Our Teachers

We are lucky to boast one of the most experienced and highly sought-after dance teacher faculty in WA, if not Australia. Our teachers have trained and worked extensively around the world from London to New York, L.A. Madrid, and more. They’ve danced on some of the world’s biggest stages from, Covent Garden, to Sydney Opera House. We are so fortunate to have them continue the legacy of their teachers and pass their experience and knowledge onto their students in our classes.

Our teachers are specialists in their specific genres and understand that adult and mature aged dancers learn differently from children and teenagers. Their pedagogy is rooted in ensuring safe dance practices following appropriate execution of technique while embracing the artistry and enjoyment dance can bring.

Peter Cumins

Peter Cumins

Originally from Perth, Peter moved to London at 17 years of age to train at the prestigious ArtsEd, where he gained his BA in Musical Theatre.

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Ashanti Bala

Ashanti Bala

Ashanti is the Director of The Dance Workshop. She began her dance training in Perth in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Flamenco. At the age of 18 Ashanti completed her Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dance Theatrical Student Teachers Diploma, and later completed the Spanish Dance Institute Teaching certificate.

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Leanne Driel

Leanne Driel

Leanne Driel has been training in various styles of dance for over 20 years. Her passions of tap and hip hop have taken her around Australia, studying under Australian and international professionals.

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Teddy Loveny

Teddy Loveny

Teddy has extensive experience teaching dance, musical theatre and performance skills over the last decade in Perth.

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Mckenzie Goldsmith

Mckenzie Goldsmith

McKenzie Goldsmith is a passionate and positive teacher and choreographer who loves to create, motivate and inspire people to become lifelong dancers.

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Rafaela Lico

Rafaela Lico

Rafaela is an established Perth performer/ choreographer and the founder and director of Elysian Creative. In 2020 she directed and choreographed her debut show “The Underground”. Rafaela is passionate about teaching and making her students feel strong, empowered and provide them with quality training.

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Karen Mooney

Karen Mooney

Karen Henderson is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. Trained in ballet from an early age it was her first teacher, Eleanor Hay, who suggested she take up Spanish dance at nine years of age.

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Kiara Thomson

Kiara Thomson

Kiara Thomson is an encouraging, enthusiastic and energetic teacher who is passionate about bringing the joy of dance into peoples lives.

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Stacy Teuber

Stacy Teuber

Stacy completed a Certificate IV in Dance in 2014 and a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in 2015 in contemporary, ballet and jazz at The Space School of Performance Arts in Melbourne.

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Ram Seewooruthun

Ram Seewooruthun

Ram began his training in contemporary, and jazz dance technique. Seeking further artistic fulfilment he later trained in Kathak- a style of Classical Indian Dance.

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Vivienne Stodel

Vivienne Stodel

Vivienne commenced dancing at the age of 5 in South Africa. She graduated from the Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music, one of the first performing arts schools of the time

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Daryl Brandswood

Daryl Brandswood

Daryl teaches and coaches many young dancers from around Perth, as well as taking Adult contemporary and Ballet classes and guest teaching at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

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Denise Nunn

Denise Nunn

Denise began her dance training in NSW studying both Classical Ballet and Ballroom and Latin Dancing (achieving Solo Star ISFD). Focusing on ballet, she achieved her Solo Seal (RAD) and was awarded the RAD Scholarship for Australia to train at the Royal Ballet School, London.

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Justin McNamara

Justin McNamara

Justin McNamara has been singing, dancing and acting from an early age, undertaking vocal, dance and acting training with many of the most distinguished teachers in their field, both in Perth and nationally.

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Deby Holmes

Deby Holmes

Currently on the inaugural dance panel of the Performing Arts WA awards, on faculty  at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and proudly part of the dance family at The Dance Workshop, Deby mentors, teaches and choreographs  multi-generation of dancers in WA.

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