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About Us

Deanne Fordham School of Dance (DFSD) was established in 2001 and offers classes in:

  • BALLET (Borovansky & Vaganova)
  • JAZZ
  • TAP
  • ACRO

The Principal, Deanne Fordham, leads a team of professional and dedicated instructors with over 50 years' experience in the performing arts. And with Mt Waverely School of Ballet joining us in 2019 we now also offer an advanced ballet program which not only includes the Borovansky syllabus but also the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet syllabus based on the Vaganova method. We have also warmly welcomed their principal Miss Lynette Mirims (AICD Examiner & Fellowship Member) to our team of instructors as head ballet teacher as well as her teaching staff giving our ballet students an array of professionals guiding them on their dance journey.

In all we have over 250 students and every student's needs are important to us, we aim to nuture the love of dance in every pupil. We offer examinations, assessments, student choreography competitions and end of year concerts in all styles of dance to further our students potential.

Studio Location

5/19-23 Clarinda Road, Oakleigh South

Our studio is a large, purpose designed unit offering 3 dance studios with viewing windows, sprung flooring, mounted barres, mirrors, air-conditioning and quality sound systems.

The studio boasts a large parent’s wait area with a cafe and on-site uniform shop with a professionally staffed reception area.

Principals Message

"We seek to promote dance as an art form and we aim to provide our students the opportunity to participate and view dance as an educational tool, recreational activity, and performing art. One of our core motivations is to stimulate the imagination of our students - to understand their potential artistic talent, and to encourage self-confidence & personal growth."

What’s On

Now taking limited enrolments for Term 3 2019 and taking expressions of interest and offering FREE TRIAL LESSONS for 2020.

To enrol or book a FREE trial class please call 0425 725 075 or email [email protected]

Introducing our NEW Pre-School Program "Dainty Dancers". Written and devised by our principal, the program is specifically designed for 3-4 years olds and is in it's 4th year running. For more information click on the CLASSES tab or call 0425 725 075 to speak to our principal directly.

We were lcuky to have 10 DFSD dancers touring USA performing in the Disneyland Parade, performing on the Disney stage, Universal Studios and Hollywood Boulevard. A dream come true for these dancers! Please like our Facebook and Instagram pages to see their wonderful adventure!

DFSD Accolades

Congratulations Victoria T. on a successful audition into GREASE The Musical. Victoria has been studying ballet, jazz & tap at DFSD for over 3 years and looks certain to have a career in Musical Theatre. Well done!

Congratulations to Tamsyn H. & Amy W. on successfully completing their Jazz Teaching Certificates through the Asia Dance Pacific Dance Syllabus. A wonderful qualification to have obtained after many years of studying jazz with us.

Congratulations to Mary Mae on receiving the Special Award medal for her Grade 2 AICD Ballet examination.

Congratulations to the 13 students who received the GOLD AWARD (98+) for their Glenn Wood Tap Examinations.

Congratulations Leah C. on a successful audition into Lion King Jnr!

Madison C. also successfully auditioned into Madagascar!

Why Choose Us?

* DFSD has been successfully running in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs for over 10 years.

* Our instructors are highly qualified and have a passion for teaching children and adults.

* We run from our own professionally fitted out studio.

* Our Term Fees are competitively priced.

* Our concerts are a breeze with no costume making for parents and costume hire fees as low as $25!

* We have over 30 classes per week to choose from.

* And lastly, our students love to dance and we encourage ALL children to participate in the art of dance and the performing arts.