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celebrating 60 years of dance

The stories of our studio

In our 60th year of providing dance education to the Mornington Peninsula community, we are excited to unveil a series of interviews that delve into the rich history of our wonderful school.

Peninsula School of Dance (formerly Rosebud Ballet School) established in 1961, continues to be a thriving dance studio and is a renowned institution on the southern peninsula. To celebrate this anniversary milestone, we’ve collected and collated individual stories from teachers and students both past and present with the help of professional writer and Cecchetti ballet teacher, Vivienne Pearson.

We invite you to dive into these beautiful stories of dance, family and life-changing moments in the studio and on the stage, and help us celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2021!

Our Stories:

Jason Coleman: The Dancing Man From Rosebud

Vivienne Pearson sits down for our next 60th Anniversary Alumni interview with superstar choreographer and producer, Jason Coleman! Read about his inspiring story below as we look at his life from his first steps in Rosebud to performing in cities all over the world.

Carly Doctor

An Interview with Carly Doctor

Carly Doctor combines her loves of dance and teaching teens at Transit Dance in Melbourne. She remembers asking her mum if she could start ballet classes when she was just three years old. And she soon did - at the blossoming Rosebud Ballet School.

Effie Papoulias

An Interview with Effie Papoulias

Effie Papoulias has over three decades of experience teaching Cecchetti ballet. She did her first class with Sandra Allan in 1976. This is her story of a life filled with ballet that took her from student to Cecchetti State Organiser.

An Interview with Melanie Gard

After being invited by Sandra Allan to take over the Rosebud Ballet School in 2005, Melanie Gard has taken the school, now renamed Peninsula School of Dance, to all new heights. And in its 60th year, Melanie is excited to look back on the incredible history of the school and its community.

Interview with Sandra Mckay OAM

An Interview with Sandra Mckay (or Sandra Allan as we all know her!), founder of the Rosebud Ballet School and resident Cecchetti Ballet royalty.

She started the Rosebud Ballet School (now Peninsula School of Dance) sixty years ago. And, she still teaches every single week. Read her interview with Vivienne Pearson about her incredible journey over the past sixty years and a life immersed in dance.


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