We offer an exciting range of Theatrical Dance and Performing Arts opportunities with classes operating out of two full equipped studios.

Classes are:   

Cecchetti Classical Ballet

ATOD Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Hip Hop.


– all fully catering to your child’s recreational dance needs.

For the more dedicated dance student, private and competition classes can be taken for Eisteddfods entry or specific training for auditions into full time schooling.

Our annual End of Year Performances are a spectacular event that is equal to no other as all performances are original and themed based. JPSD must provide for all students, from all dance styles, hence the need for original themes.

Our wonderful teaching team consists of Janis Pianta, Shaun Harvey and Lara Bolger. Guest teachers are invited into the school to further assist the student training and development.

Our Dance School is considered the best in Regional East Gippsland Victoria as we nurture and encourage ‘thinking’ dancers so students become responsible for their own learning. Enjoyment and results are guaranteed.

As quoted by many satisfied parents, “The teachers bring out the best in the child”.

Read below the remark from Karen Malek, adjudicator for over 20 years, Ballet Mistress at Transit Dance, Melbourne.

“I recently spent a delightful day examining at Jan Pianta School of Dance and was thrilled with the standard of work presented.   It is so refreshing to know that East Gippsland has such a high standard of dance training available at its fingertips.   

Country Victoria has produced many fine dance artists over the last 50 years.  I travel not only throughout Australia examining and teaching, I travel the world and can safely say that the standard of teaching in Bairnsdale with Jan Pianta School of Dance is of the highest order.   

Congratulations Jan on the standard of work presented.    I am excited for your future.”


Students have gained entry into the Australian Ballet School ITP, (International Program for Gifted Students), The National Theatre Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, Dance World 301, The Australian Conservatoire of Classical Ballet,  VCE Dance Top Acts, Transit Dance Origins Youth Program, Melbourne City Ballet School Youth Program, SCIMMS, Transit Dance Secondary School and State Youth Ballet Company.

Former dance student Lee Whitechurch, was awarded the highest mark in a VET course from East Gippsland TAFE. Lee completed Certificate 11 in VET Dance in VCE with Victorian Department of Education and Training.

Former student Flether Stubbs was the former Victorian winner in the Australian Ballet School and Telstra Junior Dancer Awards.

We welcome your child into our dance school to experience dance at its very best here in East Gippsland – Bairnsdale.

We now teach second generation children!

Principal/Director – Janis Pianta

Student Testimonials

Justin Zee – As a professional dancer now, I gained my first foundations of classical ballet and dance from Mrs Pianta. 20 years ago I began my training with Mrs Pianta where she exposed me to all genres of dance and introduced me to various guest teachers, workshops, exams and competitions. No dream is too big and Mrs Pianta pushed me when I needed pushing to ensure my dreams came true and they did. After leaving JPSD, I completed three years with National Theatre Ballet School and went on into Eurpose and Asis to be in professional dance companies. JPSD is a second home for me and Mrs Pianta also makes me feel welcome when I return to visit or to teach a class to the next geneation.

Georgia Steel – Whether you come to the dance school for physical activity, confidence, community or to increase dance ability, just to name a few, you can always count on finding a dance family at JPSD that is ready to turn your dreams into reality. Age 15 as of 1/11/2021.