Inspiration Dance Academy is a dance school located in the heart of Jannali in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney. We also have a music school called Inspiration Music.

Our goal is to provide a nurturing dance school for beginners through pre-professional dancers, inspiring the joy and passion of dance by fostering creative expression.

We offer a variety of dance forms to aid in exploring the wonders of dance. Our mission is to share our passion and love for the performing arts to all our students and families at our dance school.


Hayley Woodward
Jessica Atkins
Freya Griffiths
Kasey Harlum
Abbey Hobden

Kristina Richmond
Jasmine Maksoud
Lara McPherson
Erin Cox
Emma Creighton


Miss Hayley has been the principal of Inspiration Dance Academy since 2008. Her goal was always to form a school with a safe and nurturing environment for all students and to grow what she now calls her IDA family

Hayley studied performing arts and danced under the direction of the highly recognised Sarah Boulter and Lisa Bowmer and is a graduate from a full time performing arts course at the highly respected Ev & Bow Fulltime Performing Arts School.

Since the age of 3 years old the passion for dancing has been the inspiration that has lead to many great achievements for Hayley. As a young student Hayley auditioned and became a member of both the 2001 American Tour Group and the 2005 World Tour Group, which then gave her the opportunity to study under some of the most prestigious teachers and choreographers throughout the world.

Her achievements as a young dancer have given her much respect in her field. Just to name a few, she was awarded the 2003 Senior Jazz Scholarship, at the Sutherland Shire Eisteddfod. She was the youngest competitor in the competition at only thirteen years of age and surprised the adjudicator with her mature performance of “Bonnie and Clyde”.

In 2004 & 2005 Hayley was a finalist in the prestigious Australian Dance Idol Competition held in Sydney with hundreds of competitors and she was in the final 10.  In 2005 Hayley was the highest scoring competitor in the regional showcase championships, winning all dance sections in the showcase. 

In 2007 Hayley was placed 1st in the state by the NSW Board of Studies for her dance HSC which was an extremely prestigious achievement and was awarded to her by Morris Iemma, and highly publicised throughout the media.

In 2008 Hayley was a finalist in the Open age Contemporary McDonalds Performing Arts section that is of the highest standard in Australia.  Also she was a member of the $5000 winning piece for the highly prestigious “Dance of the Champions” held at the Science Theatre Sydney University.  This competition involves more than 500 elite dancers.   

Hayley has a love of choreography and has put together many pieces for championships and scholarships at many eisteddfods around Sydney and Wollongong with outstanding results. Also she is responsible for choreographing school dance ensemble pieces throughout the shire and local areas. Her 2005 piece, ‘Bound against Freedom’ was recognised and selected to be performed as part of the Student State Dance Showcase as well as the State Dance Festival.

Hayley has been involved in many performing arts productions including modelling and acting such as 2008 Luna Park Sydney commercial, “Cassie Davis film clip”  “Town Hall Steps – Disco Film Clip” “De Ja Vu Cabaret” “The Wrong Show” and appearing in “Underbelly 3” and “Home & Away”

Hayley has also completed her Royal Academy Of Dance, Certificate in Teaching Ballet Studies and is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance along with sending many students through their exams. She has also taken many courses such as the professional Zumba instructor course and can’t wait to share her knowledge with you.

Important in this industry is Hayley’s contacts in the performing arts fields and her enthusiasm to assist students in finding areas that can expand on their passion for performing.

To further her career Hayley has attained a Diploma and certificate IV in dance teaching and management.

Miss Hayley is so looking forward to another year of working with the students to make a fun, safe and rewarding experience for all involved and looks forward to passing on her love of dance and the performing arts!


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    Craig is the founding owner/operator/principal of Menai Music and Inspiration Music. Craig has over ten year’s professional teaching experience. He is an accomplished musician with 15 years writing, recording and performing as an independent singer/songwriter and teacher.

    Craig has achieved many prestigious awards over the years including Top 100 finalist in Australian Idol 2006, Top 20 Finalist in Telstra Road to Tamworth 2008, Top 10 Finalist in Gympie “Maton Talent Search’ Gympie Muster 2009 and the winner of the Brand New Star Gina Jeffrey’s award in 2012.

    Craig released his debut album in 2011 followed by his debut film clip release ‘Bondi Smile’ in December 2011 which was played on TV channels such as Country Music Channel. Many songs received air play right across Australia.

    Craig is a committed teacher/musician & performer who is always writing and honing his skills in all areas of music and his personal musicianship development.

    With each year of growth and experience he proves that you can do what you really love in life. A belief he endeavours to instil in his young and older students.

    To check out Craig’s sound go to www.craigwoodward.com


    If you’re looking for a fun, caring environment to dance then try Inspiration
    Dance Academy, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. Click on the
    button below to book your FREE lesson or call Miss Hayley on 0438 259 697.