Our vibrant dance studio

At KRS Dance, we are making a big impact with excellent results in ballet and tap exams, success in both solo and troupe competitions and by producing confident and capable dancers and choreographers. We cater equally for the serious dancer preparing for a career in the industry and those people dancing for fun and recreation. For kids, we recognise the importance of our dancers wearing age-appropriate costumes and dancing to age-appropriate concepts.

Classes

With qualified and passionate staff, we offer fully-structured classes in Jazz, Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Modern (lyrical), Hip Hop, Acro and Tap. We also have performance classes, stretch and technique classes and Flexi Stretch classes, boys-only Hip Hop classes and Kindy Kids classes. We also offer private lessons, coaching, extension classes and have regular guest teachers.

Studio

Our beautiful dance studios in Kirrawee, NSW have airthrust sprung floors, dance vinyl, air conditioning, mirrors and barres. The environment inspires excellence in our teaching and helps us to administer safe dance practices. We also host classes in Kirrawee High School's Dance Studio, Ev and Bow Full Time Dancing Training Studios and Gymea Baptist Church.

Programs

We cater for all aspiring dancers. Our Extension Programs are designed for the serious dancer who is training at an elite level. Our Recreation Program is for beginners and those who love to dance but can't commit beyond their classwork and end of year concert. We have a great pre-school program for young dancers providing the fundamentals of dance.

KRS Dance also provides quality dance education within Primary Schools and High schools, for dance ensembles or troupes, school syllabus K - 12 and for HSC dance coaching or mentoring - with teachers working in a number of schools in the Sutherland Shire and St George area of NSW. We strive to build a positive self-image in dancers and build a love and appreciation of dance as an artform.

Join our KRS dance family, build confidence and a positive self-image

Our pre-school program forges friendships and social interaction, and provides the fundamentals of dance education in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our performance team have lots of great opportunities to dance together - such as Easter show, Eisteddfods and our annual concert and Showcase.

Boys dance too at KRS Dance! We provide boys-only classes to encourage boys to participate in dance with their peers and to participate in our recreation and extension streams.

Our unique Flexistretch program is designed to specifically condition the dancing body safely.

Our student teacher training program provides important support for teachers and dancers.

Our dancers have opportunities to perform at Community Events such as the Royal Easter Show.

Our Dance Classes

We offer fully-structured classes in Jazz, Ballet (RAD), Contemporary, Modern (lyrical), Hip Hop, Acro and Tap. We also have performance classes, stretch and technique classes and Flexi Stretch classes, boys-only Hip Hop classes and Kindy Kids classes. Join one of our courses any time throughout the term.

     
Dance Classes

General dance classes are designed for groups of dancers wanting to learning the fundamental skills and style of different genres of dance. They aim to train beginners right up to experienced dancers.

Classical Ballet (RAD) \ Jazz \ Lyrical (Modern) \ Contemporary \ Acro \ Mat and Tumble work \ Hip Hop \ Tap (Glenn Wood and Open work) \ Musical Theatre \ Pre-school program \ boys-only classes

Our general stream has no prerequisites or prior experience. Dancers can choose many or a few classes a week, which are divided into age groups so that appropriate skills and content may be taught in each class.

We have some combo classes where there are two different styles taught to our dancers.

The KRS preschool program has a variety of classes for the younger dancer. Kindy Kids Ballet and Jazz classes are a perfect starting place for the beginner, providing the fundamentals of classical ballet and Jazz dance in a fun class. With three classes on the timetable per week it is sure to provide a great start. Mini Acro classes get young dancers tumbling and cartwheeling. Mini Boys Hip Hop class is where we teach the fundamentals of street dance in a nurturing environment. Mini Tappers classes provide an introduction to tap dancing and rhythm.

KRS boys-only classes encourage boys to participate in dance with their peers. Boys are also encouraged to participate in our recreation and extension streams.

Training Classes

Training classes assist our dancers in their styles classes. They help improve flexibility, balance and control - while providing extra skills training, improved strength and conditioning.

Strength and Stretch \ Technique, skills and progressions training \ Flexi Stretch classes \ Mat and Tumble classes \ Advanced skills training

KRS Flexi Stretch classes are part of a unique conditioning program for dancers, assisting them - through use of resistance straps - to increase their strength and flexibility. We also include balance equipment to improve control and strength. This is a total conditioning program for dancers to complement their dance classes.

The KRS strength and technique class is designed to help dancers build strength and flexibility for dance.

The KRS Progressions class is where dancers can learn skills such as jumps, turns and extensions to complement their dance training for various styles.

KRS Mat and Tumble classes and Acro classes are where dancers can learn skills, tricks, tumbles, cartwheels, contemporary tricks, and partnering - safely and in a specific class with trained teachers and equipment.

Our teachers are available for private lessons to assist with extra training, solo work and exam preparation.

Specialised Classes

Specialised classes include performance opportunities for all dancers, classes for elite and aspiring-elite dancers looking for a career in dance, and a classical ballet program.

Performance program \ Extension program \ Classical Ballet

The KRS performance program allows our dancers to gain performance opportunities throughout the year and provides fabulous opportunities for our dancers to gain some much needed stage experience. Our dancers are regular performers at the Sydney Easter Show, compete in Eisteddfods, attend workshops, festivals and other opportunities as they arise.

The KRS extension program is designed to challenge elite and dedicated dancers and provides them with a strong technical base, so they are well prepared for fulltime courses and University auditions at pre-professional level.

The KRS classical ballet program is a full range of classes - from Kindy Kids and Beginners ballet, right through to Advanced ballet. We follow the RAD syllabus and consistently achieve excellent results in ballet exams. Students may participate in ballet workshops and extra training and performances beyond our studio. We have students currently in the Australian Ballet School Interstate program and students participating successfully in competitions and Eisteddfods in solo and troupes.

We often have high profile guest tutors and have a regular pianist who plays with our students so we are up holding the traditions of the art form.

Our Teachers

At KRS Dance, we believe passionately in a rich diversity of experiences, genres and abilities. This is reflected in our eclectic and ever-evolving faculty of dancers and performers, and our blend of experience and youthful exuberance.

Kylie Saunders (B.App.Arts. (Dance)./B.Ed)

For 14 years I taught Dance and Drama at Kirrawee High School where I was the dance coordinator. During that time I established HSC Dance Elective classes and helped to create a large and successful dance faculty. My HSC results in dance and Drama were consistently above the state average, with most students receiving a band 5 or 6 in these subjects.

As a younger dancer I was taught by Susan and Peter Farrell and at the age of eighteen I joined the teaching faculty, where I taught for 14 years. During this time my choreography and our students won numerous prizes in Eisteddfods, in group, solo and duo competitions in Eisteddfods State wide. They have won scholarships and championships and have been much respected in the dance community.

Many of my students have successfully auditioned for secondary and tertiary dance courses such as the University of New South Wales Dance Education Degree, The Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland school of Dance Excellence, The NSW Public Schools State Dance Ensembles, The Wesley Institute, Ev and Bow full time training centre, WAPA, The McDonald College and “So You Think You Can Dance”.

  • Achievements

    My students received 38 Callback nominations since 2002, having been nominated to perform at an exhibition for exemplary HSC dance works.

    I have had students ranked 2nd and 5th in the state for HSC dance.

  • Experience

    Choreographer for the Schools Spectacular in 2006 and 2007 and have been employed by the NSW Public Schools Performing Arts Unit as a tutor and choreographer.

    Established and co-coordinated the Sydney Region Dance Camps and Ensembles in 2007 and co-choreographed the Sydney Region Middle School Dance Ensemble.

    Choreographed for the Sydney Region opening of the school year concert.

    Employed by the Office of the Board of Studies as a HSC Dance and Drama Practical Examiner since 2001.

  • Classes taught

    Modern \ Lyrical \ Contemporary \ Jazz \ Extension and Recreation Programs \ Flexistretch \ Performance \ Kindy Kids

Susan Seaton

Susan studied under Joan and Monica Halliday where she gained Advanced and Solo Seal the highest award possible in The Royal Academy of Dance Examinations.

Susan has a Certificate level study in Anatomy, History and Psychology with The Royal Academy of Dance and has taught for Joan and Monica Halliday for 8 years, including their Summer Schools.

Susan is currently working free-lance within the Shire. She is currently Practical Teaching Supervisor for The Royal Academy of Dance. In this role she is responsible for the preparation of the students who are studying for their teaching examinations with The Royal Academy of Dance. Along with being an excellent ballet teacher she also teaches modern, contemporary and character.

  • Achievements

    She was a soloist for the Tasmanian Ballet Company under the directorship of Sir Kenneth Gillespie and performed in the Malmo Ballet Company in Sweden.

  • Experience

    Susan has a Certificate level study in Anatomy, History and Psychology with The Royal Academy of Dance and has taught for Joan and Monica Halliday for 8 years, including their Summer Schools.

    Susan has also choreographed a number of commercials in the past.

  • Classes taught

    RAD Ballet all Classes (primary to Advanced 2) \ Ballet performance

Elyse Nicholson

Elyse is teaching at Kirrawee high school in a full time position teaching dance and drama and is the dance coordinator.

Elyse studied dance at Kirrawee High School for six years and successfully achieved an excellent mark for her HSC in 2 unit Dance, receiving a band 6.

As a younger student Elyse firstly trained at the Ansell's Academy of Dance and then at the McCarthy Sisters, and has been studying dance since she was 6 years old. She has trained in contemporary, jazz, lyrical and tap, whilst also successfully completing her teacher's degree in F.A.T.D tap.

  • Achievements

    Elyse completed completed her studies at university achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/Bachelor of Education, at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2012

  • Experience

    Elyse also is now a current teacher of the Glenwood Tap Syllabus and has helped students to receive excellent results in their exams, including the Gold Star award.

  • Classes taught

    Tap \ Modern \ Jazz \ Petite Performance \ Tap exams

Rebecca McDonald

Rebecca began her dance training at the age of 3 at Kennedy Dance Academy and moved to KRS Dance Studio at the age of 12. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and tap.

Rebecca has been student teaching at KRS since the age of 13 and for the past year has been an assistant teacher and teacher for multiple classes including our Petite Performers classes.

  • Achievements

    Rebecca has competed regularly in both Solo and Group Eisteddfods and has returned to continue her dance training as part of our Senior Dance Performance Team in 2016.

  • Experience

    Rebecca is also a fully trained makeup artist completing her Certificate IV at the end of 2015, which has been of great use at our Eisteddfods so far! As well as working as a makeup artist, Rebecca would love to continue to teach dance for many years to come.

  • Classes taught

    Recreation Program and Petite Performers \ Modern \ Jazz and Tap

Alex Saunders

Alex has trained in all styles of dance from a very young age, this also includes Ballroom, Acrobatics and Aerial training.

Alex is also a part of the 'Sydney Kings Harlequins' and the 'Cronulla Sharks Mermaids'. She is a featured dancer on season 3 of channel 9's 'Love Child'; a dancer for the new movie starring Gerad Butler 'Gods Of Egypt' and she was recently selected for a professional program of 10 contemporary dancers who performed at Bangarra Dance Company under the names of Sarah Boutler and Eira Glover. Alex has recently started performing with 'Samba Brazil' dancers.

Alex had her first overseas contract with 'Royal Caribbean Productions' for 9 months. Rehearsals took place in Miami USA for 2 months before joining the ship for two terms, in the USA and Europe.

Not only was she just a dancer this time but she was also cast as an acrobat and aerialist where she had to under go aerial training by the world renowned company 'C5' which is based in Chicago.

  • Achievements

    Alex graduated from Brent Street full-time with her certificate 4 in 2011. Shortly after her graduation she was contracted in Opera Australia's very first production onSydney Harbour 'La Traviata'.

    In Alex's dance career she has had the opportunity to dance for some amazing artist's in events such as Mardi Gras, AACTA awards and So You Think You Can Dance. These artists include: Kelly Rowland, Olivia Newton John, The Potbelleez, Alexis Jordan and Delta Goodrem.

  • Experience

    Alex is a trained singer, actress, dancer and talented choreographer who is extremely dedicated and passionate about all that she does.

  • Classes taught

    Mat and Tumble \ Contemporary \ Lyrical \ Jazz \ Performance \ Extension and Recreational Programs \ Tap \ Kindy Kids

Keiran Aggett

Keiran started dancing at the age of 5 at Menai Dance Centre, training in a range of styles from jazz, tap, Irish, contemporary and hip hop.

Keiran has had a range of experiences in performance being a member of the NSW State Dance Ensemble performing at many events such as School Spectacular.

He been freelance teaching for the past 5 years throughout the Sutherland shire in studios as well as in primary schools, teaching dance troupes for school spectacular.

  • Achievements

    Keiran is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at Wollongong University and hopes to bring the skills he is learning to encourage students to love dance and performing.

  • Experience

    As well and teaching dance, Keiran has choreographed for school productions, musicals and presentations nights.

  • Classes taught

    Boys Hip Hop

Cassie Woodward

Cassie began her dance training in Sydney at the age of 8 and is trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop, Irish and Acro.

Throughout her high school education Cassie was a member of the NSW Public School State Dance Company where she represented the company as a featured dancer at numerous regional and state dance festivals in Australia.

Cassie toured the United States, training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and The Merce Cunningham Studio in New York, New World School of the Arts in Miami, and Alonzo King Lines Dance Center in San Francisco.

Since graduating in 2013 Cassie has provided dance education to Super Rugby champions the NSW Waratahs, and joined Entertainment Works Australia with whom she regularly performs.

  • Achievements

    Cassie was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) where she studied a Bachelor of Dance Degree. Here she trained in Contemporary, Ballet, Duo, Improvisation and Choreography under Phillip Adams, Antony Hamilton, Stephen Heathcote (The Australian Ballet), and worked with choreographers including Becky Hilton, Sandra Parker, and Frances Rings (Bangarra Dance Theatre).

    Upon completing her Higher School Certificate, Cassie was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Dance award, received 3 nominations for Callback, and performed as a highlighted artist in the School's Spectacular on national television.

  • Experience

    Cassie recently performed at DEEPFACE with New York rapper and performance artist Mykii Blanco, collaborating with Bhenji Ra and Guerre. Cassie is currently working on a site-specific work with Alaska Projects.

  • Classes taught

    Contemporary \ Jazz \ Stretch and Strength \ Technique and Progressions

Rebecca Woods A.R.A.D

Rebecca is a qualified teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance and has taken students on many dance tours throughout Australia.

Rebecca danced for 15 years at various schools including Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy culminating in her studies at the English National Ballet School in London.

Rebecca studied various styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Character, Modern and Contemporary. Rebecca received excellent results in all her RAD examinations including top marks in her major RAD ballet exams.

She was a member of Sydney Youth Ballet Company starring in the lead role of 'The Little Matchgirl'. She twice guested as Principal artist for the South Australia Classical Youth Ballet Company.

  • Achievements

    Rebecca ran a successful dance school for 17 years with students successfully auditioning for the Australian Ballet school interstate program and Dance Dr.

    Rebecca also competed overseas in the Adeline Genee Awards in London & Prix De Luasanne in Switzerland. These awards are most coveted in dance circles.

  • Experience

    Rebecca competed in numerous Eisteddfods during her career and received many awards, including winning the City of Sydney Eisteddfod Demi Character section and also the Contemporary section.

  • Classes taught

    RAD Ballet Pre-Primary up to Advanced 2 \ Ballet Performance \ Kindy Kids \ Jazz \ Ballet and Tap

Erin Barney

Erin began her training in Tasmania at the age of 5. Under the direction of Ken Mcswain she gained her love and knowledge for dance and acrobatics as a child she dreamed of one day running away with the circus.

Erin is also a trained artistic gymnast. During her time at Hobart Gymnastics Academy she gained many awards and competed in many state titles. In 2013 Erin relocated to Sydney to study dance at Ev & Bow Full-Time Training Centre under the contemporary direction of Sarah Boulter and Lisa Bowmer.

  • Achievements

    Erin has worked with many top choreographers in the industry. Some of her most recent ventures include – Understudy to Eden Petrovski in Shaun Parker & Company’s SPILL, featured dancer for City Of Sydney in Chinese Newyear and Mardigras and SONY dancer in the Daft Punk Australian Album Launch.

  • Experience

    Erin will be dancing under the direction of Lucas Jervies in Opera Australia’s production of AIDA.

  • Classes taught

    Acro

Alexandra Colagiuri

Alexandra began her dance training at the age of 3 at Kennedy Dance Academy before moving to KRS Dance in 2009 where she continued to study RAD Ballet and took Modern/Contemporary, Jazz and Tap classes.

In 2011, Alexandra began training as a teacher under Miss Sue through KRS Dance’s Student Teaching Program and has since assisted in and taught many classes across different styles and age groups.

She hopes to further improve her teaching abilities and knowledge of the RAD syllabi by completing the RAD’s Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in the near future.

  • Achievements

    Alexandra is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Sydney before combining it with her love of teaching, by following it up with a Masters in Teaching.

    As part of KRS Dance’s Performance Team and Ballet Performance Team she completed her RAD Ballet Exams up to and including Grade 8 and Intermediate, and continues her Ballet studies through the advanced syllabi.

  • Experience

    Alexandra has participated in primary and high school dance programs and ensembles performing in Rock Eisteddfod Raw and School Spectacular as well as local fundraisers and eisteddfods.

  • Classes taught

    Junior Ballet School \ Kindy Kids up to Grade 3 \ Ballet Performance \ Jazz and Tap

Gallery

For many dancers, the chance to perform in front of an audience is their ultimate dream. At KRS Dance, our dancers get fabulous stage experience at shows, Eisteddfods, festivals and events.

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