Month: July 2018


When did you start dancing?

6 years old

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

Seeing the greatness in each student

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

Not teaching dance???

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

Studying, working out and being a mom.

What’s your favourite dance step?

How can you have one.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Listen to adults in your life.  

What’s your next holiday destination?

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Who is your favourite performer?

Mikhail Baryshnikov

What was the last show you saw?

Jersey Boys, Les Mis, Book of Mormon – New York City

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Cant think that far ahead…. Too many cool things happening right now.

What is your greatest strength?

Problem solving and living in the moment.

What are your goals for the future?

Be the best at what I’m doing.

What is your best childhood memory?

Too many to recall

If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

Nothing. Anything different then I wouldn’t have River.

What do you feel most proud of?

Staying true to myself

What is your favourite music?

Depends on my mood.

Chookers to our Exam participants and Stepnout Performing Arts Term 2 Adventures.

Tomorrow, Sunday 22 July we have some students participating in our annual ATOD exams. We wish you all a great afternoon. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the experience. The hard work is done and it’s time to showcase your technique.

Make sure you have a relaxing evening tonight, soak in a bath and get a goods night sleep – no late night parties tonight! Don’t think about your exams, make sure you focus on happy thoughts as you drift off to sleep – think rainbows and lollipops, unicorns and ice creams – you get the drift.

Tomorrow, eat light healthy meals and drink lots of water – it’s very important to stay hydrated. Save the junk food and sugar until after your exam – not before. Arrive 30 minutes before your exam and start warming up – you need warm and relaxed muscles to perform at your best. Make sure you look the part – you can’t dance like a star if your hair and uniform is messy.

Lastly, as you walk in the room greet our examiner with confidence and enjoy the experience. We are so proud of you for taking part in the exams. The hard work will pay off.

Now to the jam-packed term that we have had. Let me cast my mind back…

Our Mother’s Day dance class was a small affair but everyone had a superb time. Our preschoolers danced with beaming smiles and our kids & teens laughed and boogied excitedly. Save the date Mums, it’s a very special time to treasure.

Next was our Choreographic competition. A big thanks to the students that took part. It’s so wonderful to see students trying their hands at Choreography and then performing them for peers and staff. We were so proud of your efforts and look forward to seeing our future choreographers next year.

Thanks to everyone that supported the studio in our annual Cadbury fundraiser. Every year the funds raised to assist with urgently needed equipment. This year we purchased a mat for our acrobatics classes. It has made a huge difference for all our acrobatic students. We still have a few boxes available so if you would like to help out some more just contact the office ASAP.

We had teachers represent the studio as part of Active Kids. They went out to several primary schools in the area and had an absolute blast with the children. There is nothing like a dance class to put a smile on anyone’s face.

We have had soloists and our 2 Performance teams take part in Competitions last term. They have represented the studio exemplary and we have seen some stunning results. They will all be performing in more competitions throughout Term 3 and Term 4. I can’t wait to see them shine. Keep up the hard work, it’s really paying off.

Parent watching week was a huge success. Our preschoolers were all very cute in their dress ups and everyone performed very well for their parents. It can be a challenge for some students to perform with parents in the room so well done to everyone.

Term 2 ended with our Movie night. One of my favourite all-time movies “The Greatest Showman” was a perfect end to a great term. Everyone came rugged up with all their winter comfies and had a super time either reliving the movie or experiencing it for the first time. Thanks for sharing the magic.

Several staff members completed our First Aid course with Hero HQ. It was a great day and of course, we all absorbed lots of important information. Fingers crossed we aren’t required to offer assistance in serious situations but we are certainly ready and able if necessary.

Our winter workshop was a blast. The students had a fabulous time. As always there were lots of dance styles on offer and allthe students tried everything with enthusiasm. Our student teachers assisted and really enjoyed the opportunity to work with different teachers and students. Thanks to our super staff and student teachers for making the day so enjoyable. Don’t forget to book in for our Spring workshop, Wednesday 26 September. It’s a great day for everyone!

Last weekend was a Staff PD weekend. We spent Saturday & Sunday morning in Portarlington – we even had a sleepover at Liz’s house. It was an information filled weekend and a team building time as we don’t see each other very often. Thanks Liz for opening your home to us all. It was great!

We finished off the weekend with an Acrobatics workshop. Many staff were there to assist and observe Ashley and students. The students all worked very hard and tried everything that was thrown their way. Staff found the day very beneficial and look forward to implementing many of the tips they learned throughout the whole weekend in classes this term.

And that’s a wrap. Term 3 will see lots of routine work so don’t forget to be ready to shine.


When did you start dancing?

I started dancing when I was 3 with my twin sister.

What’s your favourite part of teaching?

I love seeing the students leave the studio with smiles on their faces.

If you weren’t teaching dance, what would you do?

That’s a tough one because all I’ve ever done is dance.

What is your life outside of Stepnout?

With my free time I find myself going out for brunch with my friends a lot.

What’s your favourite dance step?

My favourite dance step would have to be a contemporary floor roll.

What advice would you give your younger self?

To follow your dreams because they will lead you to where you are meant to be.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In 10 years I would love to own and run my own dance school.

What is your favourite music?

I love listening to Sia.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

I would love to travel to Europe but in particular to Italy.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?

My phone, a phone charger, a book, a pen and a notebook.

How do you spend your free time?

Whenever I have time I love to travel home to visit my family and our dog Buddy.

Who do you most admire in life?

My mum is someone I admire for always giving me every opportunity in life.

If you won the lottery, what would you do?

I would take my family on a well-deserved holiday.

What are you most afraid of?


What is your strongest personal quality?

I would say my strongest quality is that I am very organised.

How would your friends describe you?

I believe my friends would describe me as a caring, reliable and loving person.

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