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Exclusively for adults

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If you have a body, and you dance, then you have a dancer's body. Dance classes for adults
If you have a body, and you dance, then you have a dancer's body. Jo McDonald, founder, Move Through Life Dance Studio. Dance classes for adults

What our dancers are saying

I already feel better in body and mind

I was very excited to discover that MTL dance studio offers ballet classes for 50+. I joined a few weeks ago and love the way the classes are structured, the teacher’s dedication and overall a nice atmosphere. I already feel better in body and mind and planning to continue as long as I can.

Ewa Jaruzelski

Ballet student

A positive and unstressful atmosphere

Great teachers and a positive and unstressful atmosphere. They are accepting of all dancers, beginner or experienced, no matter what shape, size, age you are. Keep up the good work!

Nicole Molloy

Ballet and tap student

It’s all good!

Absolutely LOVE move through life! A life-saver! Just move your body any way you can ! It’s all good!

Helen Collopy

Ballet and jazz student

Fantastic, inclusive dance company

Fantastic, inclusive dance company with a great innovative teacher at the helm. Price is comparable and fair given the range of classes and location offered. Recommend for anyone starting their dance journey or having danced for a while as it caters to all abilities. Teachers are kind, thoughtful in corrections and knowledgeable.

April Grant

Company Dancer

If you have a body and dance, then you have a dancer’s body

I’ve been dancing at Move Through Life for around 6-7 years now, and have in the last year started a trainee teacher position with the company. I have had such a lovely experience here. Every teacher is welcoming, knowledgeable, professional, and supportive. The emphasis is on your personal journey and a positive, fun time in class whilst challenging yourself. And as the director Jo says: if you have a body and dance, then you have a dancer’s body.

Millie Garard

Ballet teacher, Company Dancer

I really feel like I CAN dance forever

So happy to have found the Mature Dance group at Seacliff. Jo is an excellent instructor, easy to follow and with boundless knowledge about dance. One hour a week in the good company of other mature dancers is great fun, let alone the benefits of improved co-ordination, flexibility and fitness. The Facebook tutorials help with fine tuning if you miss something in class, or for getting up to speed when you join up first. After six weeks I really feel like I CAN dance forever.

Vicki Winter

Mature Company Dancer, tap and jazz student

I feel like I’ve regained a little piece of me

After not dancing for around 10 years & recently having a baby I found Jo’s classes & feel like I’ve regained a little piece of me.
Jo is a fabulous teacher & can really break down the steps so you can get your head around it (left side anyone??)
It’s so nice to feel the joy of dance again as an adult & remember why I loved it so much for so long.

Therese Ragghianti

Ballet student

Everyone is here to enjoy the pleasure of dance

I have loved the way that fellow dancers have welcomed me into the classes but teachers have gone out of their way to make you feel included. Everyone is here to enjoy the pleasure of dance. No judgements. Fabulous.
Thanks Jo for such a great year of dance classes after such a tricky year of shut downs. You were so flexible to accommodate us and keep classes going – even while we were at home. It has been so rewarding to build my body strength and flexibility and have a laugh with the lovely ladies and teachers while learning. Looking forward to building on this in 2021.

Tracy Wallis

Tap and Ballet Barre student

No judgement at any time

If you love dancing at any age MTL is for you. No judgement at anytime. You’ll be made to feel welcome

Leanne Taylor

Jazz and contemporary student

Could not more highly recommend a dance studio for adults!

I took my first ballet class (after many years of not dancing) at MTL nearly 2 yrs ago and immediately felt at home. I danced seriously as a teen but life happened and each time I returned to ballet as an adult I felt discouraged or judged so I never made a consistent effort to continue. This all changed once I was introduced to MTL where there is such a positive attitude on body image and abilities driven by the owner Jo McDonald. I love her classes (you can make it more or less challenging based on your experience) and the choreography is so beautiful! My complete joy for dance has returned and I’m a happier human to those around me. Could not more highly recommend a dance studio for adults!

Shana Inge

Company Dancer, Ballet Student

You made me feel so welcomed in the group

What a gift you have given me in 2020 by putting together this live pre-beginner ballet class.

I will never be able to express how much I’ve enjoyed the class.  I practice nearly every ay.  What you may not know is that back in September I started practicing ballet by myself for two minutes per day. That was all I could commit to. Now, I’m doing 15 minutes per day and one or two times per week I do a full practice.

15 minutes is not much for most people but for me (with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome) it is A LOT, especially since I do it most days.  I can’t wait to continue ‘going’ to ballet class in 2021.

You are such a loveable woman. You made me feel so welcomed in the group no matter my physical condition.  You seem to e a very considerate and genuinely nice person and I wish/hope that we can actually meet one day.


Sylvie Herbert

Ballet Basics for Adults Online student

You have enabled me to embrace an old love

Thank you so very much for bringing the ‘gift’ of dance back into my life.  It’s my happy place. You have provided and enabled me to embrace an old love. I don’t think you will ever know what joy you bring to all of us through MTL.

Helen Atkinson

Mature Company Dancer
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Join a dance class

Our extensive class program helps you to find a class in the dance style you like, and at the level that’s right for you.

Too many ‘adult dance classes’ try to squeeze adults of all levels into one class.  We offer lots of classes so you won’t be bored dancing with beginners, or out of your depth with advanced dancers.

When you’re ready for more of a challenge, you can progress to the next level.

We also offer ‘mature’ dance classes which are popular with dancers aged over 50, so you can feel confident and comfortable at all stages of adulthood.

Perform with us

We know some people just want to come to class, and have no interest in performing, whereas others love performing.

If performing is your thing, there are a couple of ways you can perform with us.

1. Join one of our two performing companies

Company 1 was our original company, designed to give dancers who’d achieved a high level of dance skills and experience a performance outlet that went beyond a dance school concert and provided a considerable physical challenge.

Company 2 is our mature dance company, so-called not because it is less important, but because it was formed second.  It is dedicated to dancers aged over 50 so they can continue to grow as dancers and artists.

2. Perform in a student showcase

We offer opportunities for our class students to perform, but without the level of commitment required for our companies.

3. Community performances

From time to time we invite our dancers (students and/or company members) to perform at community events.

Performance and dance classes for adults
Online resources and dance classes for adults

Online resources

Our online (and print) learning resources can help you dance even if you can’t make it to the studio.  Or you can use these resources to practice at home and accelerate your progress.

Current online resources include:

  • Ballet Basics for Adults Online
  • On demand video library (tutorials, classes, choreography, workouts)
  • Ballet Basics Learning Guide (to help you learn the dance steps and French terminology)

Meet our team

Making sure you have a fantastic dance experience is the number 1 priority of our teaching and client support team.

Jo McDonald

Jo McDonald

Anne Stewart

Anne Stewart

Camila Saraiva

Camila Saraiva

Millie Garard

Millie Garard

Claudia Mori

Claudia Mori

Move Through Life Dance Studio offers dance classes to adults of all ages in ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap.  We pride ourselves on offering you a place to indulge your love of dance, whether you’re a complete beginner, had a long break from dance, or danced all your life.  Our classes have a broad mix of ages, and our philosophy is that you are never too old to dance, it is never too late to start, and you can dance forever!

If you have any questions, get in touch with Anne on 0408 240 772 or email