Bachelor of Education, Melbourne University. Certificate IV in Dance. Trained RAD Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz & Character at the Merilyn Bryrne School of Classical Ballet.
Performing member of Young Dancers Theatre (YDT) Ballet Company 1983 – 1988. Assistant teacher at Steppes 1994. Freelance dance instructor around Melbourne 1994 – 1995. Instructor at Steppes since 1995. Proprietor of Steppes since 1996. Member of Australian Dance Vision. Expertise – Photography, Costume design, Textiles and Visual Arts.
CASSIE PEELE - TEACHER
Cassie began dancing at the age of six at Steppes School of Dance, gaining experience in contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical, acrobatics and hip hop styles. She is a graduate of Transit Dance, achieving her Certificate IV (2017) and Diploma in Dance (2019) under the contemporary stream. She has also completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management (2021). Cassie is a current member of Scimm. Dance Company and cFour Collective.
Cassie has been teaching at Steppes since 2016 and thoroughly enjoys passing on her love for dance to her students.
GABI - TEACHER
GEORGIA SHAW - TEACHER
Georgia started dancing in 2002 at the age of three, she learnt different genres of dance such as jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and lyrical. She then completed two years of full time training at Transit dance, graduating with a Diploma of performing arts and received her certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
After completing her courses, Georgia expanded her knowledge of body movement by studying to receive her Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork and Reformer to further guide her dance teaching.
Georgia has been working hard as a professional dancer and is currently part of the South Melbourne Phoenix flame dancers for the NBL.
IMOGEN WALCH - TEACHER
Imogen started ballet at the age of 3 completing ballet exams in RAD, ADV and the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and began training in Jazz and lyrical from age 9. Imogen trained in Dubai from age 11 performing with Dubai Performing Arts school where she performed with h2 productions London in the pantomime Snow White.
Formally a student at Steppes School of Dance she is currently training in her second year of full time, performing arts at Patrick School of the Arts.
JOSIE WEIR - TEACHER
Josie started dancing ballet at age 3. She has studied ballet ever since and began learning lyrical and contemporary styles at the age of 10. Josie has undertaken 9 ballet exams in both RAD and ADV attaining a high distinction for all.
In 2021 and 2022 Josie completed VCE VET Dance at Sandringham Secondary College attaining her Certificate II. Following completion of year 12 Josie was selected as one of Victoria’s top scoring students and invited to audition for Top Class as part of the VCE Season of Excellence 2023.
Josie has performed in troupe and solos in ballet, lyrical, contemporary and jazz for Steppes, achieving first place at multiple competitions and consistently in the top 4 for her solo performances.
Kerri Morrison - Teacher
Growing up in NZ Kerri’s career includes a lifetime of teaching experience. With her mother she ran The Marmont School of Dance in Auckland, reopening the school when she moved to Melbourne in 1989. Additionally she has been active as a performer, choreographer and adjudicator throughout her life.
She holds qualifications in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance. Though Covid unfortunately forced the closure of her Melbourne school she is excited to join the team at Steppes.
NICOLE PAPAZOIS - TEACHER
Nicole is a passionate Hip Hop Dancer/Teacher and has danced for 18 years in many styles within Street Dance all around Melbourne. Nicole graduated from the Ministry of Dance Full Time course in 2019 with a Cert IV in Dance, Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management and a Diploma of Dance: Elite Performance. While in Full Time, she learnt all genres of dance and found her love for creating and choreographing. She has danced at The Grand Final footy show, Australia’s Got Talent, The Grand Prix and has performed at Festivals and in Hip Hop Dance Crew competitions In January 2022 Nicole became a member in the leading Hip Hop dance company Ascendant DC and will continue in the 2023 season. In June 2022, she travelled with Ascendant DC to LA for a dance training trip at world renowned studios such as Millennium Dance Complex, TMilly TV and Offstage by GRV taking public and private lessons with A list LA choreographers.
RENEE KING - TEACHER
MANON BARBEY - ASSISTANT TEACHER
Banjo - Mascot
Banjo is our studio mascot and has been part of the Steppes team since 2016. Always happy to greet our students. He is very much part of the Steppes family, putting smiles on everyone’s face when they arrive.
Russell Proud - Admin/Barista
Russell has been working in the performing arts industry for 30 years, successfully leading, designing, planning, and delivering a wide variety of projects in a diverse range of settings.
His experience has been cultivated touring nationally across Australia, delivering artist into many venues across Australia while managing a production company, before moving into venue management as Technical Manager of Monash University’s performing arts venues. Russell spent several years in the Middle East, Project Managing the delivery live performances of large-scale music events featuring world-renowned Performers, DJs and K-pop artists into a verity different venues and unique spaces, across UAE & KSA.
Currently, working on the new ECU City Campus project, leading the design of the new WAAPA performance venues and teaching spaces along with several leading Australian venues, provided technical asset reviews and upgrades.
However the highlight of his week is making coffees in Miss Elodie on Saturday mornings and assisting with the administration of Steppes.