Our Team


Lorraine Bennett

Lorraine Bennett

(Managing Director)

IMB FISTD (Imperial Ballet - Fellowship); Advanced 2 IMB
MTH AISTD (Modern Theatre - Associate)

Lorraine Bennett has been Director of Classical Ballet Centre Canberra (CBCC) since Term 2 of 2009. Her involvement, dedication and commitment to CBCC, previously the Betsy Sawers School of Dancing and then Canberra Youth Ballet School, spans over 40 years – right back to Lorraine's very first ballet class as a child.

Lorraine has taught for small stints in many ballet schools around Australia and abroad, and throughout her ballet schooling, teacher training, teaching, study and travel, Lorraine has been very fortunate to work with many Internationally recognised dance educators and medical specialists. Medical science in dance is a passion for Lorraine who works hard to keep abreast of advances in research and methodology, resulting in educated students and families.

Lorraine has introduced the ISTD method to enable dancers to be Internationally recognised in their dance training, no matter which field and genre their interests lie. Lorraine has gained her Fellowship and Advanced 2 qualifications in Imperial Ballet, as well as her Associate in Modern Theatre.

Lorraine's style of teaching is technical and challenging, yet rewarding and fulfilling. Her enthusiasm for helping all students discover the benefits of learning such a beautiful art form, and to realise their own potential, has been proven for over 30 years.



Christina Philipp

Christina Philipp

(Tap, Modern and Ballet teacher)

ISTD AISTD (Dip) (Tap - Associate Diploma)

Christina Philipp began her dance training at age 4 at CBCC, right back when the school was owned by Betsy Sawers. Over the years she studied Tap, Modern, Jazz, Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance. At 18 she began teaching, one day a week, while she also studied a Bachelor of Arts and Science at ANU. By the time she completed her degree she had increased her teaching hours, and she knew that was what she truly wanted to do.

Christina has since gained teaching qualifications from the Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing (FATD) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and is continuing to increase her qualifications through the ISTD, having achieved her Associate Diploma in Tap. Christina is also regularly involved with local musical theatre companies, both as a performer and choreographer. She loves the joy that dancing brings to children, and the sense of accomplishment they get when they can perform a new step or routine.


Melia Wenger

Melia Wenger

(Modern and Tap teacher)

AISTD TAP (Tap - Associate)

Melia Wenger started dancing at age 4 at the Canberra Youth Ballet school (now Classical Ballet Centre Canberra). She tried many different styles during her training including ballet, modern, tap and jazz. After her dance training had finished, she decided to continue developing her skills as a dancer by training to be a teacher. She has since obtained her Associate in Tap through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She began teaching classes at Classical Ballet Centre Canberra in 2016 as an assistant, and is now one of the modern teachers on Friday afternoons. 

As well as dance teaching, Melia is passionate about art. She decided to follow her love of photography and has completed her Certificate IV in photography at the Canberra Institute of Technology.