Narelle Gillies - Principal
South Eastern Allstars — formally the South Eastern Academy of Dance — has, for almost 25 years, helped its aspiring student dancers, cheerleaders and acrobats develop a high standard of technique and achieve their full potential, in a safe and supportive environment.
SEA was established by Narelle Gillies in 1995. Narelle’s love of dance and passion for cheerleading has seen SEA become a dance and cheerleading hub in Melbourne’s south-east. Narelle says, ‘My passion began with dance, and particularly tap dance. Eight years ago I was introduced to cheerleading, combining our acro and dance skills was a great direction for us to take and I fell in love with the sport. I love to share my passion and knowledge of cheerleading, dance and acrobatics to build our students’ self-esteem, confidence, creativity and musicality. SEA’s vision is to inspire lifelong joy and positive growth through cheerleading, dance and life’.
SEA’s purpose-built studio complex in Cranbourne has three separate studios, one of which has a fully sprung, cheerleading floor, providing students with a
Our qualified, experienced team of coaches aims to inspire each student to reach their maximum potential. We emphasise respect, commitment and teamwork, so all students, whatever their characteristics and abilities, can achieve their full potential.
‘To inspire life-long joy and positive growth in cheerleading, dance and life.’
SEA welcomes students of all ages and abilities, whether they are pursuing a dance career or coming along for recreation, fun and fitness.
Many of our graduates have continued on to the Victorian College of the Arts, and many have taken up professional theatre and teaching positions in Australia and overseas.
All our classes are taught by qualified, accredited coaches. Our dance coaches hold diplomas, teaching certificates and other qualifications from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in the dance genres they coach — classical ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, acrobatics, lyrical dancing, pom and musical theatre.
Our cheer coaches hold credentials from the International All Star Federation (ISAF).
Each coach also holds a current working with children certificate and first aid certificate, which includes resuscitation.
SEA’s purpose-built studio complex in Cranbourne has three separate studios:
The studios also feature dual-level ballet bars, audiovisual systems, extensive mirroring and evaporative cooling.
Our studio complex also has:
The welfare of our staff and students is of paramount importance to us. We have a CCTV recording system with multiple cameras that operates 24/7, a monitored security system and extensive security and car park lighting.
Student mentor program
SEA offers the opportunity for young, aspiring dancers and cheerleaders to work alongside an experienced staff mentor to learn and develop their teaching skills. We offer this program every 12 months, with students building their knowledge and skills over the entire year.
SEA's cheerleading teams consistently place at the top of the field in state and national cheerleading competitions. Our competition teams range from the beginner to elite levels, and our teams have won several State Champion and Grand Champion awards.
We have dance (pom and jazz) teams that compete alongside our cheer teams, and duos (by invitation only) that consistently qualify to compete at AASCF Nationals. Our students also compete as solo competitors in all genres including tap and song & dance, and they also compete at dance eisteddfods around Melbourne.
SEA give students the option taking Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing exams in tap, jazz and contemporary dance, and Royal Academy of Dance exams in classical ballet.
We recommend that students do exams: most students find them thoroughly enjoyable and build confidence through the experience. Students are awarded a certificate and medal, in recognition of their hard work. SEA students consistently achieve outstanding results in examinations.
SEA’s end-of year performances at the George Jenkins Theatre at Monash University’s Peninsula campus at Frankston are the highlight of the year, where our students showcase their dance and cheerleading techniques and routines.
Each year, we also organise a mid-year display at the Langwarrin Performing Arts Centre in June. Students wear more-casual class attire and perform solo, duo and team routines they have been learning in class.Book a class or private lesson