Hi, I’m Miia Savage, Dance Pointe owner and principal since 2012. My mission is to offer a fun, creative and safe environment that students will enjoy, be inspired by and most importantly to offer a place to learn the proper dance technique. Promoting good manners and Healthy and Active Lifestyle is also important to me.
Dance has been a big part of my life for over 30 years now. As soon as I could stand I was swaying, swirling and jumping to the music. Growing up in Finland, I studied Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance. After becoming a professional dancer and performing in musicals and dance productions in Finland, I moved to London to gain more experience and to study my Master’s Degree in Dance. I have also concluded a year of teacher studies in Finland that included behavioural aspects and dance teacher studies in UK with International Dance Teachers Association. For five years I danced, choreographed and taught dance in busy and inspiring London before moving to Australia and I’m so excited to share the joy of dancing with you at Dance Pointe!
Barre Attack™ Level 1 Advanced training 2016
Zumba® Kids and Zumba® Kids Jr Instructor 2014
Barre Attack™ Instructor 2013
Zumba® Instructor 2012
Dance Teacher, Highly Commended (equivalent to Australian Honours), International Dance Teachers Association Great Britain, 2005
Master of Arts (Choreography, Aesthetics, Visual design) Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (London), 2003
Teacher Studies, University of Jyväskylä (Finland), 2002
Dancer’s Professional Degree, Turku’s Conservatory (Finland), 2001
Please meet my fabulous teaching staff:
Matilda Hodgen – Ballet, Jazz
Matilda’s love for dance began at age five and has only continued to grow stronger ever since. She has completed all of her Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams, Primary through to Advanced 2, and has volunteered her assistance in many classes over the years at her childhood dance studio. Through high school, Matilda received the title of both junior and senior dance captain (2012 and 2014 respectively), topped her grade for dance, was awarded the prize for Excellence in Performing Arts and performed on behalf of the school regularly. Matilda currently studies a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at QUT majoring in Dance and she is passionate in creating a safe, exciting, respectful, energetic and creative learning environment where students are constantly encouraged to grow both artistically and personally. Miss Matilda can’t wait to to dance with you.
Jesseka Lingenberg – Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap
Jesseka has been dancing since she was nine and has performed in many competitions and dance concerts, she has been assisting with dance classes since she was 11 years and in 2014 she completed her Jazz Addict Teacher Certificate. “I have won awards for my dance solos at various eisteddfods and I have also been involved in professional performances, I have also choreographed Eisteddfod solos dances. I have training in jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary, throughout all styles of dance I have developed a true passion and love for the art.” In Jesseka’s classes she wishes to inspire others to find their own passion for dance, all the while assisting her students to become the best. Miss Jess will meet you on the dance floor.
Jazz Addict Teachers Certificate 2014
Lauren Smithers – Singing
Lauren started performing when she was 8 years old. Since then Lauren has been in numerous productions including Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, Grimm Tales and Young Frankenstein to name a few. She is currently in her second year of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She currently holds Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) certificates in Classical Voice and Music Theory, and a Musical Theatre certificate from Trinity Guildhall. Lauren is dedicated to providing her students with a safe and nurturing environment for them to grow as performers and musicians.
Classical Voice (AMEB)
Music Theory (AMEB)
Musical Theatre (Trinity Guidhall)
Special guest – Charlotta Remander – Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap
Charlotta has been taking Ballet and Jazz classes since the age of three and then expanded her dance studies to include Modern dance, Hip Hop, Character, Tap dance and Show dance. Charlotta has performed with a Finnish jazz dance group Pori Dance Company and competed in many national and international competitions. She has taught dance for all ages in kindergartens, primary schools and dance studios in Finland. Charlotta is currently doing her internship at Dance Pointe and in a few months time she will graduate as a dance teacher from Turku University of Applied Sciences. You will love Charlotta’s energetic classes that will inspire you to enjoy the movement and find your creativity.