Michelle Saunders (Founder of Mini Groovers) started dancing at the age of 6. She trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap dance, and Ballroom. At the age of 16, Michelle studied in New York under some of the most renowned teachers and choreographers to this day. Since then Michelle worked professionally as a dancer and choreographer for stage and television. Some of her credits include: resident dancer on That's Dancin' (ABC), That's Dancin' Stage Show Tour, Bert Newton Show, New Faces, Rove, Midday Show and choreographed and performed in Channel 7's Good Friday Appeal. She also appeared in numerous TV commercials.
For 6 years, Michelle was a proud Owner and Principal of a very successful dance school. It makes her extremely happy to see many of her students having a career in dance to this day. Michelle was also lucky enough to receive a scholarship to train in dance in America. She studied dance full time in L.A. and New York for 6 months, and received another scholarship while training in L.A. Michelle performed at Theatre Restaurants, Dracula's, The Dragon Fly and the Tivoli (Performer & Choreographer).
For 4 years Michelle worked on The State School Spectacular, teaching and choreographing for the main dance ensemble. She spent 11 years teaching at Box Hill TAFE taking the 'Jazz' subject for the Dance Teacher's Diploma Course. She spent numerous years teaching freelance, adjudicating and examining students around Melbourne. Michelle holds a Diploma of Dance (MDES), Teachers Diploma, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and an Associate Diploma in Jazz, Tap and Ballet (ADS).
With over 25 years experience in dance, performance and teaching – Michelle (mother of two) has an amplified passion in teaching the fundamentals of dance, movement and fitness to children – in a fun and nurturing manner. Being a mother, Michelle understands the pressures of a family’s day to day living. With that in mind, she has created a dance environment with Mini Groovers which should benefit both the student and parent.
Caterina Mete - Dancer, Choreographer for Wiggles
Michael Gilliland started teaching Singing Classes at Mini Groovers in 2019. It has been a wonderful addition to Mini Groovers. With the Music Theatre Workshops being so popular on the school holidays and the students showing a big interest in Singing, it was obvious Singing Lessons should be offered to the curriculum at Mini Groovers. Michael’s teaching technique has proven to be at a high standard. He is wonderful with the children and really has a way with creating a safe space allowing the children to give everything a go, gain confidence while learning the craft.