Mrs Ruth Keenan (nee Limmer)

Owner & Principal of Movements Academy of Dance


Royal Academy of Dance - Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) - RTS, CSTD Affiliate Member (Theatrical, Tap & Modern Jazz in Full), Glenn Wood Tap Approved Teacher, ATOD Affiliate Member also trained in Cecchetti & NZAMD American Jazz & Tap. Experience as both a Dancer and Performer.

Miss Ruth started dancing at five years old, competing in solos, duos, trios and teams as well as examinations. Then on moving to Australia she began at Movements Academy of Dance at age 14 when it was owned by the previous owner (who had opened Movements in 1995). Miss Ruth then began assistant teaching while studying to become a teacher and also began office administration studies and became the office manager. This was the perfect place to be as she was already very well known to all of the students and parents when Miss Ruth took over the studio in January 2009. Since then the studio has grown from the 190 students it had to over 400 students at this time and of course expanding to cover extra genres to ensure the studio is preparing students for a career in this current industry of dance. Coming from a large family of eleven children - six of whom danced competitively and completed their examinations she is sensitive to the cost this brings to families and tries to ensure that where possible there are measures in place to ensure all students are given opportunities without compromising on the quality of the dance instruction and their overall dance experience - this is why the costume wardrobe began in 2009 and many other things were introduced such as platinum dance packages and family discounts. Miss Ruth is passionate about preparing students to be their very best by ensuring they are surrounded by qualified and experienced teachers that are able to give them the very best technical tuition to aide them in any future dance ambitions but also in a caring and inspiring environment.


Miss Zarah Sawyer (nee Langford)

Royal Academy of Dance CBTS - RTS, Bachelor of Creative Industries (Interdisciplinary) Sub-Majoring in Dance and Literary Theory & Cultural Studies, Completed ALL Elementary CSTD & Modern Jazz Levels CSTD.


Miss Kiara Barry

CSTD Teachers Diploma (Theatrical), Advanced 1 RAD (Distinction), Gold Star Tap CSTD, Professional Experience as a Dancer (Dances as a back-up dancer for singers such as Sneaky Sound System, Marcia Hines, Molly Meldrum & appeared as a dancer for Australian Idol including the final in the Sydney Opera House).


Miss Jamie Neilson

Our Acrobatics teacher comes from Lawnton Academy of Artistic Gymnastics where she has been a member for 17 years, reaching Level 10 (top level) and having competed at a National Level, she has been an Accredited Coach for 10 Years. Acrobatic Arts Teaching Accreditation.


Miss Jasmine Mifsud

Jasmine started at Movements as a student at the age of ten. She has always been a keen student and has built herself a strong Acrobatics base along with other dance genres. She has also completed Gymnastics training. Acrobatic Arts Teaching Accreditation.

Mrs Jane Limmer

Dancing from a young age and completing many of her dance exams as a child/young adult Mrs Jane put her dance teaching career on hold to become a mother.....eleven times. After having many of her children pursue careers in dance - from singing, dancing, teaching and examining she continued her training to be able to teach the next generation of dancers! She currently holds her Royal Academy of Dance CBTS - RTS.

Miss Courtney Underhill

Graduate of the 'Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre'. Courtney has a strong background in dance, commencing her studies at the age of three, training extensively in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary & Hip Hop at a local dance centre. After graduating high school she went on to study a 'Bachelor of Fine Arts - Dance' at QUT, working with some of the best dance teachers and choreographers in Queensland. Subsequently, Courtney began pursuing her dream of performing in Musical Theatre and commenced her studies at the 'Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre'. At BAMT Courtney was fortunate to engage in classes, workshops and rehearsals with some of the finest teachers, directors, choreographers and mentors that Australian Musical Theatre has to offer, including Callum Mansfield, Phillip Quast and Nancy Hayse. Some of Courtney's show credits include 'Rizzo' in Grease, 'Anita' in West Side Story, 'Serena' in Legally Blonde, 'Georgia' in Curtains, 'Rusty' in Footloose, 'Janet' in The Drowsy Chaperone and 'Elle Woods' in Legally Blond. Courtney is currently playing Shelley' and understudying 'Tracy Turnblad' in the Au National Arena Tour of Hairspray.


Miss Amanda Packenham (nee Himmighofer)

Miss Amanda Packenham (nee Himmighofer)

CSTD Teachers Diploma (Theatrical), Advanced 1 RAD, Grade 8 RAD (Distinction), Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance and Dramatic Arts) Bachelor of Education (Primary), Professional Experience as an Actor, Singer & Dancer.


Mrs Kathryn Limmer (nee Phillips)

Advanced ARAD, Advanced AJDA,  Trained in Hawkins, Graham, Humphrey & Cunningham Contemporary Techniques. NCEA Dance level 3 Certificate. American Ballet Theatre 2005 Summer Intensive, New York. Various professional contracts.



Mr Tim Limmer

Glenn Wood Tap Examiner. Member of RAW Metal - RAW Dance Company. Tim is also a regular Director, Choreographer, Music Director, Professional Dancer, Singer, Actor and Model.



Miss Amy Nobbs

Diploma in Musical Theatre/Commercial Dance, Level 11 GWT (Gold Award), Grade 1 Theatrical CSTD, Gold Star Tap CSTD, Level 8 Modern Jazz CSTD & Intermediate RAD.



Drama Works! – Louisa Snelling

Drama Works!

Building confidence and growing self esteem for life


My name is Louisa Snelling and I am a Drama Teacher.....usually the

one that the school kids love because I bring all the fun!


Trinity College of London trained, I started speech and drama at 9 years old and 30 yrs later still love it.  I have taught in private schools and run classes for Home- Schoolers both here and up the coast....I write and direct amateur theatre and have produced many productions, school plays, competition pieces over the last 10 years.

I do alot of that for local community events over easter and christmas.  I am married and have 3 great kids who are all Drama Queens including the boys so our house is really noisy.......but interesting.


Many of our skills are taught through games so we play plenty of them. We learn about characterisation, stage presence, stage craft, improvisation, 


Ph: 07 3886 4098   Email: mad@movementsdance.com.au