CODE aims to provide a first-class dance experience and this begins with their teachers. Each staff member has a wealth of experience both personally as dancers and as teachers, ensuring that students receive training of an excellent standard.
All CODE teachers have valid WWCCs (Working With Children Check).
Bec Abelman - Principal:
Bec has been dancing since she was four, completing ATOD examinations in Ballet, Jazz and Tap and excelling in many competitions, performances and eisteddfods. After her schooling, Bec participated in the premiere KCDC Contemporary Dance Program in Israel. Since returning to Australia, Bec’s love of dance transformed into a passion for teaching, culminating in the founding of CODE.
As an ex-dancer herself and a qualified physiotherapist, Bec's major emphasis is on developing a strong foundation of dance technique. She recognises the importance of supporting students' talent and love for dance, and balances this with dancer safety and broader life skills. Bec’s strong technical knowledge combined with her calm approach to teaching enables her students to continuously build their technique whilst developing an appreciation for dance.
Bec has a Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management, a Bachelor of Science (Science Scholars Program), Honours in Nutrition as well as a Doctor of Physiotherapy. Bec is currently working as a Dance Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor and loves incorporating her knowledge of anatomy and exercise therapy into her dance teaching.
Amy Price - Teacher:
Amy is one of our distinguished alumni and has been dancing since the age of 5 in a range of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary and hip-hop. She has competed in many competitions over the years both in solos and in competition crews with CODE, receiving many trophies and awards. She was a part of our extensive teacher training program for 4 years where she learned how to create a fun and nurturing environment for students to develop their love of dance. Amy’s passionate and exciting approach to life comes through in her teaching and allows her students to feel supported and involved.
Gabi Treger - Teacher:
Gabi has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has trained in a number of dance styles including Ballet (including pointe work), Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Gabi has completed ATOD Classical Ballet examination and participated numerous competitions both in solos and groups. Gabi has completed 4 years of CODE’s Teacher Training program which allowed for experience in choreographing, teaching and assisting in classes for a range of styles of dance. Gabi’s passionate approach to teaching and choreographing helps her to engage with her students and find the best way to connect to each student.
Michelle Sigalov - Teacher:
Michelle has been dancing for over fifteen years and has been trained in many dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Michelle has been performing and competing as both a soloist and troupe member for many years, receiving various awards along the way. Michelle has completed Ballet dance exams in multiple syllabi including ATOD and RAD. Michelle has been involved in CODE’s Teacher Training program for the past several years, where she was able to build on her teaching and mentoring skills. She is beyond thrilled and can’t wait to pass on her passion and love for dance to her students.
Tara Almeida - Teacher:
Tara has been dancing since the age of 7 and has trained in multiple styles including Jazz, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary and Ballet. She has competed in both groups and solos at multiple competitions, including travelling to Queensland to compete at Nationals. In 2018, Tara travelled to the USA where she participated in workshops at Disneyworld, Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Centre as well as performing at Disney Springs Orlando. Tara has completed both her Certificate 1/2 and 3/4 in Dance. She has also been involved in CODE’s Teacher Training program for 3 years and cannot wait to bring her passion and love for dance forward.
Tiahna Esteves - Teacher:
Tiahna has been dancing for fifteen years and has been trained in many dance styles including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip- Hop, Lyrical and Contemporary. From a very young age, Tiahna has been competing as a soloist and troupe member receiving many top awards both in Melbourne and Interstate. Tiahna has completed Ballet, Jazz and Tap dance exams in multiple syllabi including Cecchetti, TAAD, BAL and ATOD. Tiahna has been involved in CODE’s Teacher Training program for the past three years and she can’t wait to instil her passion and love of dance with her students. Tiahna has completed her Certificate II in Dance and is working towards pursuing a career in the Performing Arts industry.
Meshie Bargil - Teacher:
Meshie has been dancing for over 15 years and has trained in various styles including Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Ballet. She has completed her Certificate II in dance and has been involved in CODE’s teacher training program for the past several years. Meshie has been competing in various competitions as both a soloist and a troupe member and loves watching her students share the same joy when performing on stage. Meshie has also completed multiple dance exams and is very excited to share her love for dance with her students.