Our Principal : Natalie Bale (RAD RTS, C.S.T.D, Acrobatic Arts M1).
“Teaching has always been my passion”
Natalie has been dancing since she could walk and teaching dance for over 30 years. The passion she has for dance is evident and teaming her love of children with dance, - teaching was an obvious fit. “I have my dream job!”
Natalie is a registered teacher with the RAD Royal Academy of Dancing and holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies as well as her Teachers Certificate and Full Teachers Diploma with the Comdance (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing).
In addition, Natalie has a Performing Arts Diploma with Brent St School of Arts, (Sydney) and holds Acrobatic Arts Certification. (Module 1).
She has also completed Level 1 Teacher and practitioner training, Level 2 Flexibility and Level 2 Training Turnout in Tiny Dancers courses with Dance Physio Lisa Howell and completed Progressing Ballet Technique Certification with Marie Walton-Mahon.
She is regularly updating her skills and attending ongoing training as she believes this is crucial to being a good teacher.
Natalie is an Adjudicator and regularly travels interstate and overseas to adjudicate dance competitions and teach workshops.
She has performed and choreographed for many events – Highlights include Choreographing for Disney’s Carols In the Domain (Ch 7, Sydney), Rock Eisteddfods, Television Pilots, Night club Appearances, Back –up Dancer for Singer Nikki Bennett, Opening Ceremony for Sydney 2000.
Georgia has just returned after living in New York City for the last 7 years and is excited to share her knowledge back in Melbourne. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts (Musical Theater) which she received from The New School in Manhattan after completing her Associates Diploma in Musical Theater at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy). While in New York as a dancer she was fortunate enough to dance for the Amore Opera Company, perform in the Folli Jolli cabaret and produce her own show in the East Village. As an aerialist she performed at The Slipper Room and for The Muse Productions. Besides her performing credits Georgia also has extensive teaching experience and that has become what she loves most! She started teaching dance 10 years ago and while in New York taught at summer camps, a child care start up, montessori schools and even had the incredible opportunity to work for celebrities Naomi Watts and Liev Schriber as their child's personal aerial coach. Georgia has missed Melbourne immensely and can't wait to share her experience with her students.
Catherine Bam RAD CBTS
Catherine started ballet at the age of 3, and completed her RAD exams in Johannesburg, South Africa. She attended the National School of Arts, where she studied Ballet, Contemporary and Spanish dance, as well as Music, Anatomy and History of Ballet.
Catherine moved to the UK in 1999 and became a senior member of the GL14 Dance Company, performing many styles on stage, including ballet, tap, hip hop, and contemporary. She moved back to South Africa in 2009, where she completed her RAD CBTS (Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies) qualification.
Catherine has been teaching the RAD syllabus since 2010, she has extensive experience in entering candidates into examinations and boasts a 100% pass rate for her students in all levels. Her patience, dedication, professional and caring manner are great assets that she continues to bring to each lesson.
In July 2019, Catherine and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia. Since then she has completed her Level 1 Dance Teaching and Level 2 Pointe Intensive with Physio Lisa Howell.
Cerys has been teaching and assistant teaching for 6 years, training in all styles at Tania Robbins Academy of Dance and Drama, then continuing on her education to complete a Diploma in Dance - Elite Performance and also her Certificate IV - Dance Teaching and Management.
During this time Cerys has has had many performing opportunities.
She is and active member of Beyond Dance, and organisation that raises money for Beyond Blue - a cause which she is very passionate about.
Cerys holds a current WWCC and First Aid.
She is very excited about coming on board our MAD team for 2022!
Kiahna has trained in all styles of dance and completed RAD examinations, training at Dynamite Dance Centre and in 2021 completed her Certificate IV - Dance Teaching and management course at Kelly Akers Full-time Dance.
Kiahna has been teaching and assisting for 6 years.
2023 will see Kiahna furthering her teaching studies, completing her R.A.D. Teachers Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance.
She holds her WWCC and First -Aid.
Kiahna's dream is to teach Dance and she is very excited to come on board as part of the MAD Faculty in 2022.