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Below are some of our recent posts to give you a feel for our incredible school. In 2018 IDS celebrates 'a decade of dance' and has many special events and activities scheduled for our 10th Anniversary Year. Enrol today. 














Just before we commence the 10th Anniversary year of Dance at IDS I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of our amazing achievements so far.

I’m most proud to offer over 60 classes a week in many various styles of dance, starting with our gorgeous fairy ballet students from just 18months old right through to our most dedicated Seniors up to 24 years. 

I’m proud of our strong classical foundations that underpin all of our training and our beautifully prepared middle and junior schools coming through with dynamic performance skills and a great love and respect for dance. 

I’m honoured to have played a part in shaping the pathways of many aspiring students who have sought part or full time training and embarked upon careers in this marvellous industry of the Arts. 

I’m proud to have built around me the most fabulous and talented teaching faculty to guide our budding dancers through not only dance, but life as well. I’m privileged to work with respected and admired teachers who show a true commitment and love for everything that is dance and who share my vision so passionately. It also warms my heart to play a mentorship role in many of their lives too. 

I am frequently touched by the various acts of kindness our community does and by the remarkable contributions of our Junior Volunteer Assistants, Committee Members and all of our wonderful families. 

There is a magical atmosphere that envelops IDS all year round and a special feeling in the air while we celebrate so many events and memorable occasions. 

I am always working to advance our beautiful dance home, perfecting our studios and enhancing our equipment and facilities. In 2018 we will introduce new separate male change rooms as well as a student lounge/kitchen and separate Teachers quarters, new shelving to house our Plaques & Perpetuals, a surprise for guest artists and teachers as well as permanent lockers for our dedicated Half Day Classical Extension Program students. 

I’m bursting with excitement to share our plans to mark ‘a decade in dance’ and celebrate all that we have achieved together. 

The future is exciting and bright at IDS and I feel truly blessed to do what I love every day. Miss Nicole

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✨2018 FACULTY✨

We are thrilled to announce our outstanding 2018 teaching faculty. 

At IDS we believe that every teacher should have a passion for dance and a love and respect for its artistry. Any parent can feel confident that their child will receive the highest standard of teaching and that our training methods are safe and supportive.

Our faculty includes qualified professionals who have a wealth of performing, training, and industry experience, and each are carefully selected experts in their fields with a great understanding of anatomy and its application for dance.

We welcome many returning teachers and some new faces and we look forward to officially launching our Half Day program team too. 

You can read full biographies of each of our esteemed faculty via

With this dedicated team joining me in 2018 a wonderful year awaits us ✨




Wow - SO PROUD of all our AMAZING Summer School students! Such a special few days shared with THE MOST inspirational professional Artists and Choreographers. Each one bringing something unique, motivational and truly special to their workshops.

We feel very blessed and honored to have shared three of the most wonderful days with all of the beautiful, hardworking dancers from around Victoria. 

Thank you to the parents, students, teachers and helpers who made it all possible. It’s days like these that are to be treasured and remembered for years to come. 

Thank you especially to Dr Lisa Ellis and her helpers for this mornings Stretch, Tricks and Mind workshop, to the amazing Jayden Wall for your lyrical masterpieces and Choreography workshops and to the ultra talented and formidable husband and wife duo, Daniel Gaudiello and Lana Jones (and of course gorgeous Valasko!!) for showcasing our most treasured art form, classical ballet in all its glory and for sharing your advice and expertise with us all. 

So much learnt in only a few days! We are so very lucky and happy and can’t wait to share our wrap up video in the days to come. 

With a full heart and soul.

Miss Nicole xx













We are thrilled to be offering our Half Day Classical Extension Program with an individual focus for young talented, dedicated and determined dancers right here in Hallam. 

⭐️Delivered by a world-class faculty of past professional dancers and experienced teachers, this program caters to the needs of aspiring ballerinas. 

⭐️The Program runs in conjunction with current academic studies and in partnership with secondary schools, with only one half day absence required. 

⭐️Our studios are open for private tours throughout December and January, if you would like to book a time to meet with our Director. 

⭐️A full Program Prospectus is available upon request. 

⭐️We are holding private late auditions to students interested in this program with strictly two places remaining for 2018 intake. STUDENTS WELCOME TO APPLY IN 2018.

Contact 0438 350 561 or email 

“An exciting half day program designed to develop young dancers who show promise and potential in classical ballet.”






A memory that will stay in my 💓 forevermore... 

I love the moment we wait for all year round, that precious moment where the stage belongs only to us and the audience awaits with such anticipation... girls you did not disappoint 💞 what an opening! Well done team!



To my gorgeous students, 

What a magnificent performance yesterday. Each and every student should be so very proud of the true beauty, love and passion for dance that was displayed on stage and the support and sportsmanship shown off stage. What a way to finish a spectacular year of dance! CONGRATULATIONS to all of my beautiful dancers on an absolutely BRILLIANT Showcase yesterday. No matter where I looked you were all so very prepared, organised and committed. With every performance your passion and grace shone so very bright and I am so so proud of each and every one of you. 💕

THANK YOU to the parents for your support of IDS and for giving your children every opportunity. These memories and experiences truly last a lifetime and are only possible because of you. And I’m sure you all agree, our new Bunjil Place home was a true delight to experience. How very lucky we all are. 

To my exceptional teaching faculty and support team - THANK YOU. Not only for an incredible year but for your total commitment and dedication yesterday. Your belief and encouragement means the world to me and I am so honored to have you by my side along this journey 💛 Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience with us all and for ensuring such a smooth and enjoyable atmosphere backstage for every dancer. Our students simply love and adore you all, as do I. 

To THE MOST AMAZING prop crew - you made magic happen! Thank you for your incredibly fast stage changes and for going the extra mile with every fly cloth, stair, light or prop, especially in our amazing 30 Minute Character Ballet production of Peter Pan. You are incredible and so very appreciated!!

And to our cast of Peter Pan, WOW what can I say.... that was simply spectacular! Well done to everyone who played a part in this magnificent performance. To watch Peter literally “fly” was such a special moment that I know we will all treasure being part of for many years to come. Thank you especially to Dave and the team at ‘Get Rigged’ who quite literally took our annual production to new heights 😊

It truly takes a village to put on a show of this scale and I am so very proud and humbled to have the incredible IDS village here to support my dreams. Your belief in everything we do means the world to me. We have something so very special here.

Thank you dearly to our phenomenal seamstresses, prop creators and to EVERYONE who has helped in the lead up to our show. This time of year can be all consuming but it’s all totally worth it to watch the smiles shining so brightly yesterday. I am just in awe of our amazing community who make it all so memorable and special. So much gratitude to you all!!

Thank you also to those who have taken the time over the past few weeks and especially last night and this morning for the many beautiful messages, cards, gifts and emails you have written. I feel extremely loved and appreciated and your words mean more than I can say 💞

Finally, thank you to my amazing family... my husband Luke, my boys Noah and Finn, my talented sisters Karli and Rebecca and my amazing parents Don and Denise, for your unwavering support, advice and encouragement. Thank you endlessly. Watching on as “mum” for the first time yesterday was so very special and I feel now that pride and happiness on a whole new level. 

Happy holidays everyone. 

Love Miss Nicole xxxx


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