Sally Prendergast has over 30 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, eLearning course development & LMS implementation, 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 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 was 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.
DiLi currently offers online dance and movement classes for children and adults via the Digital Dance Project. We also offer virtual one on one coaching via Zoom to prepare dance students for competitions, scholarships and eisteddfods and for gymnastics students wanting to gain an edge over their competition.
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