The Yarra Heights Dance Academy is lead by our Principal, Louise Smith, with over twenty years of dance teaching experience and AATBD Inc Teaching Diplomas in 4 styles of dance. She is supported by some of the best teachers in the business, qualified and experienced in a number of popular dance styles.

Louise Smith

(EXAMINER AATBD, TAP. DIP. AATBD, T. Th. DIP. AATBD, JAZZ DIP. AATBD, BALLET DIP AATBD, Adv. BALLET DIP. AATBD) Louise has been involved in the dance industry for over 40 years and is a registered member of the Australian Academy of Theatrical and Ballet Dancing Inc. (AATBD Inc.). Louise has been trained in various styles […]

Jillian Fitzgerald

Jillian Fitzgerald has been dancing and choreographing professionally for more than forty years.  As a child, Jillian studied all areas of dance, including RAD ballet and following her training in Australia, she attended various specialist Academys in both Great Britain and the USA. Jillian has choreographed and danced for many television networks and her credits […]

Jessica Ride

Jessica’s passion for dance commenced at the local Alice Springs youth centre run by her great grandmother approximately 20 years ago. Since then Jessica has continued her extensive classical training at The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, studied Bachelor Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin University and commenced Cert IV Dance Teaching and Management.

Lauren Lightbound

Lauren has danced for approximately 20 years and is trained in all styles of dance, with her main focus being Tap and Jazz. Lauren has been teaching for the past 3 years . Lauren has achieved her teaching diplomas with the AATBD in tap and jazz.

Brett Fisher

Brett is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Course directed by Andrew Hallsworth at Patrick Studios Australia. Brett has featured in many corporate events and shows in many Melbourne venues as well as dancing and singing at the Rob Guest Endowment with Christie Whelan-Browne and Twisted Broadway with Tim Campbell in 2012. In 2013, Brett […]

Rebekah Abblitt

Rebekah has been dancing for over 20 years and is trained in all styles of dance. Rebekah has completed her teaching diplomas with the AATBDinc in all styles of dance (tap, theatrical, jazz and ballet).  She has also complted a 2 year musical theatre course at Kelly Aykers Fulltime Dance School.  Rebekah has been teaching […]

Tori Balfour-Brown

Tori has been dancing for approximately 17 years and has been trained in all dance styles with the main focus on Contemporary, Jazz, Broadway and Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop. Tori started dancing at Wendorff Dance Academy  from the ages of 4-16, then moved to gain more ballet and contemporary training at the Utassy Ballet […]

Taryn Gore

Taryn has been dancing for 20 years, she has completed a year in full time dance course at spectrum dance academy and also studied drama and dance at Deakin University. She has been involved in many dance gigs around Melbourne including theatre and children shows. She has been teaching for 6 years now at many […]