Kallangur, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Whanau dance and fitness academy

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About Whanau dance and fitness academy


Founder, owner and Certified Personal trainer/Dance and Dance therapy Instructor of Whanau Dance and fitness academy on Brisbane’s north side, Shelly. Shelly is a retired Semi-professional dancer in a variety of styles and had 30yrs experience. Shelly also fell in love with all kinds of fitness and offers a wide range, She welcomes you to their family business. Along with husband, Jaydyn, who is co-owner and helps with the maintenance and building of new equipment, they invite you to visit their company to experience the fitness difference that can be participated in by the whole family.                                                     

 We also are Proud to have an exceptional male trainer in our family business, Mathew our Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness instructor and here is his story.                                  My name is Mathew Maher and I am a certified personal trainer at Whanau dance and fitness academy. I have been in the fitness industry for 2 years now and am thankful daily that I decided to commit to this career path. 

My personal fitness journey started when I was working nights and struggling to sleep during the day. I joined a gym and started working out to tire myself out. In the first week I put on 3 kilos of muscle. Now, I'm one of those people that everyone hates, I can eat whatever I want and never gain weight. My weight was always somewhere between 48 and 52 kilos, so putting on weight was a huge thing for me, and it has driven my passion for exercise since.

After I discovered my love of exercise I decided to turn it into a career. I took up studies at the Australian Institute of Fitness were I received a Cert IV in Fitness. There I learnt the skills that have shaped my practice and changed my lifestyle.

I believe that the best approach to all around health comes from a three pillars approach. 1. Moderate intensity exercise regime regularly 2. A healthy balanced diet with limited processed foods 3. Sleep like you're getting paid to.

If you are looking for a personal trainer who will bring a high level of passion and enthusiasm to your workouts, who is knowledgeable and always looking for new, fun things to try, reach out and let me help you reach your fitness goals.

Whanau Dance and fitness academy offers a wide variety of fitness styles for children to adults and seniors, including:

Mini group personal training

Private Personal training

Strength training

Body toning /body building

Fat loss

Increase fitness levels

Cardio training




Aqua fitness

pre fitness for forces training

body building  

Post pregnancy exercise 

Yoga/ballet based pilates


Kopakopa adapted Zumba class for people with low-moderate to high - complex disabilities and people with obesity issues, medical issues, eg diabetes, arthritis, loss of limbs,  

Group Fitness and Bootcamps

Nutrition plans and advice


Senior training

Homeschool fitness program

Hip hop classes for Adults and Children

Pre-school programs

Tapfit and Cabaret


Figure 8

hot hula fitness and hot fusion coming soon

rainbow yoga coming soon. 

Specialcise coming soon

Special Acrodance for people with low-moderate to high - complex disabilities with parent/carer inclusion to be 1:1

Ballet Tap Jazz hip hop technique exam classes 

competitions, fun promotional experiences. 

Rhythm works integrative hip hop for people with low-moderate to high to complex disabilities 

Sensory Tap program for people with low - moderate to high - complex disabilities.

Special Ballet program for people with low - moderate to high-complex disabilities 

 We also welcome and encourage people with Anxiety, Depression, behavioural challenges, bipolar affective disorder, Dementia, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, psychosocial disability to join our disability classes

Training for woman who have suffered domestic violence

Training for parents who have lost babies and children  

Personal Training for people with medical problems diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid issues, and more

Personal training/small group training for people of all ages with disabilities – mild to severe and loss of limbs.


How we began


Shelly decided to leave her dream job at Snap Fitness North Lakes to open up their family-based home company so that she could spend more time with their severely autistic 9 yr old boy and increase the quality of their family life. Since then, Whanau Dance And fitness academy have ventured to providing mobile training to cater to for their members with disabilities, but also for anyone after this flexibility for group training with travel fee, with Shelly and Jaydyns son by her side.

Shelly has been a semi-professional dancer for 28 yrs, and has taught dance since 2003; from ballet, tap, jazz, acro, special needs, hip hop to performing. She’s also a qualified child carer / nanny and worked for 11 years in the industry until the miscarriage of their baby girl at 37 weeks made her change direction and become a qualified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Shelly is a certified Zumba instructor and Rhythm Works Integrative Hip Hop Dance instructor, and always an working on adding more specialised programs. Shelly absolutely loves what she does to help everyone she can. With a very bubbly personality and a lot of patience and experience, members of Whanau Dance and fitness academy enjoy every moment in Shelly’s company and every member is happy with their own progress and achieving the goals they desire. All members of the company know Shelly and Jaydyn’s family, who are flexible to be available and are happy to accommodate to everyone, no matter what your needs or fitness level are.

“Whanau” meaning EXTENDED FAMILY, which is exactly what you will become when you join Whanau Dance and fitness academy. 

Your Success is Our Goal


 We understand that adapting new fitness habits is difficult and often fails. Our goal is to change your view on fitness, so that it becomes part of who you are and your lifestyle. We strongly believe that if you practice healthy habits, you will be able to obtain a healthy lifestyle and enjoy every session and see the benefits and change within yourself and your family. And most of all achieve your goals to then make bigger ones. 

For our Rhythm works integrative hip hop classes, 

Did you know that dancing can also help strengthen the muscles needed for familiar movements like getting dressed, brushing your hair and teeth? What a fun way to flex and build our muscles!

Students are encouraged to bring a buddy, therapist, parent, or carer, however the goal at Whanau Dance and fitness academy is to achieve independent participation and build new friendships. Shelly can work together with your therapists so dance classes are specifically designed to help support you or members existing therapy goals.

We also offer monthly body composition testing and measurements and photo evidence to keep track of your progress. Shelly also goes through her own supplier for supplements and will know what you need. 

Although we dont have a joining fee I would appreciate all members and their families to purchase our company uniforms, this will help us look like a team and look professional when out in the community together, and also bonus with our number on the back it will help if we loose each other or one of our members with a disability can easily be brought back to us safely. 

To show all our members we appreciate their hard work, dance classes receive medals at the end of each term and all members receive trophies and certificates at the end of challenges and also at our end of year Christmas party/performance. We will work on our social get togethers so all members have a chance to bond and make friends. 


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