Vanessa's childhood years was filled with dancing, singing, acting and piano lessons. She loved the performing arts and appeared in numerous productions, competed at countless dance competitions, and was awarded prestigious awards and prizes for her piano, dancing and singing abilities. 

By the time Vanessa finished school, she was awarded a part scholarship at a full-time dance institution and began teaching in the evenings where her passion for teaching began to grow.

She furthered her dance training in America where she took classes in Los Angeles at Millennium Dance Complex and Debbie Reynolds, as well as in New York at the famous New York Dance Centre. 

Vanessa appeared in the stage show 'Countdown Spectacular' at Rod Laver Arena, performed as a back up dancer for Australian music artists and music video clips, and performed at many corporate shows and gigs. Vanessa also choreographed a promo shoot for an Australian dance wear label, and appeared as a dancer in a Bollywood Movie 'Orange'.

In 2006, Vanessa opened the doors to Dance Machine as her love for teaching became evident. Since then, Dance Machine has grown to become a very successful dance studio in Victoria winning countless awards and prizes at various dance competitions around Victoria. 

In 2020, Vanessa co-founded 'ONE', a dance and performing arts event held in Melbourne to raise money and awareness for the Australian Bushfires raising over $13,000.

Vanessa is a passionate dance teacher with a love for creating new and innovative choreography. Her greatest achievement is creating strong, technical dancers who have gone on to work professionally in the dance and performing arts industry.

Meet The Team


Vanessa Papillo

Director of Dance Machine
Co-founder of 'ONE' - 
Charity based Performing Arts Show

Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management

ATOD Affiliate Member

Lisa Howell's Dance Teacher Training - L1



Rod Laver Arena - 'Countdown Spectacular' Stage Show

Backup dancer for numerous Australian artists & music clips



Ben Scarmozzino

Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance)

Cert IV Dance Teaching & Management


'Bring It On The Musical'

AFL Grand Final 2019 - Tones & I

Australian Open 2019 - Guy Sebastian

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Laura Kinross

R.A.D Solo Seal 

Trained at English National Ballet School


Soloist for English National Ballet Company 

Founder of 'GET FIT DANCE'


Georgia Atherton

Scholarship at Ministry Full Time Course

Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management


AFL Grand Final 2019 - Tones & I


Kallee Richardson

Scholarship at Ministry Full Time Course 

Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance)

Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Management

SCIMM Dance Company


Dirty Dancing On Stage 2019

Logies 2019

AFL Grand Final show 2019

AFL Grand Final - Tones & I


Melissa Pham

Brent Street: Diploma of Dance

Marko Panzic's Show Business Course

SCIMM Dance Company


Live Show - George Maple

Music Videos: Georgia Alice, Kite String Tangle, Tash Sultana, Sannia


Steve Ashford

Senior International Elite Gymnast

Advanced Men's Gymnastics Coach Qualification

20 years plus training

10 years plus teaching

Specialist Acro & Conditioning coach


Courtney Livock

Diploma of Dance

2015 Full Scholarship - Ministry

Marko Panzic's Show Business Course

BOSS Dance Company 


2019 Donnie Dimasse's Production - "Cheap Luxuries & Expired Dreams'

Boss Shows - Alpha & Conquest

Arna Singleton's Production - 'Seeing Red'

Jason Coleman's Productions of 'Rhythm of Life' & 'Humanimals'


Jayden Watson

CSTD Tap Qualifications

ComDance Tap Teacher

Acrobatic Arts L1 Certificate


Tap Forge Project

Finals - Grounded Adult Division

Tap performer for Smith Productions


Deanne Francisco

Hip Hop Specialist

K-Star Trained

K-star teacher/crew choreographer

Winner of GROUNDED 2019 Adults Division


Megan Reid

VCASS - Cert II in Dance

Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts- Ballet Major (WAAPA)

Bachelor of Health & Science

Masters of Physiotheraphy Practice


Andrea Houchen

Directed & Founded Toepaz Dance & Performing Arts Studio (2004 - 2014)

 Diploma Dance Teaching & Management

20 plus teaching years experience

Early years childhood dance specialist.

Recreational Dance Administrator. 

Dance Photographer