Introducing our Director of Dance Kate Owens
Kate has been dancing since the age of four, completing years of studying the British Ballet Organisation syllabus in all forms of dance. Her early years were spent at D.J.M. Dance Academy and Johnny Young Talent School. She was a Cheerleader for Craigieburn Eagles and Broadmeadows Broncos basketball teams. At the completion of Year 12, (V.C.E. dance saw Kate at Dance Factory training under Yvette Lee), Kate auditioned and was accepted into Deakin University, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Dance and Drama (recognised world wide). Her results gained her entry into the Golden Key Honour Society – where students have to attain results in the top 10% during the course of their degree. After three years at University, she dedicated herself to more full time dance for 12 months with Tony Bartuccio Dance and Promotion Centre, training under the instruction of many well known choreographers such as Alana Scanlan, Sue-Ellen Cocks and Dana Jolly. She graduated with a certificate in Theatrical Dance, Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre and was given a teaching position with Tony Bartuccio. She also taught at Melbourne Dance Exchange for 3 years. In total, she has been teaching dance for over 20 years.
Kate has worked on promotions for the Car Exhibition and Citylink and has performed at The Melbourne Exhibition Centre, World Congress Centre, MCG, The National Theatre, The Malthouse Theatre as well at Mirador, Labruzzo Club and La Mirage Reception Centres as a cabaret dancer. She has also helped ‘behind the scenes’ for productions at the Comedy and Princess Theatres. Kate added to her training many years of singing tuition with Liana Scali. She has performed in amateur theatre with Plenty Ranges Theatre Company and Barbirra’s Theatre Company where she was appointed Dance Captain for the production of ‘Camelot’. Recent performances have seen her as a choreographer and back-up dancer for the Drop Bears.
Kate is also the Director of Dance at Kilmore Dance-Little Leaps and has recently been accepted as a member of the ATOD – Australian Teachers of Dance.
Introducing our Director of Business Administration Sally Walton
Sally, with her wealth of previous experience as a P.A. to a leading plastic surgeon, revels in the very demanding administration role at DanceXclusive. With her pleasant demeanour and “front of house” position, she welcomes all students and parents into the DanceXclusive family.
She began doing Calisthenics at the age of two and spent 26 years with the Raieburn Calisthenics Club in Craigieburn. Sally joined the Johnny Young Talent School at eleven years of age and performed in many shows/events around Melbourne including the Myer Music Bowl, The MCG, Olympic Park, and The World Congress Centre. Then in 1992, Sally toured the United States of America with The Johnny Young Talent School performing at Disneyland in Anaheim and Hawaii. She has had experience with the Plenty Ranges Theatre Company and performed in their musical ‘Gypsy’ in 2002. Sally has had over 10 years of private singing tuition under the guidance of professional coach Liana Scali and entered and won many competitions around Melbourne. Sally also was a Cheerleader for the Broadmeadows Bronco basketball team alongside Kate.
Apart from DanceXclusive, Sally is currently the Practice Manager for Stepping Stones Medical Centre in Kilmore and is a mother of two young children.
With their years of performance knowledge, Sally and Kate are a dynamic team. They are life long friends from kindergarten where they both had a dream of one day having their own dancing school!