Staff

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.

STAFF PROFILES:

 

Amanda Dare

I have been dancing for over 10 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, as well as completing a bachelor degree in Primary School Teaching. I am very excited to continue teaching for ‘The Caprice School of Ballet’  in 2017  and have big plans ahead. In 2017, Miss Amanda will teach Open Hip Hop, Inter Jazz, Senior Contemporary and Senior Jazz.

Natalie Froling

Natalie has been dancing and performing since the age of 5 and it is her life passion. She started at Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance learning classical ballet, jazz and contemporary, then to Sharon Lawrence Academy of Dance where she added tap, hip-hop and musical theatre to her repertoire. At the age of 17, she went on to train full time at Dance World Studios for 2 years to improve her dance ability and pursue her love of dance. Natalie has successfully completed exams in both Cechetti and RAD syllabus achieving high distinctions and competed in numerous solo and troupe competitions and eisteddfods. She currently teaches at Kinderballet, which she commenced in 2012 and guest/relief teaching at other dance schools, which she thoroughly enjoys. Natalie is very excited to continue teaching at The Caprice School of Ballet in  2017 and hopes for a creative and productive year. In 2017, Miss Natalie will teach Inter Tap, Inter Contemporary and Musical Theatre.

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 2017, Miss Shannon will teach Petite Ballerinas, Pre Primary Ballet, Primary Ballet 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 2017. Grace will also assist the Petite Ballerinas and Pre Primary classes. Grace has studied ballet with the school for 13 years.

Rachel

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 2017 Rachel will teach Junior Jazz and Junior Tap  and will also fill emergencies for Tap and Jazz.

Eliza

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, working with Natalie in Music Theatre, and hopes to continue teaching at the Caprice School of Ballet this year and into the future.