Hayley is the owner and Principal of Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio, having recently taken over from founder, Donna Mellis.
Born and raised in Bacchus Marsh, Hayley began dancing at Bacchus Marsh Dance Studio at the age of 4, instantly falling in love with dancing and performing. Throughout her 20 years at BMDS, Hayley has been trained in a variety of dance styles, such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Hayley has completed her Advanced Examination Certificates in both Ballet and Tap (British Ballet Organisation syllabus).
Currently in her seventh year of teaching dance, Hayley is also studying her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management.
Having completed her Bachelor of Education in 2013, Hayley believes her experience teaching students in Primary and Secondary schools is invaluable to her dance teaching. She often finds that her performing arts teaching in a school setting and her dance teaching at the studio are complementary, with the knowledge and experience gained from each being useful to the other.
Hayley’s hope is to allow all students access to the love of dance that she has been so fortunate to experience.