OUR STAFF

We are incredibly proud to employ staff who work within our value system
of encouraging students to become the best they can be, in a nurturing and fun environment.

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Jennifer

PRINCIPAL

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts

  • 16th Street Acting Studio Full Time

  • Atlantic Theatre School, New York

  • Vocal Training - 15 years

  • Dance Training - 27 years

  • First Aid Qualified

 

Jenny is highly experienced both working with children and in the Performing Arts.  She has a passion for providing our school's students with a sense of belonging and inclusion, while teaching students the skills to become the best performer they can be.

She has worked with children for over 20 years and more than 12 of these has been teaching drama, dance and singing.  Jenny studied a Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash University (Dance and Drama)  as well as full- time study at 16th Street Acting Studio and Atlantic Theatre School in New York. She has vast experience both on stage and in screen acting.​  She has also been trained vocally by number of industry professionals across 15 years..

Jenny has also been a dancer for 27 years.  She has studied at numerous venues across styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics.

Jenny continues to work in the industry, gaining more skills as a represented actor, radio host and presenter.

Jenny and our studio are proud members of the Southern Federation of Dance, the Acrobatic Dance Association, Dance Cirque, B Street Crew, BabyBallet and DanceStep Student Teacher Training Program.

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Michelle

PRINCIPAL

  • AATBD Trained

  • Acrobatic Dance Association Trained

  • Cert Biomechanics of Dancers

  • Child Mental Health

  • Engaging with Children

  • Level 2 First Aid Qualified

 

Michelle began dancing and singing from the age of 4 years, studying classical ballet, tap and jazz and training with the Australian Girls Choir.  

Developing a strong passion for classical ballet, she completed examinations with AATBD with honours, and continued to dance into her late teens, performing in various showcases productions and competitions.

Having worked with children in various capacities for over 20 years, 8 of those teaching dance, Michelle is extremely passionate about sharing the benefits that the performing arts bring to children of all ages and abilities, and the vital role it plays in both their physical and mental health.

Michelle and our studio are proud members of the Southern Federation of Dance, the Acrobatic Dance Association, Dance Cirque, B Street Crew, BabyBallet and DanceStep Student Teacher Training Program.

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Lydia

TEACHER

  • Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen

  • Diploma of Musical Theatre 

  • Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance (Royal Academy of Dance). 

Lydia is an experienced teacher and performing artist, with a Bachelor of Acting for Stage and Screen, Diploma of Musical Theatre and Level 3 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance (Royal Academy of Dance). Lydia began her arts journey in classical ballet, before branching out into other styles and areas of performance. 

 

Lydia continues to work as a performer in the industry. She is constantly training, with regular workshops and classes, and loves bringing new and exciting things to share with her students. Lydia is passionate about helping students find joy and strength in dance and an unapologetic confidence in all areas of performance.

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Taryn

TEACHER

  • Dance and Drama at Deakin University 

  • Spectrum Full time Performing arts

 

Taryn has been teaching and working with children for the past 10 years.

She has worked with many dance schools, primary schools and high schools and entertainment companies sharing her love and passion for the arts.

Taryn studied dance and drama at Deakin University before moving to Spectrum Full time Performing arts where she grew as a dancer and performer. She has worked in many gigs around Melbourne, including musicals, music videos and dance shows.

 

She's currently still training at the Space and Arts centre and is so excited to be apart of the Confidence Kids Team. 

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Emma

TEACHER

  • Certificate II in Dance

  • Certificate III in Dance

 

Emma started her dancing journey around the age of 3 when she was a mini. Tap and jazz were her forte all the way through her tots, tweens and teens years. She studied a Cert II & III in Dance and has been trained by incredible teachers.

Her dance styling then began to include other types of dance, specifically hiphop and shuffling. She danced with Jstep Academy for a year and competed with Monsta Crew, which changed her life and outlook on not only hiphop, but dance itself. 

Emma lives for dance and teaching.  She has taught for some time across Melbourne including diverse groups and performance companies, as well as being a professional commercial dancer.   She is also constantly working on new collaborations with other dancers and companies.  She loves to provide our students with the best possible dance journey and building their confidence not only with their dance, but within themselves. 

She is excited to show everyone that you CAN follow your dreams! And that a positive outlook equals a positive outcome.

"Get your dancing shoes on, and let’s hit the floor and I’ll show you some secrets to living a happy and hyped life!" - Emma

  • Certificate 4 in Dance

  • Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management

  • The Space F.I.I.T program

 

Kim fell in love with dancing at the age of 3 after watching her big sisters dance concert! From then, she always knew that she wanted to be a professional dancer and dance teacher.


She has years of performance experience, but dancing is about so much more than that to her.

It is about challenging yourself, setting and achieving goals, creative processes, self expression, self growth and the trust and friendships your form with your dance family.

This is why she loves teaching.

To see her students grow in confidence, achieve their goals and most importantly have fun.

Kim has worked internationally as a dancer, and has just completed her second year of full time training.

She continued her studies at The Space and will be works with a range of teachers and choreographers throughout the year wiht an aim to incorporate what she learns in the current industry to give to her students, to give them a broad learning experience. 

Kim

TEACHER

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Lavina

Reception/Admin

Lavina has been with our school since the beginning as a parent of one of our beautiful students.  

 

We are so excited to now have her as part of our administration team.  

 

She has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share to support our families and parents on their journey at our school!

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DanceStep

STUDENT TRAINING PROGRAM

​We are also proud to be an affiliate partner studio of the incredible DanceStep Training Program.  This program takes four years to complete.

You will also notice our amazing DanceStep students who are studying to become student teachers in some of our classes.

These students are taking formal training each week and are invaluable in classes.

Not only do they support our teachers, but they are important role models for our younger students.