International Dance Affair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dance teachers in North Mackay

 

 
Good dance teachers can make all the difference in a person’s life. We believe that a great teacher will inspire a child to keep trying when things get hard, and will encourage them to try new things, take risks and offer praise for a job well done. Our dance teachers are passionate and truly love every aspect of teaching and fully enjoy the experience of passing their enthusiasm onto the next generation. We have a real passion for dance, and love bestowing that drive and enjoyment to others.
 
Our dance teachers are highly trained and are fully qualified in their areas of expertise. We take each student's needs into consideration, so whether you are wanting a future competitive or professional career in dance, or you are looking for a new way to have some fun or physical activitiy, we are here to motivate and inspire you to reach your goals.
 
Additionally, we will help guide you along the way as you progress from a beginner to a senior dancer, offering encouragement, opportunities and challenges to keep you on your toes, literally!
 
Come and join our current students who enjoy a wonderful working relationship and fun filled environment with the teachers at IDA teachers.
 
 
 

Meet our dance teachers below:

 
 
 
Sandra Danastas — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Sandra Danastas

 
 
 
TCRG, ADCRG, MBAL, Member CSTD, Trinity College, London (Piano Grade 8) - Studio Principal and Director
 
Sandra commenced dancing in Mackay at the age of five. She competed successfully until the age of 23, winning many premierships, titles and aggregate awards throughout North Queensland. Throughout her dancing years, Sandra had tuition in Highland, Irish, Ballet, Tap and Character Dancing. Highland and Irish Dancing was her first love, and these were the areas that she chose to specialise in.
 
Sandra passed the BAL/NDAA Elementary Highland Dancing Teacher's Examination in 1986 and then went on to pass the BAL/NDAA Intermediate Highland Dancing Teacher's Examination in 1995. Sandra passed the BAL/NDAA Irish Dancing Teachers Exam in 1988 and when the North Queensland Irish Dancing Teachers became affiliated with an Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Ireland she decided to continue her studies in that area and in 1998, Sandra became the first person in Mackay to pass the TCRG (Teachers Qualification) with the Irish Dancing Commission (IDC), Ireland. Sandra furthered her Irish Dancing qualifications when in 2007 she became the first teacher in North Queensland to become a qualified ADCRG (Adjudicator) with the IDC, Ireland.
 
Sandra joined the teaching staff at IDA in 1993 and became principal of the studio in 2006. Sandra not only has a wealth of experience in the art of dance but has also successfully completed to Grade 8 in piano with the Trinity College, London. Sandra enjoys teaching and choreographing and is delighted to be Principal at IDA where she shares her passion, knowledge and experiences of dance with her students.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Judy Vidulich — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Judy Vidulich

 
 
 
Bachelor of Education, ABTA Registered Coach Level 1 & 2, ABTA Judge Level 1 - Baton Twirling Teacher
 
Judy began Twirling in 1981 with the Proserpine Baton Twirlers. During her teenage years, Judy competed in both individual and team events at local, state and national levels. Moving to Mackay in 1992, Judy maintained involvement with both Proserpine and Sarina clubs. With experience in coaching all age and ability levels, Judy has had many opportunities to extend her knowledge and skills in coaching and judging, utilising her Twirling network of Australian and overseas coaches. Judy is currently an executive committee member of Twirl Queensland Assoc Inc. and a State representative on the Australian Baton Twirling Assoc committee.
 
Judy has been teaching Baton Twirling with IDA since 2011 and still enjoys Twirling in teams with the senior Twirlers in competitions and performances. Her passion for Twirling inspires her students to challenge themselves and excel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Monique Wyles — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Monique Wyles

 
 
 
RAD Advanced Two (Distinction), Diploma Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE)
 
Monique commenced lessons under the guidance of DiSalvatore Dance Academy at the age of three. She competed in Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Character and Song and Dance in numerous Eisteddfods across NSW, winning many championships and aggregate awards. Ballet was Monique's first love and she chose to take that path. By the age of sixteen, Monique completed her RAD exams with Advanced Two, gaining a Distinction.
 
In 2012, Monique was accepted into the Ballet Stream with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE), overseen by Queensland Ballet's Artistic Director, Li Cunxin. Here she received the 2013 Encouragement Award at the graduation performance.
 
With the exciting news of being accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), ED5 International and a Scholarship to the School of Ballet Arizona, Monique had many options to choose from. Unfortunately, due to injury Monique did not further her Ballet career.
 
With her passion and love for Ballet she is very excited to pass on the valuable skills to her students at IDA to help and support them through each and every class.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bella Breadsell — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Bella Breadsell

 
 
 
CSTD Tap Student Teachers, CSTD Jazz (Grade 8), RAD Ballet (Intermediate), AMEB Grade 5
 
Bella has trained in the performing arts for many years. Starting from the age of three under the guidance of Jan Millard, Bella has trained in CSTD Jazz (Grade 8) and has gained her Student Teachers Certificate in Tapping with the CSTD. She has also studied RAD Ballet and completed up to the Intermediate level. Bella has successfully competed in Mackay Eisteddfods in both groups and solos, gaining the knowledge of what makes a successful and entertaining performance.
 
During her time at high school, Bella gained valuable people skills by fulfilling her role as school captain. Bella was the Cheerleading squad captain, coaching them two days a week, allowing them to effectively compete in competitions. Through this experience, Bella has become aware of what it takes to gain a polished finished product. Bella also successfully choreographed and rehearsed Rock Pop Mime performances over a three-year period.
 
Studying other art forms, Bella has completed her fifth grade Theory of Music with the AMEB, achieving outstanding results. Bella is furthering her teaching studies by starting a Bachelor of Teaching at CQU University. Bella loves teaching and building connections with the students at IDA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan Mills — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Jan Mills

 
 
 
A.R.A.D., Examiner R.A.D., R.A.D Advanced Teachers Diploma, RAD RTS., C.S.T.D. Classical & Theatrical Teachers Diplomas - Guest Ballet Teacher
 
CJan was trained in Mackay, Central Queensland studying Classical Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She has been teaching for the past 40 years and has been an examiner for the Royal Academy of Dance since 1990.
 
In addition to regular teaching, Jan enjoys tutoring at workshops in various cities, coaching students with examination preparation, choreographing routines for dance competitions and above all, nurturing skills and a passion for dance in all young students.
 
We are privileged to have Miss Jan as a guest teacher at International Dance Affair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Carly Ericksen — dance in North Mackay, QLD
 

Carly Ericksen

 
 
 
Hip Hop Teacher
 
A Mackay local, Carly commenced dancing at International Dance Affair as a tiny tot. During her years of training, Carly has learnt Irish, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop where she had great success at many competitions, including the Mackay Eisteddfod. Carly not only was a successful competitor, but she also enjoyed performing in many concerts, shows and public performances as well as receiving excellent results in her exams.
 
Using the knowledge Carly has gained from her training as well as incorporating her own choreography. Carly now enjoys being on the other side as part of the teaching staff at IDA. She is dedicated to helping the students at IDA grow into the greatest possible Hip Hop dancers that they can be.