As a dancer I had a wonderful career, I represented Australia in the final of the 1995 World Grand Prix. Other dance achievements include 17th in the World Ballroom Championships, 6 times South Pacific Champion, Australian and Australasia Champion. Am the current President of Dancesport Australia, the governing body for our sport.
I think the greatest value I have experienced is consistency. The regular sustained effort of your thinking and actions in the same direction is an irresistible force.
I get great joy watching the kids that are not particularly gifted at dance light up as they master what seemed an impossible skill for them. It ignites something in them, self-belief, confidence, its different in every child but its there.
I’m looking forward to catching up with all the school teachers again this year. May I suggest you use this opportunity to learn to dance with the kids. If you’re not a natural at it don’t worry, they love to watch you struggle, and they will relate to you even more.
Sherrie is our principal teacher in Latin and voted Teacher of the Year 2015 and 2016 for her outstanding dedication, she brings a warm and patient understanding to the beginners latin classes.
– Australian Dancesport Professional Latin Champion
– Australian Dancesport Amateur Latin Champion
– Asian Pacific Latin Champion
– Five Times Australian Representative to the World Championships
– Recipient of the Australian Sports Award
– Performed in the world tour of ” Burn the Floor”
I was born in Zimbabwe and was one of the very lucky few children who had the opportunity to experience a dancesport program. My school was one of the first primary schools in Harare to be introduced to the world of Ballroom dancing. It was a trial program and our school encouraged us and our parents to participate. We were all 11years old and had absolutely no idea what ballroom dancing was about.
For me, and I’m sure many others, it changed my life. This is where my love and passion for dancing began. I left the following year to Australia however in this short time I caught a glimpse of how this program (whether it was its intent or not) affected the children participating. I remember my first class where no one knew what to expect; boys/girls were reluctant to hold hands and there was a very distinct separation between children of different races, cultural backgrounds, and even social status within the school. Looking back I can see very clearly how everyone had grown and matured over the year in a positive way.
Social skills improved – the group of students became closer and saw each other as more of a team; respect grew between each other as well as with the teachers; it subtlety infiltrated to everyday life in the way everyone saw themselves, their peers, adults, and stronger values were formed. Whilst some chose to pursue a rewarding career in Dancesport, many took away with them life long skills and values as well as an experience they will always remember.
My passion since childhood has been Latin and Ballroom dancing. Dancing competitively since 7 I had the privilege of brilliant tuition in both Rockhampton, QLD and, later, Sydney and London.
My dancing career saw me able to travel through the UK and Asia dancing both competitively and as a performance professional, adjudicating and teaching.
I experienced many highs and wins over 25 years but the highlight unequivocally was being selected to represent Australia, with my partner Gordon Gilkes, at the World Professional Dancesport championships in Japan.
During my competitive years I bought and nurtured the North Shore Dance Studio which came to be known as one of the most successful social dance studios in Sydney. Teaching soon became my new passion and continues to this day.
Now bringing the Dancesport Confidence Programme to school children in Queensland I have gained a new insight into the many positive social benefits of Ballroom Dancing. Watching children grow in confidence, responsibility and respect makes my heart sing!
I Started dancing around the age of 5 in jazz classes. From there I ventured into other styles and at age 10 transitioned into the ballroom and Latin world. I then studied my certicate IV in performing arts at Brent street in 2013.
I then went on to work as a professional dancer. Dancing for Natalie Bassingthwaigthe, Psy and other Australian artist. I also performed in 3 seasons of Locreado Dance company. In 2014 I Join the cast of Baz luhrman’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’ the musical.
I have toured with William Hall, and his Legacy show. I know focus on my Latin style, competing for Australia in the WDSF field internationally.
I have been ballroom dancing all my life. I danced competitively in New Zealand and eventually moved to Australia to further my dancing and met my dance partner who later became my husband. We love the effect that music has on the dancers soul that awakens the creativity.
Peter has over 20 years experience of teaching and dancing. Peter runs his own dance studio and experienced in teaching kids adults and special needs.
* DSA, FATD, ADS, ANDA, ADB, SATD Accredited Coach and Adjudicator
* 2012 QLD Open Dancesport Champion
* Director of the Australian National Dance Association
* Professional Finalist in 2010 Australian Dancesport Championships
* 2014 South Pacific ProAm New Vogue Champion
Dancing since the age of 11 years old, Jason has won many State and National Championships in all three styles of Dancesport- Latin, Standard and New Vogue.
In 2010, Jason and his partner were the highest ranking in the Australian Professional 10 Dance and represented Australia in the World 10 Dance Championships in Ukraine. Jason is a qualified coach and adjudicator in ballroom dancing.
He also previously represented Australia in Salsa Congresses overseas. Jason loves teaching and sharing his knowledge with students. He enjoys seeing the happiness in his students as they progress in their dancing journey as well as building confidence in their social skills.
Dancing since the age of 10, Alex began with couple dance styles such as rock n roll boogie wooggie and swing dance! At an early age he was scouted by the French national team and began full time dance training expanding into ballet, jazz, salsa, bachata and Argentine Tango.
He had the priviliedge of travelling the world to represent France and at the age of 18 won the European championship in swing dance. 2 years later became world Champion in swing and mixing blues. Still not satisfied, his focus moved onto salsa and bachata and in 2012 placed 3rd in Bachata and 2nd Latino show in the World Dance Championships.
In 2013 Alex set his sights on Australia. He studied Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and now teaches across NSW to students young and old.
Alex’s love of Dancing and Teaching is evident in his classes. He is grateful everyday to share his passion and can’t imagine a world without Dance.
Australian Champion at all age levels, Asian Pacific Champion, South Pacific and Australasian Champion, Runner up in World Cup 10 Dance Championship, International and National Championship Adjudicator
I love dancing. I was born into a dancing family and my parents have owned a dance studio for nearly 52 years now. I value my family most. I married a dancer and we have three daughters…and yes, you guessed it, they are all dancers. Dancing is my life.
Its my first term so tough to answer. However if the schools are as good as the training has been we are all going to have fun on this journey.
Open your eyes and ears and allow me to take you on a dancing journey. You’ll be surprised and amazed at where it will take you. Plus, along the way, we will have so much fun.
I was introduced to dance as a young girl, joining Tap, Jazz & Ballet classes. The music, technical disciplines & performance elements quickly led me to push myself with examinations & eisteddfods. After an interstate move, my mum enrolled me in a Ballroom Dancing class. I quickly fell in love with this new style of dance & within months had signed up for examinations & had a partner. I am now a full time competitive dancer training daily & representing Australia internationally as one of Australia’s top Amateur Standard dancers.
It is so important to find that ‘thing’ in life that inspires, moves & challenges you. Chase it & share it with the world! “… and whenever I’d feel small, she’d remind me in her very own little big way, that it took plenty guts to get the glory. That my world would grow both as big and as little, as I’d believe it would be.” — Broms the Poet
For me, it is so rewarding to be apart of the journey students take while participating in Dancesport Confidence. Students complete the program with newfound confidence, passion, respect & belief in themselves- that’s why I love teaching in this program!
I look forward to seeing what amazing things we can achieve together while completing this years program!
After falling in love with Dancesport as a teenager and spending a short time competing in pro-am and then amateur categories, in recent years my focus has turned to choreographing and teaching. While at university, I taught beginner dance classes in Latin American and took great pride in choreographing and performing for the university’s annual dance production for five years, and being the production’s Artistic Director in 2014. I am currently completing my Level 1 Latin dance teacher accreditation training to further improve my teaching skills.
As well as being a dance teacher, I am also a part-time primary school teacher. I am extremely passionate about helping children learn, grow and develop into responsible, respectful and empowered young people. I believe that learning ballroom dance is a valuable way to acquire these qualities, and I am so excited to share my passion for dance with so many wonderful children who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to challenge themselves in such a powerful way.
The Dancesport Challenge program is an incredibly unique opportunity for young people to develop in profound and important ways. While many of their other pursuits focus on predominately physical or cognitive skills, Dancesport requires a combination of both physical and cognitive elements, as well as musicality, self-expression, patience, perseverance and self-belief – all at the same time! Perhaps most importantly, the children develop an appreciation and respect for their dance partner and their peers, as they experience both the difficulties and triumphs of the program together. These are such important qualities for them to develop. It is very rewarding to watch them experience amazing personal growth and create special memories that will last a lifetime!
I simply cannot wait to get under way with the Dancesport Challenge for another year! I am excited to meet a whole new group of students and work together with them to introduce them to the magic of ballroom dance and help them discover talents and passions they never even knew they had.
Born in London but lived in Australia most of my life, I started dancing when I was two with Highland dancing and then ballet in Gloucester Shire NSW. Since then dancing, in all its forms, has been a very important part of my life for over 43 years. I don’t remember a time I wasn’t dancing. I started Ballroom Dancing around 30 years ago I was very lucky to have the opportunity to start teaching soon after and I have continued to teach dancing for about 29 years.
I have done many other jobs over the years from working with animals in zoo’s through to Database management in the Northern Territory with the Dept of Health but teaching dancing is the one that brings me the most fulfillment. I love to see that joy of dancing in other people. It is a mind, body and soul activity and I hold in high regard the same values as the program. Respect, Resilience, Self Belief and Courage.
I also value knowledge and as such have a BSc Majoring in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology and I am a qualified Fitness Leader. I am currently studying Counselling.
I have a 3-year-old Daughter (often seen at end of year/term events) and a 22-year-old son that both love to dance.
Working for Dancesport Confidence for the last three years has been a fantastic experience. The passion and the dedication to world-class standards is a wonderful environment to be involved in, as too is the dedication to the core values of the program. I can’t put into words how amazing it is to be surrounded by these incredibly talented and like-minded teachers. I am so passionate about Dancesport Confidence that I commute from the Hunter Valley to work in Sydney almost every week.
I bring 100% dedication to the Dancesport Confidence program and its values. My goal is not to just teach the students the dances and the values but to encourage them to embrace partner dancing and the other lessons it teaches like communication, teamwork, trust and responsibility and to hold on to those skills throughout their lives.