Over the last 30 years Karen has built a reputation for producing high quality performers and her success in examination results and competitive endeavors. Karen has had numerous students go on to dance professionally and have careers associated with dance.
Founder and Director
Tamarah has some 20 years dance teaching experience and is a graduate of the RAD Teaching Certificate Programme (with Distinction). Tamarah taught for Karen for a number of years before joining her as a co-director in 2017.
Adjudicator, Trainer, Instructor, Choreographer
Summer is a well regarded figure in the dance industry in Australia, sharing her knowledge and passion with young dancers.
Senior Dance & Examiner ATOD
Simone brings her expansive knowledge and experience to the school. Being a Senior Examiner with the ATOD, Simone is a great asset.
Rebecca is a ‘triple threat’ trained in dance as well as voice/acting at QUT, NIDA and The Actors Conservatory. Rebecca brings her love of drama and musical theatre to the students.
Dance & Drama
Jennessa is an experienced and versatile teacher across various genres. She has a great rapport with the students.
Snr Hip Hop
A graduate of RAW Dance Academy, Alex's passion is Teaching Dance, Choreographing and Performing.
Dominick is an experienced and sought after coach with a versatile background in gymnastics, acro, circus and martial arts and fitness and strength training.
Adult Jazz & Tap, Tinytots
Lisa Mellor is a great KJD past student and is qualified to teacher status. Lisa teaches our Adult tap & jazz classes and assists with the tiny tots.
What our parents and students say
Karen Jacobi Dance & Performing Arts Academy played a vital role in my up bringing and education. It is here I was not only taught how to dance but also was encouraged to follow my dreams, to see things through to the end, respect myself and others and most importantly to be confident within my self.
It was through Karen’s training and opportunities that she made available to me that I was able to gain my advance diplomas in ballet, jazz and tap. I was also able to study musical theatre through Trinity College under her teachings. My child hood memories are filled with concerts, eisteddfods and friendships that I will keep for life.
I am now a fully qualified dance teacher who runs my own dance studio, none of which would have been possible with out Karen’s support and guidance, Thank you.
Danielle WilkinMATOD, ARAD
Being now an established member of the Queensland Ballet and having the opportunity to perform and tour extensively throughout Australia, Europe and Asia, I am happy to look back and remember the years of training I recieved at the Karen Jacobi Dance and Performing Arts Accademy.
My time there equiped me with a solid base of technique and performance experience which began my journey towards a full-time career in a world renouned ballet company. I have many fond memories of the friends I made at Karen’s and count myself lucky to have had such a friendly and supportive group of teachers and performers to encourage my technical and artistic abbilities throughout my school years.
Kathleen DoodyQueensland Ballet Company Member
Karen Jacobi has the wonderful gift of being able to teach and nurture a young dancer into a professional, she has structured her school and her classes to cater for beginners to advanced performers.
This is a school where your child will be taken care of no matter their skill level or if they wish to dance for fun or to pursue it as a career. I will always recommend Karen’s school, she is and always has been dedicated to teaching her joy of performance.
Erin PetersDance Captain – Carnival Cruise Lines
Karen Jacobi Dance & Cheer has given my daughter the confidence and belief that she can achieve any goal that she sets her mind to and how to deal with curve balls when thrown her way. The high caliber of training that she has received since commencing in 2011 has helped her achieve her results of State, National, International Champion , her Top results for the past 6 years with her RAD Ballet & ATOD Jazz & Tap Exam Results, and her Eisteddfod results for the past 5 years.
A quote from Baylee: “Most people think that dance is easy and that training is boring, but to me it is truly a lot more than that. Dancing is something that involves a lot of hard work and effort – blood sweat and tears. It is something that requires commitment, and a lot of it. I train multiple times a week and never get sick of it. My training sessions are different than others. Mine are full of happiness, laughter and joy. When you have the best teams and coaches, training is never boring”.
Baylee has had the opportunity to learn so much from her training at Karen Jacobi Dance & Cheer , building her confidence, realizing her dreams by having the support from the teachers to allow her to do this, and them seeing something in her that she hadn’t. She has made some lifelong friends and learnt some important life lessons with her dancing at KJDC.
Our studio located in Brendale has:
2 fully equipped mirrored studios
Safe dance floors
A large waiting room and warm up area
Dance shop on site
Singing room with upright piano
Ample onsite parking
Studio facilities are available for hire for fitness activities, contact us for more information!
We also use the beautiful Communify Halls in Bardon (247B Simpsons Road)
and Ashgrove (Ashgrove Bowls Club, Yoku Road)