Sharlene Ponzo

Sharlene has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has trained in Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Commercial Jazz and Hip-hop. She began teaching and choreographing for groups, solos, duos and trios at the age of 14 and went on to complete and achieve the highest results in her ADA Advanced teaching qualifications in Modern Jazz and Tap.

Whilst growing up, Sharlene performed in numerous eisteddfods, fashion parades and events throughout Queensland including the main street shows at Warner Bros Movie World and character suit work as ‘Elmo’ from ABC’s Sesame Street. Over the years she participated in a variety of acting and dance workshops with national and international professionals. In addition to her dance experience, Sharlene also featured in many TVC’s and landed a lead role, starring as ‘Gretel’, in writer and director Tommy Wirkola’s original short film, which went on to be a movie blockbuster, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.

Sharlene successfully auditioned for the Brisbane Broncos and Bullets cheer squad and performed in front of thousands at home games, the State of Origin and numerous corporate events for three seasons. This gave her the insight to begin a dance and promotions company of her own – which was a great success, performing nationwide at prestigious gala balls, charity events and for corporate clients, both private and public, including JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Wiley & Co and Stefans. 

Away from her dance career, Sharlene also completed a Bachelor of Secondary Education majoring in Drama and English. This added to her ample experience of teaching ‘little ones’ by extending the age bracket to 12-17 year olds. During this time, Sharlene also had two children of her own; daughters Savannah and Arielle. Together, Sharlene and her family would like to extend a warm welcome to all families joining Universal.

I am delighted to see Universal Dance Company become a reality. It has been a dream of mine, for many years, to create an establishment where students can receive quality dance education in an environment that is encouraging, warm, friendly, professional and feels like family. I’m committed to providing ‘the best’ for all Universal students. 
Remember – it is with your feet that you move, but it’s with your heart that you dance!

"When I asked my daughter Kleo what she thought of Miss Sharlene as a dance teacher she stopped for a minute and then said one word “incredible” - she then went on to describe (and reenact!) all the fantastic dance moves Miss Sharlene can do which is simply too hard to describe! We as a family can not speak highly enough of Miss Sharlene." - Dana Blackadder, Universal Parent