Events & Dates

The Dance Studio runs a vast range of Concerts, Internal Assessments, Examinations, Competitions and Overseas Performance Opportunities.

Annual Concerts

Each year, The Dance Studio holds two annual showcase concerts which are wonderful opportunities for our students to perform on stage for their friends and family. We hold our concerts in professional theatres in Melbourne that are close to our studio making it very convenient for all families. Our Junior School concert involves our Baby Toes and Preliminary students and our Senior School concert involves students from Primary to Open/Advanced levels. Although performing in our concerts is not compulsory, it is the highlight of our dance calendar and we strive to have all dancers perform with us.

Junior School

Junior School Concert

Saturday, October 24th

Students enrolled in all Baby Toes and Preliminary 1 Classes

Senior School

Senior School Concert

FRI 4th – SAT 5TH December 2020

Students from Preliminary 2 & RAD Primary classes upwards

Dress Rehearsals (Compulsory)

14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd November 2020

Theatre Rehearsals (Compulsory)

3rd, 4th and 5th December 2020

Internal Assessments

The Dance Studio offers students from 6 years and upwards to participate in our Internal Assessment Program. This involves students presenting their class work to an external dance assessor whilst still having their class teacher in the room to help them feel comfortable and supported. Assessments provide an exciting challenge and give students the chance to practice the correct exam procedure before commencing formal examinations. We highly recommend these assessments as they give each child a specific goal to work towards whilst building their confidence and giving them a sense of achievement. All students will receive a medal and report regarding their performance, which is a great way for you to monitor your child’s progress. Assessments are held in August each year at our Surrey Hills studio.


Junior School Assessments



Senior School Assessments



The Dance Studio offers examinations in theatrical dancing and classical ballet (RAD). These examinations are highly recommended for dedicated students as they develop technical & performance skills, build confidence and offer a stimulating challenge. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is a highly regarded London based syllabus that is recognized worldwide. All candidates are awarded a certificate & medal upon successful completion of an examination.


Theatrical Dancing Examinations

Levels 1 – 7
Entry closing date: Saturday 28th March
Examination date: Sunday 30th August

Entry closing date: Saturday 23rd May
Examination date: Sunday 13th September

Internal Assessments:
Entry closing date: Saturday 23rd May
Examination date: Sunday 13th September


Royal Academy Of Dance Examinations

Graded Examinations
Entry closing date: Sat 28th March
Mock Exams 6th and 7th July
Winter School 6th – 10th July
Exam dates July/Aug 2020 TBC

Vocational Examinations
Taken in Autumn/Spring by invitation only.


The Dance Studio has been offering its most dedicated, committed and technically strong dancers to represent the school at dancing competitions for many years. Our competition dancers are extremely dedicated and love to work as a team, often forging long lasting friendships due to their shared passion for dance. Each year, The Dance Studio enters both group and solo works at dance competitions in Melbourne. Teams are created based on age and ability and entrance into our competition program is via audition. Registering your child into dance competitions with The Dance Studio also means that they will participate in cross- age group work, which is a great way for the younger dancers to look up to the older dancers and in turn, gives the opportunity for the more experienced dancers to develop leadership and mentoring skills. Dance competitions also provide invaluable performance experience, and above all, are lots of fun!


Goodwill Eisteddfod


Jump Dance Challenge


Southern Federation of Dance Competitions


Energy Dance Competition

Term Dates 2020

The Dance Studio follows the Victorian government school terms.

Term 1

Tuesday 28th of January – Sat 28th of March 2020

Term 2

Saturday 18th of April – Saturday 27th of June 2020

Term 3

Monday 13th of July – Saturday 19th of September 2020

Term 4

Monday 5th of October – Saturday 19th of December 2020

Open Week

Parents are invited to watch their child’s class during a special week in each term (called Open Week) so that they can see their child’s progress and also to give the children an opportunity to perform what they have been learning. Please see dates as listed below. Our open weeks are not open to the general public. If you would like to join the school we recommend booking some trial classes

* Senior school students from Preliminary 3/RAD Primary and upwards do not have open week in Term 4 due to concert preparations

Term 1

Monday 23rd of March – Saturday 28th of March 2020

Term 2

Monday 18th of May – Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Term 3

Monday 31st of August – Saturday 5th of September 2020

Term 4

Monday 30th of November – Saturday 5th of December 2020

Photo Days

Junior School Photo Day

Friday, October 16th 2020

Students enrolled in Baby-Toes from 3 years and upwards and Preliminary 1 Students

Senior School Photo Day

Sat 28th Nov 2020

Students from Preliminary 2 and RAD Primary upwards

Choreographic Workshop & Performance

Each year TDS holds a Choreographic Workshop and Performance which is a great opportunity for our students to express their ideas and talents through their own choreography in a fun and friendly environment on stage in a professional theatre. Students prepare their own dance works from start to finish including music and costume selection and of course are in charge of their own choreography in their selected genre of dance. Students can perform as a soloist or in groups. Every performer receives a medallion and certificate of participation. It is the perfect forum for young and upcoming choreographers and aspiring dance teachers to explore their own movement vocabulary and develop their own style.

Workshop: Saturday 12th September 2020

Performance: Saturday 26th October 2020

Overseas Performance Opportunities

In 2014, The Dance Studio and a select group of dancers ventured to the USA to perform at Disneyland and California Adventure Park and participate in professional dance workshops in LA. In 2018, we were very excited to take another trip to the US but this time headed to the East Coast to perform at Disneyworld, Universal Studios, The Statue of Liberty and tour NYC taking workshops & classes and watching Broadway shows.

Both trips were truly amazing experiences for the aspiring dancer and families alike! 2020 will see TDS do it all again on another spectacular overseas trip to USA, Disneyland Anaheim and Mexico!

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