Best Dance Instructors in Newcastle

Below is a list of the top and leading Dance Instructors in Newcastle. To help you find the best Dance Instructors located near you in Newcastle, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Newcastle’s Best Dance Instructors:

The top rated Dance Instructors in Newcastle are:

  • Heidi McKenzie – Heidi’s School of Dance
  • Ylanda Robinson – Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio
  • Louise Wilkinson – Australian Dance & Talent Centre

Heidi McKenzie – Heidi’s School of Dance

Heidi McKenzie - Heidi's School of Dance
Heidi McKenzie – Heidi’s School of Dance. Source: Screenshot from

Heidi McKenzie began dancing at the age of three and studied at the Marie Walton Mahon Dance Academy. She studied as a full-time student at the school, completing her Advanced Ballet qualification with the Royal Academy of Dance, before earning placement at the Queensland University of Technology for their Associated Dance Diploma programme.

Heidi’s lifelong dream was to become a dance teacher, and after returning to Newcastle and teaching for several schools, she achieved this by opening Heidi’s School of Dance in 1995. She is also a mother of two beautiful boys.

Heidi is a member of the British Ballet Organisation and continues to maintain her training through yearly attendance at the National Dance Week. Her students have participated in Starstruck, McHappy Day, Mattara, Dance Festival, the Rock Eistedfodd Challenge and more. Their dancers have also featured in productions such as Weird Al Yankovic and High School Musical. They have been successful in local and state eisteddfods.


Classical, Jazz & Contemporary


Address: 18 Hall St, Newcastle West NSW 2302
Phone: (02) 4929 7172


“This place is the best for ages 3 and up for all grades I am in grade 3 going up to grade4 miss Heidi is a amazing teacher same as all the other ones.” – Chloe Peattie

Ylanda Robinson – Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio

Ylanda Robinson - Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio
Ylanda Robinson – Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio. Source: Screenshot from

Ylanda Robinson or Miss Ylanda, Owner and Principal of Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio has been dancing for over 3 decades. Styles that she has studied over these years include Jazz, Acro Dance, Contemporary, Pointe, Tap, Ballet, Pom,  Hip Hop, Funk, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue.

Ylanda has been teaching for the studio for over 2 decades now, with winning the final step in 2007 as becoming the Principal of Maxi-Jazz Dance Studio with Maxine. As well as learning and teaching dance, Ylanda has performed at different events throughout New South Wales, and has competed in Ballroom competitions all over Australia.

Miss Ylanda took 9 of her students to participate in their USA Dance Tour in January 2012 and 16 students in 2014 with performances at Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios in LA. She and her students also took part in classes at The Edge Dance Studio in Broadway and LA in New York. In December 2016, she performed alongside 22 of her students on the Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. Miss Ylanda says that these trips are an opportunity of a lifetime for herself and the students. They had an amazing time dancing in Disneyland and Universal Studios and learnt so much from the amazing teachers in the USA dance studios.

Miss Ylanda has dedicated her life to dance and Maxi-Jazz, and enjoys nothing more than to see her students having fun, getting fit and confident by doing something they enjoy. She is like a proud mum of each and every student, every time they step onto the stage to perform.


Acro Dance, Ballet, Cheerdance & Pom, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap,  Technique, Tiny Tumblers


Address: 117/7 Council St, Wallsend NSW 2287
Phone: (02) 4955 5502


“My Daughter is about to start her 5th year at Maxi Jazz Dance. We have had the chance to watch our little girl age 6 to now 11 build confidence, trust, leadership, Teamwork and so much more since she started dancing with Maxi Jazz Dance Studio. The teachers are so supportive and always making it fun. They have so many different options to pick from Mini moves to competitions classes. She had the opportunity to dance on a cruise Ship at the end of the year and we are looking forward to starting again. Maxi Jazz Dance Studio is by far one of the most supportive, welcoming dance centre we have seen. Miss Ylanda & Miss Maxine is always working on ways the Studio can develop and grow the dances opportunity’s. The girls have dance at a number of shows, fetes, fundraisers around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. We recommend Maxi Jazz Dance to everyone of all ages and ability.” – Christy Standen

Louise Wilkinson – Australian Dance & Talent Centre

Louise Wilkinson - Australian Dance & Talent Centre
Louise Wilkinson – Australian Dance & Talent Centre. Source: Screenshot from

Louise Wilkinson has been a professional in the entertainment industry for some 20 years. An accomplished dancer and vocalist, she spent her formative training period under the dance direction of Marie Walton Mahon, training in all aspects of modern contemporary ballet and Jazz, before adding singing to her performance repertoire in the late 80’s under the direction of Rita Sco and classical training under the direction of Miss Narelle Davidson.

Louise has appeared in many performance including the Sydney dance act, Commitments Big Band, L.S.I. and numerous bands and trios around the Hunter. She has supported international Dance act Le Bouche, rock n roll icon Izzzy Dye and guitar prodigy Nathan Cavaliri.

She has lent her talents to many corporate events throughout the Hunter including Lake Macquarie City Carols, Model For Life for the Spastic Centre,  Newcastle Council citizenship ceremonies, to name a few. She is a consultant for Newcastle TAFE’s Music Industry Skills course and its Performing Arts course. In addition, Louise has staged managed and produced many key events, including entertainment for NBL team, the Newcastle Jets, the Pirates, The Parramatta Eels, Lake Macquarie Council amongst others. She has directed some of the famous names in the Australian Music Industry including Daryl Braithwaite, Marcia Hines, Becky Cole and the Potbelleez.

Louise was floor and entertainment manager for the historic Jets V LA Galaxy match at a sold out Australia Stadium, hosting David Beckham. She has successfully lead Fusion Performing Arts in Newcastle for the last fifteen years, before bringing her skills set to the rapidly developing ADTC in late 2015. She loves fostering young talent and producing industry standard performers.

Standing only 5ft tall Louise has an obsession with high heels and has an eclectic and impressive collection.


Term 1 Short Courses, Commercial Hip Hop, Senior Advanced Commercial Jazz, Adult Tap, Pre Professional “Ignite” Performance Team, After School Dance Classes, Preschool Dance Classes


Address: 16 Torrens Ave, Cardiff NSW 2285
Phone: (02) 4954 9477


“We just finished our first year with Australian Dance And Talent Center and can’t speak highly enough of it!! The staff were professional and caring. My daughter came out of her shell across the year and to see her perform in her very first dance concert was one of the greatest experiences a mother can have.” – Anne Forbes

Laura Ebeling
Laura Ebeling
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