Maria Slape

Maria Slape

Studio Director & Founder

established 1988

Director of Mount Gambier, Millicent & Casterton

"what I enjoy most about teaching is watching a student grow in confidence and skill.  I have also been so fortunate to build lasting friendships with my students and their families.  It is so rewarding being a part of their dance journey"

Certificate 4 in Dance Training & Management Teachers Certificate of ATOD

Safeplace Training

Certificate in Safe Training

First Aid Certificate

Judging experience in Australia & New Zealand

Choreographer/Teacher of National Winning Soloists & Troupes

International Solo Awards

Nominated for Choreography Award with KAR America


junior ballet exams, competition classes, contemporary exams, and beginner jazz and ballet


Christina Jenkin

Senior CoOrdinator Ballet, Stretch and Conditioning, Acrobatics

Director of Naracoorte

Previous teaching experience in Warrnambool & Geelong

Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching & Management Teaching Certificate with ATOD

Advanced One Cecchetti Ballet 

First Aid Certificate

Nominated for 3 Consecutive Years - Choreography Award at GTB Nationals

Most Creative Choreography at FYD Finals 

Choreographer/Teacher of National Champion 

Judging Experience All Around Australia


intermediate & senior ballet exam classes, advanced acrobatics, stretch, conditioning, and open lyrical/contemporary team

Kaycee Rodda

Kaycee has a wonderful rapport with our dancers bringing a great mix of fun and learning to her classes. She is extremely popular with our younger children. Kaycee is a past MJ Dancer and has been teaching her own classes for three years now. She is organised, passionate, and loves the culture at the studio. Kaycee is currently studying her certificate 4 in dance teaching and management and has also acquired her first-aid certificate. 

Kaycee Rodda

Branch Teacher of Naracoorte, Millicent &

Mount Gambier

Teaches Recreational Monday Jazz Classes

In charge of our Mini MJ Program





Tiana Opie

Tiana has been a friendly face around MJ Dance Studio for 20 years and have taught classes for the past 8 years.

Bachelor of Education | Primary

Gymnastics SA Training



Under 15s and Under 10s Junior Acrobatics

Boys Technique


Mia Ballinger

“Having the opportunity to teach has been so rewarding for me, not only being able to spend time and get to know the younger members of the studio but also the personal growth I’ve gained from it as a dancer myself. I am forever grateful"

Mia has been dancing with MJ Dance Studio for twelve years now, Mia is proud to say the the studio is an influential and beneficial part of her life.

Under 7 Acrobatics
Under 12 Acrobatics
Under 10 Aerial Class


Anton Gabutina 

“It’s crazy how compelling a dancer can be when they dance from the heart"

Anton has been teaching hip hop classes at MJ Dance Studio for a year, dancing at MJ Dance for 2.5 years

Under 12 ATOD Level 6 Hip Hop
ATOD Level 3 Hip Hop
Hip Hop Fun Class alongside Espoir


Cassie Sullivan

“I love being a role model for the students and watching them grow as dancers” 


Currently Completing Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching & Management



Test 3 Ballet Exam


Olivia Hawthorne

“What I love most about teaching is develop a bond and trust with the dancers. Watching the students grow as dancers and individuals is so reqrarding and seeing their smile when they achieve their goals is just so worth it"

Olivia has been dancing at MJ Dance Studio for six years under the tuition of Maria and Chrissy. MJ Dance is her second family and is so grateful with how much opportunity she has had with her the at MJ Dance Studio.

Assistant Teacher for Advanced & Intermediate Acrobatics
Junior Stretch Class


Espoir Alpha

“Life is better when you dance”

Espoir not only loves dancing but the teaching aspect as well, he loves to watch the growth of the younger students of MJ Dance Studio!

Junior Hip Hop Beginner Class


Mikaela Johnston

“I have always had a great passion for dance and for pushing myself to be the best that I could be. Coaching allows me to spread that passion and help the next generations of dancers find their love for a sport that is so empowering” 


Whilst I am new to the MJ family this year, I grew up dancing in Mount Gambier and then later in Melbourne. Dance has been a huge part of my life for the last 21 years and it has shaped who I am today. 



Under 8 Novice Jazz

Test 2 Ballet