Ballarat Ballet Centre has an experienced and enthusiastic staff at the centre of our studio community.

Our studio goal:
"Ballarat Ballet Centre strives to encompass a community that nurtures and encourages individuals through arts education in a safe, recreational and inclusive environment"

All staff and volunteers hold Working With Children Checks.

Justine Morris

"Artistic Director"

Teaches:

- Classical Ballet

- Pointe

- Kidsync

- Jazz

- Competitions

- Solo coaching
Licentiate Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Bachelor of Arts-Theatre Performance, Holder of CUA40313 Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management, T.A.A. Workplace Training & Assessment

Justine began dancing when she was 5, trying desperately to follow in her big sisters’ footsteps. She has studied every sort of dancing since as well as performing in numerous stage productions. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Performance) and a Licentiate level teacher's qualification with Cecchetti Ballet Australia as well as an Affiliate membership with Australian Teachers of Dancing. Justine was head of Classical Ballet and Tap at MJ dance studio in South Australia before she was accorded the honour of the Directorship here at BBC in 2008. Justine is always studying for a new qualification because she believes we never stop learning! Justine teaches 6 days a week and enjoys class with students from 2 years old, right through to tertiary level dancers and for her, there is no better place than a dance studio!

Stacey Clarke

Teaches:

- Classical Ballet

- Pointe

- Contemporary

- Limber

- Acrobatics

- Competitions

- Solo coaching

Associate Diploma Cecchetti Ballet Australia,

Holder of CUA40313 Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management

Stacey has been training in various styles of dancing including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and song and dance since the age of 9.

Stacey has also had a long association with gymnastics, training from age of 3 at kindergym. At the age of 8 Stacey was selected to train 3 days a week at the Victorian Institute of Gymnastics in Melbourne. Stacey was coached for numerous years by our own Rowena Lynch at Uni Sports gymnasium in Ballarat.

Stacey has also trained in Sports Acrobatics which lead her to compete in the National Sports Acrobatics competition in Homebush, Sydney in 1999.

In 2009 Stacey started teaching at Ballarat Ballet Centre and studying under Justine, she obtained her Cecchetti Associate teaching qualification and has now completed her Associate Diploma Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management.

Stacey has also completed all of her major Cecchetti Ballet Exams receiving Honours.

Stacey has had performance experience in numerous musical theatre shows as well as dancing in eisteddfods all over the state.

In 2009 Stacey was awarded ‘Dancer of the Year’ at the Victorian Guild Awards for her performance in FAME with Ballarat Clarendon College.

Stacey has also been working at Ballarat and Clarendon College teaching Dance, choreographing their Senior School Musical and working with their ‘Dance Elite Troupe’ choreographing routines for their Showcases.

Georgia Prato

Teaches:

- Classical Ballet

Associate Cechetti Ballet Australia

Georgia has completed her Advanced 1 dancers exam with Cecchetti and her Associate level teacher's exam. She is studying science at RMIT in Melbourne. Georgia teaches ballet in Melbourne as well as here at BBC

Rowena Lynch

Teaches:

- Acrobatics

Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement with Major Studies in Sports Coaching, Advanced Women's Artistic Gymnastics Coaching Accreditation, Further Qualifications in Men's Gymnastics, General Gymnastics & Kindergym, Accredited Gymnastics Coaching Course Presenter and Assessor

After spending her childhood involved in gymnastics as a competitor Rowena has spent the last 23 years of her life involved in gymnastics as an administrator, coach, judge, educator and coaching course presenter. Rowena holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement with major studies in Sports Coaching. She is a National Coaching Course Presenter for Gymnastics Australia, an Advanced Women’s Artistic gymnastics coach and holds additional coaching qualifications in Men's gymnastics and Kindergym. Rowena founded, was club co-ordinator & head coach at a large regional gymnastics centre for over a decade. The club produced numerous Victorian Champions and Victorian team members (coaches, judges and gymnasts) along with National Championship medalists. The club also delivered a wide variety of recreational and school programs to the region. In 2004 she was nominated for the Vicsport Regional Award for Sports Leadership for her development of gymnastics programs. Rowena has taught acrobatics to dancers in the past, currently lectures at the Victoria University and Federation University in Physical Education and Human Movement programs, and acts as an auditor of interstate gymnastics clubs for Gymnastics Australia in it’s club 10 Quality Assurance program.

David Sirianni

Teaches:

- Jazz

- Hip Hop

- Solo Coaching

David commenced training at the age of nine in Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics and Theatrical Dance under the direction of former teachers Bev Palmer and Michelle Slater. David's vocal training was with Katrina Wellins. 

David has also completed his Certificate II in dance at Isolation Performing Arts Studio’s in which he achieved a perfect study score of 50/50. He was then selected to perform in Top Class and Top Acts as part of the VCE season of excellence. David has performed in various eisteddfods and received many awards and championships including at Royal South Street. In addition, David has also performed in the Myer Christmas Parade, L’Oreal Fashion Week, Everybody Dance Now (Channel 10) and was a featured dancer in the State School Spectacular.

David enjoys teaching and choreographing as much as he loves performing and has taught previously at Kew School of Dance.

In 2013 David will be commencing a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the University of Ballarat and is excited to extend his training.

Eliza Grudy

Teaches:

- Jazz

- Hip Hop

Originally from Sydney, Eliza made the move to Ballarat to study a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre full time at Federation University, entering her third year in 2016. Eliza has 18 years worth of training in RAD Ballet, ATOD Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She has found success as both a performer and choreographer, with credits such as The Pajama Game; Vincent: An Acapella Opera- Choreographer/Cast (Federation University Australia), Hairspray (Packemin Productions); along with the Fast+fresh Dance Festival and Callback Showcase. As a singer, she was lucky to be chosen to patricipate in separate workshops with Ms Nancye Hayes OAM, and Michael Lavine. Along with her studies, Eliza is also a lead teacher for e.Motion21, teaching dance to people with Down Syndrome. Away from dance, Eliza is also an performer for The Entertainment Store.
She is delighted to join the team at Ballarat Ballet Centre.

Jonathon Shilling

Teaches:

- Song & Dance

Jonathon has had a love for performing arts since he was a boy. Originally from Adelaide, Jonathon started dancing at the age of 17, training in all facets of dance including, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Musical Theatre at Essential Talent Performing Arts Academy. 

In 2013 Jonathon went on and studied a Certificate IV in Dance at Gravity Dance Studios under the direction of Gabrielle Robinson and Christine Underdown, and vocal coaching with Ursula White. In 2014 Jonathon was involved in several shows throughout Adelaide such as ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Grease', and was thrilled to play the role of ‘Lucas Beineke' in the South Australian Premiere of ‘The Addams Family Musical'. Jonathon also was a featured dancer at the ‘Variety Gala Performance’ in June 2014 with Ryan Turners company ‘Dance the Dream’.

In 2015 Jonathon was offered a place in Federation University’s prestigious Musical Theatre program studying a Bachelor of Musical Theatre and is about to go into his second year.

Jonathon is thrilled to be joining the team at Ballarat Ballet Centre as the Song and Dance teacher, and is looking forward to helping the students achieve their dance goals. Jonathon loves choreographing as well as performing and can’t wait for whats in store as a teacher and BBC.

Felicity Trigg

 

"Administration"

Felicity has been involved with dance since the age of 8.  She danced herself for 13 years and worked in her family's dancewear shop while studying for a Bachelor of Arts (Police studies) with a major in psychology at Deakin. After graduating in 2000, Felicity left home to travel the world. Now back home in Ballarat, Felicity helps run a building company with her husband as well as working at BBC as Administration Director where she assists in the day to day administration involved in running the school.  You will see her every Saturday at the studio collecting fees, performing eftpos transactions, answering questions and generally helping out and being a point of contact for all students, parents and teachers.


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