Peninsula Ballet Ensemble (PBE) is an incorporated, non-profit performing arts school located on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula with studios in Somerville and Hastings.

The school is staffed by a team of highly qualified and talented teachers who all have extensive dancing and performance experience and is managed by a volunteer Committee of Management.

Our Teachers

Sharyn Peters is a Vaganova Russian trained ballerina who has studied with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Cecchetti Ballet Australia. Sharyn's professional career highlights include touring nationally and internationally with West Australian Ballet, Queensland Ballet, Australian Opera, Australian Contemporary Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and The Tasmanian Ballet Company.

Sharyn is a full member of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited (ATOD) and is an International Dance Teachers Association and Cecchetti Ballet Australia Licentiate. She also owned a dance studio for over 20 years before joining Peninsula Ballet Ensemble.

Lisa Cullinane started dancing at the age of 5 at the May Downs School of Dance in Melbourne. She has trained in all forms of dance including tap, jazz, ballet and neo-classical and has competed in many dance competitions including Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal South Street annual Eisteddfod in Ballarat and has performed in various pantomimes and theatrical shows.

Lisa has been teaching dance for 25 years at various dance schools throughout Melbourne. She is a current financial member of the Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and has taught this syllabus since 1997.

Teisha Cohen has studied dance with Cecchetti Ballet Australia and at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. She is a veteran of the competition dance circuit, winning countless awards, medals, trophies and championship titles.

Teisha is a registered Australian Teachers of Dancing Limited (ATOD) teacher and choreographs and teaches a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, neo-classical, contemporary and ballet.

Natalie Mayor has trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and tap and has successfully completed major exams at the highest level with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and Southern Federation of Dance.

Natalie has competed for over 10 years and won numerous competitions and championships and her highlights include dancing with the Kiev Ballet Company in a production of The Sleeping Beauty and winning the prestigious Victorian Ballet Teachers Workshop.

Emma Higgins has danced since she was 3 years old and has trained in all forms including ballet, jazz, tap, neo-classical and contemporary. She has studied with Cecchetti Ballet Australia and Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) and has succesfully completed major exams at the highest levels.

Emma's highlights include lead roles in PBE's productions of The Wizard of Oz and The Nutcracker and her passion is choreography with credits for school productions including Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls.

Demie Mayall is a dancer, performer, choreographer and guest teacher at PBE. Her professional highlights include character work for children's entertainment, choreography for The London Cheerleaders, U.K. and most recently she has performed with the contemporary Brazilian dance company, Soul Brazil.

Demie is a graduate of Patrick Studios Australia, having completed a full-time performing arts course and she teaches dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary and hip hop.

Our Management Committee

President - Fiona Cann

Vice President - Anita Andersen

Treasurer - Kim Mayor

Secretary - Louise Bugeira

General Committee - Tracey McGuigan, Sharyn Peters, Danielle Tennick, Lissa Butler

Peninsula Ballet Ensemble's Committee of Management meets monthly and can be contacted by phone on 0421 574 649.