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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

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. Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) Affiliate Member, 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, Certificate IV in Pilates, Certified Instructor of S3 barre, 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.

Sophie Gould

Sophie Gould

Teacher

Sophie Gould, B. Fine Arts (Dance), First Aid Certificate, Working With Children.

For me, dance should be a safe space, a small community of like-minded people who are looking for somewhere to be at peace and find joy through movement. It should feel like a second home, somewhere my students feel loved, respected, valued, and happy to explore what their bodies can do.

Sophie was born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, where she quickly realised her dreams of being a member of Hi-5 weren’t going to come true unless she got into a dance class! She was trained at Peninsula School of Dance in Cecchetti Ballet from the age of 3 under Sandra Allan, O.A.M, and in Modern Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary under Melanie Gard. As soon as she could, she was assisting her teachers in junior classes, and for the last 5 years she has nurtured and cultivated her teaching skills under Melanie in a range of styles, ages, and abilities.

On completing her year 12, Sophie successfully auditioned for the BFA (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts, and graduated in 2019. During her time at the VCA, she worked with a range of renowned independent contemporary artists including Stephanie Lake, Alisdair Macindoe, and Larissa McGowan, among others. Her time at VCA also gave her the opportunity to study abroad in the Winter of 2019, training in Paris, Montpelier, and Istres, France.

Sophie describes herself as a life-long learner, and her passion for sharing and learning translate into her classes. She runs all her classes with laughter, joy, and a focus on students’ experiences in their own bodies. She plans to return to study in 2022 to become a qualified physiotherapist.

Cassie Ogle

Cassie Ogle

Musical Theatre & Singing Teacher

Cassie Ogle, Diploma of Music Theatre (WAAPA), BFA Musical Theatre (VCA), Broadway Teachers Workshop, NDIS Worker Orientation Module, First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

My objective is to work as a team to ignite the magic of Musical Theatre within the hearts of young people, in an inclusive and encouraging environment.

Cassie began her singing training at age 6, and since has studied contemporary voice, classical, and a myriad of music theatre genres. Originally from Hobart, Tasmania, she has performed in a multitude of musicals and plays. Cassie is currently in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at The Victorian College of the Arts. Last year Cassie completed a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and was seen as a leading role in the mid-year Diploma musical.

Cassie is a proud alumni and ex-tutor of Hobart’s Musical Theatre Crew, working as part of the creative team on 5 productions and tutor of three years. Here Cassie developed a passion for sharing her own love of musical theatre with budding young performers. Working with the Education Department of Tasmania in her child assistance role, taught her to work with a clientele who ranged in age and socio-economic backgrounds. In 2018 she took part in the Broadway Teachers workshop in New York. And last year, developed and taught online Musical Theatre tutoring sessions while Melbourne was locked-down.

Cassie wants to share the techniques and methods that have been taught to her throughout her own training, in an approachable and easy to understand format by applying straightforward language that the group are able to understand and relate to. In Cassie’s classes, students are encouraged to discuss their discoveries and experiences, alongside their successes and failures, and grow from them.

Courtney Hale

Courtney Hale

Musical Theatre Teacher

Courtney Hale, Distinction of Diploma of Dance (Wellington Performing Arts Centre), First Aid Certificate, Working with Children.

If you believe it, you can do it, create with a pure heart and your greatest work will come to life

Courtney Hale is a skilled performance artist in song, dance and teaching. Courtney was on the voice top 158 contestants 2014 Australia which has shifted her career into cultivating her sound to produce her own music. Among singing regularly around Melbourne in the past Courtney has worked with renowned creators such at Paris Goebel, Lion Heart Dance Company, Welcome the machines, World of wearable arts, Triple8funk company, David JaanzAusDance and many more. While singing and dancing her way around Melbourne Australia she is also known for choreographing many Australian artist such as Missy Higgins , Woodes , E>st , Dustin Tebbit and many more. Uniqueness is power, each individual can showcase their talent in their own way, Courtney trains with this value that in fact helps to translate and develop her performance, movement and teaching abilities.