Here at Showbiz Express we have lessons in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Cheerleading, Singing, Contemporary, Pointe and Drama. We offer different levels of tuition from beginner to advanced, with Open Classes welcoming professional dancers as well as those who are excited about the pure joy of movement.
Children find so much pleasure in dancing. Little girls dream of being ballerinas, and boys look so handsome on the stage. Dancing is fantastic for fitness, flexibility and confidence building, so get your kids involved today.
Come on in and visit our studio at Helensvale and talk to us about your dance requirements.
We offer a variety of circus skills in our classes from unicycles, juggling, tight wire, stilts, hula hoops, balancing, clown skills and of course the ever popular acrobatics.
Also offering an exclusive 'Boys Only' Circus Class gives the guys a chance to fine tune their skills in an atmosphere specifically dedicated to the needs and attention boys require!
At Showbiz, we believe the sky is the limit and do not limit our students to the ground! We offer our students to opportunity to participate in lessons on the Trapeze, Silks, Lyra, Decent Rope and Cloud Swing.
If your child shows a love of dance, aspires to be performing on the stage and generally stands out from the crowd, then becoming a member of our performance team will make that dream a reality. Our performance groups are a bunch of very talented students who are dedicated, commited and all share a love of performing on stage. Our groups compete in their appropriate age groups and have been extremely successful this year in obtaining many awards.
We also offer private lessons so students are able to compete as soloists or as part of a duo/trio. Many of our younger students have commenced these lessons this year and so far we have had 100% of these students placing at various eisteddfods.
Principal/ Owner B.ed Primary, member of ADV, ADAP, ATOD
Jo has been dancing since the tender age of 2 ½, following her sister to dance classes. As a very shy 3 year old she performed in her first dance concert and as her parents put it “when she went up onto the stage, she came alive!” Jo has not stopped performing since. At age 4 ½ became one of the youngest contestants to sing on ‘Young Talent time’ and appeared on the show again with her younger sister 7 years later. She has appeared on numerous tv shows such as the Sullivans, Cops Shop, Super Saturday Show, and on the local tv shows in Ballarat. She also did modelling and was in family Circle, Post and people magazine. At 9, Jo began her love affair with theatre and made her debut as Brigitta in the Sound of Music. At 11 she was excepted into the children’s chorus in the Australian Production of ‘Evita’… and very excited to get paid weekly to sing!
Other theatre productions Jo has been involved in are: The Music Man, Merrily We Roll Along, Young At Heart, Merle’s Music Hall and Black and White Minstrels.At 18 she was dancing full time at Melbourne’s Dance Factory and just before the end of the course took a position as Magicians assistant in Silvers Grand Magic Circus. After spending 2 years being sawn in half, turning into a lion, disappearing and appearing from numerous boxes Jo went to perform in Royal American Circus and spent the next 2 years performing in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. It was during this time as a dancer touring with the show that she learnt and began to perform the solo trapeze.Upon returning to Australia she toured with Royal’s Circus, performing solo trapeze, decent rope, flying Trapeze, rag doll contortion act and magic. She has also performed in Robinson’s circus touring the Entertainment Centres in Tasmania, Dreamworld’s Circus spectacular and Lennon Brothers Circus.Circus life also came with numerous newspaper and Television appearances in whatever town they were visiting.
After leaving that Circus Jo took a full time job at Dreamworld performing as suit characters, Cooee the gum Nut Fairy and in their Bushranger show. She performed around Australia, Asia and Hawaii promoting the park for Tourism Queensland. She also took part in Dreamworld’s Aquacade shows and when the Las Vegas show from the MGM grand came to Dreamworld for a summer season Jo was only one of two Australians invited to perform and was cast the main character- ‘ the Princess’ in their duelling Pirates show. As part of the show she had to learn stunts and swing off a trapeze performing a single layout dive into the water from 10m high!
Other shows Jo has been involved in are Brentleigh Theatre Restaurant, Crazies theatre Restaurant Gold Coast, Westfield Pantomimes – Grandma in ‘Red Riding Hood’, Catwoman in ‘Batman Returns’, wicked witch in both ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Tweetie Bird and the Witch’.Jo also ‘dabbled’ in voice overs- making several singing commercials for Sea FM and Gold FM.In 1996 she became compere for the Ronald McDonald shows for Queensland and Northern Territory and spent each week end and holidays flying to different destinations to perform shows with Ronald.In 1996 Jo opened up Showbiz Express Circus & Dance and for their first concert there were 7 students- one of which was Neal McNeal who’s son is now a student! Opening the studio was one of those progressions in life that just happened.
For the next 3 years while still performing, classes were just a 2 afternoon event- numbers building slowly. By 2000 however numbers started climbing and Jo had to decide whether to close the school and keep performing or to ‘go for it’…”By then I was getting older and performing wasn’t a high priority so finding a studio of my own and teaching classes every afternoon was something I really wanted to do”. During the day Jo is the resident Dance/Drama teacher at Coomera State School. Showbiz Express have very successful performance groups in a variety of age categories, who perform and compete in Eisteddfods, fete’s, community days, child care centres, schools and shopping centres. Jo thrives on developing children’s skills.
Recently Jo performed at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in ‘The Greenroom Project’. She was featured as one of 5 artists performing her own live Cabaret set during the show.The success of Jo’s performances are summed up by these typical comments below:
“Jo is an exemplary employee who is talented and commited to the ideal that only the best will do”.
Kerri Von Nida, Entertainment Manager- Dreamworld
“Jo is a delight….She is very talented and hardworking”.
Tommy Hanlon Jr, Television Personality performing at Silvers Grand Magic Circus.
“Jo is a superb dancer and her exuberance and charisma on stage is second to none and an absolute delight to work with”.
Paul Cameron, Musical Director- Brentleigh theatre Restaurant.
“Apart from being hardworking, Jo is one of the most natural and funniest street performers I have worked with”.
Tony Laffan, Magican/ Illusionist- Star and Reef Casino, World Cruise ships
Artistic Coordinator - Dip. Dance/Business/Fitness - Performance (Ballet, Circus/Acro, Tap, Jazz)
Andrew Ross-Graham has been performing for over 20 years and has trained in all forms, aspects and styles of dance. Born on April Fools Day, Andrew was destined for a life of Entertainment and Theatricality.
He trained at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence graduating in 2008 as the ‘Most Outstanding Performer’, with a Diploma in Dance. Andrew enjoys every aspect of the Theatre, performing, choreographing, directing and teaching. Andrew has performed and worked both professionally in Australia and Overseas, with some of Australia's best directors and choreographers including Tony Bartuccio, Jane Scarley, Paul Sabey, Venetta Fields and the late Robert Young. He has been Dance Captain and Choreographer for numerous productions both Nationally and Internationally.
Andrew has travelled the world working for Royal Caribbean Cruse Lines and performed aboard the worlds largest cruise ship ‘The Oasis of the Seas’ as I.Q in the off-Broadway production of ‘Hairspray: The Broadway Musical’. He was fortunate enough to appear with his cast of ‘Hairspray’ featuring on the 66th Annual TONY awards, broadcast live from New York City internationally to a reported audience of 12 million on CBS.
Andrew has worked not only on the stage but also on the screen appearing as a guest host on Totally Wild (channel 7), Hot Source, The Shak (channel 9) and Sarvo (Nickelodeon Australia). With a passion for performing throughout Andrew's career he has been lucky enough to experience numerous and exciting opportunities from his work in the Entertainment Departments at all of the Gold Coasts Major Theme Parks (Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld) but also as a Professional Scare Actor for the Sudden Impact Entertainment Company under the incredible direction of Mr. Lynton V. Harris.
Andrew is an advocate for the Perfoming Arts on the Gold Coast and is involved as a Judge for the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards. He was awarded the Inaugural Beverly McIlwain Scholarship from the Friends of the Gold Coast Arts Centre as well as being awarded a Young Citizen Award for his contribution to the community and being nominated in the youth category for the Gold Coast Honors Awards.
Andrew is a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor (Australian Institute of Fitness) holding Certificate's III and IV in Fitness. He also holds a Diploma of Business, Cert IV in Small Business Management and a Cert IV in Business Development (MAX International College).
Andrew has a love for performing and also seeks enjoyment from helping the next generation of stars to achieve their goals and tread the boards on the World Stage. Andrew holds the position of Director of the Gold Coast Combined Dance Teachers Association Pty. Ltd. where his goal is to Facilitate professional dance opportunities for Gold Coast based dance studios and students, He is also the Artistic Creator of Equal Entertainment, a Gold Coast based production company striving to Create, Excite and Inspire new work and theatrical productions.
Andrew is currently training at the Queensland University of Technology studying a Bachalor of Fine Arts in Dance and A Masters of Secondary Education, Andrew was the 2016 recipient of the Vice-Chancellors Scholarship for Creative Industries.
Andrew has been involved with Showbiz Express since 2001 and is delighted to be the studios Artistic Coordinator.
‘Andrew Ross-Graham is the Gold Coast’s very own Song and Dance Man’
Kate Peters; columnist The Gold Coast Bulletin ‘Dressing Rumours’
Rory Schiele - Circus/Acrobatics
Rory’s interests in the field of the performing arts have been wide and varied.
He’s been training in a multitude of circus skills for close to ten years now. Some of his favourite skills include juggling, human balancing, russian bar and teeterboard. He’s been involved with a number of companies including one that allowed him to teach flying trapeze to kids in the United States.
When he’s not clowning around he has also appeared in musicals and plays at various locations such as The Spotlight Theatre and The Gold Coast Little Theatre. Most recently he understudied as the Cowardly Lion and the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz while also being in the roll of Assistant Director.
Now when Rory has some spare time he has gotten two Bachelors in Teaching and Drama, is working on his Diploma of Graphic Design and works full-time as an Entertainer at Dreamworld.
Zoe Fishpool - ADV Tap/Jazz/Junior Contemporary
Zoe starting dancing at the age of 4 studying tap and jazz on the Gold Coast. Progressing throughout the years she began to study ballet, contemporary, acrobatics and aerial arts but her strengths showed in her tap. Zoe has completed all of her ADV Tap Syllabus in 2013 with all of her results being honours or honours with distinction.
Zoe was a feature dancer in her high school musicals 'Footloose' and 'Wizard of Oz' and choreographed for 'Footloose' and her schools 'Encore Performance' in 2012. She has performed in many eisteddfods, fetes and shows such as Gold Coast Show, Brisbane Ekka, Relay for Life, Daniel Morcombe Day and school fundraiser nights all with Showbiz Express since starting there in 2004.
Zoe additionally completed work experience in 2011 at Coomera State School under the guidance of Miss Jo DeGoldi teaching dance and drama to the students. Zoe has completed school and obtains a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, Certificate IV in Dance Performance (Tap), Certificate III in Dance Performance (Tap), and various other qualifications in the hospitality and business industries.
Jackson Kook - Junior and Senior Contemporary
Jackson Kook is a Dance and Drama teacher at a High school on the Gold Coast. After graduating university with a Bachelor of Secondary Education, his main efforts were put towards coaching competition dance teams at various High Schools. With this success, he decided to focus on developing young dancers within a primary setting, teaching at a local primary school on the coast for a while, so that they would be well equipped in their senior years. With formalised training from a young age, Jackson has spent the majority of his career as a choreographer and strives to give students an appreciation and understanding of dance rather than purely technical training. His passion for dance is at the heart of all his choreography as it relies heavily on developing storytelling abilities in his students. Showbiz is excited to have Jackson as part of their teaching faculty and look forward to students experiencing his expertise.
Madison Sands - Classical Ballet (R.A.D)
Since starting ballet at age 2, Madison hasn't looked back! Completing all of her Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams with Distinction up to Advanced 2 she currently holds her A.R.A.D and is also studying her CBTS with the Royal Academy.
Madison has appeared in many community theater productions around the Gold Coast and is currently working at Sea World and Movie World as a dancer, host and suit performer. She can't wait to share her love and passion for ballet this year with the students of Showbiz Express!
Tianna Campbell - Jazz/Acrobatics/Circus
Tianna Campbell has been a dancer for over 15 years, 11 of those years have been spent with Showbiz Express Circus and Dance. Tianna received a dance scholarship at the age of 11 into Helensvale State High School, she then pursued though high school competing in various competitions with the Helensvale State High School Elite dance troupe winning many awards and also receiving the role of "Dance Troupe Captain" in 2015.
The same year Tianna was also selected as a featured dancer in a stage show called "Let's Misbehave" created by Kate Peters. She then graduated school with a First Aid Certificate, Cert II in Live Productions, Cert II in Dance and a Cert III in Sport Coaching which was received through a 1 year traineeship under Jo De Goldi at Showbiz Express back in 2014.
Tianna has been teaching Cheerleading, Acrobatics, Circus, Jazz etc at Showbiz for the past three years now. Tianna was recently successful in an audition for the Queensland University of Technology to study a Bachelor in Fine Arts also Mastering in Education from 2016 to 2020.
Taylor Alterator - Junior Hip Hop, Jazz and Tap
Taylor is currently studying Year 12 at Helensvale state high school and has been a student at Showbiz Express Circus and Dance since 2003 and loves it so much. Taylor has competed in numerous eisteddfods and performed at a number of events and shows such as Carols on the Beach at Suffers Paradise with Charli Robinson and Variety concerts at the Gold Coast HOTA alongside Rhonda Burchmore and Rob Mills.
Taylor is a member of Helensvale High Schools Dance Excellence Program and is super excited to be able to share her knowledge with the Junior/Intermediate Hip Hop students. Taylor also teaches Jazz, Tap and Circus classes at Showbiz Express Circus & Dance.