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Donna Henry

Donna is an incredible Teacher and performer. After growing up in a dance family it was a natural progression for Donna to Become the director of a dance studio. Continuing to share her sisters philosophy will always underpin the values and direction of Hipa Studios

Donna is dedicated to Maintaining a fun, Family friendly and nurturing environment where life long friendships are formed and a love of dance is ignited.

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Cathy Carlson

Cathy has had an amazing career as a dance teacher, performer, producer and choreographer. She has worked in all these rolls in countless international tours, film clips, corporate shows, and of course Dance School Concert Recitals! Cathy brings fun, uplifting inspiration to all her students, where everyone is welcome without prejudice. What students learn from Cathy in class is not only about what happens on the stage. She shares with her students a sense of love and respect for themselves.

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Matt Carlson

Matt Carlson’s Musical Theatre and Drama Classes are always a favorite. He has been teaching with us for many years and is an amazing performer in his own right. Matts encouraging style creates confident performers. The skills learned in Matts classes are vital to all performance disciplines, and he works closely with other teachers in the faculty to bring out the best for each particular student in performance routines.        

Caitlyn Carlson

Caitlyn Carlson has a great depth of talent in dance and singing. Her passion for performance, music and dance shine through to every class. She loves modern styles and is training under some of the most successful choreographers currently in the industry, so she has a great knowledge and appreciation of what is happening in the dance world right now. This is backed up with extensive Ballet, and she appreciates the importance of excellent technique in her students. growing up at the studio from an infant she lives and breathes the positive philosophy shared at the studio. 

Paul Henry

After a successful career as a specialty performer all around the world and with years of experience in circus arts, Paul has had a long history of teaching at Happyfeet over the years and is now a full time member of the Hipa Studios team, both as our chief administrator and the head of our Acrobatics training.

Debbie Landel A.R.A.D London

Having trained at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne, Miss Debbie has also studied in Russia, London, Europe & America.  Miss Debbie has been a Mentor for the RAD & trained many student teachers to obtain their RAD Teaching Certificate.  Formally the Principal of  'Debbie Beale School of  Ballet' Sydney for 10 years & also a former Principal of  'Dance Classique' for over 20 years on the Gold Coast, she has also taught in Japan where she is the Patron of a Ballet School in Okayama, ‘Petit Ballet Studio’.

Miss Debbie is one of Australia’s top Adjudicators being asked to take part in many Eisteddfods and Competitions. Miss Debbie is a very passionate teacher and wishes to share her love for dance &  encourage the up & coming dancers of  Hipa Studios.

William Carlson

Will Grew up in the dance studio and after returning to The Gold Coast from completing several contracts as performer with with Royal Carribean he has jumped on board and brought his enthusiastic and fun teaching style to hipa studios hip hop classes

Matthew Pearson

Matt pearson has been part of our hipa family for around 18yrs during that time he has become one of the gold coast theatre scenes most recognised music directors working in numerous productions in varying roles. From a musician for HOTA in  Annie, Hair, Broadway in Concert, all shook up and the boy from oz and is currently the acting director for spotlight theatre. We are thrilled to have Matt on board as our singing Teacher