Lisa Peresan

Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap

Certificate IV in Dance Tuition (Classical & Jazz)
Advanced Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice
Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management.
Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training
Senior First Aid Certificate

Lisa has had a life long involvement and passion for movement. She was originally trained in the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus and started her career as a professional dancer in the commercial genre at the age of 18, working in a musical in Spain. Her work as a dancer kept her travelling for seven years in Europe and Asia and included work on television, musicals, product launches, fashion parades, Chesse Rijst Contemporary Dance Company and at the Lido in Paris.

Lisa first became involved with Pilates in the early 90’s when she returned to Australia and became an instructor working in a Pilates studio, and instructed Pilates to people like Paul Mercurio and John Mullins (Senior Lecturer and Program Co-ordinator of the BA/Bed at UNSW). She also taught dance at Sydney’s major dance centres, including Sydney Dance Company studios, Aboriginal Dance Theatre, Sydney University, various high schools, at State Dance Camps and Bodenweisers, and was involved in writing the jazz syllabus for the Australian Dance Assessment Program.

Lisa opened and ran DJAZZEX dance and Pilates on the Northern beaches from 1994 until 2017. In 2005 she applied for and won a scholarship, to become a Certificate IV Pilates Instructor with Pilates International. She completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2008 and her Advance Diploma of Professional Pilates Practice in 2010.  Lisa has completed a conditioning for dance conditioning specialist training and a mentorship program with Karen Clippenger M.S.P.E. Professor at Long Beach University. and has undertaken further training with Paula Baird Colt, conditioning expert with the Australian ballet. 

Lisa is passionate about the benefits of movement for the body and spirit. She believes you can always improve in what you do and will continue to study to improve her knowledge, skills and qualifications as a teacher of Dance and Pilates.  She holds a current first aid Certificate and is VET Accredited to teach Ballet and Jazz to Certificate IV Dance Performance Studies or HSC studies. She is a member of Ausdance, Australian Dance and the Pilates Alliance Australasia.

“I believe you can always improve in what you do and I continue to study to increase my knowledge, skills and qualifications as a teacher of Dance and Pilates”

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Darrio Phillips

Street Dance Instructor

Certificate IV youth work
Introduced Street Dance to Australia

Darrio Phillips came to Australia from the United States in 1981 and introduced street and hip hop dance to this country, setting up one of the first street dance schools. This resulted in him becoming famous for his individual performances and with other dancers, groups and choreographers. He is known as ‘The Godfather of Street Dance’ and promotes ‘peace, love and unity in dance’.

As a performer and entertainer in this edgy street dance and music culture, his appeal was naturally with youth who were itching to learn this new and cool culture. As the years have moved forward Darrio’s performance has evolved into teaching and mentoring – particularly focussing on disadvantaged youth.