Learning to dance in a safe and caring environment.
Welcome to RJ Performing Arts Academy the Hills boutique ballet and dance school.
Our dedicated and passionate team strives to impart their love and knowledge of dance to the next generation of students, creating an atmosphere rich with imagination, understanding, and creativity.
We cater for students from 2.5 years of age and up, our specialized pre school program is the perfect start for your little one. All our Classical Ballet Classes are run under the RAD syllabi with all classes being taught by a qualified teacher.
We have a 100% pass rate in examinations held under the RAD with over 70% receiving distinction!
We also offer fun and energetic Jazz and Hip-Hop classes for all ages. Here at RJ Performing Arts Academy, your child’s dance education is important to us, we aim to give each pupil one on one attention and ensure they learn to dance and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.
We also have a highly trained faculty of staff
Rohanna Thurgood – Principal RAD RTS
Rohanna began ballet at the age of 4 and has danced for over 15 years.
She studied full time ballet at the ‘Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy’ and has danced and competed throughout Australia and overseas. Rohanna completed her Advanced 2 exam with the Royal Academy of Dance, the RAD’s most prestigious exam receiving Honours. Before going on to achieve her teachers certificate (CBTS) with the RAD. Rohanna has been lucky enough to work with world renowned choreographers such as, Paul Boyd, Tanya Pearson and Jason Coleman to name a few. Although ballet remains Rohanna’s first love, she has also trained extensively in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Drama and Singing.
Rohanna has now been a fulltime ballet teacher and studio owner for over 4 years, and counts herself blessed to be able to work so closely with the art form that she loves. Dedicated and passionate Rohanna strives to impart her love and knowledge of dance to the next generation of students, creating an atmosphere rich with imagination, understanding, and creativity. She hopes that RJ Performing Arts can become a haven and sanctuary for children to grow and achieve.
Miriam Yousif aka Mims is a well-rounded dancer. She was trained in RAD ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She has worked with Apl De Ap (Black Eyes Peas), Far East Movement, opened for Jennifer Lopez, and has recently performed with Xfactor, Nathaniel and was featured in The Voice Winner Anja’s brand new music video, Triumph.
Alongside her 7 years’ experience as a professional commercial dancer is her love for teaching children. She is a graduate of a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising but changed her career to teaching dance. She is currently an early childhood teacher, and believes that taking dance classes doesn’t only teach children how to dance, it also teaches them compassion, determination and discipline whilst having fun.
She has choreographed for a number of artists/singers all across the world, and has won in several competitions including jazz and hip hop. Not to mention, a resident coach in her jazz and hip hop competing team from numerous high schools in Sydney.
Miss Mims is very delighted to teach and cannot wait to do another year of fabulous dancing.
Growing up on the Central Coast, Alex commenced dance lessons at age 5 beginning with jazz and musical theatre. Soon finding a passion for classical dance, she turned her focus to Ballet (RAD), whilst also excelling in Jazz, Tap and Contemporary, competing in Eisteddfods across NSW as part of a group and a soloist. In 2008, Alex toured the West Coast of USA, performing at Disneyland and attending lessons by some of the biggest names in dance in the US, across all genres.
Alex has continued to pursue a career in the arts, taking out 1st place in Higher School Certificate Drama in 2013 and currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University. In 2016 she endeavours to complete her ATOD teaching certificate in Tap and RAD Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies to give her students the best possible coaching. She is delighted to be teaching a variety of dance genres at RJPAA.
After finishing high school I was fortunate enough to get into Brent St and was trained by some of Australia’s best dancers, choreographers, singers and actors. These included: Lucas Newland, Kate Wormald, Lisa Callingham, Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Tannos, Bec Morris, Rob and Dave Mclean, Cat Santos, Alice Robinson, Mitchell Woodcock, Robbie Kmetoni, Stephen Perez, Darren Mapes, Lynsey Waugh, Teneill Wilson, Margi De Ferranti, Craig Ilott, Matt Gode, Cassie Barto just to name a few. At Brent St, I completed my Certificate IV in Dance in 2016, through the Triple Threat Course.
Some work includes dancer for Nutrimetics Awards Night 2015, NU SKIN Corporate Gig 2016, Italian Music Video 2016, Spring Fashion Launch Flash Mob for Hornsby Westfield, Flash Mob for Rove McMacnus ABC 2016, Podium Dancer at Mardi Gras for Star Bar 2017.
With over 17 years of dancing experience in all genres, and 6 years of dance teaching experience Kirstin currently holds a bachelor of dance majoring in jazz and is currently studying a bachelor of dance education. Being taught be some of the best in the industry has allowed Kirstin to grow as a teacher and choreographer.
Having performed in Hong Kong representing Australia at the age of 16, and then going on the perform in ‘fast and fresh, short and sweet’ festival. Other performances include major dance pieces, Christmas gigs and cheer leading.
Fees and Enrollment Details
45 minutes to 1-hour tuition:
30 minutes tuition:
Discounted Lessons for 1 full term (9, 10, 11 weeks):
School fees are issued by the end of week 1 of the term, invoices are sent out termly with the amount (9, 10 or 11 weeks tuition), being due by week 2. Should you need to organize a payment plan, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to invoice monthly or fortnightly to assist you with your payments.
45 minutes to 1-hour tuition:
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There is an annual enrollment fee of $35 for one child and $55 for two children. This enrollment fee is included in your first invoice of the year and covers your child for:
• Accident insurance
• Music licensing
• End of year trophies
• Yearly admin time
Fees are non refundable or transferable.