BDC Dance Studios’ teachers are graduates of Australian and International courses ranging from certificate levels to degrees and post graduate diplomas. Many are specialists in their particular styles with a wealth of experience in teaching, performing, choreographing and directing. All teachers have current Working With Children Check assessment notices.

Natalie Stubbs - Principal, Teacher and Co-ordinator of Ballet

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) with Distinction – Queensland University of Technology
  • Royal Academy of Dance Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
  • Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance – Academy of Ballet and Performance
  • Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) – Curtin University of Technology
  • Affiliate Member of the Australian Teachers of Dance.

Teaches: Ballet, Pointe and Allegro classes

Natalie has been sharing her love of dance with BDC students since 2010. Prior to this she has been performing and teaching in both Brisbane and Perth before relocating to Melbourne to pursue a freelance performance career whilst furthering her love of teaching. In 2012 she took on the role of Studio Manager and 2015 saw her take the reigns of BDC Dance Studios as Principal.

Natalie’s teaching philosophy is to balance discipline and technique with the sheer enjoyment of dance. She is a firm believer that whilst ballet is an exact and demanding art, there must be a love of dance at the core of all training.

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Dee Whittington - Teacher and Co-ordinator of Preschool and Drama

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education
  • Studied Creative Dance Teaching at Mangala Studios
  • Member of Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association

Teaches: Dance Play, Sing Dance Act, Boys’ Stuff and Drama & Musical Theatre classes and workshops.

Dee is a warm, vibrant and child-centred professional with over 30 years experience. For over a decade she has been sharing her love of the arts in all its forms with the BDC community. Dee’s classes take a holistic approach following the “Integrated Arts” model which is underpinned by the philosophy that in the early years of childhood, all the creative arts should be experienced together.

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Nickely Burke - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts Communications

Teaches: Contemporary and Hip Hop

Nickely has been teaching at BDC Dance Studios since 2012. Prior to this she was based in the UK where she opened Oxford Contemporary Dance School in 1994 and worked for various performing arts colleges and schools as a dance teacher and choreographer.

In 1995 She co-founded Biserk Dance Company with Sarah Bishop. The company is inspired by a continuing investigation into movement, choreography and story-telling. The works are created alongside artistic collaborators including actors, composers, digital artists and designers.

Nickely created 15 full-length works for Biserk, each touring extensively to small-scale theatres throughout the UK and was the winner of the Southern Arts & Thamesdown Dance Choreographic Award in 1996.

Adelaide Williams - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Dance and Drama) – Deakin University

Teaches Ballet

Adelaide began dancing from her earliest years and was featured soloist with the Camberwell District Ballet. She was a Victorian under 12 gold medallist (Cecchetti) and attended the VCA Secondary College first as a dancer then as a singer, achieving two “Top Acts” in VCE. From the age of 12 she sang and danced with her parents’ trios The Elastic Band (children’s shows) and Trio Grande (concerts and cabaret).

While at University she ran her own private school of dance, meanwhile singing in small jazz groups and performing in dance projects. She then undertook choreographic work and began to teach for BDC before she left for three years’ work as a Dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.

Upon her return from Paris she commenced a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Applied Learning) at Deakin in Geelong as well as working on further singing projects.

From her earliest years Adelaide has expressed herself through song and dance and, and her approach is one that encourages joyful and natural expression. Allied to this however, is her firm belief that expression is based in a sound technique. This in turn, sets up good deportment healthy movement and adaptability to various dance styles.

Amy Harbour - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Musical Theatre – UBAA

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary and Competition Team classes

Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts, Music Theatre at The Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, in 2010.

Her Academy performance credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Gloria & Millie understudy), Urinetown (Senator Fipp), The Life (Mary), Whistles & Echoes, Un4scene, as well as her self-devised cabaret, Bogan Burlesque. While at University, Amy also had the opportunity to work along side such industry professionals as Tom Healey (former Artistic Associate of Playbox Theatre), Tom Hodgson (Australian Resident Choreographer of Billy Elliot) & David Wynen (Billy Elliot Sydney 2008) in various assistant choreographic roles. In 2013 Amy completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne, and is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Feld Entertainment (Australia) Pty Ltd., promoting tours such as Disney Live!, Disney On Ice & Monster Jam throughout Australia & New Zealand. She has been dancing for over 20 years in numerous styles of dance, completing up to the Intermediate level of the RAD syllabus and singing since age 6, completing up to Grade 7 of the AMEB syllabus. She is now sharing her passion for performing, having taught in several schools for more than nine years within the Ballarat & Melbourne regions.

Sophie Loughran - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Communications 
  • Certificate II in Dance Performance.

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Competition Team classes.

Sophie is a 2015 NIDA Musical Theatre graduate. In 2016 Sophie was part of the Australian National Tour of Scooby Doo Live! Level Up with Life Like Touring as well as the Cast Recording of the new Australian musical The White Mouse. She has also worked as Assistant Director and Choreographer on Mentone Grammar’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical. 

An alumni of BDC, Sophie has been teaching jazz, tap and contemporary at BDC Dance Studios since 2010.

She continues to be a positive influence towards all her students and brings smiles to every class to inspire them to be the best they can be.

Sophie is currently absent from our studios as she is performing at Euro Disney in France.

Cara Mitchell - Teacher and Co-ordinator of VCE Dance

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Secondary Education

Cara has been a Dance Educator and Performing Arts teacher in a variety of schools and educational contexts for over 15 years. She has been an integral contributor to the VCE Dance curriculum through her work on the prescribed work selection panels and assessment teams. She has also lectured in Dance Education at Deakin University mentoring the next generation of teachers. A passion for teaching VCE Dance has led to the development of her own business Intelligent Dance private providing the subject to those who cannot access it in their own school.

Her philosophy of education is that dance is for everyone, learning to choreograph is an empowering, artistic process that employs both cognitive and kinaesthetic skills, requiring perseverance and commitment to the task. These important qualities can transition from

dance studio to a variety of career pathways.

In schools Cara has led celebrated productions of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rock n Roll High School, Friends, Bye Bye Birdie and Return to the Forbidden Planet, 12 Angry Men, White Paper Flowers, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and many original shows co-devised with her students. Cara has also enjoyed planning and facilitating performance tours of the USA and Adelaide Festival with senior students.

As a performer, Cara’s highlight is performing as a dancer with Cyndi Lauper in her At Last Tour in Melbourne and Sydney. She has enjoyed working on many original productions as either, performer or choreographer, such as Green Room Award nominated Trash; Sister’s Grimm’s Little Mercy and Lee Gambin’s original musical Oh The Horror.

Cara joined the team at BDC Dance Studios in 2017.

Olivia Manson - Teacher and Administration Assistant

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at Monash University.

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Competition Team classes

Olivia has always had a passion for the performing arts, beginning dance classes at age 7. Olivia’s love for dancing truly blossomed when she starting attending classes at BDC Dance Studios in 2010. Whilst at BDC Olivia has been an enthusiastic and cheerful member of jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, tap and musical theatre classes. She completed VCE Dance Units 3/4 at BDC Dance Studios in 2012 and started dance teacher training with us in 2015. Her students absolutely adore her!

Olivia hopes to spread her love of dancing and the joy that it brings to all that she teaches. She aims to create a welcoming environment by encouraging all students to be respectful and supportive of one another. Olivia believes that dance classes can be used to teach students beneficial life skills as well as dance and performance technique.

Olivia aspires eventually to combine her dance teaching and occupational therapy skills to develop a dance-based occupational therapy program.

Nolly Weeks - Teacher

  • Cert IV in Dance and Performance

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary, Acro, Hip Hop, Tap and Competition Team classes

Nolly began dancing at an early age and quickly learnt that it was her passion and dream to make dancing her life. She completed her Certificate IV in Dance and Performance at Dance factory in Richmond then went on to complete 2 years of training at Spectrum Dance under the direction of Trish Squire-Rogers.

In 2012-2013 Nolly received the opportunity further her training in New York City at Broadway Dance Centre in all styles, including ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip hop, contemporary and many more. She then moved to Los Angeles where she learnt from some of the world’s leading choreographers in hip hop, commercial dance and contemporary.

In 2013 Nolly started her international career within the DreamWorks cast with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She was fortunate enough to be coordinator where, not only was she responsible for her cast, but she was responsible for communicating and collaborating with the heads of other departments to ensure DreamWorks entertainment was always at its best.

Nolly has performed live on the Grand Final Footy show 3 years in a row, as well the opening ceremony for the 2000 Olympic games. More recently performing in many corporate events and functions around Melbourne such as Nightmare on Dance Street 2 at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda, performed with internationally renowned performer Salman khan  for his world tour in Melbourne, danced with Indian artist ‘DSP’ for his Australian tour and many more.

Nolly has been teaching Hip hop, Contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatics at various school around Melbourne for 11 years. She loves sharing her passion, love and experiences for dance with as many people as she can. She thrives on seeing her students grow and become the best  performers they can possibly be.

Vanessa Brown - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts (Swinburne University)
  • Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management (Box Hill TAFE)
  • Currently studying Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (Royal Academy of Dance)

Teaches: Ballet and Pointe

Vanessa grew up in the regional Victorian town of Mildura, Victoria, and started ballet classes at the age of seven.  She completed RAD exams both recreational and vocational, finishing Grade 8 and Advanced 1 with Distinction.  Beginning as a student teacher at the age of 12, she soon developed a keen interest in teaching as a career.
Following a move to Melbourne for tertiary studies she studied a Diploma of Dance (Teaching and Management) and was employed as a freelance dance teacher at various ballet schools around Melbourne.  In 2018 she will begin her CBTS with the RAD, and continue to share her love of ballet and dance with her students.  Vanessa is also a keen adult ballet student, and fits in a class whenever she can!

 

Dominic Watt - Teacher

  • Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management – Box Hill Institute.

Currently studying Associate Degree in Education (Primary) – Deakin University

Teaches Drama & Musical Theatre

Dominic started dancing at BDC at the age of 4 and has grown up with the studio as a second home.

He studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for two years before returning to BDC where he continued to hone his dance skills along with completing VCE dance. Dominic commenced his teacher training at BDC in late 2015 and has shown a particular flair for Drama and Musical theatre classes where he has been an invaluable support for Dee. In 2016 he taught VET Dance at Drouin Secondary School and is heading into teaching the same course this year at Swinburne.

No stranger to the stage, in 2016 Dominic became a committee member of the local theatre company Hartwell Players for whom he has been performing with since 2003.

Cate McInness - Teacher

Teaches Jazz, Tap, Hiphop and Acro

Currently studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Deakin University.

Amongst her diverse credits, Catherine has performed with Planetshakers Conference at Hisense Arenaas well as National Gallery of Victoria for the David Hockey, Viktor&Rolf, and Andy Warhol Exhibitions.

With over 16 years of experience from Crazy Feet Dance Studio and BDC Dance Studios, training in both Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance ballet, she has continues her dance education at LeftLeg Studios part-time course, allowing her to receive training from a selection of the finest industry professionals in Melbourne.

Catherine has also excelled within VCE and VET Dance courses, awarding her a Certificate 2 and partial completion of Certificate 3 in Dance as well as many awards from Victorian Performing Arts Challenge, ComDance as well as VCE and VET Dance Competitions.

Meet Our Student Teachers

In 2018 BDC Dance Studios became an affiliate of the DanceStep Student teacher education program. These students are assisting in classes to learn how to be role models for our school and hope to one day be dance teachers themselves.

Below are our first intake into the program upon completion of their level 1 induction.