18 days of dance this January
Instead of closing down this summer, we are bringing you a summer term
3 week program from Tue 3 to Sat 21 January 2023
You choose how many classes you want to attend
Amazing guest teachers
Plenty of classes to choose from (style, level, age stream)
Don't sit on the couch this summer. Dance instead.
This summer, Dragonfly Dance has decided it won’t shut over summer. Instead, we are inviting some amazing guest dancers to come in and run classes while our regular teaches take a well-earned break.
It is a three week program of dance classes offered in a range of levels so you can choose the one that suits the amount of dance skill you already have.
The program will set you up for a great year of being more active, getting out of the house, making new dance friends, and doing something for yourself.
Just like our normal terms, there will be a timetable of classes for you to choose from so you can choose how much, and when you dance.
Jessica Goldfinch (Statton) is a local independent Artist and teacher who has been working in the arts for the past 20 years. Graduating from a Bachelor of Dance (Performance) at Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2004, Jessica’s career has included professional performances with independent artists Katrina Lazzaroff, Aidan Kane Munn, guest artist for Elizabeth Cameron Dalman’s company, Mirrimu , as well as numerous performances with State Opera SA. Further studies in a Master of Teaching from University SA in 2010 saw Jessica focus her skills in dance education, teaching at over 60 primary and high schools throughout Adelaide and regional South Australia, the UK and Thailand, as well as tutoring for private dance schools, professional companies, and contracts through Ausdance SA’s Artist in schools’ program and Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrEd program. Jessica’s teaching experience has ranged from beginners to advanced level in genres of contemporary dance technique, composition and choreography, ballet, hip-hop and body conditioning. Jessica has been a teacher and moderator for SACE dance and has sat on the panel for Carlclew Youth Arts ‘Artist in residence’ grants. More recently Jessica has been working at the University of South Australia and Flinders University as a tutor in the school of education for Arts and Health and Physical Education programs as well as teaching for ACPA school, SACE dance and full time course as their primary contemporary tutor.
Graduating from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) in 1992, Belinda moved to Western Australia to dance professionally with 2 Dance Plus. For 5 years she performed, choreographed, taught dance locally, as well as in regional schools in Western Australia and became Assistant Artistic Director in 1997. In 1998 Belinda moved to Melbourne to work with Sandra Parker (Artistic Director - Danceworks). In 1999 she joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre (American and European tour) and fulfilled a lifelong dream of performing at Sadlers Wells. She returned to Melbourne and continued working with Danceworks until one day (aged 28) she decided to stop. 20 years later, on a whim, Belinda took a contemporary class with Jo at Move Through Life and fell in love with dancing all over again. She went on to join the Performing Company and perform in 2021 Adelaide Fringe - ‘Windswept’ and in 2022 choreographed ‘Coming Up’ and ‘Coming Down’ for Showcase. Belinda loves the feeling of moving through space and is excited by the opportunity to teach contemporary classes at Drangonfly Dance Summer Series.
Ballet and Jazz
Caitlin was born in the UK and trained in ballet syllabus BBO from aged 3, earning herself a BBO scholarship when she was 11. After moving to Australia, she continued her classical training with RAD syllabus up until her Advanced 2 in Adelaide. She briefly moved to Melbourne to finish her schooling and trained fulltime for 2 years in commercial dance, classical and musical theatre. Alongside her training, Caitlin enjoyed dance teaching as a freelancer through various schools. Caitlin has since returned to Adelaide and attained her Bachelor of Creative Arts: Drama, whilst also having attended classes at Dragonfly Dance casually which she has absolutely loved. She is also dance teaching regularly along the Fleurieu Coast and is currently studying to be an Exercise Physiologist. She is thrilled to be a guest teacher for the summer program 2023
Fern Mines is a South Australian emerging independent artist and teacher, dancing and working on Kaurna Meyunna Yerta. After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2021 Fern has begun to establish herself in the South Australian Sector. Central to Fern’s artistic practice is a deep love of movement and belief in the importance of dance as both creative expression and a wellbeing practice. Alongside her dance training Fern has always loved teaching and currently shares her passion with students from toddlers through to adults at a number of South Australian Schools. Predominantly teaching Contemporary, Ballet, Floor work, Partner work and Improvisation. She also continues to develop her skills as a performer and choreographer and is involved presenting three works at Adelaide Fringe 2023.
Having entered the world of theatre in 2014 Georgina has thrown herself into performing. Since beginning by performing and choreographing in May 2014, Georgina has worked with Blackwood Players repeatedly on and off stage (Indoor Fireworks 2015, Forbidden Broadway 2015, Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged 2015, Nunsense 2016, Little Shop of Horrors 2017) with Northern Light Theatre Company (Happy Days 2015, Big 2015, Suessical 2018, The Mikado 2019), Noarlunga Theatre Company (The Bear 2015), The Raw Shakespeare Project (Much Ado About Nothing 2015), JamaeRaw (Anything Goes 2016), Therry Dramatic Society (Holiday Inn 2018), and Marie Clark Musical Theatre Company (The Producers 2021/2022). Before theatre Georgina undertook 15 years of competitive Calisthenics, as well as 7 years tuition in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary at Dance Fusion Studio of Performing Arts. Georgina currently dances multiple styles at Dragonfly Dance Studios, as well as being a member and emerging choreographer of their current performance company, having just premiered a preview of her brand new ballet ‘Visions’ in the Dragonfly Dance Showcase.
Ballet and Jazz
I commenced dancing at the age of 4 with Elizabeth Wood, at the age of 9 after winning the Shell Trophy I moved to Gwen Mackay School of Dancing which from memory at the time was called the Adelaide College of Dancing. I completed all exams in theatrical, tap and to advanced level in RAD. I continued to compete successfully in competitions, perform in pantomimes, and do many and varied television performances. I was also involved regularly with John Martin fashion parades. I was a member of the South Australian Ballet Company whilst it still existed. I even did a TV commercial for Orange Juice along side Humphrey B Bear. At the age of 14 I left school after receiving a special dispensation and learnt full-time ballet with Helen Beinke to prepare me for a professional career. I was a finalist in the Sun Cup. I was then accepted into and completed the Centre for Performing Arts Course and then moved to Sydney to dance with Kinetic Energy Dance Company. At age 22 I suffered an injury and returned to Adelaide. I stopped dancing for a while and in the meantime got married and had a child. I continued to dance doing commercial work. After the breakdown of my marriage and the realisation that having left school at the age of 14 that the ability to do 32 fouettés and kick my nose was not going to enable me to provide for my child. I entered University and eventually obtained a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Laws and embarked on a legal career. There was a hiatus in my dancing at that time. When I met my now husband we ventured into Lindy Hop and Rock and Roll Dancing, we even one the International Lindy Hop Championship, but alas my husband did not think competing was for him and we now dance for the pure enjoyment. I joined the Savoy Sisters and performed with them for a while and even had a part in Stateless as a dance with Kate Blanchett, but don’t blink, you will miss me. Throughout the years I have taught at various times and taken classes but unfortunately the vagaries of a busy life and my health have gotten in the way. I returned to dancing in 2022 with a renewed vigour and commitment to get the best I can out of something I love to distraction.
Ballet and Jazz
Amelia is an independent dancer and artist based in Adelaide. She holds a Bachelor degree in contemporary dance, and has spent time freelancing in performing, teaching and visual arts contexts. Over the last few years Amelia has worked and performed both overseas and around most of Australia, in dance shows, circus shows, and cross disciplinary works, working with both other local independent choreographers and groups, and wider scale companies. As a teacher she has taught it all, but particularly loves going back to her ballet roots, and will never pass up a chance to teach a ballet class. Over the last two years in particular she has discovered profound enjoyment working with adults and professionals as well as children’s classes. Although predominantly trained classical ballet and contemporary dance, Amelia is well versed in the disciplines of yoga (Ashtanga), circus acrobatics, improvisation, jazz, Pilates, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), and tumbling, and has dabbled in other areas of dance and physical movement such as circus, aerial arts, pole dancing, Javanese dance, Kandyan dance and fencing.
Ballet and Jazz
I taught my first ballet class at age 14, and over the decades I've enjoyed teaching kids and adults ballet, contemporary, conditioning, movement meditation, aerobics, line dance, and theatrical jazz. I have used my gifts in communicating, to teach students how to both avoid injury and captivate an audience. Running my own dance studio 2009-2019 was the culmination of this journey thus far. As a dance teacher I can quickly and effectively improve a student’s placement and technique to bring about rapid improvement (with a notable lack of injury). It’s very fulfilling to actively show students what they are uniquely good at and see them blossom in confidence because I showed them concretely what to believe in themselves. And when it comes to performance I teach students how to understand the connection between the steps they are doing and their own emotions or the character they portray.
Ballet and Jazz
I grew up in rural central Qld and started dance at the age of 4. I competed in Eisteddfods throughout my childhood in ballet, tap and jazz as well as song and dance. I was lucky my parents took me around Australia to different school holiday workshops including Brent Street in Sydney and Ministry of Dance in Melbourne to experience class with many different artists and styles. I also choreographed for Mackay's Festival of Fashion while in high school. Tap is a personal favorite for me. I studied CSTD Tap and Jazz and earned my Student Teacher's Certificate in Tapping at 16. I also studied RAD Ballet up to Advanced 1. At 18 I completed a 12 month full time course in Melbourne at Spectrum Dance and gained my Cert IV in Dance. My favorite part about dance is choreography. The process of learning and creating movement within the music is cathartic and a great way to express any emotion! At Dragonfly Dance I love the community atmosphere and look forward to sharing in the love of dance over summer.
Ballet and Jazz
I remember watching Annie the musical for the first time around the age of nine. All I wanted to do after that was dance so I started classes. For me tap was a favourite: it looked happy and it sounded musical. It combined my love of movement, music and rhythm perfectly. At 15 I started ballet, which was exceptionally late by normal standards. It didn't stop me. I ended up studying full time dance at Shelia Laing Academy of Performing Arts in Adelaide and then later moving to Sydney to train full time at Brent Street Performing Arts School. Growing up with flat feet, a sway back and terrible lines, I was determined to overcome my physical limitations and be a prima ballerina, yet I still wanted to be as funky as Michael Jackson and have the class of Gene Kelly. I didn't care that I wasn't the stereotypical dancer. Dance is about expressing your soul and feeling alive. "Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion" - Martha Graham. Studying ballet, contemporary, jazz, funk, hip hop, tap and even flamenco, I grew to love it all. I teach with great enthusiasm so you begin to love dance too, using music that is uplifting and motivating. I teach so that you begin to understand about the style, the history as well as the techniques. You will begin to make music with your body, learning a diverse range of styles from old school to new school, from Broadway style to hip hop. I teach you the little tricks to make you move effortlessly and make you feel comfortable. You will begin to get fit without even trying. Your brain will work out just as much as your body. I like to give you options and challenge you a little, but at the same time I make sure we all have fun. I am a qualified pilates instructor through Studio Pilates and a qualified personal trainer through The Australian Institute of Fitness. I will take time and care to help you achieve whatever your goal is. I believe anyone at any age can dance. I learn so much from all my students who continue to inspire me: the ladies who are returning to dance after 40 years break and the mothers who never got a chance to dance before they had kids and are just starting out. Thank you for your energy, see you in class.