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Established in 1990, the Leisa Payne School of Dance has achieved great success, with many students currently studying at various National Training Institutions, and others furthering their careers professionally from Classical Ballet to Performing Arts.

The aim of my studio is to provide for your child a very high knowledge and understanding of all dance forms. Beginner students experience the enjoyment of dance, while at the same time gain the correct discipline and mental awareness that is essential in any young child’s growth. Corrective posture and cultural involvement are also very important factors in your child’s learning process. The more mature student gains from the thorough knowledge and experience all teachers and guest teachers have in the field of dance. From the technical difficulties to the dance quality of all movement are covered by intense syllabus classes to eisteddfod and public performances.

I feel that the greatest asset we have to offer is that each student is given individual attention and I feel this has been proved to be very important to the child’s needs. Because of the way the studio has developed over the years I am very confident in the teaching methods and am sure you will be too.

All teaching staff  are fully qualified and are constantly updating their knowledge to provide the children with the best possible tuition in their chosen dance form.


2017 Studio News

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Almost 28 years ago, the Leisa Payne School of Dance was born from inspiration, and it hasn’t lacked creativity, imagination, enthusiasm and triumph since, continuing to inspire the students of today. 2017 is coming to an end, with a masterly record of achievements and success stories. This outstanding success, and the formidable standard seen here tonight is largely merited to the dedication and expertise of the teaching staff, who are devoted to the highest standards of dance instruction, and to all the students, especially those in the senior school who have given their very best at all times, and to the parents for their support and encouragement. Fabulous results and success aren’t achieved through luck or chance. It is a team effort, and we all make a great team.

Firstly, I would like to thank Ms Peta Comelli, who, without her, we wouldn't have been able to relish the success we did this year, excel with the new dance programs that were offered, and overall enjoy the atmosphere at the studio which I think was a huge part of our accomplishments. She is literally my right hand, therefore, none of this would be possible without her knowledge, support, positivity, and vision. Thank you to Ms Samantha Gordon for being such a loveable and perfect teacher, friend and now mum too. Her teaching and choreography define who she is - someone who teaches not only with her mind, but with her heart. Samantha’s winning choreography is seen tonight in La La Land and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Thank you also to Ms Taylor Hey for her innovative and motivational teaching and choreography. Taylor inspires the students, and her eye for perfection brings out the very best in all the students. Her Hip-Hop classes were a resounding success this year. Mr Petar Grulovic never lets us down, and has once again produced brilliant choreography this year. His work can be seen in tonight’s winning groups Peter Allen Medley and the entertaining and theatrical G’Day G’Day. 


Mrs Robyn Franke’s extensive study in many forms of dance, both in Australia and Overseas has strengthened the teaching ranks even further. Robyn will introduce the Progressing Ballet Technique Program in 2018 which has been designed by Marie Walton-Mahon to improve flexibility, increase muscle memory and strengthen technique. Ms Karen Muller also continues to provide professional tuition to RAD Vocational Graded students. This year Karen shared more of her time with LP Dancers by providing specialised coaching lessons in classical and contemporary. Lastly, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Ms Jan Mills for the valuable work she did with the RAD Graded and Vocational students. The students exam results, bursary success and competitive dominance is testament of the superiority this teaching staff. 

Excitedly, we introduce Music Theatre in 2018 directed by the formidable duo, Petar and Jessica Grulovic. Jess will also be conducting Private Vocal coaching. Robyn Franke will be teaching Marie Walton Mahon’s Progressing Ballet Technique which has been proven to dramatically improve technique, flexibility and strength.

We will also be extending our tiny tots program, and introducing Tumbling Tots for 3-5 Years.

New to the teaching staff in 2018 will be Jessica Grulovic, Ruth McGrath and Margot McKendry. We look forward to them all strengthening the teaching ranks even further next year. The Studio Uniforms will be available from Dancewear Mackay in 2018.


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