Tina began dancing at a very young age and her love for dance has proved to be a lifelong passion. Tina opened her studios and has successfully continued for over 2 decades. Throughout her career, she has coached, taught and mentored countless number of students of all ages, from preschoolers through to mature adults.
Tina’s commitment and longevity in the industry is due to and driven by her desire to inspire young people to lead better lives and to experience more joy by achieving their goals through connection and compassion. Tina continues to further her knowledge and skills by regularly attending numerous professional dancing and business growth programs and conferences. She continues to study various strategies and training techniques and has a very clear vision and direction for creating and maintaining her studios in order to promote clear values and wellbeing for all involved.
Tina was awarded her Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate (Distinction) in 2004 and continues to update these skills through the R.A.D CPD. She has Acro teacher training with Sydney Acrobatics School, and Nia Techniquw Inc – White Belt Intensive Training.
Tina was a Semi Finalist on the ABC TV program Strictly Dancing 2005 when she and her dance partner competed, requiring to be versed in 14 genres of dance.
Tina’s longevity and business ownership was acknowledged by being one of three Young business Person of the Year Award finalists in 2014 at the Lake Macquarie Business Awards.
As well as Directing the studios, Tina teaches weekly classes in Classical Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Jazz/Funk and has developed her own Ladies program- Athena Dance.
Karen began dancing at the age of 5 and began student teaching at the age of 14. Teaching quickly became her passion, and she was fortunate to be mentored throughout by an RAD examiner, whom she continued to teach for, for over 20 years. Karen has over 30 years of dance teaching experience in the fields of RAD classical ballet, jazz and contemporary. Some of Karen’s former students have gone on to dance in companies in many parts of the world and others have gone on to have very successful teaching careers themselves.
Karen has choreographed routines for many local productions over the years as well as award winning solo and group eisteddfods. Karen’s broad background in dance enables her to deliver beautiful, creative and unique choreography that is suited specifically for the student. Her passion is to bring out the best in every student that she teaches, enabling them to be the best dancer that they can be.
Karen believes that learning never stops and to that end she is currently enrolling to study her Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management. She has also recently taken a short course in Beginner Acrobatic Techniques and looks forward to taking many more short courses throughout the year to further enhance her classes.
Karen is excited to be able to continue to pass on her knowledge and finds nothing more rewarding than helping students achieve their goals.
Karen coaches in the genres of Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz. Exam training and Eisteddfod Choreography & preparation.
A prior student of TMP Dance Studios Jaki went on to complete her Royal Academy of Teaching Certificate in Classical Ballet.
After many years of being an integral part of TMP the much loved Miss Jaki has returned to Newcastle after living and working in the ACT. She has recently gained qualifications in a number of courses including the Polestar Mat and Studio/Rehab courses aimed at injury prevention techniques in dance.
Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Exam Coaching & Body Conditioning
Max started tap lessons at the age of 8 and within a very quickly discovered his passion for all things dance – achieving LGTDA teaching accreditation under Toni Zink and studying Hip Hop under Danielle Kyneur.
Max gained invaluable dance performance experience competing at eisteddfods in Hip Hop and Tap. He has toured America twice, dancing at Universal Studios and Disneyland (both Los Angeles and Orlando) as well as onboard the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas Cruise ship. While in America, Max also completed workshops at Disney Performing Arts and with internationally renowned Hip Hop choreographer Dejan Tubic.
In addition to his LGTDA tap accreditation, Max completed Acro teacher training with Sydney Acrobatics School and has over five years’ experience as a dance teacher.
Max is currently completing a Bachelor of Education degree at Newcastle University and has proven himself to be a versatile teacher with infectious energy, who is able to engage with all ages from toddlers to adults.
Nikki Started dancing as a tiny tot under the tuition of Glenda Papa school of dance where she commenced studies in classical Ballet. In later years Nikki began training with Glenda Yee, William Forsyth, Amy Delves and Michael Boyd extending her training to incorporate Jazz and Contemporary along with the Classical training and guest teachers Willia well as in other styles of to train in other styles
During this time Nikki performed at many events including a film clip for Nikki Webster. Following Nikki’s training Nikki spent several years as a professional cheerleader for the NRL’s top teams including St George Illawarra Dragons , The Parramatta eels and also the Sydney kings NBL basketball team.
In 2011 Nikki travelled to Malaysia to perform as a cheerleader in the remake of the TV show “it’s a knockout”.
Nikki left Sydney soon after returning home from Malaysia to start her family. After a small break from dance Nikki is very happy to be back in the dance industry again doing what she loves.
Whilst working in marketing and being a full time mum of two gorgeous children Nikki also leads our morning Preschool programs.
Emma commenced her dance training at TMP Dance Studios at a young age and instantly found her passion for the experience of dance and performance, studying ballet, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop and jazz.
Emma is currently a member of the Flipside Youth Company within Catapult Newcastle, specialising in contemporary dance and performance. Within this company, she has toured Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Newcastle, working with esteemed choreographers including Cadi McCarthy, Kristina Chan, Danielle Micich, Joshua Thompson and Jake Kuzma. Emma was also recognised for her involvement with Flipside in 2017 through the company winning the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Youth Dance’ at the Australian Dance Awards for the production ‘In Search of the Lost Thing’.
Emma has also undertaken creative and choreographic ventures through her tertiary study, where her recent work, ‘Narcissist’, was featured in the University of Newcastle’s ‘Festival X’.
Emma is eager to return to TMP Dance Studios this year as a guest teacher.