The Sparkles Team

At Lucy Sparkles & Friends we believe in quality and not quantity.

That is why we have a small but highly experienced and talented team. All of our teachers are qualified and professional musicians, dancers and actors with a passion for working with children in their early years. We all have Working With Vulnerable People Registration.

Are you sick of supposed music teachers that just press play on a CD player? Or drama teachers that simply act out a story? If your answer is yes, book a $5 trial with Lucy Sparkles & Friends today and meet one of our sparkly experts. You want the best for your children and so do we! To find out more about our teachers, please read below:

Behind the Sparkles

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Lucy Sparkles

Creative Director & Founder

Lucy Sparkles / Lucy Sparkles and Friends

Lucy Sparkles walks to work with a smile on her face every day because she knows of the joy that drama, music and dance can bring into a child’s life. Lucy Sparkles has been enhancing the lives of children through drama, music and dance since 2002. From teaching music, drama and dance to children of all ages, to performing classical guitar; from playing Princess Jasmine in Aladdin, to writing children’s songs and plays; from drama workshops for children with special needs, to directing her own children’s musical… Lucy has done it!

Lucy is a professional singer and songwriter with a BA (Theatre)(Distinction) from Charles Sturt University in Australia, a Higher Diploma in Guitar Performance from the Academy of Contemporary Music, a Diploma from the London Music School and a PPC In Early Childhood Music (Kodály) from Roehampton University.

Lucy established Lucy Sparkles & Friends in London in 2009.  Since then, the company has expanded to include three London based franchisees, one Canberra based licensee and a subsidiary company in Singapore.  Lucy has a young daughter, Issy, who loves attending mummy’s classes.


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Dani Bizley

Business Manager

Dani Bizley - Business Manager

Based in London, Dani looks after the operational side of the U.K. business and provides support to our Singapore and Australian business owners.

Dani grew up in Kent in a family where everybody sang all the time.  She studied flute and violin at school and went on to sing with the University of London Chorus, Music in Offices and the Hummy Mummies.  Dani is now a member of the Lewisham Choral Society, with whom she has performed at many events including the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

After studying at Kings College London, Dani worked in events at the Royal Albert Hall.  Shortly after the Independent newspaper declared that “food” was “the new rock and roll”, she moved into a career in food and events management in the City.  Dani worked for blue chip clients in banking, oil and the media, starting in hospitality services and progressing to administrative, commercial and ultimately operational management for client food services.  Throughout her food service career she supported bids for new business and mentored peers on financial performance, accurate account keeping and business compliance.

Dani is a mother to two girls who both love singing and Lucy Sparkles’ classes!  She is passionate about the role the performing arts can play in developing children’s confidence and character and says, “teaching a child to join in with a song or to play a rhythm or a tune in a group lets them really feel that they are a part of something, and gives them the opportunity to experience recognition for that achievement.”


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Ginny Sparkles

Business Owner & Head Sparkle, Canberra

Ginny Sparkles is passionate about helping small children to express themselves creatively through the performing arts. She believes that by engaging in creative play such as singing, dancing and pretending, small children develop stronger physical, emotional and social skills that help them to relate to each other and the world around them.  Ginny absolutely loves seeing little faces come to life when children are engaged in musical and imaginative play!

Ginny is currently a play therapist at The Canberra Hospital and has been working with young children as a teacher and entertainer for over ten years. She is also a theatre director and dramaturg and has a Postgraduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Directing) from NIDA and a BA (hons) majoring in Theatre and Film from ANU.

She is currently completing a Masters of Teaching (primary) through Curtin University.


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Nyssa Sparkles

Music, Dance & Drama teacher, Canberra and Queanbeyan

Since graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Nyssa has worked as a freelance musician. Stage highlights include performing with specialist youth groups Gondwana Choirs and Matriark Theatre.

As a Cabaret artist Nyssa has performed around Australia. In 2019 Nyssa was a Sydney Cabaret Competition finalist and a Sydney Fringe Festival award nominee. In 2021 Nyssa’s family friendly one-woman Cabaret ‘Udderly Fabulous’ won an Emerging Artist Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Nyssa particularly loves blowing bubbles, dancing like no one is watching and making music with new and old friends!


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Teresa Sparkles

Talent Manager & Music, Dance & Drama Teacher, Canberra and Queanbeyan

Originally from New Zealand, Teresa has had a lifelong passion for music and the performing arts. She studied Music at the University of Otago in Dunedin, majoring in Classical Singing and Composition/Songwriting and after graduating in 2013, she moved to Germany, where she accrued extensive experience as a singer, bringing boutique opera performances to children all over Germany with the TourneeOper Mannheim, while also travelling Europe interpreting Jazz and Pop. In her spare time, she ran and supported several choirs and enjoyed teaching private vocal students.

Since moving to Canberra in 2018, she has become the resident singing teacher at Perform Australia (formerly Canberra Academy of Dramatic Arts), teaching all ages and abilities from 6-9 year olds to adults completing their Cert IV in Musical Theatre, passing on her knowledge and love of singing to all her classes and private students. She has also composed music for several community projects since arriving.

Teresa is excited to join the Sparkle family because watching the kids light up while learning is magic to her.