“We have commenced our twentieth year having developped into a successful dance metropolis, offering 70 classes per week, in North Fremantle.
Dance classes include “creative” dance for toddlers, classical ballet, jazz/hip-hop, tap, contemporary and stretch classes.
Our teachers are testament to our professional facilities offering expert tuition in a caring environment.
Whether you want to learn the latest moves from MTV or dance to Mozart’s lyrical serenades please feel free to make a time to come in for chat about your dance needs.
Monday 3.15pm – 7pm.
Tuesday 3.15pm – 7pm
Wednesday 9am – 12 noon. 3.15pm – 7pm
Thursday 3.15pm – 7pm
Friday 3.30pm – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 2.30pm
Gabrielle Cronan (nee Kennedy) founded Dance Central in 1993.
Gabrielle’s career in dance began as a passion from early childhood. Through determination, dedication and encouragement from family and peers, she has enjoyed a successful career in dance.
As a teenager Gabrielle won the prestigious “Quest 78″ produced by the ABC television series and also won dancer of the year on “Young Talent Time”, Channel 10 television series.
Gabrielle trained at the Victorian College of the Arts before being recruited for the WA Ballet Company as a dancer working with many great international choreographers and performing nationally. After dancing Gabrielle stayed with the WA Ballet Company as Touring Wardrobe Mistress. Professional appointments with The Royal Shakespeare Company London, Scottish Ballet Company, Marcelle Marceau, WA Opera Company, and the Playhouse Theatre have enhanced Gabrielle’s experience within the industry.
Further dance studies in Flamenco were completed under The Masters at Amor de Dios, Madrid, Spain (1996).
Gabrielle was a National Recipient of the Australian Institute of Classical Dance annual Teachers’ Scholarship with The Australian Ballet School in 2003.
Gabrielle has been engaged as Secretary on the National Board of The Australian Institute of Classical Dance (AICD), the Western Australian representative for AICD, and the Western Australian Representative for the Borovansky Classical Ballet Syllabus.
Gabrielle employs highly qualified staff who have the integrity and professional attitude required to provide a caring and supportive educational environment for dance studies.
Rebecca Sneddon was born in Fremantle, Western Australia and begun her dance training at Dance Central at age 4. Rebecca trained at Dance Central in Jazz-Hip Hop, Tap and Ballet, and undertook several Ballet exams within the Borovansky syllabus. At age 12, Rebecca was accepted into the specialist Ballet program at John Curtin College of the Arts where she trained in Ballet, Contemporary and Spanish. She represented the school in the Eastern States, performed in many Musicals and countless dance performances. Rebecca graduated from the specialist ballet course in 2008 with a Distinction for her Ballet studies, a Certificate of Excellence for her academic studies and was awarded “most respected student”, in her graduating class. Whilst studying at John Curtin, Rebecca also represented Dance Central in the Senior Performance Group for many years and competed in many state-wide competitions. Rebecca begun her training as a teacher in 2006 under Gabrielle Cronan; founder and Principle of Dance Central. Rebecca currently teaches and choreographs for Creative Dance, Jazz-Hip Hop and Contemporary classes at Dance Central. In 2011 Rebecca begun a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Rachel Perica was born in Perth Western Australia. After completing a Certificate II in dance at WAPPA she was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne) where she successfully completed a Bachelor of Dance. During this time Rachel gained extensive training in both Ballet and Contemporary and worked with renowned choreographers including; Sue Healey, Stephanie Lake, Philip Adams, Carlee Mellow, Rebecca Hilton, Don Aska and Dianne Reid. In 2009 she performed in Dance House’s ‘Open Season’ program in ‘Without Pretense’, and in 2007, performed in ‘Leaving the Left’ as part of John Cage’s Musicircs in the Melbourne International Arts Festival. During 2007 Rachel was also represented by a NSW based dance agency where she gained commercial and corporate performance jobs.
In 2010 Rachel completed further studies at WAAPA, graduating with Honors in a Bachelor of Arts majoring in dance. The degree was associated with LINK Dance Company. As a company member of LINK Rachel was apart of the creation of six brand new contemporary works. National Choreographers included; Michael Whaites, Antony Hamilton, Deborah Robertson, Cass Mortimer Eipper and International Choreographers Fabien Prioville (Pina Bausch and Lalala Human Steps) and Directors Joseba Lazkano Lizundia and Fernando G Montoya (The Bai Theatre School in Bilbao, Spain).
These works were toured both nationally and internationally; as apart of LINK’s European tour in the ACT Festival, and ReACT Festival in Spain and also featuring at the World Dance Alliance conference in New York. Whilst on tour, Rachel took company classes in London, attended summer intensive workshops with Dance New Amsterdam and Peri Dance in New York.
During her time as a 2010 LINK dance company member, Rachel wrote her Honors thesis entitled “The Dancing Imagination” which has been published for the Edith Cowan Library. Currently Rachel is undergoing a Certificate IV in Pilates Matwork Instruction at the Pilates Fitness Institute of WA.
Elyse Anderson has been a part of the Dance and Music Central staff for 5 years teaching Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap. Elyse began dancing at the age of three, at her family owned dance school located just outside of Vancouver, Canada. She is fully trained in Cecchetti Ballet, Jazz, AIDT Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, CDTA Acrobats, and Hip Hop.
She was trained in tap and jazz by world champion Lacey Boyd, as well as various choreographers who have worked with Michael and Janet Jackson, Brittney spears, and Missy Elliot. Elyse has been a competitive dancer since the age of ten. She was also invited to dance with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on various occasions. In both 2003 and 2004 Elyse was the recipient of the top Cecchetti Ballet Award for her age category in British Coloumbia, Canada.
Elyse moved to Perth in December of 2005 and has continued to increase her dance knowledge by attending workshops and holiday programs at Australian dance companies such as Brent Street in Sydney, and Dance World in Melbourne. Elyse holds a Private Pilots licence and is currently working towards a Commercial Pilots Licence while studying at ECU.
Emma studied ballet with Marie Walton-Mahon (Newcastle) and completed fulltime dance studies with David Atkins at Dynamite Dance Studios (Sydney) 1993. Emma has 15 years experience in choreographing and teaching many styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern and tap. She has choreographed musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar and 42nd Street and her routines have won first place in numerous competitions including City of Sydney Eisteddfod and won best choreography award, Rock Eisteddfod NSW 1994 & 1995.
Professional performances include music video clips, award nights, Sheraton Sydney Gala performance, ‘Elvis Comeback Tour’ Japan 1998, Bridal show 1999 – 2000, and numerous fashion shows for companies including Rip Curl, Hound Dog, Mossimo, SportsGirl.
Emma has worked in numerous private schools on the east coast developing dance programs for high school age students and completed her Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Murdoch University 2008.
Freelance Photographer / Graphic Designer / Performer / Choreographer. BComm/Arts Double Major in Photography & Graphic Design, Edith Cowan University.
Angelyne has been privileged to attend workshops with some of the best Hip Hop dancers from LA, NY and Australia. Including Tre Armstrong (LA), Michael Schwandt (LA), Roger Lee (USA), Patrick Chen(USA), Rachel Yao (Kylie Minogue Dancer) and S.Y.T.Y.C.D Joel De Carteret. By continuing to be inspired by such artists, Angelyne’s dancing style remains funky fresh, and cutting edge.
C.S.T.D., B.B.D. trained. Dance history includes 1995-97 Assistant Teacher in Okinawa Japan for Sharleen Stoddart School of Dance. 1999 Recipient ‘Dux of Dance’ Melville SHS. Angelyne has taught at numerous highschools and dance schools including Betty Bently, Dance Workshop, The Studio, Bustagroove Dance, Melville SHS, St Hildas Anglican School, Scotch College. Resident Dancer/Character Performer at Connections Night Club 2006. Choreographer for LaFemme Boudoir, shows @ Metros City, StyleAid, Bullion, Connections, The Court. Teaches Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap.
Teaches Jazz/Hip Hop
Bachelor of Science Major in Sports Science. Graduate Diploma Secondary Education, WA. Dance Specialist at Safety Bay Senior High School specializing in Jazz/Hip-Hop. Involved in the Rock Eisteddford Challenge 2002, Southwest Dance Festivals and an independent dance production of Romeo & Juliet at the Playhouse Theatre 2003. Teaches Jazz/Hip-Hop
Julie Moore has been teaching dance for the over 10 years, and a part of the Dance & Music Central team for the past 5 years.
Trained in ISTD Tap & Modern and RAD Ballet, Julie has worked as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Working for Perth’s most prestigious dance studios, Julie has taught classes is ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop & creative dance. Her students have been very successful in both state & national dance competitions.
Prior to teaching Julie won numerous awards for dance exams & competitions. Julie successfully auditioned and danced with STEPS Youth Dance Company and also medalled in State& National Aerobics Championships. Julie has performed on both the stage & T.V. with the children’s group The LuLu’s and has choreographed routines for the Margaret River Show, Leeuwin Estate and various festivals around Perth.
Trained and completed Southern Federation of Dance Teachers Certificate. Currently enroled in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching at Edith Cowan University. Four years of full time dance specialist with early childhood developement. Professional appointments include working with the wiggles as Henry the Octopus, choreographer of Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and various childrens performance groups.
Rosanne Sands is from Perth,Western Australia. She has been a member of the Dance Central staff since October 2007 teaching Ballet and Jazz/Hip Hop. She began dancing ballet at the age of four.
She has trained under Madam Gundi Ferris, lead dancer of the West Australian Ballet Company for its first season at His Majesty’s Theatre; Kathy Kalazich, Principal and founder of EDA Dance; and Gabrielle Cronan, Former West Australian Ballet Company dancer and Principal and founder of Dance Central.
Rosanne has further trained in tap, lyrical, contemporary and song and dance and has received placements in state competitions. She is fully trained in Borovansky and has completed all syllabus exams from Primary to Solo Seal. Rosanne is also certified in Fundamental Movement Skills.
Rosanne has completed a Bachelor of Primary Education at the University of Notre Dame which has included tertiary units in dance, drama, visual art and music. She adheres to a whole person approach toward students and has a strong focus on scaffolding learning.
She is currently working towards completing a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) at the University of Notre Dame.
This class is recommended for students age 6 years and above. The traditional art form of Classical Ballet reinforces posture including core stability, suppleness, stretching, balance, alignment, strength and vocabulary. Straight ballet classes are on offer from age 6 years when the student has developed concentration and focas. Optional entry into the Borovansky syllabus for exams in August which includes compulsory attendance during the last week of the July school holidays for a four day holiday programme.
Dance Central enters students in an Australian credited dance exam syllabus through the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.
The ballet syllabus is called Borovansky. Edouard Borovansky first came to Australia in 1929 to accompany Anna Pavlova with the Ballet Russes. He stayed on and formed the Borovansly Ballet Company, commencing in 1940. It evolved into the Australian Ballet Company in 1962, as we know it today.
Dance Central holds a Classical Ballet Holiday Programme for exam candidates prior to the Exams. It is usually in the second week of the July School Holidays.
‘Primary’ to ‘preparation grade 5’ pink leotard, chiffon skirt, tights and pink ballet shoes. ‘grade 5 upwards’ lunar blue leotard, chiffon skirt, flesh dance knickers, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Character skirt, black three quarter length and black character shoes. Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.
PRIMARY Wednesday 17 July – Friday 19 July
GRADE 1 Wednesday 17 July – Friday 19 July
GRADE 2 Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July
GRADE 3 Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July
GRADE 4 Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July
GRADE 5 Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July
INTERMEDIATE Tuesday 16 July – Friday 19 July
PRIMARY- No attendance on this day
GRADE 1 - No attendance on this day
GRADE 4 – 11.30 – 1.00pm Teacher Rosanne Studio 1
GRADE 2 - 1.00 – 2.30pm Teacher Gabrielle Studio 1
GRADE 3 - 2.30 – 4.00pm Teacher Gabrielle Studio 1
GRADE 5 - 4.00 – 6.00pm Teacher Elyse Studio 1
PRIMARY 9.00 – 10.15am Teacher Gabrielle Studio 1
GRADE 1 - 10.15 – 11.30am Teacher Gabrielle Studio 1
GRADE 4 – 11.30 – 1.00pm Teacher Rosanne Studio 1
GRADE 2 - 1.00 – 2.30pm Teacher Gabrielle Studio 1
GRADE 3 - 2.30 – 4.00pm Teacher Elyse Studio 1
INTERMEDIATE - 4.00 – 6.00pm Teacher Elyse Studio 1
This class is recommended for students aged 5 – 6 years. This class is more structured than a “Creative Dance’ class, as they are now older and ready for more class content. It is a foundation of both classical ballet and jazz ballet. An excellent introduction to dance with both slow and controlled technique for those who like move lyrically and also the faster rhythms of boppy jazz ballet, for those who like to move at a faster pace and work on their rhythm and funky style.
See Classical Ballet.
This class is recommended for students aged 3 – 4 years. It is a fun introduction to classical and jazz movement for toddlers introducing young children to different music and movements, enhancing their co-ordination and spacial awareness. Whilst the emphasise in on “learning is fun”, the class is run in an orderly fashion with an educational approach to learning.
Same as for classical ballet.
This class is recommended for students age 6 years and above. It is a high energy class with groove and funk elements that also include traditional jazz movements combined with the the latest hip-hop moves. The Jazz component includes a well structured class incorporating a whole body warm up, isolation work, stretching, turns, progressions and leaps building to a choreographed routine. Jazz has a structured yet diverse technique and includes classic jazz moves from legendary musical theatre and cabaret choreographers. The Hip-Hop component includes moves relevant to the child’s age and builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest dance moves.
Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top - either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Tan jazz shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.
This class is recommended for students generally age 11 upwards (except in the case of an all boys hip-hop class, which is more in the B Boy style) Hip Hop is a collective term for the latest dance styles as seen in video clips and commercials etc Hip-Hop is an awesome workout with a well structured class in keeping with current dance trends. with moves relevant to the child’s age. The class builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest new dance moves.
Black 3/4 length or full dance pants or cycle pants. Any colour leotard or crop top. Tops not to be baggy or loose. Black dance boots or dance sneakers. Hair tied back in a pony tail.
This class is recommended for students are 11 years and upwards. The style of the class can be both fluid and lyrical with grace and control and or fast and dynamic. with strength and agility. The class has a structured yet diverse technique and includes a whole body warm up, isolation work, floor work promoting core strength, body rolls, stretching, turns, progressions and leaps building to a choreographed routine. Contemporary dance promotes ease of movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance technique.
Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Shoes : tan Sansha ballet shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.
This class is recommended for students age 6 years and above. The class promotes rhythm and frequent use of syncopation where the feet produce a percussion sound. It has a structured technique which uses building blocks for improved and advanced technical steps in accordance with age and agility. The choreography lends itself in part to the original Vaudeville style, the smooth graceful moves from legendary musical theatre and cabaret choreographers and or the fresh funky moves from modern tap dance styles seen commercially such as Tap dogs .
Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Shoes : tan Tap shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.
This class is recommended for dance students from age 9 years and upwards. The class is designed to increase flexibility and helps prevent injury. Through out the class a specific skeletal muscle ( or muscle group) is deliberately elongated. The results of stretching increases muscle control, flexibitlty and range of motion. The class is structured with floor mat exercises, barre work and isometric exercises. Uniform : Comfortable clothing for warmth and ease of movement. No feet ware necessary.