The Dare to Dance Dance Studio opened its doors May 12th 2008, and since that time has become a trusted dance school in Canberra. We provide dance lessons for children of all ages, including toddlers, children with special needs, pre-teens, teenagers and adults.
We formed our school on the basis of community spirit and strength of character. It is our mission to provide a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment for all of our students.
Dare to Dance has students that simply dance for fun, along with the students that are part of the “Performance Troupe” that dance to Compete. We cater for all kinds of aspiring dancers. At D2D you are a name and not just a number. Therefore every student is as important as the next.
Dare to Dance Canberra conducts weekly classes in;
- RAD Classical Ballet
We offer dance training from 2 years of age to adults, no experience is necessary.
We offer a FREE trial class to all students.
We are one of a few dance schools in Canberra who also offer a retail dance wear range!
All of our dance accessories and products are discounted and available when you enrol. There is no need to go out to the hectic mall and find the appropriate attire for your child as we have everything that you could need at the studio and at hand.
Please read the Class Information tab, this will give you a good outline of what class/es your child could do
So DARE yourself to dance, DARE yourself to become active and DARE yourself to start a new adventure
Please contact Alison on 0407138325 or email@example.com in regards to enrolling your child.
Alison Louise Bailey | Managing Director
Alison began dancing at age 3.
She started her training in Goulburn with Irene Gelfius School of Dance, as she lived in small town Braidwood. Many years later her family re-located to Canberra and she began dancing with the Rachael Strong Dance Academy. Alison is trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop.
Alison completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance via correspondence in 2006. As a student she was involved in many Competitions, Festivals and many Examinations.
In 2008 Dare to Dance Canberra Opened and as Principal, Director and Teacher Alison along with D2D has gone from strength to strength. Alison is incredibly passionate about teaching her love and loves all her students like they are her own children. She is nurturing and treats all students with love and respect. Her ethos is about providing all children the opportunity to dance no matter what their skill level is. Its not about “Winning” all of the time. The dance industry is in a transition period. What used to be an “art form” where you dance from your heart and soul is turning in to a “technical art form” where its all about skill and tricks. We at Dare to Dance Canberra aim to keep up with the changes in a way that still encourages children to dance from their souls. “Dance like nobody’s watching”.
Alison wears many hats on a daily basis at D2D. She runs the business completely on her own and spends a lot of her time making Costumes for the students, as well as teaching a lot of the timetable.
Alison was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards finalist for 2014 and shortlisted under two categories. Young Business Woman and Entrepreneur.
Leah McGowan (Loisel) Leah started dancing at 2 years of age. She commenced her studies with Rogerson Ballet Academy in Sydney. She studied all genres of theatrical dance with renowned teachers including Barbara Rogerson and John Byrne. Leah has studied RAD ballet to Advanced level in the Vocational stream and Grade 8 in graded exams receiving distinction at all levels. She was placed in the finals of the Betsy Sawyers award for classical and the FATD South Pacific Theatre Dance Championships. Leah has had the opportunity to perform alongside iconic Australian performers such as Vanessa Amorossi and Bud Tingwell. Leah has been teaching for over 5 years, she completed her teachers examinations with the ADA in tap and jazz receiving distinctions and is a registered teacher in BBO. Her students undertake yearly examinations with excellent results. Leah has won several Choreographic awards. She has choreographed local charity productions and been invited to choreograph the local theatre production of Cabaret. Leah also co-runs a highly successful dance camp in January each year.