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Marnie Nelson
Marnie Nelson

Marnie is dedicated and passionate about dance and the performing arts.  Her aim as principal is to pass on her knowledge and teaching experience to all her students and instill a lifelong love of dance.

Marnie has been dancing since the age of 3, and teaching for the past 25 years at various dance schools around Melbourne. Marnie has completed a Fulltime Performing Arts Course at the Dance Factory and completed a DFTA Teaching Certificate with qualifications in Jazz, Tap and Funk.

 Marnie’s aim is to introduce students to the joy of dance through a friendly but structured environment, and to help students develop co-ordination, rhythm, strength and confidence through safe, correct and positive teaching methods

Karen Gauci

Karen commenced dance lessons at the age of four and has studied across a variety of dance styles including Jazz, Classical Ballet, Character/Folkloric and contemporary.  She completed VCE Dance and in 2007 completed the Diploma in Dance (teaching and Management) at the Box Hill Institute Centre of Performing Arts.

During her time at the Box Hill Institute, Karen trained under

Dianne Parrington and Laurel Martyn O.B.E and upon graduation received an award for Academic Excellence and the Laurel Martyn scholarship for Choreography and Outstanding Achievement.

In 2008, Karen commenced her Cecchetti teaching studies under the guidance of Michela Dent-Causon and Athol Willoughby O.A.M.  Karen comleted her Advanced 2 Examination in 2012 attained her Associate Status within Cecchetti Ballet in 2013.

Karen began her teaching career at Essendon Academy of Ballet where over the past six years she has enjoyed spending her Saturdays and weekday evenings sharing her passion and giving back to the dance industry teaching Cecchetti Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Classes to children.

Committed to continuing to expand her knowledge Karen is currently working towards attaining a higher degree of teaching qualification in the Cecchetti Method (Associate Diploma) and is looking forward to introducing the Cecchetti Syllabus at The Dance Room in 2016.

Atlanta Marshall
Atlanta Marshall

Atlanta began dancing at the age of 10, where she studied Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Song & Dance. From 2011-2013 she

furthered her dance knowledge by completing a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts.

In the past six years, Atlanta has worked professionally in the dance industry appearing in a number of stage and theatre


Atlanta is looking forward to teaching Acrobatics and Hip Hop this year at The Dance Room.

Molly Rigby
Molly Rigby

Jazz/Funk, Contemporary, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap & Private lessons

Molly began her dance training at the age of 5 in country Victoria.  Her passion for dance grew as she trained and completed styles such as jazz. hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and ballet.

In 2013, Molly embarked on her full time studies in dance and relocated to Melbourne.  Here she completed a year of full time dance at The EdgePerformers.  In 2015, after training for two years at Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance, Molly received her Diploma in Elite Performance and Certificate IV in dance training.

Molly quickly cemented her spot in Melbourne dance industry performing at events such as Fashion Aid, Fox FM's R n B Friday launch, Emirates Melbourne Cup Parade, Australian Open Kids Day and many more.

As a teacher at The Dance Room, Molly's aim is to create a fun and supportive environment where all students skills and passion for dance is free to grow.

Samantha Merckel
Samantha Merckel

Born and raised in Melbourne, Samantha Merckel started training at a young age at Peter Wallace Dance Industry.  Under the close tuition of Peter Wallace, Principal Dancer and Dance Captain of Bal Du Moulin Rouge, Samantha developed into a strong, passionate performer.

In 2011, Samantha expanded her commercial and music theatre skills at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance where she was awarded a scholarship for her second year of study. During her scholarship Samantha was closely mentored in the art of vocal coaching and started teaching several junior school students.

She has learnt broadway singing techniques off the likes of Deb Mitchelmore and Tim Smith and has a wealth of knowledge to share.  Samantha's passion lies in musical theatre and soul/r'n'b but her singing technique caters to all types of genres.

Throughout her career, Samantha has performed in many corporate and television gigs including The World Ballroom Championships, Hannah Montana Tribute Show, Neighbours, KPMG, Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Select Band, Copacabana and The Good Guys commercial.

Courtney Grocock
Courtney Grocock

Courtney began dancing at the age of 5 at The Dance Room  and is trained in jazz, funk, ballet & tap. Courtney has completed her Certificate 2 in Dance and her VCE Dance certificate. Courtney has also completed her level 4 jazz certificate in the DFTA syllabus and will this year continue with level 5 and continue her ballet exam work and singing training.  Courtney is very dedicated to her dance and performing Arts and is also very popular with her students.

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