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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Rach Jackson

Crew Manager + Dance

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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Loren Sila

Dance

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:

  • Monday Open Class
  • Musical Pop
  • Artist Development

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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.

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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.

Vicky is currently teaching:

  • Thursday Open Class

 

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FIREFLY

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
  • Contemporary Class

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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:

  • Thursday Open Class
  • Open Crew

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Laura Kitto

Dance

Lauzy 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:

  • Teens 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
  • Adult Beginners

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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:

  • Lads Dance Crew

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Mikayla Cooper

Dance

Mikayla is 16 years old and has been dancing at Swarm Studios for 5 years. She is currently 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:

  • Essence Dance Crew
  • All New Varsity Crew

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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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Brisbane.

0421 021 371

bne@swarmstudios.co

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Janaya Ripely

Studio Manager BNE

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:

  • Flight Dance Crew
  • Switch Dance Crew
  • Swerve Dance Crew

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Melissa McCracken

Dance

Melissa is 18 years old and has recently moved from Christchurch, New Zealand to Brisbane to train hard after dancing at Swarm Studios since 2012. Melissa is passionate about dance and love's to share her passion with others.

Melissa is currently teaching:

  • Teens Class
  • Beginners
  • Thursday Open Class

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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

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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:

  • Monday Open Class

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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 Ballet
  • Kids Ballet
  • Tiny Jazz
  • Kids Jazz

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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

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Annaliese Kiehne-Whipp

Dance

Annaliese is 18 years old, she has been dancing since she was 6 years old. Annaliese has been part of Swarm Studios since they first moved to Brisbane in 2015. Annaliese loves to dance, choreograph and teach. 

Annaliese is currently teaching:

  • Tiny HipHop

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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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