Gaining a solid dance training in Melbourne with Paul Hammond (ex Borovansky Dance Company), Margaret Scott (nee Paull) and Calvin Von Reinhold at the VCE, Marilyn went on to teach for many years in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Taking time out to marry and raise a family, dance was never far from her thoughts and in 2000, with her four children aged eight to eighteen she embarked on a double degree, majoring in dance at QUT while at the same time launching the Ascot School of Dance.
Throughout her dance career she has appeared in pantomime, choreographed for fashion shows and several school productions. She has also taught in a number of Secondary Schools and Colleges in Brisbane.
Marilyn has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Dance and a Bachelor of Education, is a registered teacher with the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing) Silver Swans™and PBT trained and has been Chairperson for the CSTD Social Committee for a number of years.
Believing that education and knowledge is an organic concept that continuously evolves, Marilyn attends regular dance workshops to keep up to date with the latest teaching trends and most recent developments and is currently undertaking a Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management. Marilyn also believes that the discipline of dance stands students in good stead for their future physical and emotional development.
Marilyn Culpitt - Principal
Sara Jane has been a professional dancer, singer, and teacher for over seven years. After high school she completed a diploma of performance at ED5 International in Sydney, and while studying she was involved in multiple musical theatre productions as well as corporate events around Sydney. After returning to Brisbane Sara Jane has continued to foster her passion for teaching and performance, in 2018 she completed a post graduate certificate in music studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Sara Jane firmly believes that music and dance should be accessible for everyone and she relishes the opportunity to instil a passion for the performing arts into her students from a young age.
Sara Jane Aistrope
Jennessa began her dance and performance training at Karen Jacobi Dance & P.A. Academy from the age of two. Jennessa has been involved in the school as a senior teacher for over a decade training students for both performance and examination work. She has versatility in all genres of dance with a passion for producing choreography with a creative edge, stemmed from her strong background in performance technical training and speech and drama. Jennessa has an enthusiastic, dynamic and disciplined, yet nurturing approach to teaching and always strives to develop a student to the best of their abilities. Jennessa has a broad spectra of teaching experience of all ages from tiny tots, adults to the experienced dancer.
Adam Robins grew up on the Sunshine Coast, and started performing at the age of seven. Upon graduating high school, he moved to Brisbane to undertake study at the Australian Dance Performance Institute, focusing on Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance.
Adam graduated in 2013 and secured his first international contract with Princess Cruises. Adam completed five contracts (2014-2017) sailing the world, including an inaugural take out of the Majestic Princess.
Adam has performed at Tokyo Disneyland (2018/2019) in ‘One Man’s Dream II: The Magic Lives On’ portraying iconic Disney characters including Prince Phillip, Prince Charming, Captain Hook, and Claude Frollo.
Home in Australia, Adam works as a mentor and teacher while still actively performing in local events, theme parks and with entertainment companies.
‘I am so grateful to be part of Ascot School of Dance!
Emma has been a student at Ascot School of Dance for 14 years and has completed RAD Grades 1-8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation (all with Distinction), as well as completing several levels in CSTD Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Emma is currently in her second year at QUT studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and hopes to dance professionally in future.