Learning to dance in a safe and caring environment.

Welcome to RJ Performing Arts Academy.

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.

Offering classes to students from 3 years of age, we have a diverse range of styles and levels, suitable for the dancer who wants to dance for fun, fitness, and friends. Or for those dancers who wish to make a career out of dance.  

We pride ourselves on our excellent faculty of teachers, the high-quality dance instruction, age-appropriate content, performance, and exam opportunities we offer our dancers. 

Give us a call today, you won’t be disappointed.

Here at RJ Performing Arts, we are committed to ensuring our dancers and community remain safe during these uncertain times. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss our COVID-19 class procedures and additional policies we have in place to protect us all during these difficult times.

RJ Performing Arts is a registered COVID safe business, and you can find our COVID-19 business safety plan here

 

Teaching Faculty 2021

icon-9 Rohanna Jones – Principal RAD RTS

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Rohanna began ballet at the age of four and 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 examination with the Royal Academy of Dance, before going on to achieve her teachers’ certificate (CBTS) with the RAD.

Although ballet remains Rohanna’s first love, she has also trained extensively in Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Drama, and Singing.

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 feels exceptionally lucky to be able to provide a safe and nurturing space for her dancers and loves watching them grow throughout their journey.

Miss Rohanna is currently teaching at the West Pennant Hills and Castlecrag venues, taking a range of classes from Pre-Primary ballet to Intermediate ballet, jazz, acro and contemporary.

 

icon-9Dominique Prasad

Dominique’s drive and passion for dancing/performing are seen through her versatility, stage presence, and genuine love for creating. Growing up she trained at Constant Groove Dance Studio and trained by teachers such as Danielle Cook, Zoey Black, Natasha Marconi, Jessica Smithson, and Daryl Morante, just to name a few. She has been dancing for over fourteen years. After completing her Certificate IV in Dance at

Brent Street in 2016 she continued broadening her training as a dancer and started experimenting more with her choreographic abilities.

Through 2017 and 2018 she collaborated with friends and created some videos to upload to social media as well as her own video that she choreographed and styled. In 2018, she also was fortunate to be cast in Marko Panzic’s and Katie’s Sanchez’s course, The Dream Show/Business 2018. We are thrilled that Miss Dom will continue teaching on Mondays in our West Pennant Hills venue.

 

icon-9Kirstin Jeftha

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 by 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 cheerleading.

Miss Kirstin is excited to continue teaching on Wednesday at our West Pennant Hills venue.

 

icon-9Liesl Friis


Liesl began ballet at the age of 5 with the dream of becoming a ballerina. She has danced for over 11 years, attending Amplified Performing Arts Academy before moving to RJ Performing Arts Academy in 2017.

Liesl has taken elective dance at Castle Hill High School where she has gained experience in lyrical, contemporary, and jazz. Through teaching Liesl hopes to inspire and help dancers to achieve their dreams.

Miss Liesl is currently teaching on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at our West Pennant Hills venue.

 
icon-9Jessica Rigby

Currently studying Bachelor of Dance in 2021 with AMPA, graduating in 2022. Graduated with a Diploma of Dance in Elite Performance from Dargie Entertainment in 2019. Opportunities were provided during this course to perform at the Sydney Salsa and Mambo Festival and the “Cirque by Night” Melbourne Cup Day performance. In 2019 completed her RAD Intermediate ballet exam. Works for Pistachio Entertainment performing for kids parties, corporate events and promotional gigs.

Competed in physical culture, or commonly known as Physie from the age of 6, having been apart of many winning teams but most recently being announced the State Champion of her age division in 2020 for BJP. Was selected to be one of the performers on the 2021 members syllabus DVD for the Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA). Placed 2nd at nationals in 2019 and 2018 and 4th in 2017 in individual competition for APDA.

Competed in AASCF Dance in the styles of pom, jazz, and lyrical in groups and duos. During this time Jess competed at Nationals in 2020 with her Pom duo placing 3rd as well as her self-choreographed Jazz duo also placing 3rd.

Competed in dance Eisteddfods as an individual and in groups in various styles of contemporary, lyrical, jazz, and hip hop. Choreographed the Junior Dance Ensemble at Davidson High School in 2018. 

Jess loves to share her knowledge and passion for dance with her students and watch them grow and develop into confident dancers. Miss Jess is currently teaching on Wednesdays in our Castlecrag venue.

 

 

icon-9 Lachlan Imber

Lachlan has trained in all areas of the performing arts since the age of 10. After high school, he then studied full-time at ED5 International training under William Forsythe, Leslie Bell, Nathan Sheens, Michael Corbett, and many others.

From there he moved overseas on a Dancer contract with Tokyo Disneyland in 2020. Since returning Lachlan has signed with Presley Management and in 2021 will be joining The Dream Show Business under the direction of Marko Panzic.

Lachlan loves teaching the future generation of dancers and passing on his knowledge, he is super excited to be joining the team and will be teaching on Wednesdays in our West Pennant Hills venue.

 

icon-9Bianca Zlotkowski

Bianca began ballet at the age of 2 and has studied extensively in ballet under the Royal Academy of Dance, achieving excellent results in all examinations. After successfully completed her graded exams (1 – 4), Bianca has now moved onto her vocational levels and is currently studying for her RAD Intermediate examination.

She has also studied Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip Hop under the guidance of Miss Rohanna and Miss Dom.

After being awarded RJ’s ‘Most Improved’ perpetual award in 2014 she went on to play the White Queen in the 2015 production of Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy in the 2017 production of Wizard of Oz, and the Black Swan in the 2019 production of Swan Lake.

Bianca has been teacher training in class alongside Miss Rohanna since 2019 and is excited to begin her teaching journey under the continued guidance of her teachers. Bianca will be teaching on Saturdays in our West Pennant Hills venue.

icon-9Holly Beggs

Holly began dancing at a young age and found her love for dancing instantly.

She has been trained and mentored by a variety of different dance studios and teachers in the Hills district. Holly has performed in front of an audience of over 30,000 people as a Parramatta eels pom squad member; and throughout high school took dance as an elective which has helped her gain experience in a variety of genres including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and cheerleading.

Throughout high school, Holly has had the privilege to work closely with her dance teacher assisting and choreographing routines that were performed at a variety of showcases and eisteddfods. Holly is excited to commence her teaching journey with RJ Performing Arts in 2021 “I have always had a passion for dance, and I am excited for this opportunity to mentor my students and inspire them to grow and develop confidence as dancers.”

Miss Holly will be teaching on Saturdays at our West Pennant Hills venue.

 

Fees and Enrollment Details

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), which is 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:

1st class per week  2nd class per week  3rd class per week 4th class per week 5th class per week
$16.50 $15.50 $14.50 $13.50 $12.00

There is an annual enrollment fee of $40 for one child and $60 for two children. This enrollment fee is included in your first invoice of the year and covers your child for:

•  Accident insurance

•  Music licensing

•  Awards

•  End of year trophies

•  Yearly admin time

Fees are non-refundable or transferable.

Refunds will not be issued for missed classes due to cancellation or public holidays where possible, we will endeavor to arrange make-up lessons for classes canceled by RJ Performing Arts Academy or will offer an alternative class.
If you wish to withdraw from classes at RJ Performing Arts Academy, notice must be given in writing 4 weeks before the withdrawal date.
Where notice is given less than 4 weeks before a new term commences (I.E., during the school holidays) you will be invoiced for 4 weeks tuition from the date of notice. Students may continue to attend classes after notice has been received by the academy up to your confirmed withdrawal date.
We are unable to refund term payments if a student decides to withdraw from midterm.

Active and Creative Kids Vouchers

RJ Performing Arts Academy is a registered provider of both the active and creative kids NSW government vouchers.

Simply send us your voucher (sent via email from ‘Service NSW’) and we can process this for you.

Please note that two NSW active kids’ vouchers cannot be used within the same term, however creative and active kids’ vouchers can be used together at the same time.

For our full terms and conditions, fees, payment methods, and everything else please take a look at our parent handbook:

Parent Handbook