"I’ve worked with Dana for 8 years in different capacities - as a teacher and choreographer and mentor - since meeting her in 2010. I have employed her to choreograph my solo comedy shows, which have toured nationally, and at Comedy Festivals around Australia.
As a teacher, her dance classes are always challenging and engaging, due to unique choreography, technical skill, and mental complexity, designed to stimulate both brain and body simultaneously. Her supportive and nurturing manner allows the performer to explore and create in a healthy environment."
- Isabella Valette
TEACHING & MENTORING
“As a dance and movement educator, I believe it is critical to teach students with a holistic approach, promoting strong minds, bodies, and souls. Resilience, confidence, and passion, as well as strong sound technique, are extremely important. Physical awareness and safety for longevity in the industry should also be a priority, as well as encouraging and developing freedom of expression and performance. This is what defines an artist.” - Dana Jolly
Dana is very passionate about teaching and is in demand as a freelance teacher, not only in Melbourne, but all over Australia. Dana's current teaching credits include Victorian College of the Arts, guest Musical Theatre teacher and lecturer at Queensland Conservatorium. Dana also teaches at many of the top full time schools in Melbourne on a regular and casual basis, as well as her regular open professional classes located at Elevator Dance Studios and VIP Studios. Dana has also created her very own Musical Theatre Mentorship Programs for advanced professionals entering the industry.
Dana's qualifications include:
Victorian College Of The Arts, Diploma Of Arts (Dance)
R.A.D Ballet to Solo Seal
M.R.A.D (Member of Royal Academy Of Dance)
A.R.A.D (Associate Of Royal Academy Of Dance)
Pineapple Dance Studios London
Broadway Dance Centre New York
Nederlands Dance Theatre, Amsterdam
The Actors Centre, London
Certificate of achievement in anatomy