Teacher | Choreographer Assessment and Administrations Wrangler
As a curious child Melissa joined the dance world at an early age with the studio that has now evolved into Empowerdance. Obsessed with jazz, tap, classical and contemporary, she participated in the rigours of annual exams. Melissa obtained her Teacher’s Certificate through both Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and Glenn Wood Tap. Completing a Bachelor of Dance Performance, after finishing year 12 and to further her role in Empowerdance completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Melissa is active in the studio and teaches students of all ages including Certificate students exam students and recreational students, with her passion genre being Tap.
Teacher | Choreographer
Brand & Culture Consultant
Having spent her childhood in the bustling hallways of theatres, watching her mother teach ballet for countless hours after school and on weekends, and participating in every school musical and showcase- Ellie's passion for dance and the business of studios is deeply seeded in her entire identity.
Ellie has over 15 years of dance teaching experience, working her way through the ranks from a junior student teacher to her role now as a Choreographer and coach for Gravity Dance’s elite performance teams.
Ellie has spent the past decade in training rooms across the globe with people such as Tony Robbins, Preston Smiles, Alexi Panos, Robert Kiyosaki, Sharon Pearson and T Harv Eker, just to name a few. As a certified Life Coach, experienced sales strategist, NLP practitioner and DISC profiler, Ellie brings all of her experience in these courses into to her work in Empowerdance where she assists other studio owners and teachers create proven pathways for profit, retention and growth.
Her role at Empowerdance, allows her to travel the country ensuring the quality of training is consistent across their diverse range of partnering studios, and training the in house cohort of current students studying. Information sessions which she presents to studio communities to boost their numbers and generate interest in their programs, is one of the many aspects of her role she is passionate about.
Ellie’s interest for human development, particularly in the area of confidence and positive mindset strategies for dancers and teachers is something is a never-ending adventure for Elle. Her understanding of training the student to be the best human possible using dance as the vehicle is something that will continue to be her legacy as she traverses through the Empowerdance journey.
"Gravity Dance is the only space for young and passionate dancers in South Australia to learn a variety of dance styles in depth while making the decision to specialise in an area of the industry. There is simply no other training facility in South Australia where dancers are exposed to a variety of professionals with long, respected and lasting careers in the industry"