As I grew up and my passion for dance deepened, I learnt various styles of dance including; Hip Hop, JFH, Contemporary, Irish and House. My true passion, however, lies with Tap Dance and its rhythmical tones and intricate musicality which can all be created by moving your feet.
From 1997 to 2011 I danced with a small studio out West. I started with Jazz then eventually joining Tap and Ballet. In 2006 I joined the studio’s Eistedford group which provided me with more opportunities to perform and compete against other studios. Then in 2010 I was awarded Studio's Most Improved where the following year I performed my first Tap solo.
In 2012 I knew it was time to leave and start training with nationally and internationally known artist. Taking workshops and dance classes at Sydney Dance Company and with ex-Tap Dogs, my knowledge for tap flourished. The following year I joined Capital Performance Studio, and today still compete in some of Sydney's biggest competition's where we have won all the Tap competitions entered thus far. I completed my University degree, BA Arts Major in Dance, in 2013. It strengthened my knowledge in dance and movement, which today has assisted me in explaining movements to students who have never dance before.
In 2013 and 2014 I was fortunate to partake in the Australian Tap Festival where I have met and performed with some of the world’s greatest Tap Dancers including Derick Grant, Sarah Reich, Aoedle Cassel as well as Shane Preston, Winston Morris, Glenn Wood and many others.
Top 3 Career Achievements
- Being assistant choreographer/performer for the Shearing Shed section in the Chinese New Year Parade 2015.
- Dancing and working with Australia’s and America’s finest tap choreographer including Derick Grant (USA), Sarah Reich (USA – Syncopated ladies), Various original Tap Dogs, Glenn Dumbrell, Glen Wood, Thomas Walderton, Winston Morris and Tracey Wilson.
- Awarded People’s Choice Award in 2013 when performing for Fast + Fresh Dance Competition at Riverside Theatre.
Philosophy in Dance
I believe everyone can dance. One does not need the greatest technique to dance. Dance should come from within. Let it be a means of expression, creativity and learning. Embrace it in all environments and let it be a way of bringing joy into your life.
What do you want your students to get out of your class?
I want them to have fun! First and foremost, I think dance is all about enjoying the way your body moves to music.