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Nikki

Nikki‌ ‌understands‌ ‌the‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌of‌ ‌growing‌ ‌up‌. She‌ ‌discovered‌ ‌early‌ ‌that‌ ‌dance‌ ‌and‌ ‌fitness‌ ‌combined‌ build ‌children’s‌ ‌confidence, positivity and creativity.

A‌ ‌competitive‌ ‌Latin‌ ‌American‌ ‌dancer‌ ‌for‌ ‌nearly‌ ‌15‌ ‌years‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌age‌ ‌of‌ 8,‌ ‌Nikki‌ ‌adapted‌ ‌her‌ ‌skills‌ ‌in‌ ‌movement‌ ‌to‌ choreograph a ‌thrilling‌ ‌martial‌ ‌arts-inspired‌ ‌children’s dance‌ ‌routine‌ ‌that‌’s ‌fierce,‌ ‌fun,‌ ‌engaging‌ ‌and‌ ‌guaranteed‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌kids‌ ‌take‌ ‌control‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌own‌ ‌lives‌ and have fun!

She believes firmly in the power of mindfulness and the positive flowing energy of a dance ‘mob’, where dancers ‌are ‌connected‌ ‌by‌ ‌a‌ ‌contagious‌ ‌outpouring‌ ‌of‌ ‌vitality‌ ‌and‌ endorphins.

Alarna

If you find yourself tapping to the rhythm, feeling the rush of heat when those samba drums begin, you’ll understand Alarna’s passion for dancing since the age of 7.

Her stellar rise in competitive dancing led to being crowned, with her dance partner, as reigning Australian Latin dance champions for several years. They were undefeated Australian champions until their retirement from competitive dancing.

They won the dancing World Cup in Japan, were awarded British Latin Rising Star Champions, and received several awards across Europe and Asia.

Back home, Alarna loves to inspire children to discover their inner dancer. She firmly believes that everyone deserves to feel the power and joy that only dancing can give.

With Latin dancing’s quick-paced rhythms and playful movements, children feel the hypnotic effect created by paired movements with driving beats. Students build aerobic stamina and develop focused coordination and rhythm.

In this class, students wear black and red capes to swing, stretch and dance in time with Alarna, to great spectacle!

Latin dance enhances fitness, flexibility and confidence. It’s highly interactive, suitable for all body shapes and sizes, and all levels of ability.

 

Chantel

Chantel is a dynamic dance visionary, whose extraordinary career has spanned the globe as a professional dancer, an internationally recognised choreographer and a creative director.

As a naturally intuitive choreographer, she formulates unique and captivating entertainment concepts that create strong audience impressions.

Chantel is also a skilled teacher who can comfortably manage a range of ages, abilities and situations with enthusiasm and dedication.

Chantel is a spirited artist whose creativity shines through!

Samuel

Sam has been called Australia’s‌ ‌answer‌ ‌to‌ ‌Frank‌ ‌Ocean!‌ With‌ ‌African‌ ‌and‌ ‌New‌ ‌Zealand‌ ‌heritage‌ ‌and‌ ‌roots‌ ‌in‌ ‌commercial‌ ‌dance,‌ ‌Melbourne-based‌ ‌Samuel‌ ‌has‌ ‌always‌ ‌been‌ ‌one‌ ‌to‌ ‌stand‌ ‌out‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌crowd.‌ ‌

As‌ ‌a‌ ‌multi-faceted‌ ‌entertainer,‌ ‌when‌ ‌Samuel‌ ‌is‌ ‌not‌ ‌travelling‌ ‌around‌ ‌Australia‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌hopefuls‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌dance‌ ‌like‌ ‌Beyoncé,‌ ‌he’s treading‌ ‌the‌ ‌boards‌ ‌in‌ ‌major productions‌ ‌like‌ ‌The‌ ‌Jungle‌ ‌Book ‌and‌ Hairspray, or‌ ‌opening‌ ‌his‌ ‌heart‌ ‌and‌ ‌soul‌ ‌to‌ ‌Asian‌ ‌audiences‌ ‌on‌ Foxtel’s ‌reality‌ ‌show,‌ ‌Fit‌ ‌For‌ ‌Fashion.

Sam also has another passion that he combines with dance – writing songs‌ ‌and‌ ‌recording‌ ‌demos‌ ‌in‌ ‌his‌ ‌home‌ ‌studio. He’s truly a multi-talented performing artist!

Sermsah

In the Indigenous community, Sermsah’s name is synonymous with theatre, television, film, festival circuits, opera, dance and choreography.

He ranked in the top 14 on So You Think You Can Dance Australia in 2008, when he made history as the first Indigenous dancer on commercial television.

Sermsah is also a radio broadcaster for Joy 94.9, with his own show Urban Dreaming about ‘bridging the gap’ in cultural and spiritual development in education. He uses the arts as a tool for empowerment and teaching. 

Sermsah values his Aboriginal heritage and is a proud Nyikina man from the Kimberley region. He believes in ‘Liyan’ – connection to country, spirit and instinctual knowledge.

As an Aboriginal Australian, Sermsah feels strongly about the atrocities of European colonialism and the displacement of his people in their own country. He is a powerful role model for all Australian children and young people, particularly for Indigenous boys.

Nicola

Nicola, who is Irish Japanese and born In New Zealand, has been performing and teaching internationally since 2009.

She has varied experience leading workshops and classes in a wide age range across different nationalities and countries.

Nicola now shares her passion for dance in many local hip hop studios, dance fitness studios and dance companies.

Lolly

Lolly‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌mature‌ ‌and‌ creative ‌dancer,‌ ‌teacher‌ ‌and‌ ‌rapper‌ ‌based‌ ‌in‌ ‌Melbourne but born‌ ‌in‌ ‌Cape‌ ‌Town,‌ ‌South‌ ‌Africa‌. She’s ‌passionate‌ ‌about‌ ‌working with people‌ ‌and‌ ‌sharing‌ the ‌knowledge‌ ‌and‌ ‌skill‌ she’s built over many years as a performer.

Her‌ ‌vocal‌ ‌experience‌ ‌ranges‌ ‌from‌ ‌both‌ ‌studio‌ ‌work‌ ‌to‌ ‌live‌ ‌shows, and Lolly has‌ ‌worked‌ ‌with‌ ‌many‌ ‌artists‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌Australia‌ as a rapper and dancer. She’s been thrilled to travel internationally and nationally as a performer, with shows like ‌AFL‌ football events, supporting the ‌Missy‌ ‌Elliot‌ ‌Australian‌ ‌tour and JWess vocal‌ ‌artist,‌ ‌Aria‌ ‌Awards,‌ ‌Revolution‌ ‌Tour‌ ‌NZ‌ ‌and‌ ‌Youth‌ ‌Alive‌ ‌Australia performances.‌ ‌

Life‌ ‌and broad industry experience,‌ ‌dance‌ ‌and‌ ‌vocal‌ ‌training have all ‌equipped‌ Lolly well to ‌step‌ ‌into‌ ‌many‌ ‌different‌ ‌settings‌. These have included ‌primary and high schools,‌ ‌dance schools,‌ ‌youth‌ ‌groups and ‌events,‌ ‌prisons,‌ ‌community‌ ‌and outreach programs,‌ ‌church and ministry‌ ‌events,‌ ‌festivals,‌ ‌television‌ ‌and‌ ‌corporate‌ ‌work.‌ ‌

Lolly is an experienced ‌mentor, who has valuable people‌ ‌skills‌ that she uses to get the most out of students as she ‌teaches,‌ ‌empowers,‌ ‌moves and inspires to be the best they can ‌through‌ ‌dance,‌ ‌fitness and‌ ‌music‌.

Ngioka

Ngioka is Wakka Wakka, Ngugi woman from Queensland through her mother, and Birrpai from New South Wales woman through her father.

She completed her Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) at the ​Aboriginal Centre of the Performing Arts​. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) from the ​Victorian College of the Arts. ​

Ngioka is the first Aboriginal woman in her field to graduate from these universities. While studying, she worked with the amazing Vivienne Rogis, Becky Hilton, Prue Lang, Jacob Boehme, Frances Rings, and Lina Limosani.

Ngioka has danced internationally in countries such as Noumea, New Caledonia with ​Compine Maado,​ and Banff in Canada as part of the ​International Indigenous Dance Residency. She also took part in the ​World Dance Alliance ​in France. Ngioka was proud to perform her own work in Los Angeles at the International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference and Festival. She was selected as an Australian delegate for the First Nations Dialogues in New York city.

Ngioka completed a traineeship with renown Bangarra Dance Theatre, ​teaching in rural Victoria with their youth education program, ​Rekindling. She also performs and teaches in remote communities all around Australia with ​Indigenous hip hop projects.

Ngioka is a founding dancer for Mariaa Randall’s Indigenous female dance company, DUBAIKUNGKAMIYALK. She choreographed her first work ​Blood Quantum ​for the YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival 2019.

Dagogo

Dagogo‌ ‌was‌ ‌born‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌entertainer!‌ ‌He’s from ‌Nigeria‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌west‌ ‌coast‌ ‌of‌ ‌Africa‌, where he recalls as a child idolising ‌movie‌ ‌stars,‌ ‌singers‌ and‌ ‌rap‌ ‌music‌ ‌by‌ ‌mimicking‌,‌ ‌learning‌ ‌monologs‌ ‌and‌ ‌making‌ ‌witty‌ ‌remarks.‌ ‌

Dagogo’s‌ skills blossomed ‌through choir‌ ‌and‌ ‌performances‌ ‌at‌ ‌functions, and though he had ‌aspirations‌ ‌to‌ ‌study‌ ‌law‌, ‌music‌ ‌and dance called‌ ‌louder!

In Africa, Dagogo was recruited by ‌a‌ ‌local‌ ‌‘boy‌ ‌band‌’ ‌dance‌ ‌group, leading to his first gig ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌rap‌ ‌artist‌. He watched and‌ faithfully learned ‌the‌ ‌dance‌ ‌moves,‌ which led to another performing ‌opportunity‌ in a professional dance company.

Dagogo’s‌ ‌talents‌ ‌have‌ ‌since taken‌ ‌him‌ ‌all‌ ‌over‌ ‌the‌ ‌world,‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌and‌ ‌performing‌ ‌in‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌15‌ ‌countries.‌ ‌He‌ ‌has‌ ‌received‌ ‌wide‌ ‌acclaim‌ ‌for‌ ‌his‌ ‌show‌-stopping‌ ‌talents‌ ‌including‌ ‌twice ‌winning Couples‌ ‌Dance‌ ‌Champion‌ ‌and‌ ‌Runner‌ ‌Up‌ ‌in‌ ‌Let’s‌ ‌Dance‌ ‌West‌ ‌Africa.‌ ‌

Now, he’s hot property as an ‌accomplished‌ ‌choreographer who also teaches creative‌ ‌development‌ ‌classes‌ ‌for ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌50‌ ‌schools‌. He’s ‌choreographed productions‌ involving more than ‌a thousand dancers for numerous ‌carnivals and events‌. Dagogo is an inspiring‌ ‌and‌ ‌fun‌ ‌dance‌ ‌teacher who always‌ ‌aims‌ ‌to‌ ‌make‌ ‌a‌ ‌student’s‌ ‌day‌ ‌just‌ ‌a‌ ‌little‌ ‌brighter!

Demi

Hailing‌ ‌proudly‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Philippines,‌ ‌Demi‌ is ‌a‌ ‌self‌-taught‌ ‌B-girl‌ ‌(breakdancer)‌ ‌and‌ ‌hip hop dancer‌ who memorably ‌made‌ ‌her‌ ‌mark‌ ‌as‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌Australia’s‌ ‌favourite‌ ‌dancers‌ ‌on‌ So‌ ‌You‌ ‌Think‌ ‌You‌ ‌Can‌ Dance‌ ‌in 2008.

These days, she’s still a performing force to be reckoned with, especially as a devoted mum‌ ‌to‌ ‌her‌ ‌5‌ -year‌ ‌old‌ ‌son. Demi teaches ‌around‌ ‌Melbourne‌ and in 2015, she ‌created ‌and‌ ‌performed‌ ‌a one-‌woman‌ ‌show‌, A‌ ‌Touch‌ ‌Of‌ ‌Grace‌ ‌–‌ ‌Shadow‌ ‌Warrior ‌(Phunktional)‌ for ‌the‌ ‌Melbourne‌ ‌Fringe‌ ‌Festival.

Demi‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌‘pocket‌ ‌rocket’‌ ‌who‌ ‌exudes‌ ‌an‌ ‌infectious energy‌, with a strong ‌commitment‌ ‌to‌ ‌her‌ ‌craft‌ that‌ ‌can‌ ‌only‌ ‌be‌ ‌described‌ ‌as‌ ‌utterly‌ ‌fearless!‌ ‌

Tristan

Tristan came to professional dance as an adult, after completing a Bachelor of Fashion Design, when he discovered that he loved performing in the fashion shows more than making the clothes!

As a child, Tristan had always loved dancing, but he’d been too shy to take classes. He started formal dance training at 24 and completed a Diploma of Dance 4 years after that. Tristan then took on an Alumni Scholarship to extend his training.

His dancing is strongly focus on floorwork, agility and exploring kinesthetic movement patterns. Tristan’s approach centres on finding comfortable and authentic ways to move, recognising that dance is both a practice and an exploration of self-expression. He has enjoyed some exciting performance opportunities like The Real Housewives of Melbourne, dancing in festivals around Victoria and in Melbourne.

Tristan is also a qualified yoga instructor and has been teaching weekly classes for several years. For several years he has focused on mindfulness and spiritual wellbeing to improve mental and emotional health. Tristan’s wellbeing ethos resonates strongly with our own special focus on flow and positive energy.

Holly

Holly has an extensive background working with young people from all walks of life as a social worker. She is passionate about making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of others.

With her experience in yoga teaching, pilates, dance, counselling, meditation and mindfulness coaching, Holly can connect with young people and support them along towards better health and wellness.

Holly loves to share her wellness knowledge with others and help students to build strength, find balance, focus within, expand awareness and bring increased responsibility to live in alignment with their essential selves.

Sean

Sean is a proud ‌Kuku‌ ‌Nyunkal‌ ‌man, from the‌ ‌Kuku-Yalanji‌ ‌nation‌ ‌of‌ ‌far‌ ‌North‌ ‌Queensland,‌ ‌Cape‌ ‌York.‌ ‌He believes that he inherited his vocation as a dancer from his ‌ancestors, the Black‌ ‌Cockatoo‌ ‌people and the‌ ‌Sunset‌ ‌Ceremonial‌ ‌people, known historically as the most‌ ‌easterly‌ ‌group‌ ‌of people to‌ use the ‌didgeridoo.‌ ‌

Sean has performed across Australia and ‌internationally‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌diverse‌ ‌range‌ ‌of‌ ‌audiences,‌ ‌with‌ many well-known artists‌. He choreographs and performs ‌didgeridoo, traditional‌ ‌dances‌ and ‌songs‌ ‌for‌ special ‌ceremonies‌ ‌and‌ events like in ‌2009 and 2010 for the Governor‌ ‌General‌ ‌at‌ ‌Kirribilli‌ House,‌ ‌the 2014 Telstra‌ Indigenous‌ ‌Fashion‌ ‌Awards,‌ a didgeridoo‌ ‌performance‌ ‌for‌ ‌Kofi‌ ‌Annan,‌ ‌former‌ ‌Secretary‌ ‌General‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌United‌ ‌Nations and the Yigi‌ ‌Yigi‌ ‌workshops global‌ ‌eclipse‌ ‌gathering in Oregon, USA.

Sean has also created ‌community‌ ‌arts‌ ‌and‌ ‌cultural‌ ‌engagement‌ ‌programs‌ ‌for‌ local and state governments ‌in‌ ‌NSW‌ ‌and‌ ‌Queensland.‌ He lectures ‌and‌ holds ‌workshops‌ ‌on‌ ‌traditional‌ ‌Aboriginal‌ ‌history,‌ ‌science,‌ ‌spirituality,‌ ‌architecture,‌ ‌art‌ ‌and‌ ‌culture‌ and is a didgeridoo‌ ‌craftsman.

Brent

Brent is‌ ‌a‌ ‌Gunai‌ ‌Kurni‌ ‌man‌ ‌from‌ ‌south-eastern‌ ‌Victoria,‌ ‌with‌ ‌Noongar‌ ‌Yamatji‌ ‌ancestry‌ ‌from‌ ‌Western Australia. He‌ lives now in ‌Wurrundjeri‌ ‌and‌ ‌Boon‌ ‌Wurrung‌ ‌land‌ ‌in‌ ‌Narm,‌ ‌commonly‌ ‌referred‌ ‌to‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌city‌ ‌of‌ ‌Melbourne.‌ ‌

Brent‌ ‌gets‌ ‌his‌ ‌inspiration‌ ‌from‌ ‌his‌ ‌beloved nan,‌ ‌Rita‌ ‌Watkins, who was a strong role model as a ‌Kurni‌ ‌woman.‌ ‌He now sees it as his ‌responsibly‌ ‌to‌ ‌fight‌ ‌for Country,‌ ‌for‌ his ‌son‌ ‌and‌ ‌generations‌ ‌to‌ ‌come.

Brent’s cultural heritage inspires his dance. He’s an exceptional traditional and hip‌ ‌hop dancer, ‌didgeridoo‌ ‌player‌ ‌and‌ ‌visual‌ ‌artist practising for more than a decade. He’s been a teacher and performer since his teens and is proud that his artwork has sold across 5 countries.

His first job after school was at ‌Mia‌ ‌Mia‌ ‌gallery. He then created ‌Culture‌ ‌Evolves Drawing‌, where he combines his Aboriginal heritage with ‌contemporary‌ ‌narratives,‌ ‌Brent‌ ‌conveys‌ ‌the‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌that‌ ‌First‌ ‌Nations‌ ‌people‌ experience ‌today through‌ ‌‌traditional‌ ‌dance,‌ ‌hip‌ ‌hop‌ ‌and‌ ‌storytelling,.

He ‌has‌ ‌entertained‌ ‌and‌ ‌educated‌ diverse ‌audiences‌ ‌from‌ ‌school‌ ‌groups‌ ‌of‌ ‌all‌ ‌ages,‌ to ‌local‌ ‌and‌ ‌visiting‌ ‌dignitaries,‌ ‌corporate‌ ‌clients,‌ ‌international‌ ‌world‌ ‌peace‌ ‌meetings,‌ ‌national‌ ‌sporting‌ ‌events‌ ‌and‌ ‌performances‌ ‌with‌ musicians like Mulatu‌ ‌Astatke,‌ ‌Coloured‌ ‌Stone‌ ‌and‌ ‌King‌ ‌Gizzard‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Lizard‌ ‌Wizard.‌

Steph

Stephanie is an award-winning performing artist, songwriter and creative director, renowned for her powerhouse vocals, impressive choreography and creative abilities.

Her teaching philosophy is to create a safe, honest and uplifting space for individuals to explore dance, build their confidence and develop their own unique expression.

Melinda

Melinda has been dance teaching various styles to all ages across Australia for 15 years. She loves being a positive mentor to her students.

Her dance industry credits include the West End, London and Australasian tour with Thriller Live, Royal Caribbean Cruises USA, worldwide coverage of dancing for the Dubai Rugby 7s. Back-up dancer for DJ beauty Havana Brown, Redfoo from LMFAO, Anthony Callea, Backstreet Boys and Hugh Jackman for the prestigious Red Ball. She has also worked in casting, script writing, production and directed Disney’s Jnr High School Musical.