Our teachers are all fully trained or professional teachers with ongoing self education in dance and membership in recognised teaching associations.We have wonderful teachers who are fully committed to helping us “be the best we can be”.
Jen Barfoot is the current director of the school. Jen has Certificate IV Workplace Training & Assessment, Business Administration & Frontline Management. She loves the school and what is represents.
“We want our school to be a big family with respect & love for everyone who attends. We want to develop great technique as well as a love of dancing and create friendship bonds that last a lifetime.”
Head of Cecchetti Faye Johnson-Ross - Miss Faye is a Dance Fellow and Life Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing ( London ) FISTD Fellow and Life Member of the Cecchetti Ballet Australia
She also has her Dip. Arts (Dance) VAC, Cecchetti Ballet Examiner VCE DANCE and VCE VET Teaching Accreditation with the Royal Academy of Dancing Member of the VIT
Dance Operations Manager Sammie Barker - Miss Sammie completed her Diploma of Dance Performance at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. At the conservatoire she performed in Swanlake. Sam loves the Cechetti method of teaching and is undertaking study towards her Associate Diploma. Sammie studied contemporary with Jed and is inovative in her contemporary style. She is also one of the Bayside Bullets credientialled coaches.
Dance Quality Manager Sally Peterson - TAAD Jazz Teaching Diploma (Hons)Bartuccio Cert 3 in Dance and Musical Comedy, A.C.B.A- C.I.C.B Cecchetti Ballet.
Sally is a former student of Lynda Mathis and believes in the importance of Classical ballet particularly the Cecchetti method. She danced professionally for many years. Her credits include dancing for Loreal Paris, BMW, Qantas, Joanne Aderley Productions, Yvette Lee and Alana Scanlan. Sally has performed with the Victorian Pops Orchestra, Melbourne singer Joanne and Demi Hines and has appeared in video clips for Meryil Bainbridge and danced at the media launch of Cirque Du Soleii. Sally was also a member of the Melbourne Storm Cheerleaders and is a highly experienced teacher having taught at schools all over Melbourne for the past 15 years.
Dylan Dickson – Dylan is one of Melbourne’s most renowned Tappers and sought after Teachers. Dylan has recently graduated from Robert Sturrock’s Industry Dance Company where he completed his Two Year Performing Arts Course. Dylan has previously trained at the Sharon Lawrence Academy of Dance where he trained in all styles of Dance. Dylan has recently worked as a backup Dancer for Jessica Mauboy at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. He was also privileged to Assistant Choreograph and Dance for Australia’s Music Theatre legend Miss Rhonda Burchmore. Dylan’s other credits include Network 10 – Everybody Dance Now, Channel 7 – Australia’s Got Talent, Think Pink Charity Ball – Crown Palladium, Victorian Racing Ball – Crown Palladium, Tuxedo Junction – Regent Theatre, French Embassy Ball – Regent Theatre, Make A Wish Foundation – Grant Hyatt, Melbourne. VCE Season of Excellence 2012 – Top Acts (Tap) , Sydney Dance Company (Master Classes with Rafael Bonachela)
As well as performing Dylan enjoys teaching Workshops and classes throughout Melbourne. Dylan is looking forward to passing on his passion for Dance to the students of Mathis School of dancing.
Bella Traynor - Miss Bella is one of our key Angelina teachers. She has done a workshop with Beverley Spell, the developer of the Angelina program and is a trained Child Care Worker and is wonderful with our young ballerinas.
I have been dancing at Mathis since I was 5 and began with Miss Mathis as my Ballet and Tap teacher, and although she could be tough at times it has helped shape me into the teacher and dancer I am today. I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend teaching my classes, as I can watch young dancers gain confidence, skill and develop their own sense of self within the classroom. Teaching at Mathis allows me to share my passion and love for dance with younger students and give them the opportunity to share their enjoyment and love for it also.
Ballet is my main area of teaching, but I also enjoy teaching Beginner Tap and Jazz.
Danielle Reeve – Miss Dani is another of our key Angelina Teachers. Dani was also involved in the special Angelina workshop with Beverley Spell and is committed to the younger students in our school. She has a wonderful manner with the children with lots of patience and dedication to their dance.