Our Team

The Dance Habit team is formed by a selection of young, energetic and vibrant professionals with a shared passion for dance, body alignment and the arts. Each one of us is very aware of the key role that dance has played in our lives.

We are grateful to our own teachers and studios for sharing their love of dance, enriching our lives, supporting us in our dreams, and shaping the people we are today. Now it is our turn to pay it forward and do the same for you.

At Dance Habit, we understand first-hand the benefits and joy that come from belonging to a dance school, and we welcome and support everyone, regardless of their dance background, ability or goals. Here, not only will you form some great habits, but you will also make some wonderful friendships along the way.

In addition, all of our team are certified with Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD), so you know you’re in safe hands.

Megan Jessop, Director

  • Megan dance habit directorBachelor of Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management
  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification
  • Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Dance Habit Founder and Director, Megan Jessop, began her dance career at the age of just three, training in RAD Ballet, AJDA and NZAMD Jazz, BAL Tap, Contemporary and Hip Hop. In 2006, she was awarded a Bachelor in Performing Arts (Dance Major) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Committed to professional development, Megan also completed a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management in 2016.

A professional dancer, Megan has performed on stage, television and in film. She has adjudicated dance competitions and been sought out as a guest tutor for dance workshops in New Zealand, and further abroad.

Megan’s love of performing has been quickly matched by her zest for teaching, which has led to her Dance Habit dream. Her desire is to instill this passion in others so everyone can experience the joy that dance can bring.

Charlotte Clark, Reception/Administration

  • Cert IV in Makeup Services
  • Advanced Diploma in Cinemagraphic Makeup
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Charlotte has lived her entire life in the dance world. Charlotte’s mum has been running a dance school in Canberra for 27 years, and as a result Charlotte began life watching classes in her pram, and learned to skip before she learned to walk.

Charlotte danced for 18 years, focusing on Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Lyrical. On a whim, Charlotte moved to Singapore and worked at Universal Studios as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator for nine months. As an adult, Charlotte used her creative passion to study makeup artistry and attained a Cert IV in Makeup Services and an Advanced Diploma in Cinemagraphic Makeup.

They say home is where the heart is, and that’s what has landed Charlotte at Dance Habit. She is absolutely loving being part of our dance community and is very excited for what’s to come!

Mel James, Ballet/Pointe/PilatesMel

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Mel’s love affair with dance began at the tender age of four. Training hard to complete her advanced Jazz and Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet exams to the highest level, Mel then secured a position at the University of Auckland studying a Bachelor in Performing Arts (Dance Major).

It was during her time at university that Mel discovered her love for pilates. Studying with Brenton Surgeonor in Body Control Pilates, she wrote an original paper about the relationship between, and benefits of, Pilates for dancers.

Mel joins Dance Habit with years of experience in dance and Pilates teaching, choreography, and educational research. With a particular focus on safety in body alignment and overall health and well being, Mel’s students reap the rewards.

Lisa-Marie Brayshaw, Tap/Jazz/TechniqueLisa Marie

  • Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management
  • Lisa Howell’s Level 1 Dance Teacher & Therapist Training
  • Diploma in Fitness (Registered Fitness Professional with Fitness Australia)
  • Affiliated Professional of Body Positive Fitness Alliance
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Lisa-Marie has always had a love of sound and movement. At six years old, she started Tap dance classes, making her first stage debut as a Christmas tree – ask her to show you jingle bell rock and, guaranteed, she still remembers the steps! Working her way through the prestigious I.S.T.D syllabus in Tap, Modern Jazz and Ballet, Lisa continued her dance education at the University of Auckland. She is proud to have been part of the first graduating class for the Bachelor of Performing Arts (Dance Major).

Following graduation, Lisa ran her own business in New Zealand, taking dance to primary schools around Auckland and incorporating the newly added dance scope into everyday education. With a passion for teaching and health and fitness (she is also a fully qualified personal trainer), Lisa’s classes are high energy and results-driven with a focus on fun!

Holly Hudson, Ballet/Performance Group/Pilates/Private LessonsHolly

  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR
  • Certified Barre Attack Instructor
  • Certified Mat and Reformer Pilates Instructor

Holly has been dancing since the age of eight, studying Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Latin. Working professionally singing and dancing at corporate events, Holly began teaching at the age of 16. She is a talented dancer and a fantastic teacher with a natural ability to draw out the best in students of all ages.

Holly joined the Dance Habit team in 2013, teaching Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. More recently she has taken on the role of managing our Academy and Performance groups and she has a special talent for drawing the best out of every dancer whilst keeping dance fun.

As a technical dancer, she has also recently taken on the role of private lessons for students wishing to improve their technique and fast track their progress. If you are interested in private lessons with Holly, please contact us to discuss student eligibility.

 Tamsin McLindenTamsin McLinden, Ballet/Contemporary/Rhythm Works

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)
  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification
  • Certificate II in Dance
  • Currently working toward Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Tamsin completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts (graduate of 2014). Prior to this, she also completed a Certificate II in Dance at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. During 2017 and 2018 Tamsin will complete her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management at Transit Dance.

Tamsin specialises in teaching Contemporary Dance and Classical Ballet to all age groups. Tamsin is now certified to teach Dance to children with individual learning needs, such as Down Syndrome, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders through the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Platform. Tamsin was the first teacher in Australia to complete this certification in early 2017 and we are so excited to add these classes to our timetable!

Tamsin is passionate about helping all children and adults to become creative, intelligent and safe movers and most of all to discover the absolute joy of dance.

Cassie Miller, Preschool/Ballet/Jazz/Hip Hop/Acro

  • Currently working toward Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • Acrobatique Teacher in training
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Cassie was born and raised in Perth and started dancing at the age of four, training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and Tap. When Cassie was 12, she began assisting in classes at her dance school, where she discovered a passion for teaching.

In 2010, Cassie, moved to Melbourne to pursue her career as a professional dancer and to gain more experience, first studying and graduating from Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance (MoD) two year full-time course. During her time at MoD, Cassie was trained by some of Australia’s best choreographers.

In 2013, Cassie moved to the UK to train at Pineapple Dance Studios in Convent Garden and Rare Dance Studios in Liverpool. Shortly after, Cassie was offered a contract to perform on the Island Princess cruise ship. The Island Princess became Cassie’s home for the next eight months as she performed two production shows a night in all styles of dance.

In 2014, Cassie moved back home to Perth to share her knowledge and teach at several dance and high schools. Cassie settled back in Melbourne in 2015 and performed in Stage Art Saturday Night Fever. Cassie is enjoying her role as a teacher as she shares her knowledge, experience and love of dance with students from ages two to adults. Her aim is for all students to leave the studio feeling good about themselves, having learnt something new.

Monica (Mon) Diaz, Ballet/Jazz

  • ISVP Broadway Dance Centre
  • Currently working toward Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy
  • Bachelor of Communication, Advertising & Public Relations
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Monica was born and raised in the Canary Islands (Spain). She started as a rhythmic gymnast at the age of four but in an attempt to improve her technique, discovered Ballet and Jazz classes. She says she “fell in love with the art form, so left the sport”.

At the age of 16, Monica started her own Hip Hop classes, which was her first taste of teaching. After six years in Madrid studying, learning and performing in a touring musical, Monica relocated to New York in 2013 to enrol in full time dance studies at Broadway Dance Center. During her studies, Monica had the opportunity to perform twice in the TV show Good Morning America and work as a model for a dancewear brand.

Back home, overwhelmed with inspiration and all the things she had learned, Monica felt the urge to share and discovered she was a teacher inside. This let to her developing a three-day workshop at her very first dance school – she hasn’t stopped teaching since, both at home and further abroad.

Still to this day, whenever she sets foot on her hometown, Monica finds the time to teach at her first dance school, as she strongly believes in the importance of giving back as well as the value of sharing and being a part of people’s development and growth. Now based in Melbourne, we are thrilled to welcome Monica to our team!

Payge O’Shea, Preschool/Rhythm Works

  • Diploma in Dance – Elite Performance
  • Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management
  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

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 2016, she was awarded the Dedication and Development Award for first year at Transit Dance.  In 2017, she completed her studies at Transit and now holds a Diploma in Dance – Elite Performance as well as a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.

Payge has been involved in many local theatre productions, performing as a dancer, actor and singer. This led to opportunities choreographing for productions, which sparked an interest to further her dance and teaching career. She is passionate about teaching dance to all ages, capabilities and strengths and is eager to pass her knowledge on to future generations. She also recently completed her Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification.

In 2017, Payge began teaching a Preschool Dance Program called Ready, Set, Dance for ages 2-5. It was during this time that she discovered a passion for working with the Preschool age group. We are so excited to welcome Payge to our team in 2018 to work with our Preschoolers and Rhythm Works students.

Talia Barrett, Reception

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Working with Children Check / First Aid / CPR

Talia grew up in NSW, dancing both at home, choreographing routines for herself and her best friend, and in formal classes (Tap, Jazz and Modern) from ages 3-15. For Talia, dance has always been an enjoyable form of self-expression as well as an opportunity to challenge yourself in a safe and supportive environment, to make new friends and to have fun.

These days Talia is a social worker by day, running therapeutic creative arts groups with children and young people who have experienced trauma. By night, Talia is an adult student at Dance Habit, enjoying a number of different dance styles. Talia has a particular love for Tap dancing.

Talia loves and values being part of the Dance Habit community, having found DH to be a supportive and fun home away from home. Talia enjoys spending time in the office on Saturdays, meeting all the dancers and their families and is always up for a chat or a check-in.

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