Kirsten Canniford - KDA Studio Owner
Associate Member of ATOD, Cert IV in Dance Teaching & Business Management, Intermediate Classical Ballet ATOD, Elementary Jazz, Blue Card, First Aid Certificate
Kirsten was born and grew up in the town of Kingaroy. Kirsten started dancing lessons in Kingaroy at the age of three years. At eight years old Kirsten was ‘tiny tot leader’ of her dance school, and ever since that day had her eyes set on becoming a dance teacher. As well as competing in many eisteddfod competitions, in 2007, Kirsten was selected and competed in Sydney for her school at the ‘dance Fever’ interstate competition, where she represented QLD. Kirsten studied the FATD (Federal Australian Teachers of Dancing) syllabus and competed in exams for Ballet and Jazz, walking away with top marks.  In 2012, Kirsten began studying the ATOD syllabus (Australian teachers of dancing) and also sat many exams under this syllabus for Jazz, Ballet and Tap. Kirsten has completed her Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Business Management certificate. In 2015 Kirsten created and became the owner of Kingaroy Dance Academy. In 2017 Kirsten choreographed routines and took a group of students over to the USA to perform at Disneyland, Universal Studios & on the Hollywood Boulevard. Kirsten also performed in the Disneyland Merry Holiday street parade herself.

Kirsten continues to be very passionate about teaching children the wonderful world of dance.
“Miss Kirsten puts her heart, sole, and energy into this wonderful group of young dancers. She supports, encourages and inspires these young dancers to follow their passion and love of dance. She has created and nurtured not just a wonderful dance school but established a community group where lasting friendships have and will continue to be made.” – Linda Watt​​
“Miss Kirsten's tireless devotion to her students, she puts her heart and soul into every thing she does , from classes to Eisteddfod, to concerts. She even organizes fun nights for her students to get together!” – Kim Hughes
Kaitlyn Hannessen - Assistant Teacher
- Gold Medal Ballet, Silver Star Jazz. Silver Medal Tap,  Level 4 Hip Hop-  all with top marks
- Awarded Kingaroy Dance Academy’s Over-all Senior Excellence Award in 2016
- Awarded Kingaroy Dance Academy’s ‘High Achiever’ Award in 2017
- Dance in the Disneyland Merry Holiday Street Parade
- 'Most Promising Dancer Award' (Kingaroy Eisteddfod 2018)
- Elementary Jazz Championship Award r/u  (Kingaroy Eisteddfod 2018)
- Blue Card

Student Teacher Helpers
Lucy Crumpton
Marissa McCann
​Brittany Hannessen
Noleta Grundy

KDA Assitant
Ann Canniford