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Core Value


02 DanceStep

05 Welcome Jo

06 Important Dates

Get Ready to Party!

Enjoyable & Fun

Welcome to all of our new families, we hope you love SSD as much as we do! Thankyou to everyone who attended our Easter Festival performance, we had a great attendance and the dancers had fun which is the most important thing! During the school holidays I had the most amazing 3 days of professional development at Victorian Dance Festival which is always inspiring and great for bringing new elements to our classes. We were extremely fortunate to have The Joffrey Ballet & Travis Wall return from the USA for workshops! Some of the other professional development sessions I undertook at VDF were Anxiety, Well being, Injury prevention & safe dance practices plus so much more! We started our Term with a really powerful day as a Team working on our values, musicality, Examiners notes & expectations for ATOD exams from a recent Training day & finished with lots of fun learning new Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet content for this term! We were happy to welcome our new teacher Jo, who has settled in beautifully. Our first DanceStep session followed. It is a pleasure to mentor these beautiful young role models and empower them to be leaders at SSD & beyond. I would love more dancers 10 years & over to join our small group and benefit from the DanceStep program.   We finished the day with Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet Taster classes which were filled with lots of fun & joy! We are now preparing for our first ever Pre school concert- READY SET PARTY on Sunday June 23 at JB Osborne Theatre.   Our first night of term saw teaching artists from Sydney Dance Company teach our Senior Ballet and Contemporary classes! Recently we have had 2 nights as an SSD family at Ulumbarra Theatre to see Sydney Dance Company & Spark Youth Dance Company (who also ran a workshop for our senior students)!   We welcomed dancers ‘friends’ to classes and had fun showing them how we dance each week. We are now in final stages of preparing for ATOD exams next term & preparing for READY SET PARTY which will include guest performances from Test 3 Ballet, Senior Jazz & Senior Tap! Make sure you get some tickets and support this event! Keep cosy! Sharon Saunders



We are very excited to be a registered affiliate studio and member of the DanceStep program. Offered in partnership with studio teachers, DanceStep empowers students to take care of others and guides them to be leaders and role models. The program covers assistant teaching skills such as behaviour management, different learning needs and styles, Safe Dance Principles and Anatomy to name just a few. These concepts are broken down to be taught in a sequential and age appropriate way to children from ten or eleven years of age. Whether students are considering a career in dance teaching or otherwise, the DanceStep program is a great preparation for many aspects of life. DanceStep, a 4 level Student Teacher Education Program, builds on this philosophy and provides a progressive and formalised process including both practical and theoretical components. Participants are mentored by Sharon Saunders and learn from weekly videos from DanceStep founder Jane Grech through Movitae. Contact Sharon for details. Minimum age 10 years.

Spark Youth Dance Company Our students were lucky enough to have a Free Contemporary workshop with Director of Spark Youth Dance Company, Alex Dellaportas. The following night a group of SSD Families attended their performance of Adriane at Ulumbarra Theatre.

Meet Sasha What is your favourite: 1. Dance Genre- Jazz 2. Food – Butter chicken 3. Musical – Strictly Ballroom 4. Concert Dance – Baby Mine -age 6  This is my 8th year of dancing at SSD and I currently learn Musical Theatre, Hip Hop & Jazz I love dance teaching because of passing on my knowledge of dance and teaching students that want to have a career in dance also to influence younger dancers.



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Our Senior Ballet & Contemporary students were extremely fortunate to have Teaching Artists from the Sydney Dance Company take their first classes this term! They learnt contemporary technique and reportoire from the upcoming performance of Cinco at Ulumbarra Theatre!



We are so excited to have our first ever Preschool concert on

Sunday June 23 at 10am. JB Osborne Theatre. READY SET DANCE & READY SET BALLET STUDENTS and some special guest performers. Tikcets available at Trybooking.

Ready Set Dance is a one hour combo class that includes jazz, tap, hip hop, singing, music and a whole lot of FUN for girls and boys. Ready Set Ballet is a 30 minute magical ballet experience for 2- 5 year olds. Ready Set Dance was recently awarded the Best National Activity for Preschoolers at The What’s On for Kids Awards! The program focuses on teaching children the 3 C’s. Coordination, Confidence & Creativity.



Welcome Jo Jo has been training in dance her whole life in Adelaide, and has recently moved to Bendigo from Darwin.Â

After completing her two most recent major Cecchetti exams as a student-teacher, she has spent the past 5 years teaching classes of all ages and genres, including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and more. Jo is currently studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education. She is looking forward to meeting the Sharon Saunders family, and is excited about growing as a dancer and a teacher.

Jo is a much loved addition to our teaching faculty at SSD! She is currently teaching Jazz, Hip Hop, Combo, Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet

CONNECT We were so proud of Owen for attending ConnectBoys Dance event recently. CONNECT is a unique event designed to bring together male dance students, their families, male dancers, dance teachers, dance studio owners, and potential male students. Our 2019 event includes 2 extra hours of fellowship and fun, including divided junior and senior workshops and demonstrations of different dance genres. Owen is pictured with Founder Tanya Carne. Her mission is to normalise dance for boys!


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Important Dates 2019 June  Viewing week (see dates below) 23 Ready Set Party- JB Osborne Theatre 10am 29 End of Term 2 July 6-7 Come Together Dance Convention- Brisbane Sunday 14- Team training 10am-1.00pm. DanceStep training 12.00-2.00pm  Term 3 Fees due Monday 15- Term 3 commences   August 25- ATOD exams 26-  Photo week with Andy Banks Photography at all classes (full costume) September Thursday 12- Viewing week   16-21 Viewing week (excluding Thursday) 9/10 –Ready Set Dance Conference- Sydney October 6- Team Training 7- Term 4 commences 30- Bendigo Cup Holiday  November  11- Priority enrolment 2020 21- Last classes for the year 22- Stage rehearsals- Ulumbarra Theatre (No Saturday classes). 23- Full dress rehearsals 1pm/Concert 7pm Ulumbarra Theatre  December 2- DVD collection/SSD Dinner 6pm Venue TBA

Bring a Friend week love!

Term 2 2019 Monday April 29- Saturday June 29 Term 3 2019 Monday July 15- Saturday September 21 Term 4 2019 Monday October 7 Friday November 22 (no Saturday class 23 November)

No classes on public holidays or Long weekends.

Clear costume bags needed now if hiring costumes for concert.

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Sharon Saunders Dancers are the Official location of Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet in Bendigo. Members of the Australian Teachers of Da...


Sharon Saunders Dancers are the Official location of Ready Set Dance & Ready Set Ballet in Bendigo. Members of the Australian Teachers of Da...