About Us

Established in 2014, Empire under the ownership of Emily Turland was created. Starting in a community centre Empire moved to its own facility in 2016 and is now located at 6/11 Pikkat Drive Braemar. We have 3 dance studio rooms and a waiting area for parents. Empire Performance Studio is based in Mittagong In the Southern Highlands. We strive to make our students the best they can be, while making some lasting friendships along the way. Empire’s staff aims to be approachable and a role model to our students while teaching discipline, commitment and teamwork.

Meet our Teachers

Emily Turland (Owner)

Emily has studied dance since the age of 3 in styles such as Jazz, Hiphop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics and Aerial Silks. In 2011, Emily started at The Australian College of Physical Education and by 2014 had completed her Bachelor of Dance Education Degree allowing her to teach Dance and PDHPE in High Schools.
Emily has danced around Australia with her studio before ownership and in 2013 went to America to dance at Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios while continuing her training at Millennium and The Edge Dance Studios in California. Emily has also taught dance in primary schools as an RFS lessons.
In 2019, Emily danced in the Southern Highlands Dance for Cancer event and won judges choice award and later that year won Best Dance School at the Southern Highlands Business Awards. Emily also completed her training in Ready Set Dance pre-schoolers program in 2019 to teach within the studio.

Lucianna Spackman (Ballet Teacher)

Lucianna has studied classical ballet since the age of 3 and over the course of 20 years, she has also trained in contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and musical theatre. In 2016, Lucianna trained at Ev and Bow Full-Time Dance Training Centre and completed a Certificate IV in Dance, and later returned in 2019 to complete a Diploma of Dance Elite Performance.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, she completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, while teaching in the Highlands. Lucianna is excited to join the team at Empire and share her knowledge with the students.

Brooke Todd

Briannah Bentley

Savannah Bentley

Macie Saunders

Macie has danced since age 5 in the Southern Highlands and Wollongong, learning various styles such as Jazz, Hiphop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics and Aerial Silks. Macie has competed in NSW, QLD and the ACT for dance winning multiple awards as a soloist and a troupe performer.
In 2019, Macie performed in Showcase Regionals in Sydney and continued onto Showcase Nationals in the Gold Coast where she competed against dance schools around the country. Where her group won the Best Choreography Award for their contemporary.
Macie has a team player attitude that she is excited to bring to her dance classroom to Empire along with her knowledge and experience.

Charlotte White

Alana Van Dieman

Tabitha Evison

Front Desk – Kellie Saunders and Molly Rose