Miss Peta Cotter – Owner / Principal
Peta teaches and oversees all classes from the beginners through to the advanced seniors in all aspects of dance, including all facets of CSTD examination work and training for competitions. Peta also designs all costuming requirements for the school. Peta danced herself for 26 years, participating in many festivals, floorshows, opening ceremonies and stage performances. After many years of teaching for other dance schools, Peta opened "The Dance Company" in 1995.
Peta holds Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing diplomas in Theatrical Dance, Jazz Ballet, Tap Dancing and Classical Ballet.
Miss Julie Firth
Julie started dancing at the age of 4 focusing on classical ballet, but also leaning jazz, theatrical and tap. She danced for 20 years performing in eisteddfods, competitions and stage shows, as well as teaching and choreographing within her dance school. After obtaining her teaching qualifications through CSTD diplomas in classical ballet and obtaining her jazz award, Julie taught as a guest teacher for other schools. Since having her own children, Julie has taught adult dance/keep fit classes at a local community centre as part of adult education.
The Dance Company also has Student Teachers that teach under the guidance of qualified teachers whilst preparing for their teaching exams.
Miss Kristie Teesdale
Kristie assists in the teaching of students throughout the junior school. Kristie has danced herself for the past 17 years at The Dance Company participating in many festivals, floorshows, examinations and stage performances.
Miss Alyce Barrett
Alyce assists in the teaching of students throughout the junior school. Alyce has danced herself for the past 21 years. Alyce also holds a Bachelor of Education P-12 and is registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
The Dance Company also has Student Helpers that assist in classes under the guidance of qualified teachers.
Miss Amanda Gerring
Amanda assists in the teaching of the Beginner, Sub Junior, Junior, Intermediatete and Senior students within the school. Amanda has danced herself for the past 18 years during this time she has won several first places for her tap dancing skills amongst many other places for Modern Jazz Routines as well as participating in many festivals, floorshows, opening ceremonies and stage performances.
Amanda holds her Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Jazz Award and during 2007 Amanda received an Honours pass for her Gold Star Tap Examination, which is the highest classroom Tap examination that a student can undertake.
Miss Melissa Payne
Melissa assists in the teaching of students throughout the school. Melissa specialises in introducing Hip Hop and Funk into the Junior School. Melissa has danced herself for the past 20 years participating in many festivals, floorshows, opening ceremonies and stage performances. Melissa holds her Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Jazz Award and Theatrical Grade 1 certificate.
Mrs Lyn Cotter
Lyn handles the weekly attendance roster and class fees. She is also the person who will be advising you or your dressmaker of what is required for each costume come, concert time. All teachers and administration staff have current Police and Working with Children Checks.