Julie Ross Dance Studio has been operating since 1986. The school has grown from having 50 students to over 200 students. It still offers the same high standards of teaching and many different styles of dance while still keeping up the current trends in dance. We are very proud of our reputation of providing a nurturing and positive environment where children and the dance enthusiasts can learn and be challenged by our very experienced and committed teachers.

Here are some of our excellent faculty:

Julie Ross (Principal) – Adult Tap & DanceFit

Julie moved from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour in 1980 after training at Dance Studios, studying at Rusden College and performing in Melbourne. She joined The Jazz Fitness team and with her husband Jon they opened a Jazz Fitness franchise in Taree/Foster. She returned to Coffs Harbour continuing instructing and joining a Jazz Fitness TV program. Julie has also taught fitness and rehabilitation classes at Baringa Hospital pool. She began her Dance School in 1986 as the sole teacher and as the studio has grown has been able to employ specialized teaching staff. She now oversees student and teacher training and teaches Adult Tap & Mat/Pilates Fitness & Stretch classes.

Gabby Shanks (Tap, Musical Theatre + Vocal)

Gabby grew up in the Hunter Valley and started dancing at the age of 3. For 14 years she trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Musical Theatre and throughout these years she completed the whole Les Griffith Tap syllabus (L.G.T.D.A), as well as sitting ballet (R.A.D) and singing (AMEB) exams. Competing and winning championships and scholarships in Newcastle and Sydney Eisteddfods led her to being accepted into Brent Street Studios to study a Cert IV in Performing arts in 2011. She was trained under some of Australia’s top performers and choreographers including Kelley Abbey, Jason Winters, Caroline O’Connor, Matt Lee, Lucas Newland and many more. She continued on and furthered her studies in the arts for another two years at the Australian Institute of Music, studying a Bachelor of Music Theatre. In her seven years in Sydney, she gained extensive experience in hotel and event management, teaching tap and jazz at various studios, as well as working in a number of local theatre shows, events and film; including Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby at Fox Studios. She moved to the Coffs Coast in 2018 and has been working with Julie Ross for nearly two years and is studying Glenn Wood Tap syllabus. She is absolutely ecstatic to have been presented the opportunity to combine her management skills along with sharing her passion and knowledge in dance with the students at JRDS in 2021!

Ash Ross – Jazz, Contemporary, Tap & Musical Theatre

Ashleigh was born in Coffs Harbour and moved to Brisbane at the age of 17 to start her career in dance. She completed her diploma in Commercial Dance & Music Theatre at DLDC, was a backup dancer for Countdown at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, performed at the Australian Fashion Design Awards and made the Sydney Opera House finals for Sydney Eisteddfod.

In 2010 Ashleigh moved to Florida USA where she worked on the Lion King Show at Disney World.

Since moving back to Australia Ashleigh taught at various dance studios in Brisbane and the Gold Coast and has now re-located herself back to Coffs Harbour where she has managed JRDS for 8 years and is now a full time teacher at the Julie Ross Dance Studio.

Kate Sevenoaks – Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary

Kate grew up dancing and after completing her Advanced certificates in Tap and Jazz she moved overseas and professionally danced through London between 2005-2007, training at London’s “Pineapples” dance studio. She moved back home to Australia and continued her dance career in Cairns 2007-2010, performing for the NBA Taipans, Cairns Casino and Cairns Convention Centre performing in numerous Commercial and Show Girl productions. Kate has always had a passion for the Theatre and after moving back to Coffs Harbour has Choreographed and performed in numerous productions including: “Chicago”, “All Shook Up”, “Hairspray”, “Anything Goes” and “Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang”.

Kate teaches all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Cabaret. Kate’s qualifications for teaching include an Associates certification with Cecchetti Ballet, she holds a qualified AcroDance certification with American based company AcrobaticArts and is currently training to obtain her Associate Diploma also with Cecchetti Ballet.

Sally Johnson – Tap