What our parents say

Moving my children to Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance in 2016 was the best decision our family has made in our children’s dancing careers. Having moved from interstate, we struggled to find our new dance family in VIC - until we met Miss Jo. Our whole world has changed! My children have rediscovered their passion and love for dance under the incredibly talented and nurturing hand of Jo and her wonderful faculty. Having a son that dances, finding the right school that caters equally to both boys and girls can be challenging, but Miss Jo has demonstrated that this is not the case at JOKSOD. He is nurtured, is achieving incredible results and is working towards his dream as a professional ballet dancer - one I am confident under the guidance of Miss Jo he will reach. Both of my children love dancing here and spend as much time watching the older students, listening and taking in the wonderful atmosphere as they do learning and perfecting their own technique. All of the beautiful students at Joanne O’Kelly School of Dance embody the vision Jo has - and are living testimony to her methods, kindness and inclusiveness. The quality of teaching, facilities, support, friendships and genuine love that encapsulates this wonderful dance school is second to none and I look forward to seeing my children shine on stage with many, many more years to come as a very proud JOKSOD Dance Mum!

~ Kimberley McSweeney

I honestly cannot thank Jo and all the Teachers for the love and support they show not only my daughter but all students and parents. It takes a special person to have patience to deal with so many children, Jo does that. I know my daughter will remember and have friendships for many more years to come from her years at JOKSOD and likewise for me.

~ Amanda Claridge

My daughter has attended JOKSOD for the last 3 years and in that time I have seen her grow into a beautiful and talented little dancer. The minute you walk through the studio door you are greeted with smiles and a special kind of ambiance unique to this ballet school. Students are nurtured to reach their full potential (in their own individual way) and this is testimony to the hard work and dedication delivered by technical experts in the field of dance. I am delighted that my daughter can be part of this as not only does this ballet school develop her dancing/technical skills but most importantly it is teaching her life skills that she can carry right through to adulthood.

~ Kirsten Harris

My daughter has attended this ballet school for the last few years. She could not be happier there, forming many lovely friendships with other students. They offer the highest calibre for both students pursuing dance as a fun, healthy hobby, and for the more dedicated student seeking a career in the industry. The teachers are highly skilled, yet kind, caring and nurturing, allowing the students to grow and perform to the very best of their abilities. Events are well organised and the concerts are absolutely stunning. Our family could not recommend this dance school more highly.

~ Kat Woods

My youngest daughter started at JOKSOD in Pre-School and after seeing her sister have so much fun at dancing my eldest decided to join last year. I cannot express enough how much joy and happiness dancing at JOKSOD brings to both my girls, and I could not be more grateful for finding this incredible school. They are both nurtured so beautifully in their technique and development in dance, whilst having the time of their lives during class, competitions and concerts! It was the best decision I ever made about extra-curricular activities and I would recommend JOKSOD to everyone! 

~ Becci Stalker

I so highly recommended this beautiful dance school where the teachers are gentle, caring and fully qualified! It is the most fabulous environment that was a second home for our daughters for more than 15 years. Not only did they learn to dance beautifully, but also developed other life skills such as confidence, organisation, work ethic, discipline and team work. Belonging here helped them relieve the pressures of year 11 & 12 studies too! It’s so beautiful to see the lifetime friends they’ve developed...not to mention the ones I have with other parents from our time there too! 


~ Michelle Shreeve 

Amazing dance school with a strong focus on correct technique. Wonderful teachers who provide encouragement, energy, fun all in a nurturing environment.

~ Sarah Howden

There just aren’t enough words to say how much you & the entire JOKSOD Family have meant to us & the amazing development & self confidence that your school has instilled into Tess, through your shared love & passion of dance. JOKSOD has been a massive part of our lives. We have an abundance of treasured memories, of awesome choreographed dances, both solos & troupes, photos & videos of all those awesome times. So many memories of comps and friendships, that we both will treasure. Your devotion, love, support, passion, never ending drive, inspiration, beautiful creativity, in getting the best out of all your students is so greatly admired & deeply appreciated, which I know will always make JOKSOD stand out from a crowd. With your awesome teaching faculty , amazing Mum (never to retire) & lovely Leanne, with all the wonderful & magnificent behind the scenes helpers, your brilliant success as an awesome dance school will certainly continue for many years to come.

~ Deb Hanna