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7 TIPS on how to be Flexible

7 TIPS on how to be Flexible

1. Warming up before stretching will limit the risk of hurting yourself 2. Use dynamic stretches in your routine. These are stretches where you keep moving. E.g. swinging your leg 3. Stretch while you do everyday tasks: Cobra stretch while you're watching TV, split...

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Foods to Eat Before Class

Foods to Eat Before Class

Choosing the right food to eat before dance can be difficult. You want a food that is healthy and same time also really yummy. Some of you may think, “well, what about Chocolate?”. Everyone says it’s meant to help you, but I don’t think it would be the healthiest...

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10 Ways to Rest & Recover

10 Ways to Rest & Recover

It is important to have a day to recover and recharge. By doing this it helps clear the mind and helps ease stress. Some things you could do are: Meditate Listen to music Get creative (e.g. painting or drawing) Create a scrapbook or journal Take a bath Read Go for a...

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Tips to Improve your Technique

Tips to Improve your Technique

Improving your technique is important when it comes to your growth as a dancer and also allows you to look extra amazing when performing on stage at the end of term productions.  Here are some tips to keep in mind whilst dancing: Go back to the basics, it can never...

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Why you shouldn’t quit dance to study

Why you shouldn’t quit dance to study

By Deborah Storer Director and Qualified Dance Teacher p.s. Dance saved Deb's life!!!! One thing that everyone has in common is that we all feel stress. Young people in Australia experience very high stress in schools, which has negative impacts on their academic...

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8 TIPS to have a Positive Mindset

8 TIPS to have a Positive Mindset

Jaime Dungar (ex-staff member of Backstreet, now at University) As a dancer having a positive mindset is crucial for development of yourself as a dancer and a person. Whether you have been dancing for a long time, just started or don’t dance at all it is important to...

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5 tips on How to Maintain a Healthy Mindset

5 tips on How to Maintain a Healthy Mindset

1. Eat good food.  It’s important to listen to your own body as to what it needs, while also maintaining a balanced diet. try to reach for the non processed foods in the supermarket such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and seafood, but also remember to treat...

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5 Tips for better Stretching Techniques!

5 Tips for better Stretching Techniques!

By Hayley Verwey (ex-staff member, now at University) Breathe through your stretches. Breathing while you stretch is so important as it ensures oxygen is getting to all your muscles – when you go into a stretch breathe out all the way to enable a deeper stretch....

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Why do we dance?  Why should we dance?

Why do we dance? Why should we dance?

According to the Australian official guidelines we should be striving towards 60 minutes of exercise (per week), to decrease chances of illness and motivate a positive mindset.  Dance is a  great option for anyone looking to grow and develop new skills. A Backstreet...

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5 Reasons Why Failure is Okay

5 Reasons Why Failure is Okay

By Tamika Kahsnitz (ex-staff member of Backstreet)  Why is the opposite of success Failure? We have all heard these words before, we all remember how it makes you feel, how we dwell on it. Knowing how to cope with failure and learn from it in a healthy way should be...

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Taryn was name 2023 Australian of the Year. She has created resources for children, Parents and Teachers to EMBRACE your body. Backstreet Dance refer to her resources a lot in the classes.

You can find her website HERE

10 quick ways to have spark and personality in your dancing

1. Don’t be afraid of facial expressions.
2. Add in a wink or two – gives your moves some flare
3. Use your eyes, they can tell a story.
4. Use your head to finish off moves – doing an arabesque? Look up at your fingers.
5. SMILE!!!!
6. Have fun with it, you can always tell who is having fun while they’re dancing.
7. Be present
8. Take up space – try extending your arms more.
9. Posture, stand tall and smile
10. Confidence – you’ve got this!

Written by Leah Walker (Assistant Teacher)

calling all adults- It’s your time to shine!

 Written By: Sam Brown, Dance Teacher (featured in photo above)

Contrary to popular belief, dance classes are not just for kids. Dance is for people of all ages, sizes and levels- and that includes you, adults!

Whether you used to dance as a kid, you only dance when no one is watching, or you’ve never danced at all, this is your call to action.

These are my top 4 reasons why adults should take dance classes.

  1. Building community

We all know that it’s harder to make new friends as we get older. Joining a dance class is a great way to meet amazing new people who have things in common with you.

Taking on a new challenge and learning the choreography together is a wonderful way to bring the class closer. And, at a studio like Backstreet, Deb goes the extra mile to plan adult socials each term. I’ve met some fabulous people through dance, and I look forward to seeing them each week.


  1. Physical and mental health benefits

Physical activity, including dance, provides you with a range of fantastic physical health benefits including1:

  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Improved condition of heart and lungs
  • Better coordination, agility, and flexibility
  • Weight management

Dance has also shown to have a positive impact on the brain and mental wellbeing:

  • A study discovered that dance can improve brain health as it involves both mental effort and social interaction. This kind of stimulation can help reduce the risk of diseases such as dementia. 2
  • Dance can reduce stress, increase serotonin levels, and help develop new neural connections. 2
  • The exercise “high” helps you connect with others3
  • Moving with others builds trust and belonging3
  • It can transform your self-image3

These biological benefits are all things we strive for as adults! Check out the further reading at the end of the article if you want to discover more about the science behind dance.

  1. Challenge yourself and take a risk in a safe space

Many adults are hesitant about joining a dance class. They have a thousand excuses not to, but in the end it all comes down to fear- fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of embarrassment. But, as Michelle Obama says, “In trying to spare yourself the worry and discomfort of taking a risk, you’re potentially costing yourself an opportunity. In clinging only to what you know, you are making your world small. You are robbing yourself of chances to grow.”

Take this as a chance to grow and express yourself! Don’t let fear hold you back- embrace it. Tango with it. Pirouette, fan kick and krump all over fear and you’ll discover how much fun dance can be.

If you’re going to take a risk and try out dance, then Backstreet is the place to do it. It is the most welcoming, inclusive, non-judgemental and fun dance studio I’ve ever been to (and I’ve danced in 6 countries). You can do a trial for the first class of the term to see if it’s the right fit for you- but the first step is taking that risk and showing up. We’d love to see you there!


  1. It’s FUN!

Walk into any adult dance class at Backstreet and you’ll witness a mixture of smiles, laughs, squeals and super focussed faces. We take on the challenge of the choreography, but we have fun doing it.

As an adult, you rarely have the opportunity to get glammed up in full costume. It’s so much fun to showcase everything you’ve learnt and perform your routine on stage with your friends. Adrenaline is pumping, serotonin and dopamine levels are at an all-time high, and you leave the stage feeling on top of the world.

If you’re apprehensive about getting on stage, you always have the option to not perform. However, you may find that as you become more confident in yourself and in the moves, you’ll be excited (and still nervous, which is okay) to show off your new skills! Remember, you perform as a group and everyone has your back. It’s ok to make mistakes on stage and there are no expectations to be perfect!


So, adults, I challenge you to:

  • Try something new!
  • Take a risk and step outside of your comfort zone.
  • If you find the choreography challenging, embrace the challenge, ask for help, practise, and persevere until you show those moves who’s boss.
  • Talk to the other people in your class- make connections

If you’re looking for a fun, safe and welcoming studio to get your groove on as an adult, then come down and join our Backstreet family. You won’t regret it!

Adult dance styles offered at Backstreet:

  • Jazz/Funk (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • Hip Hop (beginner, advanced)
  • Heels (beginner/intermediate, advanced)
  • Contemporary (advanced) 


Further reading:

1Dance – health benefits – Better Health Channel

2Dancing and the Brain | Harvard Medical School

3Five Surprising Ways Exercise Changes Your Brain (