What We Offer
Holly Diggle - Studio 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 a decade 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. Following her young son Toby's birth, Holly incorporated Little Wigglers (originally Wiggle with Diggle), a class for dancers aged 18 months to 4 years, into the Dance Northside timetable.
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.
Laura Gerstenberg - Customer Relations Manager
Laura began her dancing journey at the age of two with the Jill Glanstonbury Ballet Academy. In 2007, when Dance Northside was established, Laura continued her dance education in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Laura was an active member of the Advanced Performance Team and enjoyed the opportunities to perform at locations around Canberra. Laura began her teacher training at just 13, working alongside Rebecca Allan to support the studio’s youngest dancers. Laura quickly went on to teach the Kids Creative Movement (now Minis Creative Movement) for several years before taking a break to focus on her studies. Laura was ecstatic to return to the studio in 2019 as a teacher, and more recently has taken on her role as the studio’s Customer Relations Manager. Laura is absolutely thrilled to be teaching classes in our Minis, Kids, Junior and Youth age groups. She is a strong believer in providing a supportive and welcoming studio environment. Outside of dance, Laura is a fully qualified social worker.
Caitlin met Holly in 2012, through the primary school dance competition known as Wakkakirri. Since then, Caitlin has taken nine years of contemporary classes and six years of jazz 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/Junior Contemporary and Dance Fundamentals, 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.
Our Dance Teachers
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. Our makeup requirements are minimal - in fact, 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 2022 Performance Teams are held annually. Students aged 11 years and over are invited to audition. Please get in touch if you would like more information.