About Us

We have over 8+ styles of dance to choose from below. You are welcome to choose multiple styles when you register or you can also consider joining our Summer School program!

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School History

Established by Ms Susan Sargison in 1991 THE DANCE STUDIO ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS (Formally Hawthorn Studio of Dance) has taught thousands of students in the Boroondara area for over 25 years. We have helped many students follow their dreams and build successful dance careers both in Australia and internationally.

In 2014, the school outgrew its Hawthorn location and opened a new purpose-built facility in Surrey Hills encompassing professional dance studios, large parent waiting area, change rooms and storage for our huge costume library! We continue to run classes at the lovely St Columbs Church Hall in Hawthorn.

2016 saw the school change its name to “THE DANCE STUDIO ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS”. This name change reflects our expansion to our new studio in Surrey Hills and the growth of our class offerings. We are a complete performing arts training facility. Our students thrive in not only classical ballet and other modern dance styles, but also in musical theatre, singing and acrobatics. Our Baby Toes is taught at both Hawthorn and Surrey Hills locations.

THE DANCE STUDIO team are committed to providing the very best performing arts education to our students. We are passionate about instilling our students with confidence, technical skills and a love of dance and performing.

Achievements & Awards

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Dance Studio has won many awards and scholarships in prestigious competitions held in Australia:

  • Ballet Teacher’s Workshop Vic Inc.
  • RAD Winter & Graded Workshops
  • RAD Vocational Autumn, Winter & Spring School
  • RAD Graded Awards
  • RAD Kathleen Gorham Awards
  • Southern Federation of Dance Competitions
  • Follow Your Dreams Dance Competitions
  • Bon Beach Dance Competitions
  • Metropolitan Dance Competitions

VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Dance Studio students and teachers have been accepted into full time training at the following prestigious vocational training programs:

  • Australian Ballet School
  • Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS)
  • Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne University)
  • Dance World Studios
  • Ballet Theatre Australia
  • Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance
  • Australian Conservatoire of Ballet
  • Melbourne City Ballet
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We have over 8 styles of dance to choose from below. You are welcome to choose multiple styles when you register or you can also consider joining our Summer School program.