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Bayside Ballet Academy
Lydia Cagney Morris


A popular and well loved ballet teacher and adjudicator Principal Lydia Cagney Morris has been involved in dance for 40 years.

Lydia started her early dance training in the R.A.D Ballet syllabus in Ulverstone, Tasmania.

After moving to Victoria in 1977 she then studied the Cecchetti Ballet Syllabus to status teacher level also studying the Imperial Society Teachers of Dance (ISTD) syllabus in Tap and Modern to major examination level. 

Lydia has a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies (Dance & Drama) from Victoria University of Technology and is a qualified teacher with the Cecchetti Society of Australia. She has gained her Cecchetti Associate,

Associate Diploma & Licentiate status examinations and in 2016 gained her

Cecchetti Licentiate Diploma in Anatomy and Ballet History.           

Lydia has presented at various Australian fitness conferences Sportscoach, NETWORK Australia and VICSWIM on the topic of aquatic rehabilitation for dancers and has been published in Dancetrain Magazine on the topic of dance nutrition.             

She has been the state organiser of the Cecchetti Ballet Victoria’s Choreographic Competition since 2003 and developed her own unique Early Childhood Dance program ‘Fancy Pants Dance’ in 2017.

In 2014 she also completed a Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management- CUA50311 with the A.T.O.D- Australian Teachers of Dancing.

In addition to her dance teaching work Lydia has adjudicated Dance,Speech and Drama all over Australia and New Zealand since the year 2000

This includes competitions as far away as Rotorua,Brisbane,Adelaide, Taree,Blenheim,Alice Springs,Perth,Hobart,Christchurch and many more.

Previously a dance a teacher at the MLC-Methodist Ladies College in Kew Lydia also trained as a W.A.G Beginner Gymnastics Coach in 2019 at Waverley Gymnastics in Melbourne.

In 2018 Lydia completed a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and is currently studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and wokring towards gaining her Cecchetti Fellowship qualification. 

In addition to these studies she works as a Kindergarten educator.



Lydia Cagney Morris
Vanessa Northcott
Vanessa Northcott


Vanessa Northcott started her early dance training aged three, attending jazz and ballet classes at Mathis School of Dance in Braeside.

She recently graduated her 2nd year of Full Time receiving her Diploma of Dance as a Pre-Professional student at Transit Dance. Primarily majoring in contemporary under the direction of Paul Malek,

Vanessa has trained in a variety of additional styles including the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Syllabus where

she completed her Intermediate examination, attaining the ‘Athol Willoughby Award’ in 2011.

Vanessa also studied at Patrick Studios Australia for 4 years, graduating year 12 from Patrick Studios Academy of Performing Arts in 2014.

Throughout Vanessa’s final school year she was successful in receiving a result of 50 for her VCE VET Dance studies.

She was then selected to perform as a candidate of the VCE Season of Excellence as a Top Class Dance Performer. In 2015,

Vanessa completed her 1st year as a Full Time Performing Arts student at Patrick Studios under the direction of Todd Patrick.

Throughout these years Vanessa was able to reach a high level of skill in commercial work and core jazz technique.

Alongside her dance training, Vanessa has spent 10 years as a National stream gymnast, achieving National Level 7 in a competitive training squad.

She also has 2 years’ experience training in the position of a flyer as part of Bayside Bullets cheerleading team, enabling her to progress her acrobatic ability to complement her dancing.

Vanessa has now been a freelance dance teacher for 3 years present, educating and choreographing solos and group dances in a vast variety of styles. Recently,

Vanessa has been awarded Runner up in the Youth Choreographic Competition ‘Dance Architect’ where she was awarded residency at Transit Dance to develop her piece further in 2017.

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