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 has won Best Dance School at the Southern Highlands Business Awards for 2019 and 2020. Emily also completed her training in Ready Set Dance preschoolers program in 2019 to teach within the studio.

Savannah Bentley

Savannah has danced from the age of four with Miss Cays Ministry of Dance before dancing for Emily with The Empire Performance Studios. Savannah has travelled to America and performed at Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios and trained at The Edge Dance Studio in Los Angeles. Savannah’s favourite styles of dance are Hip hop and Contemporary however she has studied most style of dance. In recent years, Savannah has really enjoyed teaching dance and has worked for Empire as a teacher for 4 years.

Briannah Bentley

Briannah has danced from the age of four with Miss Cays Ministry of Dance before dancing for Emily with The Empire Performance Studios. Briannah has travelled to America and performed at Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios and trained at The Edge Dance Studio in Los Angeles. Briannah’s favourite style of dance is Jazz however she has studied most style of dance. Briannah loves teaching the little kids. Briannah has been working for Empire on and off the last four years but is super excited to be more involved in  the studio.

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

Charlotte has been dancing since age 8 with Empire. With a sporting background it wasn’t long before charlotte was dancing in her own age group as well as the troupe above her. Charlotte is a acrobatic dancer who can do almost any trick you think of. The last two years Charlotte has taught Acrobatics at Empire as well as dance. Her favourite dance styles are Hip Hop and Contemporary but enjoys all styles of dance. Charlotte has competed all around Australia and is looking forward to passing on her knowledge to the future generations of dancers.

Claire Birta

Claire has been dancing with Miss Cays Ministry of Dance and then The Empire since she was 3 years old. Claire at only 7 travelled to America where she performed at Disney Land, Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios and took classes at The Edge Dance Studios in Los Angeles. Claire has competed all around Australia for dance and was the 2020 Scholarship winner for The Empire. Claire is super excited to start her teacher career with our junior JFH this year.

Jim Pini

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