Our Teachers


Marilyn Culpitt - Principal

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 Comdance,  Silver Swans™and PBT trained and was Chairperson for the Comdance 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 pedagogical practices.  Marilyn believes strongly that the discipline of dance stands students in good stead for their future physical and emotional development.

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Tracy-Lee Sheehan

Bio to come

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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

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!

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Kei Ishii

Kei started dancing at ‘The Ritz Performing Arts’ at the age of 7yrs and, in his

teens, was selected for the Qld Ballet's JEP (Junior Extension Program).

A graduate from ‘The Space Performing Arts’, in Melbourne, Kei went on to

take a place at the world-renowned ‘Ev &Bow’ Full-time Contemporary Dance

Course in Sydney where he trained with Sarah Boulter for two years. During

this time Kei assisted Sarah in choreographing many events including Dance

Academy and the Arabian Games and was also offered a secondment with

the Internationally famed ADT (Australian Dance Theatre) in Adelaide.

Kei was a member of ‘Legs on the Wall’ Contemporary Dance Troupe,

performing in their production of "Puncture" at the Sydney Festival in 2014.

He has choreographed many short works which have been performed at

festivals such as ‘Sydney Fringe Festival’ and ‘Short Sweet Dance’ and was

also awarded ‘best choreographer’ at ‘Fast + Fresh 2013’.

Since returning to Queensland, Kei shares his knowledge in various

contemporary techniques with dance schools around Brisbane. He has started

‘The Kollective Idea’ to give young aspiring dancers the chance to perform in a

company setting.


Emma Walton

Student Teacher

Emma has been a student at Ascot School of Dance for 14 years and has completed RAD Grades 1-8, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1 as well as completing several levels in CSTD Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Emma is currently in her third year at QUT studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and is also studying for her RAD Teacher's Certificate.   Emma hopes to dance professionally in the future. 

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