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Winter Wonderland Week at North Shore Dance Studio

Winter Fun at Jigsaw Dance Wahroonga

Each term we like to hold a special ‘fun week’ at the studio, to give the dancers something to look forward to and enjoy with their friends.

We are so excited for our Week 6 dress up theme – WINTER WONDERLAND! In this week your child can come to dancing wearing their favourite winter warmies for a bit of fun… (perfect in this cold weather!)

Elsa… Mitts… Snowman… Beanies… The possibilities are endless! We can’t wait to see what everyone wears!

Tuesday 22nd – Saturday 26th August 

Make sure you pop it in the diary so you don’t forget! We can’t wait!

Tag your #winterweek snaps on our socials @danceclasseshornsby

Miss Tash xo

Dress Up Weeks at North Shore Dance Studio

North Shore Preschool Classes

Preschool Dance Classes on the North Shore

So you’ve come along for your first dance class… They’ve been talking about it for weeks… Dancing to every song that comes on… And then suddenly when they get to class they freeze and decide they don’t want to join in and do it. Now as a parent you probably think “what is going on? They love dancing!” You probably also think “I’m not paying money for a class they won’t participate in” (all very valid thoughts!)

But can I just say first of all, that this is completely normal and to be expected… I want you to put yourself in the mindset of a 3-year-old child right now. You have walked in… It is a new environment, you are not really sure of how to do everything yet, you feel a bit shy and nervous, there are lots of other kids around you who you don’t know yet, there is a big, tall adult in your presence who is not your parent and lastly, you have come to realisation that mummy is not there with you. Where is she?!

Now let me just say, that these are all normal things for a child to feel and although you as the parent, want to avoid putting your child into a situation where they feel uncomfortable or nervous, it is something that is ultimately going to be a benefit to your child and is worth persevering with. Your child, in the long run, is going to gain confidence that allows them to run into class by themselves without a tear but rather a smile. Your child is going to build beautiful new friendships that last forever and they are going to share magical moments in class with them and their teacher. They are going to gain physical skills of coordination, balance, endurance and overall fitness. They are going to become a confident person that has a high self-esteem and a positive self-worth. They are going to have a role-model that that they can share their stories and also worries with. And lastly, they are going to learn that it is okay to be without mum and to achieve things without mum. They are going to learn that mum will be there when they finish class and that mum will be proud of everything they have learnt. They will learn independence and hard work – a skill that will see them become a valuable member of the adult community.


So when they don’t join in at first, understand and emphasise with their worries, but also understand that perseverance is key and is the stepping stone to them gaining confidence. Walking away on the first lesson when they don’t join in, diminishes the teacher’s opportunity to helping your child gain confidence. It also tells the dancer, that there is something to worry about otherwise mum wouldn’t have left too.

Our teachers are trained and have a lot of experience and tactics in helping children who have trouble separating or are very anxious. Yes, sometimes a child may need a bit more time or a break before they start dancing, in order for the lessons to be effective. However, generally with help from both the parent and the teacher, your child will start to make progress in their confidence, after a few weeks. It may be that the teacher asks you to be in the room for some time, before the child has enough confidence to be without a parent. It may be that the teacher gently encourages them and asks you to the same. Every child and their personality is different and our teachers are trained in recognising the different personalities and how they respond and need to be comforted. I can say from experience though, that I have had many children that have struggled to be away from their parent and in the end, they have become some of the most confident and bubbly children I know. All it takes is a little perseverance and working together with the teacher to help your child feel confident. Our aim is the same.

Dancing Girls enjoying Dance lessons in Hornsby

Mid Year Showcase Running Order 2017


There are colour-coded timetables at the studio and on the website which identifies which show your dancer is in:
BLUE: Rising Stars Concert 1
AQUA: Shooting Stars Concert 2

Date: Saturday 24th June, 2017
Time: 3:00 – 4:15pm (approx. finish time)
Location: St Johns Uniting Church
61 Coonanbarra Rd Wahroonga

Date: Saturday 24th June, 2017
Time: 5:15 – 6:30pm (approx. finish time)
Location: St Johns Uniting Church
61 Coonanbarra Rd Wahroonga

Dancers are asked to arrive 30mins prior to the start of their concert.
Dressed in the appropriate uniform for their first dance.

Colour coded timetable for North Shore Dance Classes

Download a copy of the TIMETABLE in PDF – [CLICK HERE]

Jigsaw Dance Hornsby Wahroonga Running order page 1

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Download a copy of the RUNNING ORDER in PDF – [CLICK HERE]

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Kids bubbles and ballet classes North Shore Sydney

Check out some of our little fairies enjoying the thrills of bubbles and ballet. Confidence can be achieved in so many ways through dance. It is sometimes that most basic of props used in dance classes that brings our little ones out of their shell and fully involved in dance classes. That is just the start of where their performing confidence can take them.

Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop (Funk), Boys only Hip Hop, Stretch/Flex/Relax, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Singing & Drama classes available for boys and girls. Children are welcome to join dance classes from as soon as they can walk.


0468 99 44 88

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Ballet prodigy Harrison Lee comes back to Jigsaw Dance Studio

We have some very exciting news…Jigsaw Dance has been asked to host an afternoon tea and dance session with world known ballet dancer Harrison Lee!! He is being honored with an award from the Mayor and we get to be a part of it…watch out for lots of photos coming your way!!

Harrison used to dance with us when he was just a little boy, a long long time before his piles of international awards. Congratulations Harrison. Harrison will be at Jigsaw Dance on Friday the 7th of April, 2017.

#harrisonlee #northshoredance #northshoreballet

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North Shore Holiday Event - Tutus&TeaParty



Jigsaw Dance is holding a very special magical princess party in the holidays and we would love for you and your dancer to come twirl with us. Watch them twirl, leap and beam with joy as they go on an exciting ballerina adventure, walking through the garden and being a beautiful butterfly. Not only will you get a preview of our amazing Topaz Ballet program, you will also get to spend some quality time with your little dancer as we make craft together and enjoy some princess treats and refreshments.

Sound good??? It gets better… Every special ballerina that comes along, receives their very own princess fairy wand as well as a free gift to take home…

This event is open to all our current families as well as other new beautiful ballerinas who want to have a bit of fun in the holidays… Don’t be shy we’d love to welcome you to our Tea Party! Jump on in and join the fun as we spend a beautiful morning together.

Spaces are limited so you need to book in quick… To reserve your spot simply fill out the form below – we can’t wait to see you and your dancer there!

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It has been a great first week back at the studio and we have absolutely loved meeting all of our new families as well as catching up with our returning dancers.

The start of the year can be quite busy and over the course of the first couple of weeks I will assess the dancers and the classes to ensure that it is perfect for them. We do try to settle classes as soon as possible and thank you for your patience and understanding in this – it is very much appreciated.

Of course if you have any questions, concerns or feedback, you are more than welcome to contact us and we’d be happy to help.

We are looking forward to a fabulous 2017….


All Term 1 Invoices have now been emailed out to you. If you have not received it please check your spam mail box and then send us an email at


As we move into Term 1 we just want to remind you of the various ways we communicate with you:

  • Email: Please make sure you have provided us with an up to date email address
  • Social Media: Follow and/or like us on Facebook & Instagram to stay informed with what’s happening in the studio
  • Whiteboard: The studio whiteboard is updated regularly so please check it so you don’t miss important information
  • Website: check out

You are also welcome to call us if you have any questions, concerns or feedback. If you call and we don’t answer, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


  • Valentine’s Day – Show us your Love Competition: This week is the last chance for you to get your entries in to go in the draw to win a dancer’s fun pack including sparkly leg warmers, a costume protector bag and mini bun kit. Simply write on our noticeboard what you love about dancing or our studio to go in the draw to win. You can also submit your entry to our Facebook & Instagram pages or by emailing us.
  • Colourful Week at the Studio: In Week 6 (Tues 7th – Sat 11th March) we are holding a special COLOURFUL week at the studio. In this week you need to wear as much colour as possible or wear your favourite colour for a bit of fun. We will also be taking gold coin donations which will be donated to a charity decided by the studio. Stay tuned in coming weeks as we give more details on this…. But mark it in the diary!

Enjoy your weekend everyone…. J

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New Dance Class option at Wahroonga on Saturdays

SATURDAY TWINKLE TOES – New class option available for younger students

To all of our (Saturday) Twinkle Toes parents,

It was so exciting to see all of you last Saturday. With a few unexpected arrivals, you would have seen that our Twinkle Toes Ballet & Hip Hop classes were quite full. With this in mind we have decided to create a new class called ‘Teeny Tiny Toes combo’ which is designed specially for 2-3year olds.

Ideally we would like to keep the older students in our Twinkle Toes hip hop and ballet classes (3-5yrs) and invite our younger students (2-3yrs) to join this new and exciting 45 minute combo class which includes jazz, hip hop and ballet. An email has been sent out to some of our already enrolled students, who would be perfect for this class.

The class will run on Saturday mornings 8:45-9:30am. Of course if this doesn’t suit you to change, then that is fine. I just wanted to give all of our families an extra option.

Please let me know which class you would like your child to be apart of. This way, we can keep our numbers at our desired class number, but still allow others to join in and share this beautiful journey…

The timetable will be as follows:

8:45-9:30am Teeny Tiny Toes combo (2-3yrs)

9:30-10:00am Twinkle Toes Hip Hop (3-5yrs)

10:00-10:30am Twinkle Toes Ballet (3-5yrs)

All other classes will remain the same.

This new class will still follow the same amazing programming as our Twinkle Toes but will give our little ones a taster of all genres and allow them to gain confidence in an imaginative environment.

Please let me know what your preferred class will be for this week. You can either call me on 0468994488 or email


Teaching dance differently at North Shore Dance Studio

The benefits of dance for your child


For years now, it has been proven that when a child enjoys what they are doing and have a positive experience with an activity, their learning is enhanced and they are able to learn at a quicker rate while reaping not only physical benefits, but also a positive mentality through gaining confidence and a positive self worth. As a parent though, it can be difficult to know what activities to put your child into, with so many new options to choose from nowadays and many other deciding factors such as location, schedule and prices. But what if we removed this before school year stress and simply went with an activity that your child wants to do and one  they would really enjoy and have a positive experience, being in. When we start to consider what’s really important to us in a class and how it will positively benefit our child, it becomes clearer.

Dancing classes have always been a popular activity among children, but with new research coming in showing the endless benefits of taking this type of class, it becomes an obvious choice for parents to go with. Aside from improving a child’s fitness and health status, dance bares many other benefits which in turn, contributes to a healthier nation. Not only does it boost a child’s memory but it also improves their retention of information; training the brain and giving it essential skills for later in life. Likewise, increased flexibility drastically improves the range of motion in their joints, which although may not be as necessary at this stage in their lives, proves to be asset as they will eventually form the adult proportion of this country. Increased coordination, balance and strength is an added bonus, which consequently improves a child’s health and wellbeing as a whole.

Many other activities share these health benefits though, so where dance separates itself from the others, is the way in which it enhances the child’s learning through the numerous psychological benefits. Being in a vibrant and fun learning environment that engages with and includes every child, allows a sense of belonging and as such greatly improves their confidence and brings about a positive self-esteem and worth. Not only this, they learn to interact with others and be a part of an inclusiveness community that in term forms life long friendships. These type of benefits, greatly improve a child’s readiness to firstly start school and then later on, improves their ability to deal with different situations, try new things and be an admirable and hard working employee. With such a technological based world right now and the ability for children to grow up too quickly, dance preserves their imagination and forms creative and thoughtful members of the community. When a child is happy in an activity they love, they are generally happier people as a whole.

This is exactly the tact that Miss Tash and the team at Jigsaw Dance Studio like to implement in every aspect of the studio, as we focus on providing a fun, nurturing and non competitive environment for children to learn in. As we introduce our new and exciting program ‘Future Gems’ to the families of Jigsaw Dance in 2017, we will see further growth as children gain confidence, imagination, happiness and friendships within the classroom and learn at a consistent pace. “Every child in our Jigsaw Family is special to us and we believe they should be treated as such. We wanted to create a program that the children would simply love… Each week our dancers are taken on a themed and magical journey as they learn in a fun and creative environment, giving opportunity to develop the ‘whole child’, where confidence, self-esteem and friendships are a key factor.”

Your child can learn to dance in the styles of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Cheerleading. Classes from 2 years up in the large upper hall of St John’s Uniting Church, Wahroonga. Come along to a class and experience the Jigsaw difference for yourself. We’d love to help you find the perfect class for your child and to get you started on your journey so contact Miss Tash on 0468994488 or to find out more information. For our timetable information, you can visit our website

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Need help picking the right dance class?

If you need help picking the perfect class for your child or would like some more information, please don’t hesitate to give me a call on 0468 99 44 88 or email

Date for your diary – 2017 OPEN DAY

Friday 20th January 2017 9:30am-12:30pm

Come along and get your child registered for 2017! On this day you can tour the studio, meet Miss Tash and ask any questions you may have, get your uniform sorted for the New Year and enjoy a free bbq on us! All uniform will be 10% off and anyone who attends will go in the draw to win a new jazz pack valued at $55. We can’t wait to see you all there! 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! We hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable break and we can’t wait to see you all in the New Year.