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Looking to add some depth and magic to your next concert?
Want a dance specialist photographer or videographer who will capture your event in synergy with your performance vision?
Looking for a coach to assist you and your students break through barriers?
Unsure about your insurance needs?
Is the administration side of your business draining you of valuable class preparation time?
Needing to bring your dance studio into line with todays health and safety requirements?
Looking at taking your students on an overseas tour?

Dancetrain interviews the most committed and experienced Dance Industry Specialists and answers all of the above and more!


Caroline Hutchison from
All our backdrops are one of a kind pieces of art, hand painted in South Africa, and designed to enhance your performance. We don’t like to make things complicated, we know teachers are time poor and every situation is unique so we take care everything – from advice to booking to freight. For the first time dance school, we recommend determining your budget and the hire dates for the backdrop, e.g. for a Saturday concert, most schools want the backdrop the Wednesday before for rehearsals so the students are used to the backdrop before the concert itself. At $100+gst+freight for each backdrop, making the process as easy as possible means many dance schools hire year after year.
Pavla Chaloupka from
A good backdrop will set the scene or create the atmosphere you desire for your dance program. Our backdrops are professionally painted, give depth to the scene and allow for lighting tricks and ambience. We have standardized the size, 12 metres wide x 6 metres drop, fitting most regional theatres and school auditoriums.
So many different themes are available from traditional ballets such as The Nutcracker and Swan Lake to circuses, ballrooms, forests, spooky castles, gardens, and sequin drapes, slash curtains and crushed velvet drapes to give your theatre production that something extra.


Talia Clow from FIT4DANCE
One-on-one coaching sessions are tailored specifically to the individual dancer. I work on correcting the dancer’s identified weaknesses by increasing their strength, fitness and flexibility. This supports the technique and expressive work they do with their dance teachers. When working in a group session, the dance teacher and I consult to identify what the students need to work on. This focus point is used in that session e.g. hamstring strength, back flexibility, etc. and expanded upon in successive classes. Coaching provides the greatest progress when students have a weekly one-on-one session and a group session. This ensures the dancer has both understood and applied the corrections learnt in the one-on-one training session.


Gail McGeachy from DANCESURANCE
Our “DanceSurance Liability Package” covers a wide range of Dance & Performing Arts activities, including floor based acrobatics, aerobics and dance fitness, and if qualified Pilates and Yoga. Our cover is not limited to just Dance; it also covers Choirs, Orchestras, Theatre & Film, Actors, Models, Calisthenics etc. Aerial activities like Lyra, Silks, Hoops can also be covered for a small additional cost.

Photography & Video Production

David Mezey from
If the lighting is not set up properly your video will look substandard. One misconception is that if you have good lighting for the video the stage effect won’t be good. This is far from the truth. A good lighting setup will give good results for both. The most important thing is to ensure there is a base layer of light, called a wash. Its a white light (no colours) and is evenly bright over every part of the stage. Over this base are the effects, the flashing, and coloured lights. In our 15 years of experience producing videos for dance schools, this combination for your video will look brilliant and so will the live stage performance.
Belinda Wright from BWP STUDIOS
Many studios use the images/video from photo days and/or concerts for promotional use. However, being a photography and video business our door is always open to work with individual schools on promotional material, as the visual face of each school’s business is our business.

Kerry Kofoed from COMM 23
The first, most important thing is to find the right company or person to produce your dance concert. Once you’ve done that the advantage of using their services again means you know what to expect regarding quality, turnaround time and pricing. It’s all about relationships and feeling good about the end product.
We’ve been fortunate when working with studio owners on their photo days; the process has usually gone smoothly. We attribute this to good communication beforehand between ourselves and the principal or club owner and ensuring that time slots have been staggered with enough break in between to avoid overlaps.
Geoff Costello from COSTELLO VIDEO
Our experience in filming dance concerts extends beyond just purely capturing precious memories. Our professional recordings not only make their way to a DVD for an easy way to relive the action, we also offer extended services to produce additional recording and editing products. We can produce professional promotional material for schools to upload to their social media streams or highlight reels for submissions to work at events outside of the concert spectrum. This helps showcase the schools beyond the theatre.

Danielle Barrett from DJ BARRETT
It’s important to consider many things when bringing in a photographer to shoot in your studio. As teachers are providing the space, timing as well as fitting out the studio can be challenging. One of the most common issues is the height of the roof for those dramatic leaps. Also making sure adequate time is dedicated to the shoot. For example: multiple shoot days work well for when there are 100+ students. The key to getting the most out of your photo day is that you have a photographer that you can be open with, able to get creative with, and not feel like the studio’s just another job.

Clinton Plowman from
Copyright refers to who owns a particular image and who has the right to use that image. A photographer owns every image they take but then gives the rights to individuals and businesses to use that image. These days not too many photographers are concerned about copyright contracts but there is a big difference between personal use and commercial use of images. If images are to be used to promote a business, in advertising, or sold, expect to pay more.

Dance photography is harder than it looks. It takes years to learn how to dance, and a long time to master the art of dance photography. After 15 years photographing Eisteddfods and Studios around Australia, it’s still a challenging, yet enjoyable career. I’ve found many photographers struggle learning dance photography but dancers can predict the steps, have great timing and after learning photography, can usually capture the perfect dance photo. It’s very important to hire the correct photographer for the job. You wouldn’t hire a sports photographer to shoot your wedding!
Peter Gillahan from
Our goal is to create beautiful images that capture the movement and diversity of dancers of all ages. With over 25 years’ experience as specialist dance photographers, we offer a range of photographic coverage including onsite studio, stage & individual dance portfolios. With a variety of studio setups available, quick turn around on images as well as a no fuss online ordering system where we deal directly with parents, National Photography has become the go to photography brand for many dance studios nationwide.
Capturing over 12,000 dancers a year, our team of professional photographers are dedicated to capturing that split second of movement & emotion that tells the story of each individual dancer. Dance photography is our passion, we love what we do, and it shows. National Photography is proud to be a major sponsor of the Melbourne City Ballet & Melbourne City Youth Ballet as well as many other annual dance events. For enquiries please call our friendly office team.

Alicia Duncan from ON STAGE MEDIA
We understand the importance of protecting not only the children photographed but also the intellectual property of the dance school director. We safeguard the photos from each event with a unique password and every person who accesses our galleries creates a personalised log in. Each dance school is protected with a unique code to view troupe photos so no one from outside your school has access. Living in our digital age, we pride ourselves on putting the kids safety first. This is why we take appropriate measures to protect students.
Shaun Patterson from WINKIPOP MEDIA
After 13 years, the changes have been plenty. Technologically, the cameras, wireless flashes and ability to photograph in theatres have improved dramatically. Service wise, within 1 hour of a photo day/concert finishing thousands of images are available online. Stylistically, customers have moved on from the mottled coloured background to a modern look.
Our team of 6 photographers are flat out from mid November to Christmas. During the year we cover 6 large eisteddfods across NSW and Vic, then around 40 dance schools at the end of the year. We’re busy, but always looking forward to working with new customers in NSW, ACT & Vic!


Andrew Leigh from DANCEBIZ
DanceBiz, Australia’s most popular dance studio management software, has been catering for dance studio needs for many years. It can be used with any type of business setup and almost all aspects can be customized.
It can save you several hours every week on all sorts of adminoistration tasks e.g. it can generate and email your term’s invoices in just a couple of minutes, giving you time grow your business instead of the headache of administration getting in the way.

Studio Supplies

Tim Blaikie from SHOW WORKS
We offer the full fit-out service. Portable and built in barres, and mirrors to many parts of Eastern Australia, a variety of dance floors to suit every need and budget and we are proud suppliers of Tarkett Dansfloor. Show Works is one of the few Australian owned manufacturers of dance equipment and we are tuned in to the requirements of the local dance scene responding to its needs quickly and affordably with a range of products. Our Home Use range of barres and mirrors have been a huge success; they were introduced to provide an affordable, locally produced alternative to overseas options. As suppliers to The Australian Ballet, we know what dancers need.

Travel Agents

Ros Cochrane from
Perform at Madison Square Garden at a Knicks game, A Main Street Parade at Disneyland, Madame Tussuads Hollywood, Universal City Walk and Cruise ship performances to name a few of the amazing opportunities available. Amazing workshops at Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Centre, Steps on Broadway, Pineapple Studios, The Edge, Millennium, Abby Lee ALDC, Debbie Reynolds and more!
All our tours are customized for each Studio, depending on the performances and workshop they would like to include. DATW always send a dedicated Tour Director from Australia with you on Tour to manage the Tour on behalf of the Studio. This ensures the teachers can enjoy the Tour too!
My mission is to create cost effective and flexible itineraries for dance studios and their families so the opportunities to travel and perform abroad are within reach for everyone. Experiences include performance opportunities, competitions, classes and workshops etc. As the exclusive booking agent for Latitude Dance Camps in LA this experience is an amazing opportunity to learn from the best at Millennium, Debbie Reynolds and Movement Lifestyle. Other destinations include New York, Orlando, Honolulu, and cruise ship performances.

Rosemarie Church from GLOBAL DANCE TOURS
Global Dance Tours customise all of our dance and performing arts tours, the tours are designed for individual Dance Studio and student needs. We offer a variety of suggested tours and dance options however ultimately, it is the decision of the studio. Our tours are flexible for both the studio and families who are travelling.