ICB FISTD (Imperial Ballet - Fellowship)
MA in Professional Practice, Dance Technique Pedagogy
MTH AISTD (Modern Theatre - Associate)
RAD RTS (Royal Academy of Dance - Registered Teacher Status)
Advanced 2 ICB
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.
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.
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.
Bridget Green started dancing at the age of 3 and has been a student of Lorraine Bennett since she took over CBCC in 2009. After graduating Year 12, Bridget went on to study full time dance earning a Certificate IV through Ettingshausens Pro in Sydney.
Afterward, she completed several overseas dance contracts and has since returned to Australia to continue her dance teaching studies. Bridget has completed multiple teaching qualifications with the ISTD including her Licentiate Ballet and Associate Diploma in both Modern and Tap. Bridget is extremely passionate about dance and loves being a part of the CBCC community.
Throughout her time at Classical Ballet Centre Canberra, Elaine Li trained in ballet and modern, completing her Advanced 2 exams in both styles.
Since graduating, Elaine has continued her dance eduation, obtaining an Associate in Ballet through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing under Miss Lorraine’s guidance and mentorship. Elaine hopes to pass on her love for all that dance entails.
Elaine is currently studying a Bachelor of Economics at ANU.
Ellie began her dance training age 4 (2005) at Classical Ballet Centre Canberra, studying styles including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and more. She completed many exams and danced competitively throughout her years as a student, facing the difficulties of injuries in her final year. Ellie started teaching at the school in 2020, post graduation. She hopes to expand her knowledge and career in the sports science industry as she passes into her third year studying a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation.
Mia commenced training at CBCC in 2009 at 4 years of age. The studio nurtured and developed her skills and love of dance all the way through until she graduated in 2022. During this time Mia completed all available styles, Ballet, Modern, Tap, and Jazz, and was a member of performance group for 9 years. She participated in all available examinations, completing her Advanced 2 in ballet, modern and tap.
Mia has travelled with CBCC in its two overseas tours, USA in 2013, and Europe in 2015. Mia has also performed many roles including the White Witch (2022) in CBCC’s end of year production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Mia is currently taking a gap year before pursuing study in Nutrition and Human Movement at University. Through 2023 she will be working towards an Associate in ISTD Ballet. This qualification is developing her ways of teaching and discovering the ISTD syllabus further. Mia truly loves seeing development within students each week and enjoys seeing their passion for dance grow.
During her time at CBCC Margaret completed her Advanced 2 exams in ballet, modern and tap. After year 12 Margaret decided to continue her dance education and began studying for her Ballet Associate under the guidance of Lorraine Bennett. Margaret finds teaching rewarding and is excited for where this professional journey will take her.
Margaret is also currently studying a double degree at the Australian National University for a bachelor of political science and a bachelor of science.
Emily is a qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor (and nurse), and a former student of CBCC. Emily enjoys making her conditioning classes Pilates centred, with a strong focus on strength and functional movements that positively benefit ballet technique.