A dance studio specialising in all forms of dance. We have a passion for performance and creating a fun and happy environment for children of all ages.


JR dance was founded in 1976 by Jill Gover and is now run by daughter Rakesh Short and a rockstar team of teachers.


Our academy is located in Austinmer which is a northern suburb of the Illawarra, just next door to Thirroul.


We teach dance and provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere, nurturing each child’s individuality to build their confidence and discover the love for dance.


Throw on some tights and point those toes. Ballet as most of us know it is a highly technical dance usually performed to classical music.


Throw away the rule book and get ready to express yourself. Modern dance rejects the structured discipline of ballet.


Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres.


Jazz dancing can be energetic and enjoyable with a variety of moves, steps, leaps and quick turns.

Hip Hop.

Hip hop is a dance style, usually danced to hip hop music, that evolved from the hip hop culture.


Get those toes tapping. Tap dancing is a theatrical style of dance that involves rhythmic foot movements and jazz elements.


Class consists primarily of floor tumbling in addition to stretching and conditioning exercises to increase flexibility and strength.

Musical Theatre.

Love Musicals? Want to have a go yourself, but unsure of where to start? Our Musical Theatre class will ease you into the world of Musical Theatre.

What people are saying.

Here’s some wonderful words from our awesome mums and dads.

  • "My 3 Children have danced at JR Dance for going on 3 years now. They have built beautiful friendships, gained experience and talents in dancing, singing, tumble and boys hip hop. They continue to have great fun week in week out, dancing with this studio."

    Belinda Rankin

  • "I have danced for over 20 years myself at JR Dance Studio and now my daughter also dances here. We love what the studio offers. Dancing in a fun environment whilst developing skills."

    Kai Hazelgrove

  • "My Girls have been with JR Dance for over 5 years now. They attend classes in Modern, Hip Hop, Tumble, and Musical Theatre. We love the experience of being able to build on all these genres in the same dance studio. The teachers are fun and creative in their teaching and tailor their teaching to the children different learning styles. We look forward to many more years dancing with JR Dance Studio"

    Lisa Stewart

Concert 2013.

A selection of hand-picked images from our concert of 2013. Images by Lisa Stewart of Lola Images.

Do you wanna Dance?

If so, why don’t you get in touch..