What We Offer
We make performing a positive experience for students and parents alike. The music we use, the choreography we create, and the costumes we provide are always appropriate to the student's age. The hairstyles are simple and makeup is optional! No sewing of costumes is required, just a small costume fee. All rehearsals are held within regular class times, and the performance season itself is very short.
Auditions for the 2023 Performance Team will be held on 4th November 2022. Students aged 11 years and over are invited to audition. Please get in touch if you would like more information.
DanceSteppers assist in our Minis and Kids classes. We accept regular intakes of student leaders aged 11+, but there are a limited number of places available each term. Please contact us for further information or to find out when the next round of DanceStep applications opens.
World-class and industry-leading
Holly Diggle - Studio Owner and Director
She has extensive professional performance experience, having performed throughout Australia and toured internationally. Over the years she has worked with choreographers such as Elizabeth Cameron Dalmon (OAM), Graeme Watson, Michael Whaites, Cadi McCarthy, Bernadette Walong, Darren Green, Robyn Prichard, Meg Millband, Adelina Larsson and many more. Holly was nominated for an Australian Dance Award ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ for her work in Mirramu Dance Company’s ‘River’ and was awarded ‘Most Outstanding Choreography Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice Award’ for Contact Improvisation Performances in collaboration with Keira Mason-Hill for Short and Sweet Dance Festival. Holly was honoured to become one of the ‘faces’ of the ACT Public School Alumni and to be publicly acknowledged as a ‘Person of Note’ in 2014. The alumni list was initiated to acknowledge people educated through the ACT public school system who have gone on to become leaders in their chosen field. In 2018 Holly was a finalist in the Canberra Women in Business Awards. Holly has over two decades of teaching experience, ranging from dance studios, primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. She has also worked with refugee groups, women in recovery and youth at risk.
Holly’s specialty is Contemporary Dance, and she gives a strong, physical and technical class. Her teaching methodology is inspired and informed by the desire to provide a positive, confidence-building experience for her students. Holly is committed to her students' holistic development, both as dancers and as well-rounded and happy individuals.
Cara Martin - Customer Relations Manager
Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school dance competition known as Wakkakirri. Since then, Caitlin has taken contemporary, jazz, and ballet classes at Dance Northside. She has also been part of the Dance Northside Performance Team, allowing her to gain experience in other styles of dance and perform extensively across Canberra. Caitlin now works as Studio Administrator and teaches Kids Contemporary and Junior Contemporary, while undertaking a degree in International Relations at the Australian National University. She gains so much happiness from dance, and aims to inspire that same joy in her students.
Kasha also took tap dancing classes at Kim Harvey school of dance in 2016 to learn something new for a year whilst still at Dance Northside.
Kasha started as an assistant teacher in 2020, undergoing training with a number of Dance Northside staff. Kasha loves to share her passion with young dancers and is excited to see their smiling faces and watch them improve and have fun!