Miss Jo McKinley

Director of GDANCE Academy, Classical Ballet Coach and Choreographer

Jo has trained from the age of 6 in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Music Theatre, Tap, Contemporary, Scottish and National Character dance. She has also studied Acting, Contemporary Singing and Public Speaking and holds a Bachelor of Communication.

Jo completed the Royal Academy of Dance examination syllabus and passed her teaching examination with high distinction. She has been teaching and choreographing for more than twenty years. She has coached students who are now in professional dance training institutions and companies all over the world.

Jo’s music theatre credits include: The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line and Chicago to name a few. Jo has choreographed a multitude of award winning pieces and continues to stage new work each year.

Jo has taught and choreographed for several of Canberra's premier dance institutions as well as guest teaching around Australia. She opened the Gungahlin Dance Academy (now GDANCE) in 2002. She has enjoyed exceptional results with her students during this time with her dedication to the students' technical training in classical ballet.


Miss Megan Thomas

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Solos.

Miss Alysha Swan

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Solos.

Miss Kartyja Megec

Dance. Play. Grow. program.

Miss Georgia Clark

Classical Ballet

Miss Maddii Massey

Hip Hop.

Maddii has been dancing since she was 8 years old.

She has trained in numerous styles of dance including Jazz, Contemporary, Indigenous, Ballet, Hip Hop and Break Dance but her favourite style to perform and to teach is Hip Hop. 

Maddii absolutely loves meeting new students and seeing them grow as dancers. She has helped mentor young women in dance and has coached many Dance Crews around Canberra for competitions. 

She has been a part of multiple Dance Crews and has competed and placed in Hip Hop competitions around Australia. Maddii has also toured dancing around Australia and the USA and hopes to continue touring the world performing.


Miss Kirsten Smith

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Music Theatre, Vocal, Solos.

Miss Hannah McFadden

Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Solos.

Miss Hannah Donald

Classical Ballet, Jazz

Zoe Swan

Customer Service 

Zoe has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She started off with Ballet at GDANCE and then moved to Irish Dancing where she competed all around Australia in National and State competitions. In 2013 she returned to GDANCE where she studies Classical Ballet and Jazz. Zoe has performed in multiple theatre shows, and directed and written plays with companies such as Child Players, Canberra Youth Theatre, Budding Theatre and more!

Zoe believes in delivering the best customer service possible. She has strong communication skills and always conducts herself with the utmost professionalism. 

She is passionate about children having access to dance and the performing arts because of the experiences she has had first hand. Zoe says "I have been lucky enough to be able to teach kids in these fields and watch them blossom and grow not only in their talent but in themselves."