Tony Keeble – VIC
Tony Keeble is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in Melbourne, Australia. With a strong background in Classical Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz, his skills extend to both Choreography and Teaching. As a Professional Dancer, Tony has worked on various projects and productions with companies such as Opera Australia, Ausdance Victoria, Rios Brazilian Restaurant, Vertical Shadows Dance Company, as well as performing in music videos and fashion shows. A trained Actor, he has starred in various television commercials including Nissan and Mazda as well as appearing on TV shows for ‘Offspring’ and ‘Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries’.
“My favourite thing about Wakakirri is seeing how all the elements are brought together to tell a story, and the joy Wakakirri brings students while they’re on stage.”
Andy Howitt – VIC
Scottish-born Andy Howitt moved to Australia in 2013 to take on the role of Director and CEO of Ausdance Victoria, the state branch of Australia’s peak national dance body. In 2014 and 2015 he curated ‘I could Have Danced All Night’ for White Night. Andy has worked as a director, artistic director, dance director, producer, professional dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer. Andy was born in Fife, and danced with Fife Youth Dance Company before going to the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London. He went on dance to with a number of dance companies including: Transitions Dance Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Scottish Opera and Scottish Dance Theatre. He was Dance Director with TAG Company; during his time with TAG he presented A Scots Quair and Lanark at the Edinburgh International Festival. He was also Artistic Director of YDance (formerly Scottish Youth Dance) and City Moves Dance Agency. In 2017 he openend his own Dance Studio called Commercial St Dance studio based in Melbourne West.
Teale Howie – NSW
Teale is a new addition to Sydney, having moved from Mackay, Queensland in March 2016. In Sydney he has performed professionally as Gabriel in Cristina in the Cupboard, General Schmitz/Wickersham Brother in Seussical the Musical and as Lucas Carter in bare: a pop opera. He also toured Queensland with children’s applied theatre project Safety Circus, and Schoolies awareness project Choices, both in conjunction with the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Government. Having studied dance, in particular hip hop, for many years, Teale decided to take on study in the field of Music Theatre. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, specialising in Music Theatre. Teale has taught and choreographed dance for many years throughout Queensland.
“The best part about the Wakakirri AIR program is seeing the students development; learning to work collaboratively and create art together, and witnessing their sense of achievement at the end of it”
Belinda Fenech – NSW
Since beginning her dance training at age five and teaching from the age of 16, Belinda has maintained a life-long connection with the dance and performing arts industry. She went on to study at the University of New South Wales, where she completed a double degree (Bachelor of Arts Dance, Bachelor of Education Dance and Theatre) and has taught dance and drama in secondary schools in Australia and the UK.
Belinda’s choreographic works have been performed at the Seymour Centre, Sydney Entertainment Centre, UNSW IO Myers Theatre, Tom Mann Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Hills Centre, NIDA and Newtown Theatre, whilst her theatrical productions have been produced in secondary schools in Australia, England and Germany. Belinda also enjoys judging youth talent shows. With a strong commitment to Child Safety issues in the dance industry, Belinda is involved in the development of the Australian Dance Education Standards Association (ADESA). This voluntary association supports other dance schools to achieve best practice standards for the benefit and safety of Australian children participating in dance tuition and performance.
She is passionate about sharing her many years of experience and making dance an enjoyable experience for all children.
Ezgi Gungor – WA
Ezgi graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with her Bachelor of Arts (Dance) in 2014. In 2013, she was chosen as the first student to study a semester abroad at CODARTS School of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. Whilst here, she toured The Netherlands in Cora Bos-Kroese’s work AMOR and performed in leading European art festivals. In 2015, Ezgi was a recipient of the ArtStart grant (Australia Council) and focused her time to working with international artists throughout Europe. In 2016, Ezgi teamed up with Perth dancers Scott Elstermann and Sarah Chaffey, the trio formed Trihedral Sector, premiering their first work It’s Getting Awkward at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. She has since worked with French theatre director Jay Emmanuel on his development on Les Memoirs des Enfants and performed in STRUT Dance’s Short Cuts season. Alongside her performing career, Ezgi is passionate dance teacher and has been working with local and full-time dance schools in Perth and Melbourne
Lauren Huxley – QLD
Lauren holds a Bachelors Degree of Music, Majoring in Music Theatre from The Australian Institute of Music. She has a love of singing, dancing and acting! Whilst completing her studies, Lauren worked as a children’s party entertainer and loved to dress up as many characters especially Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen”, to add some magic to many birthday parties! Lauren started performing from a very early age, and fell in love with being on stage during her school years. Since her studies completed Lauren has been teaching Speech & Drama and plays guitar and sings for community music groups and is a Wakakirri Dance Specialist.
“Wakakirri is a great way to bring schools together through dance and to encourage students to be the best they can be.”
Kyra Caruso- SA
Dance has always been a strong part of Kyra’s life. She was classically trained from a young age however as she grew, Kyra developed a love for other styles of dance and became an all rounded performer. As a teenager, Kyra was lucky enough to travel to America for an intensive ballet program at a Californian College. While this was an experience of a lifetime, it also showed her just how universally beautiful dance is. After achieving her Certificate IV in Dance, Kyra’s passion for teaching and choreographing flourished as an employee of DanceSA.
“This is my first year with Wakakirri but I can already tell my favourite thing will be seeing my school up on stage after all the hard work they’ve put in during my rehearsals – I’m proud just thinking about it!”