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 at That Dance Place, 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"
Chenelle is a dedicated and passionate performer who has worked alongside some of Melbourne’s most talented professionals.
With a strong interest in commercial dance and musical theatre, Chenelle began dance, vocal and acting classes at the age of 9. Since beginning her training at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, doors have opened for Chenelle and she has recently had the opportunity to perform alongside some of Australia’s best musical theatre performers in the Rob Guest Endowment’s Concert Production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Chenelle also works as a commercial dancer and showgirl at various corporate events at Crown Entertainment Complex, also appearing in music videos and backup dancing for Meghan Trainor at the 2015 TV Week Logie Awards, Nathaniel at the 2015 NBL launch and Redfoo on Channel 7's Dancing With the Stars.
Abigail has been dancing and performing for over 15 years, commencing her training at That Dance Place and, most recently, with MDX Williamstown. She is trained in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap and musical theatre, and has learned from some of the best teachers and choreographers in Australia.
She has completed extensive exams with ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing), most recently achieving an Honours with Distinction in the Advanced Jazz syllabus.
In 2019, Abigail completed her minor in Music Theatre at Monash University, where she appeared in the world premiere of ‘My Brilliant Career’ - a new Australian musical by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank as part of the Jeanne Pratt Artists in Residence Program. Here, she appeared in the ensemble and understudied the lead role of Sybylla.
In 2018 she performed on the prestigious State Theatre stage in CEOM’s production of ‘Time to Shine’, where her performance as a lead dancer and vocalist was televised on Channel 7. She also choreographed a production of Seussical Jr. for a local theatre company in 2017, and has appeared in lead and ensemble roles for various other shows.
Abigail loves to celebrate and bring out the best in her students, and is so excited to share her love of performance to the students at DDS!
Jayla has been dancing a majority of her life and we are so excited to welcome her to DDS in 2020.
Training at DDS herself, Jayla knows the ins and outs of the school and is loved and supported by all of our students here.
Jayla's expertise is in lyrical, acro and stretch and technique but is continuously up skilling and gaining knowledge in other dance genres including jazz and contemporary.
Jayla has hopes of competing in various dance competitions as well as continuing to showcase her skills through performance this year
Jayla absolutely loves teaching and will even be taking our Ready Set Dance classes in 2020!
Miss Sam knew from a young age that she was destined to be a performer.
Her dance career started at age 5 where she trained in styles such as jazz, contemporary and hip hop. Wanting to expand her opportunities and bring something more to her performances, Sam began gymnastics classes at age 11, where she trained at a state level for many years. Sam fell in love with the world of gymnastics and began coaching her own classes at the age of 14. Nine years later, Sam still coaches at Werribee Gymnastics Club and is a qualified WAG coach and GymStar judge through Gymnastics Australia. Although different from dance and acro, she feels this has helped her in the ability to teach fun, safe and exciting acrobatics and cheer classes.
Sam is also a competitive aerialist where she competes in in-house and state level competitions in Aerial Silks and Lyra.
We are very lucky to have Sam teaching acro and cheer at DDS in 2020.
Miss Shaelyn Hughes has trained in performing arts for many years. She is trained in voice, acting, musical theatre, Broadway/commercial jazz, ballet, contemporary/lyrical, tap, acrobatics, hip-hop and Pilates. In 2016 she graduated with a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Kelly Aykers Fulltime dance, where she was awareded the full scholarship. In 2017 she received a Certificate 4 in Mat Work Pilates instruction at Aligned for Life. Shaelyn made her musical theatre debut in the 2012 production of Billy Elliot the musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
In 2019 Shaelyn performed in John Foremans Australian Orchestras NYE Gala at the Arts Centre. Shaelyn’s TV credits include featured dancer in the ICC Cricket World Cup (GEM), Dancing with the Stars promo (Channel 7) and the lead daughter in the comedic Laminex’s TVC commercial. Shaelyn has a huge passion and eye for chorography and the creation of pieces.
Shaelyn most recently has been workshopping a piece of work set to be performed at RAW Australia. Shaelyn assists Kelly Aykers at various workshops & auditions. Shaelyn also participates in adjudicating many dance competitions around Victoria. Shaelyn has gained the education of creation from many wonderful choreographers. Shaelyn has taught at various schools around Melbourne in many genres as well as choreographing a music video clip, showcases & competition solo/VET work and in which she recently received a choreographers award in Sydney.
Shaelyn holds a current First aid, Police and Working with children’s check as well as education from multiple dance teacher workshops including the 2017 psychological and anatomical workshop- ‘Cue the Dancer’.
Shaelyn is rewarded when she brings her pieces to life and sees all of her students shine on stage or in class.