Welcome to LHCA!
MEET OUR TEAM OF TEACHERS
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DIRECTOR + HIP-HOP AND PRE-SCHOOL DANCE TEACHER
Cie is the Director of LifeHouse Creative Arts, having nurtured a dream of beginning a creative arts school for the community for many years. She is passionate about seeing people find joy in creativity, and loves that moment when a child smiles during a lesson, having honed a new skill or finally ‘got it’ as they repeat their steps.
A dancer since primary school, many of Cie's childhood memories revolve around the fun of sport and movement. She always found herself drawn to the team aspect of creativity and performance — more focussed on the joy of the experience than the pull of competition.
For the last two-plus decades Cie has built upon her personal experience as a dancer, leading church dance groups of all ages. Her role has seen her regularly choreograph multi-layered performances for Christmas carols and other community events, including a combination of dance styles, from Hip-Hop to Jazz and Contemporary.
Cie is the Senior Pastor of LifeHouse Church along with her husband, and a mum of four. She is a people person, beach lover and passionate foodie. In her spare time, you’ll find her walking along one of our beautiful local beaches or down at the marina getting an ice-cream.
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MUSIC, VOCAL AND DRAMA TEACHER
Louise has been singing, writing songs and making music her whole life.
As a Primary Music Specialist Teacher with the NSW Department of Education for 16 years, Louise had the privilege of teaching thousands of students through music, dance, drama and singing. In her role, she co-ordinated in-school performances, whole school concerts, eisteddfods and community performances. Some of her favourite memories from her time with the Department of Education include starting a school concert band and taking groups of students to perform at the Sydney Opera House and Schools Spectacular. Louise also co-directed the Bongil Bongil Community of Schools Musicales in 2013 and 2016 and in 2019 was awarded a grant to co-ordinate and lead a week long combined schools Music and Dance Festival involving 350 students from 13 local schools!
Needless to say, Louise loves music and the performing arts. She has a special place in her heart for working with children and giving them an opportunity to discover and develop the gifts and talents within.
Louise is married to her high school sweetheart, and has 3 adult children and one beautiful grandson.
“I am super excited to be joining the LifeHouse Creative Arts team and continue helping children develop their confidence and experience the joy that making music brings."
Music, Vocal and Drama Teacher
Pete aka "Dougy"
BREAK DANCING TEACHER
Known by his friends and students as Dougy, Pete is an energetic creative who is passionate about seeing people pursue their potential.
Before moving to Coffs Harbour, Dougy was the founder and director of a Sydney-based dance studio, which tutored over 400 students during his four years in the role. The studio entered teams into State and National competitions, including the McDonalds City of Sydney Performing Arts Challenge. A ‘pinch-me’ moment from this time was performing at the Sydney Opera House.
Dougy is a local business owner and painter by trade. He loves adventuring, trying new things and taking risks, but on the odd weekend you might also find him fishing off the beautiful Coffs Coast. Dougy is a husband and a father of six young kids — all budding adventurers.
Dougy is excited to help students develop their skill from beginner to advanced, moving beyond what they thought was possible and growing in their confidence.
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JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY DANCE TEACHER
Shay has been dancing since she was five years old. She describes herself as “always on the move”, whether that’s physically moving or exercising her mind and imagination. Shay has always loved both Jazz and Contemporary dance, each for their own unique take on creativity. Jazz is her go-to genre for fun, energetic movement and up-beat music that always makes people smile. Contemporary allows for more expression and is rich with different techniques and layered elements.
Being a dance teacher has always been a dream for Shay. “I am looking forward to meeting all the students and getting to know them, teaching them skills, and having fun in a positive environment.”
Shay's happy place is being with family and friends at the beach.
VISUAL ARTS TEACHER
Michelle discovered her love for painting in 2008. In her younger years, art was more of a conundrum than a passion. However, at the age of thirty — while pregnant with her twins — she experienced a profound shift. As Michelle marvels, “Who would have thought that being pregnant with twins would have such an effect on one's creative capabilities?” Michelle completed two terms of professional art classes and just as she finished, sold her first piece of artwork — the first of many.
Michelle’s favourite visual art genres are Abstract Art and Realism, or Abstract Realism, which is a marriage of the two. She enjoys using a variety of mediums, but predominantly works with oils and acrylics. She has fun exploring a range of different styles using patterns, texture, and colour to create her works. Most of her inspiration is drawn from nature.
Michelle describes her journey into the art world as “miraculous”, and finds it a joy to pass the positivity of her experience, her skills and her passion for art on to others.
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STREET ART TEACHER
Jesse is a talented Illustrator who started drawing when he was in year 11 at school. Looking back, he admits to spending more time in class drawing characters in his school books than he did on his actual school work. His love for art shaped an exciting path for him though, beginning with his preliminary major work being displayed in a local Bellingen gallery.
These days, Jesse does commission work for clients, illustrating his designs on non-traditional 'canvases' like shoes and skateboards, as well as being engaged for large-scale mural projects. Jesse loves getting an everyday object and making it come alive with characters, design and colour, primarily using Poscas in vibrant combinations.
Jesse is newly married, and works full time as a painter. He spends most of his free time volunteering with kids and teenagers as a Youth Ministry Leader. In between, you can find him out on his bike, or at the beach.
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