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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 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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
Lisa has been joyfully dedicated to the path of yoga and meditation for over a 15 years. She first discovered yoga while studying law and instantly connected to a feeling of peace and calm she hadn’t felt before. These practices were invaluable during her studies and later years working as a lawyer.
Lisa eventually left her law career to train as a yoga and meditation teacher to share her passion with others. She spent two years living on the sacred island of Bali, deepening her studies, teaching yoga yoga full time and leading retreats.
Now resettled in Melbourne, Lisa teaches yoga and meditation full time. She also facilitates workshops, local and international retreats, Yoga Teacher Training programs and corporate mindfulness programs.
Lisa has completed 500 hour RYT Teacher Training with Tara Judelle in the Embodied Flow method and a further 200 hour training with Cat Kabira in vinyasa, hatha and yin yoga. She is certified Non-Linear Movement Method teacher, which is a movement practices designed to release stress and trauma from the body.
Thaedra Frangos is an accredited Wayapa Wuurrk® earth mindfulness facilitator, biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and healer, freelance movement artist and dancer. Thaedra lives on Wadawurrung country and is a proud Wemba Wemba (Gourrmjanyuk) and Dhudhuroa(Theddora Mittung) woman with Greek lineage.
Thaedra facilitates bespoke experiential workshops and courses for a variety of audiences with an intention to support awareness of, and reverence for, the incredible wisdom of First Nations people in a present day context as a pathway to holistic wellness, connection, healing and creative expression.
Wayapa is an internationally accredited Indigenous wellbeing modality consisting of a narrative movement and meditation practice connecting with 14 elements in nature and founded in Aboriginal wisdom in caring for and connecting to country. Wayapa is an accessible practice for all ages and abilities, that promotes reconnection with the earth as a starting point for wellness and healing based on the knowledge that Aboriginal people lived in harmony with the earth for more than 65,000 years. The practice of Wayapa and its earthy foundation is one that everyone connects with, deep in our bones, because we all relate to nature. Wayapa inspires creative action in caring for country, ourselves and each other.
Corey’s style blends hip hop/street styles, jazz and contemporary. Favouring different styles each time. As a studio teacher, he has the most experience in teaching hip hop but has foundations in different street styles, teaching history and knowledge of hip hop culture.
Corey has been involed in Mission Movement Dance which aimed to get boys to dance, be part of a crew, encourage teamwork and leadership skills through hip hop culture.
Naddie’s dancing path began in Estonia at 14 years when she joined a street dance studio. By 18 years old she was the youngest member of the best hip-hop crew in the Baltic States called D-lux with whom she traveled, performed, judged battles, and competed all around Europe. She started teaching hip-hop and choreography at the same time and spent a year teaching hip-hop dance in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
In 2014 she moved to London to continue her passion for dance and music. There she finished her studies for Bachelors’s Diploma in Creative Music Technologies and Dance, as well as Diploma in Performing Arts and Fitness Instructing for Children. London played an important role in introducing her to new cultures and dance styles (vogue, waacking, popping, and house) as well as allowed being an active part of the London street dance scene by participating in dance jams, battles, and taking classes from well-known dancers.
Since 2019 she has been living in Melbourne and finding her way to establish herself as a professional dancer. She is now part of the Vogue dance crew called House and Devine, has been winning and judging freestyle dance battles as well as was chosen as one of the 16 dancers to be representing Victoria at Red Bull “Dance Your Style battles”.
With 15 years of experience in a wide range of dance styles and practices, her passion is to share the joy and fun that dance can bring. To show that everyone has their individual groove and flavor!