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SHARYN PETERS

Sharyn is a Vaganova Russian trained ballerina who has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Cecchetti Ballet Australia. Sharyn's professional career highlights include touring nationally and internationally with West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Australian Opera, Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and The Tasmanian Ballet Company.
Sharyn is a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited (ATOD) and is an International Dance Teachers Association and Cecchetti Ballet Australia Licentiate. She also owned a dance studio for over 20 years before joining Peninsula Ballet Ensemble.

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NATALIE MAYOR

Natalie Mayor has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and tap since the age of four years and has successfully completed all of her Cecchetti Ballet exams, including Advanced 1, with Honours. She has also completed exams with Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and Southern Federation of Dance and in Year 12, completed VCE Dance with a high study score. 
Natalie has competed and won numerous competitions and championships including the Phoenix Classical Cup and some of her highlights include dancing with the Kiev Ballet Company in their production of The Sleeping Beauty and winning the prestigious Victorian Ballet Teachers Workshop. Natalie also holds a Bachelor of Primary Education from Deakin University and has eight years experience working with children, with a particular love for teaching ballet at Peninsula Ballet Ensemble.

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ANDREA MERCURIO

Andrea commenced dance training at the age of eight and after graduating from the Australian Ballet School, was asked to join the Australian Ballet Company. Andrea danced with the Australian Ballet as a Coryphee, Soloist and Senior Artist and performed roles in some of the ballet greats including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Aurora and Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.
Andrea went on to accepted an invitation from Graeme Murphy to join Sydney Dance Company where she danced soloist and principal contemporary roles including a duo specifically choreographed for her that received national and international acclaim. Andrea has performed extensively in Australia and around the world.

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MONIQUE FOX

Monique studied with the Rosslyn Charlesworth School of Ballet and Dance, the Vienna State Opera and GITAS and Bolshoi schools in Russia and has danced professionally and adjudicated both in Australia and overseas. She has over 30 years teaching experience and is a member of the Commonwealth Society Of Teachers of Dance Inc., Australia and a registered teacher with Cecchetti
Ballet Australia (A.C.B.A - C.I.C.B.).
Monique has successfully trained students for examinations, productions and competitions in ballet, tap and jazz and has choreographed, designed and directed many concerts and productions. She recently trained with contemporary choreographer Jason Winters in the development of a new contemporary dance syllabus and she is always in high
demand as an adjudicator.

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JENNII JOHNSON

Jennii started dancing at the age of five at The Cherill Rowston School of Ballet. She began teaching with the school at the age of 16 and taught for 12 years before moving to the Mornington Peninsula. She has studied many forms of dance including classical ballet and jazz and has completed her Associate Diploma (Classical Ballet) with Cecchetti Ballet Australia and Associate Diploma (Jazz) with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Jennii has also completed her Bachelor of Education at Deakin University.
Employed at Dromana College, Jennii is a Head of Year and teaches Media Studies, Dance and Indonesian and runs the school’s Dance Enhancement program. She is also called on regularly to complete assessments of students at a number of ballet schools across Melbourne. Dance has always been a part of Jennii’s life and she is very excited to be back teaching dance in the private sector and especially thrilled to be teaching at Peninsula Ballet Ensemble.

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TEISHA COHEN

Teisha has been teaching all styles of dance for the past 11 years, and has qualifications with Australian Teachers of Dance, Acrobatic Arts and The Acrobatic Dance Association along with her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
She began dancing at the young age of two under the guidance of her mother Sharyn Peters. At the age of 12 she was offered a full scholarship to the Victorian College of the Arts. She competed in the dance competition circuit until the age of 20, winning multiple prestigious awards and championships and has also completed all of her Cecchetti exams achieving honours for each exam.

Teisha's favourite style of dance to teach and perform is contemporary/lyrical and she is so excited to be teaching this style again for Peninsula Ballet Enesemble this year!

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JENNIFER MAYOR

Jennifer commenced dancing at the age of four and has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and drama, studying Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and Southern Federation of Dance syllabus. She has performed extensively at competition level as a soloist and in troupes.
Jennifer has a passion for drama and has studied drama at VCE level. Her theatrical credits include The Lion in PBE's production of The Wizard of Oz and school productions of Camp Rock, Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls.

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KATH SENDECKYJ

Kath graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) in 2006, where she specialised in tightwire and flying trapeze. She has worked extensively as a gymnastics instructor and as a personal
trainer holding certificates III and IV in Personal Training. She has also completed a Master of Education.
Kath has both performed and taught circus arts in many locations throughout Australia and the world and is now a mum to two gorgeous girls. Kath is fanatical about fitness, acrobatics and education and brings much enthusiasm to her acrobatics classes at Peninsula Ballet Ensemble.

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GEMMA CANN

Gemma’s love for dance started at the age of six. As a student she has enjoyed learning many forms of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary and has competed in dance competitions as both a soloist and troupe member. She has completed Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams and is currently studying Cecchetti Major Advanced 1 and VCE Dance. Some of Gemma’s highlights include feature roles in Peninsula Ballet Ensemble productions including Aladdin and Coppelia and completing The Acrobatic Dance Association Assistant Teacher Training workshop. After assisting for a number of years, Gemma is excited to now be teaching and sharing her love of dance.

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KIARNA TENNICK

Kiarna began dancing with Peninsula Ballet Ensemble in 2012 and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and drama. She has completed Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and VCE Drama exams and has a Certificate III in Dance. With a passion for choreography, Kiarna has been involved in a number of school productions including Guys and Dolls, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz and has danced and choreographed specialist sequences. She has also taken part in dance competitions as a soloist and troupe member and competitive theatre sports as part of a Victorian-state winning team.