Our Mission


Dance from the heart!


Our mission is to nurture your child’s love of dance, inspiring them to dance from the heart and express their individuality. Our approach to teaching is personal and tailored to each child throughout their dance journey. We pride ourselves on our teaching methods, developing dancers with strong technique and an appreciation for dance. We are committed to making a difference in the world of dance education and training.

Diakosmos Dance Academy was established by Dianne De Battista in 2001 offering specialised dance programs.  Our Dance Studio is located in Thornbury, in the heart of Melbourne.

Our Legacy

The Diakosmos Dance legacy is to empower people through dance to unleash their authentic spirit to create external manifestations of beauty.  

Our Core Values are:

  1. Inclusive: Acceptance of all people and abilities

  2. Honesty: To Inspire, to Dance, to be…..me

  3. Celebrate Achievements: Be excited about learning new things

  4. Quality: Flourish in dance.


We invite, male and female students, toddlers, right through to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), with a range of dance interests and levels of ability to experience the journey of dance from recreational to professional levels. 

Our Teachers

Under the leadership of Dianne De Battista  our teachers deliver quality dance programs. They are qualified, professional and experienced performing artists and dance educators.  Our teachers aim to provide a caring, supportive and positive environment; encouraging fun while supporting individual creativity and utilising the benefits of a safe and professional dance practice. Also important they are dedicated to constantly enhancing their own skills and knowledge.




Our Dance Classes - In Fully Equipped Dance Studio in Thornbury, Melbourne

At Diakosmos, we believe that dance should be accessible to all. We strive to create a fun, safe and secure environment to enable students to develop their skills, technique and confidence.  We are focused on student centered learning that combines theory and practice.


At Diakosmos, we genuinely care about each and every student. We believe that to be successful, each and every student should gain a sense of achievement. Dancing is about giving giving equal opportunities to all, and fostering a love for dance across the entire spectrum of abilities.



Our classes at Diakosmos Dance Academy provide young dancers with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of dance genres such as: Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre, Singing, Acrobatics, Character, Body Conditioning and Pre-school Dance program-Ballerina Butterflies, Tinniest Tappers and Creative Kids.  Suitable for both recreational and professional needs up to and including Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE Dance) and Victorian Certificate of Education/Vocational Education and Training (VCE VET Dance). 


Click here for a complete list of our Dance Classes at our Melbourne studios.


The Benefits


  • Builds strength

  • Coordination

  • Flexibility

  • Artistry

  • Self confidence

  • Confidence in public speaking

  • Performance techniques

  • Grace

  • Good posture

  • Creativity



Our VCE Dance students have gained excellent results and we are proud to now offer VCE VET Dance program. Learn more about VCE &VCE VET Dance programs in Thornbury here.



Our Winter and Summer Concerts


Highlights our students’ progress, celebrates their achievements by providing performance opportunities. 


The Winter Mid-Year Concert is held at our studio in Thornbury in June each year. It is an opportunity for students to showcase what they have learnt during the first semester. All students have the opportunity to perform. The highlight of the Winter Mid-Year Concert is the Diakosmos Dance Academy Choreography Award. Students of all ages and abilities are invited to choreograph and perform their own dance.


The Summer Concert is held in a Melbourne Theatre in December each year.  Diakosmos is committed to nurturing our students creative talents, improving technique and artistry in performance.  Students will have the opportunity to perform in one or all of the following; Ballet, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.

Our dance academy in Thornbury

At Diakosmos we are proud to provide our male and female students with high level excellent dance training and individual attention so they may excel.  Students are encouraged to extend themselves to achieve at their level of need. This helps male and female students develop emotionally and physically to be the best they can be.


  • To provide all students with high quality dance education, be it for fun and recreational or for those who aspire to be professional dancers.

  • To promote the joy of dance in a fun, positive and caring environment.

  • To offer male and female students with an environment that promotes self-confidence in about their own creative and performance abilities.

  • To learn and understand the benefits of correct body alignment and posture, coordination, flexibility and physical control. 

  • To provide our students with performance opportunities by participating in our Winter and Summer Concerts.

  • To develop knowledge of performance skills and the use of artistry in class and on stage.

  • To encourage fun while supporting individual creativity.

  • Highlighting the benefits of contemporary dance based on the Martha Graham technique.

  • Offer and encourage opportunities in Cecchetti Ballet exams.

  • Offer and encourage opportunities in dance competition.

  • To provide students with high quality dance and musical theatre training required to participate inprofessional auditions.

  • To offer and encourage opportunities to audition if students choose to pursue a career in the performing arts

  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills

  • To encourage peer support

  • Dance from the Heart! At Diakosmos Dance Academy in Thornbury, Melbourne.


Diakosmos Dance Academy gives our students the opportunity to dance from the heart and gain professional skills in the Performing Arts by providing them with two fully equipped dance studios located at 4 Newcastle St, Thornbury 3071. 


For any questions, queries or feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you. You can reach us at dance@diakosmosdance.com.au

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St James Parish Centre

4 Newcastle St

Thornbury, VIC


0413 999 845


We have students from North Melbourne, Preston, Ivanhoe, Brunswick, Clifton Hill, Northcote, Darebin, and Thornbury

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