Our Principal : Natalie Bale (RAD RTS, C.S.T.D).
“Teaching has always been my passion”
Natalie has been dancing since she could walk and teaching dance for over 25 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 holds a Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) as well as her Teachers Certificate and Full Teachers Diploma with the C.S.T.D. (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 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
Nicole brings over 25 years of extensive dance knowledge and inspiration, including more than 15 years of teaching experience. Nicole studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz with the Australian Teachers of Dancing (A.T.O.D.) and Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) to an advanced level. She was the recipient of a dance scholarship and gained a Certificate IV of Art (Musical Theatre) in 2007 at the Australian Dance Performance Institute, which brought her to perform at the Sydney Opera House. In 2008 Nicole studied at another prestigious full-time dance college, ED5 International, working with some of the world’s most renowned dancers and choreographers.
As a senior dance teacher, Nicole has trained hundreds of students for dance exams all with a 100% success rate, been a highly sort after performance coach, and a chief mentor to many trainee dance teachers. She is an Affiliate Teacher with the Australian Teachers of Dancing, an award-winning choreographer and creator of the extensive DanceXcel program at Broadbeach State School, QLD. Nicole opened and directed a successful dance studio of her own for many years with students winning numerous accolades.
She has a genuine passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoys instilling that passion, promoting knowledge, fostering discipline, and developing fitness particularly in young people. She looks forward to taking your child on a positive, energetic and educational journey through dance!
Ellie trained as an all-rounded performer from an early age, beginning her study in Jazz, Tap, Ballet,
Theatrical, Voice, Irish, Lyrical, Cheer and Acrobatics from the age of five in her hometown of Wagga
Wagga in NSW. In 2008 she graduated from the Riverina Conservatorium of Music and in 2011 Ellie moved
to Sydney where she trained at ED5 International Performing Arts School under Elena de Cinque and
William Forsythe. During this time, she assisted with choreography (Leslie Bell, West Side Story), performed
in a number of events (AACTA awards, Arnott’s Premier Gala, BT4BC) and worked alongside some of the
biggest names in Australia’s music and theatre industry (Jessica Mauboy, Wayne Scott Kermond, Ian
Stenlake, Elena Clarke).
Ellie has taught dance since she began student teaching at her local dance school at 14 years old, teaching
at a variety of schools, from elite institutions to local recreational afternoon programs. 2020 will see Ellie
teaching for her sixth year in Melbourne, and her first at MAD studios – something she is very excited
Ellie is a certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor and is passionate about using acrobatics as a way to enhance
dance art. She gets very happy seeing high back tucks and is allergic to aerials with bent legs. Ellie is also Senior Level 2 First Aid certified, with WWCC.
Phillipa Sprague ARAD RTS
Miss Phillipa was trained at the renown McDonald college of performing Arts in NSW in all styles of dance. She then moved to Bush Davies in London at the age of 16yrs where she attained her RAD Solo Seal (17) before then coming back to Australia to train further at WAAPA in Perth, under Lucette Aldous.
Miss Phillipa has been a registered RAD teacher for 27 yrs, with students gaining entry into Vcass, The Conservatoire of Ballet, Australian Ballet School, Tasmanian Ballet co and overseas companies.
Phillipa has danced Professionally with a Russian Kossack co , Cabaret in Japan and Korea and toured the world with Walt Disney Special Events group.
Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne. With a strong background in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical Ballet, and Acrobatics, his skills extend to both choreography and teaching.
As a Professional Dancer, Tony has performed on various projects and productions with companies such as Opera Australia, Ausdance Victoria, FX Entertainment, Dance City Productions, Vertical Shadows Dance Company, and has also been featured in Dance Train Magazine. As a Choreographer, Tony has worked on numerous musicals such as ‘Hairspray’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Bring It On’, 'Anything Goes’,' and ‘Seussical’ for secondary schools in addition to conducting regular workshops and programs for Wakakirri as a leading Performing Arts facilitator around Australia. Also an upcoming Actor, Tony has starred in Television Commercials for Catch, Crown Casino, Victoria Bitter & Mazda and appeared in TV Shows for ‘Offspring’ and ‘Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries’. Tony is currently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Victoria University.