Dancers learn with grace

KGD continue dance training throughout a challenging 2021. 264257_01

Karlie Grace Dancers in Berwick has just celebrated another successful year.

However, 2021 was again a year like no other for the dance school and its students.

Although Covid-19 caused massive disruption to classes for many months, studio principal Karlie Johnson, took it in her stride and pirouetted to move the entire school online for the second year in a row, running Zoom classes for her students.

The KGD students thrived amongst all the uncertainty and rose to the challenges through lockdown periods showing the resilience, determination, grit, and self-discipline they are taught as Karlie Grace Dancers. These values shone through and were a true testament to the students. Throughout the year, the KGD team nurtured their students, guiding them to find their inner grace by encouraging students to pursue excellence in line with their mission of creating dancers who are technical, versatile, and ready for the performing arts industry in an inviting atmosphere. Students are encouraged to uphold the studio motto Aspire, Accelerate, Achieve.

The studio boasts an extremely high calibre of dance teachers, all of whom have extensive experience in professional dance and teaching. They provide a welcoming, nurturing, and encouraging environment for their students to thrive in.

Karlie Grace Dancers cater to all ages – toddlers to late teens and they’re leading the way with their popular pre-school; KGD KIDZ program running classes that inspire and engage the natural tendencies that little ones have to dance! Offering a range of dance styles from classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary to hip hop and , there is an endless opportunity to find a style that your child will love and the option to change and trial different styles on their dance journey.

KGD graduates either pave their way in full-time dance, with previous graduates securing places at Transit Dance, Patrick Studios, Kelly Aykers Full-time dance and Ministry of Dance to pursue careers as professional dancers, and others continue with the graduate program where they will take part in their Cecchetti Ballet Teachers’ Exams.

Despite the tumultuous year, Karlie Grace Dancers achieved many great feats in 2021 with an expansion in taking over an adjoining complex. This has allowed students access to another professional dance studio the size of the Bunjil Theatre stage, along with access to a Pilates reformer studio to enhance and compliment their existing training, resulting in strengthening and lengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and core strength, which will in turn further increase the existing high standard of training at KGD.

In addition to this, Karlie Grace Dancers offers nationally-recognised and government-accredited courses in Certificate II and III in dance for 2022, along with VCE VET DANCE. These courses are open not only to the KGD students but also to the wider community.

If you’d like more information regarding the VCE VET Dance courses or are interested in joining the KGD dance family in 2022 please contact and to find out more about what makes the KGD team standout from the crowd, visit