about us
  • Advanced Diploma of Dance Teaching, (Distinction)
  • The Australian Ballet School
  • Graduate Diploma of Education, Visual and Performing Arts, RMIT
  • Diploma of Teaching, Primary
  • Fellow and Life Member of Southern Federation of Dance
  • Member of Ausdance

Janine McGrath has been teaching dance for more than 30 years, and is an expert in the SFD syllabus. She is consulted for syllabus design, lesson planning, teacher training and choreography. Coming from both a professional dance and education background, she has a broad skill set to share with her students.

Janine trained in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, National Character, Modern, Contemporary, Flamenco, Folk, Ballroom and Song and Dance.

She originally qualified in the Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet, completing all her junior and major exams to Advanced. She also studied SATD Jazz to Gold Bar and ISTD Tap.

In the 1980's Janine worked both as a primary school teacher in the Victorian state system and dance teacher at private dance schools. As a school teacher Janine integrated dance and the arts with English, maths and science. As a dance teacher Janine's students were noted for their high levels of success in dance examinations and competitions, particularly in the SATD Jazz Scholarships, for which she trained several winners.

Concurrent with her primary school teaching placements, Janine attended dance classes at leading dance studios in Melbourne. She also travelled to London where she took classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, and New York where she danced at Broadway Dance Center. Janine has completed numerous dance and human movement seminars and classes with renowned guest teachers from all over the world.

Approached in 1986 to create a new Jazz syllabus, Janine collaborated with Jennifer Newbold to generate 10 levels of jazz training. Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) was established, and was immediately embraced by dance schools throughout Victoria.

SFD expanded to include a Classical Ballet syllabus, which Janine helped design, then went on to also offer Tap and Funk. SFD is now widely recognised in Australia and celebrated its 21st year with a highly successful showcase in 2008.

Since its inception, Janine spent many hours on the committee as the longest running President of SFD. She has examined thousands of dance students in SFD ballet, jazz and tap; and instigated competitions, masterclasses, teacher training courses, and workshops for SFD. She has also mentored trainee dance examiners for SFD.

In 1996 Janine incorporated Elwood Ballet School into the newly opened Bayside School of Dance (now Dancentre BAYSIDE).

In 1996 and 1997, Janine was a member of the steering committee for the Guidelines for Australian Dance Teachers, which led to the formation of Interim Competency Standards for Australian Dance Teachers (1998).

During 2001 and 2002, Janine lectured in Dance and Drama at Victoria University, in the School of Human Movement, Recreation and Performance.

Janine has been active on the Martin Street Village (Brighton) Association committee since 2006, and has jointly run the Martin Street Village Fiesta from 2008 - 2011.

In 2009 she opened Dancentre WYNDHAM, now flourishing in Point Cook.

In 2010 she formalised the Dancentre Preschooler DanceFun program for 3-5 year olds, creating unique lesson plans that can be used across all Dancentre studios. She also created the Dancentre International curriculum for junior levels of Classical Ballet, Jazz & Tap. The curriculum includes a fair and comprehensive system of assessment.

Janine has energy and passion for her craft, and continues her own dance training by taking regular Ballroom & Latin dance lessons and attending dance industry seminars.


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