What We Offer
Holly Diggle - Studio Director
She has extensive professional performance experience, having performed throughout Australia and toured internationally. Over the years she has worked with choreographers such as Elizabeth Cameron Dalmon (OAM), Graeme Watson, Michael Whaites, Cadi McCarthy, Bernadette Walong, Darren Green, Robyn Prichard, Meg Millband, Adelina Larsson and many more. Holly was nominated for an Australian Dance Award ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ for her work in Mirramu Dance Company’s ‘River’ and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Choreography Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for Contact Improvisation Performances in collaboration with Keira Mason-Hill for Short and Sweet Dance Festival. Holly was honoured to become one of the ‘faces’ of the ACT Public School Alumni and to be publicly acknowledged, as a ‘Person of Note’ in 2014. The alumni list was initiated to acknowledge people educated through the ACT public education system, who have gone on to become leaders in their chosen field. In 2018 Holly was a finalist in the Canberra Women in Business Awards. Holly has over a decade of teaching experience, ranging from dance studios, primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. She has also worked with refugee groups, women in recovery and youth at risk. Following her young son Toby's birth, Holly created Little Wigglers (originally Wiggle with Diggle) into the Dance Northside timetable, a class for dancers aged 18 months to 4 years.
Holly’s specialty is Contemporary Dance, and she gives a strong, physical and technical class. Her teaching methodology is inspired and informed by the desire to provide a positive, confidence-building experience for her students. Holly is committed to her students' holistic development, both as dancers and as well-rounded and happy individuals.
Laura Gerstenberg - Customer Relations Manager
Laura is a strong believer in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for her students, believing that dance provides an opportunity for anyone to shine, no matter their abilities.
Laura began her dancing journey at the age of two, with the Jill Glastonbury Ballet Academy. In 2007, when Dance Northside emerged, Laura continued her dance training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. At 13, Laura developed an interest in teaching and started training alongside Rebecca Allan with Dance Northside’s youngest students. Laura taught the Kids Creative Movement (now Minis Creative Movement) classes and enjoyed this role. In 2016, Laura took a break from dancing to focus on her studies but is excited to be back at Dance Northside as Customer Relations Manager and teaching Mini’s, Kid’s, Junior and Youth classes.
Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school dance competition known as Wakkakirri. Since then, Caitlin has taken five years of contemporary classes and two years of jazz classes at Dance Northside. She has also been part of the Dance Northside Performance Group since 2016, allowing her to gain experience in other styles of dance and perform extensively across Canberra. In addition to teaching at Dance Northside Caitlin is undertaking a degree in International Relations at the Australian National University. Caitlin gains so much happiness from dance and aims to inspire the same joy in young dancers.
Talia is currently completing Year 12 and an ASbA and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and enjoys working with young children and helping them learn and have fun. She began working as an Assistant with Dance Teacher Rebecca Allan in 2020 and is now a part of Dance Northside's first DanceStep cohort. Talia looks forward to hopefully teaching her own classes in the future.
Talia enjoys being able to greet all of the dancers when they come into the studio and loves to welcome new members to the Dance Northside community, encouraging everybody to join us and dance.
Our Dance Teachers
The concert is a confidence-building and enriching experience for all students. We put on a high quality, yet stress-free show for both parents and students. The music we use, the choreography we create and the costumes we provide are always appropriate to the student's age. Our makeup requirements are minimal - in fact, optional! No sewing of costumes is required, just a small performance fee. All rehearsals are held within usual class times, with a short performance season.
We are not a competitive performance team; we do not compete in eisteddfods. We perform at local dance and cultural events around Canberra such as Raiders Games, Floriade, the Multicultural Festival and local Fetes. We aim to produce high-quality work and challenge our advanced dancers whilst maintaining a strong sense of community and personal growth.
Auditions for the Performance Teams are held annually. Students aged 10 years and over are welcome to audition. Please get in touch if you would like more information.