Peninsula Ballet Ensemble (PBE) is a community performing arts school located in Somerville on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula.

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 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 dance schools throughout Melbourne. She is a 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 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.

Abbey Mitchell is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She has a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and has recently completed a Masters of Teaching.

Abbey has studied and taught dance, acrobatics, vocals and drama for over 12 years and her professional highlights include a number of collaborative dance and art projects including street dance and theatrical productions including The Alpha Show of Aladdin.

Our Management Committee

President - Fiona Cann

Vice President - Anita Andersen

Treasurer - Kim Mayor

Secretary - Tracey McGuigan

General Committee - Louise Bugeira, 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.