guiding our younger students both in and out of class. In 2018, we have made the decision to implement a School Captain, one of our senior students, to ensure all of our little ones have a familiar face to go to when they need assistance, aren’t sure of something or just need to see a friendly smile. Have you met her yet?

Introducing Zoe, your Theatre Factory 2018 School Captain.

Now for a few words from Zoe to your children!

Hey everyone!

I’m Zoe Nicholson and this year I have the amazing and exciting job of being The Theatre Factory’s first ever School Captain. Some of you might know me from previous years, but for those of you that don’t here are a few things about me. I am currently in Grade 11 and have been with The Theatre Factory since 2009 when I was just 7 years old (I know I’m old.)

Over the years I have learnt many incredible lessons from many incredible teachers, with these lessons helping me throughout my life. Looking back to when I first started, I want your children to know that no matter what anyone says they should always pursue their passion for the creative arts – me included. Girls and boys, this family will always support and care for you, but you must first let them in. Our teachers have allowed me to find myself and connect with others, as well as helped me learn compassion and kindness – but they still let me be my crazy self!

Out of all the classes I currently do, my favourites are Jazz and Ballet because they allow me to communicate without talking. You can always find me in the reception on Friday Afternoons and Saturday Mornings, where I am able to meet all the bright and happy faces that are excited for classes. I absolutely adore this experience, as well as the end of year shows, because I am able to be with all my current friends within the school and make new ones! Our shows bring us together as a community, which over the years I have found to be a very special and beautiful thing.

Please feel free to come up to me when you see me for any questions or just to say hi! I adore seeing everyones smiling faces and I cannot wait to see everyone throughout the year.

Lots of Love,

Zoe