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 2018  and have big plans ahead. In 2018, 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 Wunsch to Caprice for 2018. Jack will teach Inter Contemporary, Hip Hop, Inter Jazz and Inter Tap and Senior Ballet. 


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 2018, Miss Shannon will teach Sugar Plum Fairies,  Pre Primary Pixies,  Primary Princesses  and  Prep  Level 1 Ballet.

Grace Jolly

Grace Jolly

We are delighted that Grace will continue  as ballet teacher to the Saturday Level 1 and Level 2 ballet classes in 2018.  Grace has studied ballet with the school for 14 years.


Rachel Ferraro

Rachel has been dancing since she was 4 years old and teaching since she was 21 years of age.
She has performed with local theatre company CLOC and The Springboard Players and danced in the chorus at the Tivoli Theatre. Rachel enjoys doing dance classes at The Space and The Dance Factory to keep her skills current and keeps fit doing Zumba. Tap dance and jazz ballet are her chosen styles now.
She believes everyone should learn to tap dance for its skill and co-ordination and the Jazz style is adapted to today’s music video clip so is a fun way to get fit.
Rachel teaches in a fun yet disciplined way and every class ends with a “high five and a group hug”. In 2018  Rachel will teach Broadway Babes  and will also fill emergencies for Tap and Jazz.

Eliza Taylor

 Eliza has been a part of the theatre world since the age of 6. Starting as a Drama student, she knew the stage meant home. As she grew, her need to perform grew as well, leading her to learn how to sing and dance through the Young Australian Broadway Chorus, a subsection of the Children’s Performing Company of Australia, between the ages of 16 and 18. Eliza then continued her passion for dance by taking Jazz classes at her local Ballet school in Ballarat, before expanding into Ballet, Contemporary, Tap and her ultimate favourite, Music Theatre.

After finishing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Ballarat, her life was turned upside down when she got a position at Dandenong High School, teaching Maths, Science and Drama. Through her time at Dandenong, she has assisted, directed and always been a part of such events as the School Production, Chorals Competition and International Week Concert. It is clear that her heart is with the Performing Arts as she lends her expertise to every area, in all aspects of her life.
Once living in Dandenong, Eliza came to the Caprice School of Ballet as a student in the Adult Ballet class in 2011. Since then has been a part of various classes including Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. She is now very excited and happy to be a part of the teaching team,  and hopes to continue teaching at the Caprice School of Ballet this year and into the future.In 2018, Eliza will teach Musical Theatre.



Carla Falconieri

Carla began dance classes at six years of age in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. During secondary school she completed many dance examinations and participated in dance competitions. At the age of sixteen, Carla realised that dance was her passion and decided to pursue it as a career. She was very interested in teaching and subsequently enrolled in the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management at Box Hill Institute in 2006. She graduated in 2008 and a year later decided to take on full time dance. She studied at both Patrick Studios and Spectrum Dance. Carla has experience in both teaching and performance and currently works as a teacher, performer and actor. In 2018 Carla will teach Hip Hop.