Directors.

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Elly Hanssen

Dance

Having studied ballet until the age of 18 and moving into professional dance career in the USA, Elly is an internationally known artist and entrepreneur. Highly experienced in performing, creating culture, life coaching, tutor training, judging competitions, choreography, communication and raising up the next generation of creatives.

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Christchurch.

0212984228

chc@swarmstudios.co

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Loren Sila

Studio Manager

Loren has performed in world class Festivals around Asia and America, in Arena’s alongside Savage, Scribe, Ladi 6 and has opened for people such as Aaradnah and Ciara. She would love to see every student find joy in what they do and confidence in who they are. Her most recent work has been in Stan Walkers latest music video 'Messages' and winning the SDNZ National Title, and then travelling to compete in HHI Worlds.

Loren is currently teaching:

  • Musical Pop
  • Thursday Open Class

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Holly Rose Hunt

Admin + Dance

FIREFLY (Holly Rose) started dance training at the age of 3 and has been performing and competing since 4 years old. Starting from a Ballet and Jazz background, she gradually included the styles Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, with various qualifications in all 5 of the previous styles, including an RAD Major Examination with Distinction and a NZ National Street Dance Title. Her aim is to tell a story that is worth hearing.

FIREFLY is currently teaching:

  • Reality Dance Crew
  • Prez Dance Crew

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Rach Jackson

Crew Manager

Rach trained in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary throughout her childhood. She has been training in Hip Hop for 9 years under Elly. Rach has done numerous performances both nationally and internationally and has also performed on TV. Rach is passionate about investing into the next generation and demonstrates this through crew managing and teaching.

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Jayme Stowers

Style + Dance

Jayme has been training under Swarm for 11 years. Her passion for dance is shown through the many performances and competitions she has done as well as doing Show Production and being Head of Style. Competed at HHI World Hip Hop Champs Las Vegas in 2016.

Jayme is currently teacing:

  • Eminence Dance Crew

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Vicky Aileone

Dance

Vicky has been dancing under Swarm Studios for 5 years, and all together for 10 years. Passionate about teaching, directing and choreographing groups. Vicky loves the old school 90's era vibe and incorporates this into her style and choreography.

 

 

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Brooke Vincent

Dance

Dancing under Swarm Creative Collaboration, Brooke has performed nationally and internationally on both television, live events and for artists such as R'n'B star Ciara. Through Brooke, you are destined to be pushed and grow in every area.

Brooke is currently teaching:

  • Tweens Class
  • Wednesday Open Class

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Tash Crichton

Dance

Tash has been dancing for 15 years. Tash started training in Urban Hip Hop for 13 years with 2 years of technical training in Ballet & Jazz. Tash has performed in many showcases, festivals and has competed in various competitions nationally and internationally. Tash received 'Most Outstanding Female Dancer Of The Year.' 2016 at SDNZ Nationals.

Tash is currently teaching:

  • Monday Open Class
  • Supremacy Dance Crew

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Laura Kitto

Dance

Laura has been dancing since the age of 3, starting off with Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary then going into Hip Hop. Starting in a teens class, she moved through various crews, ending up in Swarm. She has a massive passion for dance and her goal is to inspire her students to grow. 

 Laura is currently teaching:

  • Wednesday Open Class

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Lani Edwards

Dance

Lani started dancing at Swarm Studios in 2012 and joined Reality Dance Crew where she competed and performed. She then went on to join The Royal Family in 2015 and placing 2nd at HHI Worlds. Lani also features in Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' video that was released in 2015. Lani is now back home in Christchurch teaching and sharing experience and knowledge in dance to her students and those around her.

Lani is currently teaching:

  • Lux Dance Crew

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Caleb Gopal

Dance

Caleb Gopal is 17 years old and has been dancing at Swarm Studios for 4 years. He is currently in Reality Dance Crew and now a tutor.  What Caleb loves about dancing is the way we can express not only our feelings and thoughts but also cool concepts and ideas through movement.

Caleb is currently teaching:

  • Guys Style HipHop Class

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Mikayla Cooper

Dance

Mikayla is 16 years old and has been dancing at Swarm Studios for 5 years. She was previously the  crew captain for Reality. Having previously assisted various classes, she is now a tutor and is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and finding who they are as a dancer.

Mikayla is currently teaching:

  • Eminence Dance Crew

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Tori Wiki

Dance

Tori is currently teaching:

  • Adult Beginners

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Luka Beswick

Dance

Luka has been dancing for 13 years, being trained in a variety of styles. She has been with Swarm Studios for 5 years and trained with Reality for 2 years. After assisting classes and crews, Luka is now a tutor and is super excited to help others grow in what she loves to do.

Luka is currently teaching:

  • NEXT Dance Crew

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Tenaisjah Tauapai

Dance

Tenaisjah has been dancing for 3 years and has trained under Reality for 2 years. After assisting various classes and taking a Junior Crew for half a year, she is now a tutor. Tenaisjah loves to dance and teach because it provides a pathway to express emotion while inspiring and impacting others lives.

Tenaisjah is currently teaching:

  • ANIMATE Dance Crew 

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Lucy Ballard

Dance

Lucy has background training in ballet, jazz and contemporary and has been with Swarm for 3 years. After assisting different classes and crews, Lucy is now a tutor and exciting to give knoweldge to her students that can help them grow in and out of dance. She loves dancing because it helps her to express herself and inspire others.

Lucy is currently teaching:

  • Juniors HipHop

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Emme-Daniela Verkerk

Dance

Emme has been dancing for 15 years and has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and HipHop. After dancing at Swarm Studios for 3 years and assisting various classes, she is now a tutor. Emme dances because she hopes to inpspire something in others. She loves to teach becuase she can give something back to the dance community and help grow a passion and a love for dance in others.

Emme is currently teaching:

  • Emergence Dance Crew

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Ella Rerekura

Dance

Ella has been dancing for 12 years, being trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary and hiphop. After assisting Kids classes, she is now a tutor and excited to be able to share her passion with others. Ella loves to teach because it allows people to find themselves in ways they couldn't before.

Ella is currently teaching:

  • Kids HipHop
  • Teens HipHop
  • DIVERSITY Dance Crew

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Gemma Reid

Dance

Gemma has been dancing for 17 years, training in a multiple of styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and HipHop. She has performed and competed nationally and internationally and recently received a Diploma in Classical Contemporary at Brent Street Academy in Sydeny. Gemma has been a part of the studio for 3 years and loves the environment of the studio. She loves teaching because it is her chance to influence others through her journey and experiences so that they can grow to their full potential.

Gemma is currently teaching:

  • Open Contemporary

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Nick Taylor

Drum Lessons

Since picking up drum sticks at the age of 14, Nick has played many shows in Christchurch and has had the opportunity to drum on tour. He has also achieved a certificate both in Audio Engineering, Live Sound and Event Production. He is passionate about helping people find and pursue their own passions.

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Jase Aileone

Vocals

Jase is currently teaching:

  • Teen Vocals

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Brisbane.

0421 021 371

bne@swarmstudios.co

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Janaya Ripely

Dance

Janaya has been training for several years and is a passionate and motivated choreographer, performer and administrator. Currently training and teaching at Swarm Studios and Home Base in Brisbane. Janaya is highly experienced in performing professionally and also in a competitive sense. Taking the new role of studio manager, Janaya's professionallism, kindness and passion for dance is a great asset to our community.

Janaya is currently teaching:

  • Thursday Open Class
  • Kid's Hip Hop

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Aislinn Bougen

Dance

Aislinn has been dancing from a very young age, trained in jazz, contemporary and ballet. At the age of 14, Aislinn discovered her passion for hiphop and pursued a Diploma in Dance in Melbourne, Australia, training full time. 

Aislinn is currently teaching:

  • Kids HipHop
  • Open Contemporary
  • SWERVE Dance Crew

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Josh Harris

Dance

Josh is 24 years old, born in Auckland, New Zealand, and raised in Brisbane. Currently training part-time in contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, singing, acting and acrobatics. I love to dance because it gives me a creative outlet to express myself.

Josh is currently teaching:

  • Beginners HipHop

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Tim Tasi

Dance

Tim is 22 years old and has lived in Brisbane for most of his life. He has been dancing for four years at Funky Munkyz Dance Academy, Hoodnation and now Swarm Studios. Tim is constantly learning more things about dance and will always be a student to the amazing craft.

Tim is currently teacing:

  • Open Level HipHop
  • Beginners HipHop

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Luacy Vieira-Silva

Dance

Luacy is 19 years old and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Dance at QUT. She has been trained in ballet since the age of 4, and contemporary since the age of 6. Her dream is to share and grow her passion with the next generation.

Luacy is currently teaching:

  • Tiny Dance
  • Kids Ballet

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Jack Scott

Dance

Jack is 17 years old and is a dancer and aspiring choreographer based in Brisbane. He has been dancing all throughout his teenage years before joining Swarm Studios in late 2015. His passion for dance will never die.

Jack is currently teaching:

  • Tweens HipHop

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Emma Hunt

Dance

Emma has been dancing for about 17 years, doing extensive training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and contemporary. She has undertaken and completed exams for Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hiphop. Emma started dancing professionally with a company called EPIC Entertainment and dancing as a cheerleader for the Crusader rugby team for 4 years. Dancing has taken her overseas to compete and is a massive passion of hers.

Emma is currently teaching:

  • DanceFit
  • Kids Jazz
  • Junior Jazz

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Dallas Seinafo

Vocals

Dallas is a singer/songwriter and lives in Brisbane, currently teaching the Vocal Group Class at Swarm Studios Brisbane. Dallas attended Excel School of Performing Arts School in Auckland, New Zealand and has also been a part of Disneys Camp Rock - The Tasman television series as a singer representing Team New Zealand. Dallas has recently formed a band under the name Soulshift where he has taken the lead and is gigging around Brisbane.

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Chris Chirnside

Drum Lessons

Chris is an accomplished drummer and percussionist. He grew up playing drums in rock and jazz bands as well as percussion groups. He also played classical percussion for the Christchurch Youth Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony, giving him a strong background in music theory and technique.  More than anything, Chris loves helping people fulfil their potential, in music, and in life in general. 

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Lily Pascoe

Dance

Lily has been dancing at Swarm Studios Brisbane since it opened 3 years ago. After assisting various classes for 2 years, she is now a tutor. Since discovering her passion for dance, she loves to help her students grow and discover the same passion.

Lily is currently teaching:

  • Junior HipHop

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