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Melinda Bolton - Teacher

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Melinda began dancing at the age of 4 and studied ballet, tap and jazz under the British Ballet Organisation throughout her childhood and adolescence. Undertaking examinations yearly in all genres, Melinda consistently achieved high level results. Melinda also modelled in runway shows as a child, further developing her performance skills.

Into young adulthood Melinda continued her studies in the arts and performed regularly, even breaking into the vocal area where she was chosen via audition to perform in a trio at the Sydney Opera House for NSW Department of Education combined schools choral concert.

Melinda began teaching at the Berry Dance and Performing Arts Studio whilst studying at University and continued performing and undertaking her own dance tuition.

Melinda then began her career with the Department of Education, first as a classroom teacher (teaching infants /primary and dance / drama in secondary schools), and then as a school counsellor which she remains doing to this day.

Melinda currently continues her dance tuition and recently completed Glenn Wood Tap examinations.

Melinda has a degree in Science (Psychology), as well as post graduate qualifications in Education and Psychology. Melinda is an experienced educator and is also a Registered Psychologist with many years of experience in developmental and educational aspects of psychology, particularly in children and adolescence. Melinda has also completed additional training in the treatment of eating disorders and is an advocate for positive self and body image in young people.

Melinda has loved dance, music and performing from her earliest years and this love continues to grow. Melinda knows from personal experience the magic that dance and movement can bring to an individual and is passionate about sharing this magic with the students at SCIPA.