Our Teachers

Melinda Cooper

Creative Director/Owner

"Each student is unique and I devote my time to motivate and inspire each individual student to express themselves through dance and find the grace, beauty, pose and elegance that a dancer can achieve. A student can learn some of life’s most important lessons in the dance studio that they will carry with them forever"

Melinda (RAD RTS) started dancing at the age of 6 at Gosford City School of Dance. In her teenage years her teacher Susanne Easter inspired her to be a dancer and dance teacher. At the age of 16 Melinda attended full-time dance tuition with Tanya Pearson and Janece Graham while also performing with the Sydney Festival Ballet Company. Melinda then joined a well-known production company and spent many years dancing and travelling around the world. On Melinda’s return to Australia she worked as a Personal Assistant before marrying and starting a family of four children. Melinda studied with the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance and gained the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Melinda is certified in the Acrobatic Arts Curriculum. Melinda has always had a passion for inspiring and teaching students. After many years of teaching dance Melinda observed how the students mood and well-being improved through movement. Melinda teaches on the premises that the mind and body are connected. Melinda has a Diploma in Mindfulness and a Diploma in Dance Therapy Psychotherapy.

Melinda holds a current First Aid and CPR Certificate, and has a ‘Working with Children check’.

‘It takes an athlete to dance but an artist to be a dancer’

Inkah Fischer

“Life is a dance, a series of movements”

I began dancing at the age of three, and from a young age had a strong love for the freedom of movement that dance can offer.
Over many years of classical training I developed a strong classical technique that prepared me to expand my practice to a greater level, encompassing styles of dance such as contemporary, jazz, lyrical, Classical Indian, Classical Egyptian, and Flamenco.
I have taught children and adults of all ages, experience and ability, and have collaborated in many areas of performance. I strongly believe that the joy of dance is accessible to all.
Following a sudden illness in my own life, I was forced to stop dancing in the way I had known and had to relearn a new way of moving and being in my body. This inspired me to redefine a truer way of moving, a way of dancing that supports people to reconnect to their natural grace, through developing a body awareness and quality of movement that is uniquely their own.
It is with great JOY that I take up the opportunity of teaching with North Coast Dance Academy, and look forwards to sharing my love of dance with you all.