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About JGSoD

Why Choose Joanne Grace School of Dance

Our Facilities

Four purpose built studios and pilates room ...

The purpose built studios ensure that the students learn in a safe environment that is correctly built for training dancers of all ages.

All studios have fully equipped sound systems, correctly sprung dance flooring, fitted barres and mirrors. Studios are also fitted with tarkett flooring and airconditioning.

Safety first ...

The studio boasts plenty of parking and each studio is fitted with a security gate to ensure no children of a young age leave the studio without a parent.

Flood lighting has also been installed to ensure carpark safety at night.

Technique is taught safely with all teachers having an understanding of anatomy and how it applies to dance. Movement and music is specifically chosen and is age appropriate for each stage of their body development.

Comforts of home ...

The students also have access to Wifi to assist with completing their homework, restrooms, kettle, microwave, fridge and kitchen.

A bit about our schools philosphy...

Dance education is an ongoing process, one that continues throughout a dancers career.  The development of self motivation, self discipline, grace, respect and appreciation for the arts will help any student immeasurably in whatever path lies ahead.

 To succeed and be the best dancer the students can be they need to be flexible, open and willing to work hard.  Precision cannot be acquired quickly and beauty does not come easily.  At Joanne Grace School Of Dance we aim to strengthen not only the dancers body but also the spirit of our students.  We provide a caring environment for the education and training of our dancers.  The rich and varied training ensures the students are given a sound knowledge of diverse dance styles and genres.  

The ability to bring in guest teachers who specialise in different dance techniques reinforces and expands on the high standard of work being undertaken at the school.   Any parent can feel confident that their child will receive the highest standard of teaching and that our training methods are safe and our teachers well informed.  

The standard of professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment from the staff is fully reciprocated by the work ethic , energy and dedication of the students in an environment where the ethos is based on mutual respect.

Meet the team...

Principal Joanne Grace-Morgan is the most highly qualified studio teacher in the Illawarra holding a Bachelor of Applied Arts – Dance/Drama and a Bachelor of Education. Along with a Teachers Diploma from RAD and a Teachers Certificate, A.R.A.D status, Certificate IV Assessment and Training and a Masters of Teaching Degree.

Joanne is a member of the Australian Dance Adjudicators Association and actively adjudicates at eisteddfods in all styles of dance. Read more

Advantages of choosing Joanne Grace School of Dance


Joanne Grace School of Dance respects the traditions of the art form and teaches students the value of teamwork, commitment, respect, and dedication. The school is a professionally run studio where students can study in purpose built surroundings. The school caters to students of all abilities, ages and commitment levels.

 Joanne Grace School of Dance aims to produce versatile dancers capable of adapting to many styles. Students are exposed to a variety of styles, techniques and methodologies. The influence of class and guest teachers has a positive effect on students employability should students wish to further their careers professionally.  

Students are given the chance to perform at a professional venue at the end of each year along with other various opportunities throughout the year at other venues to build their skill and confidence levels.   Boys and girls are treated equally. Boys learn the art of partnering and team work by being part of standard classes and are taught the differences in approach to their work in each style by being part of an integrated classroom.

Unique services

  • Soloist routines are filmed at the end of each term for the students and their parents to view
  • Interviews with parents are conducted each year to discuss students progress
  • Our summer school in January boasts 8-12 guest teachers each year for classes in various styles who are industry professionals ie.  have worked in companies or in high profile teaching positions.  This means that students do not have to travel to Sydney or elsewhere for specialised teaching and can have access to high profile teachers in their own studio environment
  • Joanne personally provides discussion sessions with parents and students on course options for students wishing to further their studies in Dance


Hall of Fame

Both past and present students have been very successful!

Past and Present students of Joanne Grace School Of Dance have/are: 

  • Currently part of the Australian Ballet Interstate Program (12 students presently in 2016)
  • Commenced and graduated from training at University and Full Time Dance programs
  • Accepted and Graduated New Zealand School of Dance 
  • Been part of the filming of the ABC mini series called “Dance Academy” (7 students) 
  • Gained RAD teachers certificate 
  • Danced on Cruise Lines including
    • Carnival
    • Disney
    • Celebrity Cruiselines
    • Royal Carribean
    • MSC
  • Danced and secondments to Contemporary Companies including
    • Australian Dance Theatre
    • Footnote
    • Sydney Dance Company
  • Danced with Ballet Companies both domestic and international including
    • West Australian Ballet Company
    • Australian Ballet Company
    • Paris Opera Ballet
    • Melbourne Ballet Company
    • Dublin Ballet Company
    • Russian Imperial Ballet Company
    • New Zealand Ballet Company
    • English National Ballet
  • Performed with the Australian Opera 
  • Danced in international and domestic in theatre and cabaret shows 
    • Dancing Water Maccau
    • Entertainer Mediterranean : Fethiye Hillside Beach Club Turkey
    • French, Italian and Greek Cabarets
  • Been part of various TV commercials and photo shoots 
  • Gained Pilates certification 
  • Commercial performances with
    • "The Next Step"
    • Justice Crew