Marks 65 years’ dancing with community

TRAINING three generations of dancers out of the same Chester Hill premises, Rhonvic Brolga Studios is celebrating a milestone after having chalked up 65 years in the community.

Founded by Shirley Reeves in 1958, the studio was named after her daughters Rhonda and Victoria.
When Rhonda took over in 1971, she added ‘Brolga’ – Australia’s dancing bird the crane – to represent the new era.
Her mother started with six students, friends of 10-year-old Rhonda who had dragged them there after school but within a short time, there were over 100 dancers enrolled.
Teaching ballet, tap and hip hop for children and tap and dance movement for adults, Rhonda has 30 students enrolled and says her small classes mean students receive private tuition without the private costs.
Now 74 and believing dancing has kept her young, Rhonda said the only things she’s noticed about the local area in the 51 years that she’s been running the business, is that most of her clientele are now Asian.
“Parents still have the same hopes and dreams for their child as they’ve always had and there is nothing like learning dance to boost self-esteem, discipline and physical and mental health,” she said.
Teaching her own four children along the way, Rhonda feels her mother would be amazed she is still at the helm of the business.
“I think she’d be very proud of the legacy she created,” she said.
Enrolments are now open for 2024; to find out more, call Rhonda on 0419 276 128.