Zoey Sweeney (Principal)

Zoey was trained here in Dubbo and started dancing at the age of 6 learning Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and National Character. She completed advanced examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and National Character.

At 14 Zoey was accepted into the British Ballet Organisation scholar program for Ballet and Jazz which involved training at McDonald College and Urban Dance Centre in Sydney. At 15 Zoey began teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Modern in Dubbo and produced award winning solos and troupes for students of all ages.

At 21 Zoey moved to Toowoomba QLD, where she taught Ballet and Contemporary. She was also part of 2 performance crews of selected dancers who performed at sporting games, functions and other events in southeast QLD.

Zoey has been teaching for 16 Years and specialises in Jazz, Acro, Tap, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre.

Sharlene Roberts  (Senior Teacher)

Sharlene started dancing when she was 3 years old at Fiona's Studio of Dance in Morisset. At 9, she continued her training at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy in Lambton and went fulltime when she was 13. Sharlene graduated with a Certificate III, IV and Diploma in Elite Dance Performance from the National College of Dance, before moving to France to train at l'Ecole Superieure de Danse, Rosella Hightower. She has performed with European companies such as Cannes Jeune Ballet in France, Northern Ballet in the UK, and project companies in London. Since returning to Australia, Sharlene has worked music videos and dance films and has been teaching for ballet schools in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast.

Rhiannon Griffith (Junior Teacher)

Rhiannon currently trains with Orana Dance Centre in all genres and has been dancing for 13 years. In preparation for teaching, Rhiannon has been assisting our senior teachers for 2 year and began her role as a student teacher mid 2018. Rhiannon will teach all styles as she begins her teaching and choreography career. Rhiannon has trained in RAD Ballet and has a strong understanding of the technique and skills required for teaching our junior students. Rhiannon has an amazing future ahead and we are very lucky to have her teaching with us at Orana Dance Centre.
Classical Ballet
Classical Ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique. It’s graceful, flowing with precise movements and ethereal qualities.
Modern Dance
Modern Dance is very similar to Ballet, combining classical technique with freedom, fluidity and emotion. It is expressive, subtle and dynamic and focused on conveying emotion through musicality.
Contemporary Dance
Contemporary Dance is a form of dance which incorporates elements of both Classical and Modern Dance. It permits a greater range of movement that goes beyond the strict body lines of Ballet and is much more interpretive.
Jazz is a form of dance that arranged to popular music with fast beats. It is a physical movement that requires high energy.
Hip Hop
Hip Hop is a broad conglomerate of artistic forms that originated as a specific street sub-culture that started in South Bronx, New York. This style is usually danced to RnB music.
Musical Theatre
Musical Theatre combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance.
Stretch and Conditioning
These classes are very important for a dancer as it strengthens and stretches the muscles which helps prevent injury. It combines Yoga, Pilates and stretch techniques.
These classes help condition a dancers general fitness levels.
Acro is a form that combines dance technique with precision acrobatic elements.
Tap is a form of dance in which the rhythm variation is audibly tapped out with the toe or heel wearing a special hard sole shoe with taps attached.

Enrol now for 2020! Call us today to discuss our classes and timetable on 0415 307 684

• 4-10 yrs Ballet – Red leotard, pink ballet tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair must be in neat bun. No jewellery is to be worn.
• 4-10 yrs Modern and Contemporary – Red leotard, pink footless ballet tights, no shoes. Hair must be in neat bun. No jewellery is to be worn.
• 11 yrs + Ballet – Black Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Hair must be in a neat bun. No jewellery is to be worn.
• 11 yrs and over Contemporary and Modern – Blackleotard, pink footless ballet tights, no shoes. Hair must be in neat bun. No jewellery is to be worn.
• Baby Jazz to 10yrs Jazz – Red leotard, black shorts, tan jazz shoes. Hair in slick pony tail. No jewellery is to be worn.
• 11 yrs + Jazz – Black leotard, black shorts, tan jazz shoes. Hair in slick pony tail. No jewellery is to be worn.
• Musical Theatre – Black leotard, black shorts, tan jazz shoes. Hair in slick pony tail. No jewellery is to be worn.
• Hip Hop, Cardio and Stretch – Black t-shirts, black shorts or pants, tanned shoes. Hair in slick pony tail. No jewellery is to be worn
• Tap- Black or Red leotard,black bike shorts and tan tap shoes.
• Acro- Red or black leotard,black bike shorts and bare feet
• Students are expected to be courteous and respectful at all times.
• Students need to be picked up promptly after classes.
• Class uniform is to be worn at all times.
• All hair must be done neatly as listed in the dress codes below.
• No food or drinks to be in the studio or bathrooms.
• The bathroom is a common bathroom shared by all other offices in this building. Please respect them and leave them tidy.
• Chewing gum is NOT permitted.
• Mobile phones are NOT allowed in the studio.
• Parents are NOT to enter studio without permission. A waiting room is provided.
• Students are to arrive at least 10-15 mins before class so that they are warmed up and prepared.
• Bullying will NOT be tolerated what-so-ever. We want to keep ODC a fun and friendly environment.
• Consistent attendance and effort is key to improvement.
• Students must attend class regularly or they may fall behind in the class level.
• In order for your child to participate in the Eisteddfod season the rules are that you must commit to all Eisteddfods we do (usually 3 a year - Dubbo, Wellington and Orange) and you must all attend a regular Jazz or Ballet class in order to take part in the Eisteddfod.

Parents: If you do not wish for your child to participate in eisteddfods throughout the year, please inform the class teacher at the start of the year.

Contact Orana Dance Centre on:
0415 307 684

Visit our studio at:
19 Bourke Street Dubbo NSW

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