Jacinta Ross- Ehlers
Teacher- Classical Specialist

  • Diploma of Dance Academy de dance Classique Princess Grace Monte Carlo
  • WAAPA Lecturer in Dance (10yrs)
  • Certificate IV TAE
  • Senior First Aid & CPR
  • WWC

Jacinta Ehlers born and trained here in Perth at the Graduate College of Dance under the directorship of Terri Charlesworth.

She continued her ballet training at 15 years of age on scholarship at the Academie de Danse Classique Princess Grace in Monte Carlo. It was in her 3rd year at the school in 1991 where she won a cash prize at the prestigious ballet competition the Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Jacinta was accepted into the Bern Ballet Company, Switzerland at 18 years of age. She danced solo and Principal roles with the company for 3 years before continuing her career with Basel Ballet Switzerland for another year.

She returned home to Perth to join the West Australian Ballet Company in 1995. Jacinta danced solo and Principal roles with the company for 11 years before retiring to have a family.

Since retiring she has been a Lecturer with the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts for 10 years, along with guest teaching and adjudicating at competitions and many schools throughout Perth.

Jacinta is very much looking forward to sharing her love and passion of classical dance with our Ambiance students.

Love Miss Jacinta xo

Michelle Screaigh
Teacher – Acrobatic Specialist

  • Diploma of Performing Arts – ED5 International -Sydney
  • Acrobatic Arts Certification Module I
  • Aerial & Silks Performer
  • Senior First Aid & CPR
  • WWC

Michelle is now back in her hometown Perth after living in Sydney for 5 years. She started dancing at the age of 3 and has trained in a variety of styles including jazz, acrobatics, tap, ballet, hip hop and musical theatre. From the age of 10 Michelle developed a passion for performing and acrobatics. Michelle is a past student of Ambiance Dance and having her back in Perth is a wonderful opportunity for our current members.

Since graduating from ED5 International in 2015 she has performed regularly on Sydney Showboats as a dancer/show girl sailing Sydney Harbour as well as many corporate gigs and kids shows. International performances include performing on the most luxurious ship ever built -The Regent Seven Seas Explorer sailing Europe and the Caribbean and the
Norwegian Sky sailing in the Bahamas and Cuba.

Before moving to Sydney to complete her Diploma in Performing Arts, Michelle performed in a number of corporate shows at various venues including the Crown Casino, Hyatt Regency, and the Perth Exhibition
& Convention Centre, as a dancer, acrobat, showgirl and scallywag.

Michelle has also trained on various aerial apparatuses including, Silks, Lyra, Spanish Web and Trapeze. Michelle performed and toured with the Skadada Youth Runaway Circus. This included both performing and teaching workshops to young people.

Michelle is an experienced teacher/instructor, having started teaching at an early age and is a competent teacher in many Performing Arts related disciplines. However, her focus/passion is teaching acrobatics in an encouraging and safe environment.

Love Miss Michelle xo

Annika Torretti
Teacher- Classical Specialist

  • Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance)
  • Bachelor of Arts – currently studying and to graduate in 2021
  • WWC

Annika Torretti started dancing at the age of 3 starting with just jazz, tap and musical theatre. It was at the age of 5 that Annika joined Ambiance Dance and began her training with Miss Tania. Over the next 10 years Annika participated in many competitions and exams in many different styles including jazz, tap, classical and many more. Annika has completed many exams in numerous genre’s under the  CSTD,  ATOD RAD and Cecchetti method receiving high end results from all. Annika hasperformed at the CSTD Convention several times and interstate in the Sydney Festival.

After many years of competitions and furthering her knowledge for something she loved, Annika decided that she wanted to pursue a career in dance, but more particularly in a classical company. From then on her main focus has been classical ballet whilst still continuing her training in other genre’s of dance.

When she was 15 years old she started her first year of full time training at Charlesworth Ballet Institute under the leadership of Sonya Sheppard. Where she performed many different classical repertoires.

The next year Annika made the big move to Sydney for the year to train at the prestigious Tanya Pearson Academy under the leadership of Ms Lucinda Dunn. Whilst over in Sydney Annika was opened up to many opportunities, including competitions and being able to perform in the Sydney City Youth Ballet’s December season of ‘The Nutcracker’. She also completed her Cecchetti Intermediate exam as well as her RAD Intermediate Exam.

In 2019 Annika moved back home where she completed her third year of full time training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where she has received her Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance). Annika will continue her training at WAAPA for the next two years and graduate in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts.

Annika has been a part of the Ambiance Dance community for many years and will be for many more years to come. She’s very excited to be able to share her vast knowledge on classical with her students and to hopefully inspire them to be able to follow their dreams.

Love Miss Annika xo