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 or goals. Here, not only will you form some great habits, but you will also make some wonderful friendships along the way. Trust us, we know!


Megan Jessop, Director

  • Megan dance habit directorBachelor of Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Diploma in Dance Teaching & Management
  • 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

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 JamesMel

  • 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 Lisa 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 Holly

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. In 2015, Holly will launch Barre Attack classes.

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.


Michelle Brown Michelle Brown

Michelle has been dancing for 30 years and studied Ballet, Jazz and Tap before discovering a love for Contemporary dance in her teens. Growing up in Tasmania, Michelle was lucky enough to be part of a thriving arts scene that enabled her to develop her dance skills while working with some of Tasmania’s best dance artists. Michelle moved to Melbourne in 2004 to obtain her Bachelor of Contemporary Arts in Dance at Deakin before taking a break to have children. Returning to dance and beginning her teaching career has been Michelle’s most rewarding career decision. As a passionate believer in the arts and the importance of expression through movement, Michelle takes her role of introducing little people to the joy of dance very seriously. She believes everyone should have a chance to dance in a safe, encouraging environment, and her warm nature puts even the shyest students at ease. As a mum to two small girls, Michelle is extremely invested in the idea that dance is not just about looking pretty in a tutu; it is about confidence, expression and strength! With a focus on skills and results, Michelle takes an interest in every student as an individual and is a perfect fit for the team at Dance Habit.


Emma Scott Emma S

Originally from Tasmania, Emma is trained in RAD Ballet, completing examinations up to Advanced Foundation. Before moving to Melbourne, she was a member of Tasdance (Contemporary Dance Company) participating in their 2011 tour. Emma trained full time at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance (MoD) studying Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Commercial Jazz and acting. During her training, she received a Cert IV in Dance and a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance). While at MoD, Emma performed professionally, including in a music video. She took the opportunity to work with children from The King and I (Musical) and also MoD’s tiny tot classes. Teaching is a passion of Emma’s and she is committed to continually developing her skills through ongoing training, workshops and regular teaching in studios and schools. Her love of working with children has also landed her work as a children’s entertainer. We are happy to have welcomed Emma to the Dance Habit team in 2015 and it is evident that she loves passing on her passion for dance and watching her students’ flourish. Emma is also one of our birthday party hosts.


 Tamsin McLindenTamsin McLinden

  • 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 

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  • Currently working toward Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management

Cassie Miller 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.

In 2010, Cassie, moved to Melbourne to pursue her career as a professional dancer, 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, which led to being involved in many corporate and commercial shows across Melbourne and interstate.

In 2013, Cassie moved to the UK to train at Pineapple Dance Studios in Convent Garden and Rare Dance Studios in Liverpool. She then travelled through Europe taking many different classes and workshops.

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 aspects of dance. Now settled back in Melbourne, Cassie has just finished performing in Stage Art Saturday Night Fever and is enjoying her role as a teacher as she shares her knowledge, experience and love of dance with students from age two to adults!

 

 

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