The Inner West School of Dance opened in 2004. It was established to provide a dancing school where the focus is on enjoying dance and learning new skills without the pressure of exams, eisteddfods, competitions or large performances.
The Inner West School of Dance provides relaxed and friendly classes where children aged 2 – 16 yrs can learn Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Creative dance. We have studios in Leichhardt, Marrickville and Haberfield. We employ qualified and talented teachers to maintain a high standard of dance technique and discipline in our students. It is an opportunity for children to learn to dance in a non-competitive environment, increase their musicality and boost their self-esteem while having fun and making friends.
Miss Paige – Director/Principal
Paige has been teaching dance for over 20 years and opened the Inner West School Of Dance as the Director and Principal Teacher in 2003. Paige began dancing at age 3 in Jazz, Tap and Ballet and went on to complete all her C.S.T.D and R.A.D dance examinations and win a state award for her results. Paige is a member of The Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D) & (C.S.T.D) and has graduated university with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (W.A.A.P.A). There Paige expanded her studies to contemporary and choreography and has worked extensively as a professional dancer and choreographer in both Perth and Sydney in various professional stage shows & musicals.
2018 will be Melissa’s 8th year teaching for the Inner West School of Dance. Melissa trained at Newtown Performing Arts High School, followed by full time post-school studies at elite selective coaching ballet academy- Tanya Pearson. Melissa went on to thrive in a professional Showgirl dance career that included contracts at The Moulin Rouge in Paris, The IT Girls of London, The Crazy Paris in Karlsruhe, now to return to her home town of Sydney, Australia, for her third contract on the Sydney Showboats. Melissa enjoys teaching in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of the Inner West School of Dance, providing children with a fun learning environment where they can enjoy the art of dance without the stress of competition
Mikayla has been dancing since the age of 5 within the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Tap and contemporary. She has participated in numerous exams and competitions, both solo and troupe throughout Sydney and the Illawarra region. She was a company member of Austinmer Dance Theatre for the duration of 2015 where she was also able to perform at the ‘Don’t dis disabilities’ charity event in Luna Park. In 2016 Mikayla moved to Sydney as she was accepted into Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional year, receiving a full scholarship. After completing the course she participated choreographic labs through dirty feet as well as performing in Lisa McDonell’s piece ‘Chamber Dances’ and with Ginger and the Ghost at Sydney Contemporary. Mikayla has been teaching dance since she was 16 and is excited to continue on her teaching journey with the Inner West School of Dance.
Originally hailing from Canberra James is dancer who specialises in hip hop and breakdance. After completing his diploma at brent street in 2017 he has gone on to Back up dance for Paulini and KG. Worked in short films like 24/7 and in music videos for J-Motor, KG, Chris buxton and others. James has also been teaching for 6 years, teaching people of all levels and ages from absolute beginner babies to advance performance adults of varying styles but specialises in Boys only hip hop and breakdance classes. Being able to inspire others to do anything they want is why james loves performing and teaching dance.