Benjamin came to the Joanne Grace School of Dance in 2015. Prior to that he was at another studio where he showed a talent for dance. He wanted to excel further in his training so he chose to move to JGSoD in order to take his dancing to a higher level.
This was a big step for Ben going to a new studio environment, with new teachers and fellow students. It didn’t take long for Ben to settle in and we knew we had made the right choice.
Ben immediately began to perfect his technique at every level benefiting from Joanne’s knowledge and experience along with the many other highly professional dance teachers.
After a while Joanne called us in for a meeting and asked us quite plainly what, ours and Benjamin’s, plans were for him as a dancer. She wanted to know if Ben was happy just attending normal class or if Ben was interested in taking dance further and even consider it as a career. She said the choice is ours but she’d just like to know so she could structure his training to what we’d like. This one meeting showed us clearly that Joanne has the best interests of her students at heart and that JGSoD is a studio that is capable of taking talented students as far as they want to go.
Ben chose to take the next step and enrolled in the Part-time dance course while he attended school. He improved under this program that was run very professional which included monitoring training carefully to avoid injuries.
From there he enrolled in the first Certificate IV fulltime course run at the School. Ben flourished during this year. The quality and dedication of the teachers where 1st class. The course was 1st class with subjects from technique, fitness, flexibility, strength and conditioning and lots more. Via his training Ben achieved alot of success throughout the year with many eisteddfod wins, high RAD marks, acceptance into Australian Ballet, was a finalist at the Isobel Anderson Awards and achieved his Solo Seal.
Every step along the way Joanne was there with him and the other students. Preparing, guiding, advising, pushing and encouraging them. Basically doing whatever it took for them to be the best possible dancers (and people) they could be.
Ben’s time at JGSoD has now come to an end as he embarks on a new journey taking up a scholarship at Palucca University of Dance, Germany. Again it was Joanne who assisted Benjamin with this scholarship. Ben has thoroughly enjoyed his time at JGSoD and will miss the studio sorely. He has made fantastic lifelong friendships and has benefited greatly from his wonderful teachers. Ben will forever be indebted to JGSoD and most of all Joanne for the indelible mark she has left on him. Shaping him as a dancer and a person and preparing him for his future success in dance. We would thoroughly recommend JGSoD to anyone who wants to enjoy and excel at dance.
- Mark Wilson and Liz Grace-Wilson
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