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About BDC Dance Studios

Located within the City of Ashwood, BDC Dance Studios is a comprehensive dance facility for students from preschool age to adult. 

We have a range of dance styles on offer. Students can join as a fun hobby, participate in RAD exams or join our performance teams to step out in front of a crowd. 

The teachers at BDC Dance Studios have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance in a nurturing, empathetic and enthusiastic environment. 

As well as dance lessons, we offer DANCESTEP, an assistant teacher training program to students aged 10 and above to assist and teach dance classes.

Enrol your child for group lessons or book private sessions with one of our teachers.

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Believe. Dream. Create.

BELIEVE
BELIEVE

We believe in communication through kindness, empathy and enthusiasm

All interactions within our community are based on kindness and empathy. We want all who join us at BDC to have a positive experience. 

From the way our teachers interact with students to the information sent to parents from our admin staff, and our expectations of how students treat each other. Even in times of conflict there is always a choice of how to approach a resolution. We choose to be kind. 

DREAM
DREAM

We dream of promoting sustainable practices for ourselves and the world we inhabit. 

With the right outlook, the gift of dance can last a lifetime. We take safe dance practice and injury management seriously, even at a recreational level. Our students learn about how to look after their own bodies to work with their individual strengths and around limitations. An injury does not mean game over for dance, it means a dancer needs to develop more sustainable habits to heal and progress beyond a setback.

For the world around us, we use sustainable practices within our business to lead the younger generation by example. A few include:

  • Clearly marked bins for recyclable items
  • Soft plastics are separated under the REDcycle program
  • Biodegradable bin liners
  • Koh and Earth’s Choice cleaning products
  • Thank You hand sanitiser
  • Who Gives a Crap recycled toilet paper
  • No single use plastic items in our kitchen
  • 90% communications are digital
  • Recycled paper used for all printed material

We don’t need a few people doing Zero Waste perfectly, we need thousands of people making small changes that will influence others. BDC Dance Studios is committed to making those small changes.

CREATE
CREATE

We create opportunities for educating minds and bodies to grow amazing human beings.

The majority of our student base is children and young adults. It is a huge privilege to be entrusted with the care of these young minds.

The teaching staff at our studio approach all our students with a combination of kindness, empathy and enthusiasm to encourage learning and skills acquisition in a holistic manner that highlights the role of dance in the development of the whole person; physically, mentally and socially.

We are aiming to help little humans develop life skills that will serve them in the long run, we just happen to be teaching these skills through the medium of dance because that’s what we love. Many of our students feel that dance is their second home. It’s their escape – worries and stresses are left at the door and the distractions of the world outside or on their phone disappear while they dance.

Our Teachers

Dance teachers Ashwood

Natalie Stubbs

Principal, Teacher and Coordinator of Ballet
Taking her first ballet class at age three in the small, West Australian town of Esperance, Natalie was one of those children who thrived on ballet and never looked back.…
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Olivia Manson

Teacher and Principal's Assistant and Performance Team Coordinator
Olivia’s passion is sharing her love for dancing with all her students. She believes that the dance studio is a place where children can learn important life skills as well…
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Nickely Burke

Teacher and Contemporary Coordinator
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…
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Gabriella Camerlengo

Teacher
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…
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Amy Keegan

Teacher
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…
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Bianca Phillips

Junior Teacher
Bianca began dancing at age 4 and fell in love with it before moving to BDC when she was 11. Though initially commencing with just jazz and contemporary, she now…
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Bethany Moutray

Junior Teacher
Bethany started to dance when she was 4yrs old, beginning with tap and ballet in Port Fairy. Once moving to Melbourne, Bethany became a student at BDC and began to…
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Adelaide Williams

Teacher
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…
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Vanessa Brown

Teacher
Vanessa grew up in the regional Victorian town of Mildura and started ballet classes at the age of seven.  She completed RAD exams both recreational and vocational, finishing Grade 8…
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Kupo Stubbs

Well-being officer
Kupo the Balleweiner is a frequent visitor to our studios and never fails to delight students and teachers alike. Born in January 2019, this miniature dachshund treats BDC as her…
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Sarah Dehn

Teaches Ballet and Pointe
Miss Sarah completed her RAD ballet training under Audrey Nicholls OAM FRAD, Martin Rubinstein OAM, Christine Howard (National Character) and Dianne Parrington. She completed her professional dance training at the VCA (Classical Ballet /Anne Woolliams,…
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Engel Kamara

Engel’s passion for dance began at the age of four when she started learning ballet and jazz. Her love for dance grew more when she joined a competition team, added…
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Maxwell Pavichievac

Maxwell’s passion for dance began at the age of 3 where dance classes were a place he could express himself and feel the freedom of movement. As a teacher Max…
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Cate McIness

Teacher
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,…
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