Children's Dance classes at Parkwood Dance Academy, Park Orchards

About Us

All Over the World… people just love to dance!

Parkwood Dance Academy is managed by The Hof Family – Myffie, Elyse and Jessica; each bringing over 20 years’ experience in Performing Arts – Examinations, Teaching, Performing, Productions and Education to the Manningham community.

The Park Orchards dance school was founded by Marlene Mayall in 1976. The  Hof’s have been involved with the school since 1992 and have managed it for almost 15 years. The School is well regarded within the dance industry and is considered a leader in dance education.

PDA conducts classes in 4 purpose-built dance studios at Domeney Recreation Centre. Their teachers are experienced professionals who attend regular industry workshops to remain current in their dance styles and to update their teaching skills. All teachers have been approved for a  Working-with-Children-Check. Many of them have completed dual qualifications in dance and dance teaching as well as  Certificates and Degrees in Physiotherapy, Pilates, Massage therapy, Medicine, Musical theatre, and Law. Senior staff has experience dancing and teaching interstate and overseas both privately and commercially.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to encourage students of all ages and levels to experience the world of dance while gaining the benefits of self-esteem, poise and physical well-being. Classes provide a fun and educational environment that encourage both happy and intelligent dancers.

Myffie Hof

Myffie Hof


Myffie has been involved in the Arts for the past 40 years and associated with PDA since 1992 when her two daughters enrolled in their first ballet classes. Fifteen years later, she and her family took over the management of the Academy with the intention of upholding the legacy of inclusion established by the Founder, Marlene Mayall.
Myffie has enjoyed running PDA and is one of the few people who can honestly say – it isn’t work, it’s who I am.

Elyse Hof

Elyse Hof

Reg R.A.D. CBTS, C.S.T.D. Blue Sash. Events Manager. Creative Movement Kinder Dance Program Manager

Teaching: ballet, contemporary, jazz, exam, solo choreographer, creative movement dance & body conditioning.
Elyse recently completed her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management with ADi.
Elyse studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Tap at PDA before being accepted into one of Australia’s leading dance programs at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she studied full time dance (BA Dance) under the guidance and mentorship of many renowned choreographers. Following her study years, she was invited to dance with Moving Words; a contemporary/lyrical company headed by Christine Barratt. Elyse returned to PDA to teach as well as various local dance schools before owning and managing her own dance school.
She has since completed further study and gained her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet teaching Registration under the mentorship of R.A.D. tutor Julie Fleming. She is currently a Senior Teacher in ballet and contemporary, solo choreography, CSTD contemporary, jazz and tap and has much experience in tutoring R.A.D. teachers.
Elyse is also trained in Pilates and Massage Therapy and combines techniques to promote core strength, muscle control and flexibility in her students.

Jessica Hof-Steel

Jessica Hof-Steel

CSTD Jz/Dip, Tc/Th, Tc/Tp, Blue Sash, Cert IV DT&M, Cert IV TAE. Dance & Exam Manager

Teaching: jazz, tap, exam, contemporary, ballet, solo choreographer

Jessica has danced for twenty six years in many styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Drama and Singing. She studied many years at PDA until being offered a position in full-time dance at the Dance Factory where she studied Certificate IV in Dance and Performance. She also holds CSTD Theatrical, Jazz and Tap Teaching certifications and has completed the highest level of performance examinations to gain her CSTD Blue Sash. More recently she achieved her Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and a Training and Assessment with Australian Dance Institute.
Upon completion she was invited to become an assessor for ADi, assessing schools all over the country in the ADV syllabus.

PDA is a member of AusDance and is affiliated with 2 well established and globally recognised dance societies:
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dance (CSTD). These provide the syllabi for the Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary examinations offered at PDA.

PDA is also affiliated with Australian Dance institute (ADi) who are the providers of the Certificate I, II, and III VET program offered, which in later academic years can be awarded towards student VCE  ATAR scores.

As well as the range of styles and classes that Parkwood Dance Academy offers, we provide many events, performance opportunities and current information regarding extra- curricular events. All of these combine to ensure our students are offered breadth to their practical knowledge and application of Performing Arts.

PDA has an excellent depth of pathways and programs of study.  There are classes to suit 3-year-olds to Adults with a wide range of skills and abilities, for study or fun and fitness. There are teaching programs, classes for special needs students and a performance team of elite,  highly committed dancers who wish to continue their dance training at tertiary level.

Parkwood Dance Academy’s dance programs seek to develop and enhance Students gross and fine motor skills, social development, confidence, discipline, co-ordination, technique, artistry and stagecraft.

Parkwood Dance Academy is a strong proponent of Sir Ken Robinsons’ statement and endeavors that:

“Creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated with the same status.”

Parkwood Dance Academy Information

The studios are located central Park Orchards and are in walking distance from public transport, cafes, and a local shopping strip.

The venue prides itself on its maintenance and cleanliness and boasts natural light and easily  accessible outdoor areas for family time.

The superbly appointed dance spaces are modern, clean and spacious and a proud second home to many dance students.

Parkwood Dance Academy has established itself as Leaders in Dance Education in the Manningham community having enjoyed an overwhelming number of registrations from enthusiastic beginners to advanced students joining our safe, fun, friendly and motivated environment!! We are one of Victoria’s largest Comdance (previously known as CSTD) examination schools and we entered over 60 students into RAD Ballet Exams and Awards in 2019. We boast a 100% pass rate with over half our students gaining Honours, Honours Plus and Distinctions.  

PDA believe that if our students are enjoying themselves, they are more likely to produce better results. Our teachers are encouraged to motivate the students with individual and creative teaching applications that improve technique and increase each student’s confidence.

Past Students of Parkwood Dance Academy have been accepted into:
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School
Victorian College of the Arts (Dance)
Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certificate
Dance Factory (Full- time)
Royal New Zealand Ballet School & Company
Australian Ballet School & Company
The Space (Full-time)
Patrick Studios Australia
Disneyland Tokyo
Russian Choreographic Academy
Spectrum Dance
Ministry of Dance
Patrick Studios Australia
Kelly Aykers Full Time
Ballarat Academy of Performing Arts (BAPA)

All adult staff and volunteers are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards all children. Parkwood Dance Academy is an inclusive community that does not distinguish between Aboriginal, culturally, and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. We have zero tolerance to racial, cultural or religious discrimination.
PDA promotes the safety, participation and empowerment of those with a disability.

All personnel are responsible for actively supporting and embedding the culture of safety, participation, well-being and empowerment of children at all times by:
• adhering to this child safe policy and upholding this statement of commitment.
• taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse.
• treating everyone with respect.
• listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or
the safety of another.
• ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child.
• reporting any child safety concerns or allegations of child abuse to the Executive of CSTD Child Safety, the police or the relevant child protection agency.
• if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe.
• encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

Staff and volunteers must not:
• develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be viewed as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children).
• exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical. Dance by its very nature requires some physical touch for correction. Teachers can create a safe environment by asking permission of students first.
• do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
• engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children with use of inappropriate language in the presence of children.
• express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children
• discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability.
• have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without our child safety officer’s knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting).
• have any online contact with a child or their family (unless necessary, for example providing families with e- newsletters).
• ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.

By observing these standards, you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code to the Principal of Parkwood Dance Academy.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to Parkwood Dance Academy. We will not sell, rent or trade your personal information to any third party. We will take special care to protect the privacy and security of your information. This policy explains our information practices and the way that Parkwood Dance Academy collects and uses your information. This Privacy Commitment covers the information you provide to us offline, online, written and oral.


REGISTERING for classes
we collect contact information such as contact name, address, phone number, e-mail address and student information such as student name, birthday and relevant medical conditions. Some of the information is required to manage studio business and will not be used or sold for any other purpose, except as described below. The remaining information is requested to help us better understand our customers and is used only as needed for studio business. This information will not be used or sold for any other purposes, except as described below.

Parkwood Dance Academy will access your personal information and/or share it with third parties only for the following purposes: (i) as needed for studio business; (ii) if required to do so by law or to comply with legal process; or (iii) to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the public.
If you have any questions about our Privacy Commitment or if you wish to update or remove any of your personal information, please contact the office.

Our websites will link to other sites and services from time to time. Parkwood Dance Academy will always attempt to associate with only the most trustworthy partners who share our high standards regarding privacy. Nevertheless, we are not responsible for the content of and privacy practices of any other companies or websites.

We take all reasonable steps to protect all of the personal information we hold from misuse, interference and loss, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Hard copy information is generally stored in our offices which are secured to prevent entry by unauthorised people. It is usually archived for 5 years and then destroyed.

Access to your financial information is restricted to our authorised staff only. Your credit card authorisations are single use only and are destroyed after processing.