about us

Academy of Dance was founded in 1978 by our principal, Debbie Noller, who has been helping children in the Darling Downs area discover their love of dance for over three decades. She is joined by a dedicated staff of skilled dance teachers, who make it their mission to get kids of all ages dancing.

    Qualified, experience dance teachers in Toowoomba, Oakey and Dalby

    Many members of the Academy's team of tutors and teachers are former students themselves, passing on the passion that was instilled in them.

    Operating a range of classes from our studios in Toowoomba, Dalby and Oakey, our instructors see themselves as guides, helping children not just to learn the steps on the dance floor, but to enjoy themselves.

    We make a point of treating each student as an individual. With that in mind, we offer a variety of different classes, and different teachers, so that we can help children at all levels and all ages develop their dancing. Every member of our team is trained to give the best opportunities to each of their students.

    Our Teachers


    We are recognised members of the Royal Academy of Dance Australia (RAD) and Australian Teacher Of Dance (ATOD), and offer experienced, professional instruction across all types of dance and levels off ability. In our Dalby studio, we provide exams in RAD ballet and ATOD tap to students at the right level.

    Debbie Noller - RAD Registered Teacher; ATOD member, Pilates Instructor

    Debbie started RAD ballet classes at the age of 8 years. Originally to have some me time doing something she enjoyed. She began her ballet exams and has danced ever since, enjoying the combination of music with athletic ability. Debbie started teaching after a season with Queensland Modern and Contemporary Dance Company [ now called Expressions ] ‘The life was not for me ,I liked to have a home to go to each night, so I began to teach’ Debbie founded of Oakey, Middle Ridge & Dalby Academy’s, and has been teaching for almost 40 years. During this time Debbie has built the schools to their present numbers and has concentrated on bringing dance to those who enjoyed more personal attention. Debbie’s favourite aspect of teaching is being involved and seeing young students blossom into inspiring dancers. Over the years many students have become teachers and a handful have danced professionally. This is the most rewarding part of being a dance teacher over decades. Also teaching the children of past students. 'My favourite genre is ballet, but was definitely not my best, contemporary was the genre that I loved to perform and choreograph.'


    Trudy Williamson - Oakey School, principle teacher

    Trudy started dancing in Oakey, under the instruction of Miss Debbie Head (Debbie Noller), at the age of 7. At 15 years , she commenced her teaching career with Debbie, at the same time as being employed as a Teachers' Aide at Oakey State School. Trudy's favourite genre is classical ballet , and has taught many, many children, and their children, the art of ballet in Oakey. Trudy has a great husband and three children who share her down time, although there isn’t much. After teaching ballet and working as a Teachers' Aide for almost 33 years, Trudy has extensive experience working with children of all ages and is particularly fond of teaching the younger girls and boys, and sharing with them her passion for dance.


    Emily Bartsch - Dalby Academy teacher

    Growing up in Dalby Emily had the good fortune to be able to immerse herself in the creative arts. From dancing to instrumental music, musicals and Rock Eisteddfods, there was always something to do that she loved. Emily started dancing with Academy of Dance Dalby when I was only 3 years old. ‘I guess my favourite style to teach would be classical ballet. As a dancer though I have a soft spot for performing both contemporary and tap, as contemporary allows for such raw expressions of emotions and tap often allows me to express my fun, slightly crazy side’. Whilst away in Brisbane studying psychology, Emily continued to dance at a local school until she returned to Academy of Dance in 2013. More recently Emily has been lucky enough to finish further university studies in education and has just started primary school teaching in Dalby in 2016.‘My favourite colour is red, I love chocolate and I would also love an extra day in the weekend so I can sit and read all day long!’


    Rebekah Noller - Teaching in Dalby & Middle Ridge Academy

    Bek has been at Dalby Academy since her mum started teaching there when she was 12 months old. [ 27 years ago ] After completing her RAD classical exams through to Intermediate, Bek has used her knowledge of body control and strength to get into contemporary, jazz and hip hop at a higher level. It is here that Bek has developed her own style and mixes this with general fitness, which is so important for dancers. Bek loves to get to the Global Dance Convention in Sydney each year, to experience the latest in global dance trends to share with her students. Bek is a Personal Trainer, Remedial Massage Therapist, and qualified Pilates Instructor. 


    Amanda Rodgers - Academy of Dance Dalby & Oakey Tap

    Amanda has been dancing since she was almost 3 years firstly in Mt Isa then Bundaberg and Dalby, where she has enjoyed performing in eisteddfods .She has been the principal tap teacher at Academy of Dance since 2008. Amanda has always loved those ‘noisy’ shoes and tap is her favourite genre to teach and perform. Amanda has a husband and two children which she balances with being an early childhood teacher. Amanda is now a ‘dance mum’ and hopes to introduce her children to musicals, theatre and stage performances and ballets,which is something she loves. Amanda’s daughter Lucy performed in her first dance concert in 2015, and so has begun her dancing career.

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