Ashanti is the Director of The Dance Workshop.
She began her dance training in Perth in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Flamenco. At the age of 18 Ashanti completed her Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dance Theatrical Student Teachers Diploma, and later completed the Spanish Dance Institute Teaching certificate.
Ashanti danced in Toronto, Canada where she had the opportunity to dance in music videos of local Canadian artists, and dance as tap soloist in the opening act of the Canadian Urban Music Awards (hosted by Russell Peters) choreographed by Jae Blaze. While in Canada, she was the first non-North American to successfully audition for the “BE DISCOVERED” Los Angeles talented dancers program where she trained under Shane Sparks, Menina Fortunato, and Grover Dale, amongst others.
As a performer in Perth, Ashanti was employed as a dancer by Bent Knee Creative, performing in several corporate events on Perth’s social calendar. In 2008 Ashanti was accepted onto the Greenroom Entertainment Agency casting books, where she was a featured dancer in many shows and industrials around Perth. During this time she has also had the opportunity to dance back up for international artist Samantha Jade.
Ashanti spent two years in New York, dancing with the Victorio Korjhan Flamenco performance group, and studying tap and theatre jazz under Derek Grant, Diana Laurenson, and Jessica Castro to name a few.
She was also the proprietor of Realise Energise Dance, a dance promotions company responsible for bringing international choreographers such as Luther Brown, Popin Pete, Mr. Wiggles, Shotyme, Tweetie, Kumari Suraj and many others.
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Chido has been dancing since she was able to walk.
Growing up, Chido trained as a Rhythmic Gymnast and competed at a national level for 6 years.
Deby’s career spans over 35 years in many aspects of the entertainment business: Performing, teaching, choreographing & directing, in television, cabaret and musical theatre, in venues all over the world including Spain, Japan, United Kingdom, Monte Carlo and the USA. Living in the US for the past 17 years, Deby was resident Rehearsal Director & Choreographer with Royal Caribbean International for over 10 years, directing more than 22 shows. She performed as a Rockette with the world famous Radio City Rockettes and toured with Chicago the Musical. She was a sought after dance teacher & judge in both Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Partnering with Marguerite Scott Entertainment (Florida) & creating/choreographing/directing, her shows are currently running on Celebrity Cruise Lines mega-ships Silhouette, Equinox, Eclipse, Solstice, Infinity, Millennium & Constellation and also on Norwegian Cruise Lines Epic, Gem & Jewel. She returns to Perth to share her wealth of knowledge and experience, and her love of dance and performance.
Deby is currently on faculty at the Principal Academy of Dance & Theatre Arts.
Deby is also the founder of Krave Perth Dance Agency, booking Perth talent on various contracts locally and internationally.
Denise began her dance training in NSW studying both Classical Ballet and Ballroom and Latin Dancing (achieving Solo Star ISFD). Focusing on ballet, she achieved her Solo Seal (RAD) and was awarded the RAD Scholarship for Australia to train at the Royal Ballet School, London. Upon graduation, she was chosen for the lead adagio role in Sir Kenneth Macmillian’s ‘Concerto’ and principal roles in Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Jazz Calendar’ and ‘Les Rendezvous’ as well as soloist performance for HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Invited to take up a long term contract with the Royal Ballet Company Covent Garden, London, Denise performed all the classic favourites including Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, and The Sleeping Beauty travelling to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver (Canada), Montreal (Quebec) and Mexico City. During her career she shared the stage with famous names such as Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Her soloist and principal roles included Princess Stephanie in ‘Mayerling’ and most notably the created role of Vera in Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘A Month in the Country’ where she was partnered by Sir Anthony Dowell and created pas de deux, where she was partnered by Wayne Sleep in ‘Fourth Symphony’ John Neumeier, Director of Hamburg Ballet Co.
Denise was also a member of the Australian Ballet Company, where she performed in Don Quixote, Scheherazade, Raymonda, Les Sylphides and created role in ‘Beyond Twelve’ by Graham Murphy in the Australian and China tours.
In recent years Denise has taught and choreographed for noted Ballet Schools from children to Professional level.
Having always had a keen interest in ballet technique, she has drawn upon her studies of both the English and Russian systems of Ballet Training, specifically the work of the renowned teacher, Eileen Ward who herself studied extensively with Vera Volkova, an exponent of the Vaganova tradition.
For the past 12 years, Denise has expanded her studies to encompass Spanish Dance and has achieved Distinction passes Spanish Dance Society (SDS) Syllabus to Advanced Level. Her teaching and choreographic appointments include Metropolitan High Schools, Dance Schools and Workshop Events. Performance highlights include the Oz Concert (televised event), as a Gypsy in ‘Carmen’ at the Quarry Amphitheatre and the Amistad Concert.
Heather began her dance training in Melbourne, and furthered her training in London.
Heather toured Europe as a ballerina with a small ballet company before coming to Perth to join the WA Ballet as a dancer, where she later became Ballet Mistress. Heather returned to Europe as a Cabaret performer before coming back to Perth to join contemporary dance company Kinetikos Dance. Upon retiring as a performer Heather set up a ballet company with her daughter, Ballet About. Heather now continues her passion and love for dance concentrating on teaching ballet to adults.
Jessica began dancing at her mother’s dance school at the age of 3. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and musical theatre. At the age of 16 her passion extended to commercial dance which led to extensive training in hip hop and other styles such as dancehall, hip hop in heels, house and waacking.
Jess has been lucky enough to travel frequently and has trained with internationally renowned choreographers at Millenium Dance Complex LA, Debbie Reynolds Studios LA, Patrick Studios Melbourne and Brent Street Sydney. In 2014 she was awarded a scholarship to Broadway Dance Centre New York and she recently used the scholarship to further her training in a variety of genres.
Jess has been dancing professionally for over 10 years and has performed at events such as Boobalicious Ball, Perth Glory, Danny Green, Perth Cup, Telethon (Samantha Jade) & Pink Ribbon Ball. She was also a backup dancer with Absolute Kylie which included a performance on Australia’s Got Talent.
Jess continues to perform professionally and is currently part of the Greenroom Entertainment Agency. She is also one fifth of Perth-based vocal/dance act Nylon and the girl group have scored exciting gigs such as Future Music Festival, Summadayze and Perth Fashion festival. Nylon have also supported international artists including TLC, Samantha Jade, Jay Sean & Ciara.
Jess has taught at various dance schools in Perth and her passion for dance and knowledge of the industry is something she hopes to pass on to her students.
Justin McNamara has been singing, dancing and acting from an early age, undertaking vocal, dance and acting training with many of the most distinguished teachers in their field, both in Perth and nationally. Justin has studied ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics to the highest level. He has won numerous competitions, awards and scholarships, and was accepted into the Australian Ballet School at the age of 15, where he subsequently earned a Diploma of Dance. He graduated from the Kaff Theatre Acting Course with a Certificate of Artistic Achievement, and has obtained a Theatrical Teachers Dance Teaching Diploma from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Justin was a long-term cast member of “Cats” in Australia, New Zealand and Germany, and played many leading roles, including the featured singing roles of Skimbulshanks and Mungojerrie, and the lead dance role of Mr Mistofelees. He rose to become part of the creative team for “Cats” in Hamburg, which involved him in auditioning, teaching, leading rehearsals and staging the cast for television and photographic promotions all over Germany.
Since his return to Perth, Justin is considered one of Perth’s most sought after dance instructors in Broadway Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre, teaching at dance schools all over Perth. Additionally, Justin is a talented lyricist and songwriter.
Justina Pereira is a high school English teacher by profession. She is of Indian heritage and has an absolute passion for Indian dance. She started her dance training in Indian classical dances such as Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi when she was seven in Singapore under several renowned dance gurus.
This has given her the confidence and talent to perform in numerous dance recitals. She has had the opportunity to represent the Indian dance genre in national performances. Her zeal for Indian dance has inspired her to cultivate the growth of this dance form amongst aspiring dancers of all cultures.
After moving to Australia with her family from Singapore in 2006, she continued her love for teaching and choreography of Indian dance in the Dance Workshop starting 2009.
Karen Henderson is currently a PhD candidate in Archaeology at the University of Western Australia. Trained in ballet from an early age it was her first teacher, Eleanor Hay, who suggested she take up Spanish dance at nine years of age. Ballet and contemporary dance were the focus of her training for many years, and she was a long-standing a member of STEPS Youth Dance Company from 1997 to 2003. It was her involvement in the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company from 2000, run by Deanna Blacher, that truly awoke her passion for Spanish dance, and the dream to study in Spain was born. This was first realised in 2003-2004 when she was the recipient of the STEPS travel scholarship for full-time study in Granada. Three trips to Spain later, she performs around Perth whenever the opportunity arises, and continues her involvement with Danza Viva. In 2010, she debuted at KULCHA as a solo artist, performing repertoire inspired by her training in Madrid in 2007-08. Karen teaches Classico Español, Flamenco and Ballet (RAD) at several schools around Perth.
Leanne Driel has been training in various styles of dance for over 20 years. Her passions of tap and hip hop have taken her around Australia, studying under Australian and international professionals.
Since gaining certified teaching accreditation in 2006, she has been working as a freelance dance teacher and choreographer, teaching a wide variety of styles at dance schools and high schools in WA, as well as working on solo and group performance projects.
Performance and choreographic credits include Shakespeare WA, Lady Velvet Cabaret, Azure Entertainment, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Shameem, The Dance Workshop and numerous local productions.
Lisa is a seasoned performer and choreographer, involving herself in the Australian dance community for over 15 years through teaching, theatre, TV, live shows, and corporate performances for such companies as Fremantle Media, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Celebrate WA, Ausdance WA, Telethon, and WA Art Gallery.
Originally from the Central Coast, NSW, Lisa developed an extensive background in RAD Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Jazz at a young age. After graduating from the Actors College of Theatre and Television, she moved to Sydney and trained, battled and performed with the best of the best in Funk Styles and Hip Hop, and Dancehall.
Passionate about all things dance, and inspired by the origins of Dancehall and Hip Hop dance, Lisa devised an immersive dance and spoken word show in 2016 called Cultural Renegades. The show debuted at the Fringe World Festival Perth in 2017 to sell out audiences and received the ‘critic’s pick’ award for Sydney Fringe Festival that same year.
Other credits include; Ruby Rose, Vanilla Ice, So You Think You Can Dance–Asst. Choreographer, Inaya Day, Ben Hur: The Stadium Spectacular, Sydney Comedy Festival, Australian Radio Network, 2dayFM, Sydney Mardi Gras, Short Sweet and Dance and opening acts for Ciara, JaRule, and Ashanti. Lisa has taught all over Sydney and Perth including the renowned full-time studios Brent Street and Urban Dance Centre, and thoroughly enjoys educating young dancers and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations in the performing arts industry.
McKenzie Goldsmith grew up dancing in Perth before moving to Sydney for fulltime training under the guide of many leading professionals in the industry. Whilst there she taught and performed for Miss Universe, Teen Choice Awards, The Jazz Factory, Ikin Dance and The Australian Dance Festival. Her return to Perth saw her become a part of the Performance Agency at The Green Room Entertainment and continue to perform at many events with the company.
She has choreographed and taught extensively around Perth in primary and high schools and at many dance schools in various styles. She is trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Theatre. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Dance and Drama Education at Edith Cowan University and continuing to establish herself as a unique, passionate and hardworking teacher and performer.
Rafaela began dancing lessons at the age of 3 in Greece. She arrived in Australia in 2005 where she continued her dancing at Balcatta Senior High School’s specialist program and successfully auditioned for and was selected for the Green Room Entertainment Agency. She has been dancing as a professional dancer with the Green Room Agency since 2006.
Rafaela has expanded her dance styles by taking a vast majority of classes such as contemporary, jazz, hip hop, sexy stilletos, indian dance, voguing, wacking and house. She has performed around Perth professionally and has been involved in a large number of corporate shows and dance showcases.
She loves teaching and making class as fun as possible for her students while making them feel more comfortable and giving them a good workout at the same time. Rafaela is passionate about dancing and performing and she is looking forward to expending her knowledge and growing and gaining more experience in the dance industry.
Ram began his training in contemporary, and jazz dance technique. Seeking further artistic fulfilment he later trained in Kathak- a style of Classical Indian Dance. The technical demands, and unique story telling qualities of Kathak inspired Ram to express his varied dance training through the rhythms of Bollywood dance. Ram successfully merges the glitz, glamour and high energy of Bollywood with the technical demands of Kathak, Contemporary and Jazz dance in an enjoyable class designed just for beginners.
Roanne Johnson – Afrotonic
Roanne leads the Afrotonic Dance Troupe and Tuition, teaching in North Fremantle and North Perth, and performing all around WA.
She was Born in London from musician parents but raised in France amongst a mainly North and West African community, so Roanne was introduced to African music and dance from a young age. She has been dancing and performing West African dance with most of the teachers and drummers in Perth since 2005, and continues to attend workshops in Australia and overseas with master dancers from Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Guinea.
Roanne believes that everyone is a dancer, as long as you let your enthusiasm and energy shine through, and she sees African dance as a fun, active experience to be shared by people of all backgrounds and ages.
Stacy completed a Certificate IV in Dance in 2014 and a Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) in 2015 in contemporary, ballet and jazz at The Space School of Performance Arts in Melbourne. Whilst studying at The Space SOPA, she co-produced and choreographed The Lost Boys as part of Clear Commonality in 2014 and Life Threads as part of T.E.T.R.A. for the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2015. Other performance credits include contemporary works and cross-arts fusion showcasing Filipino culture.
Stacy has been a dance instructor for ten years. Additionally, Stacy teaches music for numerous primary and secondary schools across Perth and is currently a Senior Teacher with the WA Department of Education.
Vivienne commenced dancing at the age of 5 in South Africa.
She graduated from the Johannesburg High School for Art, Ballet and Music, one of the first performing arts schools of the time, as well as taking private tuition for exams and stage work from Lee Rom, Reina Berman (R.A.D. major examiner), Mercedes Molina, Enrique Segovia and many more.
She completed her Advanced R.A.D. at the age of 17 and has been teaching ever since and is now a Life Member. Vivienne also continued her study of Spanish Dance at Danza Viva in Perth with Deanna Blacher and has appeared with the Danza Viva Spanish Dance Company.
She has also adjudicated at other dance festivals and examined at the W.A. Academy for Performing Arts and also the Spanish Dance Institute exam sessions.
Vivienne is Ballet (A.R.A.D.) and Spanish I.D.B South Africa Qualified, and is a highly sought after ballet instructor in Perth.
After training in Perth at TPC & WAAPA, Chris spent the next 10 years performing in the USA, UK, Europe, China & Australia in various theatre production shows, cabaret & circus spectaculars. He joined Royal Caribbean International as an Associate Director for a Mystery Theatre program, leading him to become the ‘Entertainment & Guest Activities Creative Producer & Director’. In this role, he created brand new entertainment concepts for the Quantum, Anthem, Ovation, Empress and Harmony of the Seas. After this, he joined forces with The Imagination House in Orlando Florida where he creatively directed several concepts for Disney. Dance was always his souls calling & passion & he was thrilled & elated to be invited to Chicago by BeMoved’s founder Sherry Zunker as her guest to train in the methodology of this truly beautiful & wonderful movement.
Great studio north of the river! Love Ashanti’s classes.
Great classes for beginner up to advanced, big range of genres, heaps of fun and great exercise, lovely talented teachers and the end of year performance is a highlight of my year.
Friendly staff with a healthy mix of making us work for it whilst also being encouraging and funny. A great experience that welcomed me back into dance.
I cannot thank Gianni enough for our amazing experience!! 30 friends with barely any formal dancing experience rocked up and put our pride and safety in his hands! What a fun activity!! I’m so glad I chose to hold the beginning of my night with him at the studio!! We learned some Salsa, Cha cha and applied it to every Dirty Dancing song we could!! We literally had the time of our lives!! I can’t wait to go back!
I have loved all my classes at The Dance Workshop, I find them both challenging & fun, with proper warm up and excellent workout!
With such a range of dance styles and experience levels, there’s something for everyone. I love the fact it’s targeted to adults looking to start something new that they’ve always wanted to do, or get back into a style they used to dance as a youngster!
Great, friendly atmosphere with people who are passionate about dance. No judgements. I feel like I can let loose, be myself and dance my heart out!!
I’ve been doing in the absolute beginner class with Priscilla now since Term 1 & have loved every second. She is so personable & helpful. I am looking forward to continuing on & hopefully becoming more graceful than the baby elephant I am now 😉