HOLLY DIGGLE

DIRECTOR


Holly holds a BA in Dance Performance (Theory and Practice), a Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management  a RYT 200hr Yoga Teacher Certificate  and a 50hr Kids Yoga Teacher Certificate, accredited with Yoga Alliance. 

 

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 put together to acknowledge people who were educated through the ACT public education system, who have gone on to become leaders in their chosen field.

 

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 the birth of her young son Toby, Holly has introduced 'Wiggle with Diggle' into the Dance Northside timetable, a class for dancers age 18 months - 4. 

 

Holly’s specialty is Contemporary Dance and she gives a strong, physical and technical class. Her teaching practice is inspired and informed by the desire to provide a positive, confidence-building experience for her students. Holly is committed to the holistic development of her students, both as dancers and as well-rounded and happy individuals.

MORGAN BROWN

STUDIO MANAGER

 

Morgan has been dancing since the age of 2 and during this time has studied tap, contemporary, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theater. Her love for dance only grew when she commenced teaching at Dance Unlimited, Mudgee in 2011.

 
She has proven to be an accomplished dancer, finishing all her LGTDA exams with Honours and Honours Plus and completing her RAD Ballet Exams from Primary-Intermediate. Morgan has extensive experience in a performance environment, taking part in eisteddfods and showcases since she was 6 years old. Highlights of her performance career include 1st Place in the Dream Dance Challenge, winning her first tap solo at the age of 7 and choreographing the winning routine of ‘Best Junior Group’ at Dubbo Eisteddfod in 2014.

 

In addition to her extensive dance experience Morgan has worked as a manager in the fast-paced world of hospitality, and after relocating to Canberra in 2018 is delighted to find a role that can combine her dance and management skills.


It was the Dance Northside values that inspired Morgan to apply for the role of Studio Manager and she is thrilled to be a part of the Dance Northside team. 

 

REBECCA ALLAN

DANCE TEACHER

Rebecca is an accomplished dancer, dance teacher and children's educator. She has been dancing since she was two and a half years old and in this time has studied ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and tap. Rebecca has been teaching at Dance Northside since 2007. 

 

Rebecca’s passion for teaching and education led her to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies (specialising in Early Childhood) at the University of Canberra. During this time, Rebecca discovered the value of dance and movement for young children as tools for self-expression and discovery of the world. The foundation of her dance teaching philosophy is both her passion for teaching the youngest of students along with her understanding that the earliest movement experiences create strong links to success in formal education.

 

Besides teaching for Dance Northside, Rebecca is the Director of Kaleen Cubby House,  has taught within the ACT primary school system and continues to work with local community groups as well as raising her young sons, Jack and Thomas.

TAYLOR BURGE

DANCE TEACHER

Taylor-Jayne Burge started dancing at the age of four in Thai Classical Dancing, further then developing into beginner Tap and Jazz dance classes.

 

Taylor later joined the Canberra Physical Culture Club competing in the “Grade A” team at a national level. At the age of twelve she joined Fresh Funk Studios at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre - directed by Caroline Wall, focusing more strongly in styles of hip- hip and urban dance. Taylor currently participates in multiple classes a week at Fresh Funk, all of advanced level as well as being an active member of their competitive crews, recently placing first in Australia at the Australian Dance Crew Championship Nationals in Melbourne.

 

In 2016 Taylor was also successful in her audition to be a member of Canberra’s “Team Rockit Company” and under the direction of Jack Keogh and Eamon Cross, Taylor further deepened her training in hip-hop styles and choreography building. Taylor is also a member of the Talented Dance Program at Erindale College, which is where she found her love for choreography and teaching.

 

In her classes, Taylor’s main goal is to have a positive and fun vibe and build on her students confidence to help them grow as performers.

JAKE DROMGOLD

DANCE TEACHER - BIO AND PORTRAIT COMING SOON!

ERIN GALE

DANCE TEACHER - BIO AND PORTRAIT COMING SOON!

LAURA GERSTENBERG

DANCE TEACHER - BIO AND PORTRAIT COMING SOON!

KAYLEE HOWARD

DANCE TEACHER

Kaylee has been dancing for eight years and has been training with Dance Northside for the last seven. She has trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop, in addition to studying different dance styles at college.

 

Kaylee is a member of the Dance Northside’s Performance Group and has performed extensively throughout the ACT and traveled to Sydney to extend her training. She is also a member of the Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble and has performed in two Chaos project with the company.

 

In addition to teaching at Dance Northside Kaylee is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Canberra, and works in before and after school care.  

CAITLIN JOHNSTONE

DANCE TEACHER

Caitlin has loved to dance since she was very young. She was first introduced to dancing at the age of three, starting out in ballet. At age four she took up Irish Dance, and trained competitively in the style for nine years, representing the Liz Gregory Academy at state, national and international level. Caitlin was ACT State Champion for four years running, from 2009 to 2012. She consistently placed in the top twenty nationally, with her best result being 9th place in 2011. In 2013, Caitlin travelled to California to compete in the North American National Championships, open to dancers from across the globe, where she placed 38th.

 

Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school story 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 International Relations at the Australian National University. Caitlin gains so much happiness from dance, and aims to inspire the same joy in young dancers.

CARA MARTIN

DANCE TEACHER - BIO AND PORTRAIT COMING SOON!

SHAYLA TARRANT

DANCE TEACHER

Shayla started dance at age three, starting in ballet and winning a scholarship in her first year of dance. At the age of five she commenced Irish Dancing, winning several awards in local Irish dance competitions. In 2009 Shayla joined Dance Northside and continued to develop her training in ballet, contemporary, jazz and funk.

 

Shayla has been a member of the Dance NorthsidePerformance Group since its inception in 2013 and has performed extensively thoughout Canberra as a result.

 

In addition to teaching at Dance Northside, Shayla is an Assistant Educator at Kaleen Cubby House and is currently studying a Cert 3 in Early Childhood Education.