Sally Prendergast has over 25 years experience teaching dance. She has studied a Diploma of Dance Teaching & Studio Management, is a certified coach of the Acrobatic Arts AcroDance program, and is an Accredited Intermediate Gymnastics Coach and Supervisor with Gymnastics Australia.
Sally has also owned, operated and managed a number of performing arts related businesses. She has a diverse professional background within a variety of industries including retail sales, wholesale distribution, television and film production, contracts administration, sustainable development, education & training, business management and the performing arts.
Sally has taught dance to students from 2 years of age through to adults at all levels of ability in the styles of classical ballet, jazz/funk, contemporary, lyrical, tap dance, hip hop, AcroDance, Cheer-Dance and musical theatre. Sally also specialises in pre-school dance and has developed and delivered several dance programs for this age group. Sally regularly completes professional development to update her knowledge of Safe Dance practices, teaching methods, learning styles, child & adolescent development, anatomy, choreography techniques and more.
Sally has a long history in the creation and development of dance teacher training programs. She has spent many years mentoring student teachers and as part of the growth strategy within her own businesses has prioritised the development of ongoing teacher training programs to ensure teachers receive the required professional development to do their job well.
This growth strategy has been fundamental in providing students with the best possible standard of coaching as well as ensuring that customers receive the best possible standard of service at all times. Sally also keeps up to date with Safe Dance practices and is first aid trained.
Sally has been involved in a number of dance and performing arts associated businesses during her professional career including the management of dance studios, owning a dance & fitness inspired retail business, running an online wholesale dance costume business and owning/operating her own performing arts schools. Sally purchased her first performing arts education business in 1999 as a small dance school run out of a church hall in suburban Melbourne catering to approximately 60 students. That business grew in to a three-campus performing arts centre across regional Victoria and metro Melbourne. At its peak, it had over 1200 students, 40 staff, subleased to a number of associated businesses, produced regular events and offered a hub for all things related to dance, singing and acting.
Sally has extensive experience in the development of a number of purpose built commercial facilities for both her own dance studio as well as in consultation with other dance studios. She has had detailed involvement with both the hands on mechanics of setting up and managing dance studio facilities as well as the associated legal requirements including permits, licences and contracts with applicable stakeholders.
Sally is a member of Commerce North West as well as the Women In Motion Area Network in Mount Isa. She has previously taught dance in Mount Isa as part of the Mount Isa School of Dance team, as a dance skills instructor to both the North West Gymnastics Club as well as the Leichhardt Gymnastics Club, as a primary school dance in sports teacher, as a dance skills guest teacher at Dean Irish Dancers and as the owner of Dancers R Us, which was awarded the 2015 EMO Trans Northern Outback Business Award for Service Excellence.
Sally now brings DiLi – Dream it, Live it to Mount Isa. A dance school that offers an inclusive, nurturing and fun environment whilst also incorporating life skills into the structure of each lesson plan. These skills include team work, confidence, socialisation, musicality, fitness, strength, passion for the arts, cooperation, leadership, imagination and so much more! In its first year of operation, DiLi was awarded the Chamber Choice Award at the 2017 Northern Outback Business Awards. In 2018 DiLi was again recognised at the Northern Outback Business Awards winning the Service Excellence and Business Growth Awards. Sally Prendergast also took out the Customer Service Hero Award for the Skilled Sector.
In 2019, DiLi has been recognised again at the Northern Outback business Awards by being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Developed to acknowledge and celebrate consistency in superior business practices, the Hall of Fame concept recognises award recipients who have won at least one category in three separate years.
If you are looking for an activity that allows your child to develop a physical skill as well as a range of life skills in a supporting, encouraging and fun environment, contact Sally today at firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Jenny has over 20 years’ experience in the dance industry! She has trained extensively in classical ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance and has also danced professionally for several years with the Mark Steele Dancers in Australia and abroad.
Miss Jenny believes dance is in her soul – she doesn’t just ‘do’ dance… she ‘feels’ it!!
Miss Jenny has many years dance teaching experience and has a successful track record preparing students for eisteddfods, drill teams and cheer squads. She has also been a valued member of the DiLi teaching team for over a year.
Miss Jenny is passionate about the learning journey – she loves to see her students learning, gaining confidence, having fun and achieving goals! Miss Jenny describes herself as a happy person who likes to spread smiles, inspire others to be friendly & kind and believes in gratitude as a fundamental lesson in life!
Miss Moana has a long history working with children and is passionate about offering equal opportunity for all kids to do what they love – she believes strongly in developing a culture of inclusion and togetherness in her classes.
Miss Moana started dance in Sydney where she studied jazz, tap and ballet for ten years.
She then extended her training attending many workshops throughout Sydney with top choreographers as she developed her jazz and contemporary dance style and technique. Miss Moana has many years’ experience teaching dance in schools, running dance groups and choreographing for the rock eisteddfod. She has worked at Healy State School in Mount Isa for four years and has choreographed for Rock Pop Mime in Mount Isa.
Miss Moana is passionate about building self-esteem in the children she coaches and she loves that the lessons learned (physical, mental and emotional) become part of their inner voice. Miss Moana believes strongly in supporting the kids she teaches to move past their fears and loves seeing how her students feel about themselves when they achieve their goals.