Licentiate, CICB (Cecchetti Ballet Australia), Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management
Lily Cotronea, Founder and Principal of Lily's Dance Studios was trained in classical ballet by Mr. Athol Willoughby, O.A.M. at the Essendon Academy of Ballet, Melbourne and was taught the Enrico Cecchetti Method. After 16 years at the Essendon Academy of Dance, Lily gained her Associate qualification in Classical Ballet with the Cecchetti Society, London. Lily was also taught jazz and modern by Miss Janette Liddell for many years thereby gaining her Diploma in Jazz with the Modern Dance Educational Syllabus (M.D.E.S.).
In 1988 Lily opened up her very own dance school in a small hall in Westbreen, Pascoe Vale and then moving to Oak Park for several years. In 2001 she opened her brand new dance studios in Belair Avenue, Glenroy where classes are currently being conducted. The Glenroy studio now has over 250 students with classes operating 6 days per week.
In 2014, Lily gained her Associate Diploma in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti Method) and Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management. In 2017, she continued her studies and gained her Licentiate status. Lily is grateful to her mentors Miss Anne Butler and Athol Willoughby for their guidance and direction. Her goal is to one day become an Examiner and to continue to instil the knowledge, encouragement and respect to her students.