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AUSTRALIAN CONTRIBUTORS


 

 

Anna Longmore - VIC

 

Anna is originally from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, where she started dancing many years ago.  Anna has had a wonderful career both here in Australia and throughout the world, some of her achievements include

7 times Australian Amateur Ballroom Champion

4 times Australian Professional Ballroom Champion

World, British, UK Open and International Professional Ballroom semi finalist

Winner of numerous championships throughout Asia

Anna is now a highly sought after coach, teacher and lecturer in Australia and we are so happy that she is part of the team here at Outside Change to bring her view on the dance scene here in Australia.


 

 

Meagen Alderton - VIC

 

Meagen started dancing in Sydney as a Juvenile competitor and has featured in Australian Championship finals as a Junior, Youth, Amateur and Professional competitor.  Some of her fantastic achievements are listed below;

2002, 2003 & 2005 Australian Amateur New Vogue and 10 Dance Champion

2004 IDSF Asian Pacific Amateur Latin Champion

2004 6th place IDSF World Amateur 10 Dance Championship

2007 6th place WDC World Professional 10 Dance Championship

2011 4th place International Professional Rising Star Latin Championship

2012 5th place British Professional Rising Star Latin Championship

2013 Australian Professional Latin Champion

Meagen retired from competition dancing after winning the Australian Professional Latin Championship in December 2013 and now is focused on teaching and lecturing and spending time with her husband Andy Donnelly.

It is great to have Meagen on our team of contributors and we are sure she will you bring all of you some interesting articles on events from around Australia.


 

Sheree Holly  

Sheree Holly - SA


Sheree began dancing many years ago in Western Australia. She then moved to Melbourne in 2008 to further her dance training before basing in Adelaide from 2009.  Sheree has been an Australian Professional Standard finalist as well as making all major Australian Professional finals. She has trained and competed in the UK and Asia and is the current NZ Professional Champion in Standard and New Vogue.

Sheree started her studio DanceSpace Adelaide in 2009 and it has grown to be one of SA’s biggest and most successful studios.  Sheree enjoys training the next generation of dancers and is also now seen regularly adjudicating at events in Adelaide and around Australia.


To find out more about Sheree or her studio, please visit: www.dancespaceadelaide.com.au


We are so pleased to have our first contributor from South Australia join us at Outside Change.  Sheree has been a long time competitor with much success in Australia and overseas, please enjoy her point of view from the dance scene in South Australia.
 


 

 

Brad Dawes - NSW

 

Former Australian Amateur New Vogue Champion


 

Peter & Rebecca Beardsley  

Peter & Rebecca Beardsley - QLD

Peter and Rebecca started ballroom dancing as Junior competitors in Brisbane, Queensland.  They competed in all 3 styles, eventually specialising in Standard. As Amateurs, they spent two years living in the UK, competing and learning from the world's best coaches. Their competitive achievements include Professional Standard finalists in all Australian National Championships and Queensland Open Champions.  They were also New Zealand Open Amateur Standard champions. They have travelled around the world to improve their dancing, regularly competing in Asia and the UK.

 

Peter and Rebecca are now principals of Orchard's Dance Studio in Brisbane.
To see more about Peter & Rebecca, you can visit their website at www.orchardsdance.com/


We are very honoured to have Peter & Rebecca join our team of contributors here at Outside Change and we are sure you will enjoy their reviews from many of the Queensland competitions and national events also.
 


 

Jody Rollason  

Jody Rollason - QLD

 

Former Queensland Champion in all 3 styles and national finalist.

 


 

Anthony Hurley  

Anthony Hurley - QLD

 

Multiple World, British, International, European Amateur and Professional Ballroom Champion.


 

Inga Haas - WA

 

Inga began dancing in Koln, Germany, at the very young age of 6 years, because her mother was a competitive dancer and had a successful career and was placed 4th in European Latin Championships.

In 1985 Inga with then partner Oliver became the German Youth Ballroom Champions and placed 8th at the European Youth Ballroom Championship.  The following year, 1986, Inga was crowned the German Ballroom and Latin Champion and placing a fantastic 3rd in the European Youth Latin Championship.

In 1988 her 14 year partnership with Oliver came to an end, and started competing with Frank Baran and competed at the British Open Championship in Blackpool for the first time in 1989.  After returning from her first visit to Blackpool, Inga was so inspired and motivated, that she decided that she needed to move to England as this was the place to be if you wanted to get to the top.  Unfortunately, her partner wasn’t prepared to give up his life in Germany so off Inga went to London.

 After moving to the UK, Inga found herself becoming one of the best dancers in the world and her first result with new partner Paul Dawson from England was placing 8th at the International Amateur Latin Championship, just missing the final.  In the January of 1990 Inga and then partner Paul broke in to the Amateur Latin Final at the UK Open Championship placing 6th.  Not long after this, her partner Paul decided to stop competing which left Inga partnerless.

September 1990 brought Inga the opportunity to dance with Paul Killick and in 1993 they won every major title in the world including, World, British and European Amateur Latin Championships.  After winning the UK Open in January of 1994 the partnership split and Inga decided to take a break from competition dancing and came back as Professional in 1997 making the semi final of British Open Professional Latin Championship.  Inga has now retired from competition dancing, a list of her wonderful achievements are listed below.

Inga now resides in Perth, Western Australia and teaches at Dance Power Studio.  We are very honoured to have her as one of our contributors for Outside Change and Australia is very lucky to have such a wonderful talent in this country.

Inga’s achievements include:

1985:     German Youth Ballroom Champion

1986:     German Youth Ballroom & Latin Champion

              3rd place European Youth Latin Championship

1990:     6th Place UK Open Latin Championship

1992:     German Amateur Latin Champion

1993:     German Amateur Latin Champion

              German Open Amateur Latin Champion

              U.S. Open Amateur Latin Champion

              European Amateur Latin Champion

              International Amateur Latin Champion

              British Amateur Latin Champion

              World Amateur Latin Champion

1994:     UK Amateur Latin Champion

1997:     Semi Final British Professional Latin Championship


 

 

Andrew Palmer - TAS

 

Andrew was born in Hobart and began dancing at the age of 11.  At 15, he moved to Melbourne to gain access to Australia’s best DanceSport coaches. 

 

His career has taken him around the world both competing and performing.  Andrew toured Asia with “Burn the Floor” directed by Jason Gilkison.

 

He has won numerous National and International Titles and danced on series 3 of Dancing with the Stars. But his dream was always to bring his expertise back to Tasmania so other young Dancer’s would not need to leave their family and home in order to achieve in this industry.

 

Andrew now has a thriving studio in Launceston and has trained many champions & world representatives.

He is also heavily in administration for DanceSport Australia being the Chairman of the DSA Marketing & Communications Commission.

 

Andrew’s passion is to share his love of dance with all Tasmanian’s.

 

It is great to have Andrew on board as regular contributor with us at Outside Change.

If you are interested in knowing a little more about Andrew or finding out information for the Tasmanian Open or Palmer’s Dance Studio, please visit his website at:www.palmersdancestudio.com.au

 


 

 

Laurie & Dianne Peterson - VIC

 

Laurie & Dianne Peterson are former owners/Directors of Get Dancin’ on the Gold Coast and Brisbane and have been involved in the Ballroom industry for many years.

 

Laurie has been former Queensland Champion in Ballroom, New Vogue and Latin, a former Australian and South Pacific Champion and now a coach to many of Queensland champions and Australian Championship finalists.  Laurie is sort after Adjudicator, Coach and Lecturer on the national circuit.

 

Dianne has also been a former Queensland champion in all 3 styles and Australian Professional 10 Dance Champion, also winning the Australian Professional Rising Star Championship and representing Australia at the World Professional 10 Dance Championship in the USA.  You can see Dianne at many of Australia’s events as one of this countries most sort after MC’s.

 

Laurie & Dianne have made the move from sunny Gold Coast to Melbourne and can now be found teaching at the Ferntree Gully Branch of MarShere Dance Studios.

 

Laurie & Dianne can be contacted on ferntreegully@marshere.com and all of us at Outside Change are looking forward to reading their articles from the Victorian Dancesport scene.

 


Graham Thomas
 
 

Graham Thomas - WA

 

Graham Thomas has had a hugely successful career winning every major Ballroom Dancing Championship in Australia and being undefeated in the Australian Professional New Vogue Championship an amazing 6 years in a row from 1975 to 1980, a record that has not yet been beaten in the New Vogue style.

 

He has lived and studied/trained in the UK in both the Ballroom and Latin styles and competed on the International circuit also.

Graham is the Owner/Principal of Dance Power in Perth, Western Australia with Julie Patchett, one of the most successful dance studios in Perth.

 

It is great to Graham on board with us at Outside Change, please take some time and visit his website at www.dancepowerperth.com.au


 

 

Julie Patchett - WA

 

Julie and her former dance partner Les, were Australian Amateur Champions before turning Professional and leaving Australia in 1976 to reside in London for 7 years to further their dancing careers.

 

Whilst overseas their many competitive successes in the Professional field included:-

 

                        Runners-up British Rising Stars

                        Runners-up All-England Championships

                        3rd European Cup

                        3rd European Grand Prix

                        4th World Cup

                        7th World Championships

                        7th U.K. Championships

                        Semi-Finalists British Championships

                        Semi-Finalists International Championships

 

Julie is an international coach and adjudicator who has adjudicated at all major national championships throughout Australia for many years including the Australian Championship, NCDC, South Pacific Championship and Australasian Championship. On the international scene she has adjudicated throughout Europe including Italian Open, German Open, Dutch Open, Belgian Open, Finnish Open and, in Asia, Japan Open, Chinese Open, Singapore Open, Asian Pacific and South-East Asian Championships.

 

One of the highlights of her career was performing at the prestigious Night of 100 Stars event in London.

Julie and Les were also part of the very successful Australian Team at the British Championships in Blackpool which included themselves and Greg Smith and Marion Alleyne in Ballroom (Standard) and Robert and Helen Richey and Alex and Julie Schembri in Latin.

 

In 1985 Julie and Les were presented with the "Dancers of the Year" award by Ray and Margaret Reeve.

 

Julie has coached many couples to national and international success and has trained winners of many national titles in Juvenile Open, Junior Open, Youth Open, Adult Open and Professional categories.

 

Katrina Patchett, Julie's daughter, is also an internationally recognised professional dancer. She has lived in Europe for just over ten years and currently resides in Paris.  Katrina is a professional dancer with "Dancing with the Stars" in Paris and won the first season with her celebrity in 2011.

 

Julie is the Owner/Principal of Dance Power in Perth, Western Australia with Graham Thomas and we are proud to have her join our team at Outside Change.  Please take some time and visit www.dancepowerperth.com.au

 


 

Donna Shingler  

Donna Shingler - NSW

 

Donna Shingler has been dancing from the age of 8.  She has represented Australia and the United Kingdom as an Amateur and Professional in European and World Championships. As a competitor Donna was in the Top 6 of every Major World event in which she competed in from 1992 – 2005.

 

Her Amateur and Professional Career include:

13 times British Open Finalist

British Open Amateur Champion 

British Open Professional Rising Star Champion 

14 times International Finalist

International Amateur Champion

9 Times United Kingdom Finalists

British National Champion 

2 times World Cup Champion

10 times World Finalist 

4 times World Super Stars Japan

 

BDF award winner for outstanding performance

Carl Alan award winner

 

Donna is passionate about Australian Ballroom Dancing as was shown with the Ozdance Camp in which with her husband Alan - single handedly bought to Australia some of the world’s best teachers. 

 

At the grass roots level of Ballroom Dancing she is also a studio proprietor, playing an instrumental role in the local community. She is involved with local charities and has set up a scholarships scheme to enable local underprivileged kids to dance.

 

We are so very pleased and honoured to have Donna as one of our regular contributors here at Outside Change.  If you would like to find out more information about Donna and Alan Shingler, please visit their website at www.dancspace383.com

 


 

  Shane Lawton - Victoria

 

Shane Lawton started dancing at MarShere's founding studio in Ferntree Gully as a young Teenager and quickly moved into a competitive career. Moving successfully through Junior, Youth, Adult and then turning Professional has seen Shane compete all over the world. He retired from Competitve dancing in 2014 as the Professional New Vogue Champion with his then partner Melanie Valenti, a lifelong dream of theirs fulfilled.

 

Shane is now a sought after competitve and Pro-Am coach and Adjudicator and still teaches at his original studio in Ferntree Gully. http://marshere.com.au/studios/ferntree-gully

 

 

  Abbey Ross - Victoria

 

Abbey started dancing at age nine with her family’s dance studio in Ballarat.

 

Since then, Abbey has pursued a competitive career, travelling and training throughout the UK and the USA.

 

In 2013 Abbey retired from competing and joined the Broadway hit “Burn the Floor”.

 

Her credits include: Australian Youth Champion, Australian representative to the World Professional Championships in 2008 and “Dancing with the Stars” Australia Professional dancer.

 

 

 

Stefano Olivieri - New South Wales

          10 Times Australian Professional Champion
          2 Times Winner  Dancing With The Stars
          2004 IDSF World Champion
          Judge on Dancing With The Stars New Zealand TV3

          Stefano's other noted successes include
          1998 Australian Open Amateur Latin championships
          1999 Australian Amateur Open Standard Championships
          2000 8th place World Ten Dance Championships
          2000 Open Amateur New Vogue Australian Championships
          2001 Australian Professional Rising Stars Standard and New Vogue Championships
          2003 Singapore International Open Professional Standard Champion
          2002-2008 and 2013 Australian Professional New Vogue Championships
          2004 IDSF World New Vogue Championships

 

Stefano has always been a performer both on and off stage. Competing since the age of 10, he is the winner of every major national Australian Dancesport championship and has represented his country at a host of prestigious international events including World Latin and Standard Championships. 1998 saw his youth career highlight of 7th place at The British Open to the World Championships Youth Standard and 8th in the Youth Latin. 

With so much enthusiasm for entertainment coursing through his veins, Stefano realised a love for singing at the age of 17, and started coaching with some of Australia’s leading vocal coaches and Musical Theatre experts. Stefano has  many stage credits and lead roles to his name starring as Will Parker in OKLAHOMA!,  Billy Flynn in CHICAGO, Bernardo in WEST SIDE STORY and Skye Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS to name but a few. 2004 Stefano joined the world renowned stage show BURN THE FLOOR. He adored touring with FLOORPLAY by BURN THE FLOOR and toured over 17 cities around the world! 

Stefano has won back to back titles on the phenomenal smash hit show DANCING WITH THE STARS New Zealand series 3 and 4 and currently enjoys his new role on the show as a Judge. 2007 he was teamed together with "info-mercial” queen and celebrity Suzanne Paul, and in 2008 with pocket rocket Temepara George formerly of the New Zealand SILVERFERNS. Stefano and the two gorgeous girls dazzled audiences week after week with vivacious routines, breath-taking lifts and stunning performances. Stefano and Suzanne represented the Starship Foundation and Children’s Hospital and helped raise the most amount of money ever on any series of the show accumulating to over $140,000.00! With Temepara it was a joy to represent and raise awareness for Autism New Zealand and continues to play a very special part in Stefano’s heart.

2008 saw Stefano return to Australia to grace the screens of Channel 7 on DWTS where he was partnered with the delightful Jodi Gordon from HOME AND AWAY.  2009 Stefano Danced with Geraldine Brophy, a royal among New Zealand's actors.

He then flew home to Australia that same year to dance with Jess MacNamee of PACKED TO THE RAFTERS. Although they were pegged as the favourites that year it was not to be!

In 2010 Stefano, together with his life partner Steve, built and opened DanceXS in Sydney.

They have been creating future champions ever since.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL CONTRIBUTORS


 

 

John & Josephine Tan - Singapore

 

John and Josephine, or more affectionately known as J & J started their dancing careers nearly three decades ago. Finding the rhythm between them proved to be no problem as they started competing in 1986. Winning competition after competition in more than 30 championships, they decided to turn professional in 1995.

 

Seen as pioneers of DanceSport in Singapore, they decided to take it a step further. In 1999, the John & Josephine Dance Creative school was set up at Parklane Shopping Mall. Like anything in life, John and

Josephine believe that learning is a never-ending process. Being true advocates of DanceSport, they have been and are still undergoing training in England & Germany since 1989. This valuable knowledge is then passed on to their students who can only benefit from having such incredible instructors.

 

In addition to the training, John and Josephine even found time to perform all over Asia and the world. In fact, they are the first Singaporean professional dancers to be invited to perform in France. Not only that, they have also been invited on numerous occasions to judge at other international competitions. A very busy couple indeed! Never too busy for charity though. John and Josephine have organised many events where, they and their students perform for charity.

 

John and Josephine’s professional careers went into a new height with the turn of the new millennium. In year 2000, they organised The Singapore Millennium International Dancesport Championship. The wonderful and incredible success of this event as encouraged them to make this an annual affair.

 

In a class of their own, this dynamic couple has proved to the world that they have what it takes to make it on the international DanceSport scene.

 

John and Josephine now organise the Freedom To Dance Singapore Open Championship which is held in Singapore annually.

 

Please visit our Singapore correspondent’s John and Josephine Tan’s website at www.johnjosephinedance.com.sg

 


 

Cherrie Kissitch  

Cherrie Kissitch - Malaysia


Queensland born and bred, Cherrie has been involved in DanceSport since primary school.


Coached by some of the best teachers in Australia and the UK, she competed with several partners, but most notably with Luke Perkins.  Their partnership of more than 10 years produced outstanding results wherever they competed in Australia, China and the UK.   However, they were not confined to competition alone and their stage performances with the Australian Opera along with independent productions such as the Vienna Opera Ball, earned much acclaim.

After retiring from competition, Cherrie’s organisational skills and business acumen inevitably generated Planet Ballroom, her own very successful studio that targeted Brisbane’s social dancers and focussed on teaching teachers to teach.

In 2009 Cherrie and her husband relocated to Beijing in order to follow his work opportunities.  The move encouraged and inspired Cherrie to further her studies in DanceSport theory and to achieve international accreditation.  Now settled in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Cherrie continues to study and teach DanceSport theory as well as coaching some of Malaysia’s most promising amateur couples.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lison Nepveu - Canada

 

Lison is a well respected Adjudicator, Chairperson of Adjudicators and Professional in the Canadian Dance community.  All of us at Outside Change are very honoured to have her join our team of contributors.


 

 

Mike & Trish Whitson - New Zealand

 

Mike and Trish Whitson are WDC licensed adjudicators and are the owners and Principal’s one of New Zealand's largest dance studios Tempo Dance Studio, and have trained many New Zealand couples to win both New Zealand and Australian titles .

 

Mike & Trish have been New Zealand Representatives to the World Championships and have won the New Zealand Professional New Vogue Championship 4 times.

Our New Zealand correspondents Mike & Trish are long time supporters of the dancing scene in both New Zealand and Australia and we at Outside Change are happy to have them on our team.  Please visit their studio website at www.tempodancestudio.co.nz

 


 

Viktoria Morgan  

Viktoria Morgan - New Zealand

 

Viktoria Morgan started dancing at the age of six following in her cousin’s footsteps.  Her first teacher being the famous Da Katipa.

From there Viktoria went on to win many NZ and Australian titles in all ages groups including a New Zealand professional title in 2012.  She lived and competed in both New Zealand and Australia making state finals and Australian finals as both an Amateur and Professional.

Viktoria is co-owner/principal of one of New Zealand's leading studios, The Beat.  She and her dancers regularly travel to Australia to compete in the major competitions.

 


PHOTOGRAPHERS


 

Kerrie Bourke  

Kerrie Bourke - VIC

 

In the past 10 years I have been taking DanceSport photos and found I have had a different vision to others taking photos .

As of 2015 I decided try out other styles of photography as well and I hope you like what you see.

I enjoy taking photos, I love getting the emotion and passion of the Dancers as they perform.

I do hope you enjoy my photos just as much as I do taking them.

 

Please visit Kerries website at: http://kerrierollsbourkephotography.weebly.com/

 


 

 

Simon Browne - VIC

 

Simon has been involved in dancing since 2005, as a student, competitor and teacher. He has always had an interest in photography, and this took on a new life in 2013 through study at university.

 

In 2014, he realised that he could take his knowledge and passion for the two and combine them, and so, in 2015 Feather Finish Photography was born. Covering any kind of dance event, from studio achievement/medal days through to the Australian Championships, Simon gets a thrill from capturing the moment in each dance, and for each couple, both on and off the floor.

 

You can see Simon’s work on social media at

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/featherfinishphotography

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/simonbrowne404

   
 

 

Camella Camenzuli  

Camella Camenzuli - NSW

 

I've always been keen on photography, but it became a passion 11 years ago when my daughters became involved in ballroom dancing. From their first time on the competiton floor, I was hooked on the music, the movement, the costumes, the makeup, the skill and the drama of ballroom dancing.  At first I just photographed my girls, then their friends, then other dancers at our studio. It quickly ballooned to photographing as many events as I could manage. A few years later my husband got itchy feet and he took up ballroom dancing as well. So whilst my family danced, I took photos.

I find every competition is unique. From different lighting, vantage points, number of competitors on the floor etc, the challenge to get the perfect shot is as exciting for me as dancing a good routine is for any dancer.

I hope my photographs capture both the drama of ballroom, as a couple lift from the floor in the quickstep, and those quieter moments, when they mentally prepare for the next dance.  And I love the day after a competition, sitting at my computer for hours, reviewing and editing the photos, looking for that special shot, or one that I can play with and personalise ie. create interesting black and white images.

If anyone is interested in any photographs please feel free to contact me, via my facebook page "Camella Camenzuli Photography" where I will be posting my dance photos from now on. There is no charge involved. At present old competition photos are on my Facebook page.

 

Please visit her facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camella-Camenzuli-photography/366547216867119?sk=timeline
 


 

Lionis Photography  

Nitsia Lionis - NSW


Lionis Photography was establish in 2009, based out of Canberra, Nitsia Lionis the owner of Lionis Photography started photographing at Ballroom Dance competitions in the NSW and ACT region. My love of dance photography started as result of a request from my dance instructor to photograph and create a calendar for the studio, My aim when covering a competition is to shoot the movement of dance and emotions of the dancers out on the floor.

To see more of Nitsia’s photo’s you can visit her facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/LionisPhotography?fref=ts


 

Karen Davison  

Karen Davison - VIC

 

I've been a keen photographer of dancing now for about 12 years. What I love about shooting Dancesport in particular is the mixture of dynamic and reserved, passionate and tender, calm and energetic. I love watching and documenting someone's development and progression up the ranks. Plus the bling factor counts for something too.

 

Time shooting Dancesport: 8 years

First comp shoot: 2008 ADS Championships

Bucket list comp: Blackpool (one day it will happen)

Favourite quote: Be yourself: everyone else is taken.

 

To see Karen’s website and all of her wonderful photo’s from the DanceSport scene in Australia, please head to: http://www.karendavisonphotography.com/
 


 

Rod Lay  

Rod Lay - New Zealand

 

Rod Lay has been a Dancesport photographer for eight years and was inspired to take up photography by his three children who all danced competitively.  Rod is the principal of PointView Photography in New Zealand, which specialises in Dancesport photography with a particular focus on NZ dancers competing locally and abroad.  He has shot Dancesport events in New Zealand, Australia, China and the USA.  PointView Photography has been the official photographer of the NZ Open Dancesport Championships since 2009.

To see Rod’s website and all of his wonderful photo’s from the danceSport scene in New Zealand, please head to http://pointviewphoto.co.nz/