Enthusiastic and expert.
We’re incredibly proud of the team at Stepnout Performing Arts. Each teacher brings their own individual talent, years of experience and a huge enthusiasm for dance. Our goal is to build your confidence in a caring and stress-free way, so you can learn to love dance as much as we do!
Liz Loft Founder and Director
For me dance and performance is more than just a passion, it’s a true vocation and nothing gives me more pleasure than to see our students thrive in such a positive environment and succeed. Whether they’re learning to hop on one leg or performing complex routines – I’m so proud of their hard work and achievements.
For Liz, dancing and performing have always come naturally.
Since the age of six Liz has taken part in competitions and concerts where she’s won several trophies and medals. She completed the Commonwealth Society of Dance exam syllabus and won the Perpetual Trophy for Theatrical Dance (Tap and Jazz) at the age of 14 for the dancer with the highest score in the State of Victoria.
At 14 Liz joined Tony Bartuccio’s Studio where she concentrated on ballet and jazz, and at 15 Liz became a professional dancer with the Carlton Bluebirds.
Liz has performed in pantomimes, theatre productions, commercials, events, festivals and floorshows, and as a resident go-go dancer at one of Melbourne’s premier nightclubs. She’s also an excellent pianist, and over a 10-year period completed theory and practical exams up to HSC level.
When Liz became a mum she moved into teaching and began studying Perceptual Motor Programs. Liz founded Stepnout Performing Arts in 2005 and has developed several preschool programs that enable very young children to develop their gross motor, dance and music skills.
Louise Davies Assistant manager
Teaching children to dance is an honour and a privilege. It’s a magical world that I’m so grateful to be a part of.
Louise starting performing at pretty much the same time she started to walk. After many years spent attending competitions, concerts and completing the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing exams, Louise realised that dancing was her true passion.
Louise has performed in productions of West Side Story, Sweet Charity and Pippin, in which she played the lead.
Louise began working at Stepnout Performing Arts as a stage manager and in 2006 became a full-time teacher.
Jocelyn Yee Ballet Teacher
Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
– Martha Graham
A dance teacher helps their students find the song in their heart, the beat in their feet and a passion for life.
Jocelyn grew up in Malaysia where she did her early dance training in RAD and Cecchetti, After heading to Australia to complete her Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, Jocelyn began her successful career in the dance industry. She has competed successfully in The Dance Society of Malaysia Solo Classical Ballet Competition and the TDS Solo Classical Ballet Competition of Malaysia.
Jocelyn has work with various companies around the world including the production of Carmen with Ena Ballet in Malaysia and La Bayadere with Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York. Jocelyn has also worked with Liquid Skin under the direction of Rochelle Carmichael.
She debuted with Melbourne City Ballet in the double bill Parallel Connections for Melbourne Fringe festival 2013 and is working with MCB as company artist since.
Chrissy Zammit Administrative Assistant
I have an extensive background in both retail customer service and management, as well as office administration. For the last 6 years, however, i have been a very happy stay at home Mum to my 3 kids, which often involves similar strategies of organisation, multi tasking, conflict management and patience!
While my dance experience is limited to 3 years of ballet as a child, I do a mean ‘Hot Potato’ and ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ in my lounge room with the kids!
Two of my children have attended Stepnout over the last 3 years and I look forward to my youngest joining the Delightful Tots class very soon.
I look forward to meeting as many of the parents and students as possible over the coming months and hope to give you the same fantastic customer service you are already used to at Stepnout.
Angela Keddie Administrative Manager
“I am thrilled to be part of a dynamic, passionate and friendly team who continually strive to provide a fun, safe, nurturing and continual learning environment for all the students”
Dance has been part of my life from the age of 4 when my parents booked me into my first classical ballet class. I continued to participate in ballet classes until the age of 16.
After finishing secondary school I moved into administration rolls within the Coles Myer Group, Primary Health Care and most recently at a local primary school.
Over the past 16 years I have had a connection with the studio as myself and all of my 4 children have participated in various dance and performance classes at the studio. I am looking forward to building relationships, supporting Liz and the teaching / administration team and watching all the students at the studio develop their dance, performance, confidence, passion and abilities over the years to come.
Tracey Pichler Teacher
In class, show me determination, hard work and enthusiasm. On the stage, show me your heart. Dance is a magical thing. You can become anyone or anything you wish…and be the truest form of yourself…simultaneously.
Tracey’s passion for dance began at age 3. Tracey started her training at Western Academy of Dance, where she completed examinations in Cecchetti and ISTD Modern. After graduating from Full Time Performing Arts at Brent Street Studios in Sydney, she returned to Melbourne to follow her passion. Along with musical theatre roles such as ‘Dorothy’ in The Wiz, ‘Anita’ in West Side Story and ‘Dance Captain/Havana Girl’ in Guys and Dolls, Tracey’s talents have been extended to cheerleading for the NRL’s Melbourne Storm and ARL’s Australian Kangaroos, gogo dancing, music videos, floor shows with Melbourne dance group Mishanda, and dancing at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards behind Savage. Tracey also has appeared in popular TV shows, TVCs and took on the role of ‘Lara Croft’ at Melbourne’s Luna Park. Tracey has been teaching since she was 16 and adores passing on all her knowledge and passion. Tracey Kate is thrilled to be part of the team at Stepnout.
Samantha Limina Administrative Assistant
Samantha Limina is a Year 11 student at Mackillop College and studying VCE. She fell in love with dance instantly from the age of 3 and still loves it today.
She has had experience in all styles of dance and musical theatre and has been part of many musicals at school, such as Beauty and The Beast and Annie.
She is a very positive person and loves working in teams. She pushes herself to strive to the best of her ability and tackles her challenges.
Sam has currently had experience student teaching the pre-school classes and works well with kids and is honoured to step into the administration office on a Saturday!
Jessica Mackrill Teacher
“I love all things dance! From breaking down a new skill to helping students overcome nerves on stage, every day dancing is a new challenge and adventure. I enjoy finding new ways to teach my students and seeing their passion for dance shine through”
Jessica’s enthusiasm for dance has grown since she first started at the age of three. She is now well-versed in jazz, classical ballet, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, contemporary and lyrical. Jessica moved from her hometown in Tasmania to study dance in Melbourne and completed three years of full-time training at Dance World Studios. Here she achieved her Certificate IV and Diploma in Dance and successfully completed her R.A.D. ballet examination. During this time she also performed in a music video for Art vs. Science as well as dancing at various functions, competitions and in a pantomime.
Jessica has now worked predominantly in children’s entertainment, performing nationally and internationally with shows such as The Octonauts and Peppa Pig. She also holds her Certificate IV in Fitness and has worked extensively as a personal trainer and dance teacher to various age groups. Jessica loves all styles of dance and is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge with the wonderful students at Stepnout Performing Arts and helping them follow their dreams.
Payge O'shea Teacher
‘Change your thoughts and change your world’
Payge started her dance career at the age of three with Vicki’s Dancing Academy in Morwell. She trained in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, character, national, contemporary and lyrical. In 2017 she completed her Diploma in Dance – Elite Performance and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance.
In 2016 she was awarded the Dedication and Development award for first year at Transit Dance and her Certificate IV in Dance. Payge has been involved in many local theatre productions, performing as a dancer, actor and singer. Leading to opportunities in choreographing for productions which sparked her interest in furthering her dance and teaching career.
She is passionate about teaching dance to all ages, capabilities and strengths. She is eager to pass on her knowledge to the future generations. She is excited about working alongside like-minded people to broaden her skills and become involved in a creative and fun filled environment.
In 2017 she began teaching a preschool dance program called Ready, Set, Dance at Transit Dance. This unique and creative program is designed for students aged 2-5 years. From teaching this program she realised this is an age group she feels strongly about. She hopes to continue to grow and build on her pre-existing teaching skills in years to come.
Within the next 10 years she aspires to be a fully qualified dance teacher and own and run her own dance studio.
Samantha Ambrosy Teacher
“Teaching is my passion not my job”
Samantha is a professional dancer and choreographer currently working in Melbourne.
Samantha studied dance under the mentor-ship of Adam Wheeler at SOPA. After Graduating from her diploma of elite dance Samantha then was awarded the Alumni Fellowship from SOPA. Her passion for teaching and passing on knowledge begun when she noticed the difference she could make to her students.
“Teaching is a privilege to be given the opportunity to pass on knowledge is a gift in itself.”
Samantha’s teaching of hip hop comes from a mixture of old school, new school and some break dancing. Mixing these three forms of hip hop together to then be able to teach multi faceted dancers who have ranges of dynamic and skill level.
Career highlights include: Dancer for “Project Migration”. Collaborating and Performing in the fringe festival Co-making a work about reality and personal perception. Performing in James Bachelors “Star Study”. Performing in “Masters of choreography Once Upon A Time”. The Cat Empire Bulls music video along with many others.
These opportunities have really inspired Samantha to delve further into her own work and she is excited to continue down the track of making her own work and teaching
Hayley O’Callaghan Teacher
“Being your best is the best thing you can do”
My Name is Hayley and I am 22 years old. Coming from a Calisthenics background, I’ve competed at the highest level, before moving into Circus and Cheerleading. I have had a heavily dance orientated up bring, completing high school and Victorian College of the Arts and the National Institute of Circus Arts Australia, graduating from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2016 and attending Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. I am a current Athlete on an international world championship cheerleading team and represented Australia in 2017 in Orlando Florida. I am look forward to meeting so many new faces and having a great year with everyone !!
Ashley Grottoli Teacher
Ashley Grottoli is an award winning dancer who trained at arguably one of the best schools in the world, Joann Chapman School of Dance, where she went on to win Miss Dance of America at Dance Masters of America in 1998 in New York City.
At this time she became certified in Acrobatics, Tap and Jazz with British Association Teachers of Dance. She is currently credited with the highest level Acrobatic Arts, CSTD and ATOD. She has since gone on to produce award winning dancers, choreography and has helped thousands of students become the best dancers they can be from around the globe. Acrobatics has been a focus for Ashley since she was 6 years old and is known for her award winning technique and routines in this often misunderstood art form. She has freelanced for many organisations throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.
She currently writes a globally read blog, everythingdancewithashley.blogspot.com, as well run a company that offers uniquely tailored dance based workshops. She has also been nominated for teaching excellence for the Australian Independent Dance Teacher Awards, 2017.
Ashley’s philosophy is to teach habits; not steps. She fully believes that correctness, balance and grace can only be created by equipping each student with the tools necessary to be successful through coveted and globally renowned teaching techniques. Teach a dancer tricks and they are impressive on Instagram; Teach a dancer to harness their mind and body’s full potential and they can become anything they want to be. Ashley’s ability to help students of all abilities is truly inspiring for all who attends her classes.
Ellen Robinson Teacher
“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.”
Ellen has loved dancing from a very young age training in jazz and tap before taking on every dance style she could get her hands on. Even while she was still at high school Ellen knew she wanted to teach full time and was the tap principal for Border Danceworks during her VCE and choreographed for the local theatre company for “A Town on the Map” “Sweeney Todd” and “Wicked”. After graduating, Ellen completed a 2 year dance course with Danceworld Studios to pursue her love of dance.
Since graduating from full-time Ellen has been teaching non-stop while taking classes with NICA! In 2016 Ellen was assisting with the running of Turning Pointe Studios while the owner was on leave and in 2018 choreographed a Showcase National winning routine. Ellen is looking forward to her future in acrobatics and dance for 2018!
Justicia Bailey Teacher
“Everybody can dance, it’s the drive and passion that makes you a dancer”
Justicia grew up in New Zealand where she trained at Mount Eden Ballet Academy completing all Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet exams as well as Jazz and Contemporary NZAMD exams up until the age of 16. After moving with her family to Singapore she found an interest in all other styles of dance.
Justicia decided to study full time at Dance World Studios gaining her Advanced Diploma of Dance Performance. Justicia has had an opportunity to learn under a number of professional dancers and choreographers while living in Melbourne, and is continuing to study her Bachelor of Business (management) and focusing on pursuing her teaching career.
Justicia loves to teach and enjoys the rewards that come when watching her students grow and develop a love of dance for themselves.