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 preschool 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

icon-9 Rohanna Jones – Principal RAD RTS

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Rohanna began ballet at the age of 4 and has danced and taught for over 25 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 teacher’s 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 8 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.

 

icon-9 Alexandra Thorrington

unnamedAlex began regular dance classes at age 5, beginning in jazz and ballet. Continuing since then, she has competed and performed around Australia and internationally with highlights including Disneyland in California and The Sydney Eisteddfod. Alex’s favorite styles are (RAD) Ballet and Tap but also teaches Jazz and Contemporary to all ages and abilities, including disability and additional needs students.  Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Performance from Macquarie University, through which she studied contemporary dance techniques, choreographic practices, and performance skills. 

2020 will be Alex’s 6th year with RJPAA!

icon-9 Dominique Prasad

Dominique’s drive and passion for dancing/performing is 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. 

She undertook a three-month course with Tiana Canterbury training in various hip hop styles but mainly Dance Hall and Afro. In 2017, she landed her first job with Immaculate Productions and has been working as a dancer/entertainer for them ever since. These include gigs such as dancing at weddings and other corporate events for companies. 

Through 2017 and 2018 she collaborated with friends and created some videos to upload to social media as well as her 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. This has been the most important and influential training she has ever had and has helped her mold herself into the type of artist/performer she wants to be. Through the course, she was fortunate to be trained by international dancer/choreographer Lee Daniel and Sarah Burns who toured with Beyoncé for years as one of her dancers. 

Dominique thoroughly enjoys all styles of dance. Each style allows her to experiment with movement and each genre allows her to convey different parts of her bubbly and happy personality. Dominique is a versatile dancer and knows how to add her flare to various styles. Her strengths lie in Jazz, Commercial and Hip Hop but she is also trained in other styles such as Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Latin Fusion, and Dance Hall. 

Dominique’s work includes, Nutrimetics Awards Night Presentation 2015-Dancer Podium dancer for Mardi Gras 2017 at Star Bar, Dancer for Refugee Week 2017 for Ramos- (Humanity), Back up Dancer for Michael Jackson/Prince Tribute Shows 2017, Dancer for Joe Moda in his Italian Music Video 2016 (Pout), Flash Mob Dancer for Hornsby Westfield Spring Fashion Launch  and Dancer in Sam J’s Music video ‘Wanting to Move’ 2017, Dancer for Local Government Procurement Event 2017 – Immaculate Productions, Dancer for IBM Flash Drive Launch 2018 – Immaculate Productions, Blackmore’s Running Festival 2018- Cheerleader -Immaculate Productions and performed at various weddings through Immaculate Productions. 

 

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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
icon-9Edesa Massih

I have been classically trained through the RAD syllabus at Sonja Dene Dance Studios since the age of 4, participated in numerous performances over my many years of dancing. I have also been teaching ballet for over 2 years now.

The most rewarding part of teaching is being able to nurture my students’ love for ballet, and being able to watch them grow and progress as they dance.

 

 

 

 

icon-9Jessica Rigby

Studied and completed fulltime dance at Dargie Entertainment in 2019 being accredited with a Diploma of Dance in Elite Performance. In 2019 completed my RAD intermediate ballet exam. I have competed in physical culture from the age of 6, having placed 2nd at nationals in 2019 and 2018. 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. I love to share my knowledge and passion for dance with my students and watch them grow and develop.

 

 

 

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
$16.00 $15.00 $14.00 $13.00 $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 nonrefundable or transferable.

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