Staff

OUR AMAZING TEAM OF TEACHERS

CATHERINE PRESTON F.M.D.E.C. Principal

Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management. Assoc Dip in Arts, Dance Instruction and Studio Management. Director of M.D.E.C. Pty Ltd (Movement and Dance Education Centre Pty Ltd) Children’s Examiner and Examinations Coordinator for the MDEC, Registered Teacher of the LMDS (Laurel Martyn Dance System) Children’s examiner for State Dance Assoc. VCE Dance Teacher and the After School Performing Arts Coordinator at Toorak College until 2009.

Catherine has studied dance for over 50 years and taught children in many dance studios around Melbourne. She originally trained with Laurel Martyn OBE at Ballet Victoria in the full-time performers’ course, graduating in 1977, from what had then become the VCA, Victorian College of the Arts, in their first year of graduates. She danced professionally for over 15 years with the Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Victoria and Rex Reid Dance Company, as Principal Dancer, Ballet Mistress and Assistant Director. In 1993 she completed the transition from performer to teacher by studying the unique dance teacher-training course offered by Box Hill Institute. This gave her grounding in theories of learning, child psychology, anatomy and safety issues in dance. In 1995 Catherine became Principal of the Mount Eliza and Peninsula Ballet School and also became a lecturer at Box Hill Institute of TAFE teaching Classical Dance, Applied Teaching, Teaching Methodology, Teaching Strategies, Maintain Professional Practice and Syllabus Studies, training other dance teachers till 2010. As a participant at “Options 94”, Tertiary Dance Festival held in Perth in 1994, Catherine won the American Dance Festival Scholarship taking her to dance in America for 7 weeks in 1995. A particular highlight was studying the ‘Franklin Method’ with Eric Franklin and Dancing in a piece he choreographed for the Faculty concert. In 1998 and 2000 she lectured in Contemporary dance at the Bloch’s Tertiary Dance Festival, held in Queensland and then in N.S.W. She graduated from Box Hill Institute in 1994 with distinctions in all subjects and Honours for the Intermediate Ballet exam and for Contemporary, Character and Jazz and completed a Cert IV in Workplace Training and Assessment in 2009. In 1995 Catherine was appointed a Children’s examiner for the AICD and in 1998 as an examiner for CDEB Inc. and became a member of their board. In 2001 she was appointed a Children’s examiner for the State Dance Assoc. She lectures at master classes held by the MDEC to students and teachers from all over Victoria and teaches at dance seminars and dance camps during school holidays. In 2003 Catherine was appointed the VCE Dance teacher at Toorak College and in 2005 their After School Performing Arts Coordinator. She became a Fellow of CDEB and a director of CDEC/MDEC Pty Ltd in 2006. Catherine is excited to see where 2017 will take Peninsula Ballet School and can’t wait to share her love for dance with all the wonderful students, teachers and dance families at PBS..

 

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TARA LEWIS – Contemporary, Jazz, Funk and Tap Teacher

Tara has danced for 26 years with the Peninsula Ballet School. She gained Honours for her Advanced Ballet exam
(now Degree 6) in 2001 and received a scholarship from the CDEB Inc. with the top mark of all the CDTA/LMDS Advanced ballet examination candidates. As well as Classical Ballet, she studied Character and Contemporary under the guidance of Catherine Preston. She also studied many other dance styles at other dance schools on the peninsula for 10 years, including Jazz, Funk, Song and Dance, Tap and Pantomime, developing a strong foundation in stage craft and experience as a student teacher. Tara completed VCE Dance at PBS in 2000 and began teaching in 2001 after assisting in the Junior Ballet Program for three years. She has also taught in after school programs at Toorak College and Overport Primary School. She broadened her range of dance skills and styles (Lyrical, Hip hop and Latin to name a few) during the summer school program at Tony Bartuccio’s and the Global Dance Convention in Sydney,
also supervising PBS students who were attending. In 2006 Tara joined the Young Dancers Company and danced a principal role in their production, under the direction of Nicole Ryan. She was lucky enough to work with Rochelle Carmichael, artistic director of
Liquid Skin, in her 2012 piece ‘Phoenix Rising’. Her creativity and love of performance have also led her to the musical stage as a lead singer and guitarist/bassist in multiple bands.
Tara has completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree and an Honours degree in palaeoecology. She has been working as an Associate Research Fellow at Deakin University. Tara is excited to be back to teach again at PBS in 2017.

 


LISA WILSON
Bachelor of Dance (VCA)

Miss Lisa loves teaching both Ballet and Contemporary dance and started dancing at the age of five in England, then moved to Australia when she was seven. Her dance horizons were expanded when she enrolled in the Peninsula Ballet School, where she spent many years training and gained honours for her Degree 5 ballet examination. Lisa’s full time training started at the National Theatre Ballet School where she studied primarily ballet then went on to study Contemporary full time at the Victorian College of the Arts. During her time at the VCA Lisa worked with choreographers such as; Brett Daffy, Sandra Parker, Rebecca Hilton, Wendy Houstoun, Anna Smith and Lina Limosani graduating in 2010. Since then Lisa has performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival with Melenie Crowe Dance, performing ‘Duality’ and has also performed for Rochelle Carmichael, artistic director of Liquid Skin Peninsula Performing Arts Company. She worked as a freelance dancer for many other artists and is continuing her love of movement. Lisa is very happy to be returning to teach at PBS to share her passion for dance with her students in 2017 and is excited to start studying her newest passion, Pilates.

 

 

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STEPHANIE QUARRIER – Junior Ballet, Jazz/Funk and Tap Teacher

Stephanie Quarrier has danced for over 20 years on the Mornington Peninsula where she studied Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary as well as completing her VCE Dance in 2011. Through her assisting and studying of dance, she discovered a love of teaching. Stephanie completed her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management at the end of 2013 at Box Hill Institute. In 2012, she began studying Ballroom, New Vouge, Latin American and Street Latin to expand and broaden her dance abilities where she competed in several competitions and undertook examinations to reach silver bar level in all four styles of dance.

Stephanie is currently studying her Bachelor of Education (Primary) Degree at the University of Ballarat, majoring in Health, Art and Physical Education as well as specialising in Behavioural Management. She will complete her degree at the end of 2017 and hopes to incorporate her love of dance into her teaching philosophy.

RHIANNON STEWARD – Ballet and Junior Jazz/Funk, Tap and Contemporary Teacher

Rhiannon started dancing at Peninsula Ballet School in 2005 and has loved every minute of it. She has been assisting classes since 2012, and first started to teach here in 2016, which Rhiannon loves and says has been lots of fun.

She has studied many styles of dance PBS including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary and is currently studying for her Degree 6 ballet exam.

Rhiannon is also studying to be a primary school teacher at Monash University and is looking forward to teaching more classes in 2017 at PBS!

 

 

 

 

GUEST TEACHER and CHOREOGRAPHER ROCHELLE CARMICHAEL, Artistic Director of Liquid Skin Peninsula Performing Arts Company & Lecturer at VCA

Rochelle has been producing, directing and choreographing physical theatre and contemporary dance works since 1994. She has received awards for her work including, the 2004 Melbourne Fringe Festival Movement Award for Aoroi; the 2000 Dancehouse Choreographic Innovation Award for Study at Ground Level. She was nominated for, the 1997 Greenmill Young Choreographers award for The Plumbing of Venus Beneath the Surface of the Vanity Basin, the Artzmedia Antenna Awards 2004 for Aoroi, and the Audience Choice Award at Dancehouse Great Escapes Season 1995 for RUSH slips sex & marbles. In 2001 to 2002 Rochelle was the Artistic Director of the Melbourne Fringe Fashion Festival, producing and directing two fabulous shows with spectacular performances by singers, dancers, actors, trampoline gymnasts and flying model aircraft, performed at the Melbourne Metro nightclub.



BRONTE McCOY – GUEST JUNIOR TEACHER

Bronte was introduced to dancing at the young age of 3 and immediately fell in love with it and as the years went on she knew she wanted the rest of her life to be involved with dance, either as a career or as a passionate hobby.
She has had some amazing experiences over the years such as dancing in The Young Dancers Company for two years and The Global Dance Convention in Sydney.
She joined Peninsula Ballet School in 2005 (9 years old) and has studied all the styles available at PBS; Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary and is currently studying for her Degree 5 ballet exam. In 2010 (aged 14) Bronte started to Assist for Miss Cate with the junior ballet classes. It was then that she realized she wanted to be a dance teacher. In 2015 (aged 19) Bronte was offered a teaching role at the school she calls her second home. Since being a teacher, she have been involved in kindergarten workshops and started studying Dance Teaching to further her knowledge and qualifications. Bronte plans on finishing her study in the near future and intends on constantly furthering her knowledge in the world of dance. In 2017 Bronte will be studying an Early Childhood education course, for a career in working with children alongside Dance Teaching as she loves working with children and is so excited to be returning to teach at PBS in 2017.

LAURYN EDDY – GUEST TEACHER: JUNIOR & INTER CLASSES IN TAP FUNK & CONTEMPORARY

Diploma Dance teaching and Management, achieving an Academic Excellence award in 2010. Advanced Diploma in Entertainment Management. Lecturer in Business for Dance Teachers at Box Hill Institute of TAFE from 2012.  Currently working towards a Junior Associate in Laurel Martyn Dance System – MDEC

Throughout her dance life Lauryn has studied, taught and choreographed in many styles including jazz, classical ballet, neo-classical, hip hop, contemporary and tap. While training she developed a love for teaching and over the past 8 years has been sharing her vision and creativity with students of all levels and ages.

After completing her Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management, for which she achieved Academic Excellence, Lauryn and her business partner began ‘Create 2 Educate’- offering schools and businesses creative dance workshops, tailored to the needs of their clients and students.

Lauryn has also completed her Advanced Diploma in Entertainment Management which previously led her to working in marketing and also stage presentation and movement for musicians. This has led to a position teaching Business for Dance Teachers at Box Hill Institute of Tafe in 2012.

Lauryn is in the process of becoming a Junior Associate in Laurel Martyn Dance System – MDEC. Lauryn is still performing however is dedicated to the progression and preservation of dance in culture and society and hopes to instil the same sense of passion and creativity into her students.

 

 

 

EMMA HOUAREAU MOTHEE – GUEST TEACHER

Bachelor of Dance (VCA). Diploma Dance Teaching and Management, Certificate in professional training program (Ballet Creole school of performing Arts, Toronto, Canada)

Emma moved to Australia in 2006 to further her studies in Dance. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (2009) and during her time at the VCA she has worked with renowned choreographers such as Phillip Adams, Neil Adams, Rebecca Hilton, Anna Smith, Robert Ray and Stephanie Lake.  In 2007, she Toured Macau, Hong Kong alongside her fellow VCA graduates performing in the International Macau Fringe Festival.

Emma completed her Teacher training at Box Hill institute receiving the 1st year award for ‘Outstanding Achievement’, attaining the Diploma in Dance teaching and Management in 2010. She also completed a professional training program at the Ballet Creole School of Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada in 2004 specialising in Afro dance, modern dance, and Contemporary.

Emma has studied many dance styles which include Classical Ballet (ISTD & Laurel Martyn Dance System), Jazz, Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary, African, Carribbean and Afro Cuban, Character as well as Body Conditioning.

Emma has been teaching dance since 2004 and works as a Freelance dance teacher and dance lecturer at Box Hill institute of TAFE.

PLUS: Many of our fabulous Senior Ballet Students are also our Junior Ballet Assistant Teachers.

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