Caroline White is the principal/director/owner of Two Shoes Dance Academy. She is a professionally trained and accomplished dancer who entered the world of full time dancing when she was only 15. She spent one-year training at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet with Christine Walsh and later joined the Australian International School of Coaching with Brian Nolan.
Caroline has trained and taught nearly all dance syllabuses available in Australia including Vaganova, Cecchetti, ISTD and SFD and successfully completed the RAD syllabus to an advanced level. Her exceptional dancing abilities earned her a full scholarship to VCASS (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School). While training at VCASS as a full time dancer, she simultaneously completed her VCE academic studies. After VCASS, Caroline pursued her second love, studying Fashion Design & Technology for three-years full time.
While in Year 11 at VCASS, she decided to share her love, knowledge and skills and began teaching dancing as a profession. It has been over 20 years since Caroline began dancing and 10 of these have been spent training dance students of all ages, in all styles, all over Melbourne and regional Victoria.
Caroline has worked with leading Australian choreographers and has a wealth of dancing and teaching experience. She has also worked as a model in Melbourne and Sydney featuring in international fashion magazines. Caroline appeared on popular TV shows and commercials including Australia’s Got Talent, the Singing Bee, RUSH and Satisfaction. She was delighted to open Two Shoes Dance Academy in 2013 and coming into it’s sixth year, the academy is doing exceptionally well.
Georgia Johnson’s love for the performing arts began 17 years ago at Dance Station, a small country dance school in central Victoria. Here, she trained under Two Shoes Dance Academy director, Caroline White and Dance Station director, Natalie Philippe. Since then, she has had extensive training across a wide variety of dance styles also including acrobatics, cheerleading and various aerial circus arts.
In 2016, Georgia completed her full time training at Kelly Aykers’ Full Time Dance and now holds a Certificate IV in Dance. She completed VCE at Assumption College in 2011, where she was awarded the highest achiever in VCE Dance. Since 2013, she has cheered for the Atomic Allstars and the Latrobe University cheer squad, winning state and national titles and holds her level 1/2 cheerleading coach credentials from AASCF. Georgia is currently competing on Latrobe University’s Level 5/6 Coed Cheerleading Team, training assorted aerial arts with NICA and is set to complete her Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Anatomy & Physiology at Latrobe University this year.
Georgia has taught at numerous schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria, across a wide range of styles, specialising particularly in Acrobatics. She has been teaching casually at TSDA since it’s opening, and in 2017 is delighted to have taken a role in the company as assistant director and coordinator of the acrobatics program.
Julia has danced since the age of six, commencing her dance training at the Progress Theatre in Coburg. Since then, Julia has attended various Melbourne dance schools such as Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, Dance Partners and Ballet Theatre of Australia; studying predominately Classical Ballet, in addition to Contemporary, Jazz, Pilates and Vocals.
Having studied the RAD and Cecchetti ballet syllabuses, Julia has successfully completed advanced level exams in both programs. She completed the Cecchetti Intermediate exam in 2010, her RAD grade 8 in 2013 and is continuing work on the higher RAD vocational grades currently.
During her time at the University High School, Julia performed leading, dance and chorus roles in musicals such as Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes, the Boyfriend, the Hot Mikado and Tribute.
She was awarded the 2013 Performing Arts Award at the University High School for her achievements in dance, music and drama.
Julia is currently studying Piano and Music Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, whilst private tutoring piano from home and teaching dance and singing at Two Shoes Dance Academy. Working with pre school aged children.
Natalie Philippe was Chechetti trained and received her full time training from Dance World and Dance Factory. She established Dance Station in Romsey, Kilmore and Wandong in 2001 and was the principal/director at the school until 2015. Many of her students have gone on to professional full time training courses including VCASS, The Edge, Kelly Aykers, Melbourne City Ballet and Transit Dance. She is Southern Federation of Dance accredited in jazz, tap and ballet. In 2010, Natalie was awarded the Young Business Person of the Year within the Macedon Ranges for recognition and contribution to the arts. Currently, Natalie is teaching at TSDA and Pas De Duex and whilst studying Law full time.
Alicia Melilli studied dance and drama under Alsa Lewis and completed VCE Dance and Drama at Eltham Secondary College. Alicia trained as a ballroom dancer at Diamond Creek Dance Centre. Also as an artistic roller skater from the age of three years onwards. She is a qualified make up artist, hairdresser, beauty therapist and aroma therapist and has been a troupe leader at Cub Scouts. Alicia has her certificate 4 in retail management and has state managed retail stores. This is her fifth year working in many roles including teacher, choreographer, accounts and administration and currently in the wardrobe department at Two Shoes Dance Academy.
“My passion is to see new generations of dancers fall in love with this beautiful art form like I did. The children inspire me to teach, they have brilliant minds and it’s so rewarding to watch them learn and grow under your influence. Seeing their excitement when they learn a new skill and how proud they are of themselves really warms my heart when they achieve their goals. I think we all hope to make a difference in every little dancer’s life.”
At Two Shoes Dance Academy, we promise a boutique dance experience with high quality instruction. With small class sizes, students receive the individual attention and nurturing they require to reach their full potential. The Two Shoes Dance Team are highly qualified and experienced, industry leading professionals; our classes follow a curriculum which has been thoroughly constructed by the studio director, VCASS alumni, Caroline White. Much consideration has been taken for student and teacher interaction and working together in pursuit for levels excellence. In a studio that supports all dancers in a very safe environment; everybody is welcomed warmly into our performing arts community.
About: Our Philosophy
Our school’s philosophy emphasises learning at a comfortable pace to build strong foundations of knowledge and practice. The discipline of dance has many positive and wonderful benefits; it offers skills which can be taken into student’s everyday lives. The outcomes attained are truly remarkable. Two Shoes Dance Academy students receive exceptional results in both competitions and examinations. They have also gone on to positions within full time dance courses under our tuition and guidance. We are international school with locations in both the Northern suburbs of Melbourne and in Nagoya Japan.