History of La Vive Classique Academy of Dance


Elizabeth Polson-Galloway managed her first dance school at Harbord, Sydney in 1985 whilst training under the guidance of Tanya Pearson and John Byrne.

At that time there were no ballet or dance classes available in Wauchope or Laurieton, so with the encouragement of local parents, Miss Elizabeth opened her La Vive Classique Academy of Dance in the Hastings region.

In January 1995, Miss Elizabeth was proud to open The Hastings Dance Centre in Port Macquarie. The building was purpose built with three studios for dance training and special flooring for ballet, tap and jazz.


studios at
Port Macquarie, camden haven
And South West Rocks

Official Opening of The Hastings Dance Centre
Port Macquarie 29 January 1995

Miss Elizabeth understands the needs and difficulties experienced by students learning dance in rural areas and has focused her expertise on helping and encouraging these young dancers.

A testimony to the teaching skills of the staff at La Vive Classique Academy of Dance are the number of students who are realising their dance and performing arts dreams. Former students have been accepted into Australian, Hong Kong, Irish, Dutch National, Canadian and Queensland Ballet Companies, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Ballet School, New Zealand School of Dance, Brent Street School of Performing Arts, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, Queensland University of Technology, The National Theatre Ballet School, Australian Dance Performance Institute, Jupiter's Casino as well as many musicals and commercial dance productions.


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