WHO WE ARE
As corny as this may sound ‘Shine Dance Studio’ was first scribbled on a serviette in Venice, Italy, 2003.
Whilst eating a mandatory plate of pasta and pondering the next chapter of their lives together, Vanessa and Adrian struck up the framework for what was soon to become one of the more blossoming Performing Arts schools this side of the equator!
In the pursuing 18 months, Vanessa & Adrian spent countless hours conceptualising how Shine was going to be unique and everlasting. They knew the combination of Vanessa’s capability as an accomplished dancer, but more importantly as an educator, together with the administration support of Adrian, that it was just a matter of time until the word got out about Shine.
In 2005, Shine opened its doors and finished the year with 31 students performing in our inaugural End of Year Concert.
Fast-track a further 6 months, in 2006, Shine quickly found itself in the enviable position of outgrowing their initial Studio location so they made the exciting decision to purpose build (renovate) a specialised Performing Arts Studio in Chesterville Road, Moorabbin.
Fast-track more than 10 years, and Shine finds itself as one of the leading Performing Arts schools in the region due to an overwhelming response from enthusiastic beginners to advanced students joining our fun, friendly and motivating atmosphere!!
Shine’s motto is simple – Fun & Motivation! We feel that if our students are enjoying themselves, they are more likely to produce better results. Our teachers are instructed to motivate the students to enjoy their lessons, but just as importantly continue to learn and better themselves in technique and confidence.
Shine is a ‘Performance’ based school. As opposed to Competition based, our emphasis is on showcasing our students to friends and family in a fun and inspiring environment at our End of Year Concerts. We won’t shock you with unnecessary costume costs/commitments either!
Shine prides itself on having the students best interest at heart. Our teachers can not only dance and sing exceptionally well, but they can teach exceptionally well too. We also recognise many students learn differently, so we maintain small class sizes to ensure each student can receive as much individualised attention as possible.
If you like our story and think Shine is a great fit for your child, please call or email us to find out any more information and to arrange your first free lesson.
MEET THE TEAM
Principal & Director
I come from an extensive background of dancing, singing and teaching. At the age of 5, I commenced training in jazz, tap, ballet (RAD) and singing at the Johnny Young Talent School. During my childhood and teenage years I performed throughout Victoria as a member of the Young Talent Team. Furthermore, at the age of 16, I was selected to perform several shows in Disneyland, Los Angeles, which was a great honour and one that I am extremely proud to have experienced. In addition to the mainstream styles of dance, I have also trained in Brazilian and Latin dancing, having been part of shows at the widely renowned Copacabana restaurant. To sum it up – I lived, breathed and slept dance!
After completing high school, I began to teach dance in order to support my way through University. It was at that time I had an epiphany, it became abundantly clear that I had found my calling in life. I no longer had the drive to perform in every show that I could muster, as it had been replaced with a passion for teaching dance to children that I never realised I had. A few years later of teaching and studying, I finished my University Degree in Business and started working full time. I continued to teach all day on Saturday’s as it was never an option to quit something that I loved and only consolidated my feelings that teaching was my vocation, not my hobby. And so the Shine dream began.
As well as being a mum of three, I have learned a lot about children, teenagers and young adults throughout my 20 years of teaching. Importantly, I feel my strength is connecting with students on a level from which they can understand and improve. I instruct our Teachers to do the same, as they inspire students with their love of performing. I am yet to meet a student that has not developed in self-esteem and technique by undertaking dance &/or singing lessons in such an environment. That is what makes Shine so special.
Bach. Phys Education (Secondary)
Priscilla began her dancing and singing training at the Johnny Young Talent School at the tender age of 7. After blossoming into one of Johnny Young’s Talent Team she performed at various events including; The Royal Melbourne Show, The Paladium at Crown charity events, AFL Grand Finals and cheerleading for the Melbourne Tigers and Melbourne Knights.
Priscilla also has a keen interest in Aerobics which led her to win the National Schools Aerobics Championship in 2003. She then went on to coach the Sacred Heart Girls College Aerobics team who remarkably achieved the same title consecutively in 2004 & 2005.
Priscilla’s interest in dancing, teaching and all things sporty inspired her to complete a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education at Deakin University in 2009. She is now a fully qualified Secondary & Primary teacher. Priscilla’s forte is in jazz, funk, hip-hop and tap dancing as well as aerobics and fitness instruction. In addition to Priscilla’s outstanding qualifications, her love of children has made her a great asset to Shine Dance Studio since starting with us in 2006.
Bach. Music Theatre
Annabelle was born in Sydney and grew up in country N.S.W. She commenced dancing on her 3rd birthday and commenced singing training at age 9. Even at a young age, Annabelle knew performing was her dream. In her teenage years, Annabelle was awarded first place on an amazing three occasions at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod for Junior Tap (2010), Musical Theatre Singing (2014) and Song & Dance (2015) which was a highlight of her young career to that point.
Annabelle continued to study Music in her final year of school in which she received an almost perfect score and the prestige honour of an ENCORE Nomination, which recognised outstanding performances and compositions by students. In 2016, Annabelle commenced a Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University Arts Academy (formerly known as BAPA). She also commenced singing technique training with some of Australia’s best vocal theorists.
Annabelle’s performance career has taken her many places around the world, and it is this love of performing that Annabelle hopes to impart on the students at Shine. Annabelle has both a beautiful stage presence and most importantly, a beautiful teaching presence. Annabelle’s warmth and smile is a wonderful asset to Shine!!
Bach Physiotherapy (HONS)
After showing an obvious love for dance since a young age, Jaymee began dance training at the age of 8 at the Jane Moore Academy of Ballet – training mainly in Jazz Ballet. Jaymee then moved over to Shine Dance Studio, where during her 6 years of tuition she added both Classical Ballet and Tap to her repertoire. After receiving the Senior Student of the Year award in 2007 – Jaymee was lucky enough to be selected as part of Shine’s first elite Senior Showgroup class. Jaymee had wonderful opportunities to perform at various shows throughout Melbourne including the Myer Christmas Parade, Royal Melbourne Show & the ‘Razzle Dazzle’ premiere, as well as various competitions.
Since aspiring to continue dance through teaching, Jaymee was fortunate enough to be mentored in dance instruction from Director & Principal teacher of Shine – Vanessa Tota. Vanessa equipped Jaymee with the skills necessary to pass on her knowledge and love of dance to her students – a task which she not only cherished, but consolidated her love for dance the more she did it. Not only has Jaymee been a great teacher at Shine over the past few years, she also has an intimate understanding of the human body and the way it moves because in her ‘spare time’ she is a Physiotherapist.
Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management
Cloee took up Jazz and Tap at a 5yo. As Cloee discovered her obvious passion and talent for dance, she also took up training in other styles – Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Acrobatics to name a few. She spent her childhood and teens attending these dance classes and soaking up as many performances and competitions she could enter.
As Cloee became older, she realised an immense satisfaction in sharing her ideas, choreography and technique in the form of teaching others. Cloee had a natural ability for teaching and decided to continue on the path whilst still performing. Cloee loved teaching so much she decided to undertake a Dance Teaching & Management course at Dance Factory.
Since Cloee has been completing her course, she has been unleashing her knowledge to the rest of the world. Cloee has gained experience in teaching children of all ages over the past few years at several schools around town, but most importantly, she brings great energy to her teaching and is very committed to bringing her funky style to all at Shine.
Catherine has been dancing all styles since she was very little. After receiving the VCE Academic Award for both Dance and Drama, Catherine decided to complete a Bachelor of Legal Studies as well as undertaking the 2 year dance Diploma at The Edge Performance School and The Space Arts Centre.
Having joined Shine in 2011, Catherine has taught most of our classes over the years which has made her an invaluable member of our team. Further to being a wonderful mentor to her students, Catherine can also relate to the students from a parent perspective, as she herself is a mother of beautiful little Adeline. Catherine brings great energy to her teaching and is very excited to return to Shine after a couple of years away.
Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management
It was only natural that Hannah would take up dancing at a young age, as she took any opportunity to dance and prance all over the house. Hannah started her official dance journey at 3 years of age at her local dance school. It was here that her connection with dance flourished as she soaked up as much Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Ballet as possible. Fast-forward several years and Hannah had not wavered in her love for dance. She completed her Ballet examinations in Cecchetti, as well as Tap examinations in Southern Federation of Dance. Hannah also experienced a vast array of different performances with many solo, duo/trio and troupe routines along the way.
Hannah embarked on a different journey in teaching several years ago as she had a natural talent for it. Hannah gained much satisfaction from teaching, which further consolidated her decision to study Dance at Deakin University. Hannah continued her study at Dance Factory, graduating from her double Certificate IV in Dance and Dance Teaching and Management, and is currently studying a Double Diploma in Musical Theatre and Dance (elite). Hannah is a great addition to Shine!!
Cert IV Performing Arts/Dance
Born and raised in Melbourne, Alana started dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her early years, she soaked up as much dancing as she could – completing Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and of course Classical Ballet classes.
In her early adult years, her love for dance did not lessen. Alana decided to complete a Cert IV in Dance at Patrick Studios with a view to start a career in the dance industry. Since graduating, Alana has enjoyed working and performing with Hip Hop Crews as well as some international artists nation-wide.
During her time performing on-stage, Alana also commenced teaching dance in her downtime. It became obvious to her that teaching was in fact what gave her just as much enjoyment as being on-stage!! She went on to teach dance at several schools around Melbourne, as well as teaching dance to children with special needs.
We are very lucky to have Alana join our team. Her dance teaching experience, together with her warm and bubbly personality are a great fit for Shine!!
Director – Accounts & Admin
Vanessa’s right-hand-man in married and business life. Adrian has been an integral part of Shine since its conception. You will see Adrian in-and-out of the Studio every now and again, however his main role is behind the scenes.
We have 2 dance studios each fitted with 6-foot mirrors, adjustable ballet barres, air-conditioning/heating and a full audio-visual setup.
Our singing studio provides a warm atmosphere with carpeted floors and a fully equipped sound and microphone system.
There is plenty of on-site car parking and a bus-stop directly in front of our building. We are also a short 15min walk up Chesterville Rd from Southland Shopping Centre. For parents that wish to do some shopping whilst their child is in class, directly opposite our building is the Moorabbin Fruit and Vegetable Market. Otherwise, parents are welcome to sit in our very comfortable air conditioned/heated waiting lounge.