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Royal Existence is one of the leading dance institutions in Darwin. At our school, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, welcoming children and adults who can’t help but feel the rhythm! Established in 2018, we aim to create a positive, welcoming environment which is encouraging for all.

About Royal Existence

Located within the Darwin region, Royal Existence is a comprehensive dance facility. We have 7 styles on offer for students from ages 18months to 18years. We have 3 studio spaces and a spacious waiting area.

To ensure classes are suitable for those who attend, we offer a range of options across styles, age groups and abilities. We enjoy keeping our classes small, allowing a maximum of 15 students in one class, which allows our instructor to provide more personalised training, help them set & achieve goals and build strong relationships. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you.

The dance teachers at Royal Existence have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our passion for dance while being supportive and encouraging.

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Our vision is to build our students into successful leaders, strong in character, full of confidence and joy, as they discover their creative purpose and are launched into their bright future.

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At Royal Existence our mission is to empower young people to be the best version of themselves and launch them into their creative purpose, using dance as the platform to do so. We believe we can achieve this by providing quality training, encouraging creativity and fostering a culture of family.

Our 5 Core Values
  1. Creativitywe are committed to providing fresh, creative and inspiring choreography and encouraging students in their creative ability.
  2. Excellencewe commit to offering and constantly improving the quality of service we have to offer, from enrolment, communications, performances in and outside of our studio space by having a “better today than yesterday” attitude.
  3. Growthwe are committed to investing and constantly educating ourselves. We believe and encourage our dance family to never stop learning.
  4. IntegrityWe commit to fostering a culture of respect for ourselves, others and dance as an artform. Integrity extends into our consideration of music and costume choices for our students.
  5. Unitywe are committed to communicating candidly, fostering a culture of family and investing back into our community.
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Our Team

The Royal Existence team of accredited and friendly dance instructors have a range of skills they can share with our students.

Samantha Price

CEO & Creative Director
Samantha is our fearless leader and hip hop guru. Sam has over a decade of dance teaching experience and founded Royal Existence Dance Academy in 2018 with the vision to empower young people in their worth, value and identity. She is passionate about inspiring people to discover their purpose and how they are called to impact the world. Samantha is a creative visionary with the desire to impact her students, team, families and community with powerful, captivating and entertaining dance experiences.

Ann Davies

Office Manager
If you’ve got a question about classes, uniform, concert or life hacks, this is the woman you call! Ann joined the team in 2020 as our Office Manager and has been a great asset to our studio. As a hard worker and a nurture at heart, she adds a dash of sparkle into everyone’s lives.

Naomi Macdonald

Executive Assistant
Naomi started with Royal Existence in 2021. She has a Diploma in Management and extensive experience in business, administration and operational procedures. She values excellence and is constantly seeking where we may improve and how we can deliver the best service to our clients.

Brittany Dunk

Senior Dance Teacher
Brittany started her journey in dance at 2 years old. She is a master technician in the dance industry having completed her Masters of Fine Arts (Dance) at Queensland University of Technology and her RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies.
Brittany releases an atmosphere of joy when she teaches and encourages students to feel comfortable to express themselves.

Keely Palmer

Senior Dance Teacher
Keely started gymnastics at only 10months old and transferred across to dance when she was 10. She trained professionally at Transit Dance in Melbourne for 3 years completing 9 show seasons during this time. After Graduating she gained her Diploma of Dance, Performing Arts (Elite Performance) and her Certificate 4 in Dance Teaching and Management. Keely is all about sharing her love and passion for dance whilst creating a positive and upbringing environment for every student to improve their dance skills and overall confidence.

Melita Mangels

Senior Dance Teacher
Melita was born to dance and perform. She started dancing at the age of 3 and fell in love with all aspects of performing. She entered numerous Eisteddfods over the years and loved being on the stage. Throughout her schooling years she completed all her CSTD Tap and Jazz exams and her RAD grade ballet exams. She even completed her CSTD Jazz Teacher Award.
At the end of year 12 danced professionally on her first cruise ship contract – Star Cruises in Southeast Asia. It was a dream come true. At the completion of her contract she auditioned for both Moulin Rouge and Tokyo Disneyland and got offered a position at both. Being a big kid at heart she chose Disney and was cast as Cinderella, Mary Poppins and Esmerelda. She went on to work with Disney Cruise Line in America for 4 years. At the age of 26 she decided to come home to Australia where she joined a performance agency and travelled Queensland performing in a variety of children’s shows as a host/dancer and a character suit operator. She also started teaching ballet to preschoolers at Kinderballet in Brisbane. Melita says she is so grateful to have found Royal X through her daughter’s passion for dance. She is eager to start teaching Ready Set Dance, Ballet and Move With Me and to have the privilege of witnessing her little dancers achieve all their milestones.

Tully Zich

Dance Teacher
Tully started his journey with a gymnastic background, but quickly realised his passion for dance when he enrolled in classes with Royal Existence in 2018. Tully is a keen performer and has displayed his skill and talents on stage as a soloist and part of a team at many competitions and events. After assisting in classes at the studio Tully began training as a dance teacher and now teaches his own Pre-schoolers, Junior and Sub-Inter classes across all genres. He inspires all our young students and is an excellent role model to students and peers alike.

Abby Hatton

Dance Teacher
Abby began her dance journey at just 3 years of age. She started with Ballet classes and then widened her training to Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Lyrical completing all her Comdance grade exams along the way. Abby currently holds a Cert II in Dance from the Australian Dance Institute and has recently completed her Comdance teaching certificate in Jazz. She is working towards her Tap certificate and her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management . Abby has a passion to share her love of dance to the next generation.

Kristi Merrit

Dance Teacher
Kristi began her dance journey at 4 years old when she was introduced to Physical Culture. She participated in Physie up until her family moved to the Northern Territory in 2016. She joined Royal X as a student first in Contemporary class and soon discovered her passion for dance. She quickly enrolled in Jazz, Ballet, Acro and Hip Hop and has been a strong member of the Senior Elite Performance team for the past three years. Kristi says she loves working with people and watching them fulfil their potential and achieve their goals and can’t wait to start teaching dance classes at Royal Existence in 2022

Abbey Muldoon

Dance Teacher
Introducing Miss Abbey. Abbey has been helping at the studio all year as a volunteer as part of the Duke of Edinburgh program. We are very pleased to say that we have recently made her position at the studio official. You will see her around teaching READY SET DANCE and assisting with the junior age classes.