Lorisa commenced her dance training in 2002 at 4 years old. Beginning with Jazz and later broadening her skill set to hip hop, contemporary, commercial, ballet and lyrical. Having spent 12 years training, Lorisa was recruited as a teacher in 2015 and has loved every moment of teaching since.
Lorisa travelled to America in 2016 where she performed a variety of shows in Disneyland including being part of the Disneyland parade. She was also lucky enough to perform at Universal studios and on Hollywood Boulevard as well as partake in workshops from choreographers across the country.
In 2017 Lorisa was accepted into the Dance Architect Youth Choreographic Award run by the superb Paul Malek where she she was given the platform to portray a very important social discourse through choreography to a large audience entitled "Bitter Earth,"
Recently Lorisa has up-skilled in circus aerials which has allowed her to combine her knowledge of dance and musicality with strength and precision. Lorisa has competed, placed and won various competitions state wide.
Lorisa's journey with DDS started 2 years ago where she became our hip hop teacher but has recently taken over as the new studio owner.
"I absolutely adore our DDS community and am so privileged to be the new owner. I can not wait to see what we can achieve together this year"
Dionne began her dance training at the age of three at Helen Curwood Dance Centre. She first trained in tap, jazz and ballet. Following her time there, Dionne moved to Freedom Dance where she continued her training.
In 2011 Dionne moved to Showbiz Performing Arts Studios where she enhanced my training by learning additional styles, which included musical theatre, hip hop, commercial jazz and acrobatics. She also took part in dance competitions whilst being at Showbiz. Over the years, Dionne has also participated in multiple dance programs for additional training, development and experience. These programs included Dance Prescription, SCIMM Dance Company, Locreado Dance Program and BIND Productions. In 2017 She made the decision to join the Senior Elite Performing Arts Program at Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts. In 2020 She received a scholarship at Rob Sturrock’s Fulltime and completed the year. Dionne is currently training amongst exceptional dancers and is constantly exposed to incredible choreographers from all over the world.
Cristelle began dancing at the age three, following in the footsteps of her mother and her mother’s mother, at a local dance school in her hometown, Ararat. At the age of nine she started travelling to Ballarat to the Carole Oliver School of Ballet, studying Cecchetti ballet, jazz and tap under the guidance of Carole Oliver and Kelly Aykers.
At the age of fifteen, Cristelle moved to Melbourne away from her family to attend Christine Walsh’s Australian Conservatoire of Ballet full time classical and contemporary course.
In 2003 she began training at Dance Factory in Richmond, focusing on the more musical theatre and commercial side of the dance world successfully graduating with her Diploma of Dance and Performing Arts in 2004 at the age of 18.
Since graduation Cristelle has taught ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, funk/hip-hop, singing and drama at a number of different schools. She also enjoyed a career in the arts as a dancer, actor and singer, working for Nickelodeon, the ABC, Showtime Attractions, Channel Seven and many other Melbourne and International Companies.
In 2013, Cristelle studied and successfully completed her Associate Status with Cecchetti Ballet Australia. Since then she has gained her Associate Diploma, Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management and most recently, her Licentiate Status in 2017.
Cristelle adores teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers to gain a full understanding of safe dance practice as well as the passion and creativity dance holds. She is always upskilling as a teacher and attends many professional development sessions throughout every year.
Miss Mishaela has been dancing every since she could walk.
Mishaela trained at TDC growing up with a strong focus on Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip hop and acrobatics. Currently holding her certificates 1-4 in dancing, Mishaela is proficient in teaching from ages 2 to adults. With an abundance of teaching experience Mishaela prides herself on bringing out the best in her students and pushing them to reach new heights in their own dancing.
Derrimut Dance Studio is lucky enough to have Mishaela as a permenant teacher however, she also fills in at a number of dance schools including Dance Mob, Kelly Sports, Step n Out, Essendon Dance Academy and The Space.
Mishaela can not wait to dance with you all!
Miss Alana has been at Derrimut Dance Studio since she was a toddler. Growing through the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, Alana is now part of our senior school. Alana is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Commercial, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acrobatics and has even started perusing aerial lyra/hoop.
With a particular love for hip hop, Alana has competed at various dance competitions across the state including Jump Dance Challenge, Follow your dreams, Starstruck and more! This hard worker has qualified for nationals multiple times, even during lockdown through various online competitions. She has even competed with a routine that was choreographed by herself and placed first!
Alana has also been involved in 2 Masters of Choreography productions including Twisted Tales: Mad Hatters Tea party and Twisted Tales: Little Red Riding Hood.
In 2021 Alana began student helping at Derrimut Dance Studio. Alana assisted in teaching our READY SET DANCE (Pre-primary) program. She also assisted in the beginner ballet and jazz classes.
As of 2022 Alana is continuing to further her dance skills by training in as many styles as possible and is slowly beginning to teach more of her own classes. She absolutely adores helping the younger students find their feet!