Staff :

Principal

Marnie Armstrong

Marnie has been involved with dancing for over 35 years and has had over 25 years experience in teaching all age groups the art of dance. She is an A.T.O.D.Ltd Examiner and Licentiate Teacher, the highest qualification that can be achieved with the ATOD Ltd. and has completed a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management. She has demonstrated and taught the ATOD syllabus to students & teachers throughout Australia & overseas. Marnie has also performed at various functions throughout Melbourne.

Teaching Staff

Jessica Goulding

Jessica has been dancing for 22 years at the Broadbent Dance Academy. For the last 10 years she has been teaching Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She has completed a Bachelor of Primary Education at Deakin University as well as a Certificate III in Community Recreation through A.T.O.D. In 2006 Jessica took part in the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. She has also performed and demonstrated for A.T.O.D. Ltd in Hong Kong several times, and has traveled with the Broadbent Dance Academy to New Zealand, Singapore and America.

Ashlene Mendolia

Ashlene has been performing for 20 years with the Broadbent Dance Academy, studying jazz, tap, ballet, funk and acrobatics. Throughout this time she has received several scholarships including the National Children’s Dance Theatre Award and an adjudicators scholarship in New Zealand. Wanting to further her skills, Ashlene enrolled in Dance Factory’s Full Time Performing Arts course in 2005 and in 2006 graduated with a Diploma in Dance and Dance Teaching. Her professional appearances include the AFL Grand Final Opening Ceremonies, Channel 7’s Good Friday Gala Performances, Melbourne City’s Federation March and Commonwealth Welcome Home Parade,’ Puss in Boots’ with the Tivoli Theatre restaurant, and as Dancer/ Choreographer performed in several Elvis floorshows. Ashlene played the role of Marcy Wills in Catchments’ ‘Witches of Eastwick’and came first in the A.T.O.D Ltd Senior Jazz scholarship for Victoria.She has Also travelled with the Broadbent Dance Academy to New Zealand And Singapore. She has performed in Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Captain Feathersword shows throughout Australia. was in the latest Wiggles DVD and recently travelled to Singapore, Manila and Qatar performing as Dora in Dora the Explorer.
She has also travelled with the Broadbent Dance Academy to the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Tara Presnell

Tara began dancing at Broadbent Dance Academy at the age of 6. She is experienced as both a dancer and teacher in a variety of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hiphop, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. She has successfully competed in many State and Interstate competitions across Australia. In 2015 she placed 2nd in the A.T.O.D Senior Jazz Victorian State Scholarship and won the Interstate Australasian competition in Queensland. As well as travelling and performing in Singapore and the US with Broadbent Dance Academy, she has also been a part of Immersed Melbourne Dance Industry Gala, Paul Malek’s Project One, Apocalypse, and Project Y: The Movie.
She is currently completing her Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management with Transit Dance.

Maddie Fox

Maddie is a talented dancer, singer and performer, having begun her training in Ballet, Tap and Jazz as a very young 2 year old. She is now trained in other genres of dance including Hip Hop after gaining a two year training scholarship at the Edge Performers School when she was 18. In addition to performing at a variety of Melbourne’s hottest entertainment spots, Maddie has a plethora of experience as a dancer for both corporate and entertainment clients. Her credits include corporate events such as the VFL luncheon, Fashion Aid and the Season Launch for Puma. She has been a back up dancer for both national and international acts, was a feature dancer in the recent TV campaign by Bonds and was also chosen to be an official Australian Pussycat Doll by Robin Antin, the founder of Pussycat Dolls. Maddie recently toured with the Masters of Choreography show, Beats On Pointe.

Sophie Sheppard

Sophie has been dancing at the Broadbent Dance Academy since she was 4 years old and is trained in all styles of dance. She has completed classical ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop exams through the ATOD syllabus and is also experienced in contemporary and lyrical. Sophie competed as a soloist and in troupe teams for many years, and some of her dance achievements include Paul Malek's Project Y, participating in two overseas dance tours in America, and representing Victoria in the ATOD Australasian Scholarships.
Sophie has been teaching for the past 5 years, and in 2016 competed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance. She is also studying Food and Nutrition Science / Commerce at Deakin University. Sophie is passionate about dance, and always strives to teach high standard classes, in an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment. 

Teri Batis

Chloe Broadbent

Chloe has been dancing at Broadbent Dance Academy since the age of 3 years old and has experienced all different styles of dance. She has competed in both solo and troupe competitions for many years, including representing Victoria in the ATOD Australasian Scholarships whilst also travelling overseas with the dance school, to both Hong Kong and the US. Chloe is currently completing her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and has completed ATOD exams in classical ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap styles.

Shaylee Naumann

Caitlin Myles

Caitlin has been dancing for almost 20 years at Broadbent Dance Academy, studying a wide variety of styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She has competed as both a soloist and in troupes for a number of years, as well as participating in overseas dance tours with Broadbent Dance Academy to both America and Hong Kong, which included performances at Disneyland and Universal Studios. Caitlin recently spent a year abroad living in Orlando as a part of the Walt Disney World recreation team, working in children’s activities at multiple resorts and making magic in the parks at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. She has also finished her Bachelor of Journalism and is currently completing her Masters of Secondary Education at Monash University.

 

Tara Mildern

Tara started dancing at 3 years old, and has been with Broadbent Dance Academy since 2013. Her love of performing began with a tiny girl who craved the spotlight and loved to be on stage. She has since gone on to place 4th in the Victorian Scolarships in Classical Ballet in 2015, among many other competition achievements.
Tara is now studying at Deakin University, working towards a Bachelor in Primary Education.
She completed a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management in 2017, and has since been teaching the latest generation of young students wanting their own time to stand in the spotlight.

George Presnell

Jordan White

Assistant Teachers

Amy Derzekos
Mikayla Mildern
Nicola Watson

Nicola started her training with Broadbent Dance Academy at the age of 10 and is now competent in the styles of jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop.  Nicola also participated in her school dance program for 5 years, where she broadened her skills by learning contemporary and lyrical, and was given the opportunity to teach various classes.  She has also recently completed her studies in VCE dance at school.  Nicola has competed in troupes and travelled overseas to Hong Kong and the USA with the Broadbent Dance Academy, providing her with new performance and travel opportunities.

Tayla Vernon
Tayla began dancing at the Broadbent Dance Academy at the age of 14, and is currently training in jazz, ballet, tap and hip hop.  She has also been a dedicated student to her school dance program for five year, which gave her experiences of teaching, role modelling, whilst expanding her technique and knowledge in lyrical, contemporary and jazz.  Through school, Tayla has also successfully completed year 12 VCE dance. She has competed in troupes with the Broadbent Dance Academy and participated in an overseas dance tour to America, where she performed at California Adventure Park, Universal Studios, and Hollywood Boulevard.

Tahlia Hansen
Matisse Kosmas
Natasha Lefebure
Alex Stretton

Guest Teachers


Stacey Floyd

Stacey began dancing at 8 years of age at Broadbent Dance Academy. Here, she trained and successfully competed for 10 years before beginning full time training with Trish Squire-Rogers at Spectrum Dance. Stacey completed three years at Spectrum, graduating with a Certificate 4 in Dance, Diploma in Musical Theatre, as well as finishing her third year as Dance Captain.
Throughout the last three years Stacey has been successfully working in Melbourne as a professional dancer and entertainer. Performing in shows, events & at venues such as: Trixstars (Showgirl in international magic show), Jessica Maulboy (Dancer), AFL Footy Show: Grand Final Players Revue Channel 9, Melbourne Storm Cheerleader, Stereosonic Music Festival, Crown Casino, Project Y: What is Time, Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Tivoli Theatre), as well as various corporate events and clubs throughout Melbourne.
As well as Stacey’s personal love for dance and performing, she’s a passionate teacher and enjoys sharing her love of dance with others.

Pariss Billing

Pariss has been a student at the Broadbent Dance Academy for 20 years. After training through the school she now teaches hip hop classes and solos whilst working as a Flight Attendant. Pariss was awarded the Most Improved Student in 2005, and received placings at competitions and scholarships throughout her dancing years. She performed Musical Theatre roles in the Tivoli Theatre, and as a high school student Pariss received a Performing Arts Award for Choreography in the School Musical. She also travelled with the Broadbent Dance Academy to Hong Kong, Singapore and America.

  • Corey Herbert (Australian Ballet Company)

  • Xavier Pellin

  • Emma Kaman

  • Jacqui Rinaldi (NIPA)

  • Britt King (NIPA)

  • Amelia Holmes (NIPA)

  • Timothy J Hickey