IPAS – Creating Strong Performers with Stronger Minds!
Isolation Performing Arts Studio (IPAS) celebrated our 30th year in 2019. This significant milestone caused us to pause and reflect, reminiscing about our long history training some of Melbourne’s best performing arts talent. More importantly, it made us excited about our future.
We feel extremely fortunate as a studio. IPAS grew organically, but from a foundation of hard work, expertise and passion for what we do. Over the years we have attracted amazing and professional team members, whose passion is reflected in our student success stories.
Whilst we are well-established, we understand the need to evolve to fit the needs of our students and the world they live in today. We have spent our 30th year planning for new and exciting opportunities, and we hope our students and families love these as much as we do. We have also been considering how to further focus on the wellbeing of our students.
Our team are the cornerstone of the studio, both nurturing and caring for our students whilst they teach them the technical skills and knowledge required to become established performing artists. Together, we articulated the important relationship that performing arts teachers have with those they teach, as these students spend the majority of their formative years with us. We not only train them to achieve personal excellence in their chosen disciplines, but also pass on as many life skills as we can.
In the world we live in today there are a myriad of pressures influencing our children – from the expanse of technology available and the resulting pressures from social media, to school and the pressure to achieve perfection. We understand that the ever-changing nature of modern life can be incredibly confusing to youth, leaving them feeling vulnerable. At IPAS, we aim to create a safe space – a place students and their families can consider their second home.
To support this focus on wellbeing for our students, IPAS are sending 11 of our core teachers to participate in an Accidental Counsellor professional development program. This program will enable these teachers to better understand and support our students in their times of need. We wish to develop our team of teachers, not only in their respective arts disciplines, but also in dealing with situations in which they may become “accidental counsellors”.
To further support this, we have also appointed Simone D’Amico as our Wellbeing Ambassador. Simone is a current practicing and qualified youth worker – she has completed a Major in Counselling and is now a member of the Australian Association of Counselling. Her studies have encouraged her to work in government funded organisations as a Young Adults Outreach Worker, and she is currently completing her final clinical placement at high schools in our local area.
Our mission is to ensure that our students have a place where they feel welcome, where they can open up and feel supported by our staff. A place where they can not only enjoy performing with their friends, but feel accepted and understood. Caring for our IPAS Family is paramount, and making IPAS a safe and happy place to thrive is our goal.
You will experience first hand the commitment and loyalty that shines through our accomplished and talented teaching staff and fostered within the IPAS family. Your teachers will provide you with high quality classes, utilising numerous years teaching and industry experience to see you reach your full potential and love of the performing arts nurtured. Students achievement and success is linked to the consistency and longevity of our teaching staff at IPAS and is an essential element to the success of our programs; with many of our current teachers being trained through Isolation Performing Arts programs as students, professionals and teachers. You will be constantly inspired as our students and teachers return to Isolation after working in the Entertainment Industry to pass on their knowledge and skills to the new generation of performers. To read more about each of our amazing teachers, click on their photos.
Check out our Student Credits to see what our past and present family is up to.
While working as a professional dancer in the 80’s Kerrie found not only a love and passion for the performing arts but also an excitement for passing on her knowledge through teaching. In 1989 this led her to achieve her goal and open IPAS. She started in a small scout hall and 30 years later has grown the studio to have the reputation as one of Melbourne’s leading providers of training for the Entertainment Industry.
Kerrie has trained thousands of performers many of whom have careers in the Entertainment Industry, some who now teach for IPAS, others who have brought their own children back to train at IPAS, but one thing they all have in common is the joy and dedication for the arts that Kerrie has passed onto them through their time with the IPAS family. Check out our Student Credits page to see some of the amazing achievements by IPAS students.
Kerrie holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training and a teaching certificate with Southern Federation of Dance.
Wellbeing OfficerSimone is a current practicing and qualified youth worker, she has completed a major in counselling and is now a member for the Australian Association of counselling. Her studies have encouraged her to work in government funded organisations as Young Adults outreach worker and further she will be completing her final clinical placement in local high schools