On the ball after 50 years on the dance floor

Dancers David and Betty Gallaher with Daele Fraser inside her dance studio in Morley. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d401629
Dancers David and Betty Gallaher with Daele Fraser inside her dance studio in Morley. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo d401629

Since beginning her teaching career then opening Morley Dance Studio in Morley in 1972, Ms Fraser has trained thousands of students for exams, competitions and social dances with some becoming 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. After playing a part in their dance training, Ms Fraser said she was proud and happy to see each of them achieve their goals and successes.

She said her ballroom dancing career started when she was 16-years-old, but her passion for dance started with her parents who 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’.

She will be a judge 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 a members degree in English old time dancing.