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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.


Jigsaw Dance North Shore wrap up


I am very proud of each and every one of our dancers and it was so fantastic to see them all up there smiling and having the time of their life on the stage. They really did put on an amazing show for you all!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful year. It really is a pleasure teaching them every week and I’m very grateful to have you all a part of the studio. We can’t wait to have you all a part of the studio in 2017.

If you have any photos or videos from the concert, don’t forget to share them with us. You can use the hashtag #jd2016 and tag our social medias @danceclasseshornsby


Enrolment is now open to everyone and classes are starting to fill. In 2017 all class sizes are capped, so any enrolments received after the maximum number, will be placed on a waiting list. Get in early to avoid disappointment…. There are lots of exciting things happening next year including hip hop and cheerleading classes, Friday options, a new and exciting program that will add even more fun into the classroom and lots of exciting events… We can’t wait for another fantastic year!



Information for Term 4 – Concerts – Photos – Dates and Times

What a fabulous start to Term 4….  It is so fantastic to see all of our dancers buzzing with energy, smiling and practicing hard. We can’t wait for them to showcase what they have been learning and all their hard work at our End of Year Spectacular ‘Step Back in Time’….. ONLY 6 MORE WEEKS TO GO!


Concert Venue

St Ives Community Hall, Memorial Ave St Ives

(It is next to a Woolworths/Shopping centre and a local park)

Date and Times

Sunday 27th November 2016

  • 2:30pm-3:45pm (doors open 2pm)


There is plenty of street parking as well as parking within the shopping centre opposite the venue. 

* There is no stage rehearsal – we will have practices dancing on a stage in class time

An email will go out in the next couple of weeks with the exact running of the day and what times you need to be there… Don’t stress!


Week 4 (Tuesday & Wednesday Students) Week 5 (Saturday students)

This year we are going to run our Full Dress Rehearsal in class during Term 4. Dancers will need to be in their full costume, hair and makeup for their usual classes during this week. (Note: Saturday students will have their dress rehearsal in Wk 5 rather than wk 4.)

When you get your costumes there will be a note in there with what you need to wear and all the requirements for your dance. The rehearsal will also give me a chance to sort out any costume dramas before the big day and for the dancers to feel comfortable dancing in costume.

Click here for a video demonstration on how to do a bun

Click here for a video demonstration on how to do your dancers makeup


Week 4 (Tuesday & Wednesday students) Week 5 (Saturday students)

During the dress rehearsal week, we are also really lucky to have Natalie Roberts joining us to take photos of the dancers in costume. On the day of your dress rehearsal, you will need to bring the completed photo form and money with you, to be paid to Natalie.

You can check out some of her work here:

Ticket Sales & Information

Tickets go on sale from 12:00pm on the 29th October 2016. You can purchase your tickets either at our ticket selling day (Saturday 29th October 12:00-1:00pm), in class or at the concert. For more information about tickets, please contact Miss Tash.

Other Details for Term 4


In this week your dancers are able to come to dancing wearing their spookiest outfit. Get ready to get the old witches hats out! Classes are as normal, but I thought it would be a bit of fun to have a dress up week in the midst of all the concert preparation!


After the concert we will be holding an ‘End of Year Disco Celebration’ to reward all of the dancers hard work. You will able to bring a friend along to boogie and it will be a fun time for all, before we go on holidays. More details will be sent out a bit later.

Tuesday 29th November 2016 @ St Johns Uniting Church 5:00-6:30pm

Remember if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Miss Tash on 0468994488 or email

Dance Photo competition at Jigsaw Dance Hornsby wahroonga

Father’s Day Dance Photo Competition

We know our dancing daddies can strike a pose, so why not get one with your dancer to go in the draw to win tickets for our End of Year Spectacular?

Father’s Day is coming up and what better way to celebrate then to enter our fun photo competition, to go in the draw to win X2 Adult Tickets to our End of Year Concert.

All you need to do is take a photo or video of your dancer with you (Dad) striking a dance pose … Or be creative and choreograph a dance!

Either post the photo or video to our Facebook page or email it through to us to upload to Facebook at

Include your name and your dancers name and you will go into the draw to win.

The draw will take place on Thursday 1st of September (just in time for Father’s Day) and we will notify the winner by email and on Facebook.

It will be lots of fun – Be as creative as possible and get snapping!

READY, SET, GO! (got to be in it to win it!)

A wonderful mid year show case to show our parents

Thank you to everyone who assisted in our Mid Year Performance. I know all the dancers just loved getting up there and shaking their booty in front of such a wonderful and supportive crowd. Now in term 3 we look forward to putting together some new dances to show your our ‘STEP BACK IN TIME’ show.

A reminder that Term 3 starts soon so if you have any friends or family in the North Shore area that might like a trial of our dance classes, please let them know.

Check out this little snippet from the finale as a reminder on just how much fun they all had last week.

Jigsaw Dance Wahroonga Dance Showcase

Our Mid Year Showcase is nearly here….so exciting

Our Midyear Showcase is just around the corner, with only 3 weeks to go! The showcase is a fantastic opportunity for your dancers to get up on the stage and to show you what they have been learning for the first half of the year. The day is a whole heap of fun and is a positive and exciting experience for your child and I know they will have an absolute blast up on the stage. We like to keep the day relaxed and informal as our main aim is for everyone to have fun and be as calm as possible. Don’t worry if this is your first time, I will explain everything throughout the showcase, so you know where you need to be and what’s happening.

When you arrive, you will need to take your dancer to the small lower hall with any uniform and shoes they may need to get changed into. Before the showcase starts, I will explain where everyone needs to be and will then get all the dancers organised into their classes and waiting side of stage. Once they have performed, they will be led back down to the small lower hall to either wait or get changed into their next uniform. We do have an intermission though, so you are welcome to go down to the small hall in this time to help change your child.

Mid Year Show case running order

The times you need to know:

Showcase Date: Saturday 25th June

Time: 3:30-4:30pm (approx. end time)

Location: St John’s Uniting Church – 61 Coonanbarra Rd, Wahroonga

Please arrive by 3:00pm so we can get everyone into their classes. We can’t wait for what will be a fantastic day!!!

North Shore Dance Studio Show Case

Parent watching week this week

Parent watching week this week


You will be invited in for the last 10 minutes of class to have a ‘sneak peak’ of what your dancer has been learning! They are sooo excited to show you!

This will be the last week of term and we resume the week of Tuesday 26th April. An email will be going out later today with some info for the rest of this term.

See you all this week for a lot of fun!

Miss Tash xoxo

PS. Parents of our Twinkle Toes classes… Be prepared to kick off your shoes and join in the fun as they teach you what they have been learning!!!!

Invite your friend along for free dance lessons

bring your friend free week north shore dance

Bring A Friend Week: Tuesday 29th March- Saturday 2nd of April

In this week your dancer is encouraged to invite a very special friend to come along to dancing with them and have lots of fun in class together. You will have received a special invitation in class, that your dancer can take to school/preschool with them, inviting their friend to come along. (Click here if you need another copy of the invitation in case you have lost yours or want another one!!!)

Of course it is completely optional, but I thought it would be a nice way to finish the term!

Invite your dancing friend to Jigsaw Dance North Shore

Upload your invitation above or email us at for your hard copy of your invitation.