As a lot of parents do, we wanted to provide the opportunity for our children to dance from an early age to develop their sense of rhythm and also confidence. Their first dance studio offered jazz ballet, tap and traditional ballet. This was nice at the start but after a couple of years, their routines were becoming a bit inappropriate for their age, and being a more conservative type, we have found that dancing style was not quite what we had in mind. Ballroom dancing however is a very elegant, graceful, traditional and respectful style so we looked around for a school that caters for young children.

We visited a couple of schools accepting young children but found that they were being operated more like a childcare centre rather than a ballroom school. We found Penrith Ballroom and it was exactly what we were looking for. Not only are the children taught ballroom dancing, there is discipline and respect, rather than organised chaos. Therese has many years of experience behind her and shows a lot of dedication and passion to ballroom and to all of her students. The lessons and medal programs are well structured and purposeful and always aim to achieve a high outcome, to the extent where our children were able to achieve high grades for their medals. Not only do we gain pride as parents, but the kids themselves feel satisfaction and pride knowing that the achievement has been earned rather than handed to them.

At Penrith Ballroom my children are socializing in a fun safe environment making friends while building up their confidence to be able to dance on the floor in front of a crowd. What more can we ask for….

Eric and Aizeret Lee - Bligh Park

When we started with Penrith Ballroom Dance, all we had was a vague idea that we wanted to do more than just move randomly in time with the music and we had looked enviously at those couples who could actually dance. Neither of us had the slightest idea of how to dance, we both had 'two left feet' and we were very nervous at appearing foolish and uncoordinated.

How wrong were we!! Our fears and apprehension were totally groundless, and the first lesson with Therese was fantastic, we were dancing together in an hour from introducing ourselves and not feeling at all nervous. The standard of teaching is extremely high, informative, easy to learn, tailored to individual standard but above all makes it easy to learn dances that we had only heard of....cha cha...jive...rumba...samba, to name but a few, and we are now keen to dance whenever we can.

Above all our experience at Penrith Ballroom dance is that it is FUN. We would recommend it highly as a great way to exercise and enjoy yourself.

John and Margaret Boyter - Mt Riverview

In my experience, learning to dance at Penrith Ballroom Dance has been fantastic. I first joined the studio when I was 12 years old and took part in the children's beginners class. I worked hard and enjoyed every moment of it, progressing through the years and the medals.

I am now 16 years old and I have come so far with my dancing skills since that first day that I now have a private lesson of my own each week and have had the wonderful opportunity to assist my teacher with the children's classes every week. In doing so I have had the opportunity to learn the man's steps as well as the lady's and have been given the experience of partnering the children in their medal tests.

My lessons are very fulfilling and each week I walk away feeling like I have 'conquered' a particular step or dance. I can only look forward to what I am about to learn next. I joined Penrith Ballroom Dance not knowing anybody, but quickly found myself at home with the friendly, fun but professional environment. I have found the teaching style at the studio to be dedicated and progressive. I look forward to every lesson and have grown to love ballroom dancing through my experience at Penrith Ballroom Dance.

Tamlyn Gresser, Glenmore Park

Before starting our lessons with Penrith Ballroom Dance in late 2005 we were apprehensive and somewhat nervous. We did not know the difference between a rumba, samba or cha cha cha. Even foxtrot, waltz and quickstep were just names of dances we had seen in crosswords. However, at our first lesson we were warmly welcomed and found how easy it was to take our first steps ... literally.

We find Therese's teaching style to be highly professional and extremely competent. She has developed us to where we can confidently take on various dancing challenges ... socially and under examination conditions.

We highly recommend anybody to attend either the Penrith Ballroom Dance private lessons or join the scheduled group classes.

Neil and Anne Ratcliff - South Penrith

My fiance loves to dance, whereas I could not, and she wanted to dance at our wedding, not just stand there and sway.

Before we started our lessons I didn't think it would be possible for me to learn to dance, until I met the principal of Penrith Ballroom Dance. I said to my fiance that she doesn't know how lucky she was to find a teacher like Therese. Therese not only made me feel comfortable, but I actually enjoyed having lessons, so it was easy to continue.

We danced at our wedding with confidence, totally dumbfounding our guests, something I never thought would happen. Thank you Penrith Ballroom Dance and in particular - Therese!

Jim Mueller, December 2007