About us

JR Dance.

We are a dance studio offering an extensive range of dance classes for all from tiny tots to adults. See our timetable for available classes.


Founded in 1976 by Jill Gover and is now run by daughter and teacher Rakesh Short. Rakesh has a passion for performance and dreamed of creating a fun and happy environment for children to discover dance.


The social experience is important aspect of our classes, not just for the children but for the parents as well. Parents are invited to watch all classes, it is a great way to foster new friendships and for students to develop confidence.


We are a small dance academy located in the Austinmer which is a Northern suburb of the Illawarra and just next door to Thirroul. We have always focused on the pure enjoyment of Dance and performance.

Our rockstar team.

We are not individuals. We are a team of dancers that all share the same passion for performance. We love dance!

Jill Gover

Jill performed in the South African Ballet Company before founding her own dance school in Australia. Trained and accredited in R.A.D Ballet and I.S.T.D Modern, Jazz and Tap. Jill has over 40 years of teaching experience.

Rakesh Short

Rakesh Short danced in the NSW Dance Ensemble Group. Rakesh completed her R.A.D Ballet exams and I.S.T.D Tap and Modern exams under her Mother Jills Coaching. Rakesh has over 20 years experience in teaching.

Erin Freeburn

Erin brings 9 years of teaching experience to the studio. Erin is trained in all genres. Erin studied dance for 2 years at The Village Performing Arts Centre. This will be Erin's 3rd year in the JR Dance family.

Chantelle Davidson

Chantelle has been dancing since age 4 and studying in a range of styles such as jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, hip hop, musical theatre and lyrical. She has completed all BAL Tap exams and achieved a high distinction in her R.A.D advance 1 ballet exam.

Kyra Fleuren

Kyra has been dancing with us since she was 2 and has studied Ballet, Jazz Tap and Modern. She has been singing for over 5 years and has recently showcased as a soloist in Southern Stars and School Spectacular.

Bryarn Fleuren

Bree has danced at JR Dance for 15years, she is trained is Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop and Tumble. Bree has been teaching with us for going on 3 years.

Cloe Oliver

Chloe comes to us with 10 years gymnastics experience under her belt. Competed up to level 7 and made it to Bronze squad twice with Wollongong City Gymnastics.


Akira is a very talented you tumbler and dancer within our studio. She assists the younger classes in tumble.

Year Founded

Concert 2012.

A selection of hand-picked images from our concert of 2012. Images by Lisa Stewart of Lola Images.

What people are saying.

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  • 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

  • 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

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