Director / Principal Ballet Lecturer
Founder and director of Melbourne Studio of Ballet, Luanne Hyson has been teaching ballet with knowledge and enthusiasm for more than 10 years at schools around Melbourne. Luanne received scholorships to several prestigious professional schools including The School of American Ballet in New York and went on to dance for many years in Europe and her hometown of Melbourne. Luanne holds a Postgraduate degree in Classical Ballet Teaching from the Victorian College of Arts / University of Melbourne and completed Teaching Training from the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Luanne is also the founder, artistic director, practising choreographer and dancer of independent professional company Dancebourne Arts.
Senior Ballet/Contemporary Dance Lecturer & Examiner
Geraldine began her dance training at the age of six studying at the Victorian College of the Arts, Australian Ballet School and the West Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts completing a Bachelor in Performing Arts. Geraldine has danced and choreographed extensively with the West Australian Ballet Company, One Extra Dance Theatre Company in Sydney and later with the Dance Company of Cologne, Germany. Geraldine's teaching and choreography skills were recognised when she was appointed as a lecturer in modern dance and choreography at Cologne’s school of Dance and Music. Upon her return to Australia in Geraldine enjoys choreographing, teaching and coaching aspiring young dancers.
Ariane Quellier Donatella
Senior Ballet & Character Lecturer
Ariane was born in Paris, and trained as a dancer and ballet teacher. She began her studies at 8 years old at l'Opéra de Paris.
For the past 25 years, Ariane has been teaching classical ballet and folklore character dance for beginner to advanced students in France and Italy. Ariane has choreographed for her own dance company “Baccara”, travelling and peforming extensively throughout Europe, Canada and South Korea as a classical ballet dancer.
Ariane moved to Melbourne several years ago, lives with her Australian husband and enjoys teaching and bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to the local students here in Melbourne.
Sara Di Segna
Contemporary Dance Lecturer
Sara is a contemporary dancer and performance maker focused on creating new works in collaboration with artists and creators from multiple disciplines. Originally from Italy, she began her studies at the National Dance Academy in Rome and received a scholarship from the Duncan 3.0 Formative Centre, where she completed the biennium of Professional Improvement in Contemporary Dance and Performative Arts.
Sara's early career focused on Contemporary dance and improvisation technique. Having worked extensively in Europe she moved to Melbourne in 2014, where she became a founding member and dance curator for the Independent Theatre Company InHelvetica. Between 2017 and 2018 Sara produced her first original works, which were sucessfully presented at Theater and Dance Festivals.
Sara has worked independently as a dance performer in Melbourne and regional projects with many influential choreographers.
As a dance teacher, Sara's style combines a love of imagination and playfulness with a deep appreciation of assisting others to find their artistic expression.
Recognising her attributes and experience, it is with pleasure that Sara has been engaged as a contemporary teacher with Melbourne Studio of Ballet school and dancer for Dancebourne Arts’ upcoming programmes scheduled in 2020.
Ballet Lecturer & Examiner
Former member of many ballet companies in Europe, for the past 9 years Chiara Ferri has been teaching classical ballet to students of all ages in New Zealand and Australia. Her experience includes Ballet Mistress for the Royal New Zealand Ballet and most recently as Ballet Lecturer at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, teaching the Classical Ballet Training and Assessment Program, Full Time and Part Time courses based on Vaganova Method. Chiara is the assistant director and a leading dancer of Dancebourne Arts.