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, both accredited with Yoga Alliance and is currently completing her YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) certification.  

 

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 the birth of her young son Toby, Holly has introduced '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 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 flourished 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.

JAKE DROMGOLD

DANCE TEACHER

 

After busting some serious moves in his living room, Jake formally started dancing Hip Hop at age 12 with Kulture Break, at 14 he successfully auditioned for their dance crew, and along with his crew, won 3rd place in World Supremacy Battle Ground Hip Hop Competition. Jake continued training and performing with Kulture Break until he started year 11 at Narrabundah College. At Narrabundah College, Jake was introduced to contemporary dance by Dance Northside's Director Holly Diggle and went on to perform with Quantum Leap Youth Dance Ensemble (QL2) in 2006. Jake has a wealth of teaching experience, having taught at Kulture Break, Dance Central and Legs dance studios, in addition to teaching at Calwell High School. Jake also works as an MC and has hosted the Battle Ground Hip Hop competition for 3 years.

 

Jake is undertaking a Bachelor of Education and when he is not hard at work he enjoys hanging out with his young son Ned. Jake brings a wealth of experience with him, and we are super excited to welcome him to Dance Northside team, to teach the Boys Hip Hop Class.

ERIN GALE

DANCE TEACHER

 

Erin is an experienced dancer and dance teacher, and is currently completing her Masters of Education with Charles Sturt University. 

 

She started dancing at the age of four with the Jill Glastonbury Ballet Academy. She has trained in a range of dance styles, and has taught tap, cecchetti ballet, jazz and lyrical dance. Erin enjoys choreographing and has received several awards at choreographic competitions.

 

Erin joined Dance Northside’s adult contemporary class four years ago and has recently joined the team to teach ballet and jazz classes. Her main goals in teaching are to build skills, confidence and creativity in her students, all within a fun and supportive environment.

 

 

LAURA GERSTENBERG

DANCE TEACHER

 

Laura currently holds a Certificate III and IV in Disability Studies and has extensive experience working with individuals with additional needs, both physical and intellectual, and currently works full time as a coordinator for Communites@Work. Laura is also currently, entering her third year of a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She first discovered her passion for working with individuals with additional needs in high school, where she completed an Australian School Based Apprenticeship within a specialist high school in the ACT. Laura is a strong believer in providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for her students and believes that dance is an excellent opportunity for anyone to shine, no matter their abilities.  

 

Laura started dancing 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. From an early age, Laura has had a love for helping others and in 2009, she started training alongside Assistant Director Rebecca Allan, working with Dance Northside's youngest students. Laura went on to teach the Kids Creative Movement classes, whilst consistently pushing herself as a dancer. Laura was a member of the Advanced Performance Group and thoroughly enjoyed performing out in the community. In 2016, Laura took a break from dancing to focus on her studies but is excited to be re-joining the Dance Northside community.

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 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.

JAKE KUZMA

DANCE TEACHER

Jake Kuzma is a locally grown Canberran dancer. Contemporary, floor work and urban movement are at the core of his dance style, giving him a unique flair.

 

His passion for contemporary dance began when he joined QL2 in his early teens. After graduating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Dance performance, he began a career in teaching, choreographing and performing. Claire Marshall’s Slowdive, Antony Hamilton Black Project 2, and Cadi McCarthy That Place in Between are the shows that were highlights of Jake’s performing career.

 

Jake’s youth dance company experience is vast with working for QL2, Yellow Wheel, Flipside and Drill. From juniors up to Bangarra Dance Theatre company class, Jake has taught a wide range of dance levels.

 

Internationally Jake has worked in Montreal (Black Project 2), China as a guest teacher at Dong Guan Dancesport 2018 Summer Camp and as a performer in Chengdu for the BLAH BLAH BLAH #004 festival.

 

In the past year Jake has returned to the Canberra dance scene through teaching various classes with GOLD dance company and a guest artist for The Canberra Youth Dance Festival. 2020 already has projects lined up with QL2, Canberra Youth Theatre and Ausdance ACT. 

 

CARA MARTIN

DANCE TEACHER

Cara began dance at age 5 with Dance Northside. She has trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet. Cara is in her third year as a member of Dance Northside’s performance group, and as a result has performed extensively throughout Canberra.

 

She has also attended Capital Dance Studios and Play the Dance Agency to expand her hip-hop and jazz training.

 

Cara has undergone teacher training with Dance Teachers’ Rebecca Allan, and Taylor Burge.

 

She now teaches Junior Hip-Hop on Wednesday and Kids Jazz on Thursday.

 

SHAYLA TARRANT

DANCE TEACHER

Shayla started dancing at age three, where she won a scholarship in her first year for ballet. At age five Shayla started training in Irish dancing, winning several awards in local competitions. In 2009 Shayla joined the Dance Northside community, training again in ballet, then adding contemporary, jazz and hip hop to her repertoire of styles.

 

By 2014, Shayla joined the advance performance team in its inception and has performed extensively around Canberra as a result. Shayla took a break from performance group in 2017 when she graduated from year 12 but has re-joined the team for 2020.

 

In 2014 Shayla underwent training with Rebecca Allan and Amy Foreman assisting their classes for 3 years, taking on her own class in 2017, teaching creative movement. Since then Shayla has taught multiple styles and age ranges at Dance Northside. In addition to Dance Northside, in 2019 Shayla completed her certificate 3 in early childhood and care while working at Kaleen cubby house since June 2018.