About D2D and their Teachers

The Dare to Dance Dance Studio opened its doors  May 12th 2008, and since that time has become a trusted dance school in Canberra. We provide dance lessons for children of all ages, including toddlers, children with special needs, pre-teens, teenagers and adults.

We formed our school on the basis of community spirit and strength of character. It is our mission to provide a safe, supportive and enjoyable environment for all of our students.

Dare to Dance has students that simply dance for fun, along with the students that are part of the “Performance Troupe” that dance to Compete. We cater for all kinds of aspiring dancers. At D2D you are a name and not just a number. Therefore every student is as important as the next.

Dare to Dance Canberra conducts weekly classes in;

  • RAD Classical Ballet
  • Modern/Contemporary
  • Broadway/Jazz
  • Funk
  • Tap

We offer dance training from 2 years of age to adults, no experience is necessary.

We offer a FREE trial class to all students.

We are one of a few dance schools in Canberra who also offer a retail dance wear range! (Limited stock available.)

All of our dance accessories and products are discounted and available when you enrol. There is no need to go out to the hectic mall and find the appropriate attire for your child as we have most things you could need at the studio and at hand.

Please read the Class Information tab, this will give you a good outline of what class/es your child could do

So DARE yourself to dance, DARE yourself to become active and DARE yourself to start a new adventure

Please contact Alison on 0407138325 or alison@daretodancecanberra.com.au in regards to enrolling your child.

Alison Louise Bailey | Managing Director

Alison began dancing at age 3.

She started her training in Goulburn with Irene Gelfius School of Dance, as she lived in small town Braidwood. Many years later her family re-located to Canberra and she began dancing with the Rachael Strong Dance Academy. Alison is trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop. Alison began assistant teaching at the age of 15 and spent many days of the week helping at the dance studio.

Alison completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in 2006. As a student she was involved in many Competitions, Festivals, Galas and achieved great results in all her Examinations. Alison is also an RAD Mentor for CBTS students.

In 2008 Dare to Dance Canberra Opened and as Principal, Director and Teacher Alison along with D2D has gone from strength to strength. Alison is incredibly passionate about teaching her love and loves all her students like they are her own children. She is nurturing and treats all students with love and respect. Her ethos is about providing all children the opportunity to dance no matter what their skill level is. It’s not about “Winning” all of the time. The dance industry is in a transition period. What used to be an “art form” where you dance from your heart and soul is turning in to a “technical art form” where it’s all about skill and tricks.

We at Dare to Dance Canberra aim to keep up with the changes in a way that still encourages children to dance from their souls. “Dance like nobody’s watching”.

Alison runs D2D completely on her own and has since the age of 21. Alison is in charge of Administration, Staff, Advertising, Costuming, Planning as well as Teaching.

Alison continues to develop skills and knowledge through many studies and courses, keeping up Continuing Professional Development. This ensures she is able to keep up with demanding industry.

Alison was a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards finalist  for 2014 and shortlisted under two categories. Young Business Woman and Entrepreneur.

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17413049748_50895d2edb_oAlana Beaton

Alana’s journey as a dancer began when she was 6 years old at the Canberra Youth Ballet School (now known as the Classical Ballet Centre Canberra). She was trained primarily in RAD classical ballet, as well as jazz, contemporary, modern and tap (both FATD and ISTD syllabuses). During her time there she was awarded a full scholarship and participated in many exams, competitions and performances.
In 2010, Alana was accepted into the Australian International Ballet Academy at the McDonald College in Sydney, however after battling a hip injury she decided to move back home to Canberra where she now passes her knowledge and passion for dance on to her students.
Alana is set to commence her RAD Teachers Certificate in 2018 via correspondence.
In 2018 Alana was a competitor in Dance Boss and danced for the Public Servants Team.

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