About Us

About Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio

Founded in 1984 by Donna Mellis-Morrison, Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio is one of the oldest performing arts schools still running in the town today. Having danced at BMDS with Donna for almost 20 years, Hayley Inglis was able to make her dream a reality in 2016, purchasing the dance school and taking on the position of Principal. With Donna still teaching at BMDS and offering her ongoing expertise, the school aims to maintain its traditional goals of delivering exceptional dance training and providing a variety of opportunities for students to flourish as individuals.

Our key aims are to assist all individuals in developing confidence, harnessing creativity, enhancing fitness and creating friendships that will last a lifetime. With teaching staff that have a breadth of experience, both performing and teaching dance, it is our ambition to provide students with high quality dance training in an environment that offers the perfect combination of structure and FUN!

We offer classes in a range of styles for everyone from 2 years of age to adult, catering for all abilities.

Our History



Grand Opening

The studio was first opened in 1984 by Donna Mellis, in a local church hall in Bacchus Marsh.

Trusted by the Bacchus Marsh Community for over Three Decades

Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, the dance school prospered and Donna built a new school in 1996 at the current site in Gisborne Road, Bacchus Marsh

ballet dancers


Inter Jazz dance group


BMDS Purchased by Hayley Inglis

Hayley, a long term student at Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio had the opportunity to purchase the school from Donna, and did so in 2016.

Now in her fourth year of running the school, the Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio continues to grow from strength to strength.

Some of the opportunities offered to all students at BMDS include:

– Performing at our annual mid-year Cabaret

– Performing at our annual end of year Concert

– Competition classes and performances

– Dance examinations

– Workshops with guest teachers

– Interstate and International dance holidays

All opportunities provided by BMDS are optional for students – your level of commitment and involvement in dance is completely up to you!

Dance Styles

We teach a variety of dance styles at our studio, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary and Acrodancer


Our fees are very reasonable and flexible and allow you to have yourself and your kids enrolled if you want to! Free class available.

Start your free trial today!

All prospective students are welcome to come along and see if our classes are what they are looking for prior to enrolment.

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