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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.