ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

At Peninsula School of Dance we provide an environment that nurtures, challenges and inspires kids to be the best they can be.

Dance is a visual, physical and emotional art form from which individuals derive many benefits including
  • Improved posture and deportment
  • Body awareness and coordination
  • Confidence, persistence and resilience
  • Improved emotional and physical health

Many studies have demonstrated the positive impact an activity like dance can have on a young person’s academic performance and personal feelings of self-concept and life satisfaction. At Peninsula School of Dance we pride ourselves on providing an environment that helps kids to stay busy, and boosts their emotional engagement and self-worth.

A Rich History…

The School has serviced the Mornington Peninsula for over 50 years and produced some of Australia’s finest dancers, teachers and choreographers. Formerly Rosebud Ballet School (Est 1961), the faculty at Peninsula School of Dance believes that nothing is more joyful than watching a young child explore the world of music and movement with pure delight and carefree abandon. When this is nurtured in a loving environment by highly qualified staff, students will go on to derive many benefits from learning the art of dance.

For 40 years, across two generations and six students PSD has been our family’s dance school of choice” – A. Gould (Ex-student & Mum)

The Joy of Dance…

Dance is one of the most versatile art forms. It offers an outlet of creative expression, builds confidence, encourages self-discipline and provides an array of physical benefits such as improved fitness, posture and deportment. Our young students are particularly fortunate to be able to benefit from having a pianist providing beautiful and stimulating music in classes.

“Each concert that I watched was so impressive in choreography, staging, costumes, and mostly that gorgeous spirit that was in each dancer’s eyes………… we walked away knowing that Peninsula School of Dance is indeed a beautiful environment for our daughters to growing up in. Thank you for keeping your standards high so that so many children can benefit.” – J. Russo (Mum)

A Proud History

The Rosebud Ballet School was founded in 1961 by Miss Sandra Allan and stands today as one of the longest established Cecchetti schools in Victoria. The school commenced with 23 students and a Pianist at the Rosebud Memorial Hall and is still thriving in the same venue today.

Miss Allan’s tireless commitment to dance has inspired many students to progress onto careers in all aspects of the arts. Former students have progressed onto the Australian Ballet School and Company, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland Ballet Company and Tasdance, and become Artistic Directors of regional companies, performed professionally in stage shows in both Australia and overseas and have become recognised professional teachers and noted choreographers.

The school’s students have performed in the Australian Ballet’s “Nutcracker” and the Queensland Ballet Company’s “Sleeping Beauty” and “Coppelia”, and have been Associates of the Australian Ballet School, as well as Junior and Senior Cecchetti Scholars, Victorian Scholarship and Choreographic Competition winners.

One of the long standing traditions of the school is the annual choreographic competition. This event provides students with the wonderful opportunity to create their own work as an individual or for a group of their class mates. Anything from classical solos, demi character pieces, duos and groups performing hip hop, the Annual Choreographic Competition is truly delightful for students and parents alike.

For more information about the Choreographics Competition please click on the button below.

The Peninsula School of Dance is privileged to still have it’s founder Miss Sandra Allan as part of the teaching staff and students will continue to benefit from her passion and commitment teaching the art of dance.

Our Values

What our customers can expect from us, and what we expect from them.

Fun & Engaging

Our classes and activities are underpinned by this value. For students to derive the most benefit and learn they must enjoy what they are doing! Our pre-school and junior program is underpinned by the notion that children learn best through play.

Inclusive

We genuinely believe that dance is for everyone. We will work in partnership with parents and students to ensure that class placement is appropriate and we deliver content in a way that meets the needs of learners.

Community

Peninsula School of Dance is a community; we foster supportive and nurturing connections amongst our staff team, business partners, families and students. We will always look for ways to engage our students and families in local activities that promote dance and our students. We believe that PSD can contribute to the vibrancy and social fabric of the Peninsula, particularly for young people.

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Excellence

Staff are committed to ongoing training and development. Our professional associations with Cecchetti Ballet & the Australian Teacher of Dance ensure that we remain up to date with best practice. We will never stop learning!

Child Safety

Peninsula School of Dance has a sound set of policies and procedures relating to child safety in place, in line with the Victorian Government’s Child Safety Standards. We are deeply committed to making sure that our students are safe, happy and empowered. Our Child Safety policies and procedures can be easily accessed on our website.

Qualified Staff

All staff have Working with Children Checks, Level 2 First Aid, relevant teaching qualifications, receive mentoring, supervision and participate in regular professional development and training.

Professional Associations

Peninsula School of Dance is an active and registered member of a number of peak bodies including but not limited to: Cecchetti Ballet Australia (CBA), Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and the Dance Studio Owners Association (DSOA).

OUR TEACHING FACULTY

Melanie Gard

Melanie Gard

Principal

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Annette Turvey

Annette Turvey

Dance Teacher

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Sophie Gould

Sophie Gould

Dance Teacher

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Dannielle Proietti

Dannielle Proietti

Dance Teacher

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Carla Colson

Carla Colson

Assistant Principal

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Laura McKinnon

Laura McKinnon

Dance Teacher

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Sophie Armstrong

Sophie Armstrong

Dance Teacher

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Shelley Gadsby

Shelley Gadsby

Dance Teacher

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Sandra Allan

Sandra Allan

Senior Teacher/Former Director

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Jane Steel

Jane Steel

Dance Teacher

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Alarni Morgan

Alarni Morgan

Dance Teacher

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 Carey Tranter

Carey Tranter

Administration

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Sarahbell Turvey

Sarahbell Turvey

Dance Teacher

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Alex Dellaportas

Alex Dellaportas

Dance Teacher

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Jasmine Gregory

Jasmine Gregory

Dance Teacher

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Tessa Bretag

Tessa Bretag

Administration

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Testimonials

Here’s a selection of the lovely feedback that we continually receive from Peninsula School of Dance families:

After not such a nice start at a previous dance school my then 3 year old was very hesitant when it came to trying another. We had no need to fear, the amazing teachers at Peninsula School of Dance are fantastic and my daughter loved every minute from the very first day!! 3 years later she is still dancing with PSOD and her confidence has soared!!! She loves dancing and performing thanks to the wonderful Miss Mel, Miss Carla and the rest of the teachers and students!! Highly recommended!!!!! 

Katherine Twigg

Love everything about PSD and the gorgeous teaching team that bring out the best in all our children 😘. Mel you should be so glad of what you have created.

Danielle McPherson

We absolutely love PSD, this is my daughter’s happy place. There is no place we would rather be! Genuinely every time we step foot in the door at studio or at a PSD function it truly feels like we are home. I love that we moved from the other side of the world and have such a big ‘family’. You provide so much more than dance lessons for our family. Thank you x

Lynsey Richmond

As a former student of Peninsula School of Dance I can only commend this dance school on everything it has to offer. PSD is such a fun and friendly environment, with only the best facilities and teachers on the peninsula.

I attended the dance school through my primary and secondary education, and over the years they were a major influence on my life, they guided me to be the strong, confident, dedicated and passionate person I am today. Through attending the dance school I discovered my love and passion for dance, the Principle, Melanie Gard and other experienced staff Carla Colson and Sandra Allan, encouraged me to pursue my dream, goal and interest in dance through further studies at university, of which i am now completing my final year.
The teachers at PSD put 100% compassion towards all of their students, they want them to only have positive, fun dance experiences, in my experience with PSD, not only have i completed dance exams, competitions, concerts, and other great rewarding experiences, I have met some amazing dancers and also made some close friends that I will have for life. .

I was so lucky to be apart of such a great dance community growing up, and I now thank my parents for all their dedication, and giving me the opportunity to have had this.

Thanks PSD

Pruu Sling

We love Peninsula School of Dance. The teachers are wonderful, my daughters are gaining so much confidence and feel so welcomed, we are so lucky to be a part of the PSD family.

Kathy Marsh

Peninsula School of Dance has been a huge part of my 3 daughters lives for many years. Dance classes are part of the experience but it also encourages them to do and be their best and gives them many lifelong skills. So very very happy with the whole experience, don’t think we’ll ever be leaving.

Jacqui Armstrong

PSD is a place of friendships, support and community. My three children are so at home here, I know I am supported in raising strong, independent and compassionate young people.

Kylie Hacking

Peninsula School of Dance for the past 8 years has inspired my daughters to be the best dancers they can be by nurturing and inspiring them. I can’t think of a better place for my daughters to learn how to dance and can’t think of better teachers to teach them. I look forward to the coming years at PSD. Thanks Mrs Mel, Mrs Carla and everyone else on the staff. xo

Karen Raeburn

My girl loves her hip hop class! Staff are wonderful and do a fantastic job!

Rell Tarrant

Beautiful dance school that nurtures and develops dancers of all ages, and fosters a love of dance in a non-competitive environment. My 3 girls are so happy and comfortable here.

Laura Highgate

My little girl loves her dance classes with Miss Annette! It’s so special seeing how happy dancing makes her. Thank you!

Kate McDonnell

Firstly I want to say that the concerts you created this year were amazing. Amazing. Each concert that I watched was so impressive in choreography, staging, costumes, and mostly that gorgeous spirit that was in each dancer’s eyes. We enjoyed last year’s concert too but I must say that you guys really stepped it up to another level this year and we walked away knowing that Peninsula School of Dance is indeed a beautiful environment for our daughters to growing up in. Thank you for keeping your standards high so that so many children can benefit.

Jacqui (mum to 2 of our lovely students)

Dancing, friendship, nurturing, experiences, role modelling, opportunity…..couldn’t ask for more for my money! Perfect for helping to raise beautiful little people! Thanks PSD 🙂

Meaghan Church

For 40 years, across two generations and six students PSD has been our family’s dance school of choice.

A. Gould (Ex-student & Mum

Offers our kids more than just dance, they also get self confidence, health, fitness, community, a sense of belonging, camaraderie, mentoring, positive role modelling, team work skills, resilience and so much more.

Brendan Croft

Each concert that I watched was so impressive in choreography, staging, costumes, and mostly that gorgeous spirit that was in each dancer’s eyes………… we walked away knowing that Peninsula School of Dance is indeed a beautiful environment for our daughters to growing up in. Thank you for keeping your standards high so that so many children can benefit.

My daughter doesn’t just dance at PSD – she is nurtured, celebrated and inspired. As a parent I can ask for no other greater extracurricular activity for my child, and as a mum who is new to the dance scene I have come to truly value the creativity and connection of the PSD teachers and other students. We get great value for money, my child is encouraged to express herself and kept busy, and our family is a part of a very community-minded business who wears its heart on its sleeve. PSD is the peninsula’s most glittering gem for kids who want to dance!

Andrea Rowe

Congratulations on putting on a fantastic show, my cheeks are sore from smiling so much. Credit to all involved in making the lead up and concert as stress free for us parents………..The older girls are a great example and I am so grateful for the extra hours that go into making this all happen. I do not underestimate the effort that you put into the dance school. Congratulations once again on a great show – Brilliant!

Thank you so much for a truly memorable night, how proud am I to be part of such an amazing team. Congratulations on putting on a fantastic show, my cheeks are sore from smiling so much. Credit to all involved in making the lead up and concert as stress free for us parents I know Karis is in great hands. The older girls are a great example and I am so grateful for the extra hours that go into making this all happen. I do not underestimate the effort that you put into the dance school. Congratulations once again on a great show – Brilliant!

Lynsey (a proud parent)

PSD is where kids get to shine through dance and develop wonderful lasting friendships. There’s no place like it and for my daughter, it has definately made her more confident.

F.Tuchtan (4YO Danceplay)

A little girls dreams of floating like a beautiful ballerina really can come true

A. Rowe (Pre Primary)

“Dance is a big part of me being happy”

Emily, 14, dance student

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