Shondra started her dance training at the age of 4 with the Shelley Wright dancers and then went on to study classical ballet with Sheila Laing. In 1987, Shondra auditioned for and became a member of the Australian drill team where she performed for the bi-centennial parade, the Australian formula one opening and the mayor's ball in 1988. Also in that year, the Australian drill team travelled to Nagoya, Japan for international competition, where the team went on to win and retain it's world championship title. In 1990, Shondra travelled with the team and performed at the Edinburgh military tattoo, a highlight of her career. Shondra has also performed as a cheerleader with the Adelaide 36ers. Shondra has a passion for dance and her professional opportunities have given her a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to her students.
Jayne Spencer - Artistic Director
Jayne was the Principal Director at Dance Xplosion for 28 years and after selling her studio to Shondra, she has moved in to the Artistic Director position. Starting dancing at the age of 8, dance has always been a big part of Jayne's life. Her love and passion for teaching started at a young age and she has been very proud to see students go onto professional careers as performers or teachers'. Jayne has an extensive knowledge of exams and competitions in all genres of dance and finds it rewarding passing on that knowledge and passion to her students. Jayne continues to mentor young dancers in tap dancing and modern jazz, train our future teacher's and share her wealth of knowledge to all teachers and students at Dance Xplosion. She also continues to update her knowledge and skills by participating in development courses, student and teacher workshops and business workshops.
Krysten Sutton - Ballet Teacher
Krysten studied Classical Ballet with Sheila Laing in Adelaide, where she gained her Royal Academy of Dance, Solo Seal. In 1984, Krysten travelled to London where she was a finalist in the Adeline Genee Awards. She also attended the Central School of Ballet in London. Krysten is a qualified Royal Academy of Dance Teacher and continues to update her knowledge and skills by participating in development courses and student and teacher workshops. Her passion is to in still an enjoyment and love of ballet to others. Krysten has been committed to Dance Xplosion and it's students for 17 years and is a loved and valuable member of our team
Nicole Altschwager - Administration
Nicole is our Office Manager. Nicole loves interacting and making connections with children and their families and with her warm and friendly demeanour is a valuable asset to the Dance Xplosion team. You will find Nicole in reception 3 days a week and looks forward to helping and supporting student's and parent's with any enquires you may have.
Gemma was one of Jayne's students from the age of 2 and has studied all genres of dance. Gemma has many accomplishments in state dancing competitions winning the 2007 Junior Tap Championship, 2009 & 2010 Senior Tap Championship, 2007 Junior Theatrical Championship winning a scholarship to Dance World Studios Vic & 2009 Senior Theatrical Championship also winning a scholarship to Dance World Studios Vic. Gemma still loves performing and is a performer at Adelaide events. Gemma teaches modern jazz, hip hop and cheerleading and is also a disability support worker. Gemma's love of dance shows in all her choreography and her dream is to instill a love of dance in all her students.
Kelly began her dancing career with Jayne at the age of 5. Her love and passion for dance has allowed her to compete in local competitions in troupes, solo's and duo's. Kelly is currently studying modern jazz, tap dancing, hip hop and classical ballet whilst also undertaking exams in modern jazz, tap and classical ballet. Kelly has completed up to grade 8 in RAD classical ballet exams, up to and including grade 6 in modern jazz exams and is currently studying her tap exams. Miss Kelly's gentle and caring nature and patient demeanor allow her to work cooperatively & successfully with students of all ages and is also a registered nurse. Kelly hopes to continue to show her passion for dance by inspiring others to fulfill their potential.
Shaelie started dancing at Dance Xplosion when she was 5 years old starting with jazz and with the following years picked up tap dancing, hip hop and classical ballet. Shaelie was extremely nervous within her first few years dancing but she soon started to open up as she found her new friends and passions. Shaelie has completed her RAD classical ballet exams and all her modern jazz and tap dancing exams pre teachers certificate. She is very excited to be teaching hip hop and relief teaching in jazz and tap cant wait to see where Dance Xplosion takes her.
Rebecca has always had a passion for dance. She started dancing at Dance Xplosion at age of 3 in 2005. She has competed in many competitions in solo and troupe work. Rebecca has completed her RAD classical ballet exams up to and including grade 7 and is currently working on her Intermediate Classical exam. Rebecca has a Cert IV in Dance and is always looking to further her dance knowledge and skills. She loves working with young children and wishes to share her knowledge and love for the arts.
Tanayah McLay - Student Teacher
Tanayah has been dancing at Dance Xplosion for 12 years starting at the age of 3 years. She has studied all genres over this time but she is focusing on her classical ballet, modern jazz and tap dancing classes and exams to become a qualified teacher. Tanayah is a very accomplished and successful student participating and winning tap dancing championships, classical scholarships and adjudicators awards. Tanayah is committed to furthering her knowledge and skills by attending many school holiday workshops and programmes both here in South Australia and interstate. This will be Tanayah's 2nd year as a student teacher and with her friendly and caring nature, she will be a great asset to the studio and it's students.
Arielle Coat - Student Teacher
Arielle has been dancing at Dance Xplosion for 11 years, starting at the age of 3 and is a committed member of the studio. She has won a variety of awards from the 2011 under 5 good work award to the 2019 student of the year runner-up award. She studies modern jazz, tap dancing, classical ballet and contemporary. Arielle's love and passion has led her to compete in troupes, solo's and duo's in many competitions. She will be extending her dance studies through the dance program at school and interstate workshops. This will be Arielle's 2nd year as a student teacher and she is committed to working hard to improve her skills and abilities and looks forward to sharing that knowledge with the students.
Hayley Paterson - Student Teacher
Hayley started dancing when she was 4 years old and this year will be her 11th year at Dance Xplosion and her 1st year as a student teacher. She started with modern jazz and over the years has extended her classes to modern jazz, tap dancing , classical ballet, cheerleading, contemporary as well as solos, duos & exams. Hayley loves coming to dance for every lesson no matter how bad her day has been as once she gets to the studio with some of her best friends, she will be working hard, smiling and having a great time. Hayley hopes to one day have a career in dancing and she's so excited to start that journey as a part of the Dance Xplosion team
Samantha France - Assistant Teacher
Samantha has been dancing at Dance Xplosion for 16 years starting at the age of 6. Her love and enjoyment for dance has allowed her to compete in competitions as a troupe member and participates in modern jazz, tap dancing and hip hop. Her love of children and dance has allowed her to assist teacher's in their classes and be a part of the Ready Set Dance team. Samantha loves assisting students as this let's her help the new generation of student's to find their own passion for dance and to achieve their dreams but also create bonds with each student that comes through the studio. Samantha is currently studying a bachelor of business.
Shenise Bruno - Assistant Teacher
Schenise was 5 years old when she started dancing at Dance Xplosion. The first ever dance lesson she attended was classical ballet and after that first class I fell in love with dancing. A few years later Schenise enrolled in tap dancing, modern jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. After dancing for 10 years, I have learnt to be more confident in myself to try new things in life and to never give up. I don’t know how many times being a dancer we fall but we always manage to get back up and try again to achieve what we are doing in the end. Being a part of this studio is the one of the best things that has happened in my life we are one big family! I am very excited to see where my student teaching journey will lead me to in the future at Dance Xplosion