Mrs Danielle Small


Principal & owner of Southern Star Academy of Dance

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Danielle is extremely passionate about providing a safe place for students to learn, love and grow within the art of dance. With over 30 years of dance experience, Danielle thrives on sharing her expertise with her students, nurturing their journey and providing a strong role model for them to look up to.


Danielle has been teaching dance for 22 years and celebrated Southern Star’s 15 year anniversary in 2022. Mrs Small is also an Australian Teachers of Dance examiner, Danielle is held in the up-most regard with in the dance industry. Danielle examines different dance schools throughout Australia and internationally, continually expanding on her knowledge and experience and bringing it back to our students here in Dalby.



Licentiate Teachers Diploma (ATOD)

Advanced Associate (RAD)

Grade 8 Musical Theatre (Trinity College)

Cert IV in Training and Assessments (TAFE)

Australian & International Dance Examiner (ATOD)

Module 1 (Acrobatic Arts) 

Acrobatic Arts Examiner

Advanced Jazz (ATOD)

Advanced Ballet (ATOD)

Advanced Tap (ATOD)

Advance 2 Ballet (RAD)

Blue Card

First Aid Certificate

Ready Set Dance Qualified Teacher 

Career Highlights:

  • Opening the Southern Star Academy of Dance 2008

  • Teaching the winning teams of international bids to compete at Worlds 2012  

  • Travelling to China with a SSAD team to represent Australia in 2015

  • SSAD reaching its 15th year operating as a small business 2022

  • Being appointed an ATOD examiner & travelling internationally 2017

  • Opening the new branch of SSAD in Chinchilla in 2018

  • Opening the new branch of SSAD in Tara in 2022