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Meet our Team

Peter Garner


Owner-Operator/Instructor

Peter Garner is the founder of Excell Dance Centre, establishing the business in 1999. Peter wanted to provide a space for his children to train in dance and enjoy its many rewards closer to their family home. After almost 19 years, he is now very proud to welcome Amanda, Sebastian and Andrew into the business with ownership, management and teaching rolls. Peter is a fully qualified DanceSport Australia Adjudicator and Ballroom Dance Coach. He has had many years experience in teaching all styles but specialises in Standard Ballroom and New Vogue. He also has a passion for teaching Rock n Roll, Line Dancing and Bridal Couples. In addition, Peter has had an amazing career in Debutant training and is renowned for a very high standard in Deb Set presentations.

Peter instructs the following styles:

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various
  • Rock’N’Roll, Line Dancing, Bridal Couples

Peter Garner


Owner-Operator/Instructor

Peter Garner is the founder of Excell Dance Centre, establishing the business in 1999. Peter wanted to provide a space for his children to train in dance and enjoy its many rewards closer to their family home. After almost 19 years, he is now very proud to welcome Amanda, Sebastian and Andrew into the business with ownership, management and teaching rolls. Peter is a fully qualified DanceSport Australia Adjudicator and Ballroom Dance Coach. He has had many years experience in teaching all styles but specialises in Standard Ballroom and New Vogue. He also has a passion for teaching Rock n Roll, Line Dancing and Bridal Couples. In addition, Peter has had an amazing career in Debutant training and is renowned for a very high standard in Deb Set presentations.

Peter instructs the following styles:

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various
  • Rock’N’Roll, Line Dancing, Bridal Couples

Amanda Costa


Owner-Operator/Instructor

Amanda started Ballroom at the age of 7 and has competed at a high level throughout her 26 years in dance. Partnered by her brother, she was many times National Amateur Champion and even ranked 21 in the world. Partnered by her husband Sebastian she has achieved many National and USA finalist dance titles. In 2006 Amanda was the WINNER of DANCING WITH THE STARS Australia, Season 4, with Grant Denyer and placed 4th in Season 6 with Jamie Durie. She has also worked as a performer for Burn The Floor and Royal Caribbean International Productions in shows including Ballroom Fever, Saturday Night Fever, Centerstage, Fast Forward, Wild Cool & Swingin’ and Luis Van Amstel’s Invitation To Dance.

Amanda is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • Night Club Dances- West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, Salsa, Merengue.
  • American Rhythm- Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, East Coast Swing, Bolero
  • American Smooth- Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz
  • Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Bridal Couples

Amanda has been teaching classes and private lessons for over 20 years. During this time she
has instructed in Australia and in the USA.

Sebastian Costa

Owner-Operator/Instructor

Sebastian has been dancing 23 years, much of this time spent in the world of Competition Ballroom. Throughout his competitive career he was many times National and USA Finalist. More recently he has been working as a Featured Performer in touring shows and stage shows such as Burn The Floor and Royal Caribbean International Productions including Ballroom Fever, Saturday Night Fever, Centerstage, Fast Forward, Wild Cool & Swingin’ and Luis Van Amstel’s Invitation To Dance.

Sebastian is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • Night Club Dances- West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, Salsa, Merengue.
  • American Rhythm- Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, East Coast Swing, Bolero
  • American Smooth- Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz
  • Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Bridal Couples

Sebastian has been teaching classes and private lessons for over 20 years. During this time he has instructed in Australia and in the USA.

Sebastian Costa

Owner-Operator/Instructor

Sebastian has been dancing 23 years, much of this time spent in the world of Competition Ballroom. Throughout his competitive career he was many times National and USA Finalist. More recently he has been working as a Featured Performer in touring shows and stage shows such as Burn The Floor and Royal Caribbean International Productions including Ballroom Fever, Saturday Night Fever, Centerstage, Fast Forward, Wild Cool & Swingin’ and Luis Van Amstel’s Invitation To Dance.

Sebastian is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • Night Club Dances- West Coast Swing, Night Club 2 Step, Hustle, Salsa, Merengue.
  • American Rhythm- Cha Cha, Rumba, Mambo, East Coast Swing, Bolero
  • American Smooth- Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz
  • Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop, Argentine Tango, Bridal Couples

Sebastian has been teaching classes and private lessons for over 20 years. During this time he has instructed in Australia and in the USA.

Andrew Garner


Owner-Operator/Instructor

Andrew’s Dancesport competition experience spans 10 years. He is one of six children in the family who have shared a passion for dance for most of their lives. In fact, during his Dancesport competition career he partnered his youngest sister as they competed in many National Championships.

Andrew is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various
  • Salsa, Merengue, Lindy Hop

Andrew has been teaching social classes and private lessons to enthusiasts of all ages for 5 years.

Barb Martin


Instructor

Barb started dancing at the age of 13. She has competed in Latin American, Standard Ballroom and New Vogue nationally and has won many titles from Dance Sport Championships. Barb is an accredited Dance Sport Coach and has been teaching at Excell Dance Centre for 10 years. She teaches all ages from 5 to 105, from raw beginners to seasoned competition couples. She is particularly proud of teaching students with Parkinson’s disease how to dance, improving their mobility and quality of life.

Barb is trained in the following dance styles.\

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various

Barb Martin


Instructor

Barb started dancing at the age of 13. She has competed in Latin American, Standard Ballroom and New Vogue nationally and has won many titles from Dance Sport Championships. Barb is an accredited Dance Sport Coach and has been teaching at Excell Dance Centre for 10 years. She teaches all ages from 5 to 105, from raw beginners to seasoned competition couples. She is particularly proud of teaching students with Parkinson’s disease how to dance, improving their mobility and quality of life.

Barb is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various

Sarah Wathen (Borrman)


Instructor

As a child Sarah was drawn to the art of dance. She began her journey at the age of 5 and since then has enjoyed various styles including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Latin American, Competitive Sport Aerobics and Zumba. Zumba has become an outlet for Sarah, a method of relieving stress and a great way to stay in shape.

Sarah’s Zumba is a fusion of Latin American and International dance themes that creates a dynamic, exciting and fun fitness class.

Anita


Instructor

Anita was introduced to the world of dance when she started callisthenics in high school in Yarck, where she grew up. She later switched to Ballroom when she decided to learn in Shepparton. Anita was so enthusiastic about dance that for a long time, she took every single class offered at Excell Dance Centre as well as Private Lessons, to hone her dancing skills. Her tallied efforts of 27 hours of dancing a week, contributed to her successes in National Dance Sport Medallist competitions.

Anita is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various
  • Salsa, Rock’N’Roll, Slow Rhythm, Bridal Couples

Anita has been teaching for 3 years taking various social classes, private lessons and bridal
couples.

Anita


Instructor

Anita was introduced to the world of dance when she started callisthenics in high school in Yarck, where she grew up. She later switched to Ballroom when she decided to learn in Shepparton. Anita was so enthusiastic about dance that for a long time, she took every single class offered at Excell Dance Centre as well as Private Lessons, to hone her dancing skills. Her tallied efforts of 27 hours of dancing a week, contributed to her successes in National Dance Sport Medallist competitions.

Anita is trained in the following dance styles.

  • Latin American- Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive.
  • Standard- Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep
  • New Vogue- Various
  • Salsa, Rock’N’Roll, Slow Rhythm, Bridal Couples

Anita has been teaching for 3 years taking various social classes, private lessons and bridal
couples.