Archive for May, 2011

“Hairspray” comes to town!

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

On Saturday we had the wonderful Damien Chambers from the Stage door promotions team bring members of the cast of “HAIRSPRAY!” the musical to teach a free workshop at Lee Academy! – It was a truly excellent day & all the students had a GREAT time!
A massive thank you to Stage door promotions for the 2 x family passes to the show to give as prizes on the day!
The cast members chose JOE MIDDLETON as the best boy, & JANAE PARKER as the best girl in the workshop & they both happily accepted the prize of 4 free tickets to see Hairspray the musical in Sydney!
Parents loved watching the workshop & it was SO FUN as all the students sung & danced the morning away in our beautiful studios at Tuggerah.
Thank you to the wonderful cast members: Heath Keating, Hayley Martin, Briden-Starr Aspinall & Mitchell Hicks who were excellent teachers & performed a small part of the show for us all!
It was also wonderful to have some of our friends from other dance studios too to share in the super fun day!

Have a look at the AWESOME day we had at Lee Academy!:


Make sure you go & see HAIRSPRAY! The musical in Sydney!
- $55 tickets are avail at: Stage Door Promotions

dancing with the cast : what a great day!

The LA gang with the cast of Hairspray

The cast from Hairspray, with Studio Director Miss Jo, & family pass winners: Joe Middleton & Janae Parker

The wonderful Caitlin Gray, was at Lee Academy recently to teach a workshop.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

The class was fantastic with all ages invited to take the class.

Caitlin, born in NYC, Caitlin was raised on both coasts (New York and California), and comes from a diverse background that includes national-level athletics, dance, gymnastics, and circus arts.  Her wide range of skills and experiences has made her a highly sought-after teacher and choreographer.  She trained on full scholarship at Steps on Broadway in New York City, and has a Psychology/Dance degree from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo.

Caitlin recently choreographed award-winning recording artist Ari Gold’s live performance of ‘Make My Body Rock’ at the Friends Project, featuring world-renowned recording artists Alan Cumming and Billy Porter, Central Park’s Summerstage, Universal recording artist TORI’s live performance of ‘Be A Girl’ at the IMTA Closing Ceremonies, and the Kidz Bop Macy’s Back-to-School tour.

Caitlin has a well-known reputation as an engaging, fun and effective instructor, and currently teaches jazz, lyrical, street jazz, and hiphop at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  She has taught master classes all over the U.S. and Canada, as well as abroad.

It was wonderful to have Caitlin with us!

Caitlin Gray, amazing dancer from New York City, claims her place on our signing wall.

Phenomenal dancer & teacher, Caitlin Gray with Lee Academy dancers at her workshop.


From left to right (front row of dancers): Danni, Bree & Rachel from Lee Academy full time in class during Caitlin’s workshop.