| We are changing our name in 2020 |
A little bit about the new name and about Miss Jo
I started dancing at the age of 3 at a calisthenics club in Semaphore Park. A few years later I joined Del Sante which had many locations over Adelaide. I attended the Le Fevre Dance School of Del Sante and a few years later I took classes at both the Le Fevre and the Henley Beach branches. I also filled in for the Del Sante Gardens Calisthenics Seniors in their dance and march components. I started teaching at Del Sante (both Le Fevre and Henley) as a student teacher when I was young and then held my own classes at Henley whilst in High School. I was appointed head teacher at the Le Fevre branch when I was 17. I participated in CSTD exams and achieved my Teachers Diploma.
I left Adelaide in my mid 20s and joined the Navy, I then lived in Vic and WA. (I know random right 🙂 ). I discharged from the Navy in 2003 when Hannah was 1½ and moved to Kalgoorlie as my husband was working in the mines there. After having Hayley I decided to take an Adult tap class to get myself back in shape and this led to me teaching CSTD exams for the dance school I was attending – which was great because I really did miss dancing. In 2006 we moved our family back to Adelaide from Kalgoorlie WA.
In 2007 I opened H2J Dance Academy in North Haven. The name stood for Hannah, Hayley and Joanne – at this stage Hermione wasn’t even thought of. We ended up moving back to Kalgoorlie in the begining of 2008, therefore I shut down H2J. Once back in Kal I commenced teaching for the school I was teaching at before. There were a number of dance schools in Kal and one of them came up for sale at the end of 2009… I was heavily pregnant with my 3rd child at the time and said to the owner I would love to take over but the timing wasn’t right. Well anyway, my heart took over and I was soon the owner of a small dance school in Kalgoorlie. I started classes in January 2010 as H2J Performing Arts Centre. I gave birth to Hermone in February of that year and H2J then became H+2, Hannah, Hayley & Hermione 🙂 I decided to close H2J at the end of 2012 and return home to Adelaide with the girls and taught at a few large Adelaide based schools.
We moved up to Kersbrook in December 2016 and I opened Kersbrook Dance in 2017 – I didn’t really want to drive down the hill as much as I was and still wanted to share my love and passion of dance. I am currently looking at starting classes in other local towns in 2020 therefore I don’t think Kersbrook Dance is a suitable name anymore.
After much brainstorming and a few new names on the shortlist I decided that I would like to go back to H2J as it means a lot to me. So in 2020 we will be known as H2J Dance – I am actually very excited. You will see our socials and website start to change in the next couple of weeks. I thank you all for your support of Kersbrook Dance over the last 3 years and I hope you continue to support us as H2J. I am excited to see what 2020 brings.
Thanks and Keep Dancing
Now H2J Dance