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.
Tracy-Lee started her dance journey in Sarina with the Robyn Dobie School of Dance at the age of three. Over the ensuing years she completed both CSTD Jazz and Tap exams and RAD ballet exams while competing in many eisteddfods.
At age 17 she was accepted into the Brent Street Studios in Sydney to complete her Cert IV in Performing Arts. On completion of her studies, Tracy-Lee returned home to where she took over her childhood dance studio which she operated as Sarina Performing Arts for the next seven years. Moving to Brisbane, with her then fiancé Martin and marrying in 2014, they welcomed their daughter in 2017.
Tracy-Lee has been a valuable addition to the Ascot School of Dance since 2014 (apart from a little time out for baby) and is looking forward to the coming year.
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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.