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 is a fully registered and professional dance teacher with many years in the dance industry as a professional dancer.  She began her dance training at the age of 5yrs in Southport, Qld, with her main method of dance training being classical ballet and then progressing to also study Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Funk, National and Historical. Anne prides herself with the understanding of movement of the body through dance and finds great reward in sharing this understanding with her students.  Anne also stresses that although classical ballet in an equisite fine art and thus requires great artistry, all other forms of dance require their own form of artistry which allows all dance students to express themselves whether their preference is ballet or hip hop.

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 now coaches ballet students in the Vaganova method and jazz/tap students in the ATOD method.

Anne has been teaching for 35yrs 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 our resident guest dance teacher, teaching Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Stretch, Strengthening and Conditioning for Tamborine Mountain Dance Academy when she is home each year on leave from her professional dance contracts. We are very fortunate to have such a skilled professional dancer and teacher within our Academy. Anne is currently on her 7th contract dancing with Celebrity Cruise lines. Anne also dances as an Aerial Artist with Celebrity and Anne works as dance captain

Emily Rose Carter

ATOD jazz/Contemporary, ACB Senior Level

Emma Lowrie

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance), RAD Registered Teacher, ATOD Jazz and Tap, Australian Conservatoire of Ballet Senior Level, Masters of Teaching at QUT

Poppy Todd

ATOD Jazz & Tap Advanced Certificate, Contemporary. ACB Ballet