Our Teachers


We are lucky to run one of the most sought-after dance teacher faculty in Western Australia, if not the whole of Australia. Our teachers have trained and worked extensively around the world from London to New York, across L.A. and Madrid, and more.

They’ve danced on some of the world’s biggest stages from Covent Garden to Sydney Opera House. Now they continue the legacy of their own teachers, passing their experience and knowledge to students in our classes.

Our teachers are specialists in their specific genres and understand that adult and mature-aged dancers learn differently from children and teenagers. Their pedagogy is rooted in ensuring safe dance practices following appropriate execution of technique while embracing the artistry and enjoyment dance can bring.

Ashanti Bala

Ashanti is the Director of The Dance Workshop. She began her dance training in Perth in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Flamenco. At the age of 18 Ashanti completed her Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dance Theatrical Student Teachers Diploma, and later completed the Spanish Dance Institute Teaching certificate.

Dee Dee Luscious

Dee Dee Luscious has had a love for the performing arts since her kinder years. Dancing, singing and acting she is a general stage hog and enjoys seeing others find their passion in what makes them happy.

Emma Macmillan

Profile coming soon


At the age of fifteen, he entered the Beijing Modern Academy of Music to study dance and studied under Greenteck, one of the best world hip-hop champions in history. 

Leanne Driel

Leanne Driel is a premier tap dancer and teacher in Perth with over 20 years of experience, known for her fun and musical tap classes, swinging style, and dedication to sharing the history and joy of tap dance.

Louise Azarian

Louise started ballet lessons at the age of three from the late Madame Kira Bousloff (founder of the West Australian Ballet Company) and later Madame Gundi Ferris. As a young ballet student Louise worked as a teacher assistant for both Kira and Gundi’s schools.

Lucy Whitfield

Lucy began her training at the age of 3 in Classical Ballet, Modern and Tap at ‘The Warrington School of Dance’ in Leicester, UK. After discovering her passion for contemporary dance during her studies at Lutterworth College she went on to gain a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Performance from Middlesex University, London

Chris Dodson

Chris Dodson is originally from Perth and trained at The Performance Company and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He spent 13 years performing all around the globe from the USA, UK, Europe, China and Australia in various musical theatre and dance production shows, live theatre and cabaret-circus spectaculars.

Daryl Brandswood

Daryl teaches and coaches many young dancers from around Perth, as well as taking Adult contemporary and Ballet classes and guest teaching at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Deby Holmes

Currently on the inaugural dance panel of the Performing Arts WA awards, on faculty  at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and proudly part of the dance family at The Dance Workshop, Deby mentors, teaches and choreographs  multi-generation of dancers in WA.

Denise Nunn

Denise began her dance training in NSW studying both Classical Ballet and Ballroom and Latin Dancing (achieving Solo Star ISFD). Focusing on ballet, she achieved her Solo Seal (RAD) and was awarded the RAD Scholarship for Australia to train at the Royal Ballet School, London.

Justin McNamara

Justin McNamara has been singing, dancing and acting from an early age, undertaking vocal, dance and acting training with many of the most distinguished teachers in their field, both in Perth and nationally.

Karen Mooney

Karen Henderson is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. Trained in ballet from an early age it was her first teacher, Eleanor Hay, who suggested she take up Spanish dance at nine years of age.

Laura Pedro

Laura Pedro is qualified in the International Character Dance Syllabus, having been mentored by Ms Alida Segal in Moscow Russia.

Lisa Tronchin

Profile coming soon

Mckenzie Goldsmith

McKenzie Goldsmith is a passionate and positive teacher and choreographer who loves to create, motivate and inspire people to become lifelong dancers.

Peter Cumins

Originally from Perth, Peter moved to London at 17 years of age to train at the prestigious ArtsEd, where he gained his BA in Musical Theatre.

Rafaela Lico

Rafaela is an established Perth performer/ choreographer and the founder and director of Elysian Creative. In 2020 she directed and choreographed her debut show “The Underground”. Rafaela is passionate about teaching and making her students feel strong, empowered and provide them with quality training.

Ram Seewooruthun

Ram began his training in contemporary, and jazz dance technique. Seeking further artistic fulfilment he later trained in Kathak- a style of Classical Indian Dance.

Stacy Teuber

Stacy completed a Certificate IV in Dance in 2014 and a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in 2015 in contemporary, ballet and jazz at The Space School of Performance Arts in Melbourne.

Vivienne Stodel

Vivienne commenced dancing at the age of 5 in South Africa. She graduated from the Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music, one of the first performing arts schools of the time.