Our Philosophy

Balance Dance School’s philosophy is to provide a creative sanctuary that specialises in Early Childhood Dance. The focus of the dance classes is on the process rather than the product; expectations are removed in Toddler Creative Dance and Kinder Creative Ballet, offering children a supportive environment where they can learn to express themselves through imaginative dance and creative movement.
Following on from our unique early childhood dance courses we offer as a framework for our ballet classes the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Classical Ballet syllabus and Jazz for school age children. Balance Dance School’s classes are designed to nurture the emotional, cognitive and physical development of toddler, pre-school & school aged children.
Come and join in our fun-filled & inclusive classes your child will look forward to each week!

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Our Studio

Our boutique dance studio operates out of a timber floored hall located on the grounds of Bulimba Junior Rugby Club, in Bulimba St, Bulimba.

Our Team

Rebecca Wagner

Ballet Teacher ARAD RAD RTS

Rebecca is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She was born and raised in Toowoomba and commenced her dance training with RAD International Grade Examiner Dale Coles. While a student of Dales, Rebecca was accepted on the associate program of the Australian Ballet School.
Furthering her training Rebecca gained a Diploma in Dance at Dance World 301, Melbourne and a Diploma in Dance Performance at the NZ School of Dance, Wellington NZ. At the NZSD Rebecca was awarded the prestigious Todd Scholarship and joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet company dancing professionally, performing both nationally and internationally in many contemporary works and classical ballets.
Returning to Queensland, Rebecca was the principal teacher of Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance at the Toowoomba School of Dance dividing her time between Brisbane and Toowoomba. At the completion of an Honours Degree in Dance Education (UK) and two children later, Rebecca opened Balance Dance School in July 2011 in Bulimba, Brisbane – a unique boutique dance school specialising in Early Childhood Dance.

Alex Wagner

Alex commenced his training with Dorothy Curnow in Nowra NSW. He furthered his training gaining an Advanced Diploma at the Australian Ballet School and on graduation secured a coveted contract with The Australian Ballet.

Alex has had an illustrious 16 year career as a professional ballet dancer dancing with The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Dance North, Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, West Australian Ballet and as a Principal Dancer with the Queensland Ballet.

Alex is available on request for coaching classes.

Liane Harms

Ballet Teacher RAD RTS

Liane is a ballet teacher with many years experience under her belt. She operated her own dance school – Dance Expressions from 1999–2008 which was based in Bell, Jandowae and Dalby. She then taught at the Toowoomba School of Dance from 2009-2013. Liane has complete a Certificate in Ballet teaching studies, Royal Academy of Dance, Diploma of Education Studies and holds a Current first aid plus CPR certificate.

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Michelle Cosgrove

Jazz Teacher  – Members Teachers Certificate ATOD

Michelle studied Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD) Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz under studio founder and dance icon, Pamela Lennon, of Footworks Dance Academy in Brisbane. During this time, Michelle participated in countless eisteddfods and championships, and represented Queensland in the ATOD Australasian Scholarships in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In 1996, Michelle was awarded the ATOD Senior Australasian Tap Champion Scholarship.

Michelle, as a dance teacher, has over 20 years experience. She specialises in tap and jazz and holds an ATOD Members Teachers Certificate. Michelle has taught eisteddfod groups, classwork, prepared students for examinations, and private lessons. Notable achievements of Michelle’s ex-students range from awards and scholarships, acceptance into Australian Ballet School and perform in renowned professional companies such as Raw Dance Company.

In 2006, Michelle contributed to the development of the new teacher training program for ATOD Ltd.

Michelle started teaching at Balance in 2012. She lives locally in Teneriffe, with her husband and three little dancers.

Emma Graving

Ballet & Jazz Teacher

Emma successfully completed the Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams: Advanced 1 and Grade 8, learning under under Liane Harms, Dale Coles and Rebeca Wagner.

After completing Year 12 Emma was granted a Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology. She was awarded the scholarship as the highest ranked student in one of the additional entry courses within the Creative Industries faculty for 2012.

Emma completed 1 year of a Bachelor Fine Arts (Dance) at QUT.
Emma also volunteers at the Royal Brisbane Children’s Hospital in the Wonder Factory.

Emma started teaching at Balance in 2012

Eve Murphy

Ballet Teacher ARAD

Eve completed her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 2 & Grade 8 ballet exam and training under Dale Coles and Rebecca Wagner. She recently graduated QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance/Maths) with Distinction.

Eve has performed in the Empire Theatre production of Legally Blonde in 2016 and will perform in Wicked in 2017.