> Meet The Team
Teagan McKeen | Founder & Teacher
Hannah Garbo | Singing Teacher
Having been involved in dance for the past 21 years, Teagan's love for the art form has seen it consume every aspect of her life. She studied dance at Wollongong High School of the Performing Arts and then a full time dance course at Brent Street Studios in Sydney. Along with receiving a band 6 in Dance in the HSC, Teagan was awarded the Bampton-Thomas Memorial Trophy for achieving excellence in both dance and education at her school. Throughout high school, Teagan featured regularly in various events including Southern Stars, Schools Spectacular and the Regional and State Dance Festivals. Despite taking classes with world-renowned choreographers in Las Vegas and New York, she finds her most valuable lessons were learned here in the Illawarra, where she was mentored by a number of influential dance teachers.
In 2011 her love of dance evolved into a love of teaching where she could combine her training and passion to nurture the development of young dancers. Since leaving school, Teagan has taught at various dance schools around the Illawarra and has served the bright smiling faces of dancers at Classic Moves Dancewear for nine years.
In addition to dance teaching, Teagan loves musical theatre and has been involved in numerous local productions. She is the resident choreographer of the multi-award winning Wollongong-based So Popera theatre company, as well as performing in their productions.
The Dance Affinity is a warm, supportive environment where students learn more than dance skills. Through developing a positive approach to life and improving the overall holistic health of students, Teagan hopes that dancers can achieve their goals whilst feeling supported and positively encouraged by their mentors who share a mutual affinity for dance!
Hannah Garbo is a dedicated performer and singing teacher. She is currently studying her Bachelor of Music (Specialisation) Majoring in Jazz and Popular Music through the Central Queensland Conservatorium Of Music. Hannah has been active in the industry since a very young age and has worked extensively in award winning TV/film (Sundance) alongside renowned actors like Rebecca Gibney, Brenda Blethyn, Frankie J Holden, Emma Booth, and esteemed director Gillian Armstrong.
In 2011, Hannah received a performance scholarship to attend the McDonald College for musical theatre and has since performed in numerous theatre productions in the region, including Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Rumpleteazer in Cats, Mary Lane in Reefer Madness, Patty Simcox in AMTC’s production of Grease, a Silly Girl in So Popera’s Production of Beauty and The Beast and most recently played the role of Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. She was nominated for “Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical” by the Canberra Amateur Theatre Awards for her role as Eponine in Les Misérables in 2012.
Hannah also involves herself in a lot of behind-the-scenes work, as Assistant Musical Director for the Roo Theatre's production of Honk!, in which she also played the role of The Cat, as well as the Producer for Summer Rain in 2014 for Roo Theatre and Is currently the Vocal Coach for the theatres Production of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’. In 2016 Hannah directed and choreographed the musical 13. 13 was a great success allowing Hannah to combine her interest in musical theatre and her passion for young performers.
Hannah has received vocal training by the esteemed Patricia Ortell in Sydney and Jane McIntosh as well as teaching private classes herself independently around Wollongong.
Lahni Phillipson | Dance Teacher
Lahni has been dancing for the past 15 years and has developed a strong passion for dance from her teachers. During those years, she has studied many different styles aiming to become a versatile performer. She has completed Cecchetti Ballet exam Grade 6 and Intermediate exams and achieving both honours and commended. Lahni has been involved in many productions including countless Revues, many Southern Stars productions and endless Eisteddfods. She performs both as a troupe dancer and soloist achieving extraordinary placings in all genres. She has gained experience from teaching for the past 6 years at Thirroul Dance Academy and cannot wait to share her passion and love of dance with her students at The Dance Affinity in 2018.
Primrose Gorringe | Drama Teacher
At the age of 5, Primrose found her passion for performing. Starting with singing and quickly taking up dancing and drama, Primrose found herself always on stage. She completed exams in singing as well as competing in numerous dance, drama and singing events. Primrose studied the arts all through school and undertook the Music 2 and Music Extension subjects for her HSC.
As she grew older, she soon found her calling of teaching others who like her, fall in love with performing arts. Having graduated as a Primary School teacher in 2018, she takes her passion for the arts everywhere she goes.
She not only enjoys teaching others about the arts, but still thrives on stage as a performer herself. Primrose has performed in various shows from Phantom of the Opera as Confidante, HONK as Downey, Hair as Dionne, Seussical the Musical as the Sour Kangaroo, Singin’ in the Rain, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Wizard fo Oz.
From Orange to Wollongong, Primrose was born to perform and teach and can’t wait to see what the future holds for herself and her students.