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Biserk Dance Teaching Staff

Nickely Burke

Meet Nickely! 


Australian-born Nickely lived in the UK for over 20 years where she founded Oxford Contemporary Dance School and later co-founded Biserk Dance Company with Sarah Bishop.  The company performed and toured the UK from 1994 – 2011, and created many education and choreographic projects alongside the touring repertoire. 


Nickely was Dance Lecturer at Abingdon College for 10 years, in addition to managing several youth dance groups in the southern region of England.  As an independent Dance Artist, Nickey was commissioned to choreograph original work, in addition to the Biserk pieces.  More recently Nickely has been contemporary dance teacher and Manager for Melbourne Conservatoire of Ballet and before that, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.


Since arrival in Australia, Nickely has been contemporary dance teacher at BDC Dance Studios based in Ashwood.


In addition to having achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication & Media, Nickely has a Diploma of Dance from Trinity College, London and a TAE qualification in Teaching & Assessment with registered training organisations.


For more detailed information about Biserk Dance Company (UK) please go to the Biserk Archive page.

BA Degree in Communications, University Canberra

Diploma of Dance Teaching & Learning, Trinity College, London

Certificate IV in Assessment & Learning, Plenty Training, Melbourne


Southern Arts England Choreographic Award

Arts Council England Artistic Directors Development Programme

Artistic Director, Biserk Dance Company

Each of our professional dance teachers

have gone through certified training programs,

specialising in a variety of different practices

including: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, and



At Biserk Dance Co, we provide a fun and open

environment for aspiring performers to showcase

their talents and develop their skills to be readymade

for a career in the Performing Arts

Natalie Clarke

Natalie Clarke

Classical Ballet Teacher

Graduate Diploma Elite Dance Instruction, Australian Ballet School
Professional Dance Teaching Diploma, R.A.D
Advanced Diploma In Dance, A.B.S
Modern Jazz Teaching Certificate, Commonwealth Society Teachers Of Dance

Olivia Manson

Olivia Manson

Assistant Dance Teaching & Musical Theatre Teacher

Bachelor Of Occupational Therapy, Monash University
Certificate Iv In Dance Teaching & Management, Transit Dance
Awards: Transit Dance Studios Most Outstanding Award For Dance Teaching & Management

Catherine Mcinnes

Catherine Mcinnes

Fitness & Musical Theatre Teacher

Bachelor Of Exercise & Sport Management, Deakin University (Current)
Certificate II In Dance

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