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Congratulations KHSD's own Dimity Azoury. The Australian Ballets newest Principal. We are so extremely proud.

December 2019


Congratulations to Charlotte Fisk who has been selected to attend the Sydney Dance Company’s 2020 Summer Contemporary Youth Dance Lab at the Sydney Dance Company Studios January 6-10 inclusive. This Dance Lab has been specifically designed for young dancers who show commitment and passion to their dancing and allows young dancers to work with industry-based artists and observe alongside Australia’s leading contemporary dance company in action. A super opportunity! Charlotte was one of only 14 students selected from 100+ applications. The course will be run by Holy Doyle, dancer with the company for the last 7 years, Rafael Bonachela and choreographer Zachary Lopez. 

Charlotte is also the recipient of the 2020 KHSD Contemporary Scholarship


December 2019

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Congratulations Georgia Willshire who has been recently attended The Royal Ballet School’s Winter Intensive in Japan, December 2019!  Georgia has also been offered a place at The Royal Ballet Spring Intensive in Hong Kong 2020! Congratulations Georgia

December 2019

Congratulations to our lovely group of 11-15yr old KHSDians who took part in the Russian Master Classes and NSW Classical Ballet Awards at the McDonald College College in Sydney. Super proud of you all!

Woo hoo! 11 year old Charli Seymour took out 2nd Place in the 11-12 year old section.

Teachers and adjudicators were Sergey Konstantinov and Irina Konstantinov from The Australian Ballet School

October 2019

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Caitlin Melhuish has been offered a residential place on the Covent Garden Summer Intensive at the Royal Ballet School! What a wonderful opportunity for Caitlin.

We are all so pleased and excited for her.

July 2019

So proud of these lovelies representing KHSD at the AHA Awards in Wellington NZ.     Eloise, Georgette and Caitlin.


April 2019

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Wonderful news! Congratulations to Eloise Alsop, Cailtin Melhuish and Georgia WiIshire. Eloise has been accepted into the Conservatory Program and or the 5 Week Advanced Summer Intensive in Chicago at the Joffrey Ballet Academy, the official school and only training program of the Joffrey Ballet Company. USA! The Conservatory Program is for a select number of students displaying a high level of technique, dedication and artistry. We are so proud and pleased as punch for the recognition for you Eloise. Caitlin has been offered a place in the 5 week Advanced Summer intensive at the Joffrey Chicago Ballet School and Georgia has been offered a place in the Junior! Very proud of you girls.

April 2019

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Georgia successfully auditioned from a field of 200 11 and 12 year olds to be 1 of 30 to appear in the Victorian State Ballet Company’s production of Don Quixote in Sydney in March

February 2019

The KHSD family would like to congratulate Ms Kim who was presented with the RAD Presidents Award. This evening at cocktail party at the Hyatt Ms Kim received the award from Bronwyn Watkins and Luke Rittner of the RAD. The President’s award is given to an individual who has for many years dedicated themselves over and above the call of duty to the Royal Academy of Dance in particular and to the art of dance in general. I think we can all agree that’s Kim Harvey. Presidents awards are a rare and distinguished honour. What a way to start 30 years of KHSD!

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Congratulations to the following 2018 KHSD Graduates who were offered places for 2018.


Eva Tear was offered places at WAAPA and Transit Dance

Eva has chosen to continue her training at WAAPA

Wendy Seo was offered a place at WAAPA

Wendy has chosen to continue her training at WAAPA

Mikayla Brady was offered a place at ED5 International

where Mikayla has chosen to contune her musical theatre studies.

Well done everyone!

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Congratulations to KHSDians Caitlin Melhuish and Charlotte Barker who represented KHSD and themselves beautifully at the RAD Bursary ACT Semi Finals at our very own studios KHSD@The Oak.


The adjudicator for the day was the very accomplished Adrian Burnett. So proud of you both and we are very pleased to announce that Caitlin will represent the ACT at the National Finals.


Caitlin danced beautifully at the finals and all of KHSD is very proud of both Caitlin and Charlotte for their achievements.

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Congratulations to the following 2017 KHSD Graduates who were offered places for 2018.


Marcel Cole was offered places at WAAPA (both Diploma and Bachelor), QUT,

Sydney Dance Company Pre-Professional, Transit Dance and New Zealand School of Dance.

He was offered a Vice Chancellor Scholarship of $10,000 for study at QUT.

Marcel has also been offered a scholarship to the Bolshoi Summer Intensive

in New York thanks to the Youth America Grand Prix Australian

Workshops - this will be taken up in 2018 

Marcel has chosen to continue his training at New Zealand School of Dance

Elliot Dunn was offered places at WAAPA (both Diploma and Bachelor), VCA and QUT.

He was also offered a Vice Chancellor Scholarship of $10,000 for study at QUT.

Elliot has chosen to continue his training at WAAPA

Sabrina Madaffari was offered places at WAAPA (both Diploma and Bachelor),

QUT and Transit Dance.

Sabrina has chosen to continue her training at WAAPA

Kate Bitmead was offered a place at WAAPA (Diploma).

Kate has chosen to continue her training at WAAPA 

We also like to mention 2015 graduate Katerina Babajanov who in the

middle of the year moved to Russia to continue her training at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

Well done everyone!

Congratulations to Kate Bitmead and Sabrina Madaffari who are Semi Finalists for the RAD Genée International Ballet Competition 2017. After a lot of hard work and attaining a Distinction for Advanced 2 the girls have qualified to compete this year at the Genée held in Lisbon Portugal. From 7 – 16 September the girls will participate in classes and coaching to then present a class on stage and their variations in front of a panel of judges (Dame Monica Mason - former Director of The Royal Ballet, Christopher Hampson - Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Lynn Wallis OBE - Former Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Dance) Ms Kim and all of the KHSD faculty are very proud of Kate and Sabrina and wish them the best of luck and fun in Lisbon.

Congratulations to KHSDian Charlotte Barker- accepted into the Joffrey Summer School 2018 USA with Scholarship and an offer for the 4 year Full time course. We are so proud of you Charlotte

Kim Harvey School of Dance @ the Oak received the

"Art in Architecture Award" for its beautiful facilities

from the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 ACT Architecture Awards. The awards evening was at the National Arboretum on Saturday 25 June 2016

Congratulations to all KHSD dancers who recently participated in eisteddfods over term 2.

We would like to mention on top of fantastic results overall a special congratulations to the below.

Canberra Dance Festival

Kate Bitmead - Winner of the Senior Classical Scholarship, SportsTec Scholarship and Bellairs Voucher

Charlotte Barker - Winner of the Intermediate SportsTec Scholarship

Adele Hansen – Runner Up Junior Classical Scholarship

Emily McGrory- 1st Runner Up ACT Junior Theatrical Scholarship

Olivia Smith- 2nd Runner Up ACT Intermediate Theatrical Scholarship

Mikayla Brady- Winner of ACT Senior Theatrical Scholarship


Wollongong Eisteddfod

Mikayla Brady - Winner of the Senior Theatrical Scholarship,

Most Outstanding Senior Tap Award 


City of Sydney Senior Ballet Scholarship

Quarter finalists – Marcel Cole & Kate Bitmead

A few of KHSDs soloists performed recently at Riverside Dance Festival. The fantastic results can be seen here. We are very proud of every KHSD dancer who participated and performed showing their love of dance goes beyond KHSD walls. 

It was lovely to sit in the audience and watch all the young dancers and choreography at Escalate on Sunday 9th April 2017. KHSD is Especially proud of Mikayla Brady and her choreography and her fellow KHSDian dancers Sabrina Madaffari, Elliot Dunn, Marcel Cole and Olivia Smith (pictured). You can read a lovely review of the showcase here. Thank you Liz Lea and Ausdance ACT for this wonderful mentoring initiative and all the mentors. Mikayla was very blessed to have Paul Knobloch as her mentor. Anyone interested in being involved in Escalate in the future can follow this link for more details.

Congratulations to 2016 KHSD Graduate Emily Mulholland who was offered places at

VCA - Bachelor in Dance and WAAPA - Bachelor in Dance.

Emily will be continuing her professional dance training in Perth at the

Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts


Well done Emily!

On December 10 2016 Charlotte Barker represented KHSD and the ACT/Southern New South Wales in Sydney as a finalist in the RAD Genee Dance Challenge. We are all very proud of Charlotte. 

Click on the photo to read more about it in the Canberra Times article.

Congratulations to the following 2015 KHSD Graduates who were offered places for 2016.


Laura Rainey - offered a place at VCA- Bachelor in Dance for 2016 but has chosen

to accept an offer at the Queensland Conservatorium through Griffith University

for a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Voice Performance


Aliya Chalmers will be continuing to dance with (NAISDA) 

The National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association Dance College


Isabelle Knevett will be continuing to dance at Ev and Bow, Sydney


Annie Kruger - ACPA, Adelaide Company of Performing Arts


Charli Scott - VCA Bachelor of Dance


Katerina Babajanov will be continuing to dance  at AMPA. Kat was also offered places at the National College of Dance, Transit Dance and Queensland National Ballet School


Also Zahra Dixon former KHSDian who recently completed training at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet will be continuing to dance with the New Zealand School of Dance this year.


Well done girls!

Kate Bitmead (pictured right) recently represented KHSD at the ACT RAD Bursary Semi Finals in Sydney. She is off to Melbourne at the end of November as the ACT finalist. Well Done Kate!

Kate Bitmead (pictured left) recently competed in the prestigious Robert & Elizabeth Albert Junior Classical Ballet Scholarship for 14 & 15 years, which is apart of th City of Sydney Eisteddfod. Kate progressed through to the Semi Finals. Well done Kate!

KHSD's Dimity Azoury has been promoted to Soloist with The Australian Ballet. We are very proud and excited to see her bright future with The Australian Ballet unfold.


Recently KHSDian Antonia Hewitt has accepted a contract with Rambert Dance Company in the UK. Antonia has been dancing with the Royal New Zealand Ballet as we are very excited to follow her on her continuing dance journey.

2014 KHSD Graduates have a many choices for their future in dance. 
They have a lot to be proud of and we are very proud of them.

Olivia Hendry - WAAPA Classical Diploma, QUT BA in Dance Performance, VCA BA in Dance,

Joffrey Ballet NYC and AMDA USA. Olivia was offered a $10,000 - Vice-Chancellor's Creative Industries ( Dance ) Scholarship from QUT for 2015. 

Olivia has chosen to continue her studies at WAAPA.


Gabrielle Carter- WAAPA Diploma in Classical Dance, QUT BA in Dance Performance,

VCA BA in Dance, Joffrey Ballet USA, AMDA USA.

Gabby has chosen to continue her studies at QUT.


Natalie Whalley - WAAPA Diploma in Classical Ballet or BA Contemporary Dance,

QUT BA in Dance Performance, VCA BA in Dance, AMDA USA and BA in Musical Theatre at

Federation University.

Natalie has chosen to continue her studies at WAAPA.


Montanna Cloos - WAAPA Classical Diploma, QUT BA in Dance and VCA BA in Dance


Jack Whiter - NZSD Classical Stream, Queensland Ballet Pre Professional Year and WAAPA Classical Diploma.

Jack has chosen to continue his studies at NZSD.


Talisha Jackson - Shortlisted Disney Hong Kong


Information on past KHSD students is constantly updated and we have many dancing

and performaing in Australia and around the world.

If you would like to know more about past students please click here.

KHSD and the Canberra Area Theatre Awards 21st February 2015
The CAT awards nominations dinner was on the 15th of December 2014, a big
Congratulations to KHSD who have received the following nominations for the
ACTEWAGL Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards 2014!

Best Dance Production - Oz the Great and Powerful


Best Costume Designer for a Musical or Variety Show - Oz the Great and Powerful 


Best Dance Performance by an Individual or Ensemble - 

Olivia Hendry (As Theodora in the Oz the Great and Powerful

Elliot Dunn (for his role in the Smash Medley in Dance Delights 2014 


Patricia Kelson Encouragement Award 

Zac Medved in Oz The Great and Powerful 


Also nominated for roles in their school productions are KHSDians


Best Youth Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Annie Kruger as Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, Brindabella Christian College 


Best Youth Actress in a Leading Role in a Play.

Natalie Whalley as Kate in The Taming of The Shrew, Daramalan Theatre Company 


Best Director of a School or Youth Musical

Past Student Lucy Smith for The Little Mermaid, Daramalan Theatre Company, Canberra


Well done to all of KHSD!


A huge congratulations to Eliza Sanders 

A 2014 New Zealand School of Dance Graduate (contemporary stream)

Eliza was accepted into the Sydney Dance Company Pre Professional Year. 

However she will not be taking up the offer.

Instead she will be exploring the world of dance

with a $10,000 grant from the Australia Council.

KHSD and the Canberra Area Theatre Awards 22nd February 2014
The CAT awards nominations were on the 16th of December 2013. KHSD was loved by every judge who came along to the concert and many fantastic things were said about everyone involved in the show. On Saturday 22nd February KHSD performed the 'Intermission' piece from MY FAIR LADY at the CAT awards after a request from the organisers. Again there was an overwhelming positive response to our performance. The Musical Theatre and Acting talent of the Canberra region is phenomenal and we were very lucky to be a witness to a few of them at the awards gala.
We were very honoured to be included in this amazing event and congratulations to all!
Best Dance Production:
Winner - My Fair Lady and Dance Delights 2013
Best Dance Performance by an Individual or Ensemble:
Nomination - Jack Whiter as Prof Henry Higgins
Nomination - Gabrielle Carter as Eliza Doolittle
Winner - Intermediate Contemporary for Skyfall
Best Costume Designer for a Youth or School Production:
Winner - The Costume Team for My Fair Lady and Dance Delights.
Willam keeps the dream alive in NZ.
Our fabulous William has been offered a contract with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. William is excited to start the New Year with the company. 
For more about William click here
Gabby and Olivia do KHSD pround in Scotland at the 2013 Royal Acadamy of Dance International Genee Competition.
In September 2013 Gabrielle Carter and Olivia Hendry travelled to Glasgow to participate in the Genee ballet competition with 60 other dancers from around the world. Gabby and Olivia qualified for this prestigious event by achieving a distinction in their Advanced Two exam which was an achievement in itself. We are very proud of the girls and how they performed at the Genee. 
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