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.

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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!

About Us

The Jazz Factory
// Commercial Dance Centre

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, acrodance, glee club, boys only, pre school 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.



// Concert

Undoubtedly the most exciting day on the Jazz Factory calendar is Concert Day. Usually held in November, our concerts are held at the Greenhalgh Theatre at the UTS Ku-ring-gai in Lindfield.

Jazz Factory needs to perform three 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, both the morning and the afternoon concerts display the talents of students of a range of ages. All general jazz students will dance in either the morning or the afternoon concert, 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.

// Trophy Day

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.

// Troupes

Lesson Times:

16/u Lyrical Troupe : Friday – 4-5.15
12/u Lyrical Troupe : Friday – 5.15-6.30
Hip Hop Crew : Thursday – 7.45-9.00



ENERGY EXPRESS EISTEDDFOD Western Region –  Castle Hill High School, Castle Road, Castle Hill – Sunday 18th October @ 1.10pm.  Please be there with hair and makeup done by 12.25pm.



ENERGY EXPRESS EISTEDDFOD Western Region –  Castle Hill High School, Castle Road, Castle Hill – Sunday 11th October @ 11.40am.  Please be there with hair and makeup done by 10.55am.



ENERGY EXPRESS EISTEDDFOD Western Region – Castle Hill High School, Castle Road, Castle Hill – Sunday 11th October @ 1.00pm.  Please be there with hair and makeup done by 12.15pm.


Hall Of Fame

// The Mary-Jo Swanson Perpetual

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.

// Past Winners

2014 Siobhan Lynch
2011 Pippy Clegg2012 Sophie Parker2013 Lyndsay Charlton
2010 Bindy Lanning2009 Hannah Lazarus2008 Emily Pratten
2007 Anna Crichton2006 Sally Egan2005 Elise Kiely
2004 Kristy Prass2003 Anna Crichton2002 Eloise Winestock
2001 Stephanie Hunter2000 Kelly Webster1999 Emee Dillon
1998 Eloise Winestock1997 Soojee Watman1996 Emee Dillon

// The Hanne Larsen Scholarship

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.

// Past Winners

2014 Bella Nery2013 Emily Rich2012 Nina Tierney
2011 Sophie Parker2010 Lucy Rapee2009 Rosie Gearside

// Past Results

Contact Us

The Jazz Factory
Commercial Dance Centre

Mailing Address: PO Box 144, Lindfield NSW 2070
Telephone: 0412 100 537
Email: admin@jazzfactory.com.au


Enrolment enquiries please fill out the form or email the office
Email: admin@jazzfactory.com.au
Mobile: 0412 100 537

Emma Janssen - Office Manager

For all other enquiries regarding classes or accounts,
please contact Emma.
Email: emma@jazzfactory.com.au

// Studio Address

Second Floor, Lindfield Masonic Hall
1a Lindfield Ave, Lindfield
(across the road from Lindfield station)

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Sharon Dresner - Uniform Shop

For uniform enquiries please contact Sharon
Email: uniformshop@jazzfactory.com.au

Kim Dresner - Director

To contact Kim directly
Email: kim@jazzfactory.com.au
Mobile: 0416 962 141