Mordialloc Dance Studio Teachers

Jess Cogley

Dance coordinator

Jess began training in jazz and tap at the age of 9, and eventually picked up all other styles throughout her teenage years. Jess obtained her Certificate 3 in Performing Arts (Dance) at DanceWorld Studios, graduating in 2010, before beginning her full time dance training at Patrick Studios Australia in the Professional Development Course in Performing Art (Dance). Through this course, she trained extensively in jazz, commercial, contemporary, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, tap as well as singing and acting training; learning from some of the best teachers and choreographers in Melbourne.

Jess has performed at many corporate and charity events around Melbourne, gained experience in dance in television and has competed throughout Australia. Jess is a qualified Exercise Scientist, after having completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University in 2017. In 2018 she will be commencing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at Monash University. Jess took on the position of Dance Coordinator in 2017, and has been teaching at Mordialloc Community Centre the past 9 years.

Emma Green

Emma started dancing at 5 and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. After just one year of dancing she started competing in local competitions with solos and troupe work. At one stage she had 11 solos in all styles of dance: Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. When she was sixteen, Emma began training at Patrick Studios Australia where she was in the Senior Elite program for two years. After finishing her VCE, Emma began her Full Time Dance training with PSA in the Performing Arts Course and gained her Certificate 3 and 4 in Dance (2013).

Emma transferred over to the Musical Theatre Course in 2014 and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Theatre at the end of 2015. Whilst in the Musical Theatre Course, Emma performed in the show ‘Spring Awakening’, ‘Twisted Broadway’, and played the role of Cassie in ‘A Chorus Line’. This is Emma’s sixth year teaching at Mordialloc Dance Studio and she can’t wait for a fabulous 2019!

Sophie Sheppard

Sophie has been dancing since she was 4 years old and is trained in all styles of dance. She has completed classical ballet, jazz and tap exams of the ATOD syllabus and is also experienced in contemporary, lyrical and hip hop. Sophie has represented her school and state at numerous competitions and performances, including in America and with Paul Malek’s Project Y.

She has taught locally for the past few years and began at MCC Dance in 2015. Sophie is currently studying Food and Nutrition Science / Commerce at university and in 2016 completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance.

Simone Woolley

Simone began dancing at the age of 3 at Centrestage Performing Arts School in ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, singing, musical theatre and contemporary. In 2004, she was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. During her time at VCASS, Simone was exposed to many amazing teachers and dance industry professionals who fostered her talent and passion for dance. Simone graduated from VCASS in 2009, completing her VCE with a study score of 45 in dance. Following her secondary schooling, Simone chose to pursue her passion for commercial dance and accepted a position in the Full Time Performing Arts Course at Patrick Studios Australia.  Simone has extensive performance experience including La Grand Cirque, the Production Company’s Kismet, Opera Australia’s Turandot and Opera Australia’s The Ring Cycle. She has toured nationally with shows such as Viva Las Vegas, Cabaret De Paris and Mystic Magic Show.

Simone has been working for Crown Casino Entertainment Department as a dancer for the past 9 years, performing in numerous shows, private events, Crown campaigns, TV commercials and photo shoots. Simone has also performed for Channel 9’s The Footy Show, Deal or No Deal, Talking About My Generation, Emirates Melbourne Cup, The Australian Open, Coles Entertainment, The Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, as well as participated in many fashion parades for brands such as Big W, Pac Brands, Jockey, Intermo, Bonds and Loreal. In 2015, Simone accepted a contract with Norwegian Cruise Lines, travelling around the Bahamas for 8 months.

Throughout 2017, Simone completed her Pilates teaching qualifications. Simone has been teaching dance for the last 9 years at a variety of dance studios across Victoria.

Hannah Harvison

Hannah began her association with MCC as a 4 year old when she participated in Kindy Gym, before moving into the gymnastics program and training up to WAG level 8. Hannah commenced hip hop, jazz and contemporary classes with Mordialloc Dance Studio at age 10. Hannah represented Mordialloc Dance Studio in many local competitions as part of the elite team and in 2015 auditioned and accepted a role as a dancer for the Australian Katy Perry Tribute show.

Hannah continues to participate in Hip Hop and contemporary classes at the studio and is excited to be joining the dance teaching team in 2019. When not teaching dance, Hannah is a qualified intermediate level coach for the gymnastics program at the centre, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at Deakin University.

 

Indigo Reith

Indigo commenced her dance training at Mordialloc Dance Studio, where she completed 10 years of training before being accepted into the Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance Program. During her three years of full time dance training, Indigo completed her Certificate IV in both Dance and Dance Teaching and Management. Indigo has been assisting and teaching for the past 7 years gaining knowledge and developing into the fantastic teacher that she is.

Whilst at Kelly Aykers she performed in many opportunities including showcases, Masters of Choreography, Dance Architect, corporate performances and flash mobs. Indigo is excited to be joining the teaching team in 2019 after being a student of Mordialloc Dance Studio for 10 years.

Eliza Anderson

Eliza has been dancing at the Mordialloc Dance Studio since she was five years old and has learned a range of styles throughout her time as a student, including tap, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. While continuing with her own classes, Eliza joined the team in 2014 as an assistant dance teacher and has assisted a variety of dance classes of many different styles and ages – including Fairy Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and many others.

She is very passionate about working with young kids and sharing with them the joy of dance and is thrilled to be joining the MDS Dance Teachers team in 2020.

Carla Falconieri

Carla started dance classes at the age of 5 years old in a variety of styles including classical ballet, jazz and modern expressive dance. She has completed many examinations and danced in major competitions in Melbourne.

In 2006 Carla enrolled into the Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management at Box Hill Institute, where she gained knowledge and skills in teaching methods, music, choreography and staging performances. She complete her diploma in 2008. In 2009, Carla completed a Certficiate IV in Dance at Patrick Studios Australia, training and working with a many great teachers and choreographers.

She found this to be an enjoyable year filled with lots of hard work training in all genres of dance. In 2010, Carla completed a second year of full time dance training in the Professional Commercial Dance Course at Spectrum Dance under the direction of Trish Squire Rogers.

Carla has 17-years experience in dance teaching, acting and performing. She has taught at many dance schools and attends regular dance auditions keeping up to date with current trends and choreography. Carla is excited to be teaching the students at MDS.

 

Assistant Dance Teachers

We also have an enthusiastic team of assistant teachers helping in our junior classes. These assistants are students of ours who are now able to learn the skills of teaching dance from their senior teacher. Our assistant teachers this year are; Hannah Harvison, Indi Reith, Isabella Colman, Eliza Anderson, Orla Millerd, Tamika Sheehan, Abbey Geleit, Lucy Andrew and Tahlia Cengia.