About

Signature Cheer & Dance Studio is place where kids of all age’s shapes and sizes learn to dance, cheer, sing and performance. This is a studio where creativity, individuality and self-expression are encouraged. Our community of teachers, students and families are passionate and enthusiastic about cheerleading and the performing arts.

Our goal is to create a positive and happy experience for all of our students. We strive to nurture and develop talent, celebrate the achievements of all students and inspire a love and appreciation of all styles of dance, cheer and the arts.

We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment in which all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.

MISSION STATEMENT

We at Signature Cheer & Dance Studio are committed to inspiring each student to have a passion and love of cheerleading and dance that lasts a lifetime.

We provide our students with a positive, passionate and uplifting experience in a safe and nurturing environment.

At Signature Cheer & Dance Studio we are all about the team and working with our students to achieve their dreams and goals while providing excellence in technical training.

We want our students to be leaders in the community and show confidence in who they are and what they do.

We encourage our students to achieve their best at every age and stage of their cheer and dance career.

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About our Staff

Amy Citroen – Studio Director

I am a mum of 2 daughters Ella and Annabelle and wife of David. We live locally in New Gisborne. David and I both grew up in Sunbury. I attended Sunbury West Primary School and Sunbury Secondary College. During my time at school I was extremely involved in the School Productions and Music Programs. I began learning piano at the age of 5 and later moved on to Violin at the age of 10 and then Cello at 13. I was a dancer in 4 school productions, and named Dance Captain for 2 of them. I also returned the year after I graduated as a guest choreographer.

I’ve been in a dance studio since before I can remember my mum was my first teacher and had her own studio for a time. I began dancing at age 2 and haven’t stopped. I’ve been trained by some of the best in the industry over the years.

Julie Cookson – Melbourne

Christine Allison – Melbourne

Bert Shaw & Camille Edwards – Melbourne

Shirley Rogers – Sunbury

Claire Haywood – Sunbury

After high school I attended Dance World Studios full time commercial dance course and took additional ballet classes at the same time. I danced 6 days a week 6-8 hours a day during this time. I was lucky enough to have a wide variety of industry professionals while training at Dance World include Ballet with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov, Hip Hop with Phillip Haddad & Yvette Lee, Musical Theatre with Dana Jolly just to name a few.

Over the years I have been lucky enough to perform at Several AFL grand finals, Melbourne Grand Prix’s and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.

In 2005 I began teaching classes at Shirley Rogers Academy of Dance, I later went on to teach at Supersonics Singing and Dancing School, KinderBallet and Starz Dance Centre. I also worked for Hey Dee Ho music teaching Pre School music classes.

Over the years I have studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Flamenco, Hip Hop, Singing, Drama and Cheerleading.

In 2013 I decided I wanted to share my passion and knowledge for Cheerleading and Dance with the local community. Signature Cheer & Dance Studio opened in February 2014 with 5 students in 2 classes 1 Cheerleading class and 1 Hip Hop class. By the end of our first year we had 30 students in 5 classes and we have been growing ever since.

Why I do what I do,

I love working with kids, I love watching them grow and develop into amazing people. I love helping my students to explore and learn. I am passionate about giving my students the opportunity to be brave and try new things in a safe and encouraging environment. My biggest pet peeve is unsafe dance and cheerleading training. The safety of my students is my first priority. This influences my decisions in every aspect of the studio. You can be assured that:

  • I only hire staff I trust to teach my own children
  • Only use music appropriate for each age and stage of development.
  • I only choose costumes that keep our students covered. No Bras and Nicker combo’s here. If I wouldn’t send my kids out in public in it you won’t see your child in it.
  • I will always have your child’s physical and emotional safety as a top priority.
  • Staff and volunteers will be fully qualified and experienced, hold first aid qualifications as well as a working with children’s check.

Dancing and Cheerleading should be fun but it should also be safe.

Amy’s Qualifications

  • USASF Level 3 in Tumbling, Tosses and Stunts
  • Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management
  • Certificate 3 in Recreational Activities Major Dance Teaching
  • Australian Teacher’s of Dancing Affiliate Member
  • Keep Kids Safe in Dance Certified
  • Addicted to Tumbling Level 4 certified Tumbling spotter
  • Teaching dance since 2005
  • Coaching cheer since 2011
  • Beginner Level Gymnastics Australia
Thanks to OMG photography for the great photo.