The Jazz Factory is the North Shore’s premier
dance centre specialising in commercial dance.
We run classes for children of all ages and all
levels of dance training and experience.
Our aim is to foster a love of dance and provide quality
dance training for students seeking fun and fitness as well
as those dreaming of a career in dance!
The Jazz Factory, established in 1993, is the North Shore’s only Dance Centre specialising in commercial dance styles. We run classes for children of all ages and of all levels of dance training and experience.
Our aim is to foster a love of dance and a freedom of self-expression through movement. Enjoyment is our number one priority, however all children are encouraged to develop their dance style and technique to their full potential.
In addition to weekly jazz dance lessons, we offer classes in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, acro dance, glee club, boys only, preschool jazz, conditioning and technique. Some students are given the opportunity to participate in dance festivals, eisteddfods and community events, ATOD examinations (invite only) and all participate in The Jazz Factory’s annual concert. Selected senior students are also involved in assisting our qualified teachers as they prepare for teaching diploma examinations.
Our Director at the Jazz Factory, Kim Dresner, has trained in all forms of dance, as well as theatre and music. Kim has taught dance for many years both in Australia and overseas. She is a qualified Associate Teacher with the ATOD. All teachers at the Jazz Factory are experienced teachers who are passionate about dancing and passing on their passion for dancing to the students.
Jazz Factory students regularly receive prizes at all major Sydney and regional eisteddfods, as well at State and Australasian Championship levels. 95% of all examination students have received Honours Plus or Honours with Distinction gradings.
Former students have danced with the Sydney Dance Company, Bondi Ballet, the Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Bollywood, Cruise Ships and ADT (Australian Dance Theatre) and have undertaken further dance study at HSC and university level.
Undoubtedly the most exciting day on the Jazz Factory calendar is Concert Day. Usually held in November, our concerts are held at Ramsey Hall, St Ignatius College, Riverview.
Jazz Factory needs to perform two concerts in order to fit in all our dances that the students have prepared. Rather than having a Junior and a Senior concert as is done at many dance schools, for the audience’s enjoyment, all the concerts display the talents of students of a range of ages. All general jazz students will dance in one of the concerts, with senior students and performance troupes dancing in all concerts.
Our concert finales are a highlight every year, showcasing the talents of every performer in the concert. Around 350 performers dancing on stage, down the aisles and throughout the audience is quite a sight to behold! Past finale ‘themes’ have included: the Olympics, Grease, Queen, Bat out of Hell, Hair, Showbusiness, Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Tribute to ABBA, Dare to Dream (following the story of a young dancer’s path to stardom), 70’s Disco Fever!, Evolution of Rock ‘n’ Roll! West Side Story. Tribute to Michael Jackson in under 7 minutes, “Hairspray”, Disney Magic, Best of The Best and World Peace.
The Jazz Factory’s Trophy Day is a way of giving all Jazz Factory students the benefits of a yearly examination without the associated stress and worry! It’s fun! Each Jazz Factory class prepares and then presents a series of pre-prepared routines in front of our ‘Trophy Class Judge’, a visiting dance professional. Having participated in trophy day, all students receive an award at the concert, and certain students in each class, as selected by the judge, receive a trophy. Special awards are also made to students who’ve shown consistent effort throughout the year.
Following their trophy day class, students will have the opportunity to have an individual and class photograph in their concert costume.
14/U LYRICAL TROUPE
EVOLUTION DANCE COMPETITION – Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club – 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde on Sunday 16th Oct @ 10am. Please be there with hair and make up done by 9.15am.
14/U JAZZ TROUPE
EVOLUTION DANCE COMPETITION – Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club – 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde on Sunday 16th Oct @ 12.30pm approx. Please be there with hair and make up done by 11.30am.
16/U CONTEMPORARY TROUPE
EVOLUTION DANCE COMPETITION – Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club – 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde on Sunday 16th Oct @ 11.30am approx. Please be there with hair and make up done by 10.30am.
16/U HIP HOP CREW
EVOLUTION DANCE COMPETITION – Ryde/Eastwood Leagues Club – 117 Ryedale Rd, West Ryde on Sunday 16th Oct @ 12.40pm approx. Please be there with hair and make up done by 11.40am.
This is the Jazz Factory’s most prestigious award. Chosen by our trophy day judge, it is announced each year at The Jazz Factory’s annual concert and is presented to the student who demonstrates outstanding ability and promise. The award is named after Hanne’s former neighbour and artistic inspiration Mary-Jo Swanson (1931-1993), who would be so proud of all the students and their achievements. Students who have won the award in the past two years are not eligible.
|2014 Siobhan Lynch||2015 Annaliese Hall|
|2011 Pippy Clegg||2012 Sophie Parker||2013 Lyndsay Charlton|
|2010 Bindy Lanning||2009 Hannah Lazarus||2008 Emily Pratten|
|2007 Anna Crichton||2006 Sally Egan||2005 Elise Kiely|
|2004 Kristy Prass||2003 Anna Crichton||2002 Eloise Winestock|
|2001 Stephanie Hunter||2000 Kelly Webster||1999 Emee Dillon|
|1998 Eloise Winestock||1997 Soojee Watman||1996 Emee Dillon|
Named after the schools founding principal who now runs our sister school in New York, this scholarship is awarded to a student who shows a high level of commitment and dedication to their dancing. It is chosen by all the Jazz Factory teachers and covers all the student’s class fees for the year.
|2015 Madeleine Bulgin|
|2014 Bella Nery||2013 Emily Rich||2012 Nina Tierney|
|2011 Sophie Parker||2010 Lucy Rapee||2009 Rosie Gearside|
Second Floor, Lindfield Masonic Hall
1a Lindfield Ave, Lindfield
(across the road from Lindfield station)