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.


Catherine Noble

Catherine Noble

(Modern and Ballet teacher)

Affiliate Student Member of the Royal Academy of Dance
VCE Dance Units 1-4

Catherine has been a teacher at the Classical Ballet Centre since the end of 2013 and currently teaches senior modern and ballet classes on Saturdays at the school. Although she has been dancing since she could walk, her formal training started at the age of four at the school when it was the Canberra Youth Ballet School. Catherine continued to study in Canada and Melbourne, completing her RAD Intermediate and Grade 8 Exams in 2008. Since starting her dance career Catherine has tried as many different styles of dance as she can, and her favourites include Hip Hop and Contemporary.

After deciding that studying dance at a tertiary level was not for her, Catherine has pursued a career in teaching secondary science having completed her Master of Teaching at the end of 2016.

When she is not busy planning lessons or looking after her two youngest brothers, Catherine enjoys travelling and playing board games.

Jennifer Colley

Jennifer Colley

(Ballet Teacher)

Jennifer Colley began dancing over 25 years ago. As an Army child she attended dance schools in Sydney and Victoria before moving to Canberra and becoming a student at Canberra Youth Ballet School, which was later to become Classical Ballet Centre Canberra (CBCC). When she was in the last few years of high school she began her training as a ballet teacher and reduced her hours dancing to focus on her studies. She was the dux of her school in Year 10 and 12 and received the University Medal from ANU for her Honours research. Away from CBCC Jennifer is the Head of Science at Burgmann Anglican School and is currently completing her PhD at ANU. 

Jennifer deeply appreciates what ballet has done for her, from developing her poise to cultivating her self-discipline and determination to always achieve her best. It remains a pleasure and a privilege for her to teach on a Saturday and to see how students she has known since they were little have developed into CBCC's "big girls"!

Adeline Reardon

Adeline Reardon

(Modern and Ballet teacher )

RAD Advanced 2 Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance)
ISTD Advanced 2 Modern Theatre (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing)

Adeline Reardon began her dance training at age 5 through her local ballet school whilst living in Melbourne, upon her move to Canberra she continued her training at Canberra Youth Ballet School (now Classical Ballet Centre) in 2008. Throughout her time at CBCC Adeline studied Classical Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Jazz. She then went on to complete her Advanced 2 in both RAD Classical Ballet and ISTD Modern Theatre. Away from CBCC Adeline is completing her Bachelor of Commerce/International Relations at the ANU.

Adeline deeply appreciates the role dance has played in shaping her character, particularly developing her self-determination and self-sufficiency. Love of the art form is also a part of her training at CBCC that will stay with her forever. Teaching gives Adeline an opportunity to see and nurture these skills developing in students as well as sharing her passion for dance. She believes it is truly a pleasure to be able to be a part of this journey for students.

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.