About

OUR STUDIO

Rhythm Nation Academy of Dance is based in central Toowoomba, Queensland. Our vision is to provide a dance studio where you can have fun, feel welcome and become a better dancer. We teach a variety of class styles and cater to both beginners and experienced dancers (and everyone in-between!)

Come and see for yourself! Your first class is free. Contact us today to book your place.

Rhythm Nation Academy Of Dance - Class Room

OUR DIRECTOR & LEAD TEACHER

Steph Koziel dance teacher Toowoomba

Miss Stephanie Koziel
Director

Stephanie (Miss Steph) began dancing at the age of four, and her enthusiasm for teaching is infectious.

She has extensive experience performing and teaching Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Cabaret, Musical Theatre and her personal favourite Hip Hop.

During her 28-year dance career, Steph has undertaken many exams through Asia Pacific Dance Association (APDA), won multiple awards at eisteddfods and competitions and has danced internationally with her performance team.

In addition to her dance examinations, Steph has undertaken many years of training and examination work through AMEB and Trinity College in Speech and Drama, hence her love of Musical Theatre!

Beyond dance skills, Steph believes dancing gives people valuable and far-reaching benefits such as:

  • Fitness, balance, rhythm, strength, flexibility and coordination
  • Body confidence and self-esteem
  • Self-discipline and focus
  • Mindfulness
  • Fun and enjoyment
  • New and lasting friendships

Steph hopes to pass on her love of dance and movement to her students in a fun and welcoming dance environment.

Carissa Garner - Rhythm Nation Dance

Miss Carissa Garner
Senior Teacher & Lead For Junior School Programs

Miss Carissa discovered her love of dance as a teenager, dancing throughout her high school schooling in addition to external studio lessons. Carissa has over 10 years’ experience as an early childhood educator and holds a diploma of early childhood education and care.

Miss Carissa specialises in behaviour management and guidance, building positive and respectful relationships with children and designing and implementing a curriculum to foster children’s learning and development that promotes the physical well being of children through music, movement and dance.

Carissa is very excited to be leading our junior classes with Rhythm Nation and believes in providing a fun and stimulating dance environment where each child is recognised for their achievements and efforts while providing challenges, so they are able to progress and build their skills as dancers.

Rhythm Nation Dance

Miss Alexandria Otto
Senior Teacher

Miss Alex began dancing at a young age, starting jazz and tap classes at the age of 7.

Alex has completed examination work for Ballet and Pointe through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus, and examination work for Jazz, Tap, Theatrical and Hip Hop through Comdance (CSTD) – working her way up to teaching certificates in each genre.

With over 4 years teaching experience, Miss Alex designs her classes to complement and provide a foundation for other styles of dance.

She incorporates flexibility, technique, musicality, and strength in order to help dancers develop their skills and become versatile performers.

Miss Heather Drake
Latin Teacher

Miss Heather loved dance from a very young age. She would always imitate her older sister when she practiced Ballet at home, so Heather’s Parents enrolled her into Ballet!

Miss Heather participated in her first Latin class at the age of 16 and went on to study Ballroom for 8 years. Heather achieved high distinction 3rd award for Modern Ballroom in 2015 and supreme award for Latin ballroom in 2016. Since 2014, Heather has endeavoured to learn as many styles of dance as possible.

She has danced and performed Bellydance for 4 years and has also studied Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. 2021 will be Heather’s second year taking our Latin Fusion class, and she is excited to continue developing our dancer’s Latin technique.

OUR ASSISTANT TEACHERS

Assistant Teachers

Molly Henningsen