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 Conditioning 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.

Her own experiences with personal injury combined with her anatomical studies have led to Natalie having a passion for teaching students to understand their bodies to prevent and manage injuries. She works closely with allied medical teams to make sure her students are taking the best care of themselves possible.

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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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Olivia Manson - Teacher and Principal's Assistant

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

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Conditioning 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.

Nickely Burke - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts Communications
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Learning (Hons), Trinity College, London
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Training

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 where she as Artistic Director for twenty years.

She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community as well as holding the position of Contemporary Dance Teacher at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

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.

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.

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!

 

Cate McInness - Teacher

Teaches Jazz, Tap, Hiphop and Acro

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

Amongst her diverse credits, Cate has performed as part of Melbourne United Cheerleaders and with Planetshakers at Hisense Arena as well as National Gallery of Victoria for the David Hockney, Viktor&Rolf, and Andy Warhol Exhibitions.
Cate has also appeared in Neighbours31 QuestionsWentworth as well as TIMS – ‘I’m Sorry” music video and a Devi Sri Prasad music video.
With over 18 years of experience, providing her with Cecchetti and Royal Academy of Dance ballet training, she  joined the faculty at BDC Dance in 2018 passing on her knowledge to students. Being no stranger to teaching, she continues her study at Deakin University; Bachelor of Education (Primary), as well as being a Youth Mentor for The Salvation Army.
As a teacher, Catherine values the variety of personalities of each of her students and incorporates them in her class routines. She believes that children work best when happy and respected and aims to make dance an enjoyable social activity as well as a disciplined and challenging practice.
Cate has also excelled in her dance education within VCE and VET 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. Cate now continues performing and is excited for the future of her dance and entertainment career.

Gabriella Camerlengo - Teacher

  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (University of Melbourne)
  • Graduate Diploma of Psychology – Advance (Monash University)

Teaches: Jazz, Hiphop, Tap and Competition Team.

Gabby was enrolled in ballet at the age of 4 and branched out to incorporate Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Acrobatics into her repertoire. Predominantly training at Galactic Dance & Events Australia in Melton, she has worked with numerous industry professionals, completed RAD, Cecchetti and CSTD exams, competed and placed in several competitions, and now teaches across Melbourne in various styles to students ranging from toddler to adult. Before completing a year of training at The Space Dance and Arts Centre, Gabby studied undergraduate and post graduate psychological studies at the University of Melbourne and Monash University. Majoring in developmental and educational psychology, Gabby utilises a number of psychological theories and practices within her teaching to ensure her students learn in the most informative, safe, and beneficial manner available to them.

Gabby has Joined BDC’s permanent teaching staff in 2019 after having worked as a substitute teacher for us in 2018.

Amy Keegan - Teacher

  • Currently Studying Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice – La Trobe University

Teaches: Jazz, Contemporary and Intro Tap

Amy started as a student at BDC Dance Studios from the age of 4, and over her years has taken classes in jazz, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, tap and VCE Dance Units 1/2. She began her teacher training in 2018 and thrived on the opportunity to give back to our community. Beyond BDC, she has also been involved in various roles in musical theatre productions, including assistant choreographer.
In studying physiotherapy and being fascinated the ability of the human body to learn and adapt, Amy hopes to integrate the promotion of safe and strengthening practices from her degree with dance. She will be assisting with BDCs Conditioning and Injury Management classes with this in mind.
Finding opportunities for continuous  learning and improvement is what drives Amy’s love for dance, and is what she seeks to facilitate for students. She aims to create an encouraging and challenging environment to develop confidence and dance abilities, alongside personal growth. She believes that each student’s worth should be reflected and affirmed in the way they are valued by all those around them and hopes that her classes are a space marked by a love for dance and love for others.
We are overjoyed to welcome Amy to our permanent teaching faculty in 2019.

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.

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.