DanceAUS Group



Welcome and congratulations on showing interest towards becoming a DanceAUS Group franchise studio owner!
Imagine how rewarding it will be to reach thousands of Australians through our inspirational dance platform.
We thank you for your franchise enquiry and are excited to share with you our business structure, strong brand and franchise opportunities across Australia.
In recent years, dance schools that have embraced more inclusive teaching practices have been steadily growing in popularity, as the general public has demanded a broader, more professional integrated performing arts program rather than a basic dance class.
Growing up as a dancer, I never noticed any distinction between recreational and competitive dancers in schools; to me, a dancer was simply a dancer. I disliked dancers being labelled as one or the other.
When the time came to start my own school, I knew, wholeheartedly, that I wanted to provide an “equal-opportunity dance education experience”. At my school, every student would have the chance to ‘dance in the front row’. Every student would have the opportunity to lead and to work as part of a team.
When our students walk through the door, it is vital that our teachers provide them with an environment that is welcoming and allows the students to explore, test, imagine, create and excel without fear of failure or criticism. By implementing this philosophy, we have seen passions ignited, interests sparked, and overall, happier and more appreciative students and parents.
Dance teachers and studio owners have an incredible opportunity – a duty, even – to inspire children, and as such, it is vital that we structure our lessons in a way that includes all students in a genuine manner. Even better, we have the ability to help create the artists of the future. What could be better than that?
I want my mission and legacy to continue. I want people to share with others what they have learnt from me.
But I’ve always held the view that it’s not all about me. As our team of educators has grown, each member has become a vital part of the DanceAUS Group journey. Of course, this is also now your opportunity to join our amazing team as we enter our next stage of development.
So let’s get started – let’s dance together and grow together!


DanceAUS Group History, why does inspiration live here?
The DanceAUS Group story began in 2004 with a single class of students on the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia. At 18 years old, Director Emma Staltari received a $1000 start-up grant from the local council, which she used to purchase a stereo and insurance.
Such was the popularity of the lesson format and Emma’s enthusiasm, this new dance school was operating at full capacity within its first year of operation. In the years following, DanceAUS Group blossomed to the point where it now operates dance schools in 23 locations across metropolitan and rural South Australia. It is from this solid foundation that DanceAUS Group is now franchising nation-wide, with the goal of offering affordable, non-competitive dance programs to children aged 3 years through to adults, with a mix of Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Ballet fundamentals.
DanceAUS Group classes create a professional atmosphere together with the excitement and energy of dance, in an environment which is safe, creative and fun!
DanceAUS Group also produces choreography for productions and competitions, and specialised dance programs for schools. This includes our DanceFIT program, which promotes our vision of providing students with the skills and education they need to live a happy, healthy and positive life!
The DanceAUS Group program is a recreational, leisure-based model, and is non-competitive. DanceAUS students participate in an annual showcase spectacular, where individuality is celebrated and all students are rewarded and praised. We believe our strong performance in the dance education sector has been largely due to adhering to these core values. We have brought fun and enjoyment back to an industry that has long been suffocated by elitism and unnecessary competition.
It’s important that DanceAUS classes are accessible and affordable for students from all socio-economic backgrounds. We have achieved this by offering free trial lessons, keeping fees affordable and offering discounts for families with multiple dancers. Students are not required to have expensive shoes or uniforms to participate, and costume making is managed by the DanceAUS Group team.
Our business vision is to provide students of all ages and experience levels with knowledge and skills in the performing arts. Students learn leadership values, improve confidence, communication skills and several aspects of performance.
As demonstrated by the values we instill in our staff and their students, we stand as the voice of inspiration and advocacy for young people who might not otherwise have anyone in their corner. We stand for the students who think they’re not good enough, or not coordinated enough, or not able to afford expensive dance outfits.
We are deeply passionate about the class culture we have created, and the many aspects that make DanceAUS classes unique. Many students and their parents now share our passion, and it has often been their support that has helped DanceAUS Group expand so quickly into many new locations.
We value our student as unique beings, and provide opportunities for them to discover and develop their unique personalities. As we often tell them, ‘zig when everyone else zags’!