Stefanie has been dancing since the age of four and has been teaching dance since 2001. Growing up in Melbourne, Australia she danced all through her childhood and teen years, training in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. At the age of 12 Stefanie was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts and began studying dance full-time from the age of 15. She obtained her Certificate IV in Classical Ballet and a Diploma in Performing Arts from Danceworld 301. There she had the extraordinary opportunity to study ballet with Classical Ballet legend Gelsey Kirkland and complete Elementary Level through the Royal Academy of Dancing syllabus (R.A.D. Classical Ballet).
After graduating from her full-time studies Stefanie pursued a career as a professional dancer, having performed in countless shows and events throughout Australia and Asia. Some career highlights include; an aerialist in the principal role of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid: Under The Sea” Show at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort in Japan. Dancing a lead role as “Flora Fairy” in “The WinX Club” Singapore Tour. Cheerleading for both of Melbourne's major professional basketball and rugby teams. Dancing on the starting line of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix for 3 years. Dancing in front of 100,000 people at the nationally televised sporting event, the Australian Football League Grand Final with internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Irene Cara from the original movie of “Fame”.
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Stefanie also studied Child Development at Mesa College in San Diego, California and is an accredited IAP Career College Dance Studio Owner. In 2008, she and her husband Matt moved from Melbourne to California. They have now happily settled in Novato with their two young boys, and are very grateful to be able to raise their children in such a friendly community.
While dancing in the entertainment industry Stefanie also began her teaching career at the age of 18. This is where she found her true passion of combining her love for the art of dance with her love for children. She has taught ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, acrobats & cheerleading for over 16 years. From ages 18 months through to adults, from Melbourne, Australia through to Los Angeles, San Diego and now Marin County, Stefanie is extremely proud of all of her past students for their accomplishments. Whether they have moved on to higher platforms of performing, or taken their important life skills learnt through dance class to other areas of personal interest.
Stefanie is very excited to have the opportunity to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the children of Novato and the greater surrounding areas in beautiful Marin County.
Niki Marchione joins our studio very highly recommended! Niki has had a lifelong passion for dance that developed when she started ballet class at the young age of 3 years old, and since then her dance education has included many genres including ballet, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, contemporary, tap and hip hop. Niki’s training in her teen years specialized in a high standard of technique in classical ballet, along with advanced pointe work and partnering experience in pas de deux. Niki loves performing on stage and danced on a competitive team for six years, competing with other dancers from all over the Bay Area.
Niki was a student and teaching assistant at Studio C Dance Academy in Petaluma, where she trained since her family moved to California when she was 10 year old. Niki also has a special interest in geography and world culture and has pursued this in her studies at Sacramento State University.
Niki is so excited to be a part of Splitz Dance Academy and is thrilled have the opportunity to share her joy of classical dance and performing arts with our students.