Street Performers

CHAOS MAGNET

Chaos Magnet is a three piece roving trio, who combine instrumental music, theatre, circus, and dancing. During the set, the characters in Chaos Magnet tell their story: they are fugitive space warriors on the run from evil president Splurg, who banned roving trios on their home planet Nebulon. The music consists of upbeat original compositions, New Orleans classics, and their own twists on a range of contemporary tunes. They play all this while juggling, dancing with choreographed moves, and venturing into the thick of the crowd.

The band is Anna Joy Gordon (The Barons of Tang, Mangelwurzel), Charlie Woods (Mangelwurzel, Red Brigade) and Alexandra Roper (Big Band Frequency).

Chaos Magnet is well suited to a festival/large event setting, where they can play their songs while roaming around. They stop every few songs in a new location, to do another little theatre performance, as each vignette works on its own

TAP JACK

Tap Jack are a dynamic street performance duo who take music theatre to a new level.  Their act consists of: tapping, singing acapella and playing guitar all at the same time.

 Riotously entertaining, Tap Jack will have you singing alone to rock classics and tap favourites  including:

  • Girls just wanna have fun
  • Brother (Matt Corby)
  • Talk is cheap (Chet faker)
  • Lover (Sonia dada)
  • Arthur theme song

 Set up is simple, straightforward and easy and they supply their own PA system.

Their short sharp 10 minutes sets are perfect for street parties, passing trade, busking events and festivals

 
   

Contemporary dancers

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Claire is in her second year of A Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) at the VCA.  Originally from regional NSW, she completed her HSC Dance as an accelerated student in 2010 and was also member of the Arts Unit’s State Dance Ensemble from 2009-2011. During her time at VCA Claire has worked with Fiona Cameron performing ‘Ronnie’ and Vivienne Rogis with ‘The object stares back’. This year she is involved as a dancer and choreographer in ‘Conjunct’, a student devised instillation and collaboration between artists and dancers. to be performed at the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival, StripFest and MUDfest.

ELLYA SAM

Ellya SaM started her dance training at the age of 3 and completed her Ballet Advanced 2 RAD & ISTD and her Modern Advanced 2 ISTD all with distinctions at the age of 16. She is also a winner of multiple The Dance Society of Malaysia ballet competitions and has performed soloist roles touring Malaysia with Ena Ballet Japan and Danceworks. In 2009 she won a scholarship enabling her to dance in Vienna for the Vienna Opera Ball.  Since relocating to Australiaand competing as a ballroom and Latin dancer she has won an Australian Title 1st Placing in the youth category and in 2013 spent a week on secondment with the Australian Dance Theatre.  She has also performed in the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Dancebox Malaysia.

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Trained in classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre, Emma Riches began dancing at the age of 3.  In year 10 Emma was selected as a member of the NSW Public Schools State Senior Dance Company, where she toured around NSW and received sponsorship to create a blog of her journey with Schools Spectacular. Emma was also involved with a project entitled Abjuration in 2011 which was awarded Most Outstanding Choreography in the Fast and Fresh youth festival. In 2012, Emma undertook fulltime dance training at Ev and Bow Fulltime Dance Training Centre under the direction of Sarah Boulter. During this time she performed at many prestigious events, including the Australian Dance Festival and Sydney’s Carnival industry night as well as performing the lead role of Zoe in Deborah Oswald’s play The Peach Season, for Chalkdust Theatre Company. Emma’s professional industry experience includes the Tiny Tickers Heart Foundation Charity Ball, Showtime Attractions and Channel 10’s Puberty Blues.

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Fiona is a Melbourne based choreographer and performer specializing in contemporary improvisation. She was awarded a Diploma of Dance through the Queensland Dance School of Excellence before moving to Melbourne in 2001 to study her Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. She has since completed both a Postgraduate and Masters degree, each with first class honors and has created and performed works for curated and independent seasons at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Design Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fashion Festival, Next Wave Festival, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Dancehouse. She has studied with Australian and internationally renowned artists including Deborah Hay from whom she has commissioned and performed solos I’ll Crane for You (2008) and In the Dark (2010). Fiona’s training, choreographic and performance work has been recognized and supported by grants and awards from The University of Melbourne, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Friends of the Victorian College of the Arts, Besen Family Foundation and Chunky Move. Fiona is currently completing her Advanced Diploma of Alexander Technique Teaching and is a Solo Residency artist at Victoria University.

“Bryant is such an exciting choreographer, it’s difficult to do her work justice in words.” (John Bailey, The Sunday Age)

FIONA MCNEIL

Born and raised in Sydney, Fiona McNeill trained in Irish Dancing from the age of nine.  A current student at the VCA, Fiona has been trained extensively in ballet and contemporary technique and has been fortunate enough to work with artists such as Rochelle Carmicheal, Anna Smith, Vivienne Rogers and Rebecca Hilton. Fiona is also skilled in both commercial and jazz styles of dance. In 2012/2013 she was a cheerleader for the Melbourne Tigers National Basketball League where she was involved in greeting VIP guests and  sponsors, and performing in a variety of televised dance routines. 

GEORGIA BETTENS

Current VCA student Georgia Betten shas worked closely with a large variety of contemporary choreographers including Gerard Van Dyke, Natalie Cursio and Fiona Cameron, as well as being part of Lucy Guerin’s season, ‘Pieces for Small Spaces’ in 2013 choreographed by Becky Hilton. In 2013 Georgia had her choreographic work, ‘Shade.’ performed in VCA’s Student Works. In the same year she was awarded the Norma De Gruchy Scholarship for most improved dancer, and was selected to attend the World Dance Alliance choreographic festival in Paris in 2014.

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Julia began her dance training with the Beverley Rowles School of Dance. At high school Julia recieved an award for contribution and involvement in the arts as well as nominations to perform at the HSC excellence showcase in Dance, Drama and Art at the end of 2008. In 2009 Julia began her training at the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied a Bachelor of Dance. Whilst a student, Julia worked with a range of leading choreographers including Neil Adams, Jade Dewi Tyas Tuggnal, Brett Daffy, Benjamin Hancock, Phillip Adams, Prue Lang and Lina Limosani. In 2012 she was selected as one of six students to represent Melbourne University at Y-Fest in Singapore, a youth Dance festival. She Graduated with her degree in November 2012. 

 

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Graduate dancer Paula is a Melbourne based dancer, choreographer & yoga instructor.  In 2009 she was awarded the Dr Phillip Law scholarship in to undertake an artist-in-residence with company Zikzira Physical Theatre (Brazil).  She has worked with choreographer Fernanda Lippi (The Great Frost 2009), Brooke Stamp (Reverb 2009), Rennie McDougall (Supertone, Next Wave Festival 2012) and Carlee Mellow (Simmer 2010).  Paula’s commissioned works include a collaborative dance film for Next Wave 2010’s ‘Private Dances’ (SALT 2010), an Artshouse CultureLAB solo grant, and a two-part solo work for WELL Theatre (One eye the moon, One eye the sun 2010) & ‘Fray’ a duet choreographed in collaboration with Ben Hancock and presented as part of the Macau Fringe Festival (2007).  As an Australia Council Artstart recipient (2010) Paula has undertaken a mentorship with Ros Warby and worked with TRACKS dance in the ‘Allure of Paradise’ season (2010).  In November 2012 Paula completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Choreography). Paula has recently been nominated as ‘Dancer to Watch’in Dance Australia’s critic survey 2012.

SARAH MEALOR

Sarah trained in Beijing and then at the Colleen Theys’ Ballet School, Johannesburg, South Africa.  In Melbourne she studied at the National Theatre Ballet School (NTBS) completing the Royal Academy of Dance Advanced 1 examination in 2010 and received choreographic awards plus a full NTBS scholarship.  Sarah has an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with Honours in Theatre Studies, and Honour colours for Performing Arts.  In 2012 she received the AG McMillen Arts Trust Scholarship at the Victorian College of the Arts.  This year Sarah worked with Brooke Stamp for the Virgin Australia Fashion Festival and will do a secondment with Expressions Dance Company.  She has worked with choreographers Fiona Cameron, Vivienne Rogis, Anna Smith, and Rebecca Hilton.  

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Tra Mi Dinh has been driven by dance since the age of four. Beginning with Ballet, she became intrigued with Jazz, Irish dancing and Contemporary by the time she was ten. Trained in these disciplines for over 15 years, she has particularly extended her finesse in ballet and contemporary, endeavouring to further her passion by studying at the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently in her third year, Tra Mi is studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). During her high school education, along with dance, she studied drama and was selected to be part of both the NSW State Dance Company (2006-2011) and NSW State Drama Ensemble (2009). Throughout her developing career at VCA, Tra Mi has been a featured dancer for works by Fiona Cameron and Anna Smith. She has also gained industry experience with Showtime Attractions, dancing, modelling and promoting for various entertainment companies.