Alice Hobden

Owner & Principal

Dip. Dance Teaching & Management (Box Hill Institute) Certificate in Dance Performance (New Zealand School of Dance). Movement & Dance Education Centre Registered Teacher. Affiliate Teacher A.T.O.D Ltd. Certificate IV Work Place Training & Assessment.

I began dancing at the age of 5 in my hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. I studied both the Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti Method syllabi. It was my involvement with Southern Ballet Dance Theatre’s junior company that inspired me to make dance my career. I graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 1998 where I studied both classical ballet and contemporary dance for three years. During this time I had many opportunities to perform a variety of interesting roles while developing my dance technique to a professional level. I successfully completed my teacher training at Box Hill Institute receiving both the 1st and 2nd year awards for Outstanding Achievement. I have worked as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer in a number of dance schools around Melbourne before running the Kew School of Dance.  I lectured at Box Hill Institute of TAFE in delivering Anatomy, Body Conditioning and Business Studies for Certificate IV & Diploma students studying for their dance teaching qualification between 2008-2013. I have presented at three International Dance Medicine and Science conferences, Seattle 2013, Pittsburgh 2015 and Hong Kong in 2016.

Jane Andrewartha

Senior Teacher

Executive Director of Movement and Dance Education Centre, Administrator of Laurel Martyn Dance System and Laurel Martyn Foundation, Editor One-eyed Press and Laurel Martyn Publishing. Classical ballet training to Advanced level, and 30 years of teaching experience in many areas including Laurel Martyn Dance System, contemporary and body conditioning in several suburban dance schools including Jane Andrewartha Dance Academy, Jill Glastonbury Dance Academy, Box Hill Ballet, Ballet Central and Mount Eliza and Peninsula Ballet School. I returned to study to complete the Diploma of Dance in Teaching and Management, taught by Laurel Martyn, Janet Barnard-Brown and Dianne Parrington, and then taught at Box Hill Institute of TAFE for 10 years as a sessional teacher. I have also completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I have spent many years working closely with Laurel Martyn on the development of the Movement and Dance Education Centre which provides ongoing support, training and accreditation for dance teachers and assessment services. I have been as assessor for many years, and have traveled internationally in this role. I have also studied Interior Design at RMIT, practiced in the building industry for five years and in graphic design for 5 years, and have worked as an office manager for several small businesses. In 2011 I returned to teaching at Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

Amanda Betlehem


Amanda Betlehem is a Melbourne-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has been dancing since the age of 4, training in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. Amanda has been teaching dance to children and teens across a range of styles since 2008.

In 2014 Amanda completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography) at the Victorian College of the Arts and was the recipient of an Arts Victoria Creative Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate studies in Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin University (2011) and was a recipient of a travel grant from the same institution to study in India in 2010. She excelled in Units 1-4 of VCE Dance at Dance Factory in Richmond. Amanda is an active member of the dance community in Melbourne, performing regularly in her own and others’ works at major festivals and independent events such as Dance Massive Festival, Next Wave Festival, Pieces for Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse, Northcote Town Hall and the Mechanics Institute.

Nicola Bullen


I began ballet classes when I was three years old at what is now Kew School of Dance. During my 16 years as a student at the school I relished the many opportunities to learn, perform and create through assistant dance teaching, the annual concerts and events such as the Movement and Dance Education Centre Choreographic Competition. At 11 years of age I joined the Young Dancer’s Company where I gained valuable performance experience with their productions of Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie, The Nutcracker and The Tales of Beatrix Potter. In 2013 I successfully completed Units 3&4 of VCE Dance and in 2014 was asked to perform in VCE Top Dance at the Melbourne Recital Centre. After graduating high school I began studying at the Victorian College of the Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)) where I was able to develop my technique in both ballet and contemporary whilst cultivating my personal artistry. Upon completion of first year at VCA I decided to explore other avenues of interest by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne with a major in Philosophy and a minor in French.

I have been working in an administrative capacity for Kew School of Dance for 3 years and am now excited to begin sharing my experience and love of dance through teaching.

Harleigh-Rose Byrne 


I began my dance journey in 2003 with Dance Discovery. I trained in  tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and acrobatics. I completed both my RAD ballet and A.T.O.D Jazz, Tap and Ballet exams . I started training with Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance in 2019 where I received a Certificate IV in Dance. I have had opportunities to perform at multiple events around Melbourne including performing at Santa’s Magical Kingdom, Crown Casino, Skechers Store opening events and VFL Grand Final Eve Luncheons.  I have been a Melbourne Aces and Geelong Korea cheerleader for two seasons with the Australian Baseball League which was an amazing performance experience. In 2020 I was lucky enough to be chosen to be in the ‘Storm Street Crew’ for their performances in the Melbourne Storms NRL season.
 I have taught pre-school children through to adults in a range of different styles and have experience in teaching choreography for concerts, exams and competitions. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of dance with my students and motivating them to reach their full potential.

Anton Cleaver-Wilkinson


Diploma in Dance Performance (New Zealand School of Dance)
Associate Teacher (LMDTS)

I began dancing at the age of 7 at Estelle’s Dance & Performance Academy, learning RAD Ballet, CSTD Jazz and Tap.  After finishing high school in Perth I began full time dance training at Academie Etoiles, where I had the opportunity to compete and perform in a variety of productions.  My first professional role was Bluebird in Perth City Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, after this I moved to Wellington, New Zealand to continue my training at the New Zealand School of Dance.  I continued to dance with Perth City Ballet in their annual summer productions, including Swan Lake and Giselle, whilst completing my Diploma in Dance Performance from NZSD.  Near the end of my time in New Zealand I auditioned for Melbourne City Ballet, and was asked to be a part of their 2014 season of Carmen. After finishing a scholarship program as part of MCB’s Finishing Year I turned to exploring contemporary movement and collaborating between various art forms and dance. I have always loved to move and I can’t wait to help the next generation of young dancers on their journey. In 2016 I became an Associate Teacher through the Laurel Martyn Dance System and assisted Miss Jane in entering a Stage 4 Ballet class for assessment, I also successfully entered my own Stage 1 Ballet class. I look forward to sharing my expertise and skills with all the students at Kew School of Dance.

Gabriella Leo


Certificate I in Dance
Currently completing Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching

I started dancing when I was 6 years old here at Kew School of Dance, and I haven’t stopped since! I have trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and hip hop. In 2013, I began assistant teaching classes, which I thought was merely about learning the dances for the students so they wouldn’t forget, but I quickly learnt it was more than that. I loved getting to know the students, and seeing their personalities and dancing skills develop over the year was a great reward. I loved the feeling of developing my own confidence and skills through assistant teaching. I soon realised that dance teaching was something I wanted to pursue in the future. I am so excited to be teaching my own class this year and to be able to continue to assist classes, and I am eager to develop my teaching skills and continue with my training as a teacher, with my VET Cert. I in dance as a basis.

Mia Dabkowski-Chandler


I began dancing, singing and acting when I was very young. I trained at Hawthorn Studio of Dance and Patrick Studios Australia. I graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Musical Theatre. After graduation, I made my professional debut in the musical Aladdin (Disney) and toured the country for two years. Following this, I was lucky enough to gain national recognition playing the supporting role of Lorraine in the national tour of Jersey Boys the Musical (Dainty Group). In the same year, I portrayed the role of Ruth in The Production Company’s Thoroughly Modern Millie and was Dance Captain for their concluding show, Ragtime

Prior to COVID-19, I had been cast as Kathy in 9-5: The Musical scheduled to open in Sydney, March 2020. I taught at Kew School of Dance some years ago and it’s lovely to have the opportunity to rejoin the staff although I am of course disappointed not to be performing as well. I love teaching dance and hope to inspire young dancers to move and test their bodies. 

Emma McFarlane
Emma McFarlane headshot


Emma was born in Geelong, and after moving to Queensland she started learning ballet when she was 6 years old. In 2009 she began studying at the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne and, during her time at the school, received many awards of excellence. In her graduate year she took part in the Assemble Internationale Gala in Toronto, Canada. She graduated as dux of the Australian Ballet School in 2013 and joined the Australian Ballet company the following year. During her time with the Australian Ballet, she performed in all of the major classical ballets all around Australia and also toured with the company to London. Highlights include dancing the Second Lead Willi variation in Maina Gielgud’s ‘Giselle’, and the Dance of the Mirlitons in Sir Peter Wright’s ‘The Nutcracker’. After leaving the company at the end of 2017, Emma is really enjoying teaching and inspiring dancers of all ages, and sharing her passion for ballet with them.

Miss Julia
Julia Panetta


I have been studying many different styles of dance since the age of 5 including Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop. In my teen years I was offered my first position as a Dance Teacher. This fantastic opportunity meant I was able to share my passion and love for dance with others and also explore dance professionally. Throughout my 9 years experience of teaching I have worked in numerous dance schools around Melbourne and taught children as young as 2 years old to adult men and women in a variety of different styles of dance. I recently worked as a Kinda Dance Master Instructor in childcare centres, in which I taught a specialised creative educational movement, music and wellness programme for early childhood. I have also had the amazing chance to work with the Coburg Tigers Football Club in two of their Dancing with the Stars fundraiser events and in 2010 I danced at the iluvchicks fashion label launch party.  I’m currently also working as a dance coach for Kelly Sports, where I attend a number of different Primary Schools across Melbourne to teach dance at lunch times. Each term I choreograph and create a different dance in a different style for Preps to grade 4’s to learn and perform to their school and parents at the end of each term. It’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion of dance with others and it’s honestly the most fulfilling career I could ever want or ask for.  I wish everybody at Kew School of Dance another great year of dancing and many more to come!

Miss Lucie
Lucie Tingwell


I started my love for dance at the age of 3 and have trained in hip hop, jazz, ballet and contemporary for many years since Kew School of Dance (KSoD).When I was offered a scholarship for Certificate I in dance through KSoD, I realised that I wanted dance and teaching to be a part of my future. I have since completed VCE Dance 1&2, VCE/VET Dance in Cert II, and am currently completing Cert III as of 2020.I started assistant teaching at KSoD in 2018 with a kinder ballet class. I found it enlightening to see how the style of teaching little kids, has changed from when I was little myself. Seeing their faces light up with excitement every time class was about to start, the friendships made in the studio, and most importantly how much they progressed throughout the year brought me so much joy. I continued assistant teaching in 2020 at KSoD this time with a variety of ages from 5 to 15 in jazz and hip hop. This has helped me realise that in every age group and style there is always so much more to learn and progress towards.I have also had multiple experiences of competing in dance competitions throughout high school with the elite team. My wish is that every student that enrols at Kew School of Dance finds it as welcoming and encouraging as I have, and I am grateful to become part of the team of staff members.