Staff

Justine Morris

Justine Morris

Artistic Director

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Teaches: Classical Ballet, Competitions, Solo coaching

Qualifications: 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 Whitelock

Stacey Whitelock

Dance Instructor & Administration

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Teaches: Classical Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Limber, Acrobatics, Competitions, Solo Coaching

Qualifications: Licentiate Cecchetti Ballet Australia , Holder of CUA40313 Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management, Gymnastics Australia Intermediate qualification in Acrobatics

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 Dance 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 and Licentiate Teaching Qualification. 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.

Felicity Trigg

Felicity Trigg

Administration

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After graduating in 2000, Felicity left home to travel and work around the world. Returning in 2005 to make Ballarat home, Felicity helps run a building company with her husband and is a mother to 4 beautiful kids.  She works with us at BDC 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, assisting with second-hand items and BDC merchandise, answering questions and generally helping out and being a point of contact for all students, parents and teachers.  She is also a co- teacher of our Tuesday Beginner Ballet and Acro Gym classes and a part of our BDC Coaching Competition Team.

Carole Oliver O.A.M

Carole Oliver O.A.M

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Advanced 2 Ballet

Qualifications: 

– C.B.A. FELLOW C.I.C.B. 
– F.I,S,T,D, LONDON 
– LIFE MEMBER 
– EXAMINER
– CERT. 1V CUA 40313 ACCREDITED TRAINER {holder of TAE 40110 CUA 40413} 

Carole was awarded her fellowship in the I.S.T.D Cecchetti branch (London) in 1979 and in 1981 was appointed by the administrative council Australia as a ballet examiner. Students from beginner through to advanced as well as status levels are examined throughout Australia and overseas. 

Former Artistic Director of one of Australia’s leading Cecchetti Ballet Schools with former students working professionally in the Australian Ballet Company, Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, W.A Ballet Company, Singapore Dance Theatre, as well as several European, American and Canadian Ballet Companies whilst several students have been accepted into the Royal Ballet School, London, Australian Ballet School, VCASS, New Zealand Ballet School, Queensland Ballet School and PPY, WAAPA, Stuttgard and other full time institutions. 

Former students successes in both international and Australian Ballet competitions have been well documented over many years. As well as several students being awarded the Bronze, Silver and Gold Victorian Medal Awards and the Silver and Gold Australian Cecchetti Lucie Saranova Medal Awards. 

Carole’s students were awarded the inaugural Cecchetti encouragement awards, as well as the inaugural Australian Ballet School full time scholarship. Many students have been awarded numerous excellent awards and scholarships over the years as well as having students accepted each year into the Victorian Cecchetti Scholars Programme since its inception. 

Miss Oliver has trained and mentored many ballet teachers, some from her own school while others have come from the other ballet schools, specifically seeking her skills. The past few years Carole has conducted master classes mentoring ballet teachers. 

Miss Oliver’s passion for ballet is well known and her commitment to the technical training of students is unsurpassed and in 2015 was privileged and honoured to have been nominated and awarded The Order of Australia Medal in recognition for service to the performing arts in dance education. 

For the past few years Carole has been a member of the dance faculty at VCASS Cecchetti programme as well a freelance teaching and interstate holiday programmes. 
In 2019 she looks forward to working with the BDC Advanced 2 level students.

Sophie Grima

Sophie Grima

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Classical Ballet, competition coaching

Sophie commenced at BDC at age 4 undertaking various styles of dance including classical, contemporary, jazz, limber and song and dance.

She completed all of her Cecchetti Classical training including major examinations to Advanced 2 level under the guidance of Miss Justine Morris.

Sophie was a Cecchetti scholar for 5 years from 2013 – 2017 and was also the Winner of the Cecchetti Victorian William Carse Award and Victorian Cecchetti Bronze Medal Winner.

Having competed extensively at eisteddfods throughout Victoria as well as competing at the Sydney Eisteddfod where she had great schuss.

In 2017, Sophie completed VET Dance at Ballarat Clarendon College and was selected as a Top Class Performer at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Additionally, she completed VCE Dance in 2018 and was award perfect scores for both her technique and composition pieces and has again been selected to perform as part of Top Class 2018.

Sophie is undertaking a Bachelor of Laws/Business in 2019 at Swinburne University and is very excited about continuing her long association with Ballarat Dance Centre in a teaching capacity in 2019.

Trudy Harris

Trudy Harris

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Classical Ballet, Pointe Class, Solo coaching

Qualifications: Licentiate Cecchetti Ballet Australia C.I.C.B L.I.S.T.D London

 

Trudy has a true passion and love of ballet, which was nurtured in her early ballet training in Ballarat, firstly under Pamela Waller and later with Carol Trenfield. 

For 30 years, Trudy was the Artistic Director of the highly regarded Ballarat Ballet Centre, where she continued to pass her love of dance, attention to detail and true belief that dancing comes from your heart, onto hundreds of students.  Former students are now working professionally in The Australian Ballet, Musical Theatre and the film industry around the world.

Since retiring from full time teaching in 2007, she is happily doing freelance teaching and also working as a Teacher Assistant at Ballarat Grammar.  Her dedication and commitment to ballet continues outside the ballet studio in her role as a representative on the National Council of Cecchetti Ballet Australia.  

She is delighted to be a part of the BDC Family.

Sarah Landy

Sarah Landy

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Junior Jazz, Intermediate Jazz, Senior Jazz, Theatrical solo coaching

Qualifications: 

– Diploma of Performing Arts

 

At the age of three Sarah began her Ballet training at the Victorian Ballet School under the tutelage of RAD examiner Dianne Parrington. She also studied Character and Flamenco under some of the most highly regarded teachers in Australia.

Sarah went on to study at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music majoring in voice and studied privately under voice teacher veteran Kevin Casey to complete Grade 8 in the AMEB.

Returning to her first love, dance, she auditioned and received a scholarship to train at Dance World 301, graduating with a Diploma of Performing Arts receiving the Distinction Award.

Before Sarah graduated she booked two professional shows. The first being Mack n’ Mabel starring Caroline O Connor and the second was playing the iconic role of ‘Ashley’ in Starlight Express (Germany), the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical on roller skates!

After three years performing in Germany Sarah moved to London and was handpicked by Arlene Phillips to play the role of Sophia in the original version of Saturday Night Fever (West End). She also performed the lead role of Annette many times as a cover.

Sarah returned to Australia to her career highlight in the lead role of Ellen in the Australian tour of Miss Saigon.

Since then major shows include Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia, Follies, CATS (playing ‘Bombalarina’) and most recently Billy Elliot (playing ‘Lesley’).

 Due to Sarah’s “triple threat” skills she has established a reputation as an exceptional cover of lead roles and has performed the coveted roles of Mary Poppins and the Bird Woman in Mary Poppins, Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot and performed in front of Celine Dion as Donna in Mamma Mia the Musical!

Alexandra Pennell

Alexandra Pennell

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Foundation Ballet

Alexandra commenced classical ballet classes at the age of four and has been in love with the art form ever since. Over 20 years of training Alex has studied an extensive range of styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hiphop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Traditional Nepali/Indian dance. 

In 2018 Alexandra moved to Kathmandu, Nepal where she trained and volunteered her time facilitating dance workshops for The Nepalese HipHop Foundation amongst other projects teaching English, art and dance at local primary schools. 

After 6months in Nepal Alex then moved to London, England, over the 18months she spent there she was fortunate enough to learn from a range of international choreographers and teachers at both Pineapple Dance Studios and The Space Dance and Arts Centre.

In 2019 Alex began working at alternative lifestyle festivals passing on her knowledge and love of dance as a form of human communication and meditation, this work took her to several countries from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to most recently Thailand at the beginning of 2020.

Alexandra is super excited to be back in her home town working with Justine and the rest of her Ballarat Dance Centre Family once again! 

Jordyn Chapman

Jordyn Chapman

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Hip Hop

Qualifications: Cert II in Dance with AusDance Australia

Jordyn has been dancing for over 12 years in a variety of styles and has been teaching for 3 years. 

She has completed her Certificate || in Dance with AusDance Australia and was nominated for a Ballarat Youth Award for Leadership in the Arts in 2017. 

Jordyn has performed around Ballarat in both theatre and dance, and in 2017 was a part of the core dancers in the Victorian State School Spectacular which performed at Hisense Arena and is her proudest achievement. 

She is excited to be a part of the BDC family.

Jessica Bartlett

Jessica Bartlett

Dance Instructor

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Teaches: Acrobatics

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