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About MarShere Dance Classes Melbourne


The largest Dance Studio Group in Australia

Run by the family, for the family!

MarShere is the industry leader when it comes to Latin, Ballroom, New Vogue and Street Latin styles of dance! We have been operating for over 30 years and have developed a successful system where people of all ages learn how to dance in a fun and friendly environment.

Whether you attend dance classes in Melbourne to learn, to exercise, or even socialise; you are assured to have a great time!

The Franchise Council of Australia

MarShere Dance Studios is a proud member of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA). As we have expanded using a proven franchise system, this recognition by the FCA not only within the dancing industry, but within the franchise industry, is a real honour and milestone for the work that we have completed.

The Franchise Council of Australia Limited (FCA) is the peak body for the $131 billion franchise sector in Australia, representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers to the sector. MarShere Dance Studios has been a proud member of the Franchise Council of Australia since 2013.

For more information on the franchise sector, including changes, news and evets, please click the link below.

Franchise Council of Australia

Our History

From running a couple of classes per week out of a school hall, into one of the largest dance studio groups in Australia - this is our story.

MarShere was established in 1981 by Mark & Sheryl O'Donoghue at a school hall in Burwood Heights, Melbourne. From it's first class, they have since developed a system of tuition based on family and caring. In having a family themselves, it allowed them to develop a special formula for not only the individual, but for the entire family.

What has made MarShere so successful is that this business is based on the three basic reasons why people dance: to learn, exercise, socialise. This focus that Mark and Sheryl have created has turned MarShere into one of the largest dance studio groups in Australia. Mark and Sheryl call it their "extended family".

Why MarShere? - "Mark & Sheryl"

Mark and Sheryl have accomplished many things through their own dancing careers:

  • Australasian Champions
  • Travelled England & Europe, competing in Blackpool reaching the Final 48 in the World
  • Adjudicators on ABCs TV Program - That's Dancing
  • Instructors & Demonstrators for P&0 Cruise Line
  • Instructed in many overseas countries including the Philippines, Thailand & China

Today, their aim is to take MarShere Dance Studios to a new level - to make dancing something that the whole family can do, and enjoy together.

As Mark and Sheryl say: "No matter what your ability, the hardest step is always the one to walk through the door!

Our Achievement Awards Structure

Because it is all about achieving!

MarShere Dance Studios have developed it's awards structure for over 30 years. The different levels of Achievement Awards start from Bronze and go through to Silver Bar, with Gold Performance Awards continuing up to Supreme Performance Awards. These Awards were created to recognise the effort and "Achievement" of students who have learnt these routines throughout the term!

These Achievement Awards can be completed for each of the four styles we teach at MarShere Dance Studios: Latin, Street Latin, Modern and New Vogue. Each style is in it's own way a 'thread' that you can follow to complete Achievement Awards through the system.

Each Achievement level elevates in difficulty in routines and technique, and to reflect this each level of trophy is larger than the previous.

These Achievement Award trophies are handed to students at Cabaret Nights and Mid Year and End of Year Balls once they have completed the dances required for that Achievement Award. These nights are full of fun, entertainment and public dancing. Please see our Functions Tab for more information on these nights.

Achievement Awards can be completed though Achievement classes, private lessons, or a combination of both. Most students utilise both so they can get the most out of their dancing!