Dance classes for children on the north shore

Term 4 at Jigsaw Dance Studio Hornsby Wahroonga


It is only a couple of days until we start back for Term 4! We hope you have had a lovely break and are recharged ready to finish the year off with a bang!


Our End of Year Spectacular is only 7 short weeks away, so it is going to be a busy but fun & exciting term.

Below is some general information about the term ahead. I will send out separate emails with further details over coming weeks.

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Dance Teacher Training Programs

Online training for Dance Teachers – see the free intro offer

Jen Dalton’s life philosophy is centred on empowering & educating dance teachers to be the best and most effective leaders that they can be. Giving them the tools to make a positive impact in each and every life they come into contact with. She has utilised this philosophy when building detailed dance teacher training courses.

Having successfully run & owned multiple dance studios for over 20yrs with over 1000 students, managing teams of over 30 teachers & staff members at one time, she knows the importance of strategy, planning & continual learning…

A well as teaching and running the studios, Jen studied as a Police Officer for 13yrs working in the Child Protection & Sex Crimes Squad, studied Psychology (PSY111) & Communications (COM120) at CSU, Health & Fitness (SRF40206) and Dance Teaching & Management (CUA50311) it was only natural that the next step was to collate that information into dance industry language and make it easy, quick & available for dancers & teachers across the world.

It is Jen’s intention to create a world-wide community of like-minded dance educators who together will support, encourage & lead with intention to give everything we have to our students.

Reserve your seat at our Free 90 minute online workshop


The Dance Teacher Mastery Project is Jen’s leading project for Dance Studio Studio Owners.

Ultimately this is the Dance Studio Owners Guide to LEADING & EDUCATING from the top down. If you are serious about your dance teacher training, this is the guide for you.

Inside The Dance Teacher Mastery Project you will discover how to gain absolute control, be the master of your studio, get the right teachers working for you, developing your child safe studio portfolio as well as how to set-up a formalised senior and student teacher training program in your studio. It includes the content you need to run and facilitate your teacher’s training, templates, group & individual task, quizzes and reference material.

Whether you want to expand your studio, reduce you teaching hours, make more money in your business or just basically clone yourself so the whole thing runs ‘perfectly’ The Dance Teacher Mastery Project is for you.

Most importantly, you’ll be sharing the journey with other dance studio owners in our exclusive Dance Teacher Mastery members-only Facebook Group & accountability catch-ups to ensure your dance teacher training is on track and you are moving towards your goal.



Dance Teacher Mastery – Core Foundations (Level 1) is a fast-tracked, 6-week online training course for dancers & teachers covering the essential topics for accelerating your career, landing the job of your dreams as well as giving you the tools to stand in the classroom with confidence and knowledge to be the best teacher you can.

Become job ready and start teaching with confidence and knowledge, learn of the importance of holistic approach to teaching, learn how to identify, manage and support every student in your class, understand the importance and legislation regarding child safety & protection and what procedures should be in place, discover the art of programming and class structure

Most importantly, you’ll be sharing the journey with other dancer & teachers in our exclusive Dance Teacher Mastery members-only Facebook Group & accountability catch-ups to ensure you are on track and moving towards your goal.



It is now essential for all studio owners to offer a child-safe dance studio by putting in place formalised policies, procedures & practices that keep our kids safe.

Requirements vary slightly from state-to-state, however similar strategies, policies & practices across the nation is a united way to ensure you studio is a child safe organisation.

In the Child Safe Studio Portfolio, there are 7 child safe policies & practices studio owners require to be deemed a child safe organisation.

Included are templates, examples & ideas for you to use.  Simply print and complete the templates and create your child safe portfolio.



Relaxed Concert at North Shore Dance Studio

Concert Fun at Wahroonga Dance Studio

You may notice when you get your first invoice, that there is something called a costume deposit fee on there and you think to yourself ‘I didn’t order a uniform or costume, why am I being charged for this?’

We get asked this question a lot, so we thought we would clear it up by writing a blog post devoted to it.

The costume deposit fee is a payment that is made each term for 4 terms, to pay for the beautiful costume that your dancer gets to wear at our End of Year Concert in November. Now a costume is not the same as the class uniform that your child wears each week. The costumes are supplied from both Australian and overseas companies and are the beautiful, high quality outfits that your dancers get to wear up on the stage (and keep for years after!)

Below are some examples of costumes we have purchased in the past… Aren’t they gorgeous?!

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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.


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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.

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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