our team

All of the teaching staff regularly attend dance workshops and seminars on all dance styles, the body and teaching techniques. Each teacher holds a working with children check and Certificate II in First Aid & CPR Administration Staff- Alexis Ginis with Directors Mary Ginis and Georgina Ginis (Salanitri).

Georgina Ginis

Georgina Ginis

Director

Georgina started dancing at Victorian Ballet School from 5years of age. As she progressed through the school, Georgina completed her ballet assessments and also took classes in all dance styles including Jazz/funk, Character, Contemporary and Latin Dancing. Georgina also completed VCE Dance in secondary school.

After completing VCE, Georgina went on to study Dance Teaching and Business Management at Box Hill College of Tafe achieving excellent results for her high level of teaching and dancing. Later completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to register Victorian Ballet School as a Certified School, offering the nationally accredited Certificate I-IV in Dance through Australian Dance Institute.

Georgina became the owner and Director of Victorian Ballet School in 2007 and is now joined by her mum Mary Ginis in having the privilege of running the school together.

Georgina has written the Junior School Syllabus for Victorian Ballet School that ensures safe dance practice is taught and learnt by all students and is an excellent progression into the senior school, training with the Australian Dance Vision syllabus.

As a member of Australian Dance Vision Georgina attends Workshopsregularly; is First Aid trained and holds a current Working with Children Check.

Georgina is regularlyfacilitating training workshops for Victorian Ballet School staff to help them achieve great results as dance teachers and to ensure the highest quality of teachingwithin the school that she is so passionate about.

Mary Ginis

Mary Ginis

Director

After teaching in TAFE for over 21 years, Mary joined Georgina at Victorian Ballet School in 2013 to work in the office overseeing the administration of the school. Having studied ballet for 12 years from the age of 5 years of age Mary is passionate about dance and the creative arts with the aim of nurturing the love of dance at Victorian Ballet School for staff and students alike.

Caitlin Ashby

Caitlin Ashby

Caitlin began dancing with the Victorian Ballet School at age five, learning ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary styles. She completed her ballet exams with the school and has a Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies. She also completed VCE Dance in 2014.

Caitlin started student teaching when she was 11 and received the student teaching award in 2011 and 2013. She holds current Police and Working with Children Checks, and is First Aid qualified.

In 2015, Caitlin was part of the Victorian Ballet School dance group who travelled to Los Angeles to perform at Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard, as part of their Dance Around the World tour. She has also appeared as an extra on Neighbours and The Leftovers.

Caitlin started teaching with the Victorian Ballet school in 2016, and is currently completing a Diploma of Dance

Guada Banez

Guada Banez

Guada has been teaching at Victorian Ballet School since 2013, after being involved as a proud VBS student since 2001, as well as completing VCE Dance at Victorian Ballet School. Trained in a number of styles, Guada currently teaches ballet, jazz/funk, contemporary, hip-hop and broadway.

 

Through her love of dance, Guada has become heavily involved in musical theatre, and has worked extensively with various theatre companies across Victoria, both onstage and behind the scenes as a choreographer. She has received various nominations and awards from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria and Lyrebird Awards for her performances. Her on-stage credits include Wicked, Miss Saigon (MTGV nomination – Best Female Performer in a Leading Role), Saturday Night Fever, A Chorus Line, Rent, Avenue Q, Grease, and Footloose (Lyrebird Award – Best Youth Supporting Actress). Her choreography credits include The Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains.

 

Passionate in creating a positive learning experience for her students, Guada is also currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education and Bachelor of Arts (Music) at Monash University. Guada holds a current Working With Children Check and is trained in First Aid.

Julia Boysen

Julia Boysen

Julia began dancing at the age of 6, at Gay Wightman School of Ballet. Training in the styles of Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Character through the BMAAD syllabus, Julia discovered her love for dance. She completed and was successful in many exams, with her some of her proudest achievements including obtaining the highest mark in Australasia for various Jazz, Character and Ballet exams in the BMAAD syllabus. In 2014, she obtained her Certificate II in Dance after completing her 2 year study of VET Dance.

Julia also participated in the Aeroskool Aerobics program for 6 years throughout secondary school. During this time she coached two junior teams, which is where she first discovered her love of teaching.

Outside of teaching with the Victorian Ballet School, Julia is currently studying a
Bachelor of Nursing/Midwifery at Deakin University.

Nikita Fraser

Nikita Fraser

Nikita began dancing at age three with Ballet Central, shortly after leaving  to pursue an elite gymnastics career, however realising her love of dance she returned to dance with The Victorian Ballet School at age nine. Nikita has studied ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. She has completed her Ballet exams with Australian Dance Vision and holds a Certificate IV in Classical Cance. Nikita has a valid Working With Children Check and is first aid qualified.

While completing her Secondary Schooling, Nikita she was an avid performer.  Nikita is now completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin University.

Tahlia Foster

Tahlia Foster

Tahlia began her dancing journey at the age of 4 at Boyd Academy of Dance. At her time at Boyd, she studied Ballet (RAD syllabus), Jazz, Character and Musical Theatre. During this time, Tahlia competed in Musical Theatre Solos, Jazz competition troupes and was even selected as a finalist for the Ballet Teachers Workshop at the age of 7. Tahlia returned to Boyd Academy in 2014 for a year and during this time had the honour of being taught by some well-known within the Ballet industry including
John Byrne and Robyn Begg.

Tahlia currently dances at The Victorian Ballet School where she studies Ballet (ADV syllabus), Jazz and Contemporary. Tahlia has had the privilege of performing main parts in The Victorian Ballet’s annual performance. She has also developed a great connection with the junior school through her student teaching and received the Student Teaching award for her studio in 2012.

Tahlia holds a valid working with children’s check and is trained in first aid. Tahlia is currently completing her Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University.

Aisha Imam

Aisha Imam

Aisha has been dancing at Victorian Ballet School since 2004 and continues to enjoy her weekly classes. The styles Aisha continually develops her skills in are classical ballet, contemporary and jazz/funk.

Through the Australian Dance Vision examinations held at Victorian Ballet School, Aisha has achieved a Certificate IV in Dance. Aisha has also performed and assisted in the running of many concerts run by the school. Aisha has been a student teacher at the school for over 5 years and a teacher at the school as of 2017.

Sarah Lisov

Sarah Lisov

Sarah has been dancing at the Victorian Ballet School since the age of three where she has studied styles of Ballet, Jazz/Funk, Contemporary and Tap. Sarah has completed Ballet examinations through the Australian Dance Vision, last year completing Major 4.

Sarah completed VCE Dance in secondary school and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Dance.

Sarah has been greatly involved in the Victorian Ballet School and took the opportunity to perform in the USA in 2015. Performing at Disneyland, Universal studios, California Adventure Park, Hollywood Blvd and undertaking workshops at the Edge. Sarah has also undertaken numerous lead roles in concerts. Whilst dancing at the Victorian Ballet School, Sarah also did competitive Aerobics for nine years winning numerous awards at different competitions including at national level.

Sarah is currently studying a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and International Relations) at Monash University.

Miriam MacDonald

Miriam MacDonald

Miriam began dancing at 4 years old, and since then has always had a love for dancing. She has been trained in a variety of styles including classical ballet, jazz, lyrical jazz, contemporary, character and tap through the Borovansky Memorial Australian Academy of Dancing syllabus, completing major senior exams in Ballet jazz and character.  

In 2012 she completed VET dance thus obtaining a Certificate II in Dance, as well as being a recipient of the external Paulette Carson scholarship

In 2015 Miriam commenced my studies of a Bachelor of Applied Science and master of Podiatric practice at La Trobe University, which she hopes to be able to connect with dance related injuries. She is currently a part of the competitive La Trobe University cheerleading and dance squad

Miriam has loved seeing students of all abilities push themselves to achieve their best, and she is excited to watch the students continue to develop

Lydia Plotzza

Lydia Plotzza

Lydia has an impressive 16 years of dance experience, comprised of ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and ballroom dance styles. Over the past 4 years she has taught ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Victorian Ballet School. She completed her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management in 2013 – in which she studied the human anatomy, and child to adolescent development, graduating with a high distinction average. Furthermore, she has several years’ experience with musical theatre productions and Rockeisteddfod.  Lydia has a pronounced enthusiasm for training her students to be healthy young dancers and continues to acquaint her knowledge and training  

Lydia is continually updating her knowledge and training as a dancer and dance teacher to ensure she is always providing her Victorian Ballet School students with the safest and most enjoyable dance practices.

Jess Quinn

Jess Quinn

Brooke Shaw

Brooke Shaw

Brooke began dancing at Victorian Ballet School at the age of 4 and has now been involved with the school, both as a student and teacher, for over 14 years.

As a dancer, Brooke has achieved great results in ADV Ballet Examinations, received the Victorian Ballet School Scholarship Award in 2010, has travelled to America to participate in the Dance Around the World Tour with Victorian Ballet School in 2015; played the role of Alice in the end of year Alice in Wonderland production in 2015 and was Dance Captain in her graduating year in high school. Brooke has trained in many varieties of dance at Victorian Ballet School including Ballet, Jazz/Funk, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Tap.

Brooke thoroughly enjoys teaching all varieties of dance and is currently studying a double bachelor degree in Nursing/Midwifery at Deakin University.

Rebecca Watt

Rebecca Watt

Rebecca started dancing when she was 4 years old, and fell in love with dance and looked up to her teachers. Growing and learning, in her high school, Rebecca completed VCE Dance and was involved with the school performance each year performing dance, theatre acting and singing. Rebecca also taught and managed a group dance for the school concert’s finale dance in Year 12. As well as taking on a leadership role as a House Captain and leading the sporting activities, Rebecca choreographed and taught group dances in the Performing Arts Competitions.

After completing VCE, Rebecca studied at the Box Hill Institute of TAFE completing the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management course. Rebecca started her teaching position with the Victorian Ballet School in 2013. Teaching a range of dance styles and age groups, Rebecca continues to learn, strengthen and grow as a teacher with a great passion for what she loves doing!

Lorrae Taylor

Lorrae Taylor

Lorrae has danced since the age of 6 learning many styles including Jazz/Funk, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. From a young age she learnt to dance with The Victorian Ballet School and also learnt musical theatre with The Children’s Performing Company of Australia.

Lorrae first became a student teacher with the Victorian Ballet School from the young age of 12 and was awarded the Student Teaching Award for her studio in 2007 and 2009. Lorrae completed VCE Dance in 2010 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science/ Criminology at Deakin University.

Fiona Webster

Fiona Webster

Fiona began dancing when she was 6 years old and developed a passion for dance from a young age. She has learnt styles including Ballet, pointe work, Jazz, Funk, Contemporary, Character and many others. Fiona has completed various R.A.D syllabus exams and competed in numerous competitions over the years of her dance training.

Attending Rowville Secondary College Fiona enjoyed being a part of the Rowville Institute of the Arts program, as well as performing in annual productions. She completed VCE in 2011 and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the subject of Dance in Year 12.

After completing Secondary school, Fiona went on to study the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and began teaching at the Victorian Ballet School in 2014. Fiona has been involved in judging dance competitions for local schools and has also been a part of various workshops such as the ‘Safe Dance’ workshop at Dance Factory.

fiona webster

fiona webster

Fiona began dancing when she was 6 years old and developed a passion for dance from a young age. She has learnt styles including Ballet, pointe work, Jazz, Funk, Contemporary, Character and many others. Fiona has completed various R.A.D syllabus exams and competed in numerous competitions over the years of her dance training.

Attending Rowville Secondary College Fiona enjoyed being a part of the Rowville Institute of the Arts program, as well as performing in annual productions. She completed VCE in 2011 and received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the subject of Dance in Year 12.

After completing Secondary school, Fiona went on to study the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and began teaching at the Victorian Ballet School in 2014. Fiona has been involved in judging dance competitions for local schools and has also been a part of various workshops such as the ‘Safe Dance’ workshop at Dance Factory.

Lydia Plotzza

Lydia Plotzza

Lydia has an impressive 16 years of dance experience, comprised of ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and ballroom dance styles. Over the past 4 years she has taught ballet, contemporary and jazz at the Victorian Ballet School. She completed her Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management in 2013 – in which she studied the human anatomy, and child to adolescent development, graduating with a high distinction average. Furthermore, she has several years’ experience with musical theatre productions and Rockeisteddfod.  Lydia has a pronounced enthusiasm for training her students to be healthy young dancers and continues to acquaint her knowledge and training

Lydia is continually updating her knowledge and training as a dancer and dance teacher to ensure she is always providing her Victorian Ballet School students with the safest and most enjoyable dance practices.

Lorrae Taylor

Lorrae Taylor

Lorrae has danced since the age of 6 learning many styles including Jazz/Funk, Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and Musical Theatre. From a young age she learnt to dance with The Victorian Ballet School and also learnt musical theatre with The Children’s Performing Company of Australia.

 

Lorrae first became a student teacher with the Victorian Ballet School from the young age of 12 and was awarded the Student Teaching Award for her studio in 2007 and 2009. Lorrae completed VCE Dance in 2010 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science/ Criminology at Deakin University.

Rain Francis

Rain Francis

Originally from NZ, Rain Francis trained at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the NZ School of Dance. She has worked as a dancer, choreographer and teacher in New York, London, Dublin, Australia and New Zealand. Rain spent several years with Ballet Ireland, performing classical and contemporary roles and creating new works on the company. Most recently she has performed with Opera Australia, in The Ring Cycle (2013) and Eugene Onegin (2014)

 

In 2011, Rain launched Rain & Lucky Dance Theatre, a project-based company. She has won several awards for her choreography, including first place at the Australian Choreographic Competition and the People’s Choice Award at Short + Sweet.

 

Rain has been teaching at Victorian Ballet School since 2012, and is very active in the Melbourne dance scene as a performer, creator, teacher and writer. She is also a regular guest tutor and choreographer at Dance Masters International in New Zealand. She has completed her Royal Academy of Dance examinations to Advanced level, and holds a Diploma of Dance Performance and a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management.

Nikita Fraser

Nikita Fraser

Nikita began dancing at age three with Ballet Central, shortly after leaving  to pursue an elite gymnastics career, however realising her love of dance she returned to dance with The Victorian Ballet School at age nine. Nikita has studied ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. She has completed her Ballet exams with Australian Dance Vision and holds a Certificate IV in Classical Cance. Nikita has a valid Working With Children Check and is first aid qualified.

While completing her Secondary Schooling, Nikita she was an avid performer.  Nikita is now completing a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Health Science at Deakin University.

Guada Banez

Guada Banez

Guada has been involved with the Victorian Ballet School since 2001, both as a student and teacher.As a student, Guada undertook and achieved high results in both Laurel Martin Dance System and ADV exams. She also participated in the Student Teaching program, and received the scholarship award in 2005.

Guada has trained in classical ballet, jazz/funk, contemporary, and studied VCE Dance with Victorian Ballet School. Guada has also trained in cheerleading.

Because of her love of dance, Guada has also become involved with musical theatre, working with various theatre companies across Melbourne and receiving awards for her performances. Her theatre credits include: Cha-Cha/Dance Captain (Grease), Rusty (Footloose), Mimi (RENT), Connie (A Chorus Line) and Christmas Eve (Avenue Q).

Guada is currently studying a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Music at Monash University.

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