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Accredited Part-time Schools Guide 2019/20

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.

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 29 years, we provide a careful and encouraging environment in our new purpose built dance 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 hours program. Working alongside Sportstec Clinic, physios specialising in dance injury prevention, rehabilitation and Pilates, our teachers are fully qualified dance teachers, former industry professionals, and dedicated and passionate about what they do. Recent student successes include placement in Professional level 1 at Houston Ballet Academy, Australian Ballet School ITP, acceptance into Summer Programs at Royal Ballet School, Houston Ballet School, School of American Ballet and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.

National Capital Ballet School
1/7 Townshend St, PHILLIP
02 6281 0080
RAD ballet examinations.
Classes for 2 y.o. to adult in ballet, body conditioning, contemporary, hip hop and jazz. Semi professional ballet program for serious students.
Private coaching for technique, performance and competitions.
Summer schools and masterclasses with world renowned international guest artists. Many performance opportunities throughout the year.
Small class sizes for more personalised attention.
Spacious new state of the art studios. Recent successes include Bolshoi Academy, YAGP, Asian Grand Prix and Alana Haines Awards.

New South Wales

Sydney – Eastern Suburbs

The Teresa Johnson Ballet School
02 9358 5679
Our internationally experienced and qualified teaching faculty aspires to pass on their passion for dance to students in an environment of mutual respect. We pride ourselves on giving our students a sound and strong technique upon which they can build their artistry. TTJBS offers training for RAD examinations from Pre-Primary to Solo Seal and we are proud to receive a Distinction average. Styles of dance in our Paddington and Darlinghurst studios are ballet (Mum and me, RAD and open classes), jazz and contemporary.

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Sydney – Lower North Shore

Tanya Pearson Academy
75 Chandos St, St LEONARDS
02 9439 4424
The Tanya Pearson Part-Time Academy (Artistic Director Lucinda Dunn OAM, Principal Marie Walton-Mahon ARAD RAD RTS) offers elite classical ballet training for students from Tiny Tots through to full-time Vocational Adv 2 Levels. Students also have the opportunity to join the selective Junior and Senior Transition Programs. The Academy offers classes in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, repertoire, character, pilates and PBT. Students are supported through their RAD examinations (from Primary through to Adv II) and provided the opportunity to perform in the annual Academy Concert as well as the Sydney City Youth Ballet Company.

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Sydney – Upper North Shore

North Shore Dance Academy
St Ives Uniting Church, corner Mona Vale Rd & Douglas Street, ST IVES
St Ives North Primary School, St IVES
02 9983 0365
North Shore Dance Academy is celebrating 27 years of excellence. The Academy, under the leadership of Anne Gray, has a professional and caring faculty and offers classes in ballet, jazz/hip hop, contemporary and pilates. NSDA graduates are now dancing with The Australian Ballet and The Australian Ballet School as well as overseas companies and schools and many have completed university dance degrees and are qualified, successful dance teachers. An exciting concert is held every year.

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Sydney – Northern Beaches

Tempo Red Academy
Unit 12/122 -126 Old Pittwater Road, BROOKVALE
02 9907 4223
A leading performing arts studio on the Northern Beaches offering high quality classes for all ages, in all genres. We provide dedicated, industry professional teachers who nurture each student’s unique talent. We support our students to grow artistically and holistically developing into well rounded individuals with a strong foundation in the Performing Arts. The award-winning babyballet program is available for 18 months to 6 years. We inspire creativity, build strong technique & ignite passion for the performing arts.

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Sydney – North West Suburbs

The Edge Dance Centre
Midway Shopping Centre, 17 North Road, RYDE
02 9888 9990
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 high 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 Preschool program. A magical place to be 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 in the industry and our priority is to keep all students connected for their future careers. Classes are held in a 5 Star studio complex. ED5INTERNATIONAL is built on excellence, honesty, integrity and professionalism and has a genuine interest in supporting each student with their goals. Students benefit from a supportive family environment where the entire team cares about the progress, achievements and experience of each student. Come enter our famous red doors and begin your ED5 journey. The place where careers have begun and lifelong friends and memories have been created!

The Next Step Performing Arts
15-17 Bibby Street, CHISWICK
02 7900 3108
The Next Step Performing Arts prides itself on delivering performing arts training at the highest level with the most diverse program in Australia. We provide our students with state of the art faculties and a world-class teaching faculty. We aim to create a creative, supportive and productive environment. Offering classes in all styles for all age groups, The Next Step Performing Arts is creating a place where performers can grow and show their skills to the world. Are you ready to take The Next Step in your performing arts journey?

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, 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

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 the recreational and extension 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 dance), tap, acrobatics, stretch and technique, hip hop, boys only hip hop classes and we also proudly teach the babyballet preschool dance program, all in a friendly and nurturing environment.

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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

Lee Academy
3 Teamster Close, TUGGERAH
02 4358 1528
Lee Academy Performing Arts High School offers specialist education with exceptional strengths in the performing arts and the academic curriculum requirements for high school Year 7 – 12. The school is designed especially for dancers who display the physical potential and desire to pursue a career in the performing arts. Acceptance into the performing arts high school is by audition only. Contact Lee Academy to make an appointment today.

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National College of Dance Junior Academy
Cnr Young and Lloyd Roads, LAMBTON
02 4952 9294
At National College of Dance, our vision is to provide students with an environment where they can be unique, inspired, creative and disciplined. Students develop their strengths and weakness, and receive world class training to have options for their future. With ongoing support, career planning and mentoring, students will get the best from their training to create a future within the professional industry. With a proven history of incredible student placement. We create incredible dancers.

Ablaze Dance Academy
2/116 Garden Grove Parade, ADAMSTOWN
0437 590 054
Ablaze Dance Academy strives towards the development of strong dance technique and style. The part-time program has been developed with the aim to nurture, support and train talented young dancers in classical ballet and performing arts. The program provides students with access to professional, highly qualified, experienced and dedicated teachers who are committed to helping dancers reach their full potential. Students complete their Cert III and/or Cert IV through the Australian Dance Institute.

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Karen Ireland Dance Centre
191 Magellan Street LISMORE
0416 094 283
Part-Time school offers classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, RAD classical ballet examinations, pilates, technique and pointe classes. Students are coached for eisteddfod solos and group performances, some participating in national and international ballet competitions. We offer classes for all abilities ensuring dancers a safe, nurturing and enjoyable atmosphere. Our annual concert is enjoyed by all. Full-time program focuses on classical technique and includes open ballet classes, Vaganova inspired classes, technique, open pointe, repertoire and integrate pilates. Graduates have been accepted into The Australian Ballet School, John Cranko Stuttgart and New Zealand School of Dance to name a few.

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South Coast

Thirroul Dance Academy
6/2 McCauley St, THIRROUL
02 4268 3247
At TDA we are passionate about dancing. Our teachers love dance and want to share this with our students. We strive to nurture our students on their pathway to success, help them identify their personal goals, as well as find and maintain the strength to achieve them. TDA offers recreational classes in jazz, contemporary, creative dance, and musical theatre, as well as offering yearly Cecchetti Method classical ballet and Glenn Wood Tap Syllabus examinations. Our Talent Development Program in either classical ballet or jazz/contemporary is perfect for the more serious student looking for a possible future in dance.

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Brisbane – East

Academy of Dance & Musical Theatre (ADMT)
1/433 Wondall Road, TINGALPA
07 3195 7086
For those who have been captivated by the thrill of stepping out on stage and getting lost in the world of dance or musical theatre (or both!), ADMT provides the skills and knowledge needed to accelerate your career journey to professional performing artist or teacher. Whether you want to develop your practical skills, or need to boost your ATAR to get into your dream university course, ADMT has a pathway option for you. Start your career with ADMT! Call us or email for information on 2019 enrolment.

Bayside Dance
184 Melville Terrace, MANLY
0402 927 688
We inspire a passion for the art of dance in each and every student that steps through our doors, whether you dance once a week or every day. Since opening in 2014, we have helped over 600 preschoolers, kids, teens and adults find self-expression and enjoyment. Our combination of a nurturing environment, strong technical training and creativity sees our students grow not just in the dance studio but also as human beings.

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, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Moscow, Royal Ballet Summer School 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 it be for fun and fitness or for a future career in dance. We offer classical ballet, jazz, Tapatak Oz 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 many 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 all dance styles. This is accomplished with a teaching staff who are fully qualified and have impressive performance and choreographic credits. All teachers are continually updating their knowledge to provide the students with the best possible tuition while encouraging and nurturing the joy of dance.

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South Australia


Barabara Jayne Dance Centre
56 George Street, NORWOOD
08 8377 7918
Our philosophy for success is combining a very strong classical ballet background with a high level of training in tap, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary. Many students have successfully trained with us in all facets of dance including; Bridget Hancock, Anything Goes; Nadia and Zoe Komazec, Matilda the Musical; Cristiano Martino, The Australian Ballet; Lilyana Scott, The Queensland Ballet; Cameron Mitchell; Jacqui Statton-Smith; Monica Swane; Amy Berisford; Stephanie Grigg; Nicola Wills-Jones; and Jaime Foord.

Eastern Districts Academy of Dance
481 Payneham Road, FELIXSTOW
08 8265 4490
Established 28 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 provide 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.

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Melbourne – North

Helen Curwood Dance Centre
1/314 Mt Alexander Rd, ASCOT VALE
03 9370 3004
Helen Curwood Dance Centre, for over 30 years, has been a place where students of all ages, young and old, different shapes and sizes learn to dance, sing and perform. A Dance Centre where you can work towards a professional dance career, or simply dance for fitness and recreation. Our goal is to create a positive experience for all our students in a happy environment, inspiring a love and appreciation of all styles of dance and the arts. Fall in love with dance, make many friends and create memories and skills that will last you a lifetime!

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance
Level 1, 64 Sutton Street, NORTH MELBOURNE

The one-stop-shop for all things entertainment, we provide performance tuition to students of every age and skill level, furthering education and experience in dance and performance within a supportive environment where students are the number one priority. We offer group classes and private tuition in numerous dance genres plus acting and vocal training. Industry workshops, holiday programs and specialised classes are offered to assist students gain performance opportunities and develop their talent. 

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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 very 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 for fun and fitness 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. Denise Dancers can transition into our College

Dance Venture Ballet School
4/11 Gympie Way, WILLETTON
08 9354 3699
The philosophy of Dance Venture is to provide students with a balanced and healthy environment in which to enjoy the pleasures and wonders of learning to dance, to realise dreams, to expand the students’ world through theatre and performance and to create life-long friendships. RAD classical ballet is complemented with classes in contemporary and jazz for all levels of student. Individual programmes are available for 1 class per week up to 7 days per week for the serious student.

Talent Co. Dance & Entertainment
39 Innovation Circuit, WANGARA
08 9303 2665
Celebrating 21 years of dance tuition in Perth in a purpose built, modern building with well-appointed 4 luxury studios. We train in jazz, tap, classical ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and acrobatics. Our focus is to educate our students in all aspects of dance. We teach our dancers practical technique in a fun, safe and nurturing family environment by a highly qualified and dedicated teaching faculty, who are not only passionate about the students education but also choose to continue to study, learn new styles and update their skills.