About Peninsula Ballet School


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

Dip in Dance Teaching & Management. Assoc Dip in Arts, Dance Instruction and Studio Management. Director of C.D.E.C. Pty Ltd (Classical 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 after school Performing Arts Coordinator at Toorak College
Catherine has studied dance for over 30 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.

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. She also became a lecturer at Box Hill Institute of TAFE that year and is currently teaching Classical Dance, Applied Teaching, Teaching Methodology, Teaching Strategies and Syllabus Studies, training other dance teachers. As a participant at “Options 94”, Tertiary Dance Festival held in Perth in 1994, Catherine won the American Dance Festival Scholarship. With this she danced and studied in America for 7 weeks, in 1995. 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 an Assoc Dip of Arts in Dance Instruction and Management with distinctions in all subjects and Honours for the Intermediate Ballet exam and for Contemporary, Character and Jazz. In 1998 she gained her Dip of Dance Teaching and Management. In 1995 Catherine was appointed a Children’s examiner for the AICD and in 1998 was appointed 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. Every year she lectures at master classes held by the CDEC to students from all over Victoria and regularly teaches at dance seminars and dance camps during school holidays. In 2003 Catherine was appointed the VCE Dance teacher at Toorak College. In 2005 she was appointed the After School Performing Arts Coordinator at Toorak College and became a Fellow of the CDEB/MDEC and a director of CDEC/MDEC Pty Ltd in 2006


In 2007 we finally purchased our own studio at 18 Virginia Street, Mornington, and are now known as the Peninsula Ballet School. It is a wonderful happy and colourful home for our school. It also has great storage for all our costumes.

Come and join us for 2 trial classes for $15. We would love to help you or your child reach your dreams. Contact us now we can book you and or your child in for trial class now and start on this joyful journey with dance.

Just send us your contact details on catemepbs@gmail.com or phone Cate on 0407302441 and we will contact you soon. Plus our family discount of $25 will  be deducted from your initial term’s fees if you join us now (unless another offer has been chosen) 

We cant wait to get you or your little one started at  PBS soon.

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