Founding Directors of MAKS BALLET STUDIOS, husband and wife duo Matthew and Katherine Shilling share over 37 years professional dance experience.

Trained in NSW and Canberra respectively they have both toured the world enjoying International careers in highly respected dance companies such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Opera Australia and as beloved members of Australia’s leading contemporary ensemble Sydney Dance Company while under the artistic directorship of one of Australia’s most distinguished creative luminaries Graeme Murphy.

While Matthew and Katherine have excelled as professional dancers and understand what it takes to meet such challenges, they’ve never lost the simple joy of being a young dancer in a studio, developing technical abilities, honing a craft, exploring personal creative expression while making lifelong friends and having fun.

At MAKS BALLET STUDIOS they’ve cultivated a space to bring their passion, expertise and love of dance to the A.C.T.