Our Principal

Alanna Partridge

Alanna has been involved in the dance industry for over 30 years and in 2008 opened her own dance school Dance Desires. Alanna’s passion for the disciplines of dance, vision for excellence, and enthusiasm for her students and the dance profession are evident in her teaching. Her patient and nurturing teaching style resonates through her students creating a friendly and close knit environment throughout the dance school.

Alanna Achievements include:

Registered R.A.D Teacher

S.F.D Mainstream & Dance Fusion Examiner
S.F.D Teaching Certificates in Ballet, Tap, & Jazz
Choreographer of the Dance Fusion Syllabus

Choreographer of the SFD Jazz Syllabus 

S.F.D Master Class and Convention Instructor
Advanced Diploma Majoring in Classical Ballet (C.W.D.C)
Diploma in Classical Ballet & Contemporary Studies

 

Our Team

Kathryn Noble - M.S.F.D

Kathryn started dancing at the age of 13 developing a passion for all styles of dance.

She has completed RAD classical major examinations up to ADV 2 and SFD through to Jazz level 10 , Kathryn also holds the SFD Jazz teaching certificate and has now gone on to start her training to become an examiner and convention teacher for the SFD jazz and classical syllabus.

 

After completing her exams Kathryn then went on to complete two years of fulltime training at industry dance under Robert Sturrock where she trained in many styles of dance and performance including, Jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, commercial Jazz, hip hop, ballroom , lyrical , singing and acting.

 

Since then she has worked within the industry dancing for people such as Jessica Mauboy, Rhonda Burchmore, Natalie Conway and more.  Kathryn has a strong passion for teaching and working with children with many years experience and wishes to pass on the wealth of knowledge and passion for dance she has gained to her students.  

Stefanie Grogan


Stefanie started her dance training at the age of 3 at the Dianne McLellan Dancing Academy in Bundaberg, Queensland, where she received her RAD Advanced 2 and CSTD Tap teaching Certificate. After graduating high school she moved to Sydney in 2013 to study a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) at Brent Street. In her first year of fulltime Stefanie was a lead dancer in LOcREaDO Dance Company’s ‘12 Lives’, performed in Expressions Dance Company ‘R&J’ and Sydney Dance Company with Kaldor Public Art Projects ‘13 Rooms’.

She then continued her fulltime training in Sydney at Ev & Bow and seconded with Australian Dance Theatre.

 

It was in 2015 that Stefanie decided to move to Melbourne as she was hand picked to be a founding member of Transit Dance Company, performing and touring a world premier show that included works by Amy Hollingsworth, Paul Malek and Daniel Jaber.

In 2018, she danced in Seavera’s music video ‘Make Me Uncomfortable’. Also in 2018 she joined Lion Heart Dance Company (LHDC) and SCIMM Dance Company. Debuting in LHDC ‘Envision’ 2018 and ‘Clash’ 2019 and SCIMM ‘Senseless State’ and ‘Aetherium’.

Miss Stef has been teaching at Dance Desire’s since 2016 and recently choreographed the updated SFD Jazz syllabus for levels 7-10. Stefanie loves choreographing and sharing her knowledge and passion for dance through energetic and fun classes. 

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Tony Keeble  (Bachelor of Dance)

Tony Keeble graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), University of Melbourne. With a strong background in Jazz (Southern Federation of Dance), Contemporary (VCA), Classical Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), and Acrobatics (Acrobatics Arts), his skills extend to both choreography and teaching.

As a Professional Dancer, Tony has performed on various projects and productions with companies such as Opera Australia, Ausdance Victoria, FX Entertainment, Dance City Productions, Vertical Shadows Dance Company, and has also been featured in Dance Train Magazine.  As a Choreographer, Tony has worked on numerous musicals such as ‘Hairspray’, ‘Footloose’, ‘Bring It On’, 'Anything Goes’,' and ‘Seussical’ for secondary schools in addition to conducting regular workshops and programs for Wakakirri as a leading Performing Arts facilitator around Australia.

Also an upcoming Actor, Tony has starred in Television Commercials for Catch, Crown Casino, Victoria Bitter & Mazda and appeared in TV Shows for ‘Offspring’ and ‘Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries’.

 

Tony is currently undertaking a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Victoria University.

Avril Robertson

Avril was born into a musical family. Her training started with piano and eventually evolved into a passion for dance, singing and all things performance related. She is extensively trained in Broadway and Commercial Jazz, Tap and Musical Theatre. Avril completed her professional training at Dance Factory, The Victorian College of the Arts and Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver).

Since completing her studies her performance credits include regional and international (New Zealand) tours of children’s theatre shows, as well as performances for the House of Burlesque in Melbourne and many cabarets, festivals and musical theatre productions.

Previous credits from her time in Vancouver, Canada include Reinvention of Disco (2014-15 seasons), Onyxx Dance Co. and Cabaret Torlage - the longest running cabaret show in Vancouver. Her time in Vancouver also gave her the opportunity to work in television, festivals, and corporate events.

A passionate and dedicated teacher, Avril loves to share her experience with other dancers and create a fun and inviting atmosphere in the studio.

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Madeline Pratt

 

After years of extensive dance training at Ringwood Ballet Group (RBG), Madeline moved to Ballarat for her Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University; graduating November 2017. She is a qualified Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) Teachers and has been teaching, choreographing and assisting since 2012 at various prestigious dance schools across Victoria.

 

Madeline completed SFD Tap and Jazz syllabuses including level 10 and all RAD Classical Examinations including vocational exams;  achieving distinctions at all levels. She has won and received many awards such as SFD Outstanding Achievement Award 2013-2014, Dr Joy Gales Award for Excellence in Music and Dramatic Performance (Swanhilda, RBG Coppelia), as well as Dux of VCE Dance where she was selected to perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre for Top Class 2014.

 

Some of her current show credits include Rent (Maureen) at the Athenaeum Theatre, Moments ; a self produced/choreographed dance + physical theatre production which has toured throughout Melbourne and Adelaide, Heathers: The Musical (Heather Duke/Dance Captain) and A Chorus Line (Val) as well as performing for Warner Bros + Network Ten's The Masked Singer (S02). Madeline also has an extensive choreographic background with credits including Sweeney Todd, Drowsy Chaperone, Moments and Legally Blonde: The Musical which she received a Lyrebird nomination for Best Choreography.

Eleanor Mulcahy

Eleanor began dancing when she was 3 years old and quickly devoped a passion for movement and dance styles. She has trained at Dance Desires for 11 years and has participated in, and been successful, in both state and national competitions.


Eleanor has completed grades 1-10 in jazz, 1-8 in tap and primary to grade 8 in ballet. She has recorded two SFD syllabus videos and has been teaching for Dance Desires since 2015. She was also selected to be involved in Dance Prescription in 2016 where she built on her technique training. Recently Eleanor completed VCE dance and as a result of a high mark she was chosen to audition for Top Class - she was successful and is super excited to be taking part in Top Acts 2018.


Eleanor loves dancing and teaching and would like to further this passion by undertaking full time studies in dance, choreography, performance and teaching.


A fun and loving teacher, Eleanor works hard to inspire others to reach their goals and gives every student a opportunity to shine.

Ebony Bullard

Ebony developed a passion for dance from a very young age. Born and raised in Melbourne, she commenced with Dance Desires in 2010  During this time she has enjoyed all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, acrobatics and musical theatre, tap being her strength. Under the instruction of Miss Alanna, Ebony has completed RAD ballet exams levels 3-8, SFD Jazz Exams Level 1-8 and SFD Tap exams 3-10.


From a young age Ebony has competed in various competitions in all genres of dance both as a soloist and valued member of Performance Group and Company troupes. She has participated in multiple workshops and master classes and was thrilled to compete in the Dance Desires Company Troupe that competed in Sydney 3 years in a row for the Dance Life Unite National Finals. In 2015 Ebony placed 3rd in the SFD Jnr Tap Championship and then in 2016, 2017 and 2018 placed 1st in the SFD Snr Tap Championship.

In 2017 Ebony completed her VCE Dance Studies Units 3/4, through Dance Desires. In 2019 Ebony experienced her first year of full time dance through the Space F.I.I.T program and from there was offered a place in Lion Heart Dance Company.  


Ebony began teaching tap classes in 2016 at age 15 and has enjoyed every minute of it. She loves working with students from young to old ages. Ebony loves to share her love of dance with her dance students.

 

Ebony is currently studying Primary School Teaching at Deakin University. 

Cynthia Dunkley

Cynthia has been dancing since the age of 5, and started training with Dance Desires in 2011, where her love to dance truly blossomed. She has taken classes in a wide range of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, pointe, acrobatics and musical theatre, with tap and jazz being her favourite styles. Cynthia has completed SFD Jazz levels 5-8, SFD Tap levels 6-9 and RAD Ballet levels 5-8. Cynthia has competed in many competitions, as a soloist and as a member of Performance Group and Company. As a part of Company, she competed in Sydney for Dance Life Unite’s Nationals, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

 

Cynthia completed VCE in 2017, and studied VET Dance as a VCE subject, to broaden her knowledge about the dance industry. Cynthia is studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at University, expecting to graduate in 2021. She has completed placement throughout her years of study in which she has gained rich teaching experience in multiple year levels.

 

Cynthia started assisting dance classes in 2013 with Miss Alanna, then became a dance teacher in 2016, taking her own classes. She is a qualified dance teacher, having achieved the SFD Teaching Certificate in Tap. Throughout this course, she gained knowledge in safe dance practice, teaching methodology, human anatomy, nutrition and growth and motor development.

 

Cynthia has a strong passion and love for working with children, also working as a kid’s party host. As a dance teacher, Cynthia aims to create a positive and engaging environment within her classes. She ensures to encourage all dancers to be their personal best and allows every child to shine. 

Lucy McKenzie-Stripp

 

Lucy McKenzie-Stripp first stepped into a dance studio at aged 8, she instantly knew she had a love and passion for the arts. Lucy continued to learn and grow under the guides of the Dance Desires teachers for 10 years. Throughout her time here Lucy completed her RAD intermediate (distinction) and SFD level 9 jazz (honour with distinction) and tap (honours).

 

In 2015 Lucy had the opportunity to extend her dancing and join two programs, these being Transit Dance and Scimm Dance Company. While working with Scimm Dance Company Lucy was given the chance to be a soloist and was offered a apprenticeship position with Scimm senior dance company.  Along side all these commitments Lucy undertook studies in VCE dance, and was further chosen for Top Acts performance. At aged 17 Lucy moved to Sydney to be able to attend Ev&Bow Full-time Dance Training Centre, during her time she successfully completed her Certificate IV in Elite Dance.

 

Lucy began teaching 5 years ago and has since taught at multiple schools to a wide variety of students, choreographing solo and group routines in all styles of dance.

 

Lucy understand the importance of her role as a dance teacher and the impact she has on her students, she aims to guide them all down a happy, healthy and successful path whether that be in dance or otherwise.

Peta Fenton Mathews 

Peta started her dancing journey with Dance Desires at the age of three under the tutorage of Miss Alanna. She started competition dancing shortly after and competed in solos, duos, troupe and company dances. 

 

In 2016 and 2017 she travelled to Sydney with Dance Desires to compete in the Dance Life Unite Nationals. Peta has successfully completed SDF jazz and tap exams and RAD ballet to grade 8 level. She recently completed VCE dance and represented her school in competitive aerobics, winning the National championship with her team. 

 

Peta currently teaches acro and loves to pass on her passion for dance and her skills to others.

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Noa Pitt 

Noa eagerly started dancing when she was only 2 and a half, and adores it to date. She has been apart of the dance desires family for 11 years, and has competed at a regional and national level as a soloist and member of various company troupes. Noa has completed grades primary to advanced foundation in Ballet and 1-8 in Jazz and Tap.

 

At the beginning of 2020, Noa won a full scholarship to the San Diego Ballet Company summer intensive. Noa has placed in the SFD ballet championship for consecutive years in a row, won the prestigious Goodwill ballet classical championship, and placed in classical, contemporary and lyrical at a national level on top of regional competitions in all styles.

 

Over the past couple years, Noa has successfully auditioned and been apart of Australia’s leading jazz technique program ‘Dance Prescription’ from 2019-2020 with Dr Lisa Ellis, training with Australia’s top young dancers. As well, Noa trained with the Melbourne City Youth Ballet Company in the production of the Snow Queen in 2016. 

 

Noa’s passion for dance evokes her aspiration to inspire young dancers, and create a loving environment of growth and self-confidence.

Tara McKenzie

Tara has been dancing with Dance Desires for 12 years, and has had many wonderful opportunities throughout that time. Tara has been assistant teaching since 2015 and during online classes in 2020 she completed her teacher training. 

 

Tara has completed all RAD ballet exams from primary to grade 8 and SFD jazz exams from grade 1 to 10 as well as being part of 3 SFD syllabus filming videos. She has also been a part of state and national troupes which have competed in many competitions including DanceLife Unite Nations in Sydney in 2015, 2016 and 2017. 

Tara is currently in Year 12 at school and  has completed units 1-4 of VCE VET dance and is hoping to pursue full time dance and performing the future.

Tara loves working with students of younger ages as well as the more mature ages. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her classes and aims to show them how fun dancing can be.

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