Team

OUR CREATIVE TEAM

The Creative team is responsible for setting the scene for APDA each year through the creation of an exciting syllabus accompanied by inspiring music.

The team consists of extremely talented and very experienced leaders who have not only achieved great heights in the Physie and Dance worlds but importantly in their professional lives as well. They have been selected as leaders in their fields, each one with a passion for Physie and Dance, and an understanding of what can and should be achieved in this beautiful sport.

We intend to set new high standards of choreography in Physie and Dance that will be both appropriate for age and experience yet surprising and delightful for participants and spectators alike.

Ainsley White
Choreographer

Ainsley started Physie at a young age. She has placed at Queensland State level every year since, including winning a Queensland Championship. Her Physie career highlight include winning a National Championship and competing in the Open Elite National Grand Final on various occasions.

Ainsley runs the North Pointe club with her twin sister Brittanny. Since opening in 2013, the club has produced National Champions, placegetters, finalists, and national competitors. They love that girls and ladies can compete both individually as well as in teams/squads, and they encourage all their members to do strive for their best.

Ainsley is very honoured to be a part of the choreography team and thoroughly enjoys the process of choreographing routines, for both juniors and ladies.


Brittanny White
Choreographer

Brittanny started Physie at the age of 8. Since then, she has competed in the Queensland State Championships every year, as well as qualifying and competing at the annual National Finals. As a competitor in the Elite sections, Brittanny has won the National championships and performed in the Open Elite National Grand Final at the Sydney Opera House.

Brittanny runs North Pointe Physie and Dance alongside her twin sister, Ainsley. She has been teaching Physie to girls for 6 years and loves seeing her students achieve personal bests, whether they perform at the Beginner, Novice or Elite level. Under her direction, she has had many students achieve success in individual and team competitions at local, State and National Championships.


Katie Richardson
Choreographer

Katie started dance at the age of 3, then Physie the following year with where she continued to do both for over 20 years.

Katie has qualified for the National Finals since a young age, and achieved various places, including winning a National Championship, and performing in the Open Elite National Grand Final. She has assisted teaching a range of age groups, and has taught the teenage classes for over 10 years at Shellharbour City Physie & Dance.

Katie has trained and performed in Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz for a number of years. She has performed in lead roles and choreographed various Rock Eisteddfod productions, and local showcases and concerts.

With a career in health, she is passionate about encouraging girls to participate in sport for life, and loves that APDA enables this.

Katie joined the Choreography team in 2012, and last year she co-lead the development of the APDA Syllabus Structure. Katie loves that the she can contribute to producing a contemporary and progressive syllabus for our Tiny Tots, girls, teens, ladies and Masters to enjoy.


Jacqui Lofgren
Choreographer

Jacqui opened and runs a Physie and Dance school in North Sydney, and has over 10 years teaching experience across all age groups (3yrs – Ladies). Jacqui has been doing Physie for over 20 years, and has been involved in other forms of dance and related sports including classical ballet, jazz, aerobics, gymnastics, contemporary, character, Pilates & yoga.

Jacqui has trained in acting, voice over & has an ear for music; working in this industry as a child and teen.

Jacqui has a degree in Education, and has choreographed and coordinated various performances, with a particular interest in K-2.

Jacqui joined the APDA choreography team in 2012, and has choreographed routines across many age groups, as well as assisting in the production of the annual syllabus music. Jacqui has a passion for the Tiny Tot and Junior syllabus.


Amanda Hartshorn
Choreographer

Amanda has been dancing for as long as she can remember and started Physie at the age of 3. She has been a Junior and Senior Opera House finalist, National section winner, and Ladies Grand Finalist on many occasions, training with Xdream Dance.

Amanda studied ballet for over 10 years, gaining honours in R.A.D exams and performing in eisteddfods and productions with the Sydney Festival Ballet.

Amanda has loved performing in a variety of productions, including as a dancer and choreographer for the Sydney Uni Revue and in the Sydney Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Darling Harbour Christmas Pageants, Australia Day ceremonies and sporting events.

Amanda joined the team in 2012, and has continued with the team since, specialising in Lyrical routines for the Elite sections.


Alana Thirkettle
Choreographer

Alana has been involved in Physie for 30 years. She has gained many fantastic achievements including National Finalists and Placegetters throughout her career. One of the biggest highlights was winning the overall Ladies National Grand Final.

Alana has been teaching at her Queensland club, Millennium Physie & Dance Company since the age of 16 years, and this was where her love for Physie grew. Alana holds among her most memorable achievements in Physie, as the one of sharing the vision to create APDA, and is proud to be a part of it.

Alana is dedicated to help improve and continue to grow APDA and develop our sport into a recognised dance association which all students regardless of their ability can enjoy. Alana studied dance at school and topped the subject and went on to be in the top 2% in Qld. She has danced and choreographed dances for a variety of shows and local showcases, performances and Christmas concerts.

Alana has experience in teaching and choreographing routines across all age groups of Physie and Dance, and co-lead the development of the APDA Syllabus Structure in 2016.


Keelyn Sheldon
Choreographer

Keelyn has completed the full-time course at Brent Street Studios, with 15 years of dance training and teaching already under her belt. She has also achieved results in BAL Tap, Jazz and Ballet and completed her RAD Ballet Intermediate examination. Her performance experience includes dancing on X-Factor with artists Flo Rida and Meghan Trainor, The Logies 2012, the Helpmann Awards 2008, Shrek 3 LIVE!, Dora The Explorer LIVE!, SpongeBob LIVE! and Noddy LIVE!.

She also toured to Malaysia and Singapore with Barney and Friends and Barney’s Christmas Star respectively.


Michelle Skinner Sismey
Choreographer

Michelle has been doing Physie for over 30 years, and has taught for over 15 years. Michelle trains and teaches at Camden Physie & Dance. Michelle also worked as a dance teacher, teaching many different dance styles to primary school students including hip hop, contemporary and ballroom, as well as teaching Jazz at local dance studios.

Michelle brings her Physie and Dance experience to the team, and has a particular interest in choreographing both Jazz and Modern Dance routines for the Junior age groups.


Tahlia Brettell
Choreographer

Tahlia began dancing as soon as she could walk and has never looked back. Tahlia teaches the 5 years through to the teens at Millennium Physie & Dance Company, and loves passing on her knowledge and expertise that she has gained over the years. Tahlia trained as a Pre-professional dancer for many years majoring in Ballet and Contemporary. Tahlia was a part of The Australian Ballet ITP, Ballet Theatre of QLD and has successfully competed around the world, including winning World Champion in Cessna Italy in 2012. Tahlia has completed all her RAD exams up to Advanced 2 with high distinctions. Tahlia has had a very successful Physie & Dance career gaining multiple National titles and top 5 placings.

Tahlia is proud to be a part of the APDA Choreography team; specialising in the Technique & Lyrical routines. Tahlia loves letting the music see where it takes her and also seeing the way the girls interpret her choreography.


Rachel Demarco
Choreographer

Rachel has been doing Physie for over 15 years and has enjoyed great success at the local, zone and national levels. Rachel trains with XDream Dance, and began assistant teaching as a teenager and took on a teacher role at North Sydney Physie and Dance in 2014. Having studied dance all throughout high school, Rachel loves sharing her passion with the younger generations.

Her impressive list of achievements is capped off by consecutive placing’s at the National level, including being named National Champion on a number of occasions.

Rachel loves teaching and was excited to join the choreography team this year, and has a particular interest in choreographing both Modern and Strength routines for the pre-teen & teen age groups.


Deanna Carbonara
Choreographer

With over 30 years of learning and participation in Physie, Deanna has been awarded many national places including 5 National Ladies Championship, and winning the overall Ladies National Grand Final. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education.

Deanna specialises in the Tiny Tot and Junior syllabus. Deanna is passionate about teaching these age groups at various locations across the Illawarra, providing a step-wise base of the necessary skills to progress to elite levels, as well as encouraging a love of Physie and dance.