Heard about CM Dance and want to learn more about our dance school?

We love that you’re here!

Having played an important role in the development of hundreds of children, we understand parents and carers researching a dance school for their child wants confidence in their choice. Most are looking for straightforward answers to important questions like:

  • How will you support my child?
  • What is your school’s teaching philosophy?
  • Why should I choose this dance school in Brisbane?

On this page about CM Dance, you’ll find answers to all these questions and more.

Our back story

Want to learn a little more about CM Dance? We’ve shared our back story here so you can.

Established nearly two decades, and built on the dance and 30 plus years of academic teaching experience of our founder and director, Clare Michelsen   CM Dance is a dance school where kids of all ages, shapes, sizes, and ability learn to dance and perform.

Recognising the need for a Brisbane dance school with a holistic approach to teaching dance, Clare started CM Dance, offering Irish and [other] lessons. Since those first classes, CM dance has grown, both in size and in the range of dance styles  taught at its two studio locations in Coorparoo and Camp Hill.

Our philosophy

When asked about CM Dance, we provide reassurance that for us, teaching dance to our lovely students is about more than learning steps to music. It’s about nurturing and supporting your child as a whole, encouraging their creativity, individuality and self-expression.


At the heart of what we do is a conscious intention to nurture and develop talent, while also inspiring a love and appreciation of many dance styles. Recognising every child is different, we celebrate achievements at every level, from Little Dancers to our Irish dancers competing on the world stage. At CM Dance you will find a commitment to providing a safe and positive environment where all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.

Our values

When you join CM Dance, you become part of our community, sharing the values that guide and direct the way we work with our students, each other, and the broader dance community.

Families who join our community share the values of our teachers and students. If you would like to understand more about how we can support your child to grow in creativity and confidence, we would love to hear from you.

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Many parents will ask Why should I choose CM Dance? We like to answer that question with total upfront honesty. CM Dance is a dance studio that does things differently, putting the overall development of your child front and centre of the way we teach.


Whole dancer focus – Every child is encouraged. Delivering pastoral care by focusing on the individual as a whole, we aim to bring out their best.

Quality of teachers – Our teachers are dancers at heart, both as students and professionals. Together, they share a common passion for dance and teaching children.

Family friendly – Families are the heart of our business and we strive to make all welcome in the CM Dance family.

Affordable tuition – Classes are priced to make dancing affordable for families, including those with more than one child and/or taking multiple classes.

Beginner to professional level – All levels of ability and aspiration are encouraged and supported, including students who wish to pursue dance professionally.