Peninsula Ballet School is one of the leading dance institutions on the Mornington Peninsula. At our school, we aim to foster a love of dance, welcoming both children and adults. Established in 1975, we aim to create a positive, welcoming environment which is encouraging for all.
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About Our Studio
Located in Mornington, Peninsula Ballet School is the most comprehensive dance facility within the beautiful Mornington Peninsula region. We have 2 studios and 8 dance styles on offer for students from 18 months to adults.
Peninsula Ballet School has a long and prestigious history which began with Australian ballet ‘royalty’. Founded in 1975, the school first belonged to famous dancer Peggy Sager, who taught her school in Mount Eliza for 13 years. In 1988 Peter Dickenson took over the reins followed by Sue Hill in 1989. It was in 1995 that Miss Cate became owner and principal and began teaching the Laurel Martyn Dance System (L.M.D.S) of training.
Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you. The teachers at Peninsula Ballet School have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.
Dance Is the Hidden Language of the Soul
Dancing does far more than present the opportunity for a stage career. It enhances mental and physical growth, teaches musical appreciation, develops awareness of space, corrects posture, stimulates suppleness and develops the students creativity. The ongoing goal for Peninsula Ballet School is to pass on knowledge and enjoyment while fostering a love of dance in a fun environment with safe technique.
At Peninsula Ballet School, our mission is to pass on the joy of dance by developing creativity, encouraging and inspiring enjoyment, teaching artistry and excellence, in a happy caring environment. All students can develop their full potential at their own pace and equip themselves with self-confidence and assurance in their own achievements. Dance is a disciplined ‘art’ form, which can foster a student’s natural joy of movement. When well taught it will lay a good foundation for any form of physical activity and in fact, for life itself.
At Peninsula Ballet School we believe in:
- Family Friendly – We provide a welcoming, fun and engaging environment for all families to enjoy and thrive.
- Non-Competitive – Our non-competitive approach allows students to equip themselves with confidence and assurance, whilst developing potential at their own pace.
- Respect – The Peninsula Ballet School approach is to encourage students to show honesty, integrity and positivity to others, whilst working to the best of their ability.
- Community – We’re stronger together and can achieve so much more when we work as part of a passionate community.
- Excellence – Having a big picture goal for life sets the trajectory of your potential, our expertise and ongoing training will nurture your development helping you achieve your goals.
The Peninsula Ballet School team of trained and friendly dance instructors have a range of skills they can share with our students.
With over 50 years experience in the dance industry, Cate shares her love of dance with all those around her. After a successful career as a professional dancer and with a wide range of dance teaching and studio management qualifications, Cate has continued to build on her passion, for dance and teaching as owner and principal of Peninsula Ballet School since 1995.
Rochelle has worked as both a performer and choreographer in her performing arts career. Her experience and qualifications in the industry are evident in the unique and exciting way she teaches and choreographs for PBS students. Rochelle continues to develop and showcase her own works.
Dancing at Peninsula Ballet School throughout her childhood is something Lisa looks back on with fond memories. In 2007 she went to study dance full time, graduating from VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (dance) in 2010. Lisa returns to PBS to teach Ballet, Contemporary and Conditioning, after her time as a professional contemporary dancer, and raising her two children. Lisa combines her career as a remedial massage therapist (Diploma of Remedial Massage) and love of dance into unique dance classes.
Having joined our team in 2017 Rebecca’s enthusiasm as well as knowledge of dance provides a fun and informative environment for all classes she teaches. Her past performance opportunities and training in both dance and teaching make Rebecca a well rounded and well loved member of the Peninsula Ballet School team. Miss Bec has studied at multiple elite training institutions, and is currently studying Degree 5 as a member of the Senior Ballet class at PBS.
Claire has been dancing with PBS for over 16 years. Having started in ballet classes, she has since expanded into other styles including Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. Claire started assisting dance classes in 2018 and is looking forward to teaching Ballet, Tap and Jazz this year. Claire is currently studying Science and Engineering at Monash, and will combine her love of learning and many years of experience to inspire the same love of dance in her students.
Millini started ballet at the age of 2 at Peninsula Ballet School. In 2019, she was awarded the 1st place scholarship for outstanding personal progress in dance. Millini is passionate about the arts and has expanded into styles such as jazz, contemporary, and tap. She also had the opportunity to join the Spark Youth Dance Company in 2019, performing that year. Having started as an assistant teacher in 2018, giving her the ability to expand her dancing knowledge, she is excited to start teaching in 2021 at PBS and pass on her passion for dancing to the next generation.
Rhiannon has been dancing at Peninsula Ballet School since 2005 and has loved every minute. She began assisting in 2011 and teaching in 2016. Currently completing a Bachelor of Primary Education, Rhiannon combines both her love of dance and teaching to nurture students in a variety of styles.
As teacher, dancer and mother of Peninsula Ballet School, Claire’s experience and warm attitude encourages all her students. With a passion for dance beginning at age 3, Claire has worked towards personal achievements and qualifications in a variety of styles.
You may recognise Miss Tina from a tiny square in your online Zoom classes from 2020, though she joined the school in 2018 as an Adult Ballet student.
Combining her 26 year dance history with over 10 years of IT experience to help out with any admin tasks needed to support the wonderful staff at PBS, Tina is able to help with many different tasks of varying skillsets.