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Principal Teacher

Sakura Shimizu

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sakura started training at Suzuki Classic Ballet Academy. In 1990 and 1991 she won 2nd prize in the Saitama All Japan Dance Competition. In 1992 she was a semifinalist in the Prix de Lausanne and entered the Hamburg Ballet School, graduating in 1994.

Upon graduation Sakura joined the Hamburg Ballet, under the direction of John Neumeier, where she danced all the repertoire as well as new ballets Nijinsky, Messiah and Odyssey by John Neumeier, Sleeping Beauty by Mats Ek and 8 by Christopher Wheeldon.


In 2002 she was a guest artist with Singapore Dance Theatre and had a leading role acting and dancing for Tanz Theater in Klingt Meine Linde by Tina Seeland In Kampnagel Hamburg. In June 2002 Sakura joined Singapore Dance Theatre, under the direction of Goh Soo Khim, and danced a large variety of works by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Stanton Welch, Ohad Naharin, Thierry Malandin, David Dawson, Jorma Elo, Boi Sakti, Sakiko Oshima, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Graham Lustig. She also danced many classical roles and choreographed a ballet for the company.


Since arriving in Melbourne Sakura has performed with Redspan Contemporary Dance Company, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and Melbourne Ballet Company.

Additional Teachers

Olivia Bell

Olivia is a former principal artist of The Australian Ballet whose illustrious career spans 18 years. Career highlights include working with Graeme Murphy to create the role of Baroness Von Rothbart in the internationally acclaimed Swan Lake and leading The Australian Ballet on international tours of Paris, London, New York, Tokyo and China. Olivia was prestigious Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition in Switzerland, enabling her study under Christiane Vlassi at Paris Opera Ballet School.

Since retiring from the stage in 2013 Olivia is now working with the Royal Academy of Dance and Prix de Lausanne and now joins The Australian Ballet Board as the Dancers Director.

Dana Jolly

Dana is a graduate of the the Victorian College of the Arts and is a widely sought-after, exciting teacher in the commercial dance field specialising in jazz, contemporary, musical theatre and tap. She regularly choreographs for commercial events and was the resident choreographer for the musicals ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘The Producers’. Dana is a fabulous teacher who is very popular among her peers in the dance industry and CDC is honoured to have her as part of our dedicated team of dance professionals.

Jason Duff

Jason was a Graduate of the Australian Ballet School and during his final year, was the first Australian recipient to receive the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival Scholarship, offered by Kitty Dukakis and Melbourne City Council. This lead him to perform at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre and was offered a place in the graduating year of the Bolshoi Ballet School.
Though he returned home for a place in the Australian Ballet and performed numerous Principal Roles Nationally and Internationally during his time there, as well as West Australian Ballet.

Jason the ditched the canvas ballet shoes for a career in Musical Theatre and toured Nationally with the Award winning production of “Hello Dolly” and continued a Commercial Career from there.
Moved to Paris to join the “Lido de Paris”, then returned home to a freelance career with Agent in toe to perform with home grown stars such as: Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes and toured nationally with Christine Anu and Rhonda Burchmore.

He then opted for a career on the high seas working his way to Dance Captain and Company Manager for Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines under the world renowned productions of “Jean Ann Ryan Productions”.

Another move back to Paris for his final contract before retiring at the Royal Palace in Kirrwiller, for “Oui J’adore”. Where he was Dance Captain under the reign of Bor Productions.

He then returned home to take on the huge role of Resident Choreographer of “Jersey Boys” for itssuccessful Australian and NZ tour before making the move to Brisbane to teach at Full Time Institutions and Performing Arts Schools where he developed a keen eye for upcoming talent and nurturing future stars of today!
Jason is happy to be back in Melbourne where the work ethic is fierce and talent forefront at numerous Full Time Performing Arts Academies.

Laura Tong

Laura grew up in a rural area of New Zealand and started dancing at the age of four. Laura studied in Auckland, Melbourne, Singapore and at the English National Ballet School in London, graduating to join the English National Ballet in 2000. She joined The Australian Ballet in 2004, rising to the rank of Soloist in 2009. Laura shas danced a wide variety of classical and contemporary repertoire including Gamzatti in Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère, ‘Cigarette’ variation in Suite en Blanc, Mistress in Manon, ‘The Wife’ in Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Stepmother in Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella and featured roles in works by Jíři Kyliàn, Nacho Duato, George Balanchine and Stephen Baynes.

Laura retired from The Australian Ballet in 2016 after the birth of her second child. Laura has completed a Bachelor in Business Studies from Monash University and is also studying towards a Diploma in Benesh Movement Notation, the universal language for writing dance.

Terese Power

Terese was born in Newcastle, NSW and trained with the Tessa Maunder School of Ballet before joining the Australian Ballet School in 1973.She was the recipient of the Pavlova Scholarship in 1974 and a scholarship to the Kirov Ballet School in 1979.She graduated after 2 years and was accepted into The Australian Ballet Company rising to Principal status in 1985.

She has danced over 60 ballets as a Soloist and Principal, the favourites and most recognised being “Eugene Onegin”, ”Sleeping Beauty”-The Bluebird Pas de Deux, “Coppelia”- Swanhilda, ”Don Quixote”-Kitri and Juliet in Cranko’s “Romeo & Juliet”
Terese has danced with many esteemed male partners such as Paul de Masson, Gary Norman, Dale Baker, John Meehan, Jonathan Kelly and Steven Heathcote and was fortunate to work with the late great Kelvin Coe and David Ashmole.
She guested with Royal New Zealand Ballet and Queensland Ballet and travelled the world including USA, UK, Philippines, Indonesia, Greece, Turkey, Israel and China performing with the Australian Ballet.

After retiring from dancing in 1987 to start a family she began teaching at the National Theatre Ballet School in both the Junior and Full Time programmes, VCA & VCASS, Dance World 301 and the Conservatoire of Dance.
Terese gained her VICFIT qualification in 1994, Advanced Certificate in Visual and Performing Arts from RMIT in 1985 and Certificate 1V in Workplace Assessment & Training 2004.

In the years from 2004-2010 she was Director & Practice Manager of DMA Clinical Pilates & Physiotherapy in South Yarra .In 2010 Terese made her transition from teacher to Ballet Administrator of the National Theatre Ballet School, a post she held for 4 years. She has hosted many international & national students as a homestay mum during this time.
A highlight for Terese was to be invited to join the Australian Ballet in 2012 for their 50th Birthday celebrations and performing the role of the Nurse in “Eugene Onegin” and also creating a new role of Prince Siegfried’s Babushka nurse in the premier of Stephen Baynes “Swan Lake". 2016 saw Terese reprise her role as Babushka & has become a regular guest with the Australian Ballet.

After a short sabbatical Terese is pleased to return to teaching and looks forward to developing & nurturing the next generation of dancers.

Carol Green

Simon Hoy

Masami Sato

Masami received her initial training in Japan and later performed with the Matsuyama and Star Dancer’s Ballet Companies and The Australian Ballet.

She taught at the Star Dancer’s Ballet School and Showa Academia Musicale in Japan from 1996 until 2001 when she returned to Australia to complete a postgraduate diploma of teaching at the Victorian College of the Arts. Masami currently teaches at the National Theatre Ballet School in St. Kilda.

Robert Kelly

He has danced with leading companies throughout Europe and Australia. As a principal dancer has performed Le Corsaire, Don Quixote, Paquita, Pulcinella, Graduation Ball and many other classics. He has had works created on him by Marc Bogaerts, Gonzalo Galguerra, Adrian Dimitrievitch, Peter Breuer and several other noted choreographers.

As a choreographer his repertoire consists of both contemporary and classical works which are currently being performed in Europe, Australia and America. He is ballet master for Melbourne Ballet company and a freelance teacher and choreographer worldwide.

Luanne Hyson

Luanne trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and School of American Ballet (Balanchine technique). Following this she completed her professional dance training at the Nationale Ballet Academie in the Netherlands, where she studied the Vaganova and Martha Graham techniques.

Luanne has performed both internationally and locally, with many companies including The National Ballet (Netherlands), San Francisco Ballet, Florence Dance Company, Melbourne Dance Theatre and many more. She completed her teaching training at the Victorian College of the Arts under Robert. Ray (Postgraduate Diploma of Classical Ballet Teaching).

Guest teachers

From time to time we will have guest teachers who are current or former professional dancers from both Australia and overseas. Guest teachers have included Steven Heathcote, Colin Peasley, Kirsty Martin, Tim Harbour, and Justine Miles.

Current guest teachers also include Juliet Brunett, Li Cunxin, Jacky Du, Adam Thurlow, Cedric Ygnace and Steven Etienne.

Announcements for up coming guest teachers will be posted on our FACEBOOK page at City Dance Centre.