The Dance Centre offers specialised and professional dance training. It is the first Holistic dance studio offering programs and classes in dance, fitness, yoga, meditation and nutrition to students of all ages and abilities. All classes are delivered in an environment where the students feel comfortable, relaxed and non-threatened. Teachers at The Dance Centre work hard to encourage, motivate and inspire the students. Passionate working professionals themselves they aim to pass on their wealth of current knowledge and expertise to every student. Educating the students goes beyond teaching them the correct dance technique; students also learn performance skills, anatomy and musicality in their classes. The Dance Centre also offers Yoga, Group Fitness, Nutrition and Meditation programs. Class sizes are kept small at The Dance Centre so all students receive equal individual attention and guidance from their teacher. The studios are fully equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, non slip flooring, air conditioning, heating, toilet/change facilities, kitchen and a homework/waiting room.
Jessica commenced her dance training at the age of 4 under the supervision of a variety of highly respected teachers in the dance industry.
Jessica has studied many syllabi including examinations with: I.S.T.D (Cecchetti), C.S.T.D, C.D.T.A, M.D.E.S and adap (Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, & Character). Jessica has studied dance at Deakin University and Dance Education and Business Management at Box Hill Institute. Wanting to expand her knowledge and qualifications she has completed a Diploma Dance teaching and Management, Certificate IV in Dance teaching, Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Certificate III in Fitness, Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Body Balance Instructor and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Jessica has also studied Modelling with Tanya Powell, Drama with Judy Banks and Gymnastics. Jessica grew up in the dance competition world and spent most of her childhood competing throughout the state. She has performed in numerous floorshows, cabarets and musicals. Jessica enjoys choreographing for school productions, rock eisteddfods, festivals, television and of course teaching. A highlight for Jessica was being awarded a scholarship by dance royalty Laurel Martyn for her choreography skills. Jessica has choreographed for the Melbourne Moomba parade, shopping centres, Festivals, Royal Melbourne show, TV program MZONE and for the theme parks on the Gold Coast as well as USA. In the little spare time she has, she is also involved in teaching VCE dance, VET certificates and Diploma's to dance students and teachers. Jessica is also a registered teacher and accredited dance examiner, examining dance students throughout Australia. In 2012 Jessica decided it was time to open her own dance studio – The Dance Centre with a vision to offer affordable specialised dance training and opportunities to students of all ages and abilities.
Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz & Performance
Alexandra commenced her dance training at a young age, studying various styles including jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hiphop, tap and acrobatics.
Alexandra has received her Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies in Jazz and her Certificate III in Classical ballet with the Australian Dance Institute. Alexandra is also a qualified Dietitian and holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Dietetic Practice. In addition, Alexandra is also a qualified Secondary School teacher, having studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Throughout her performing life, Alexandra has performed at numerous events, shows, festivals, fundraisers and concerts. Alexandra also thoroughly enjoys choreographing. Her works have been featured in numerous cabarets, conferences and productions, including the Catholic Education Office’s annual ‘Time to Shine’ Catholic school gala, held at the Palais and Regent Theatre. In her spare time, Alexandra also assists VCE dance students with their solo preparation and has been invited by many high schools to run masterclasses and judge performing arts based competitions.
Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary
Sarah began her dance career overseas, graduating from the Heinz Bosl Stiftung in Munich in 2002 and joining the ballet company Theatre Krefeld Moenchengladbach until 2004 (Germany).
Upon her return to Australia, Sarah helped establish Sydney’s DirtyFeet, gaining experience with choreographers including Dean Walsh, Anton, Vicki Van Hout, Kay Armstrong and Annalouise Paul. Sarah performed with contemporary dance company Tasdance from 2009 - 2015, dancing in works by choreographers including Anton, Tanja Liedtke, Larissa McGowan, Graeme Murphy, Byron Perry, Chrissie Parrott, Francis Rings, Anna Smith, Solon Ulbrich, Gavin Webber, Adam Wheeler and Huang Yi. Sarah received nominations for ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ in Dance Australia’s Critics Survey in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded ‘Most Audacious Choreography’ at Short + Sweet Dance Melbourne 2013 for her solo work Shelf Life. Sarah is a qualified dance teacher (Diploma of Dance Teaching and Management, Australian Teachers of Dance) with extensive experience teaching professional dancers, young students, adults, and people with disabilities.
Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary
Rachel Heller-Wagner is a cross disciplinary artist based in Melbourne. Graduating from Victorian College of the Arts 2011, Rachel worked with many acclaimed choreographers during her studies.
Upon graduating, Rachel understudied and performed in the regional tour Identity with TasDance. In 2012, Rachel was a recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust, which she used to facilitate extensive travel through the Middle East and Europe. She is a founding member of the Melbourne based Menagerie collective and choreographed Crumbs for the 2013 showing. Rachel collaborated on a cross-disciplinary work Infundibular for the Melbourne Fringe 2014 with the Rival Dealer collective as well as having her work Periphery, shown in the Frankston Anywhere Festival. Rachel participated in an artist in residence program at fLiNG Physical Theatre, creating a work for the Bega Valley Regional Gallery You Will Find It Exhibition. In 2015 Rachel collaborated with theatre makers Emma Hall and Prue Clarke on the premiere of We May Have To Choose Adelaide Fringe 2015. As a 2014-2015 recipient of an Artstart grant, Rachel continued to develop her practice under the mentorship of Rosalind Crisp and was involved in a creative development residency at Vitalstaistix in Adelaide with collaborators Emma Hall, Emily Stewart and Henry Wood. Rachel performed in the 2015 Melbourne Fringe in Urban Rupture by Nebahat Erpolat and POSEBAND by Rebecca Jenson.
Dance has been a large part of Amanda's life for around 25 years.
Starting as a tiny tot in traditional forms of tap, jazz and ballet she then continued as a student of contemporary and hip hop,before venturing in to teaching. Another creative outlet for Amanda is her indie pop band SANS, which she plays keyboard and sings lead vocal in. She gigs regularly in both Melbourne and regional areas, and interstate.
Amanda teaches tap across all levels from Tinies to Advanced, specialising in both traditional and street styles. Her ambition is to create a classroom that evokes a sense of creativity in the students, where they are empowered to choreograph their own combinations and improvise rhythms using tap theory and practice as the foundation.
Pre-School Dance, Jazz & Ballet
Natalie Lo Grasso
Natalie Lo Grasso started her dance training at the age of seven. She has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and contemporary dance styles.
Natalie has also been a part of several performance opportunities throughout Melbourne. Natalie has completed her Certificate I and Certificate II in Dance performance studies majoring in Classical ballet. Natalie also holds a Bachelor of Education teaching Prep- Year 12 students.
Jazz & Ballet & Dance Acrobatics
Carla started dancing at 7 years of age. She trained under the guidance of Jessica Modica Crichton in ballet, jazz and Contemporary.
Carla has also trained and competed in sports acrobatics. Carla has completed all of her Ballet and Jazz examinations with top marks. She has received her Certificate IV in Dance Performance Studies in both Classical and Jazz style. Carla has completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree and is now completing her PhD.
Delanie commenced her dance training at the young age of three. Since then, she has studied a various of different dance styles under the instruction of numerous different teachers.
She has trained in a variety of styles including Hip hop, Acrobatics, Commercial, Jazz, Musical theatre, Contemporary, Ballet and Tap. She has competed in countless competitions across Victoria and danced in several group performances and community events. She began assistant teaching at the age 14, and began taking her own classes at the age of 17, after she had completed her VCE Dance. In 2012, she travelled to Los Angeles and performed at Disneyland, California Adventure, Universal Studios, Hollywood Boulevard and Disney’s Parade. As well as being dance trained, she has trained as a Cheerleading and Acrobatic coach for all ages. Delanie regularly attends workshops and masterclasses across Melbourne, under the instruction of well known hip hop choreographers and instructors to further her dance knowledge and experience. She is also currently undertaking further acrobatic training to assist in all styles of dance. She has completed her degree in Media and Public Relations and is currently undertaking more study in the field of Youth Work and Counselling.
Ella began dancing when she was just 4 years old studying a range of styles of dance.
Hip hop, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical theatre, Drama, Tap, Acrobatics, Cheerleading and competed in many dance troupe competitions. She has also completed both her Ballet and Jazz exams and completed dance as one of her VCE subjects. In 2012 she performed in the USA at Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios. Ella is currently studying media, film and television, at Swinburne and hopes to venture into this industry. In her spare time she loves to work with children, teaching dance and swimming.
Acrobatics, Contemporary, Jazz & Tap
Madison commenced her dance training at the age of 3.
She has studied all genres of dance including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Tap, Hip hop and acrobatics. Madison also enjoys singing and can play the piano. Madison has completed her Jazz and Ballet examinations under the guidance of Jessica Modica. Receiving top marks and gaining nationally recognized qualifications for both styles. Madison is very passionate about dancing and has fallen in love with teaching and choreographing. She looks forward to her weekly classes with her Dance Centre students.
Toddler & Pre-School Dance, Jazz, Ballet & Tap
Olivia commenced her dance training with Jessica Modica at age 3 studying various styles including Ballet, Jazz, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip hop and Tap.
Olivia has completed all her Jazz and Ballet exams through the Australian Dance Institute and Cecchetti syllabus. She has recently completed both VCE Dance and VCE VET Dance during her year 12 studies allowing her to receive her Certificate II in Dance. Olivia is currently completing a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Dietetic Practice at the University of La Trobe. Olivia has participated in numerous dance competitions across Victoria and has performed in public events such as the Moomba and Myer Christmas Parades, the Moonee Valley Festival and the Time To Shine Catholic School's Gala in both 2014 and 2016.
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I couldn't imagine my daughter dancing anywhere else. This amazing dance school has wonderful, professional dance teachers who know how to encourage students in a way that brings out their best. They are wonderful role models for the students, regardless of age. The dance teachers are passionate about dance and it shows in the way they interact with their students. Students are treated with respect and feel they are part of this dance family. They are nurtured and treated with respect. It's much more than your average dance school.
Mother Maryanne with Student Stella.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Dance Centre for their exceptional level of support and professionalism. Since commencing dancing at the school a few years ago, both my daughters have developed their personal and professional skills to such an amazing degree. Each week, they are excited to attend, learn and be challenged in such a wonderfully nurturing environment. All the teachers are amazingly approachable and work tirelessly to develop each student to their best potential through dedicated attention due to optimum class sizes. Well done to Jess and your amazing family of teachers.
Mother Silvana with Students Mia & Alessia.
The Dance Centre provides an exciting and positive environment to learn a variety of dancing styles and to develop long lasting friendships. My daughter Madison has fun learning ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary with supportive and caring teachers. Many opportunities are provided to perform and show case their talents and skills. I would highly recommend The Dance Centre as a place of excellence that will cater for the individual needs of the students.