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’

Teacher

Sienna Mackie

Assistant Teacher

Hi I am Sienna, I am 12 years old and I love being Miss Melinda assistant teacher.  One of the reasons I love dancing is because of my friends.  Everyone at North Coast Dance Academy is so kind and caring and I love seeing them every week.  When I get older I would really love to be a professional dancer as well as a dance teacher.  Every Monday and Thursday after school I can’t wait to dance, see everyone and help teach the younger students.