About Us

Our mission is to nurture and support the development of young dancers. 

Since opening in 2010, Volar Dance Centre has developed a strong reputation for being an inclusive and family friendly atmosphere within the dance community of the Western suburbs.

 

We offer a variety of classes that foster a love of dance and a strong work ethic through technical expertise. Our classes are fun, energetic and aimed to inspire all students to be the best they can be. Whether for fun, fitness or to fulfill dreams of dancing as a career, we cater to all young dancer’s needs.

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Meet the Team

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Ash Barratt (A.R.A.D)
Artistic Director

Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (RAD) 
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified 

Ash has been involved in the dance world since a very young age, completing all her RAD exams with distinction by the age of 16 under the direction of Christine Bowman. 

 

After studying full time classical ballet for 10 years, Ash then went on to study performing arts for two years at Ministry of Dance & The Space, where she was exposed to many different dance styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre. Ash has worked with the likes of Paul Malek, Gideon Obzarzanel, Kelly Akyers, Troy Phillips and Adam Wheeler and international choreographers Daniel Brown and Michelle Zeitlin 

After years on the stage and in the studio, Ash opened Volar Dance Centre and has been the owner and operator for the last 10 years. Ash has a passion for the classical art form and the teaching of students of all abilities. 

Kira Mitchell
Junior Ballet, Contemporary and Competition

Acrobatic Arts Certificate of Teaching
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified 
Progressing Contemporary Technique Certified

 

Kira commenced dancing with Volar Dance Centre at the age of 9 participating in all genres where she discovered her passion for teaching particularly ballet and contemporary where she assisted in classes and began teaching at the age of 15. 

 

Kira has had extensive ATOD training with her highest completion of Elementary classical ballet. Kira has had opportunities of being a member of Scimm’s Youth company performing in Chromosome X and VOID. Kira completed her full-time training with Transit Dance attaining a Diploma of Dance (Contemporary) and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management. 

 

Kira is currently studying her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University aspiring to become a dance physiotherapist.

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Alida Endrigo
Classical Ballet, Pointe & Extension Ballet

Registered Royal Academy of Dance Educator 
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified 

 

Alida has been a fully registered educator for the Royal Academy of Dance for 41 years and served for 10 years as a member of the Royal Academy of Dance Victorian panel. 

Many of Alida's students have continued on to professional dance education and careers and have been accepted in to the Hamburg Ballet Company, Hamburg Ballet School, Monte Carlo Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School, Australian Ballet School, Melbourne City Ballet, Hungarian Ballet School, English 

National Theatre Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts and Tanya Pearsons Academy.

 

Alida has dedicated her life to the art of classical ballet, dance and music. She is privileged to pass down the legacy bestowed on her by her wonderful teachers and thrives on developing each individual child to the best of their ability and instilling in them a love of dance and music that they will carry with them forever. 

Rose Gentile
Classical Ballet & Progressing Ballet Technique

Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies (RAD) 
Progressing Ballet Technique Certified 
Acrobatic Arts Certificate

Rose Gentile trained at Patrick School of the Arts completing their renowned full time performing arts course.

Whilst at Patrick's, Rose completed intensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre, Salsa and Contemporary styles.

 

Rose has achieved the RAD graded examinations from 1-8 and Intermediate with distinction. She has subsequently completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies with the Royal Academy of Dance.

 

In addition, Rose recently completed a Certificate 1 in Acrobatic Arts and her Certificate in Progressing Ballet Technique. She is also currently undertaking a Certificate in Matwork and Reformer Pilates Instruction. Rose is dedicated in upskilling to constantly provide new and innovative ways to teach the next generation of young performers.

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Peyton Harvey
Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop 

Peyton started her training in dance at the age of 2 years old. She started her pre-professional dance career at the age of 13 years old performing in different contemporary companies around Melbourne.

 

Peyton has obtained her Certificate III in Fitness and her Certificate IV in Dance. Peyton now works in the industry dancing in events for Crown Casino, Groovy Face Entertainment Live Show, and also cheerleads for the Melbourne Aces.

 

Peyton trained full-time at The Space Dance & Art Centre working with leading choreographers and has worked intensively on her dance technique, training in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Contemporary,Commercial Jazz, Broadway Jazz, and Lyrical. Peyton is now studying full-time under the guidance of Robert Sturrock. 

Vourneen has been dancing in almost every genre from Ballet to Ballroom, since she was 3 years old. Under the guidance of esteemed tutors Francesca Montanaro, Nicholina Kuner, Vicki Attard, Marie Walton-Mahon, Martin James and Lauren Hustler, Vourneen completed all her R.A.D examinations with High Distinctions.

She decided to take up her tertiary studies with the New Zealand School of Dance in Contemporary. After 2 years of full-time study Vourneen secured a spot in the selective 3rd Year Diploma course. Upon graduation, Vourneen has performed in Fringe Festivals across Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne, receiving the Most Memorable Moment award in the Wellington Improv Festival

Vourneen has also seconded with DanceNorth, Lucy Guerin, TAS Dance and Australian Dance Theatre.

She is currently dancing with Scimm. Dance Company as an apprentice and InPlay Dance Collective as company artist.

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Vourneen Canning 
Mini Ballet, Ready Set Dance and Beginner Teen Ballet