Dance Styles

Dance Teachers

Former W.A. Ballet Company dancer and Principal of Dance Central Gabrielle Cronan (nee Kennedy) is delighted to welcome you in 2015.

“We have commenced our twenty second 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, acro, 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.

Our Staff


Reception hours, from Friday 30 January 2015.

Monday 3.15pm – 7pm.

Tuesday 3.15pm – 7pm

Wednesday 9am – 11am. 3.15pm – 7pm

Thursday 3.15pm – 7pm

Friday 3.30pm – 6pm

Saturday 9am – 3.30pm

Gabrielle Cronan

Principal Dance Central. Teaches Classical Ballet, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Contemporary & Creative dance.

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 graduating as equal dux 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.


Annie Keating teaches Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Ballet. Annie’s Tap and Jazz have taken her to competed in the British and All England championships as a finalist for Miss Dance of Great Britain in 2010. Annie has toured the UK as a lead singer in a band for 2012 and performed as a singer/dancer in a 5* Resort in 2013 in Kos, Greece.

Trained at Centre Pointe vocational dance college in Manchester 2009-2012. Has taught in various schools through out the North West of England and Choreographed for their shows.


Born in Perth, WA, Rosie discovered her love of dance in ballet classes at the age of 3. An obvious passion for movement led her to Dance Central where she continued training under the guidance of Gabrielle Cronan and expanded a range of performance experience in ballet, lyrical, flamenco, jazz and hip-hop, before continuing into intensive ballet training at Stevens Dance Academy. Rosie explored higher levels of Classical and Contemporary dance as she progressed to the Certificate II in Dance at the Western Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), which then led to her BA in Dance. During this time she was granted the opportunity to undertake a placement with Sydney Dance Company and Wicked! The Musical, as well as a semester-long exchange at the State University of New York, Purchase College.

After her experiences outside of Perth; seeing world class companies and learning from highly influential dance teachers, choreographers and artists, Rosie was determined to take her career to an international platform and moved to London where for the past two years she completed her Masters in Dance Performance (graduating with Distinction) and toured the UK and Europe with Transitions Dance Company, based at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.  She is greatly excited to be back in Perth, and in particular at Dance Central, to be able to bring some of the amazing experiences gained overseas to the new generation of dancers!


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

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.


Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Tap

Elyse Anderson has been a part of the Dance 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.

Tayna Wasylczenko

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

Teaches Tap and Jazz/Hip Hop.

Julie has been teaching professionally for over 15 years.
She is a member of the Australian Teachers of Dance and is trained in RAD Ballet and in ISTD Tap & Modern. She holds a Certificate IV in dance teaching & studio management.

Julie is passionate about developing young Perth dancers and has worked with various dance studios teaching classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, creative dance and fitness.
Under her guidance, students have been very successful in both state and national dance competitions and have gone on to secure placements in some of the country’s most sought after full time dance programs.

Prior to teaching, Julie won numerous awards for dance examinations and competitions. Julie also competed in Sports Aerobics; she went on to win medals at State, National and International Championships.
She also performed with STEPS Youth Contemporary Dance Company here in Perth.

In addition to these personal successes Julie has performed on both stage and television with the children’s group The LuLu’s and has choreographed and performed for various festivals and charity events around Perth.



Amelia Dempster was born in Perth. She has been dancing at Dance Central since age 5 and then went on to be an assistant teacher in her teenage years. With much passion and persistence Amelia has proved her self as confident teacher in Contemporary, Jazz/Hip-Hop and Ballet. She is an excellent role model for our young and inspiring dancers, who relish in her innovative and inspiring classes.


Mackenzie Dunn is Perth born and has been dancing and teaching at Dance Central for over 12 years. She has her Diploma of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre at Principal Academy of Dance and the Certificate II of Musical Theatre at WAAPA. She was awarded the State Silver Star for Cecchetti Ballet and has choreographed for St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls as part of the IGSSA Dance Festival. She has a joy for teaching dance and is also thrilled to be entering the prestigious Musical Theatre course at WAAPA in 2015.


Isabella hails from Sydney NSW where she trained from an early age at Academy Ballet under Mrs Kuner, Mr Bill Pengelly and the redoubtable Mrs Dubovsky. Isabella completed her ballet education at the Australian Conservatoire in Melbourne and from there joined the Finnish National Ballet, where after a few months as an apprentice, she was promoted to dancer. During her 4 years in Finland, Isabella danced in numerous classics in both corps and solo roles including Swan Lake, La Sylphide Nutcracker, Manon, La Bayadere and Sleeping Beauty. During her time at the Finnish National, Isabella had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin and Jorma Elo. Isabella was offered a place at the Western Australian Ballet after working in Finland with its current director Mr Scanella.

Isabella has been fortunate enough to enjoy the tutelage and guidance of some very prominent dancers, including Miss Vicki Attard and Ms Cynthia Harvey. In 2009, Isabella won the Roseta Mauri International Competition in Spain, convened by Mr Arcardi Carbonell and later Mr Angel Corella. Isabella performed the lead role in the critically acclaimed Bennelong Project Sydney Opera House.

Isabella has been engaged to guest teach in Finland, Sydney and Perth. She has taken classes of all ages and coached individuals at an elite level.  Isabella teaches all kinds of dance including classical ballet, contemporary and flamenco.


Born in Japan, Lisa began her dancing career when she was 2 and a half years old at Studio Dance Sonnet in Yokohama, later moving to the Tachibana Ballet Institute, now known as Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo. Upon moving to Perth, she continued her ballet studies at Dance Central under the instruction of Gabrielle Cronan. Here, she also founded her passion for Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop and has been training and performing in those styles for over 10 years.

During her first year at the University of Western Australia, she had a successful audition into the Dance UWA crew and was also selected by club executives to be on the committee. As part of this crew, she has performed at numerous UWA events and on Telethon 2014. She has been elected by club members to be a part of the committee again in 2015.
Lisa is actively involved  dancing herself  undertaking workshops with many renowned dancers and choreographers including Marko Panzic, Stephan Tannos and Lauren Seymour.
She is very excited to be teaching again this year bringing her fresh, individual style.

Teaches Classical Ballet, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap and Creative.

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.


Heather Crow was born in Perth. She has been dancing and teaching at Dance Central for over 12 years.

Matthew’s dancing career started at a young age with training in Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Jazz. He quickly progressed to the advanced troupes regularly participating in competition and performances. He successfully auditioned and was accepted into the John Curtin College of the Arts Specialist Dance and Ballet programs receiving training in Contemporary, Breakdance and Ballet. The first the five years at John Curtin Matthew was named Performer of the Year and selected for the opening solo of the Performing Arts Perspectives in 2010.

Following John Curtin Matthew trained and performed with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for three and a half years and has enjoyed a number of lead and ensemble roles with The Ian Charles Westrip Performing Arts Association (CATS, Macavity), STEPS Youth Dance Company, Bent Knee Creative and John Curtin College of the Arts. Matthew has also been teaching at schools across Perth for the last 5 years, including Willetton SHS, Trinity College, Rossmoyne SHS, Mercedes College, Melville SHS, Lynwood SHS, Leeming SHS, Lakelands SHS, John Septimus Roe Anglican School, John Curtin College of the Arts, Applecross SHS and All Saints College. During this time he has also successfully choreographed students for competition and performances and still perform regularly in both competitions and various performances.

Classical Ballet

Classical Ballet

This class is recommended for students age 5 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 5 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 15 July – Friday 17 July

GRADE 1       Wednesday 15 July – Friday 17 July

GRADE 2       Tuesday 14 July – Friday 179 July

GRADE 3        Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July

GRADE 4        Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July

GRADE 5        Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July

GRADE 6        Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July

INTERMEDIATE  Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July

ADVANCED 1          Tuesday 14 July – Friday 17 July




Classical Jazz Combo

Classical Jazz Combo

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.

Creative Dance

Creative Dance

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.

Jazz Hip Hop

Jazz Hip Hop

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.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop

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.

Tap Dance

Tap Dance

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.

Tap & Jazz Combo

This class combines both Tap and Jazz technique. The warm up will be using the Jazz technique and choreography. Half way through the class the children will pop their Tap shoes on and work through the  elements of Tap.


Dance Central  3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style.  Shoes : tan Jazz shoes . Tan Tap shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.


Stretch Class

Stretch Class

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.