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 3 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 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.
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 email@example.com
Miss Chelsea has many years’ experience coaching gymnastics and is passionate about helping her students to achieve their goals! She loves supporting her students as they work through the steps required to become well rounded performers.
Miss Chelsea has over 14 years’ experience as a gymnast training up to level 7 in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.
She has represented the state gymnastics team twice and was a regional champion and a state qualifier three years running. Miss Chelsea has coached both recreational and competitive gymnastics. She is an accredited Intermediate gymnastics coach as well as an accredited Intermediate gymnastics judge. Miss Chelsea is also a certified coach of the Acrobatic Arts AcroDance program and has completed workshops in the specific coaching requirements of Aerials & Back Handsprings for dance. She has also studied safe teaching techniques required for correct flexibility and stability training for dancers through the Acrobatic Arts program.
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.
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.
Miss Pauline has a Cert III in Children’s Services and has worked in the childcare industry for over seven years. She is dedicated to holistic education and in nurturing physical, emotional, social and cognitive development in children.
Miss Pauline has been a beginner gymnastics coach for a year and is currently working towards gaining an intermediate gymnastics coaching accreditation.
Miss Pauline is passionate about ninja gym, FreeG (fusing traditional gymnastics and acrobatic tricks with kicks and leaps) and toddler gym, but her biggest passion is the inclusion of children of all abilities in all sports.
Miss Pauline will be heading up our Ninja Kids program at DiLi in 2019 and we are super excited to have such a generous, passionate and inspired teacher as part of the DiLi team!!
Miss Teela has a Diploma in Events and Business Management as well as a Bachelor of Primary Education and she currently heads the Arts department at Sunset State School for all students Prep – Year 6.
Miss Teela is a creative person and teaching the arts is her dream job as she gets to inspire and have fun with her students as they explore music, drama, dance, visual and media arts.
Miss Teela worked as a carer at an after-school care facility for nine years and was a Girl Guide leader for seven years. She has experience in Jazz, Ballroom and Highland dance and has always harboured a dream of being a Wiggle some day! Miss Teela is passionate about all things nature as well as inspiring creativity in her students.