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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

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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. 


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 has attained his Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Victoria University.

Benjamin Curé

Benjamin Curé was born and raised in Melbourne, training on full scholarships at both The Edge Performers School and the Space Dance and Arts Centre.  In 2015, he founded Lion Heart Dance Company which has since produced 6 seasons of work, been commissioned by the City of Boroondara, produced an interactive dance festival, performed at global conferences and has created a space for local and international dancers to train and collaborate on new projects.


Curé's performance career has witnessed him work with a diverse range of companies, including Vertical Shadows Dance Company and Opera Australia, in conjunction with reaching the top 100 of So You Think You Can Dance Australia (2014). Recently, Curé  performed in Graeme Murphy's 'Turanndot' with Opera Australia in December of 2019. 


Curé is an esteemed choreographer with a history of choreographing for music videos, international conferences and industry events. These achievements are a powerful testament to Curé's unswerving devotion to his craft.


Curé creates works which are engaging and meaningful. He possesses an attention to detail and an intuitive understanding of his audience. Moreover, he has displayed an indomitable work ethic and resilience, thus reinforcing a robust and abiding career which has already offered so much to the wider community. 


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.

Heather Craig 


Originating in Sydney, Heather trained at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, graduating in the top 2% of the state for Dance in her HSC. Here she completed the RAD major classical exams up to ADV 2. After graduating high school, she moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in dance and study an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Majoring in Performance) at Dance World Studios.

Since graduating Heather has worked professionally for the past 20 years in theatre, cabaret, tv and live events. Early in her career Heather spent several years living and performing abroad at Universal Studios & Disney. She has performed as a featured dancer for Rhonda Burchmore, Hugh Jackman, Ricki Lee, Guy Sebastian, Kylie Minogue, Christine Anu, Vanessa Amorosi, Tap Dogs and the Wiggles to name a few.

Heather spent many seasons dancing with a variety of companies including Vertical Shadows Dance Company, Melbourne Dance Theatre/Victorian State Ballet, Bangarra Dance Theatre and Opera Australia. Musical accolades include touring a variety of children’s musicals both internationally and throughout Australia for Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, E1, LLT, Possum Music Productions as well as New Songs Project Cabaret. In recent years Heather has moved into a Resident Director/Choreographer role for TEG/LLT/Nickelodeon creating shows and working with casts in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and China. In 2023 and 2024 she was invited to be the Movement Director for the Australian Open Kids Tennis Day Arena Show at Rod Laver Arena.

Alongside working professionally Heather has also developed a passion for teaching and sharing her experience/knowledge with students throughout Melbourne. She has completed several teacher training courses including: Level 1&2 with Lisa Howell, Progressive Ballet technique with Marie Walton and The Acrobatic Dance Association with Stacey Mitchell. She is also a trained Examiner, Masterclass and Convention teacher for the Southern Federation of Dance. An enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, Heather prides herself on creating a positive environment where students can learn, grow and develop their passion for dance.

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Hannah Baden Clay


Hannah is a dance artist, choreographer and teacher from Brisbane, passionate about sharing her artform with others and helping them to achieve their goals and ambitions. Hannah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Dance Performance with distinction from the Queensland University of Technology where she studied ballet and contemporary full-time. After training in the styles of Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz from a young age Hannah completed her RAD Advanced 2 with distinction and since followed her passions for teaching attaining her RAD Teachers Certification. Throughout her studies Hannah has performed alongside a variety of contemporary companies including Circa & The Farm and was successfully accepted and competed in the Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix. 


Throughout her five years of teaching, Hannah has gained extensive experience with children between the ages of 3-18 years. She has experience teaching all RAD grades, contemporary, jazz and private classical and contemporary coaching. Hannah takes pride in her innovative choreography and creative teaching techniques, whilst sharing her love for dance with her students. She prioritises fostering a welcoming and supportive environment for all.

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.
In 2016 Ebony began studying units ½ Dance through Sacred Heart High School Oakleigh. In 2017 Ebony completed her VCE Dance studies units 3/4, through dance desires.
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 and 2017 placed 1st in the SFD Snr Tap Championship.
Ebony began teaching tap classes in 2016 at age 15 and has enjoyed every minute of it. She loves working with kids from young to old ages. Ebony loves to share her love of tap with her dance students and hopes to show
them how entertaining and enjoyable tap can be. As well as teaching tap classes regularly, she enjoys filling in with other genres of dance.


Tara McKenzie

Tara has been dancing with Dance Desires for over 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 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.

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.


Jocelyn Geary

After a long wait, watching her sister dance with Ms Alanna, Jocelyn began dancing journey with Dance Desires at the age of three. She has been lucky enough to learn under the tutelage of all senior teachers at Dance Desires. She has also enjoyed competing in solos, trios, troupe and company dances throughout her 15 years with Dance Desires. 


Jocelyn has successfully completed SFD Jazz, SFD Tap to Grade 9, RAD Ballet and Intermediate Ballet. She recently completed VCE dance and successfully represented her school in competitive aerobics over numerous years. She has gained much experience choreographing school productions, including 'Chicago', 'Mamma Mia', 'Midnight Vamp' and 'High School Musical 2'. She is currently choreographing 'Footloose' for Star of the Sea College. 

Jocelyn's empathetic approach to teaching makes her dance classroom a safe and fun place to learn.

Lisa Tan

Lisa Tan has a strong background in competitive gymnastics, dedicating nine years to training at MLC Gymnastics Club. Throughout her gymnastics journey, she was invited to attend international stream training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra seven times. In 2019, Lisa won first place All-Around at the Australian Gymnastics Championships for National Level 10 in the 14-16 age group. Additionally, she was selected to represent Australia in an international gymnastics competition in New Zealand.
After concluding her gymnastics career in 2019, Lisa discovered a new passion for dance. From 2021-2022, she trained as part of the Senior Elite competition team at Dance Revolution. She was then invited to join Stella Youth Dance Company and continued her training in 2023 as part of Lion Heart Dance Company's Company Training Program. As a choreographer, Lisa was invited to compete at Grounded: Battle of the Arts in 2023, where she was awarded People’s Choice Award and First place in the Next Gen division. Lisa takes great joy in imparting her extensive gymnastics knowledge while fostering a vibrant and enjoyable dance environment for her students.

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Janine Bentley-Minns - Operations Manager

Janine has worked in customer relations for over 30 years.  She was the Customer Service Leader at BMW Finance for 5 years before joining GE Money where she established their first Customer Resolutions Team and managed a Call Centre with over 120 staff.


With a career highlight being asked to travel to India to assist in the management of an offshore call centre, Janine’s experience in liaising with customers and staff is extensive and her goal is always to exceed expectations.


Janine began her time at Dance Desires in 2010 as a volunteer parent and quickly established a love of being involved in this creative and amazing dance school.  Taking on a vast variety of roles within the school, Janine loves working with the children and the parents of Dance Desires as the Operations Manager.

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