Daele never out of step in 50 years

Dance instructor Daele Fraser celebrates 50 years in the profession this month.
Dance instructor Daele Fraser celebrates 50 years in the profession this month.

Since beginning her teaching career and opening the Morley Dance Studio in Morley in 1972, Ms Fraser has trained thousands of students for exams, competitions and social dances. Some have gone on to become national and international stars.

‘I have taught Todd McKenney and Carmelo Pizzino over many years and briefly taught Hugh Jackman at West Australian Performing Arts,’ she said.

Having played a part in their dance training, Ms Fraser said she was very proud and happy to see each of them achieve the goals and successes in their respective careers.

She said her ballroom dancing career started when she was 16 years old but her passion for dance began at a young age as her parents were good social dancers.

‘I first went to Alan Butcher Dance Studio but after two years moved to Wrightson Dance Studio which was one of the best decisions in my dancing career,’ she said.

‘I competed at the top level as an amateur, then when I went to Wrightson’s I turned professional and competed and won state championships.’

Ms Fraser said her greatest memories as a dancer were winning the WA State Championship and ‘having the great honour on 13 occasions to have been Australia’s representative judge at world championships in many different countries’.

This year she will again fill a judge’s seat by representing Australia at the World Latin Championships in the Czech Republic in November.

Being an honoured member of the ballroom industry, Ms Fraser holds the highest qualifications with fellow degrees in modern ballroom, Latin American and Australian new vogue, as well as English old time dancing.

Today, Ms Fraser operates Daele Fraser Dance Studio on Rudloc Road in Morley.