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

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.

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.

Jesse Carmichael

Jesse Carmichael

Jessie has had over 20 years dancing experience in ballet, contemporary, character, and jazz, starting at the age of 7. Ballet is her biggest passion, and she has studied a variety of ballet syllibi including Borovansky, Vaganova (Russian), Cecchetti (Italian), and RAD (English). In her last year of part time training she completed her RAD Advance 1 exam (Highly commended) and Grade 8 exam (Distinction)

In 2006 Jessie studied full time at the National Theatre Ballet School where she did a Diploma of Classical Ballet course finishing in 2007. In 2008 she enrolled at Box Hill Institute of TAFE to do a Diploma course in Dance Teaching and Management, which she completed over 4 years. Jessie started teaching in 2008 and has taught a variety of dance styles to students from Pre-Primary to Major 4 level and has been teaching with Victorian Ballet School since 2012.

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.

Teagan Fraser

Teagan Fraser

Teagan began dancing at the age of three at Ballet Central, at the age of 10 she joined the Victorian Ballet School where she studied ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Teagan has completed her ballet exams with ADV and is now a member of Australian Dance Vision where she attends regular dance workshops. Teagan has a valid Working with Children Check and is first aid qualified.

Teagan completed Secondary school where she studied VCE dance. Teagan completed her university degrees at Deakin University, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (history, psychology and dance) and a Bachelor of Education.

Shelby Landt

Shelby Landt

Shelby first began dancing in 1997 with the Warracknabeal School of Dancing where she began teaching at the early age of 13. While dancing with Warrackanbeal School of Dancing, Shelby became the main choreographer by the age of 17 years old and also  accumulated a Diploma of Tap Dancing in 2009 and a Diploma of Theatrical Dancing in 2010 with the Australian Academy of Theatrical and Ballet Dancing Inc. It was also during this period that Shelby worked on many musical productions and completed her Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in Dance.

Shelby then continued her study of dance where she attended Box Hill Institute and achieved a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management in 2013.

Shelby began teaching at the Victorian Ballet School in 2014 and her favorite styles of dance are ballet, jazz and contemporary, and also really enjoy tap dance.

 

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

Tushka Sridharan

Tushka Sridharan

Tushka has been studying classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap since the age of three with the Victorian Ballet School.

She was an honours student in her annual ballet examinations through the Laurel Martyn and ADV syllabuses, as completed through the school, and has thus obtained Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies.She also attained an excellent study score in VCE Dance, which she completed in 2009.

Tushka has been thoroughly enjoying teaching and choreographing ballet, jazz and contemporary styles with the school since 2011; and is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts/Law at Monash University.

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.

Sena Tawia

Sena Tawia

Sena started dancing with the Victorian Ballet School at the age of 5. She began practicing ballet, jazz, contemporary and tap. In high school Sena found a strong passion for street styles, she joined the hip hop crew Justus League but soon progressed to the group Superhoodz. In 2012, the group were contestants on Australia’s Got Talent and Everybody Dance Now. Through this they were asked to be entertainment for the Melbourne United NBL team (formerly Melbourne Tigers).

Sena then traveled to New York City in 2013 to study dance full-time at the Broadway Dance Center. In 2014, she ventured to Los Angeles with Superhoodz to perform at Disneyland, Universal Studios and on Hollywood Blvd.

In 2015, Sena plans to perform in other corners of the world while completing her Bachelor of Entertainment (Business Management).

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!

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.

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