Mrs Michaela Contarino (Sabburg) - Principal

Michaela started dance at the age of 3 at her local dance school in Gatton, Queensland. She has since been teaching dance for over 13 years and has successfully sat all CSTD examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap & Jazz achieving the highest mark of Honours Plus numerous times. Michaela also holds her Teaching Certs through CSTD  (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing) and is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Teacher. Michaela is also qualified in the Progressing Ballet Technique curriculum and holds her Cert IV in Matwork and Reformer Pilates.

Accredited Units

PILMAT401 Program and instruct group Matwork

PILREF401 Program and instruct group Reformer

PILBEG401 Orient new clients in group Pilates

PILBIO401 Apply biomechanics to Pilates instruction

PILINJ401 Instruct Pilates to clients with injuries or painful conditions
PILPRE401 Instruct Pilates for pre and post-natal clients


Michaela is always expanding her teaching knowledge with workshops and courses led by industry professionals. 
Michaela is highly trained in all aspects of dance and has gained experience over the years which include dancing in Hong Kong Disneyland, California Disneyland, Hollywood and has taken many workshops from professional dancers & choreographers throughout Queensland and overseas.
Michaela competed in solo & group competitions & eisteddfods from the age of 5 and is excited to pass on her skills, knowledge & love of dance to her students. MMStudios-Dance is a huge asset to Stanthorpe, as it is locally owned dance studio on the Granite Belt with classes held Monday-Saturday. MMStudios-Dance will offer students of all ages the opportunity to experience the love of dance and create lifelong friendships.

Miss Susie Cobon  

Miss Susie started dancing at age 4 and her love for dance hasn't stopped growing. Susie has performed in a numerous number of end of year dance concerts, has danced in the Disneyland California Parade and participated in workshops in both Disneyland, the famous Abby Lee Dance Company and Millennium Dance Studio in Hollywood. Susie has participated in many eisteddfods across the region, is a Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor and is currently studying her CSTD Modern Jazz and Classical Ballet Exams. Susie recently performed in "The Wizard of Oz" in 2019 and "Grease: The Arena Experience" in July 2018 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre . Susie travelled with MMStudios-Dance to America in December 2019, performing at Universal Studios, Disneyland, Disneyland Parade and Citadel Shopping Centre.   

Miss Megan Berlese  

Miss Megan started dancing at the age of 7, and since then has acquired a love for dance. Megan has performed at annual concerts, as well Eisteddfods around the region. Megan is currently studying her CSTD Tap Exams and is very popular with her Adult tap class. Megan travelled with MMStudios-Dance to America in December 2019, performing at Universal Studios, Disneyland, Disneyland Parade and Citadel Shopping Centre.   

Mrs Lara Berry 

Miss Lara began dance classes at the age of 3 at her local dance school in Sydney, NSW. Her first introduction to Musical Theatre was around 6 years of age (The King & I). Lara continued her training through annual Dance Examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She completed a Teaching Diploma through the Syllabus Ballet Australasia Limited and competed in many Eisteddfods and performed in annual concerts. Lara continued as Principal/owner of her own dance school for 12 years before selling the dance school due to her first born starting school and her husband taking on another business. Lara continued being involved in Dance through Fundraising events e.g Dancing With The Coffs Coast Stars, Choreographer for production Jesus Christ Super Star, employment within other studios assisting with Exam syllabus, eisteddfod routines and performing in musicals like Cabaret, Oklahoma etc. Lara adjudicated the Schools Days Eisteddfod in Coffs Harbour which included HSC performances. Lara helped to implement the NSW BOS Dance Syllabus to Bishop Druitt College. LaraI also has a Teachers Aid Certificate where she has worked with children in an Education System. I have now since moved to Stanthorpe with my husband David and we are both enjoying living on the Granite Belt and are proud to call Stanthorpe our new Home. 


Current First Aide Qualification 
Dance Teaching Diploma 
Blue Card check certification 
Dance Teacher Bishop Druitt College- Implemented Board Of Studies Dance Curriculum for Years 9 & 10 NSW. 
Principal /Owner of Dance School (12 years) 
Teacher Aide


Classical (RAD) 
Classical (BBO) Jazz (RAD) Jazz (BBO) 
Classes with  
Tap (BBO) 
Judith Monteith School of Dance 
Nola Doherty School of Ballet 
Kathy Orford Dancers Mosman Syd 
Dynamite Dance Studios 
Bodenweiser Dance Centre 
Sydney Dance Company 
Joan McBay School of Dance 
Julie Ross Dance School

Mrs Pauline Leigh - Musical Theatre & Drama Teacher


Miss Pauline began singing and performing at about 13 years of age. She then continued on to complete her Singing Diploma, and started to perform in Musical Theatre, Concerts, Weddings and a variety of other functions. Miss Pauline undertook a Diploma in Drama and Performance after many years of directing the St. Joseph's School musicals here in Stanthorpe.

Miss Pauline also wrote her own programme for schools 6 years ago, called "Learning Through Drama” where she has been teaching at many of the schools in the Granite Belt now for some years. She has prepared and entered Children into Eisteddfods, as well as Drama and Performance and Singing Exams. Miss Pauline has operated her own studio “Act One Studio” for the last 10 years, where she teachers Drama and Musical Theatre. She has also been very heavily involved in the Stanthorpe Little Theatre, performing there on many occasions and as President.

Miss Pauline’s entire life has been dedicated to the Performing Arts and she is very passionate about teaching and guiding children and young people to reach their full potential.



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