Staff Profiles

Marilyn Larsen – Principal

Marilyn Larsen has had extensive ballet training and experience over a thirty year period in both the Cechetti and R.A.D methods of training. She studied initially with Rosslyn Charlesworth, then continued her classical training at the National Theatre Ballet School.  Marilyn worked as a professional actress for six years in the Australian film, theatre and television industry during the mid to late seventies appearing in many locally made television dramas (such as ‘Bellbird’, ‘Homicide’, ‘Cop Shop’ and ‘The Box’). In 1976 she enjoyed a season performing with the Melbourne Theatre Company. Marilyn is a registered teacher with the Classical Dance Education Board. She holds a Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood from the University of Melbourne and has worked for many years as a kindergarten teacher in private schools (most recently at Christchurch Grammar School in South Yarra and Toorak College in Mt Eliza). Marilyn spent two and a half years studying for a diploma of Dance Teaching and Management at Box Hill Institute for Performing Arts from 2003-2005. She took majors in Dance at both Melbourne University and Monash at Peninsula. Marilyn regularly attends classes at the Mt Eliza and Peninsula Ballet School and at the City Dance Centre in Armadale, studies yoga and Pilates, and is a member of the Classical Dance Education Board. Marilyn is a full member of the teaching fraternity of the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.


Amanda Dare

I have been dancing for over 12 years now, being trained in Jazz, classical ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and cheerleading. I have completed ballet exams in the RAD and Russian Vaganova methods, achieving high distinctions. In 2013, I was accepted into The Victorian College of the Arts and completed my first semester there. In 2011 and 2012, I choreographed my high school productions and began teaching at Kinder ballet in 2013. Currently, I’m still training and working as a dancer, and have just completed a bachelor degree in Primary School Teaching. I am very excited to continue teaching for ‘The Caprice School of Ballet’  in 2019  and have big plans ahead. In 2019, Miss Amanda will teach  Senior Contemporary and Senior Jazz.


Jack Wunsch

After graduating from The McDonald College of Performing Arts where he specialised in Music Theatre, Jack moved from Sydney to study at The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). While at the VCA, Jack performed in the 2016 program of Morning Melodies and was an ensemble member of Company 17’s production of Oh! What A Lovely War, Mate! (dir. Maude Davey.) In 2016 Jack was a featured dancer in the short film Sweet Dreaming directed and written by Katie Escane. Earlier in 2017 Jack played the role of Harry in Company and Gangster 1 in The Drowsy Chaperone while also working under Dana Jolly as her Dance CaptainMost recently Jack was a featured dancer in the tourism commercial A Twist At Every Turn for Visit Victoria.

We are very excited to welcome Jack  back  to Caprice. In 2019, Jack will take Masterclasses across all dance styles, and will conduct Musical Theatre Workshops. 

Shannon Turner

Shannon Turner

Miss Shannon has been dancing since the age of seven and has never looked back. Starting at her local dance school, she learnt her love for dancing and performing and went on to grow that into a career. She completed two years Dancing,  Musical Theatre and Performing Arts full-time training at Robert Sturrock’s Industry Dance in Brunswick, where she specialised in contemporary, musical theatre and ballet.

Miss Shannon since then has become a professional dancer, working with various choreographers and companies, performing throughout Melbourne. Getting to share the stage with the likes of Rhonda Burchmore and Jessica Mauboy.
Miss Shannon is incredibly delighted to be back teaching for another year at The Caprice School of Ballet. in 2019 Miss Shannon will teach Sugar Plum Fairies,  Pre Primary Pixies,  Primary Princesses  and   Level 2 Ballet.

Grace Jolly

Grace Jolly

We are delighted that Grace will continue to be involved in the ballet school as a cover teacher in 2019 Grace has studied ballet with the school for 14 years.

Jordan Kate Mount

Jordan Kate Mount has been dancing since she was six years old and has studied in all styles of dance; tap, jazz, classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. She has had the pleasure to be taught by many talented choreographers and performers over the years and has a wealth of performance and technical knowledge.
She has competed in many competitions across Victoria and has won many prizes and aggregates along the way where she has competed as a soloist and as a troupe member. She has also completed examinations in tap, jazz and classical ballet in the Southern Federation, Cecchetti and RAD syllabus’.
She performed in two CPAC Productions: High School Musical back in 2007/2008 as a Cheerleader and in Leader of the Pack in 2008/2009 in the dance ensemble. She thoroughly enjoyed being a part of these two shows and working with Lee and her team.
Jordan has been teaching for the past 5 years, and has taught dancers between the ages of two to adults in most dance styles. She thoroughly enjoys watching students grow and achieve new challenges every week to better themselves as a dancer and learner.
Jordan completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2015 where she majored in Dance and Philosophy and she is now studying a Masters in Primary and Early Childhood Teaching at Deakin University.

We are excited to have Jordan join the Caprice family. In 2019, Jordan will teach Inter Tap and Inter Contemporary.

Priya Rao

Priya Rao has danced for over 10 years now in all different styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Ballet, Commercial, Lyrical and Contemporary. She has competed in competitions through the years in Troupes and Solos. She has also completed various ballet exams in RAD syllabus.  Priya has also successfully completed her year 12 ¾ studies in VCE Dance in 2017 with high study scores.

Priya has been taught and continues to be taught by amazing teachers and choreographers who have helped her with her knowledge of Dance technique and Performance.

She is very excited to pass on her knowledge of Dance this year at Caprice!

Priya will teach Hip Hop and Inter Jazz in 2019.