Meet Our Team!

Platinum Cheer & Dance
Platinum Cheer & Dance

MELISSA HANDSAKER

OWNER

As owner of Platinum, Melissa runs the business side of things. She keeps things running smoothly at the platinum gym and is a direct point of contact for parents and athletes at the gym.

Melissa has been involved in the Cheer and Dance world for 6 years and is already a successful cheer mum and business owner!

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ASHLEIGH GEORGE

HEAD DANCE & CHEER COACH

 

Ashleigh has been dancing her whole life, teaching/coaching since 2010 in a variety of genres including lyrical, contemporary, jazz, pom, hip hop and burlesque. Having her level one credentials for cheer has also given her great opportunities coaching Cheer and Tumbles. 

Ashleigh competed herself up until 2017 with her most recent successes being a Hip Hop finalist at Cheer and Dance Worlds in Orlando, Florida, USA. 

Ashleigh takes pride in creating a fun, safe environment with the drive to extend and enhance each child's capabilities so they can shine. Ashleigh is accredited in Level 1 - 3, and will be coaching our Cheer Teams in 2021.

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DANIEL IRWIN

CHEER COACH - LEVEL 1-4 ACCREDITED

               

Daniel, comes to Platinum with a wealth of experience, coaching for the past 5 years. He is enthusiastic, driven, professional and is known to think on his feet. Embracing safety of the athlete, teaching body before skill and a perfection before progression approach. Specialising in stunting and pyramid creativity as well as coaching tumble skills and spotting. 

CLAIRE LAFFEY

DANCE COACH

               

Claire joins the Coaching Staff with 15 years performing in Dance and has now taken the next step into Choreography and Coaching. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Claire is trained in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Character, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre.

BEN SAROSSY

HEAD CHOREOGRAPHER & HIP HOP WORKSHOP COACH

Ben has been dancing on a National and International level for well over 10 years. He has competed on stages in places such as, but not limited to, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Hong Kong and had the honour of competing at the World Championships in Florida, placing 7th overall. He has danced alongside the likes of Timomatic, Justice Crew, Nicole Lamb, Bliss 'n' Eso, The Royal Family, Zac Brazenas, Drill Dance Company and the Hybrid Elements Collective; just to name a few.

Ben’s personal dance style is quite unique, combining skills and techniques from popping/locking, isolations and other animation based styles, tricking, capoeira, breakdancing and even contemporary. With the unique blend of styles and such a diverse movement background and vocabulary, Ben always has something new to offer to any class he takes. We are excited to have Ben on the coaching staff at Platinum.

CARLY MCGREGOR 

HIP HOP DANCE COACH

               

Carly has had the pleasure of dancing and working alongside some of the highest profile dancers both Nationally and Internationally including, but not limited to: TK Patara (The D dance crew), Zac Brazenas (Brittany Spears), Cyrus Henry (Junkyard Beats), the Hybrid Elements Collective and more. Carly has danced on the National stage multiple times, taking out National Champion as well as runner up State Champion on multiple occasions.
Carly’s personal dance style is built on the foundations of combining commercial Hip Hop and commercial Contemporary, resulting in a unique, smooth and mesmerising style that’s always a pleasure to watch.

OLIVIA MACDONALD

JUNIOR ASSISTANT DANCE COACH 

 

Olivia has been Dancing since she was 4 and has many highlights in her Dance Career, such as Representing QLD at ATOD National Jazz Championships. She has completed her Certificate III in Dance with Elite Dance Institute, as well as currently doing a Certificate III in Business. Olivia is classically trained in Jazz and Ballet and has also competed in many other Dance genres, such as Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pom and also Cheerleading. Olivia will be helping the Head Dance Coach with the younger Dance teams.

KYMBERLEIGH O'CONNELL 

JUNIOR ASSISTANT CHEER COACH

               

Kymberleigh has been doing Cheer and Dance for 8 years, achieving 3 National titles, 1 for Hip Hop and 2 in Cheer. Kymberleigh is starting her Certificate III in Sports and Recreation and is assisting the Head Cheer Coach in training the Level 1 Cheer Team for 2021.

KRISTI PAUL

TUMBLE COACH

               

Kristi has had a background in Gymnastics for many years. She was a competitive level 5 gymnast before an injury stopped her competing but she trained into level 6. She has coached level 1-3 competitive gymnastics and was a level 1 judge in Melbourne.
After school Kristi completed a certificate IV in fitness and also has a bachelor of Paramedic Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast and currently works full time in Mental health.

BRIANNA BUSS

JUNIOR ASSISTANT CHEER COACH

               

Brianna has been doing Cheer for 8 years and Dance for 1 year. Brianna achieved a National Champion title as one of her highlights. Brianna is excited about her new coaching role at Platinum.

PHOEBE POWELL

JUNIOR ASSISTANT CHEER COACH

               

Phoebe has been doing Cheer for 6 years and 4 years in Competition level. Phoebe is completing her Cert III in Fitness and is really excited to step into a Coaching role at Platinum.

TEAM CO-ORDINATORS

Our team of co-ordinators assist our athletes and parents throughout the year in training and at competitions, ensuring everyone is fully informed of all information and necessary dates for competitions and training schedules.

TRACEY

JODY

CATE

TENILLE