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.
Simone Woolley Dance Teacher
Simone began Dancing at the age of 3 at Centrestage performing Arts School, in Brunswick. This is where began her training in all Dance styles from Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Singing, Musical Theatre and Con This is where her passion for Ballet grew. In 2004 Simone was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. At her time at VCASS, She had many amazing teachers who had extraordinary careers. where her talent and passion for Dancing grew. In 2008 she was selected out of 20 of her fellow students to Dance exchange for 3 weeks to Scotland. She graduated from Victorian College of the Arts Secondary Scho 2009, completing year 12 with 45 in her Dance Subjects. Simone had many options when finishing but was which path in Dance to take. This is where she decided to follow her passion in Jazz and started 2 years Patrick Studio Australia.
In 2009, Simone accepted her first contract performing in La Grand Cirque. From that moment on Simone performed in Numerous Shows including Production Company Kismet, Opera Australia Turandot, Opera the Ring Cycle, National tours of Viva las Vegas, Cabaret De Paris, Mystique Magic Show and The Festiva Simone has worked for Crown Casino Entertainment Department Dancing for the last 7 years, her work wi includes, numerous Shows, Private Events, Cheerleading, Suit work, Crown Campaigns, TV Commercials, P Shoots and Roaming entertainment. Simone has been lucky enough to have also performed numerous time companies like Chanel 9 Footy show, Deal or No Deal, Talking about my generation, Emirates Melbourne Australian open, Coles Entertainment, The opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics, and many Fashion with brands like Big W, Pac Brands, Jockey, Intermo, Bonds and Loreal. In 2015 Simone accepted a contra Norwegian Cruise line travelling around the Bahamas for 8 months. On the ship, Simone performed Shows Vegas the Show which was a show performed straight out of the strip in Las Vegas.
Throughout this year, Simone is in the middle of completing her Cert 3 in Pilates. Simone has been Teaching Dancing for the last 6 years at many schools across Victoria. She is beyond excited to began working with and being apart of such an amazing team. She can’t wait to share her experiences and learnings throughout with her students.
Chloe Tipitsidis Teacher
“I am very excited to be working with Stepnout, it is truly beautiful when a career and passion come together.”
Chloe fell in love with dance at the youthful age of 10 and has not stopped training or performing since. She commenced competing in both local and interstate dance competitions prior to her teens, gaining endless experience not only as a team performer but also in solos, duos and trios. Chloe has trained in many facets of the art and was awarded a one-year dance scholarship at Dance Lane’s Performing Arts and Fitness Studio’s in 2009.
Chloe has performed in some of the industry’s most iconic events, such as the Think Pink Cancer Fundraiser, the Victorian Training Awards, Australia’s Got Talent, The Body Shop/Reach Foundation Flashmob, Ausdance Awards, and L’Oreal Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
After auditioning in 2012, Chloe was accepted into Patrick Studio’s Australia’s Elite Program where she trained for two years before furthering her studies into their full-time Performing Arts Course in 2014. Chloe has since received her certificate III in Dance and is continuing to study certificate IV.
Chloe has been privileged to work as a Disney Live Performer in Rockin’ the House with Mickey Mouse in 2014.
Louise Chapman Teacher
I love being able to share my passion for choreography and knowledge onto my students and am so excited to be starting with Stepping Out.
Louise was introduced to dancing at the age of 9 as a way to satisfy her need for physical activity. It wasn’t long before she realised that she had a natural flair for performance. After training at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, where she developed and nurtured her drama and singing skills she gained qualifications as a IDTA (International Dance Teacher’s association) dance teacher.
Louise sees teaching as a delight because it allows her to express her love for choreography as well as pass on and share her passion and performing skills to other aspiring artists. Louise has 16 years experience as a dance teacher in the UK and other countries; she had the luxury of teaching in Budapest, Hungary and also being able to run three dance schools in Bahrain, where she could run events and choreograph musicals for various school productions.
Mark Gadsden Ballroom Teacher
Dance from the heart and you’re never wrong
As a professional Ballroom dancer I love teaching people and seeing the enjoyment they get when they master a step or routine. I did not start my career till later in life and have been very fortunate to have work through amateur to Pro with some great people I have danced all over the world with Blackpool being my most favorite of all places to dance. With many National and International finals to my credit.
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.
Alex Frank Musical Theatre
“Being a singing teacher is more than teaching my students how to sing; it is being a mentor, a friend, someone who they can talk and relate to. Every teacher plays a vital part to each students life and I want to be the teacher that my students remember as the one who inspired them. My favourite part about being a teacher is seeing these students grow and improve, not only vocally but into such wonderful human beings.”
Alex moved to Melbourne from Bendigo to study music theatre at the APO Arts Academy, completing the Certificate III in Performing Arts and the Advanced Diploma of Music Theatre. During her studies, she appeared in “Anyone Can Whistle” for the Stephen Sondheim 80th Birthday triptych, various corporate events for Crown Casino, and wrote and starred in “ALEX VS MAMMA ROSE” at The Butterfly Club. Since graduation, Alex has been involved in several musical workshops, cabarets and commercials and had the pleasure of performing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Alex made her professional debut with “PR!CK the Musical” as Nurse Renee.
Alex is currently teaching musical theatre and singing to various schools in Melbourne and Bendigo and is very excited to join the team at Stepnout Performing Arts Centre.
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.
Zenya Carmellotti Dance Teacher
Zenya Carmellotti is a Melbourne based performer who has recently graduated from ‘Transit Dance’ with her Certificate IV in Dance.
Most recently, Zenya was seen at Chapel off Chapel, playing Squeak in StageArt’s production of The Color Purple as well as Lorell in the Australian Premiere of Dreamgirls, where she also got the opportunity to perform alongside Hugh Jackman at his 2015 Red Ball. Also with StageArt, Zenya performed in the 2013 Hair: Summer Of Love and Hair as well as The Victorian Tour in 2014.
Zenya’s other performing experience includes Chunky Move’s It Sounds Silly under the direction of Adam Wheeler, the Tivoli Theatre Pantomimes’ Pinocchio, and with the performers in P&Os The Very Last Night Show. Zenya has also performed with Lyric Opera in their production of Pygmalion. Zenya can also be seen in an AFL McDonald’s AFL TVC as well as making appearances as the role of Bec Simmons on Neighbours.
Emma Wickham Dance Teacher
Emma Wickham is a versatile and dedicated performer with training in all genres and a strong passion and talent for tap. Emma trained with Robert Sturrock at Industry Dance from 2006-2008, exploring a vast range of dance styles and making her mark in the Melbourne dance scene.
She then went on to complete a full-time dance and musical theatre course at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2009, where she was a featured dancer on ‘Neighbours’. Emma has performed regularly with the prestigious hip-hop dance crew, ‘Rewind’, in numerous competitions and shows across Australia. She continues to refine her skills by training and performing with former ‘Tap Dogs’ and other tap greats such as Ted Louis Levy, Sarah Reich and Chloe Arnold.
Emma is currently a member of ‘Rhythm Tap Melbourne’, run by Grant Swift, ‘Melbourne Tap Dance’, run by Winston Morrison and more recently created ‘FootNotes’, an all-female tap dance crew to create opportunities for herself and other females in the Australian Tap Industry.
Montanna Flask Dance Teacher
Montanna is well trained in a variety of dance genres. She has been dancing since a very young age and has had a passion for the performing arts ever since she was little. Montanna has studied three years in two of Melbourne’s leading full-time dance courses, Industry Of Dance and Patrick Studios Australia.
Montanna has recently returned home from a six month dance contract in Macau, China in a show called ‘Viva La Broadway’. Her other dance credits include:
Robin Antin’s Pussycat Dolls Australian Tour, Tina Turner Tribute Show National Tour, Guest supporting act for Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker, Dancing With The Stars, Many Melbourne Corporate events working for Clover Agency and Breeze Entertainment, Strictly Ballroom – Crown Resorts, Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Show and many more.
Montanna is extremely excited to begin working with her students in 2017 as her passion is creating and performing in the studio and teaching her students to improve and grow throughout each year within their performance and work ethic. It is also important to Montanna that her students always have a fun experience in each class!
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!