CM Dance Class Brisbane
Irish dancing, ballet, tap & jazz
studios: Camp hill, Coorparoo, Redlands


Clare Michelsen T.C.R.G., B.Ed., Dip.T.

Clare is a registered teacher with the Irish Dancing Commission in Ireland (CLRG). Her own solo dance experience spans over 25 years, and includes winning State Championships and achieving top 10 in Australia several times. She has performed in many professional Shows in Qld, including the Irish Drovers, invited as an international artist in Jakarta, and was recalled at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Cork. Clare’s background includes 25 years of experience teaching in secondary catholic schools as a Business and Drama teacher. She has produced, directed and choreographed many musicals, Speech Nights, Rock n’ Roll Eisteddfod school entries and much more. Her vast knowledge of theatre and production ensures the success and high entertainment of CM Dance’s Showcase Concerts.

Mana Agawa

Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates, Certificate in Dance Performance

Mana trained at the New Zealand School of Dance for Classical Ballet before being accepted into the Sydney Dance PPY in Sydney. During her time in New Zealand she danced many roles including the soloist role of Polka Girl in Kenneth MacMillan’s 1956 work, Solitaire. She has also worked as an independent artist with Sydney Dance Company on their collaboration with David Jones on their Autumn/Winter season in 2016. After graduating, Mana danced professionally as an independent dancer with choreographers such as Lisa Maris McDonell where she performed full length works at the Casula Powerhouse Museum. After an injury where Mana was forced to take time off, she became interested in more teaching and the rehabilitation side of things and completed her Certificate of Matwork, Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction and Advanced Diploma qualification with Pilates International Training Centre. Mana has an in-depth understanding of musculature and biomechanics and is able to identify needs of each dancer. She has a very positive attitude, puts emphasis on technique and is very passionate about sharing her knowledge to others. You may also recognise Mana as ‘Lily’, a semi-regular actress from the popular TV series Dance Academy (series 2 & 3). Mana is very excited to teach at CM Dance and work with Clare and her team as the dance school offers different genres of dance with dedication to quality whilst making it fun for everyone.

Ebony Norton

Ebony has been performing since her childhood. Beginning her dance training under Kerry Moore in Victoria, she competed in her very first competition, the prestigious South Street Ballet Competition at just 5 years old. After discovering her passion for Ballet at a young age, Ebony ventured into Tap and Jazz, as well as Singing and Acting. She has since gone on to win titles at Eisteddfods across the country, including the Sydney Eisteddfod, Get the Beat and Follow Your Dreams. After leaving Victoria, Ebony began training and auditioning for major stage shows and productions, such as Annie, As the Bell Rings and The Voice Kids in Sydney. She also performed at the Hills Dance Festival as a featured soloist. In 2014, Ebony won ‘Dancer of the Year’ at one of the most respected studios in Sydney. It was at this very studio, that Ebony discovered her passion for teaching, taking her own Tap and Ballet classes. After her move to Queensland, she began studying under the British Ballet Organisation, which led her to train en Pointe. After completing her exams, Ebony ventured into Musical Theatre, performing lead roles such as ‘Jane’ in Alice in Wonderland and ‘Shannon’ in Popstars. This led her to pursue study at the Australian Dance Performance Institute, studying Singing, Acting and Commercial Dance. Since finishing her studies, Ebony has gone on to teach and choreograph at many studios and institutions, including the University of Queensland and Dancecorp Dance Studios. After witnessing and experiencing the exceptional comradeship, talent and friendship between the students and parents at CM Dance over the last year, especially backstage at their incredible Concert, Ebony is very excited to continue another year of teaching at CM Dance.

Tiffiny Szymkow

Tiffiny began dancing at the age of 3, covering all dance styles (including RAD ballet), completing all her exams with a Distinction or a High Distinction. She attended Newtown Performing Arts High School and completed a Certificate in Performing Arts at the Brent Street Performing Arts Studio with teachers including Jason Coleman (judge on Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance), Cameron Mitchell (worldwide choreographer who also featured on Australia’s So You Think You Can Dance), Caroline O’Connor (three time Helpmann Award winner and Champion Irish Dancer) and Dean Perry (Tap Dogs troupe member), just to name a few. She also assisted in the development of the Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus which is used in dance schools across Australia today. At the age of 17 Tiffany began working as a professional dancer and has performed with a variety of artists including the Tap Dogs & Christine Anu in the 2000 Sydney Olympic’s Opening and Closing Ceremonies, joined the Wiggles family as Dorothy The Dinosaur for two New Zealand tours and many Australian tours, and as a showgirl back up dancer for Miss Rhonda Burchmore. She has also been involved in fashion dance runway shows all over Australia and a model for Supre’s catalogues for three years. Tiffiny was also a magician assistant in Australia and Taiwan and also lived and performed in family theme parks in Taiwan and China. She was awarded the dance captain role and responsibilities for the team of dancers for 6 months in China. But it doesn’t end there! Tiffiny was a cheerleader for NRL Panthers, NRL Dragons, NRL Tigers, Sydney Kings Basketball, PlayStation and Xbox and was a member of the official NRL cheer squad performing at all big games such as World Sevens and all final series games semi-finals and grand finals. Tiffiny has also been featured as a character in the XBox NRL game. Tiffiny’s experience and good name within the NRL entertainment industry landed her the position of choreographer for the Penrith Panthers cheer squad for over 10 years. Tiffiny pitched her ideas and directed, produced and choreographed a routine with over 400 dancers. Over the past 25 years Tiffiny has taught dance and cheer at many dance, cheer, primary and high schools and has launched competitive cheer programs and has completed cheer coaching accreditation with Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation. She has been a multi-business owner, engaging in CrossFit gym, personal training and a Cheer School, where she achieved great success. After suffering a great personal loss, Tiffiny walked away from her business endeavours to take a much needed break. She is now ready to return to the art that she is loves and is passionate about. Tiffiny is thrilled to returning to teaching dance with the CM Dance team as she loves and supports the ideals and philosophies that CM Dance embodies, making dancing fun and joyful while maintaining excellent technique.

Dhuruva Padmanabhan

Dhuruva started dancing at the age of 5 in Chennai, India. Initially his dance career began with CSTD Tap; however, he eventually moved onto learning Jazz and he realised that this was his true passion and something he wanted to pursue to a higher level. At the age of 9, Dhuruva discovered hip hop and loved the natural groove and musicality. In 2011 he was placed 3rd in the Asia Pacific Dance Competition in Bangkok and continued to compete in 2014 and 2017. In 2017 Dhuruva completed Grade 8 in CSTD Jazz. In 2019 he moved to Brisbane to study a Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at ADPI and he is currently studying an Advanced Diploma. His study has provided opportunities for Dhuruva to perform at multiple events and his biggest breakthrough yet was performing at the NRL Magic Rounds in Brisbane. Dhuruva is super excited to begin imparting his knowledge and passion for dance and to encourage boys to get on board and reap the benefits of dance with confidence.