The movers and shakers on the subject of dance

On this sponsored put up, “CityNews” talks with a few of Canberra’s movers and shakers who know methods to educate their expertise.

WHETHER it’s folks, ballroom, stomach dancing, hip hop, up to date or one thing else, Canberra has no scarcity of expertise on the subject of dancing.

In addition to the sheer enjoyable of it, dancing can enhance confidence, co-ordination and creativity, and is an effective way for individuals of all ages to have enjoyable, type friendships and get match. 

This week “CityNews” talks with a few of Canberra’s movers and shakers who know methods to educate their expertise.

Dale’s Balloom proprietor Dale Harris, centre, with daughters Brooke, left, and Grace.

Enjoyable solution to get match, socialise and compete

TEACHING a variety of traditional dance types, Dale’s Ballroom Dancing affords a enjoyable solution to get match, socialise and compete in a pleasant atmosphere, says proprietor Dale Harris. 

With medal courses on each Thursday from 5.30pm, Dale says she likes to welcome anybody to come back and be taught no matter age or expertise.

“We’ve individuals of all ages coming in for the courses,” she says.

“One of many nice issues about it’s the health. You don’t realise how a lot train you’re doing, you’re continually on the transfer.”

Dale is an skilled in lots of types of dance together with New Vogue sequence dances, commonplace, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, Viennese waltz, and Latin cha cha, samba, jive, rumba and paso doble. 

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Backed by greater than 25 years’ expertise instructing dance, she began dancing on the age of six, when she developed an curiosity in ballroom dancing. 

She’s since acquired many {qualifications} in ballroom dancing and can be a championship adjudicator who travels interstate to evaluate ballroom competitions. 

Grownup social courses are on each Wednesday from 7pm, and programs are run each seven weeks.

“Anybody can be part of. You possibly can simply rock up on the evening and we will get you caught up within the course as we’d like,” she says.

Social dance is on each Monday from 7.30pm, “everybody and anybody is welcome”.

Dale’s Ballroom Dancing, 6/38 Reed Avenue North, Greenway. Name 0407 066110 or go to

Storytelling dance with creativeness

LISA Clark Dance Centre has been one in all Canberra’s main dance faculties because it opened in 1991, says director Lisa Clark.

“We’ve grown from providing simply classical ballet and jazz, to incorporate musical theatre, lyrical, faucet, up to date and specialised courses for preschool-aged youngsters,” she says.

“At LCDC, we have now a give attention to classical ballet, as it’s the basis of most dance types universally. I actually imagine that dancers with classical ballet coaching stand out in a crowd as being well-trained in method, posture, versatility and disciplined of their artwork type.

“The previous few years have enabled us to develop, and we now give attention to performing arts as a complete.”

With implausible, certified lecturers throughout all types of dance, Lisa says LCDC is dedicated to offering wonderful dance schooling.

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“We’re very excited to be bringing in new packages in 2023, reminiscent of ‘As soon as Upon A Ballet’ for our preschool-aged college students. This program focuses on utilizing creativeness and storytelling to introduce our youngest dancers to the world of dance.

“This program, along with the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, will present college students from ages three to 18 with superbly structured, age-appropriate dance coaching.

With alumni from LCDC in corporations reminiscent of The Australian Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Moulin Rouge, and graduating college students occurring to review dance professionally, “it’s clear that LCDC is certainly, one in all Canberra’s main dance faculties.”

Lisa Clark Dance Centre, 3/73 Sheppard Avenue, Hume. Name 6260 2272, or go to

Danzon Dance Studio proprietor Marko Pekkarinen and dance accomplice Karen.

Dance trainer with expertise and keenness

DANZON Dance Studio was opened in 2003 and can rejoice its twentieth anniversary subsequent 12 months, says proprietor Marko Pekkarinen.

“We educate ballroom dancing, Latin American dance and swing,” he says.

“The Strictly Ballroom film sparked reputation in ballroom dancing, and created a better demand, and I simply occurred to be trying within the paper for what kind of job I’d do over the summer time holidays and I got here throughout an advert for a ballroom dancing trainer.

“My mom dragged me to my first dance class as a result of they wanted extra male companions, however I can say I went willingly to the second class and all of the courses after that.”

Marko says Danzon can be closed over the Christmas interval, however will reopen for personal courses on January 1, and time period 1 of group courses will start from January 30.

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“We’ve been at our new location in Fyshwick for 2 years now, and expanded throughout two full-size ballrooms,” he says.

“We educate utilizing a mix of personal classes and group classes to personalise individuals’s studying.

“Our lecturers are additionally particularly educated not solely nearly as good dancers, however to be good at instructing dance as properly.”

Danzon Dance Studio, 96 Barrier Avenue, Fyshwick. Name 6257 5891 or go to



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Ian Meikle, editor