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Our Team

Rebecca Holding

Rebecca Holding

Director and Teacher

Rebecca Holding, FGIA, FCIS, GAICD, Post Grad Forensic Science, B Sci (Psychology & Genetics), Certified Instructor of S3 barre, Advanced 2 Cecchetti, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certified, First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

I want to make a difference to my local community, providing somewhere for young students to grow and develop.

Co-Founder and Director of Inner West Dance, Rebecca began her dance career at the age of three, training in Cecchetti Ballet, Circus, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Performance and Hip Hop. Rebecca completed professional training at Dance World 301, with performances in various styles across Melbourne.

Rebecca began teaching dance at 13 as a student teacher and by the age of 15 co-founded the New Generation Dance Studio in Kyabram where she taught up to 80 children on a weekly basis. Upon moving to Melbourne, Rebecca continued to develop her teaching skills, providing training at Dance World 301, the Dance Studio and the Heidelberg and District Ballet School.

Outside of dancing, Rebecca is a Risk Professional and has held roles across various industries including: FinTech, Manufacturing, Wellness and Wholesale. Rebecca is also a Director on several Boards of Management.

Dancing is one of her true passions and she would love to share with those around her including her own 2 school aged daughters.

Megan Conkey

Director and Teacher

Megan Conkey, A. Dip C.B.A – C.I.C.B Cert IV in Workplace Assessment and Training; B Arts (Psychology & Psychophysiology), Advanced 2 Cecchetti, Masters of International and Community Development, Certified Instructor of S3 barre. Affil A.T.O.D, Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate, First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

I believe in the power of dance to build resilient and confident children and young people who bring these skills into their adult lives.

Co-Founder and Director, Megan Conkey has danced since the age of 5 with Suzanne’s School of Ballet where she completed up to Advanced 1 ballet exams (Cecchetti Method) Jazz and Tap. Under the guidance of Susan Eacott, Megan commenced her teaching training and taught all levels of Jazz, Tap and Ballet.

On moving to Melbourne to further her studies Megan attended classes in all styles at Dance World 301 and began studying and teaching under Lorraine Blackbourn O.A.M at the Heidelberg and District Ballet School. Here Megan gained her Advanced 2 ballet exam as well as completing up to her Associate Diploma teaching qualification and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

Additionally, Megan has a degree in psychology and psychophysiology and a masters in international and community development, has worked in America with children with a range of learning and attention disabilities as well as working with people with disabilities in Australia to be part of their local community.

Lindsey Gillard

Lindsey Gillard

Teacher

Lindsey Gillard, B Psych Sci (Hons), MTeach, Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher, Acro Dance Preschool Certified, Certificate IV in Pilates, Certified Instructor of S3 barre, Alixa Flexibility Certified Instructor,  Intermediate Gymnastics Coach, First Aid Certificate, Working With Children.

Acrobatics class is an inclusive environment where young people learn to set and achieve goals, appreciate their bodies, and work together as a team. It’s a place where difference is valued, but everyone belongs.

Lindsey’s performance career began with her country upbringing, where her “daredevil” nature drew her to Equestrian Vaulting and Circus Arts. She trained under some of Australia’s best circus artists at the National Institute of Circus Arts, and cross-trained in Contortion, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Pilates and Ballet in order to refine her craft. Lindsey enjoyed performing her solo Contortion acts and troupe acrobatics routines as part of Melbourne’s night life.

Lindsey studied Psychology and Teaching, writing her Masters thesis on the positive physical and mental health outcomes of circus and acrobatic programs for young people. After years teaching within the secondary education system, Lindsey decided to combine her passion for acrobatics with her desire to guide young people toward their positive potential.

As a qualified Acrobatics Teacher and Pilates Instructor with a background in teaching, Lindsey’s classes are safe, engaging, and holistically beneficial. She finds great joy in celebrating student progress, and creating a supportive community of acrobats.

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

Teacher

Megan Wilson, BPA, Certified Instructor of S3 barre, First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

I believe in encouraging children to  play, create and grow through dance. By developing skills in movement we can develop body confidence, self expression and self love.

Megan began dancing at the age of three in New Zealand, training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. She then completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the University of Otago, cementing further her love of dance and cabaret style performance.

Megan began teaching dance at age 16 as an assistant teacher and at 17 began volunteering in a student dance collective, teaching, coordinating classes and organizing dance showcases, competitions and events. Upon moving to Melbourne, Megan performs regularly at various cabarets, shows and Corporate events.

Dance has been Megan’s passion from a very young age and she enjoys sharing that with her students, all the while instilling values such as body confidence, musicality and empowerment.

Milly Holding

Milly Holding

Junior Teacher

Currently studying Year 11, level 6 DanceStep and Advanced 1 Cecchetti Ballet.

I believe the dance studio is a home away from home. A place where you can grow as a person and a dancer and feel safe and supported.

Milly began her dance career at 3, training in Cecchetti Ballet and dancing many years at the Ministry of Dance. Since the opening of Inner West Dance, she has participated in contemporary, acro, musical theatre, jazz, hip hop and pointe and has been in IWD concerts every year. Milly is always at the dance studio and is very excited and eager to be apart of the Inner West Dance Team.

Helena Hatziathanassiou

Helena Hatziathanassiou

Teacher

Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations), Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and Masters of Creative Arts Therapy (Dance/Movement Therapy). First Aid Certificate, Working with Children Check.

I believe that dance can be a wonderful way to bring people together and build a community

Helena began dancing at the age of five in jazz and tap dance and found a lifelong love for dancing. She then trained in other styles such as ballet, contemporary and hip hop. She is a strong advocate for the health and wellbeing benefits that dance can bring to childrens and adults lives. In 2018, she completed her Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management at Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance and has been teaching various styles around schools in Melbourne ever since. Recently, she completed her Masters in Creative Arts Therapy specialising in Dance/Movement Therapy at the University of Melbourne and has developed a strong interest in working with children/adults with disabilities.

Helena’s teaching style is energetic, supportive and welcoming. She aims to create a space where her students can feel confident expressing themselves in dance and reach their potential.

Isabelle Dray

Isabelle Dray

Teacher

Diploma Dance (Elite) Performance, Diploma Musical Theatre, Certificate 4 Dance Teaching and Management, First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

Originally from Brisbane, Isabelle (she/her) began dancing at the age of 8, training in all styles. She then went on to begin her full time training at RAW Dance Company in 2018 where she attained her Musical Theatre Diploma and broadened her knowledge of theatre. In 2019 she moved to Melbourne where she completed the rest of her full time studies at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, specialising in Dance and falling in love with the Commercial dance scene.

Isabelle has gone on to perform with artists such as Tones and I and performed in Australia’s Got Talent, AFL Grand Final Footy Revue and choreographed/performed in a music video for Emma Tomlinson in QUBE Effect.

Isabelle has a strong passion for teaching and strives to connect and engage with all her students and create a fun class environment that allows dancers to be comfortable in exploring their passion for dance. She encourages her students to work hard and support one another to achieve and bring out the very best in themselves. Isabelle brings a very charismatic and enthusiastic energy to her classes and pushes to create challenging, stylistic and intricate movement.

Lydia Cagney Morris

Lydia Cagney Morris

Teacher

L.C.B.A Dip-C.I.C.B, BA Performance Studies ( Dance/Drama), Diploma Dance Teaching and Management, Diploma Early Education Care, First Aid Level 2, Working with Children, W.A.G Beginner Coach qualified (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics). Currently studying Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

My philosophy around dance is that it is for everybody, it is inclusive,
enriching, therapeutic and empowering. As a teacher it is my role to bring out a love of dance in all my students regardless of ability, experience, or age. Dance does not discriminate.

Lydia has been involved in dance since 1976 starting her early dance training in Tasmania. After moving to Country Victoria Lydia then studied and took exams in the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus and the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD) Tap, National and Modern dance. In 1993 Lydia graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies and embarked on studying her first Cecchetti ballet teaching qualification gaining her Cecchetti Associate in 1994. Over the years she continued to complete these qualifications finally gaining her Licentiate Diploma (Anatomy/History) in 2006. She is now focusing on completing the final exam the Cecchetti Fellowship in the next few years.

Lydia has freelanced teaching dance all over Melbourne for the past thirty years. She has taught dance in educational settings within Early Childhood/Kindergarten and at the Methodist Ladies College in Kew, for several years. Lydia has adjudicated dance all over Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years and is a current AMEB Examiner of the PAA Performing Arts Syllabus (UK) syllabus examining Musical Theatre, Acting, Jazz and Contemporary dance.

Grace Alston

Grace Alston

Teacher

Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) – WAAPA, Diploma of Musical Theatre – Brent Street, Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events, First Aid Certificate, Working With Children.

My professional ethos is fixed in delivering extraordinary and individualised training centred around empathy and patience, whilst providing unwavering integrity and support through each student’s personal journey.

Originally from Newcastle, NSW, Grace started dancing at the age of five. Many years on, Grace’s love of performing has only grown, so much so that it has taken her both nationally and internationally for training. She has been teaching since she was sixteen, both in NSW and WA. In her high school years, Grace completed a Cert III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events (2018), and represented Australia at the MTI International Musical Theatre Festival in the US (2019). She then went on to gain a Diploma of Musical Theatre from Brent Street (2020), and has recently graduated from WAAPA with a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre), (2023).

From her years of being a student, she has experienced all manners of vocal and dance education, and from this knows the importance of approaching performance education from a holistic and understanding standpoint, not just an isolated, short practice or class every week. She aims to provide students with skills that ensure the longevity of their voice and body, as well as skills learnt within their training that they can apply to external areas of their life, such as confidence, persistence, and critical thinking. Most importantly, she hopes to share the joy of dance, music, acting and singing, and vehemently believes that the involvement of the arts within our daily lives expands our happiness, mindfulness, and empathy for others.

Tabatha Sango

Tabatha Sango

Teacher

Currently completing Bachelor of Performing Arts, Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and Certificate III in School Based Education Support. First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

Since the age of three, Tabatha has trained in a variety of movement based practices. Training in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre, under the guidance of many industry professionals and renowned choreographers; Laura Smith, Marnie Nelson, Peter Wallace, Janet Provan, Chelsea Bryne.

Performing in AusDance Victoria’s production of (Re)Generate and dancing in the 2020 Moomba parade, has been some of her favourite performances. In 2022, Tabatha represented Youth Dance Makers Initiative as a Youth Ambassador, at the Australian Youth Dance Festival.

Tabatha’s choreographic credits include: Uprising (Youth Dance Makers Initiative), The Addams Family (Maribyrnong College), The Wizard of Oz, The Griffin, Moana Jr. (Pascoe Vale Girls College), Phoenix (Wakakirri).

Tabatha is currently completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts (specialising in stage management) and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management; furthering her dance-teaching skills and continuing to craft her artistry!