Meet The Team

Liesl Schroeder


(M.SDA, Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap)

Liesl started dancing at the age of 3, and continued to pursue her passion of dancing when she moved to Australia at the age of 8 where she focused on ballet, jazz and character syllabus completing 

numerous Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) exams at The National Theatre Ballet School.

Liesl was also part of the Johnny Young Talent School and performed in numerous productions and stage shows. 

Having completed a Bachelor of Commerce and working in Human Resources for over 20 years Liesl took over as owner of Performance Academy of Dancing in 2018 keeping the well known philosophies of the a fun and friendly school established by the previous owners and great friends Juliann Smith and Laura Bailey.

Maya Schroeder

Director & Head Teacher

(M. SDA,Advanced Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Bronze Tap)

Diploma Dance Teacher Management & Musical Theatre (ATOD)


Maya has been dancing since the age of 4 and is trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip- hop, tap and commercial dance styles as well as singing and acting. She continued dancing throughout her school years completing all of her Ballet, Jazz and Tap exams with State Dance Association (SDA) as well as completing VCE and Vet Dance. 


Maya studied Full Time Dance at Kelly Aykers School of Dance where she graduated in Dance Teacher Management as well as Musical Theatre.


Maya grew up with dance in her life, and now wants to share that with other children so they can experience the love she found for it. Maya is incredibly passionate about teaching and passing on her extensive experience and love of dance, drama and yoga to students of all ages.


Some of her achievements include: 

Crown Casino Ballroom and Salsa Championship Dancer

Crocodile Dundee 3 The Movie

Red Ball Showgirl. Dancer for the Queen of Diamonds Entertainment.


Ultra Music Festival

Beyonce Performer TV Commercial.


Maya is so thrilled to be apart of the Performance Academy Of Dancing. She is very excited to share her knowledge with the students and watch them strive to be the best they could possibly be.

(M.SDA, F/T PSA Alumni, Intermediate Ballet, Advanced Jazz, Advanced Tap, Professional Dancer)

(M.SDA,Advanced Ballet, Jazz, and Tap) 

Originally from Russia, Katia’s has an extensive dance training background and long list of professional performance experiences.

Juliette Beninati

Elizabeth Kirby

Katia Kourilova

Juliann P Smith

Laura Buik

(M.SDA, SBA, Dance Dip, VCE Dance State Reviewer, Examiner, Adjudicator, SDA National Member Liasion)

M.SDA, Dance Dip in Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap, Examiner, VCE Dance, Adjudicator, SDA Chairperson 2010-2017, SDA Administrator)