Kaye Emmett – Principal

Kaye commenced dancing at the age of 3 with May Downs learning RAD ballet. She later moved on to Jennifer Stielow and studied the Cecchetti method. And later continuing her training with Maestro Alberto Vila (who worked as a Bob Fosse dancer). Kaye studied ballet with Lynne Golding, Lynne was in the production of Swan Lake and played the dual role of Odette and Odile during this time. She went on to a professional career overseas teaching many professional ballerinas.

Subsequently, Kaye has appeared on the Don Lane show, an ABC Dance Feature, in several television commercials, and worked at both the Swagman and the Overlander. Kaye did a great deal of modelling and theatrical shows. And in her spare time, Kaye choreographed many productions for both theatre companies and project based dance events. She has a licentiate Teaching Diploma with the Australian Teachers of Dance and she is currently a trainee examiner. She has a post graduate degree in classical ballet teaching and methodology from the University of Melbourne and the VCA.


Rhonda LaVale

Rhonda started dancing when she was 4 years old. She trained with Maestro Alberto Vila. She competed in the Commonwealth and South Street – Ballarat dance competitions, she has appeared in various floor shows and television shows. Rhonda has choreographed fashion and hair shows as well as publicity/choreography for the Film industry. She has been teaching dance for 25 years.

For several years now, Rhonda has been a dedicated and exceptional teacher at Stonnington – teaching all genres across a broad cross section of age groups. Rhonda’s art direction and coordination for our events and concerts is invaluable and she maintains her passion for the SSOD and its students on a daily basis.


Kim Adam

Kim Adam is an established Australian dancer, choreographer and dance instructor. She launched her professional career by completing full time dance tuition at Bartuccios before receiving a scholarship to train at The Edge in Los Angeles. Kim’s dance credits include The Footy Show Players Review, various Disney shows and corporate work at Crown Casino Palms and Palladium Rooms, as well as choreography for Golf Air Airlines, Wog Boy 2 The Movie and Bad Eggs.

Her expertise is in high demand, teaching at several of Melbourne’s best full time performing arts institutes as well as dance schools. Kim enjoys her work immensely and loves being able to share her knowledge and creativity with upcoming young artists.

Paige Bethune

Paige has been a student at Stonnington since she was two years old. She studied and completed her ATOD examinations in Ballet, Tap & Jazz. She has competed in State scholarships and represented Victoria twice in the Australasian scholarships. Paige has been an Australian representative for Stonnington in New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Paige went on to complete full time training at Spectrum Dance, danced for 3 months at Pineapple Studios in London, and studied at Broadway Dance Centre in New York which furtherd her knowledge and skills as a dancer.

Paige has performed in numerous events including, The opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games, The Grand Final of the Footy Show, Danced as a showgirl at Crown Palladium, and numerous hair & Fashion modeling events. Paige is also a trained vocalist and a Co Director in a Cabaret show called ‘Supremely GlamorUS’

Paige has completed her Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management and also has a Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Miranda Lukey

Miranda has been a proud member of the Stonnington Family from the very beginning, as a student when the school opened in 1995, and joining the teaching faculty in 2003. Dancing since the age of 5, Miranda is trained in classical ballet, tap and jazz, and is also a trained singer. She has competed in various competitions, and in 2002 won the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) Victorian Tap scholarship and ATOD Australasian Tap scholarship competitions.

Her performance highlights include 5 seasons with Opera Australia and dancing in the closing ceremony for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Miranda has a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management and is a passionate classical ballet, tap, jazz, pre-school and musical theatre teacher for Stonnington.

Nikki Dorner

Nikki commenced dancing at her local school, having trained in all genres,however, her favourite is tap! She has undertaken her exams in ATD (Arts Theatre of Dance), SATD (Society of Australian Teachers of Dancing), SFD(Southern Federation of Dance), ATD and holds a Associate Teaching Diploma with ATOD. Nikki was the first recipient of the Robert Somers trophy, and danced in the Myer windows for the inaugural Melbourne tap festival.

Nikki runs our Pre School program, having taught so many of our students from the age of 3 or 4. She is a dedicated Stonnington Member and always accompanies our students on Country, Interstate or Overseas Trips.

Jeremy Marsh

Jeremy started dancing with Stonnington School of Dance as a 6 year old in 1996. Jeremy has competed in many dance competitions winning the ATOD Tap Championship in 2007. He has accompanied SSOD on trips to Hong Kong and Singapore and has done many tap classes & workshops with various choreographers. Jeremy has been on the teaching staff with SSOD since 2009.

Jeremy has learnt with the tap dogs for many years, he has completed all of his ATOD examinations in tap, ballet, and jazz. He was also the winner of the SSOD scholarship in 2008 and is a valued member of the team, and has the best feet that we strive to replicate!

Tommy Rollinson

Tommy has been dancing since he was 8 years old. Originally starting in Ballroom and Latin American dancing, he competed around Australia as well as internationally in Asia. He attended the Australian Ballet School for 2 years and performed in the Nutcracker at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and the Defile at the State Theatre.

Tommy started hip hop dancing following a master class by pioneers of hiphop dance, the Electric Boogaloos at Pineapple Studios in London. He has also trained at Debbie Reynolds Studio LA and Broadway Dance Centre NYC. He is a member of 2 time Australian HipHop Crew Champions “DVP”.

He is also a member of Australia’s Got Talent Semi finalist dance crew “Superhoodz”. He has represented Australia the IDO World Hiphop Solo Championships in Germany and Poland. He has danced as an extra in movies including “The King, The Graham Kennedy Story” and “The Pacific”.


Elle Bethune

Elle has been a student at the Stonnington School of Dance since she was five years old. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop, she joined the teaching faculty in 2009. Elle has represented Australia in competitions in New Zealand, the World Dance Expo in Hong Kong and in an intensive Summer School Program in Singapore.

She has been a winner of the A.T.O.D State Dance Scholarships, and went to represent Victoria in the National finals three times. Elle was also the recipient of the Robert Somers Perpetual Trophy for the most outstanding dancer, and gained a specialised dance role in the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. More recently Elle has performed at Fashion Aid and the L’Oreal and Intercoiffure Fashion Shows.

Georgia Bailey

Georgia started dancing at the Stonnington School of Dance when she was five years old and completed her ATOD examinations in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Georgia has represented Stonnington in various ATOD competitions and scholarships, the New Zealand tour, L’Oreal Hair Show and several charity events.

In 2013 Georgia went on to complete full time training at The Space Dance and Arts Centre, where she studied a wide range of dance styles and choreographic techniques. Throughout her training, Georgia has performed in numerous events including The Footy Show, Dance Cancer Initiative and Australian Dance Festival, as well as choreographing a piece for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013.

Tamera Verloop

Tamera has been a student at Stonnington since she was five years old. She has been trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz styles and has completed all ATOD exams in both classical ballet and jazz.

Tamera has performed at many events, representing Stonnington at the L’Oreal hair show, Fashion+Aid and a number of other charity events, shows and parties. She has competed in competitions at a national level, placing in the Australasian Senior Ballet competition in 2009. She has been part of the senior jazz troupe, competing at ATOD competitions and South Street.

Tamera also completed VCE Dance through Stonnington and was invited to audition for Top Class, which showcases a selection of the best VCE Dance pieces from across Victoria. Tamera teaches classical ballet classes at Stonnington and brings with her a passion for dancing and teaching.

Vanessa Nanfra

Vanessa commenced her dance training at the age of 3 with the Stonnington School of Dance. Studying ATOD, she is trained in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Jazz and Tap and has completed her advanced levels with Honours.

Vanessa has represented Victoria on numerous occasions as she was an award winner in both the Junior Ballet Scholarship and Intermediate Ballet Scholarship and the winner of the 2010 Senior Ballet State scholarship. She later went on to achieve Runner Up in the Australasian Senior Ballet scholarship. Vanessa was also a place winner in the Justine Summers Bursary Competition.

Following her passion for dance, she was accepted in to the Victorian College of the Arts to study Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance. After 19 years of commitment and dedication to The Stonnington School of Dance, Vanessa now teaches Classical Ballet and Jazz.