All of our teachers have studied dance at the highest full time levels in their fields and have extensive experience working in the industry and teaching.  

All teachers have attained their Working with Children checks.

TDA teachers are very open to working in conjunction with students and parents to individualise the service we provide.  To improve communication techniques between teachers, parents and students we now administrate via email and have a new Facebook page.

Cassie O'Sullivan 

Academy Director - C.S.T.D Theatrical Dip. C.S.T.D Tap Dip. Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1.

Cassie has been training in dance since the age of 5 at Parkwood Dance Academy. During this time she studied many styles of dance and undertook examinations with the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance. Cassie achieved the highest level of examinations in Classical, Jazz, Theatrical and Tap with the CSTD and also holds a teaching diploma in the Tap and Theatrical syllabus.

Upon leaving school Cassie completed a one year full time course at the Dance Factory. As a dancer she has performed in fashion and hair shows around Melbourne and was a back up dancer for a cover band. Her teaching experience includes over 20 years at Parkwood Dance Academy and several other dance schools around Melbourne including Dance Factory and Gay Wightman School of Ballet. Cassie also holds a Level 2 First Aid Certificate.

At Templestowe Dance Academy, Cassie hopes to create a warm, friendly and nurturing environment where children, teenagers and adults feel comfortable being themselves. A place where self-confidence and respect are held in esteem and a place where students will grow and achieve.


Lauren Carinci

CSTD Jazz Cert

Lauren is a passionate dance student and has been associated with the dance school for 18 years.  During this time, she has trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop and has recently completed all CSTD Jazz dance exams. 

After years of training as both assistant and dance teacher to students at various levels across the dance school, Lauren is extremely happy to be teaching dance again.


Kylie Digby

C.S.T.D Tap Dip.

Kylie Digby has been involved in the dance industry for the past 29 years. She began as a tiny 4 year old and throughout the years has completed exams and performed in many concerts and conventions. She has gained major examination standards in all forms of  dance and in the later years specialising in Tap.

In 2006, Kylie gained her CSTD Tap Diploma and prides herself in gaining the best results from her  students in both exams and performance.
Kylie also volunteers her time with community based theatre companies and has been involved in the choreography of many shows.


Joanna King

CSTD Jazz Cert

Joanna has been training in dance for the past 23 years. During this time she has successfully completed all Cecchetti Ballet exams, CSTD Jazz exams and is currently working to complete all CSTD Tap exams. 

Over the past 8 years Joanna has taught a variety of different dance styles including Ballet, Tap and Jazz to varying levels of age and ability. Joanna is extremely happy to be teaching at TDA again in 2017.


Olivia Carinci

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Olivia has been dancing for 18 years and has trained in a number of dance styles, specialising in Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. She is currently completing examinations with The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance in both Tap and Jazz syllabuses. As a dancer, Olivia is dedicated and enthusiastic and is always eager to learn new styles, expand her range and improve her technique.

After many years of training as an assistant dance teacher at Templestowe Dance Academy, Olivia began teaching in 2015 and is looking forward to continuing her work with the TDA students.


Shannon Turner

Acrobatic Arts Certified Module 1

Miss Shannon Turner has been dancing since the age of seven and has never looked back!

Starting at her local dance school, she followed her love for dancing and performing and went on to grow that into a career. Miss Shannon has completed two years Dancing, Musical Theatre and Performing Arts full time training at Robert Sturrock's Industry Dance in Brunswick, where she specialised in contemporary, musical theatre and Ballet.

Miss Shannon since then has become a professional dancer, working with various choreographers and companies, performing throughout Melbourne. Getting to share the stage with the likes of Rhonda Burchmore and Jessica Mauboy. In 2016 she also had the opportunity to travel to India to perform. She is currently dancing as a professional cheerleader for Melbourne United Basketball. 

Miss Shannon's aim through her teaching is to foster the love of dance and performance which inspired her as a young child to pursue the career she is fulfilling now. 


Shaylin Durban

 Dancing since the age of 3, Shaylin has trained in various styles including ballet (RAD), contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre and hip hop with her main passion found in ballet & contemporary. Throughout the years, Shaylin has completed all RAD examinations and has experienced training in various schools across Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane.

Shaylin is a founding member of Melbourne based contemporary company, SCIMM Dance Company where she is involved as a performer for the senior cast as well as a guest teacher & mentor for the youth company.

Miss Shaylin has always had a passion for teaching to pass on her own knowledge and experience to the students, hoping to inspire them to be the best they can be.


Paula Lombardo

Paula's credentials include a BA and a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management. A passion for dance and a love of inspiring young dancers led to a fulfilling dance teaching career, including a decade at the Victorian Ballet School, Principal of The Ballet Centre, Director of the Primary Dance Program, senior teacher Balwyn YMCA, Programming Co-ordinator for Camp Australia as well as examining and stage managing as a registered dance teacher with VIT and MDEC. With 21 years teaching experience, Paula is currently enjoying a lighter teaching load as she brings up her two beautiful children.


Jo-Anne Walters

Jo-Anne is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has over 17 years of experience teaching in contemporary, neo-classical, pointe, ballet and R.A.D examinations in both graded and vocational. She has successfully completed a Diploma in Arts – Classical Dance at National Theater Ballet School and continued on to perform professionally as a freelance dancer.

Jo-Anne is passionate about passing on the love for dance to the next generation. Teaching the students artistry and an appreciation of how their bodies move and work through a nurturing and positive learning environment.


Bethany Angelin


Bethany Angelin has been dancing for 19 years and has been teaching since she was 12.

Bethany started her training at her local dance school Ballet Central in 2000, at the age of 4. She went on to train with the Victorian Ballet School in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. In 2008 she moved to the Ballet Centre, continuing her training, and started assistant and emergency teaching for the school. In 2011 she went on to train with Melbourne Dance Theatre - School Of Excellence, and danced guest roles with the company (now the Victorian State Ballet). Bethany has trained under the Loral Martyn System of Dance, and has completed a Senior Level 2 training in the Vaganova method.

Bethany is actively involved with Musical Theatre in Victoria, in performance, choreography, and direction. Her theatre credits include: “Snow White and The Seven Dwarves” - Snow White, “The Producers” - Ensemble, “The Wedding Singer” - Angie/Dance Captain, and the Victorian Premiere of “9 to 5” - Maria

Bethany Is also in the process of completing a Certificate VI in Dance Teaching and Management


Suzi Ristevski

Suzi is a passionate and dynamic dancer, dedicated to teaching young dancers the value and art of dancing.  Suzi began dancing at age five, starting off with traditional folk dancing, later transitioning to hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet.   

Suzi trained at The Edge Performers School, undertaking the Commercial Dance Training Course and specialising in Hip Hop.  She has been trained by some of Australia’s best dance teachers and regularly undertakes classes to continue developing her technique and skill.  Suzi has also attended classes in New York and Hong Kong to keep up to date with new styles and choreography.