SFD Exam Stream Director
Rhonda Draper was born to dance, starting at the age of 2.5 years. After studying ballet, jazz and tap, Rhonda opened her own dance school, Studio D, which she successfully ran for 25 years.
She was both the Principal and main teacher for the SFD Exams at her school as well as organising her students to dance at many events including the Grand Prix, the Moomba Parade and charity events such as the Make a Wish Ball and the Dance Cancer Initiative to name a few.
Rhonda has been teaching for over 30 years and has an incredible love and passion for all styles of dance. Rhonda also runs her own popular dance competitions and is a highly regarded Examiner for the Southern Federation of Dance.
She wishes nothing more than to pass her technique and knowledge on to all her dancers, as well as mentoring and fostering all her students to enjoy every minute. Highlights for her have been taking her students to dance in America several times and to also training with the Bolshoi Ballet School in New York.
Junior Lyrical / Jazz Coach
Stephanie has danced since the age of three in ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary, falling in love with All Star Dance at Monash University.
Since 2016, she has competed in All Star Pom, Jazz and Lyrical, with Pacific Elite's 'Mystics'. In 2019 the Mystics represented Australia at the ICU Dance World Championships placing 6th in Pom and placing 2nd and 7th at The Dance Worlds. Stephanie was chosen as the Australian flag bearer for the closing ceremony of the ICU Worlds.
Having completed her SFD teaching certificate in 2017, Stephanie has taught exam and competition classes since 2015. At Studio D, she prepared many students for their SFD examinations, choreographed the Moomba Letter Girls, and coached top 5 placing routines in both lyrical and jazz