About Us
 
 
Welcome to Dance Magic Academy
We offer the very best quality dance training for students of all ages and strongly believe that solid technique is the basis for safely taught, injury free, delightfully happy dancers.
 
You may choose to start your child in a fun activity once a week for a short length of time, or discover they have a true passion and talent for the performing arts and wish to carry their training through to advanced levels. Either way, it is reassuring to know that at Dance Magic Academy, you have chosen a Dance Studio with highly qualified Teaching Staff, who encourage and nurture individual students in a respectful and friendly environment.

What Our Customers Say

"I was looking for a local dance school for my daughter and wanting to go back to dancing myself (after 14 years).  I came across the Dance Magic Academy website.  After emailing the Principal, Jodie Spicer, I was impressed with how quickly she responded to my query. I  spoke with Jodie over the phone and whilst my daughter was going through a bout of separation anxiety, Jodie quickly put me at ease. We both started classes and have not looked back.  The friendliness of the other students & parents and the friendliness, professionalism & competency of staff is second to none.  All music, dances and costumes are age appropriate. Cost of classes are manageable with my budget and they cater for everyone from tiny tots, right through to adults of all abilities. Most importantly, my daughter and I have fun and can't wait to go to class every week. I recommend, anyone wanting to start little ones or even wanting to start dancing themselves, to check out Dance Magic Academy."

 

"I chose Dance Magic Academy because of the 'real' adults dance classes which turned my dream of learning ballet into reality. I will continue to attend classes because of the friendly staff and the quality teachers and classes."

 

"For the last two years, our girls have been developing their dancing skills in a supportive and caring environment. They have blossomed in confidence. What's more, costumes and make up for the yearly Dance Concert is age appropriate and maintains modesty. We are grateful for this."

 

"Thank you for running a dance school where the kids are looked after so well, with costumes that are very tasteful and age appropriate and routines that are also tasteful and age appropriate. Kaitlyn had an absolute ball back stage and on stage!  She was on such a high for a long time post concert. From the audience, it was just wonderful!"

 

"My daughter who is 10 has been dancing with DMA since 2.5 years of age, even after having a 2 year break because she thought she wanted to try something different we were welcomed back just like family!"

 

"After watching my daughter in the tiny tots class for over 12 months and seeing the awesome nature of the teaching endeavours and the positive difference dancing makes to my child with special needs, I too decided last year to join as an adult beginner ballet dancer. The encouragement and support provided by the close-knit dance community within DMA as well as the wonderful teaching staff have kept me motivated to continue dance training. The beautiful, elegant and age appropriate concert costumes have raised my confidence and just seeing the planning and logistics undertaken by Jodie Spicer and the rest of the DMA team show even us 'average joe' dancers that they're valued far beyond the sparkles of the stage!"

 

"Where every child shines is where i want my daughter to dance. Look no further than Dance Magic Academy in Ambarvale to cater to your childs dreams and hopes. The director of our academy, took my only child and turned her into a very confident girl in all areas of dance and life. All the teachers take great care in the music choices for my daughter and when costumes come around they are modest and age appropriate for each child. Dance Magic will give your child the chance to run, jump, leap or twirl into a future that is only matched by the true dedication of the teaching staff who guide your special, talented and very important child through life."

 

"Dance Magic Academy is one of the best studios. They are very family accomodating and friendly. They go above and beyond to teach their students and get them involved in all areas of dance. Classes are a good affordable price."

 

"Caring, supporting teachers who know the importance of teaching good technique. A great balance of great fun and high expectations."

 

"I was searching for adult dance classes everywhere and then finally stumbled upon Dance Magic Academy and I'm so glad I did. The teachers are amazing, great range of classes and very affordable. Everyone is super friendly and everyone wants you to succeed and have fun."

 

"Wonderful studio with supportive teachers and great atmosphere. The adult classes are fantastic and provide a great space to learn and to push your technique to what you want to achieve. I'm so glad I stumbled across this studio and have never looked back since!"

 

"Last year was my daughters first at Dance Magic Academy, and the teachers are amazing. I would highly recommend Dance Magic to anyone."

 

"Dance Magic Academy has been my children's dance 'home' since 2007. Family friendly, fun and affordable with age appropriate routines and costumes. The teaching standard is excellent and the teachers are professional and really care about the kids."

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DMA Staff

 
Jodie Spicer
Principal and Academy Director
Jodie Spicer
ADA (formerly FATD) Advanced Diploma, RAD, ARAD Solo Seal, St John Ambulance Senior First Aid
Jodie teaches all styles of theatrical dance from Tiny Tots, Adults, Classical Ballet, Lyrical and National Character through to Tap, Jazz, Broadway, Musical Theatre and her specially created Tiny Dancers classes.
 
Academy Principal Jodie Spicer, has been a qualified dance teacher for over 30 years and as a mother of 3, understands the importance of introducing children to a variety of artistic, creative and physical experiences. Jodie believes children are the most precious and important individuals in our lives, which is why she strives to ensure every student enrolled at the Academy receives the very best dance training.
 

Jodie commenced dancing as a young child at 5 years old, attending Ballet classes at Rogerson Ballet Academy, shortly followed by Tap and Modern/Jazz with Robyn McCarthy and National Character with Rita Dubrovsky. Annual exams and concerts were a highlight, but as she also thrived on performing for audiences, she began to participate in eisteddfods and public performances throughout NSW at 9 years of age.

 

After completing Advanced and Solo Seal in RAD Classical Ballet under the tutelage of Tania Pearson and John Byrne, and Teacher Exams for Tap and Modern/Jazz in ADA (formerly FATD), Jodie accepted a scholarship to attend the VCA (Victorian College of Arts) School of Dance and undertook a Bachelor of Dance where she studied with Jan Stripling and Anne Woolliams amongst many other wonderful teachers.

 

Jodie continues to update her studies and qualifications, attending dance Workshops and Seminars and has recently completed a Diploma in Anatomy for Dance and Advanced ADA Teaching Qualifications. Her love for choreography and passion for dance has allowed Jodie to choreograph solo and group routines for concerts, eisteddfods and public performances for students of all levels from beginners to semi-professionals.
 

Desiree Mullan

Desiree Mullan has spent her entire adult life combining her love of dance with her passion for teaching. Her life goal is to provide a better future for children through quality dance education. She does this by in essence teaching children how to enjoy learning so that they are able to apply these skills to becoming better learners at school.

 

Desiree’s love of singing and dancing enabled her to pursue a professional career for many years – the insight and experience of which she is able to pass on to her students. Her professional career highlights include:

  • Performed in the smash hit musical 42nd Street
  • Dancer in numerous music video clips including Peter Andre and Daddy Cool’s revised edition of “Eagle Rock”
  • Back up vocalist and cabaret artist for the band Noiseworks (Love vs Money album launch)
  • Performer with Circus Royale’s Asian tour in 1989
  • Assistant choreographer & dancer for Copacabana Theatre Restaurant cabaret show which ran for six years
  • Choreographer for the Australian all male revue “Daredevils”

Desiree has a passion for being the kind of teacher who never stops learning. Her teaching experience and qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Dance) from Western Sydney University
  • Certificate IV in Dance Teaching & Management (Australian Dance Vision)
  • ADA Elementary Teaching Certificates in Tap & Jazz (Honours with Distinction)
  • Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Teaching Certificate
  • Pilates Level 1 Instructor Mat & Reformer Classes (PIA)
  • 20 years dance teaching experience
  • Owned and operated 3 of her own dance schools in Picton, Mittagong & Goulburn NSW (1998-2015)
  • Currently studying Diploma of Kinesiology (CCM) and a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (ACAP)

 Desiree is honoured to be accepted as a member of the teaching faculty of Dance Magic Academy for 2017.

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Belinda Buggé

 
Belinda has been a dancer since the age of 5 and has taken part in all dance genres; jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary and hip hop, even singing and drama. Belinda successfully completed all her ADA exams in both Jazz and Tap, and in Ballet completed RAD exams to Advanced Foundation. Belinda recently completed her ADA Elementary Tap & Jazz Teaching Diplomas and is a qualified dance teacher for grades Pre-Primary to Grade 4.
 
Belinda toured the USA dancing in Disneyland and also competing in interstate troupe dance competitions which allowed her to travel and continue striving for a goal. Her love of teaching and the opportunity to encourage dancers to become the best dancers they can be, brings her such joy and happiness. Belinda believes that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and never give up.
 
Having successfully submitted students for ADA Syllabus Grade Jazz Examinations and expanding the accomplishments of the Junior PDP Group, Belinda is thrilled to be taking on further classes for DMA including Syllabus Grade Tap, Kinder Dance PrePrimary, Stretch & Strengthen plus Contemporary classes in 2017.
 

Tara Swinfield

Tara has spent the last 10 years working as a professional dancer/choreographer both nationally and internationally. Tara spent almost four years in China working as the resident choreographer and dance captain at Soul Bar, Xiamen as well as performing at Club Louis One, Labomba and Club 1801. Previous to this she worked on cruise ships for Bor Productions and MSC Cruises. She has been involved in contracts with Diane Heaton which has taken her to places like India and Taiwan. Tara has also been heavily involved with kids production companies such as Nickelodeon and Showtime Attractions.

 

When Tara isn’t working internationally she is home following her other passion of teaching. She specialises teaching Hip Hop, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Classical, Contemporary and Voice and has been a qualified dance teacher since 2004. Tara is very excited to join the DMA Teaching Staff for 2017.

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John Vongdara

John began his training in acrobatics for dance at the age of 15, after several years of training in Gymnastics and competing at state gymnastics level. Having worked with dancers, gymnasts and cheerleaders, he has a clear understanding of what it takes to be able to perform and perfect the skills used in acrobatics from a beginner to advanced level.

 

John is a passionate and driven performer who has a love for acrobatics. He enjoys and strives to improve his students in all aspects of acrobatics and has a love for seeing students grow. John most recently choreographed thrilling group routines incorporating a seemless blend of acrobatic skills with dance that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. John is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance.

 

He will continue the great work of developing the students training, melding amazing choreography with exciting acrobatic moves and take them to the next level, working towards building more core strength, flexibility, jumps and rolls, plus pushing through to the next stage of floor work including handstands, cartwheels, aerials, bridges, flips and tumbling etc etc.

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Dance Magic Academy - Where Dreams Do Come True!

Venue

65 Woodhouse Drive Ambarvale

Church of Christ Building

Access the Dance Studios via the rear of the building through the back gate.

Facilities include; timber sprung floors, fixed barres, mirrors, air conditioning, full stereo sound systems, toilets, waiting area for parents, enclosed outdoor play area and glass viewing partitions into 2 Dance Studios, plus spacious Auditorium for Hip Hop classes.
 
Parking
Plenty of off street parking is available at the studio. Please take note of the 10km speed limit as young children are constantly accessing the premises.
 
Syllabus
ADA Australasian Dance Association Ltd (formerly FATD Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing Australia). The syllabus embraces Classical Ballet, Tap & Jazz providing a well rounded education in dance. The ADA is one of the largest and longest established associations in Australia which offers graduated continuity from beginner students through to professional performance levels in addition to teaching accreditation. Founded during the 1930's, this syllabus is well structured on sound technical principles and recognised universally as amongst the highest standard of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
 
The ADA continues to ensure the syllabus work is current, with recent Tap and Jazz work updated and the Classical Ballet syllabus undergoing exciting new changes to be implemented soon. This allows students to perform at a high standard, with up-to-date technique and choreography, establishing versatile, well-rounded and highly employable dancers and teachers of the future.
 

Term Dates 2017

  • Term 1             30th January to 8th April - 10 weeks
  • Term 2             26th April to 1st July - 10 weeks
  • Term 3             17th July to 23rd September - 10 weeks
  • Term 4             9th October to 8th December - 9 weeks

Please Note:

Dress Rehearsal & Concert will be held Saturday 9th December 2017, at Camden Civic Centre

 

Parents
Parents have their own waiting area and are able to view classes through the glass partition into both Studio 1 and Studio 2, however, in the case of our Tiny Dancers class parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Seating is provided in the waiting area and an enclosed outdoor play area is available for siblings (under parental supervision).
 
Communication
The BESTway to keep up to date with all the latest bits of information, photos, videos and to communicate with teachers, parents and other students is by downloading our official
DMA Team App, 'LIKING" our Facebook Page and on our Private Dance Magic Academy Facebook Group, by Twitter and also by Instagram
. If you are not already a member, please send a request to join.
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Make sure your Mobile Phone Number and Email Address are also up to date as all DMA Notices will be emailed and urgent messages sent via text.

 

Concert, Performances & Competitions

An annual concert will take place at the end of each year. The students really love learning routines and performing together, allowing them to display their talents and personalities in a variety of dance styles. These performances give parents, relatives and friends the opportunity to see what the students have achieved throughout the year. Please Note: It is not compulsory for students to participate in the concert but it is such an exciting culmination for all their hard work and success.

 

DMA Students are given many wonderful performance opportunities throughout the year including community events, Competitons and several School Fetes.

 

LET YOUR LITTLE STAR SHINE!

 


 

The ADA holds an annual state level competition, the ADA Awards, and every 3 years the prestigious International ADA Dance Championships. Selected students are asked to represent DMA displaying their talents and skills in their Grade Syllabus work and Troupe Routines. The competition is always of the highest standard and our students have the chance to extend themselves and further their love of dance and life. Students have achieved outstanding results with the majority making it to the finals and a few top students coming away with 1st and other excellent placings.

 

      

 

 

 
Costumes

A very big part of the concert experience are the stunning costumes that all performers get to wear. At DMA we hire some costumes and source high quality best value garments to help keep costume fees as low as possible. Some costumes will remain the property of Dance Magic Academy however most costumes will remain your own to keep.

 

To assist with the cost of concert costumes, Dance Magic Academy has implemented an easy payment plan and Costume Fund for students. Payments are made by the term or weekly with class fees. Students in each class will learn a routine (some classes learn 2 or 3 routines) for the concert.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the benefits of participating in Exams?
Do you have Casual Fees?

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Do I have to pay for Missed Classes?

All classes must be paid for whether attended or not. If a student misses class due to sickness or being away on holidays, they may attend a Make-Up Lesson as long as all fees are up to date. You may pay fees weekly or by the Term.

 

Do you offer Make-Up Lessons?

Yes. If a student misses their regular class they are welcome to attend a ‘Make-up’ lesson. Students are encouraged to attend either an alternative class or a completely different style of dance class in addition to their 'normal' lesson. All class fees must be up to date to be eligible to attend a 'Make-up' Lesson.

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Do you have classes for Adult Beginners?

Yes! There are several Adult dance classes to choose from. Adult Beginner Classes are suitable for beginner students through to students who danced when they were younger but are a bit rusty. All exercises are demonstrated at a pace that is easy to pick up, while allowing students to develop basic technique and build muscle strength. Level 2 classes are for the more experienced dancers looking for that extra challenge.

 

Choose from Adult Ballet, Adult Pointe, Adult Tap, Adult Jazz, Adult Stretch & Strenghten and Adult Hip Hop - All suitable for Beginners!
 
For some adults going to the Gym to exercise is about as exciting as reading the Yellow Pages, so joining a Dance Class is the perfect solution. Adult Beginners may not have brilliant technique or perfect bodies, but they have the heart to try something they love and discover many others just like themselves having fun in class.
 
Read more about joining Ballet Class as an Adult.

 

What are the benefits of participating in Exams?

In addition to the personal encouragement that is provided to students, it is very important that milestones in their dancing studies be recognised formally by participating in Examinations. This gives the student a sense of achievement and motivates an attitude of working towards a goal.

 

Examinations at Dance Magic Academy are conducted independently by an appointed Examiner qualified by examination from the Australasian Dance Association Ltd. The ADA (formerly FATD) is the largest and longest established dance teachers association in the country.

 

All candidates receive a written report and upon successful completion, a Certificate and Badge.

 

A dance syllabus ensures the student is taught the fundamental principals of their chosen dance style. It gives them the 'building blocks' of technique which are essential to students studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz and National Character. It gives the student core stability and enables them to progress to an advanced standard.

 

A Syllabus allows teachers and students to work towards a common goal at a steady pace as students have the chance to consolidate their training and increase their proficiency. When students participate in 'Open' or classes without set exercises, they tend to be preoccupied with remembering steps and keeping in time with the music, whereas with a familiar syllabus they can focus on their technique and artistry.
 

Why do I have to contribute to a Costume Fund?

As mentioned above, a very big part of the concert experience are the stunning costumes that all performers get to wear. These costumes are ordered and fabric purchased in June, so the Costume Fund Contributions become the deposit towards the final costume costs.

 

With regular contributions once per term, to the Costume Fund, a student will have a healthy balance in time for our end of year Concert covering most of the Costume costs, relieving some of the out of pocket expenses so close to Christmas.

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Is it compulsory to be in the Concert?

No. It is not compulsory for students to participate in the concert but it is such an exciting culmination for all their hard work and success. The students really love learning routines and performing together, allowing them to display their talents and personalities in a variety of dance styles. These performances give parents, relatives and friends the opportunity to see what the students have achieved throughout the year.

 

However, some students feel they are not up to treading the boards and entering the spotlight. These students gain just as much benefit and enjoyment from learning the concert routines as the students expecting to perform on stage. Most classes will spend Term 4 learning a routine and it is always great to see how technique and combinations learnt throughout the year, are woven together with new music and patterns to create a fabulous new piece of choreography.

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Why can't I Photograph or Video my child during Dance Class or Performances?

Due to Child Protection and Privacy Laws it is illegal to film or photograph children under the age of 18 years without prior written consent of a legal guardian. What this basically means is that video filming or photography of students is not allowed. You may take a still photograph of your own child only, unless you have received permission from another parent to photograph their child.

 

Personal video filming of classes or performances at Dance Magic Academy is not allowed at any time due to Child Protection, Privacy and Copyright Laws and offenders will be held accountable for their actions. These rules are in place for the protection of all the students at the Academy.  Please adhere to these rules for the safety of our most precious assets, our children!
 
Do students have to wear Uniforms?
Yes. It is important to look well groomed, neatly presented and take pride in your appearance as a dancer, no matter what style of dance you study. Dance attire is specially designed to fit the dancer’s body so their movements can be clearly seen by the teacher. Loose and ill fitting street wear is not suitable for most classes as it can hide incorrect technique and impede movement.
 
The same applies for wearing the correct dance shoes. Every style of dance has a specific style of shoe designed especially to give the correct amount of slip, grip, bounce, support and even sound. A Dancer's shoes really are their tools of the trade. You wouldn't expect to play tennis without a tennis racquet, so you shouldn't expect to learn to dance without dance shoes.
 
Do you have Casual Fees?
Yes for Adults Only. We understand that Adult students have busy lives and need to find a happy solution to the juggling act of work, family, social lives and some very important 'Me' time. There are a few limited Casual Positions in the Adult Classes available, that allow students to pay only as they attend class.
 
Casual attendance also enables students to try a variety of the different Adult classes before finding the perfect one for them. Students are able to purchase a discounted Adult Casual 10 Class Pass, valid during the calendar year the student has enrolled for. The Casual Class Pass is an affordable option and can be used for any of the Adult classes on offer at DMA. Simply present the Casual Class Pass at the Administration Desk before class and/or to the Class Teacher to be marked off, then head into the studio and DANCE!

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