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Accredited Part-time Schools Guide 2021

Sending my children to dance, for me, is as important as learning an instrument or a language. Both my children benefit from their training and not always in the same way. My oldest is hyper-mobile in the arms, back and legs and struggles to gain strength and yet her musicality and natural expression are effortless. My youngest has the most beautiful feet and legs however when she is anxious or nervous she speeds through the music. Dance helps them to listen to their bodies during moments of anxiety and gives them tools to cope, a skill easily transferred into other aspects of their lives.

The Key to Syllabi and Associations

A reputable dance school will teach and follow the guidelines of a syllabus or association, they will take their students through exams and some will provide VET certificates, the following Key provides links to many

Australian Capital Territory


Kim Harvey School of Dance
The Oak, 11 Rosevear Place, DICKSON
02 6230 0425
One of Canberra’s leading dance schools, established for 30 years, we provide a careful and encouraging environment in our state of the art purpose built studios. Our highly qualified and dedicated faculty provide professional tuition in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, performance, hip hop, musical theatre and strength and conditioning for all students, whether dancing for fun or aspiring to a dance career. Past students are now in professional training institutions and dance companies/employment around the world.

Lisa Clark Dance Centre
3/73 Sheppard St, HUME
02 6260 2272
Specialising in classical ballet, our part-time program includes two half-days of classes in school hours, along with our extensive after school program. Working alongside Sportstec Clinic, physios specialising in dance injury prevention, rehabilitation and Pilates, our teachers are fully qualified dance teachers, former industry professionals, dedicated and passionate about what they do. Recent student successes include placement at Houston Ballet Academy, the Australian Ballet School, European Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet School and acceptance into Summer Programs at Royal Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, School of American Ballet and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

New South Wales

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

The Teresa Johnson Ballet School
02 9358 5679
For the past 20 years The Teresa Johnson Ballet School has been inspiring and passing on the love of this magical art form to dance students in Paddington and Darlinghurst in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Quality of teaching is extremely important to us and we have a holistic and healthy approach to teaching. Our teaching faculty is committed to excellence and dedicated to our students. Our objective is to develop each student’s artistry, technique, musicality and joy of dance to its fullest extent in a happy and safe environment of mutual respect.

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Sydney – Lower North Shore

Tanya Pearson Academy
75 Chandos St, St LEONARDS
02 9439 4424
The Tanya Pearson Academy (Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM) is Australia’s leading ballet school offering quality classical ballet training across all levels from Tiny Tots through to full-time Pre-Professional level. The Part-time Academy offers classes in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, repertoire, character, pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique and Limber Stretch & Conditioning plus Part-time Students are regularly assessed for the TPA selective Transition Programs for those who students who demonstrate the facility and potential for fulltime ballet training. Students are supported through their RAD examinations (from Primary through to Advanced 2) and provided the opportunity to perform in the annual Academy Concert as well as performance opportunities with the Sydney City Ballet Company.

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Sydney – Upper North Shore

The Conlan College
Level 1, 25-27 Bridge Street, PYMBLE NSW 2073
02 9144 6532

At The Conlan College, each student strives for their personal best. We offer classes from the ages of 3 to pre-professional and adult ballet. What knits us all together is our shared love of ballet and contemporary dance. Every class is taught by our world class, fully qualified teachers who provide individual attention for every student in their care. Class sizes are kept small so that every student is given the opportunity to do their very best.

Boys and girls of all ages are fully catered for and we pride ourselves on producing happy and healthy dancers of all ages and abilities. For students who demonstrate the talent, dedication and desire to follow a career path in ballet and contemporary dance, we are able to offer elite training opportunities, including our full time program for students in academic Years 8 and upwards.

We boast six beautiful, light and airy studios, all with fully sprung floors and performance quality Tarkett. Our dedicated inhouse café provides a relaxing place for parents and caregivers to sit and relax with a coffee while the children are in their classes. Our Conlan Community is warm and welcoming, and parents are encouraged to partner with us in the development of their children.

North Shore Dance Academy
St Ives Uniting Church, corner Mona Vale Rd & Douglas Street, ST IVES
02 9983 0365
North Shore Dance Academy celebrates 28 years of excellence in ballet, contemporary, jazz/hip hop, eisteddfod successes and an annual concert. NSDA, under the leadership of Anne Gray, has a professional and caring faculty. Alumni are dancing with The Australian Ballet and companies overseas. The Academy is extremely proud of Ben Moss and Jordan Sawtell who have been accepted into The Australian Ballet School for 2020.

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Sydney – North West Suburbs

The Edge Dance Centre
Midway Shopping Centre, 17 North Road, RYDE
02 9888 9990 | 0412 582 189
Winner of Northern District Business Award for Most Outstanding Performing Arts 2018, we are committed to inspiring passion, joy, confidence and excellence in dance education through performance, examinations and community events. We aim to provide a standard of excellence in classical ballet, performing arts and Irish dance in a safe and nurturing environment, to young performers of all ages, backgrounds and experience. We are the official location in Ryde for the READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET programs. A magical place where lifelong friendships are formed and aspiring performers move closer to achieving their dreams everyday.

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Sydney – Inner West

ED5 International
Bakehouse Lane, Cnr of George St & Allen St, NORTH STRATHFIELD
02 9746 0848
Elena and Mario De Cinque founded ED5INTERNATIONAL in 1991. They have a lifetime of expertise and knowledge and have worked with many generations, producing impeccable talent for the entertainment industry. The teachers are Sydney’s most recognised performing arts specialists and our priority is to keep all students connected for their future careers. Held in a 5 Star studio complex, ED5INTERNATIONAL is built on excellence, honesty, integrity and professionalism. Students benefit from a supportive family environment where the entire team cares about the progress, achievements and experience of each student. Enter our famous red doors and begin your ED5 journey.

The Next Step Performing Arts
15-17 Bibby Street, CHISWICK
02 7900 3108
The Next Step Performing Arts is a Performing Arts Program in Sydney. We mentor and guide students in all aspects of performing arts including singing, dancing and acting. Specialising in high-level deliverance of Performing Arts training with a team of world-class choreographers and teachers, The Next Step is an experience that enhances training so that young artists can fulfil their potential. We offer a range of classes for students aged 3 – 18 including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, acrobatics, singing, musical theatre, break dancing, technique & conditioning, contemporary and lyrical. TNSPA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO CODE 45449) offering aspiring artists a Diploma in Dance (Elite Performance).

The McDonald College After Hours Program
02 9752 0600
The McDonald College runs a large and dynamic After Hours Program that caters to students within the College and to external students within the wider community who share a love of dance and performance. The program offers engaging and diverse classes including preschool ballet, RAD classical ballet, contemporary, READY SET DANCE, lyrical, hip hop/funk, eisteddfod groups, musical theatre (acting, singing, dancing), and private music tuition. The program is suitable for ages 3 and up.

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Sydney – Inner South

Pose Performing Arts
Level 3/13 Margate St Botany NSW 2019
02 8208 6007
POSE is the leading dance school in Botany offering classes in RAD Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre along with the fabulous Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet program for Pre-Schoolers. Attend recreationally for fun and fitness, or audition for our Elite Competition Team! We aim to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors and take our roles as your child’s mentors & teachers very seriously. All of our teachers are qualified industry professionals – join the POSE family today!

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Sydney – Outer South

KRS Dance
6/9 – 11 Ethell Road, KIRRAWEE
02 9545 4004
A vibrant dance studio in Kirrawee, Sutherland Shire with a focus on dance technique and nurturing a love of dance. Both recreational and performance programs have developed talented dancers and choreographers. Our strong RAD classical ballet program produces successful exam results, and mentoring and performance opportunities. Also on offer are jazz, contemporary and lyrical (modern), tap, acrobatics, stretch and technique, hip hop, boys only hip hop classes and we also proudly teach the babyballet preschool program, all in a friendly and nurturing environment. Our first Pre-Professional class has proved successful as a springboard into the industry and full time dance.

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Sydney – South West

GY Dance
Unit 1/380 Hoxton Park Road, PRESTONS
02 9825 9811
Established 34 years ago, GY Dance is renowned for producing employable, triple threat performers. So many graduates have successful careers in commercial dance and musical theatre, both here and overseas. We offer the READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET Preschool program, examination classes in ADA tap & jazz and RAD classical ballet, competition classes in all dance styles, singing lessons, as well as recreational and boys only classes.

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Central Coast

Serenade Ballet Academy
Shop 15, 8 Karalta Lane Karalta Plaza, ERINA
0423 833 258
Serenade Ballet Academy is a classically focused dance studio located in Erina on the Central Coast. Offering an afterhours program specialising in RAD classical ballet and related genres, the studio also incorporates a strong focus on cross-training classes to support injury prevention and nurture the next generation of young dancers. In 2020, Serenade Ballet Academy introduces their Extension Training Program (ETP) for talented and passionate young dancers preparing for the rigors of full-time training.

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National College of Dance Junior Academy
Cnr Young and Lloyd Roads, LAMBTON
02 4952 9294
Be inspired, feel an individual and develop your career with the National College of Dance. Renowned for creating unique, strong and versatile dancers, our vision is to provide students with an environment where students can feel free to explore their passion and artistry while receiving world-class training. With a focus on working with choreographers, students receive ongoing support, career planning and mentoring and a proven history of students with outstanding careers placement. All while learning the key elements of having a career in a professional industry.

Ablaze Dance Academy
2/116 Garden Grove Parade, ADAMSTOWN
0437 590 054
Ablaze Dance Academy develops outstanding dance technique and style, offering a range of programs to suit individuals at various stages of their dance training. These programs have been developed to nurture and train talented young dancers in classical ballet, contemporary, commercial jazz, tap, acrobatics, hip hop and musical theatre. The studio provides access to highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers who are committed to helping dancers reach their full potential. Students are mentored in a supportive environment as they work toward achieving their goals. Students can complete their Cert III and/or Cert IV through the Australian Dance Institute.

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Brisbane – East

Bayside Dance
184 Melville Terrace, MANLY
0402 927 688
Located in Wynnum-Manly, Bayside Dance encourages enjoyment of dance through creativity, strong technical training and a nurturing environment. We have three studios and multiple dance styles on offer for students from ages 2 to adult, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, acro, musical theatre, hip hop and boys-only classes. The teachers at Bayside Dance have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.

Danzart Studio
83 Oateson Skyline Drive. Seven Hills, QLD 4179
07 3843 3011
Danzart Studio, located in Seven Hills, Brisbane Queensland. We focus on training students to be dance fit and exceptional in every facet of dance by industry experienced and highly qualified RAD and CSTD teachers. Our student successes have included Australian Ballet School, Queensland
Ballet Academy, overseas ballet schools and companies. Many of our commercial dance students have been successful in gaining professional dance contracts both domestically and overseas.

We offer Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Stretch and Conditioning and Private Coaching.

Danzart is the home of “Dance Intensive” a one day a week intensive dance training day in combination with Certificate III in Dance.

At Danzart we aim to inspire and support the development of our students whether their goals are recreational, vocational or professional.
“Danzart, more than a Studio. We are a Community.”

Kimberley Woodger Dance Academy
25 Junction Rd, MORNINGSIDE
07 3399 7943
KWDA aims to provide a friendly atmosphere for children of all ages to learn different types of dance. We provide a wide range of classes for all ages and abilities in purpose built professional dance studios. Some of our achievements include; students being accepted into, The Australian Ballet School (on a full scholarship), Queensland Ballet Company, Youth American Grand Prix NYC Finals, Royal Ballet Summer School, Houston Ballet Academy Scholarship and many more.

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Brisbane – North

The Premier Dance Academy
Clayfield College Sports Complex, Cnr Sandgate & Wagner Rd, CLAYFIELD QLD 4011 & Level 1, Milton Village 12 – 36 Baroona Rd MILTON
07 3369 1133
Since 1994, Premier Dance has been providing children with the chance to gain an appreciation of the arts and develop a sense of their potential, whether for fun and fitness or for a future career in dance. We offer classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, singing and musical theatre, as well as specialised classes from 16 months to Prep age. Optional assessments available in RAD classical ballet, CSTD jazz and Tapatak Oz plus the option for high school students to complete a Certificate III in Dance via Empowerdance. Teachers are registered and certified with many being former professional dancers. All staff hold Blue Cards and current First Aid Certificates.

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Brisbane – South

Debra Whitten School of Dance
Unit 7/ 104 Compton Road, UNDERWOOD
07 3808 7823
A successful and established dance school that has nurtured the growth of dancers for over 25 years located in Underwood, Logan City, Queensland. Principal Debra Whitten is a Dual Examiner for the RAD, under her direction every student is motivated, inspired and encouraged to perform to the best of their ability. We offer our part-time training program for students with the physical facilities and the required dedication and determination to pursue a career in classical ballet. Graduates have pursued opportunities and placements with: The Australian Ballet School, English National Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School and more.

The Studio of Performing Arts SPringfield
Building A, Level/1 Education City Dr, Springfield Central QLD 4300
07 3470 5520
Learn from leaders-in-the-field of dance education. Renowned dance educator Danielle Lennon leads a team of professional school teachers who are passionate about quality teaching and the art of teaching teenagers. A Registered Training Organisation (RTO), ATOD affiliated dance studio and the only dance school in Australia approved as a Provider for Vacation Care. You will love becoming part of the community. Taking enrolments from 2 years of age through to tertiary study.

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Gold Coast

Sheridan’s Studio 1
18/359 Southport Nerang Road, ASHMORE
07 5597 7101
19 years ago, former professional dancer now Founder/Director, Sheridan Vollenweider, was inspired to create a studio where students are nurtured and taught in a loving environment the fundamentals of all dance. Past students are now contracted around the world and working as professional dancers. Based on the Gold Coast, there are 3 fully equipped, air conditioned professional dance studios and a diverse panel of highly skilled teachers who offer classes in: RAD classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, musical theatre, acrobatics, lyrical, contemporary, singing and performance.

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Townsville Academy of Performing Arts “TAPA”
1/14 Black Hawk Blvd, THURINGOWA CENTRAL
07 4723 2101
TAPA provides an inspiring, multi-genre, educational dance platform to assist all students in reaching their potential. We strive to cultivate a love of the art of dance in a nurturing atmosphere. We deliver quality training from experienced, qualified teachers in 7 air-conditioned studios. Students have the opportunity to sit examinations in ballet, tap, jazz, Highland & Irish and gain accreditation towards formal qualifications including Certificate II and III in Dance, Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies. Students are given the opportunity to experience dance interstate and overseas.

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Leisa Payne School of Dance
13 Charlmay Ct, MACKAY
07 4953 4490
Leisa Payne School of Dance has produced students currently studying at various National Training Institutions, performing for companies nationally and internationally, and others furthering their careers professionally from classical ballet to performing arts.
We aim to provide every child with the tools, knowledge and understanding they need to excel in not only all dance styles but other various aspects of their lives. This is accomplished with a teaching staff who are fully qualified and have impressive performance and choreographic credits. Teachers are continually updating their knowledge to provide students with the best possible tuition while encouraging and nurturing the joy of dance.

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South Australia


Barbara Jayne Dance Centre
56 George Street, NORWOOD
08 8377 7918
Barbara Komazec Principal of BJDC believes a strong Classical Ballet background teamed with all round training and strong vocals is the key to future careers in performing. Students are trained in all genres with outstanding competence. Current student Larisa Magda competed in the semi finals of Australia’s got Talent making all three judges cry with her outstanding performance. Nadia and Zoe Komazec are both in Musicals, Nadia in ‘School of Rock’ and Zoe in ‘Billie Elliot the Musical’. Former student Maddison Lochert is now tap dancing in Paris.

Eastern Districts Academy of Dance
481 Payneham Road, FELIXSTOW
08 8265 4490
Established 30 years. Through music, movement and expression we create and nurture a love of dance in each and every student through quality tuition, whether for fun and fitness, performance and competition, exams or career opportunities. With 2 fully equipped, purpose built, air-conditioned studios ensuring the comfort of all students and the teachers’ professional approach providing a warm and welcoming environment. Scholarship programs to nurture selected students unique talents in the field of dance are available.

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Melbourne – East

Ringwood Ballet
Bedford Park (Off Bedford Road) Rosewarne Lane, RINGWOOD
03 9870 6549
The Ringwood Ballet Group Inc. is a non-profit organisation providing expert tuition in the art of ballet. We are made up of approximately 250 students from the local area, who study a range of dance styles including ballet, jazz, tap, character and more. Established in 1961, Ringwood Ballet Group has been part of the community for over fifty years. Offering Southern Federation of Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance, both Graded and Vocational, from Pre-Primary to Advanced level. The annual production is a special highlight for the students and local community.

Victorian Ballet School Darebin
86 South Crescent, NORTHCOTE
0439 334 791
The Victorian Ballet School Darebin (formerly Fitzroy) has over 40 years experience providing expert tuition in classical ballet, character, contemporary, and Spanish dance, for students aged 3 to adult. Under the guidance of Principal Dianne Parrington, and in a caring and nurturing environment, our team of highly-trained teachers teach and nurture our students through comprehensive classical training. VBS Darebin offers RAD & LMDS syllabus and exams, open class work, and pointe repertoire classes for eligible students.

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Melbourne – South

Beau-Rock Ballet School
Black Rock Civic Centre, Cnr Balcombe Road and College Grove,
Beaumaris Girl Guides Hall, Martin Street,
Beaumaris Community Centre, Reserve Road
Beaumaris Sea Scout Hall, Bodley Street,
03 9521 6748
The school is one of the oldest ballet schools in Victoria and is well known for producing carefully trained students. We offer a wide range of classes including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop, with exam and eisteddfod opportunities. Catering for the once a week student, the dedicated hobbyist and those aiming for a career in dance or dance teaching. We foster a happy, non-competitive environment, because above all dancing should be fun.

Melbourne Academy of the Arts
Launching the next generation of dancers onto the world stage
74 Herald St, Cheltenham, Vic, 3192 | | 0405 702 166

The Academy is recognised as one of Australia’s leading training institutes for classical ballet.

Since its inception, the Academy has provided successfully accepted students across all levels (Tiny Tots – Full-Time) with the best professional training available through our; comprehensive curriculum in the Russian Vaganova Method, extra-curricular opportunities, world class facilities, professional full-scale performances (Australian National Youth Ballet) and access to international/national directors, teachers, dancers & choreographers. The Academy nurtures, trains and educates young dancers to an exceptional level of technical and artistic skill in preparation for a professional career in dance, class sizes are structured to enable students to receive a more personalised level of coaching. Through our programs and world class training, we achieve multiple accolades annually. Academy students gain successful entry into international and national prestigious full-time schools, continually place in top positions in national and international competitions and pursue professional careers in dance around the world.

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Melbourne – North

Beat Dance School
263 Edwardes St, RESERVOIR | 0431 995 051
Beat Dance School’s mission is to be inclusive, supportive, and to provide a safe dance space. We support our students dance journey whether just for fun or for the more serious dancer. We offer inclusive classes, and strive to engage all abilities and most disabilities. In our fully equipped studios, we provide classes in all styles of dance including break dance. Students have the opportunity to sit examinations in ballet, tap, jazz, and break dance, and gain accreditation towards formal qualifications including Certificate II and III in Dance. Beat Dance is affiliated with the Southern Federation of Dance and Empowerdance.

Helen Curwood Dance Centre
1/314 Mt Alexander Rd, ASCOT VALE
03 9370 3004
Helen Curwood Dance Centre for over 31 years is a place where students of all ages, young & older, shapes & sizes learn to dance and perform. A dance centre offering the RAD ballet syllabus, where you can strive towards a professional dance career or simply dance for fitness & recreation. Our goal is to create a positive experience for all students in a safe, nurturing environment, inspiring a love and appreciation of all styles of dance and the arts. Become part of the HCDC family and fall in love with dance, make friends and create memories and skills that will last a lifetime!

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
Level 1, 64 Sutton Street, NORTH MELBOURNE | 03 9329 6770
Full Time course, workshops and festivals, Junior School, Evolution program, VCE VET Dance, World-Class facilities, Ministry of Entertainment Talent Agency & Production House, High Profile Events and Cabaret Cube make up the incredible Ministry of Dance Empire! Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance brings young talent together from across Australia and overseas that share the passion for entertainment and performance! We pride ourselves on developing and nurturing the next generation of internationally successful professionals. Ministry’s performers are known for their thriving confidence, drive, talent, versatility and creativity.  

Northern Dance Company
Factory 2, 38 Zakwell Court, COOLAROO | 0411 615 617
Northern Dance Company empowers and shapes children and dancers, with excitement, passion and inspiration, by creating a safe and innovative community, with consistent growth. We pride ourselves on making dance classes a positive and rewarding experience for all students. We have a strong focus on students working towards their personal best, whether it is for recreational purposes or striving towards a career. We incorporate great technique, discipline and self-expression in all classes whilst providing a family friendly environment. 

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Regional VIC


i-Dance Echuca
424 High Street, ECHUCA | 0407 832 305
iDance is a happy place, where our beautiful students appreciate that quality, artistry, musicality and discipline are very important, along with inspiring both the audience and ourselves to feel enriched and empowered. Having a dedicated Part Time Junior Classical Extension program, examinations in the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Vaganova based) method, performances, competitions and a wide variety of classes in all genres, iDance is a wonderfully positive experience. With care and individual attention, both ‘once a week’ and more ‘extensively trained’ dancers are provided with our assessment service which provides professionally written assessments for all dance styles.

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Western Australia


Denise Dancing School
5/209 Winton Rd, Joondalup
08 9300 6009
Established in 1982 Denise Dancing School has built a brilliant reputation within the community for its excellence in dance tuition.
From those first steps to the highest accolades in dance we have the class for you. Our timetable caters for all genres of dance following the acclaimed syllabi of the RAD, ISTD & ATOD. Classes cater for students dancing recreationally but also for those pursuing a career in dance. Our studio is 5 star & close to public transport. Teachers are highly qualified and look forward to guiding you to become the best dancer you could ever be. Dancers can transition into our College.

Jody Marshall Dance Company
20 Mumford Place, BALCATTA
08 9448 4094
One of Perth’s longest running studios, Jody Marshall Dance Company provides professional, versatile and comprehensive dance and performance training across a wide range of genres including jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, acrobatics and Musical Theatre. JMDC has an excellent reputation for producing outstanding dance artists and many students have gone on to perform professionally with internationally recognised companies including Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre, Disneyland and the Moulin Rouge Paris. We are proud to offer both RAD and CSTD exam syllabi and a modern exam syllabus for jazz technique, International Dance Technique (IDT). Everyone is welcome for fun and fitness or examination and competition. We can even choreograph a beautiful personal routine for the magical “first dance”.

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