Become a part of the

Rivers family where friendships grow & dreams are made!


“We strive to bring out the very best in each individual student”

Meryn Jones (Principal)


Commitment Focus Determination Confidence


Fitness Friendships

In 2012 Meryn Jones returned full time as co-principal, bringing new choreographic styles, enormous energy and sharing her passion for dance with the Bellingen community. In 2015, she became Principal/owner and now runs the entire school on her own offering the youth of Bellingen modern & professional classes with aspiring teachers whom are freshly creative & original in their styles.

Here at Rivers Dance Centre’86 we welcome everyone, regardless of skill , experience or what level you’re starting at.

Here at Rivers, it’s all about the student’s individual journey, to become the best version of themselves inside & outside the studio!

Our passion is to inspire and nurture the creative ability that each and every student has within themselves, with professional & personal guidance to fullfill their full dance potential.

Get ready to have a great time learning to dance & being active!


Concerts & Performances for all students

No matter what age, level or skill all students are invited to perform at local events & in house productions


Creating memories & friendships for life


Rivers was first established in beautiful Bellingen over 25 years ago by former owner and principal dancer Antonia Erskine. Antonia moved to Bellingen with her family in 1985, establishing Rivers Ballet Studio the following year from the Lodge 241 building, and later built her own studio at Bowra St, where we continue to also hold our ballet classes. Antonia wished to give a welcoming and inclusive place for dance classes for young people's recreational interest and simultaneously to provide a strong foundation in dance techniques for a professional career if desired. With the development of the studio, Antonia felt privileged to share in the artistic and creative life in Bellingen with the Studio's broad range of dance classes & by becoming involved in community events with concerts highlighting the artistry and cultural heritage of classical ballet and National dance as well as current popular styles.

Later, Peter Stock became Co- principal and brought to the school his expertise in Broadway jazz & cabaret dance styles. He was also well recognized for his amazing contribution to the male dance community with his world renowned ‘Stamping Ground Dance Festival’ that was held for 9 consecutive years and generated hundreds of dancers to Bellingen.