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“A Place for Everyone to Shine”

For 33 years The Dancers’ Academy of Ingham has been entertaining and inspiring people of the Hinchinbrook Shire. 

Aside from a brief period, nearly ten years ago, when the principal and founder Joanne Stubbins had her battle with Cancer (and won!), and the Academy temporarily closed its doors.  The Academy provides a safe, judgement-free zone where we strive to nurture the dancer’s creativity and encourage a challenge. 

The Dancers’ Academy whose home is the Herbert River District Band Centre, 59 McIlwraith Street – prides its self at being innovative and creative. We have two studios there and although it is not air-conditioned the abundance of doors and windows allow for excellent natural ventilation. 

We have brought many firsts to the Ingham district including Zumba, Burlesque, varied Adult classes, Fusion Movement and Extension/Arco Dance.  Joanne was also one of the founding members of the Ingham Arts Festival, formerly Maraka Junior Arts.  Although, due to COVID the local competition did not take place this year – Joanne who is still on the committee, is working along with others to make 2021 bigger and better for the youth in our community!

A group from the 1992 Dancer’s Academy concert with many original members of the Dancer’s Academy including Kate Venables (far-right), who went on to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and continues to have a career involving the Arts.

“A Place for Everyone to Shine” is our motto we strive for at the Academy.  Although in the past 33 years, we have had several dancers proceed to follow their dreams and become professional dancers or teachers. We hope that everyone can dance the dream and shine brightly!  The benefits of dance/movement are phenomenal and include not only the obvious physical benefits but the mental and social aspects. 

The Dancers’ Academy teaches many different styles, and we start training at 18 months to the active senior.  Ballet, Jazz, Tap (including Adults), Contemporary/Lyrical, Hip Hop/Commercial Jazz, Extension (Acro), Celtic Fitness (Highland), Fusion Movement (stretch and strength), Burlesque and the new classes Dance Well.

Dance Well was the newest addition to our timetable this year.  Working under the Dance Health Alliance banner, this class is designed for those who love music.  Dancers may have movement restriction, recovering from injury, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, wheelchair-bound etc.  It has also been a good way for people to get people moving after lockdown.  It is useful to move, sing and maybe have a laugh or two.  Joanne hopes to take a similar class (called Dance Wise), designed for those with the challenges listed above and including Dementia to the nursing homes in 2021. If there is enough interest in the Adult Jazz/Hip Hop class may resume again in 2021.  Or maybe an Adults Dance Fitness Class will be a new addition. Song and Dance Classes may also make a return!

With 2020 being an interesting year, holding a live concert was always in question—a decision needed to be made early, whether or not to hold dance examinations or a concert.  As the concert is a major highlight of the year, involving the majority of the dancers – it was decided to go ahead with the live shows.  We are excited to bring you another performance weekend, filled with varied styles and choreography.  We have embraced the challenges that COVID has brought and a looking forward to our “different” concerts.

Due to COVID restrictions, limited tickets can be sold.  Purchasing multiples of two for family members or carpooling friends is appreciated. As you would expect, the first option for tickets went to the members of the Academy.  The remaining tickets are now available for purchase from the Ingham Sewing Centre, Palm Terrace. 

Don’t miss your chance to see this terrific show. “Stars in Your Eyes”. It will be a performance to entertain from start to finish.  Even if you don’t personally know anyone who is part of the concert – you will enjoy it.

All tickets are $20 each.  All three concerts are the same and will be approximately 2.5 – 3 hours in length.  You will need to provide contact details at purchase (one person is fine).

If you would like to find out more about the concerts or any more about the Dancers’ Academy of Ingham, please contact Joanne Stubbins.  Mobile:  0471 773 783 or Email:

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