About Us

The Studio Arts Centre was founded in 1932 by South Australian dance pioneer Joanna Priest O.B.E. As well as being a well known school for children, it provided initial training for world renowned artists and dancers such as Stephen Baynes and Kenneth Rowell.

Priest directed her own ballet Company, The South Australian Ballet Club, from 1939 with Lynette Tuck as Principal Dancer. As the school continued to flourish, Priest ran her classes in specially built studios behind her house on Childers Street, North Adelaide.  Well known dancers and choreographers nationally and internationally were produced under the guidance of Priest and her staff. 

Priest remained Principal of The Studio Arts Centre into her eightieth year, when Christine Sears, her Senior Teacher at the school took the role.  When Priest died in 1997, Christine Sears and Lynette Tuck began to run the school and relocated to The Baptist Hall on Tynte Street, North Adelaide.  They continued The Studio Arts Centre's long standing tradition of providing a nurturing and creative dance environment. 

Upon Christine Sears' retirement at the end of 2008, she offered the running of The Studio Arts Centre to her two longest standing students, Alexi Tuckey and Annisa Carstensen. Alexi and Annisa have been under the tuition of Christine Sears and various other teachers within the school since 1985. With over 40 years of dance experience between them, Christine Sears felt Alexi and Annisa were well equipped to run the school and continue to nurture young people. In 2012 they completed the Ausdance Skill Set, the nationally accredited training programme for safe dance practice.

We pride ourselves with providing a Child Safe Environment and our Child Safe Policy can be viewed here.