Our Staff

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Many of our teachers listed below have been with the studio for many years and are equally responsible for the wonderful success Panache Dance Studio now enjoys.

Danielle Pope A.C.B.A- C.I.C.B - Director/Classical Ballet

Training with Panache from the age of 2, Danielle has had the privilege of growing up with Panache as her family under the directorship of founder and Mother Denise Fisher. F.C.B.A.-C.I.C.B. Training in all methods of dance, participating in Cecchetti medal competitions and dancing with the South Australia Ballet Company, Danielle's passion for dance in number 1. Danielle achieved her associate qualification and took over directorship of the school in 2015.


Amy Handley ADip.C.B.A-C.I.C.B - Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Amy Handley began her dance training at Panache Dance Studio during which time she excelled in her examinations and was awarded the Cecchetti Silver Medal. At age 15 she won a place at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School majoring in Dance then continued on in the Bachelor of Dance tertiary course. Amy worked as professional dancer and actor in Sydney and overseas before returning to Adelaide to begin her teacher training. She achieved her Cecchetti Associate Diploma in 2018 and specialises in teaching Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz.

Kay Cranwell  F.C.B.A. - C.I.C.B - Classical Ballet

Kay was born in Adelaide where she grew up learning first RAD and then Cecchetti.  During her professional  career she danced in ballet companies and in musical theatre in Adelaide.  Besides choreographing ballet and musical theatre she was the Channel 7 pantomime choreographer for many years. Kay has owned two dance schools during her 56 years of teaching Cecchetti ballet.  Most notably the Kay Cranwell School of Ballet which is now Panache Dance Studios.   Kay has trained many dancers over her 56 years which many have gone on to professional careers in dance and musical theatre.  Her teaching dynasty encompasses teachers in Canberra, NSW and SA.  She is proud that the school has survived through three generations - Kay, Denise and now Danielle and she is looking forward to passing on her experience to the current generation of dancers and teachers.

Lee Campbell - Tap

Lee Campbell has a Bachelor of Education and has been teaching tap for 25 years. She has taught all age groups from beginners to adults and successfully guided and supported students through tap exams. 

After taking some time away from teaching dance, Lee was drawn back to Panache due to her love of the discipline. She brings enthusiasm and fun to every class; and enjoys challenging her students to reach their potential.


Valerie McDowall BA (Adelaide) Diploma Teaching. Tap

Valerie is the former director of  Ecole de Ballet  (now the UFPA Morphett Vale Branch) and is currently teaching the Adult classes. She has extensive knowledge and expertise and has taught a wide range of styles including aerobics, jazz, tap and ballet.


Peter Anderson - Musical Theatre

Has been dancing since a young age in different styles then studied Contemporary in High School. I found my passion towards Musicals when I auditioned for a school show piece titled 'High Hopes'. I received one of the main roles as a stage actor and we entered an Eisteddfod, which we ended up winning!

A year later I was selected at an audition to dance and act for a touring show. The team was lucky enough to perform in Dance and Circus schools across China. 

Whilst studying in high school I also decided to try Sport Aerobics as an ice breaker from Dancing and Acting. So I entered the aerobic comps. To my surprise I ended up placing 1st, winning Gold at the Australian Junior Aerobic championships.Two years later I also became a dancer in an Australian Hip Hop team which also placed very high (4th in the World).  Nowadays I train dancers in many different styles from Hip Hop to Heels.

Ive also been working in the Fitness Industry for 15 years. I teach BodyPump, BodyAttack and Zumba. Im fortunate enough to also be given the opportunity to mentor many Fitness students who are currently studying to become Dance and Fitness Trainers.