The Island Glee Club is run by Leigh Jane Gibbs, an accomplished Performing Arts professional with an international career spanning 25years. Now with children of her own, she is passionate about guiding children's enthusiasm for music and movement. Their sparks of creativity and individuality need basic training - training that fosters creativity, self expression and most importantly confidence. Through The Island Glee Club, she hopes to enthuse and inspire the youth of Hong Kong in an environment that is collaborative, structured, but most of all lots of fun.
Leigh Jane Gibbs
As the Founder/Principal of The Island Glee Club, Leigh brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the entertainment industry.
Originally from Australia, she began studying ballet, tap and jazz from the age of 4. Shortly after, she was introduced to her first Musical Theatre Production. That sparked a fire which ignited her passion and set her on her journey.
She later honed her performing arts skills at the Johnny Young Talent School and then went on to study fulltime with the renowned Brent Street School of Performing Arts.
As a singer/dancer/actor, Leigh became an established 'triple threat' performer. Her versatility led her through a rewarding career in the Australian Entertainment Industry, spanning 25 years.
From stage to screen, catwalk to catalogue, her experience is vast. For television she has featured in Home and Away as 'Ingrid', Baywatch Downunder, The NRL's Footy Show, Popstars, the TV Week Logie Awards, and Good News Week with the Poptarts. She has worked for some of Australia's most well-known artists including Kylie Minogue, INXS and Vanessa Amarossi at the 2000 Olympics, Marcia Hines and with Human Nature on their Counting Down Tour. She has featured in a number of TVCs and walked the Catwalk for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week, Elle MacPherson and Westfield to name a few.
Musical Theatre is her passion however and has seen her enjoy success in numerous professional productions such as CHICAGO The Musical - role of Annie, (the Australasian Tour which saw her tread the boards here in Hong Kong), The BOY From OZ with Hugh Jackman; Saturday Night Fever role of Connie; David Atkins' Hot Shoe Shuffle Lead understudy; Get Happy - The Musical role of Connie; GREASE The Mega Musical role of Cha Cha; and as 'Posh' in the hugely successful Spice Power The Tribute Show.
In the course of her studies and career, Leigh has had the opportunity to learn from some of Australias best vocal coaches, including Patricia Oertel, Musical Theatres leading classical vocal coach.
With both classical and contemporary training, she is able to guide young voices, with a sound understanding of both styles, techniques and vocal health.
Leigh has taught singing and dancing classes/workshops over the years, in both Australia and Hong Kong and continues to work in the professional industry.
She has appeared in numerous HK TV commercials and also currently performs, choreographs and produces entertainment for events here in Hong Kong.
Paige Fitzmaurice - Dance Teacher
Paige is an extremely passionate and versatile Australian trained dancer.
She graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and went on to get her Advanced Diploma in Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance at DLDC Brisbane.
Since then, Paige has gained invaluable experience performing on international contracts for Tokyo DisneySea, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines and at Sands/Venetian Macau as a resident performer. She is a highly sought after commercial dancer here in Hong Kong.
Along the way, Paige has shared her love of dance, teaching jazz, ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop and break dance in Australia and Hong Kong.
Paige's true passion is sharing her love of dance and performance and inspiring others to follow their dreams. This resonates in her warm, fun and encouraging down to earth teaching style.
Born in Sydney Australia, Fiona began Ballet, tap and Jazz at age 3 and never looked back. She attended the McDonald College of Performing Arts High School where she developed her skills in all areas of the Arts, from extensive ballet and dance training to Drama and Singing. She then moved on to complete the Fulltime Performing Arts course at the renowned Brent Street School of Performing Arts, studying with some of Australias best vocal coaches and dance instructors.
Fiona also studied classical opera for 2 years.
Singing and dancing then took her to all parts of the globe. From Australia , South Pacific, Asia, Middle East and all over England and finally to the West End where she completed a 3 year contract in the Musical FAME at the Aldwych Theatre in 2006 playing and understudying all roles including Serena and Miss Bell.
Performing then played second fiddle to her two beautiful daughters who were born singing and dancing!
Fiona has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught singing and dancing for over 15 years. Until her recent relocation to HK, she successfully set up and ran her own Studio in London for 2 years.
Fiona loves every opportunity to engage with children and inspire new little performers to blossom and gain invaluable life confidence for their future.
She is very excited join The GLEE Island Glub and looks forward to new adventures in Hong Kong.