Reinhardt is the principal and founder of Over the Moon Studios
in Castlemaine Victoria.
studied yoga and creative dance under the highly esteemed educator,
Dorothea Mangiamele; at Mangala Studios in
Melbourne in the early 1970s.This association profoundly influenced
Edna’s approach to yoga and dance education.
Edna has been
teaching yoga and creative dance to students from 2 ½ to
20 years old since 1975. She is a regular presenter at conferences
for early childhood educators,
as well as teachers of primary and secondary students in Australia
Edna is the author of the card kit Creative Yoga Games
the book Creative Yoga for Teenagers, the
audio recording Guided Relaxation for
Teenagers and the DVD, Yoga to Dance for Kids.
Sharing the fun of yoga and dance, with young people, is an
Belinda Prest studied (RAD syllabus) at the Canberra School of Ballet from the age of 6 until 18.
In 1971 she moved to Melbourne as a student at the Victorian College of the Arts. Whilst studying
sculpture at the VCA she attended classes in contemporary dance with Margaret Lassica.
She completed her Diploma of Hatha Yoga at the Gita School of Yoga.
It was in 1974 while studying for a Dip. Ed. at Melbourne Sate Teachers College that Belinda started
attending classes at Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance.
It was at Mangala in the famous Teachers choreography classes that Belinda and Edna first met.
Between 1980 and 1990 Belinda taught classes in Kallorama and Newstead where she was living.
Belinda has been teaching yoga and dance as well as choreographing at Over the Moon since its
beginnings in Castlemaine in 1990. Belinda is also a visual and performing arts teacher at Carisbrook
Primary School. She is a founding member of the Ministry of Delight performing arts collective.
Belinda and her husband Trefor Prest www.treforprestsculpture.com.au have hosted the Ministry
of Delight Shed Shows in the enormous Trefor Prest sculpture studio in Strangways since1995.
Belinda has extensive performing experience. It would be safe to say that Art in its multitudinous
forms has informed her life from a very young age.
Janine grew up in The Netherlands and moved to Melbourne in 2010. She studied at Codarts (Rotterdam Dance Academy) and London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated with a BA(hons) in Contemporary Dance. In Europe she performed with choreographers Luhndahl & Seitl, Cie. Wili Dorner, Eva Recacha, and as a member of improvisation ensemble The Trumpetcreepers. She has created several short works which have been presented at theatres and alternative locations in The Netherlands, England and Denmark. A highlight of her time in London was her role as curator of Ear Me Now: a performance, video and sound art event.
Janine has taught dance since 2005 in various contexts ranging from performing arts workshops in primary schools to ballet technique classes. Currently she teaches creative dance, contemporary dance and ballet around Melbourne and Victoria. Alongside teaching, Janine is working on an interdisciplinary project with Canberra-based choreographer Adelina Larsson and will further develop her work The Fist (The Letter, The Trumpet) during a residency at Lucy Guerin Inc.
JOE & JULIA SCOGLIO
SEUNG HI LEE
Joe & Julia have been involved with the Over The
Moon annual performance for the past few years, creating dances with
their particular groups of teenage students. They have an extensive
background in dance as performers, choreographers and teachers. They
have worked in contemporary and ballet companies around the world
and have taught in various tertiary dance courses including the Victorian
College of the Arts. Joe is also a Shiatsu Therapist and a teacher
of T’ai Chi. Julia is a Feldenkrais Practitioner working with
people to improve their ease of movement.
Dip Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies S.T.A.A.
T’ai Chi Teacher. M.A. Dance Education
Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner M.A.F.G.
B.Ed. Grad Dip Movement & Dance
Seung Hi Lee is a Bendigo based
performer, teacher and choreographer, originally from South Korea. She
has trained extensively in modern/contemporary dance and obtained
advanced training in traditional dance,from the Korean Dance education
system at the Busan Woman's College. After finishing her training, she
has worked on a variety of projects and toured nationally with the
'Hang Kyung' Modern Dance Company based in Busan, Korea, before coming
to Australia to complete her Post-graduate & Master of
Choreography, at the Victorian college of the Arts from 2003-2004.
Since arriving in Australia, Seung Hi has
performed in works by many choreographers as well as creating her own
dance performances. A highlight of her Australian career was obtaining
a scholarship of Choreography at the Performing Arts Centre of Box-Hill
Seung Hi currently teaches contemporary dance and is also a member of KITA Performing Arts Company www.kitacompany.com,
a Melbourne based group, which presents Asian traditional &
contemporary cultural experiences, performing and teaching in schools,
at community, corporate events and creating original professional works.
Megan has taught contemporary dance
at Over the Moon since 2006. She is a graduate from the Victorian
College of the Arts School of Dance and also holds a Graduate Diploma
in Choreography and a Masters Degree from the College. In 2006
she completed a Diploma of Education.
Since 2001 she has developed several works for both
the Melbourne Festival and Melbourne Fringe festival and is an integral
member of two Central Victorian contemporary arts organizations –
Punctum and Fourcast. She has choreographed and performed in 5 Punctum
works since 2003, performed in the Castlemaine State Festival 2005/07,
and is a freelance 3D digital animator whose work is now being commissioned
nationally. Megan is currently teaching VCE and VET dance at Bendigo
Senior Secondary School whilst developing her contemporary dance works
in Central Victoria.
studied ballet from a young age with the Kathleen Gorham school
of Dance and later was accepted into VCASS (Victorian College of
the Arts Secondary School) which had just opened at that time.
She studied R.A.D. syllabus ( Royal Academy of Dancing)and completed
her Advanced RAD. Belinda worked with the Australian Dance Theatre
in Adelaide under the Direction of Leigh Warren and also danced
with Chrissy Parrot Company in Perth, Sue Healey’s company ‘Vis
a Vis’ in Canberra ( dancing with Michelle Heaven) and worked
with many of Australia’s up and coming choreographer’s.
Belinda choreographed solo dance pieces and directed/choreographed
a world premiere of ‘Der Schneemann’ for the Melbourne
International Arts Festival. A highlight of her career was having
a solo created for her by Graeme Murphy for the Bicentennial Dance
Event ‘VAST’ where four of the main regional dance
companies danced together. Although Belinda’s career has
mainly been as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher
she trained in Classical ballet. Currently, Belinda is a full time
teacher at Distance Education Centre Victoria where she teaches
VCE Dance. She has a BA in Dance teaching from the VCA, a Dip Ed
from Latrobe University and also has a grad Dip in Art Therapy.
Belinda is enjoying teaching ballet at ‘Over the Moon Dance’ as
she rediscovers the ‘intelligence’ of ballet as a technique
which develops many skills. Her classes focus on skill development
and enjoyment of this historic technique designed for courtiers
and kings in a time when manners were all important! The classes
follow a structure of warm up in the centre, barre work for body
articulation, balance, control and coordination, centre work where
different combinations of movements are recalled, practiced and
performed and then locomotion and elevation skills.’
B App Sci, Dip Ed (Dance), Grad Dip Cultural Interpretation
Thais has trained and performed in a range of physical modalities including traditional African dance, indigenous Australian, classical, contemporary, contact improvisation, acrobalance and creative dance.
She currently teaches dance, physical theatre, performing arts in Melbourne and Castlemaine (where she lives and loves!).
Michelle Heaven graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in 1992 and Masters of Dance Performance in 2000.
She has made extensive contributions as a performer / collaborator and choreographer to both live theatre and film. Michelle has worked nationally and internationally with many prominent Australian choreographers and directors such as Sue Healey, Phillip Adams (Balletlab), Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Lucy Guerin, Michael Kantor, Douglas Horton (ChamberMade Opera), Sandra Parker (Danceworks), Tracie Mitchell, Natalie Cursio, Kate Denborough (Kage), Rebecca Hilton, Nancy Black (Black Hole Theatre) and Leigh Warren (Leigh Warren and Dancers).
Michelle is a recipient of The Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Scholarship, The Australian Post Graduate Award (Industry) Scholarship and Victorian Green Room Award in the category of ‘Female Dancer’. She is a 2007/08 SCOPE participant and was nominated for a Helpmann Award in 2007 for her role in the award winning Tense Dave, (Chunky Move) and again in 2009 for her performance in Two Faced Bastard. Her work Disagreeable Object was nominated for a 2009 Australian Dance Award within the category of ‘Concept and Realisation’ as well as a Victorian Green Room Award.
Marie Feigl conducts International Folk
Dance Classes for adults at Over the Moon. Marie holds a Graduate
Diploma in Movement and Dance, IECD (now Univervsity of Melbourne), and
a Recreational Folk Dance Teachers Certificate, Austrralian Dance
Council (Ausdance)/Margaret Walker Institute. With over 20 years of
experience in dance teaching, Marie loves to share her love of dance
Selena Cox-Walsh explored her passion for dance in the Castlemaine area where she studied classical ballet from 4 years of age through to her late teens. She discovered Creative dance as a mother in a parent/child class and went on to study with Roz Avent and Mangala Studios in Melbourne.
As well as her role as a yoga and creative dance teacher at Over the Moon, Selena teaches in Creative dance schools in Bendigo (Roz Avent Dance) and Daylesford (Inside Out).
Selena has a Certificate in Dance Movement Therapy, and is in her final year of an Advanced Diploma in Dance Movement Therapy with I.D.T.I.A (International Dance Therapy Institute of Australia.
In her capacity as a dance therapist, Selena also works with different population groups such as the Aged/Frail, people living with Dementia, adults and children with intellectual disabilities and youth in crisis.
At Over the Moon, Inside Out and Roz Avent Dance, Selena teaches students from 2.5 year olds through to adolescents.
"Selena is particularly admired for her innate creativity and musicality"
Shannon Farrow began her journey in yoga and dance at Mangala Studios in Melbourne when she was a toddler. At nine years old Shannon moved with her family to Castlemaine and continued her involvement in Yoga and Dance at Over the Moon Studios. At Over the Moon, Shannon added classical ballet, contemporary dance and choreography to her dance repertoire. During this period she developed strong dance, choreographic and performing skills. After leaving school Shannon continued her dance studies by completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree at Deakin University (majoring in dance)
Shannon has a Certificate IV in Yoga teaching and is currently studying a certificate of Applied Anatomy & Physiology for Yoga with Simon Borg-Olivier.
Shannon has had the opportunity to spend some time in India where her passion for yoga grew after spending time in Ashrams and Shalas in the south of India. Shannon's vocabulary of dance technique was also expanded on her trip. She spent time at the Whistling Woods Film and Arts School in Mumbai where she was introduced to some of the traditional Indian techniques of Bharatanatyam and Kathak, also to the glitz and glamour that we know as Bollywood. Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad was also a great place of learning for Shannon where she had the chance to learn Kathakali technique and to perform the traditional indian folk dance 'The Garba' in the annual peace festival that takes place in the state of Gujurat.
With a strong background in Creative Dance from Over the Moon (1991-2007) Robert only began to consider a career in dance after experiencing the Australian Youth Dance Festival in 2006. Performing in the 2007 Rock Eisteddfod he won a full scholarship and began his full-time dance training attending the Edge Performers School the following year. And in 2011 he completed his Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Robert has performed with Erth, and the Ministry of Delight, has appeared in multiple Castlemaine State Festivals, as well as doing improvised performance in The Little Con and with fellow VCA students under the name "One Rehearsal Short of Perfection". He has since performed "Vanishing Point" with choreography by Stephanie Lake in collaboration with Robin Fox's Giant Theremin. He is currently rehearsing for performances by Liquid Skin dance company, is working as an intern at Melbourne's newly developed youth dance company Yellow Wheel and their performance collective "Push", and is teaching contemporary dance at Over the Moon.
Edwynna completed her Australian Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management at Melbourne's Box Hill College of TAFE in 1992 under the ever watchful eye of the late Laurel Martyn OBE (pioneer and celebrated Australian dancer). Edwynna's enthusiasm for sharing the joy of movement with young children is largely due to Laurel's passion for teaching and sharing movement with all which she promoted through her syllabus and her daily motto of 'Let them Dance'.
Dance has been a part of Edwynna's life since she was a child and later whilst living and working overseas she has always made dance part of her life. Edwynna now loves sharing this beautiful art form with her children.
Edwynna has taught previously at the Victorian School of Ballet and Miranda Kalgovas Ballet School teaching classical ballet, contemporary and jazz dance.
In this system, the principles and purpose of movement and creative expression are recognised as the core elements of the teaching, rather than a rigid, standardised syllabus of training.
The achievement of artistry is based on respect for the body as the essential instrument through which the creative instinct is expressed.
At each stage, the student is considered as a complete dancer at their own level of ability and development, with all elements progressing hand-in-hand.
All students, of all abilities and ages, may move beautifully and expressively when they are allowed.
Julia completed a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University (1997) and trained in dance at Deakin University (1998.) Throughout 1999 she was based in Amsterdam and trained at Danswerkplaats and The School For New Dance Development (as a guest student). In 2004 she was awarded a danceWEB scholarship to attend the Impuls Tanz Festival in Vienna.
Julia has danced for Melbourne based choreographer Shelley Lasica in various projects during which time she has performed at the NGV as part of the Melbourne Festival; Chunky Move; Dancehouse and NGVA. Julia has also created and presented her own work with the support of Dancehouse Space grants, Dance Works and the Chunky Move Maximised program. She has collaborated with various artists including dancer/choreographer Phoebe Robinson, sound artist Felicity Mangan and visual artists Amanda Marburg and Richard Grigg; presenting work in the Next Wave Festival, at Dancehouse and at various galleries/artist run spaces such as Linden Gallery, Bus Gallery and Clubs project inc.
Julia loves teaching and has taught contemporary dance classes for over a decade at Chunky Move as well as Dancehouse and the Melba Conservatorium of Music.