Discover Royal Existence

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.

Ever wondered what makes a great teacher?

Here at Royal X our teachers are mentors and motivators helping their students reach their full potential. 

Email us to book a trial during Open Week (Jan 29th - Feb 3rd) and come along to meet some of them💜

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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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Is Royal X Dance Family for you?


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.


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.

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

Owner / Creative Director

With over 17 years in the dance industry, Sam’s journey has afforded her invaluable experiences as both a trainee and a trainer. As a creative visionary, she is committed to nurturing and mentoring aspiring dancers and dance instructors in Darwin, with a focus on developing their skills and expertise to become the best versions of themselves. Over the years, she has been nominated and been the recipient of multiple business awards and dance awards, recognising her dedication and contribution in the industry. Sam holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a certified teacher in the Acrobatic Arts and Ready Set Dance programs. These credentials underscore her dedication to both her craft and the development of others, shaping a legacy built on humility and service within the dance world.

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.

Melita Mangels

Preschool Team Leader

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.

Hayley Gallagher

Senior Dance Teacher

Introducing Miss Hayley! 
Hayley grew up dancing at Legs Dance Studios in Canberra and moved up the RAD ballet levels during her time there. Hayley has a Bachelor of Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts. She also studied a Certificate of Theology and Musical Theatre (majoring in dance) in New York City.
She is a high school teacher by day and ballet teacher by night. Her passion is to see students reach their full potential and to understand their creative purpose as they learn to express themselves.

Abbey Muldoon

Dance Teacher

Introducing Miss Abbey. Abbey has been a dance teacher with Royal Existence since 2020. Abbey is an accredited Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet teacher and trained in Mini Acro and Junior class syllabus. Abbey is currently studying dance at school and completing Year 12. Abbey was the recipient of the Royal X Values Award in 2020 – This award recognises a person who has gone above and beyond to exemplify Creativity, Growth, Excellence, Integrity and Unity.

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.

Mia Hawkes

Dance Teacher

Caitlin Morgan

Dance Teacher

Andrea Critchley

Dance Teacher

Brittany Dunk


Brittany is committed to providing quality training in her role as a mentor to Royal Existence. Brittany is a master technician in the dance industry having completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and her Master of Teaching at Queensland University of Technology. Throughout her schooling, she completed many examinations with Royal Academy of Dance and Glenn Wood Tap. She also has acquired her Registered Teacher Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance as well as earning a Level 1 certification in Progressing Ballet Technique.

Alyssa Pastrikos

Dance Teacher

Alyssa is Darwin born and bred having lived here for all of her 18yrs. She has been dancing since she was 3yrs old and loves Jazz and Ballet, especially Pointe. Having graduated from Palmerston Christian College in 2023 she can’t wait to embark on her teaching journey with Royal Existence. If you have a student taking ballet classes on Tuesdays there is a good chance they will get the pleasure of having Miss Alyssa as their teacher. She is eager to pass on both her knowledge and passion for ballet.

Hayley Doran

Dance Teacher

The NSW Central Coast has gifted us with an extraordinary dance educator in the form of Hayley Doran. Boasting a diverse skill set and extensive education in various dance styles, Hayley has seized remarkable opportunities throughout her career. Her journey includes full-time studies at IKIN Dance, cheerleading for the Sydney Roosters, captivating performances in Bollywood films and fashion shows, and appearances in prestigious projects such as Sky Racing TVCs, Woolworths TVCs, Bundy Rum Print Ads, AAMI Insurance, Nexus Airlines, and ABC’s “Giggle & Hoot” as Charlie Bear.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Hayley actively participates in charity events for Ronald McDonald House, embodying the role of Hamburglar. Currently embarked on a nationwide journey across Australia, Hayley has graciously joined our Royal X team for a 9-month collaboration. Our students eagerly anticipate the invaluable insights they will gain from her wealth of dance knowledge, ensuring they receive a superb education before Hayley continues her inspiring journey.

Why do a photoshoot? It’s more than just getting dressed up in our gorgeous, sparkly costumes. It’s about making memories and building self-esteem and confidence in our dancers. Will we see you on our wall in 2024? 

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