About Us

A boutique performing arts school led by imagination, movement, story telling and play…

Experience the wonder…


The Little Moves approach is wholistic and integrated allowing children to explore, engage and respond within a creative learning environment. Our primary focus is to cultivate a positive and nurturing student-teacher relationship enabling your child to grow and thrive. We celebrate artisitic identity, personal endeavor and social connection.


Children are nurtured and inspired in each Little Moves class to use their collective curiosities to delve into different worlds and transform into wonderful characters. Their inate willingness to learn is fostered and enhanced through play-based ballet, storytelling, improvisation and sensory stilumi.


Through a progressive program and carefully crafted exercises, our students develop important foundational dance technique. Little Moves programs reflect current research, connecting movement and higher-order thinking, by interlacing educational concepts which support cognitive development, spatial awareness, gross and fine motor skills, and dance technique. 

The Little Moves difference…


Little Moves welcomes all children of all ability levels to enjoy the freedom and expression that learning dance can bring. Our experienced teachers are experts in how children learn and thrive, and  pride themselves in creating a nuturing, warm and encouraging environment.

 parents welcome

Uniquely, our parents and carers are warmly welcomed to view each and every Little Moves class, from Petite Moves (3-4years) to Kindy Moves (4-5). Dance With Me classes are specifically designed for the participation of both dancer and carer.


We love when our students express their individuality and uniqueness. Little Moves does not require  formal uniforms, however, students are encouraged to wear dance attire which allows for freedom of expression and comfort.  Dance shoes can be purchased after their Sample Lesson.


Little Moves aims to be accessible whilst providing quality tuition in movement education on a term-by-term basis. We accept mid-term enrolments, offer makeup lessons for unforeseen absences, do not charge a ‘registration fee’ and offer siblings and dual-enrolment discounts.

Meet the Team

Miss Maddi

Director and Owner

In 2012 Miss Maddi started teaching at Little Moves under the mentorship and expertise of Susie O’Shea, during her final year of high school. 

Initially, employed as an Assistant Teacher, Miss Maddi was accepted and danced in Queensland Dance School of Excellence, completed a BA Fine Arts (Dance), undertook an international exchange program in teaching, and is a now Director of Little Moves. 

Starting ballet at 13 years old, Miss Maddi had completed her Intermediate Royal Academy of Dance exam and was accepted into Queensland Dance School of Excellence, within 18 months. Training under Eva Kohout, an ex principal ballerina of the Czech National Ballet, Miss Maddi most enjoys the freedom dance brings to the performer. 

Miss Maddi is passionate about encouraging all children to enjoy the magic of dance and movement. After teaching the Little Moves program for over a decade, she loves seeing how individual students respond to stimuli, themes and props used in the studio.

Miss Maddi treasures the student-teacher relationship and hopes to make every Little Mover feel safe, nurtured and excited about coming to class.

Miss Mia

 Senior Teacher

Miss Mia started at Little Moves as an Assistant Teacher in 2016 while completing her final years of high school.

Her teaching skills were trained and developed by Susan O’Shea and Maddison Taylor over the following years, while becoming familiar with all Little Moves programs. In 2022, Miss Mia became a Senior Teacher, and continues in this role while completing her final year of study in Occupational Therapy at university. She has completed her Progressing Ballet Technique teacher training under the tutorage of Miss Marie Walton-Mahon.

Miss Mia enjoys the holistic benefits of dance training for young students, and believes that age-appropriate dance programs can develop children’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

A former Little Moves student herself, Miss Mia is passionate about continuing Little Moves’ ethos and values. She has seen firsthand how the Little Moves program can inspire confidence and pride in dancers, through its gentle and creative approach to dance education.


Miss Holly

Senior Teacher

Miss Holly is a widely experienced dance and drama teacher with a passion for performing arts education. She is committed to building supportive and positive relationships with her students and creating a learning environment that enables students to have courage and achieve their goals.

 Holly began her dance training at age 3 and continued training in RAD ballet, jazz and contemporary throughout her high school years. Upon graduating, she was accepted into The Victorian College of the Arts where she trained in Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation, Duo and Contemporary and Ballet repertoire. 

Miss Holly has been lucky enough to join several dance companies on secondment, including TAS Dance, Dance North and Bangarra Dance Theatre. She continued her training overseas where she participated in the Detelbre Dansa workshop (Spain) and Gaga training with company members from Bathsheva Dance Company (Tel Aviv). 

Miss Holly graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Graduate Diploma in Dance Education (Secondary). Miss Holly’s wealth of experience and knowledge has lead her around Australia, teaching in Primary, Secondary and studio settings. 

Miss Holly began teaching at Little Moves in 2023 and adores teaching her students in the drama and dance programs.  

Ms Susie


Ms Susie started Little Moves in 2010 with the view to developing a dance school, which fostered a creative and unique approach to movement education. 

Using her 20+ years of teaching experience and her extensive knowledge of cognitive and kinesethic approaches to learning, Ms Susie created the Little Moves Ballet and Creative Dance program – a program which immerses children in beautifully crafted exercises that are centred in play and artistic expression.

Ms Susie is RAD trained and holds a BA in Fine Arts (Dance) and Grad Dip (Education). After teaching Dance and Drama at Cairns State High School from 1997-98, Ms Susie moved back to Brisbane and introduced the subject of Dance to All Hallows’ School in 2000 and went on to develop the school’s extensive curricula and co-curricula dance program until the arrival of her two sons, Xavier and Hugo.

Ms Susie has a passion for introducing the Arts to young imaginative, minds and believes in the endless, life long benefits of multi-sensory engagement that only dance education can provide. She also enjoys mentoring young teachers and developing positive and meaningful connections with her students and parents.

“Little Moves is such a wonderful experience for our daughter. It is far beyond a class or activity, it is a treasured time for students to explore their own confidence. For our daughter with special needs, the care and warmth of the whole team gives her more access to the positivity and power of dance than we could have imagined.”

Let their first experience be little moves

Little Moves offers a friendly and playful environment for children to express themselves through dance, creative movement and drama.

Get in Touch By Email

Little Moves is a boutique ballet and creative dance school, with three studios on Brisbane's Northside. 

If you would like to schedule a Sample Lesson, please get in touch via email with your preferred day and time.