Our Story

Our Story

Time for Dance is a dancing school committed to providing affordable dance classes whilst giving the students positive reinforcement, influencing them with high standards, Christian morals and helping dancers find, enrich and build on their God given talents. Time for Dance was established in 1997. 

About Us

TFD was established in 1997 by Nicole Newman. They hold dance classes in Greenwood for children aged 17 months to adult.

TFD is a dance studio where students of all ages can attend dance classes and learn to dance in a stress-free environment with no exams or competitions but where plenty of performance opportunities are offered.  Class uniform and costumes are modest, inexpensive and come complete with no sewing required.

We are committed to providing affordable dance classes whilst giving the students plenty of performance opportunities, positive reinforcement, influencing them with high standards, Christian morals and helping dancers find, enrich and build on their talents.

Classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop are offered.  We also have a Performance Class Stream that is invitation only to ensure our dancers who are passionate can have extra opportunities to advance their skills.  Dancers work at an appropriate level to their abilities whilst making friends in a fun and encouraging environment.

Nicole Newman

Principal Teacher and Owner.

Nicole is the Principal Teacher and Owner of Time for Dance.  She has been dancing and performing since the age of 3, starting with Peta Norton learning tap, jazz and ballet including exams. Having a Mum who was the West Australian State Gymnastics coach, she also spent many years doing gymnastics at the Bedford Districts Youth Club achieving Level 10.

In 1975, she commenced dancing with Max & Heather Ogier who specialised in Imperial Jazz and Tap . This relationship lasted for a wonderful 23 years and included a lot of performance work, which enabled her to gain valuable technique and experience.

During High School, Nicole was successful in auditioning for the Specialist Dance Program at Tuart Hill and then Balcatta Senior High Schools. During this time, she performed for Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinborough. She also went on Tour to Geraldton, Moora, Carnamah and Carnarvon.  All genres were taught.  Competitions and exams formed a large part of the curriculum.

After school, she spent 3 years touring with the Daedulas Dance Company around Western Australia gaining further experience in performance and the more technical side of lighting, sound and stage set up.  She held many jazz workshops with the local dancers under the direction of Steve Wright.

Nicole was in the Keep Australia Beautiful advertisement and a Vocational Education documentary for the Education Department.

By 1988, she combined her dancing with her gymnastic skills and spent 4 years as a Professional Cheerleader for the Wildcats and The West Coast Eagles. In fact, she went to Hawaii and Los Angeles with her team to compete in the Hawaiian Invitational and the Miss Dance/Drill Team Competitions in the USA.

By 1991 she started to win awards for her choreography.

From 1993, she was a professional dancer and assistant choreographer with Steve Armstrong and the Fabulous Flirtettes doing cabaret shows around Perth, stopping only to have her first baby.  During this time, she also worked with Louis Marino performing in Cabaret Shows around Perth.

Nicole has experience teaching at the Joondalup Academy of Performing Arts, WA Stage School and Top Tappers Dance Company where she was instrumental in starting their Toddle Bop and Kindie Bop program’s whilst also teaching jazz to children and adults.

Nicole has choreographed a number of shows and fashion parades around Perth, for example Guys & Dolls for the Joondalup Encore Theatre Society and fashion parades for West Greenwood Primary School, Faith Chapel and Integrity Christian Church – raising thousands of dollars for their various causes.

In 1997, Nicole started Time for Dance but in a very different format to what it is today.

Nicole also spent 5 years working as the Specialist Jazz Teacher at Mirrabooka Senior High school. She only resigned this position when she opened the Greenwood Branch of Time for Dance in 2009.

Since Time for Dance was established, Nicole has choreographed and directed the following Dance Productions:
– 2006  The Journey held at the Performing Arts Centre, Ballajura Community College.
– 2007  What a Feeling held at the Performing Arts Centre, Ballajura Community College.
– 2008  A Kinda Magic held at Mirrabooka Senior High School.
– 2009  Can You Feel It held at Mirrabooka Senior High School.
– 2010  I Gotta Feeling held at the Wellington Room at the Morley Sport & Recreation Centre.
– 2011  Travelling with Movement held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.
– 2012  Dance Fever held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.
– 2013  History Repeating held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.
– 2014  A Little Party – 10th Concert Celebration held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.
– 2015  A Night on Broadway held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA
– 2016  A Walk to Remember held at the Octagon Theatre at UWA.
– 2017  A Night with the Stars held at The LWPAC at St. Mary’s Anglican School.
– 2018  Come Alive held at The LWPAC at St. Mary’s Anglican School
– 2019  A Night of Inspiration held in The LWPAC at St. Mary’s Anglican School 2020 We Dance held at Gracelife Church, Malaga (due to Covid 19).
– 2021  Travelling with Movement held at The LWPAC at St. Mary’s Anglican School.
– 2022      Step into the Magic held at Kingsway Christian College in their Auditorium.
– 2023      Just Dance held at Kingsway Christian College in their Auditorium.

Nicole has completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management, her Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, her Occupational First Aid, her Fitness Leadership diploma. She also holds a current resuscitation certificate, working with children check and is licensed with One Music. She is also an accredited First Aid Trainer through IVET. Outside of dancing, Nicole volunteers as an Ambulance Officer for St John Ambulance Toodyay.  She is married to Tony and has three adult children. 

Val Henderson (Maim)

Specialist Acrobatics Teacher.

Val (Maim) is our Specialist Acrobatics Teacher.  Val learned dancing from the age of 5 doing all genres.  She had completed all levels of exams in both modern and ballet.

Whilst commencing high school, she became involved in gymnastics.  Having a background in dance gave her a head start. Val did well in competitions and was selected in three State Teams.  She was also the reserve for the Australian Gymnastics Team for the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. 

Val coached gymnastics as part of her role as a Youth Leader at the YWCA. After having her 1st child, she started coaching at Bedford Districts Youth Club.  During this time, she coached many winning competitors. In 1984, she was the State Coach for the Western Australian Gymnastics Team in the Australian Competitions and one of her gymnasts was the Western Australian Champion.

Val retired from coaching in 1979 after a serious neck injury that could have made her unable to walk. 

Val is very particular about body positions, placement of arms and shoulders etc to ensure no dancer is ever injured in the same way.  Due to age, speed and strength, she now only teaches our Beginner Acrobatics, leaving the advanced girls with the stronger teachers.

Val (Maim) is Nicole’s Mum and grandmother to Maddison and Reikki and loves to still be involved in teaching at Time for Dance.

Maddison Wright

Senior Teacher, specialising in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

Maddison is one of our Senior Teachers, specialising in Jazz, Tap and Ballet.  She started dancing at the age of 18 months and at this time, it was quite apparent that she loved to dance and was moved to Westcoast Dance under the tutelage of Tenielle Carlino (nee Ford) where she started to complete her CSTD exams. She followed Tenielle to Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre and spent a wonderful 15 years completing all her CSTD exams (to Grade 1).  She also completed her Ballet Exams to Elementary and her Tapping Exams to Intermediate Gold Bar.

During this time, she competed in many solo competitions, troupes and of course, their Annual Concerts.  When Maddison turned 12 she also started dancing at TFD and became our first Student Teacher.  During High School, Maddison was part of the Elite Dance Program at Greenwood College where she received the highest marks throughout her 5 years at school (only once receiving runner up highest marks!).  During her Year 11 and Year 12, whilst completing her ATAR Dance, she also completed a Certificate II in Preparatory Dance at WAAPA during this time, she also managed to be Head Girl.

After graduating high school, Maddison completed a Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation. She then decided to further her studies and follow her heart to become a teacher. Maddison has now completed her Graduate Diploma in Primary School Teaching and works as a full time Year 2 Primary School Teacher.

Combining her degree with the experience she has had with performing and completing her exams, has meant that she has become an amazing dance teacher and choreographer in jazz, tap, ballet and lyrical.

Maddi has been instrumental in starting our Ballet and Tap Classes at TFD and brings with her a lot of experience and technique that is strongly taught throughout all classes.

Outside of dancing, Maddison is married to Matthew and is now Mum to Cleo.

Isabella Woodhoue

Senior Teacher, specialising in Acrobatics, Lyrical and Musical Theatre.

Starting from the age of 4, Bella has always loved viewing the world upside down.  She achieved her first backflip at the age of 6 and hasn’t stopped since.    Her journey started at a competitive acrobatics dance studio for 5 years before focusing on acrobatics at Northern Districts Gymnastics Club, where she represented Western Australia three times at States in a mix of trios and duos. 

 Her passion for dance grew once again, causing another change; back into a dance studio after 3 years, focusing more on other genres such as lyrical and contemporary.  From then, she completed up to Level 5 Exams with Acrobatics Art, she placed 2nd in her Acrobatics solo at Get the Beat Nationals in 2017, choreographed a musical called “Class of 77” at The Phoenix Theatre and also received numerous placings for local competitions around Perth in contemporary, lyrical and acrobatics.

 You will now find Bella committing to professional work such as charity balls at Crown Perth, Television commercials for the Government and many other events like the Royal Show and business Balls.  Bella has been teaching Acrobatics for 3 years at a number of different studios, ready to share all her tips and tricks.

Outside of the studio, Bella trains almost daily at a Strength and Conditioning Gym and is very involved in her church as part of their Worship Team as a lead vocalist.

Reikki Lenferna

Senior Teacher, specialising in Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Jazz.

Reikki is one of our Senior Teachers, specialising in Hip Hop, Jazz and Acrobatics. She started dancing at the age of 2 at Westcoast Dance under the tutelage of Tenielle Carlino (nee Ford) where she started to complete her CSTD exams. She followed Tenielle to Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre and spent a wonderful 12 years completing her CSTD exams up to Grade 3.  She also completed her Ballet Exams to Grade 3 and her Tapping Exams to Intermediate Silver. 

During this time, she also competed in many solo and troupe competitions, as well as their Annual Concerts.  When Reikki turned 8 she also started dancing at TFD. 

During High School, Reikki was part of the Elite Dance Program at Greenwood College where she also began her Cheerleading career with the Titans and Knights, travelling to Nationals for Year 10 and Year 12. 

Due to her passion for Cheer, she also commenced Cheerleading outside of school with both CA Flyers and SMCAD.  At SMCAD, Reikki was part of their Level 5 International All Girl Team called Starz Elite.  During her time with this team, they achieved two World Bids but sadly, the club chose not to take up this opportunity.

Reikki has been a Student Teacher since 2014 and became a Senior Teacher in 2017. 

Reikki has been instrumental in starting our Hip Hop Classes at TFD and brings with her a lot of passion and pizazz for these classes, combining her passion and natural ability with Cheer, Jazz and Acrobatics.

Outside of dancing, Reikki is married to Christopher and is now Mum to Tobias.

Olivia Herridge

Student Teacher – Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap.

Olivia is our Senior Student Teacher who works closely with our younger dancers. Olivia has been dancing at TFD since 2010.  Olivia has just graduated from Greenwood College where she spent 6 years in their Elite Dance Program. 

Over these years, she has developed and grown into a mature, caring and responsible young adult.  Olivia is a beautiful dancer with amazing technique.  She mentors our younger dancers with respect and thoughtfulness.  She is an excellent role model and our younger dancers look up to her in awe and with much pleasure.

Rachel Keir

Senior Teacher, specialising in Tap and Jazz

Rachel is one of our Senior Teachers, specialising in Tap and Jazz. 

 Rachel started dancing at the age of 4 at West Coast Dance under Tenielle Carlino where she started to complete her CSTD exams.   She followed Tenielle to Gail Meade Performing Arts Centre (GMPAC) completing up to Grade 6 in RAD, Grade 4 in CSTD and Intermediate Silver in Tap Medals.

 While at GMPAC, she competed in many solo and troupe competitions as well as their annual concerts.  Another highlight was performing at the CSTD conventions.  Rachel has since danced at two other schools where she continued her examinations through the Australian Teacher’s of Dancing syllabus and continued to represent these schools through competitions.

 Rachel started teaching Jazz, Tap and Ballet.  She had the opportunity of travelling to Los Angeles, California with Dance the Magic where she performed at Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard and Universal Studios.  While over in LA, she also completed two workshops at EDGE Studios and Disneyland.

 Rachel has since been dancing at TFD from the age of 21, however, after an injury and full knee reconstruction, she returned to dancing and teaching as our Specialist Tap Teacher in 2021 and works closely with our Junior Jazz students.

 Outside of dancing, Rachel’s passion is in the Disability Industry, where she runs the Growth Department and assists with the expansion of their online marketplace.  She is also engaged to Tom Copley and they are getting married in November 2022.

Emma Hofmann

Student Teacher – Acrobatics, Jazz and Tap.

Emma is one of our student teachers. She has been with TFD since 2012.  When she started dance classes, she was just 5 years old.  She is a strong technical dancer, who is also a skilled acrobat.  Emma is currently studying for her ATAR at school and balances school life with helping teach acrobatics and some of our junior dance classes. 

Emma is a very respectful and enthusiatic dancer, who particularly enjoys seeing our youngest dancers improve their dance technique and acquire new acrobatic tricks. She willingly shares her passion with our younger students.  She is a beautiful role model, who leads by example.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is the performance of balance, agility and motor co-ordination skills combined with dance. It is very entertaining to watch as our dancers perform explosive skills within high intensity routines. Acrobatics is a physically demanding genre which takes time to strengthen your body, develop flexibility and therefore, acquire higher level skills.

 

Jazz

When Time For Dance was first established our foundational classes were Jazz. These classes provide each of our students with an opportunity to ignite their passion for, and develop their ability to dance in an environment which is encouraging and supportive. Each class follows a similar structure of a full body warm-up, a range of combinations which develops your child’s technique and skill level, followed by time to learn and rehearse choreography. The genre of Jazz is ever changing and as our students grow they can be exposed to a range of styles of Jazz such as Broadway, modern and funk.

Tap

Our tap classes are an optional 15 minute class which is an extension to our jazz classes. Therefore, your child must be enrolled in a jazz class in order to participate within a tap class. In tap, our students are taught specific tap skills and steps which are then built to create more intricate tap steps. Each tap class will perform one routine within our annual concert and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their ability.

Ballet

At Time For Dance, our ballet classes are a modern representation of the classical skill. Our younger students are introduced to the basic components of ballet and as our students grow, their skills are further developed to suit their ability. All of our ballet classes follow a similar structure of a ballet based warm-up, barre, centre and then corner work which involves locomotor movement and skills. We do not follow a curriculum, all exercises and components are specifically designed for the class.

Mini Bop

Our Mini Bop class is specifically tailored for our Littlest Dancers. It is 45 minutes of fun, filled with opportunities for your little person to explore dance through movement, song and more. Mini Bop introduces our little ones to a range of genres such as jazz, ballet and musical theatre. It encourages the development of functional motor skills through balancing and locomotor movements. Your little dancer is sure to love this class!

Performance

Our Performance Classes are an invitation only extension class offered to ages 11-13 (Junior Performance) and, 14 and above (Senior Performance). Within this class, our dancers technique is further developed through an inclusive ballet class and extension jazz combinations focusing on flexibility, leap and turn development. Our dancers are given a range of performance opportunities which strengthen their ability to shine confidently on stage in an encouraging environment.  

Hip Hop

At Time For Dance, our Hip Hop classes are a modern representation that refers to street dance style primarily performed to hip hop music that has evolved as part of the hip hop culture. These classes provide each of our students with an opportunity to ignite their passion for and develop their ability to dance in an environment which is encouraging and supportive. 

We hold two hip hop classes Junior and Intermediate both classes follow a similar structure of a full body warm-up, a range of combinations which develops your child’s technique and skill level and followed by time to learn and rehearse choreography. The genre of hip hop is ever changing and as our students grow, they can be exposed to all sorts of styles within hip hop. Both classes usually do 1-2 routines in the annual concert to show off their skills they have been working so hard through out the year.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs/singing, acting and dance. At Time for Dance our Musical Theatre classes teach our students how to use movement and song to tell a story. We focus on training and strengthening the singing voice, building confidence through performance and expression, and learning simple choreography. 

We hold a beginners and intermediate class both of which provide a fantastic opportunity for your child to develop in a supportive and fun environment.

Both classes usually do 2 -3 routines in the annual concert which showcase a combination of singing, acting and jazz style movements.

Mummies

A wonderful, fun jazz class designed specifically for our Mum’s (or anyone over the age of 30+). This class is intended to keep the passion of dance alive in our hearts, and our bodies moving safely. In our Mummies class, we are a community of women who are brave and bold, we support one another and fill our hearts with joy so that we can return home to raising our family. If you’re a Mum and looking for something that is just for you, then this class is the perfect opportunity to move your body and dance.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is the performance of balance, agility and motor co-ordination skills combined with dance. It is very entertaining to watch as our dancers perform explosive skills within high intensity routines. Acrobatics is a physically demanding genre which takes time to strengthen your body, develop flexibility and therefore, acquire higher level skills.

Jazz

When Time For Dance was first established our foundational classes were Jazz. These classes provide each of our students with an opportunity to ignite their passion for, and develop their ability to dance in an environment which is encouraging and supportive. Each class follows a similar structure of a full body warm-up, a range of combinations which develops your child’s technique and skill level, followed by time to learn and rehearse choreography. The genre of Jazz is ever changing and as our students grow they can be exposed to a range of styles of Jazz such as Broadway, modern and funk.

Tap

Our tap classes are an optional 15 minute class which is an extension to our jazz classes. Therefore, your child must be enrolled in a jazz class in order to participate within a tap class. In tap, our students are taught specific tap skills and steps which are then built to create more intricate tap steps. Each tap class will perform one routine within our annual concert and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase their ability.

Ballet

At Time For Dance, our ballet classes are a modern representation of the classical skill. Our younger students are introduced to the basic components of ballet and as our students grow, their skills are further developed to suit their ability. All of our ballet classes follow a similar structure of a ballet based warm-up, barre, centre and then corner work which involves locomotor movement and skills. We do not follow a curriculum, all exercises and components are specifically designed for the class.

Mini Bop

Our Mini Bop class is specifically tailored for our Littlest Dancers. It is 45 minutes of fun, filled with opportunities for your little person to explore dance through movement, song and more. Mini Bop introduces our little ones to a range of genres such as jazz, ballet and musical theatre. It encourages the development of functional motor skills through balancing and locomotor movements. Your little dancer is sure to love this class!

Performance

Our Performance Classes are an invitation only extension class offered to ages 11-13 (Junior Performance) and, 14 and above (Senior Performance). Within this class, our dancers technique is further developed through an inclusive ballet class and extension jazz combinations focusing on flexibility, leap and turn development. Our dancers are given a range of performance opportunities which strengthen their ability to shine confidently on stage in an encouraging environment.  

Hip Hop

At Time For Dance, our Hip Hop classes are a modern representation that refers to street dance style primarily performed to hip hop music that has evolved as part of the hip hop culture. These classes provide each of our students with an opportunity to ignite their passion for and develop their ability to dance in an environment which is encouraging and supportive. 

We hold two hip hop classes Junior and Intermediate both classes follow a similar structure of a full body warm-up, a range of combinations which develops your child’s technique and skill level and followed by time to learn and rehearse choreography. The genre of hip hop is ever changing and as our students grow, they can be exposed to all sorts of styles within hip hop. Both classes usually do 1-2 routines in the annual concert to show off their skills they have been working so hard through out the year.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs/singing, acting and dance. At Time for Dance our Musical Theatre classes teach our students how to use movement and song to tell a story. We focus on training and strengthening the singing voice, building confidence through performance and expression, and learning simple choreography. 

We hold a beginners and intermediate class both of which provide a fantastic opportunity for your child to develop in a supportive and fun environment.

Both classes usually do 2 -3 routines in the annual concert which showcase a combination of singing, acting and jazz style movements.

Mummies

A wonderful, fun jazz class designed specifically for our Mum’s (or anyone over the age of 30+). This class is intended to keep the passion of dance alive in our hearts, and our bodies moving safely. In our Mummies class, we are a community of women who are brave and bold, we support one another and fill our hearts with joy so that we can return home to raising our family. If you’re a Mum and looking for something that is just for you, then this class is the perfect opportunity to move your body and dance.