Principal Teachers

Bev Palmer

 Ask Bev and she will tell you that being a performer is all she has ever known.  From a very young age, Bev was introduced to the performing arts by her mother and although times were tough for her family, Bev’s mother was keen for her to embrace dancing, elocution, singing and piano lessons.  At three years old, Bev was sent off to perform as a singer on radio variety shows while her mother stayed home to listen.  Through her school years, Bev continued to take performance lessons and perform wherever there was an opportunity such as pantomimes at the Princess Theatre.  Her love and passion for performance grew steadily over those years.

At the age of 15 Bev auditioned for and was accepted into the Tivoli Ballet. Over the next four years Bev danced in the Tivoli Theatre productions alongside Australian and international stars like Winifred Atwell, Sabrina and Shirley Bassey. Following her time at Tivoli, Bev performed for in the highly respected floor show of the elegant Chevron Hotel working 7 nights a week.  Bev was also in high demand as a singer/dancer at top hotels across Melbourne, Sydney and Surfers Paradise. In her early 20s Bev opened her own dance school with just a handful of students.  Since then Bev has spent countless hours over many years teaching private and group dance lessons, choreographing dance routines, preparing children for competitions and staging concerts. Many performers seen on Australian stages have developed their craft under Bev’s instruction and guidance and some have gone on to perform internationally in shows such as Annie, Mary Poppins, We Will Rock You, Chicago, Legally Blonde etc. Bev is also a well respected competition adjudicator.  Her keen eye and extensive knowledge across all dance styles has made her a popular choice by competition organisers across Australia for many years. Bev continues to produce new talent for the performing arts industry.  Recent past students have been accepted into highly competitive performing arts courses at NIDA, WAAPA and Ballarat University and others have been performing in Australia and international musical theatre and television. With the school now in its 53rd year Bev now looks forward to the ability to cater to a wider range of student needs with the launch of Bev Palmer Performing Arts.

Karen Edwards

 It was in the blood when at the age of 2, Karen was in her element performing ballet positions on the family’s kitchen table. Karen trained at The Bev Palmer Dancers under the watchful eye of mum (Bev) in all dance styles including classical ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre.  Karen has also trained and worked with choreographers such as Tony Bartuccio, Jillian FitzGerald, Ross Coleman, David Atkins, Barbara Warren Smith and many others.

Following her training, Karen took to the professional stage and made a living as a singer/dancer for the 13 years beginning as a singer/dancer at Rembrandts Theatre restaurant.  Following this Karen established a successful television career as a regular dancer at Channel Nine on such shows as: The Don Lane Show, Hey Hey Its Saturday, The Bert Newton show, The Ernie Sigley show and the Mike Walsh show.  Along with the stars of these shows, Karen worked alongside notable performers including: John Farnham, Ricky May, Olivia Newton John, Chelsea Brown , Kerrie-anne Kennerly, Skyhooks, Kylie and Danni Minogue, Jon English to name just a few.Karen’s television credits also include performances on: Australian Film Awards, Australia Day Live Concerts, The Logie Awards,
Countdown and several television series.Following her successful performing career, Karen turned her attention to teaching alongside Bev at the Bev Palmer Dancers and brought with her a contemporary outlook to complement the traditional styles within the school.  Karen’s cutting edge choreography, attention to detail and strong production values are highly respected across Melbourne’s dance industry.Karen has choreographed and produced fashion parades for Prodigee Children’s Fashion and Designer Kidz for over 15 years. She currently choreographs and provides children for fashion parades for Westfield Shopping Centres all over Melbourne.With over 30 years as a performer and teacher in the entertainment industry, Karen now embraces the start of a new era with the evolution of the Bev Palmer Dancers into Bev Palmer Performing Arts.

Nathan Pinnell

Nathan began performing at the age of 4 in all facets of dance, training with the Bev Palmer Dancers, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and various singing and drama coaches.

Nathan is an award-winning performer with a career spanning over two decades. His professional career began at the age of 9 in two Opera Australia productions, Falstaff and Manon Lescaut. As a young boy he also appeared in numerous television commercials such as Sea Monkey’s, Australia Post and Meadow Lea. Nathan has been involved in Melbourne Fashion Week, re-opened Hamer Hall Arts Centre, performed for the Prime Minister at Australia House in London and took part in launching for Mercedes Benz.

His theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain (Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Production Tenor and Dialect Coach), Hugh Jackman: Broadway To Oz (Dance Captain/Featured Ensemble), Anything Goes (Dance Captain/Swing/Cover: Billy Crocker), Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom: The Musical as Liam Lamb (Understudied and performed Ken Railings, Nathan Starkey and Clarry Welch), Legally Blonde as Carlos (Savoy, West End), West Side Story as Baby John, Chicago: The Musical for which he received a Green Room Award (Cover: Mary Sunshine), Dusty: The Original Pop Diva as Young Tom, We Will Rock You (Ensemble and Swing), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, High School Musical (Cover: Jack Scott/Ryan Evans), Eurobeat: Almost Eurovision and Rhythm and Runners (Melbourne Fringe Festival).

For the Production Company: Gypsy (Tulsa), receiving Best Supporting Actor for the Theatre People Pro Choice Awards, Promises Promises, 42nd Street, Sweet Charity and The Music Man.

Television credits include: It Takes Two, Blue Heelers, So You Think You Can Dance, The Footy Show, Australia’s Most Wanted, Wicked Science, The Morning Show, Morning’s with Kerrie Anne and Sunrise. Nathan was also Assistant Choreographer for Caroline O’Connor and Strictly Sydney Mardi Gras Finale Float 2014.

Nathan has been teaching and choreographing for various full time courses and dance studios for the last 15 years. He is renowned for his progressive work as a passionate performer, teacher and artist within the industry and continues to create and work with the worlds finest.

 

Nica Lee

Nica Lee was Russian ballet trained at the Legat School in England. On graduation, she was awarded a scholarship to study in Lausanne, Switzerland at the Ecole de Danse Simone Suter. She has extensive experience as a solo artist with a number of international companies including Le Ballet de Wallonie in Belgium, London City Ballet, The Royal Opera Ballet in England, and the Tokyo Ballet Company. Nica Lee is the Classical Lecturer at Dance World Studios in South Melbourne, she is a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Ballet Teachers

Eliza Edwards

Eliza made her first debut at the tender age of 2 weeks when her mum carried her on stage at the National Theatre .Since then the stage has become her second home. Third generation Triple Threat Eliza has done many shows and productions over her short life time. She has performed in shows with many people such as Ricky-Lee, Danni Minogue, Cathy Freeman, and Lillian Frank. She played the little sister in the movie Sweet Thing, has worked in many fashion shows with choreographers such as Alana Scanlan,Tracey Morley, Leanne Cherny and Andrew Hallsworth at the Regent Theatre, The Princess Theatre ,Crown Pladium,the Comedy Theatre, The Docklands and The Australian Open Tennis. Eliza was a back up dancer in the Grand finale of Australia’s got Talent Channel 7. Eliza’s choreography and her passion to teach is evident in her students training. Eliza now continues her journey studying fulltime a Diploma in Musical Theatre.

Claire Thompson

Claire has been dancing since the age of 3 studying all forms of dance at Bev Palmer Dancers including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, musical theatre. Also including Singing and Acrobatics Claire continued training at Patrick Studios Australia in an Elite performing arts course. Then went on to complete her professional Full Time dance training for 2 years with PSA. At the age of 9 Claire’s musical theatre debut was with the professional production the ‘Wizard of Oz’ and then straight on to the Melbourne season of Cameron mackintosh’s production of OLIVER! Claire has been apart of many Fashion parades, such as “LOreal Fashion Week” “Bonds” Alannah Hill and many more. In recent years Claire was a dancer in the productions of “Boy From Oz” , “Kismet” and the international production of “Le Grand Cirque”. Claire has also been an assistant for “COSENTINO the Grand illusionist”

Specialty Teachers

Peter Sette

Peter Sette began performing in the year 2000 in high school productions, through video clips and growing up with an interest in hip hop Peter began to apply his talents through the element of bboying (breakdancing) and other forms of street dances. Starting regular lessons in the year 2003 with various artists of the wicked force breakers intensified his training and ambition in bboying through a lot of inspiration. In 2005 Peter began to learn other forms of hip hop dance but continued his bboying as his number one form of dance. In 2006 he began competing in various break-dance and hip hop competitions based in Victoria which had later opened been a learning curve in his career After finishing high school Peter Sette decided to become a full time dancer, Teaching and performing for various dance companies. After training with the crew Notourious Delinkwents peter became apart of the crew in early 2007. Peter has been employed part time with Indigenous Hip Hop Projects since May 2008 and has been a strong role model for many young Indigenous youth around Australia. After qualifying Peter will be representing Victoria later this year in the Austral- Asian break-dance championships (I’m on a rampage). Peter is currently doing his full time course at the edge school of performing arts centre

Ashlee Noble

Ashlee has trained in jazz, tap, ballet and acrobatics at the Bev Palmer Dancers since the age of 4. At 12 she garnered her first professional role in the production of Annie at the Regent Theatre in 2001, directed by Martin Charnin. She graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2010 completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Music Theatre. Her WAAPA credits include playing Amy in Company; Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Charity and Dance Captain in Anything Goes and the Little Boy in Ragtime. She also won the WAAPA Finley Award, which is awarded to a 3rd year student who took most advantage of the course. Ashlee also completed her Diploma of Education in Primary teaching in 2013 and is now a qualified primary school teacher. Most recently she toured the Middle East, South Africa and Australia performing in Life Like Touring’s production of Warner Brothers Scooby Doo Live Musical Mysteries, where she played the role of Velma. Ashlee has been teaching all styles of dance and music theatre for 9 years. She has just returned from living, performing and teaching in London and is excited to be a part of the teaching staff at BPPA.

Daniel Camilleri

Since the age of 4 Daniel started training at the Johnny Young Performing Talent School Mill Park. He then moved onto further his training at the Bev Palmer dancers and Ministry of Dance. Daniel graduated from Patrick Studios Australia where he successfully completed his certificate IV in performing Arts, gaining skill in a variety of styles including music theatre, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap ballet acting and singing. Daniel has worked as a dancer for Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Delta Goodrem & Cassie Davis performing at the Nickelodeon 2009 Kids Choice awards. Daniel has also appeared on the Hey Hey Its Saturday show performing alongside Australian`s pop music singer Zoe Badwi. Recently he appeared in the Production company’s musical ‘Kismet’, performed with Caroline O Conner, ‘’LÒreal Fashion Week’’, ‘’Fame Ultimate High School Musical Commercial’’ .

Steven Grace

Steven is an award-winning performer who has choreographed for artists such as Caroline O’Connor, Julio Iglesias and Dancing With The Stars Australia. Theatre-West End: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Assistant Dance Captain),‘Chicago’- Cover Billy Flynn & Amos Hart. Australia: Barry Humphries farewell tour ‘Eat Pray, Laugh’,‘Chicago’ (Assistant Dance Captain) Aaron, then Fred Casely (Green Room Award), ‘The Boy From Oz’, ‘Promises, Promises’ (TPC), Dein Perry’s ‘Steel City’ (Radio City Music Hall), ‘Fame’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Film: Strictly Ballroom (Luke), Moulin Rouge (Lead Tango Dancer) International music artists include Kylie Minogue, Cliff Richard, Elton John, Geri Halliwell, Dannii Minogue, Tina Arena, Take That, Sam Sparro and Michael Bublé. Workshops and upcoming productions; King Kong and Strictly Ballroom the musical. Steven continues to work extensively around the world in the entertainment industry.

Samantha Dashwood

Sam started dancing at the age of three and went on to train in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance styles in her hometown in Queensland. In her final years of high school, Sam commenced an elite training course in ballet and contemporary with heavy focus on technique development and performance skills. Following this, Sam made the move to Melbourne to train full time at Ministry of Dance before commencing her Bachelor studies in dance & education at the QUT. Performance credits span commercial, corporate and contemporary works including Neighbours (Channel 10), Ausdance Bell Tower Series, Zeta Dance & many more.  Sam has a strong focus on education within the dance industry. She spent three years as the manager within a full time dance program, delivering high-calibre training and qualifications, preparing dancers for the professional industry. Through teaching young dancers, Sam hopes to instil in them a passion for dance. a confidence in themselves and an appreciation of the performing arts through nurturing, discipline and an understanding of movement in the body. 

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Brock and Siobhan – Malvern Central Fashion Parade.

Chloe – Jazz Solo

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Brock and Siobhan – Malvern Central Fashion Parade.

Chloe – Jazz Solo