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teaching team


Deanna Carbonara

APDA Tiny Tots, SCPD Petites, Juniors 5 - 12 years & Ladies Teacher

Deanna is the current Ladies National Grand Champion, 2018  and has also held this title in 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2018, and has been awarded numerous national places throughout her career. Deanna has 16 years of physie and dance teaching experience and has a university degree in education.


Amy Whelan

Tiny Tots & Petites Teacher

Trained in multiple styles of dance ranging from contemporary and ballet to tap and jazz, Amy has completed training up to advanced in RAD and also ATOD examinations. Having trained in physie for over 12 years, Amy has competed multiple times at a national level, proudly representing SCPD. Amy has also had the pleasure of previously working on the APDA choreography team whilst simultaneously completing her Dance HSC. Amy is now undergoing tertiary study at University of Wollongong, going into her final year of Pre-Med.


Robyn Sakey

Juniors 5-8 years Teacher

Robyn has been doing physie for over 40 years, and been apart of Shellharbour City Physie and Dance for 25 years. Robyn has been National Champion numerous times and awarded numerous national places throughout her career.


Kiara Leis

Juniors 9 - 12 Years Teacher

Kiara has been doing physie for 8 years and has been awarded many National Places as well as being awarded National Champion in 2021. Kiara has been fortunate enough to perform on the APDA Syllabus Video in both 2021 and 2022. Kiara ispassionate about physie and loves to share her experiences and expertise with others. In her spare time, Kiara likes to walk her dog and spend time with friends and family. When she isn't at Physie Kiara is usually studying for her Bachelor of Nursing at UOW, walking her dog or spending time with her family  and friends. 


Rhylee Bamford

13 years - Intermediate Senior Teacher

Rhylee has been a member of Shellharbour City Physie & Dance for 15 years. She has been teaching for 3 years, with experience across a range of ages from Tiny Tots to Intermediate Seniors. Rhylee has qualified for the National Championships numerous times over the past years. When she isn't at Physie she is usually studying for her Commerce/Marketing Degree at UOW or spending time with friends.


Katie Richardson

13 years - Intermediate Seniors Teacher

Katie has extensive experience in performing and choreographing a variety of dance styles and is the Australian Physie and Dance's head choreographer. She has achieved many national places to date, and was also crowned Miss World Australia in 2008. Katie is also a qualified dietitian with a special interest in the heath and well being of children and Young adults.


Rowena Grace

Elite Seniors

Rowena has done physie for over 30 years and has been awarded many National places in her career. Away from Physie, she works as a serving Police Officer; with specialist training in Rescue and Domestic Violence.



Amanda Beveridge

Ladies Teacher

Amanda has been a member of Shellharbour City Physie & Dance for over 20 Years. Physie is basically her life! Her passion for the sport made her want to be part of the teaching team. Amanda loves to travel, on any free weekend you'll find her hopefully on plane or on the beach.



Karen Cohen

Teacher Mentor

Karen has been teaching with SCPD for 12 years. Karen has placed and won at National level on numerous occasions and in 2009 was the overall Senior Grand Champion. Karen has a university degree in Physical Education and is experienced in many areas of dance and sports.


Cheryl Beveridge

Founding Teacher

Cheryl was the first teacher at Shellharbour City (previously Albion Park Rail) after it was formed in 1982 by a group of local ladies.  She taught the entire Club from Babies to Ladies for many years, until with her encouragement and support she has passed the baton to her students.
With a passion for physie and dance, Cheryl was involved in the professional development of all teachers, and retired in 2020.


Meet the Teacher Assistants

SCPD Junior Teaching Assistants J.A.T.S

We are very lucky to have some very committed Junior and Senior members of our club, that love physie as much as we do, that attend classes every week and help our teachers during class. Our J.A.T.S also run our Stretch program before classes.

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