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Classical Ballet

TMDA offers Australian Conservatoire of Ballet classical ballet training and examination program, based on the Russian Vaganova method. This world renowned method teaches poise, grace, precise technical movements; strength and confidence, the mastering of classical ballet steps and the understanding of its ethereal qualities.


This is high energy, fun loving movement to popular music styles while learning and displaying a good technique. Strength and flexibility are essential and the brain learns to think very accurately and quickly.


Tap is a wonderful dance component that develops a particular dance skill all of its own while developing extraordinary musicality. Speed and articulation of movement becomes very exciting for students while enveloped in difficult but fun tap steps and movements.

Boys Tap

Classes available just for boys to concentrate on boy’s style and appreciation within their own class.

Hip Hop

The work taught at TMDA has been produced incorporating the latest innovative street dance as seen in music video clips and movies.


Jazz classes include training of contemporary style which is a genre of dance that employs systems and methods found in modern and post modern dance. Contemporary dance draws on modern dance techniques as well as newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical dance techniques by altogether omitting structured form and movement. The students mainly study Cunningham and Graham technique.

Musical Theatre

TMDA students are studying Musical Theatre through the ATOD syllabus

Cheer Leading

Cheer is highly motivation for students and involves tumbling, jumps, cheers, stunts, and dance


TMDA students take part in annual ballet, jazz, and tap examinations. Students receive above average results with 85% of the students receiving honours and distinction. Our Academy prides itself in training students to achieve very high technical ability through careful and consistent guidelines of how a dancers body should be managed and trained. This training produces very sound results while instilling in the students a desire for excellence within themselves and a firm foundation of the skills required and dedication a dancer needs to have a career in this field.

TMDA - Faculty

Anne Anderson – Principal

Anne began her dance training at the age of 5yrs in Southport, Qld. Anne’s main dance training was in classical dance and then progressing to further her knowledge in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Funk, National and Historical.

Anne danced professionally within Australia and internationally, and extended her classical training while training with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Minsk Choreographic School and in St. Petersberg.

She gained her Registered Teachers Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dancing and also gained distinction with ADPA Dance. Anne has gained her teaching certificate with Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and trains ballet students in the Vaganova method and jazz/tap students in the ATOD method.

Anne has been teaching for 25yrs beginning her own school in Launceston, then having the only dance school in Brunei. She did freelance teaching after returning to Australia and then after moving to Mount Tamborine, she took over the Tamborine Mountain Dance Academy.

Anne Laurich

Anne has gained her Advanced Diploma in Dance – ADPI - Honours and Honours with Distinction in training to complete her Advanced Level of jazz, tap and ballet with the ATOD. Anne has also danced internationally and within Australia increasing her knowledge and experience within the world of dance/choreography. Anne is teaching Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Stretch, Strengthening and Conditioning for Tamborine Mountain Dance Academy. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled teacher within our Academy. Anne is currently on her fifth contract dancing with Celebrity Cruise lines. Anne also dances as an Aerial Artist with Celebrity and Anne works as dance captain

Danica McKenzie

Cert 4 in Dance, ATOD Jazz/Tap, Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness, Trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, commercial jazz, ballet, musical theatre, acrobatic and cabaret. Gold Coast Titans Cheerleading, Movie World Character Dancer, Commonwealth Games Face Painter, Viva Surfers Paradise Dancer, Aerial Angels Corporate Event Dancer, Promotional Model

Emma Lowrie

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), RAD Registered Teacher, ATOD Jazz and Tap, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Senior Level. Emma is currently doing her Masters of teaching at QUT

Taylor Murphy

Australian Conservatoire of Ballet (Excellence), ACB Registered Teacher, ATOD Jazz/Tap. Taylor is currently doing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science