Live, breathe, dance
Hooked on Dance
Welcome to Hooked on Dance, a school in Melbourne focused on achieving exceptional standards of dance. We believe in nurturing creativity and artistic development, and offer a warm and positive environment to foster the growth that all dancers want and need. Reach out today to learn more about the classes and how to get involved.
Meet the Team
You’re in Great Hands
Paula Di Pietro
Paula has been dancing for over 20 years and has a diverse range of dance experience. Originally started in Ballroom then quickly fell in love with Salsa in 1998. Since then Paula focussed on street Latin styles including Salsa, Bachata, Zouk and Brazilian Samba. She completed Cert 4 in Dance in 2011 and then went on to opening her own dance school (Hooked on Dance) teaching Salsa, Bachata and Zouk. During this time she has consistently developed her skills learning from many elite artists such as Edie the Salsa Freak, Liz Lira and Korke & Judith. Paula has taught, performed and competed locally and internationally and many different congresses. Paula has placed more emphasis on Bachata Sensual in the past 5 years and recently trained with some of the world class instructors in Spain at Sensual Week. Paula holds a number of titles including World Salsa Cabaret Champion 2015/16, Cha Cha runner up ALDC 2017, Vic Bachata Cabaret Champion (ALDC) 2017.
The Bachata team
Aileen, Kim, Chun & Tarmi
These talented dancers are currently rising stars striving towards excellence and a dedicated friendly team that regularly assist in Bachata Sensual classes.
Classes We Offer
Bachata Sensual Party
This class is a favorite among many of our students. Everyone loves the opportunity to explore the new dance moves taught in this class, while also mastering the classic moves. Paula will take you through specialised moves each month with guest instructors. Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today or follow our Facebook page - Hooked on Dance.
Weekly Classes - Monday/Thursday nights
The Bachata Academy
A night of fun and movement for Bachata Sensual lovers. Every Thursday a 1.5 hour class is offered for Beginners as a 4 week course. Next one starts Thursday 10th January. Contact Paula 0401066050 to book your spot!
Mondays from 7:30pm Level 1 and Intermediate classes are offered as casual or book upfront for the month. Starts Monday 7th for 2019. Starting with a fun warm up for all students the group is then taught a social routine. The team at Hooked on Dance are dedicated to help you develop the correct foundations. The instructors are committed to giving each student attention while also moving the class forward. Everyone is welcome, no partner required. Feel free to contact Paula on 0401066050 for any questions. See Facebook invite here
Time to shine
Led by Paula Di Pietro, this class gives you the opportunity to perform and travel with us. Many of our dancers love taking this class, as it gives them the opportunity to learn new movements and easily showcase their talent. Interested in learning more? Performance training is every Saturday at United Styles. Get in contact with a member of our team, we’re happy to answer any questions.
Whether you’re looking to learn new dance moves or hone in on your existing talent, this class is what you are looking for. Paula is committed to giving each student one on one attention while ensuring the correct technique is understood. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about this class or any others - simply contact us on 0401066050 for bookings.
Need entertainment for your next party?
HOD offers flexible, affordable latin entertainment for various parties. Special themed classes for your hens party, wedding, corporate event. Salsa, Bachata, Beyonce style and themed classes to get your party started - contact us now for prices and info. Paula has been catering for special events for many years including notable latin festivals, theme parks, weddings and hens parties. Great way to spice up your party with a little Salsa class without breaking the budget. I can come to your or help with hiring a studio. Email me on for your quote now.
Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 10pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:30pm
Free street parking available on Brighton Road and Chapel Street. Trams on both Brighton Road and Chapel Street.
175-177 Chapel Street, St Kilda East, VIC 3183, Australia