Teachers

All of our teachers at Charlesworth Walsh are qualified and accredited educators in their field.  As our Principal and Director have worked for many years in the professional theatre industry, they are aware of the requirements to succeed in this world. Our staff undertake their work with integrity and care, pass on their love of the dance to every child, are passionate about the performing arts and strive to develop a love of the arts in children. All our teachers have current Working with Children permits.

We are dedicated in our roles of dance educators and strive to develop creativity and confidence while nurturing each child to attain their full potential.  We do this by combining a well-constructed class with technical correction delivered with patience, kindness and good humour. Classes at Charlesworth Walsh are an enjoyable experience for everyone!

Rosslyn Charlesworth (OAM)

F.C.B.A – C.I.C.B, Life member – Cecchetti Ballet Australia
Dance Fellow and Life Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London)

Our director, Rosslyn Charlesworth (Founder), has been school principal for over 55 years. Rossyln is a life member and fellow of the Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dancing [London].  She is also a Fellow of Cecchetti Ballet Australia and is qualified to teach Cecchetti candidates at all levels.

Rosslyn keeps abreast of all developments in dance by regularly attending relevant seminars, courses, conferences and workshops.  In addition, she is active as an adjudicator at Dance Competitions and is much sought after for assessing at other schools of dance.

Rosslyn studied with Madam Saranova, Kathleen Gorham, Paul Hammond and Peggy Sager.  She has toured Europe, attended the Cologne International Summer School Of Dance and invitational seminars for professors of dance with internationally renowned Marika Besobravosa of the Ecole de Danse Classique de Monte Carlo.

Rossyln-Charlesworth

Monique Fox

A.C.B.A – C.I.C.B – Cecchetti Ballet Australia
International Dance Adjudicator
CSTD (Member of the Commonweath Society of Teachers of Dance Inc.)

Monique is a member of the Commonwealth Society Of Teachers Of Dance Incorporated, Australia with 30 years teaching experience. She has danced professionally both here and overseas. Monique has studied at the Rosslyn Charlesworth School Of Ballet and Dance, GITAS and Bolshoi schools in Russia and with the Vienna State Opera.

She has successfully trained students for examinations, productions and competitions in classical, tap, and jazz.  Monique is our chief choreographer for our annual Cabaret Events, designing and arranging ideas, items and costumes.  She has also directed and choreographed school concerts and productions, and worked as a dance teacher at the Peninsula Special Developmental College.

Recently, Monique trained with the world renowned Contemporary choreographer Jason Winters and will be introducing his new syllabus into the school.

As well as being an accomplished teacher, Monique is a choreographer and is in great demand as an adjudicator.

Faye Johnson

Dance Fellow and Life Member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (London)
FISTD Fellow and Life Member of the Cecchetti Ballet Australia
Diploma of Arts (Dance)
VAC Cecchetti Ballet Examiner
VCE Dance and VCE VET Teaching Accreditation with the Royal Academy of Dancing
Member of the VIT.

With over forty years experience teaching dance in both educational institutions and in the private sector, I am proud to be involved in the ongoing development of dance education.  I take enormous pride in training students to present for VCE and VET dance examinations, with many of my students gaining Premier’s Awards each year and on many occasions dux of the State. My role as an examiner supports my teaching endeavors to help produce quality dance tuition and instil a deep love for the art form in all those I teach.

Faye Johnson Ballet Teacher

Rachel Crofts

B.Ed (Primary)
Cecchetti Advanced 1

Rachel commenced dancing at the Charlesworth Walsh Dance Centre when she was five years old and has trained in many forms of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary. During her early teenage years she was a teacher’s assistant, before beginning to teach her own classes. Rachel has completed many examinations with Cecchetti Ballet Australia, as well as many tap examinations. She has a passion for working with children and teaches many of our junior classes. Rachel has a Bachelor of Primary Education and currently works as a primary school teacher. She regularly choreographs dance items for her Primary School and recently directed and choreographed a whole school production.

Robyn Begg

Robyn was a professional dancer for ten years, before transferring into her administration role with The Australian Ballet. In 2018 and 2019 Robyn was Artistic Coordinator/Executive Assistant with The Australian Ballet. In 2016 she was contracted to The Australian Ballet Storytime and was Principal Artist in 2017 and 2018. Robyn was also a Seasonal Artist with the West Australian Ballet in 2012, 2014 & 2016. Alongside this, Robyn has been teaching contemporary, classical, jazz and yoga for many years. 

Sarah Dalton

Sarah has been dancing since she was four and has been at the Charlesworth Walsh Dance Centre since the age of six. She has been teaching her own classes for many years, after having been a teacher’s assistant throughout high school. After having passed her Cecchetti Associate Exam in 2009, she has prepared many students for their ballet exams with high results attained. She also achieved great results in VCE dance in 2004. Sarah has a sound understanding of the muscles and joints in the body as a fully qualified massage therapist.

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