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Upcoming Events:

Black and Gold Ball

6th July 2013
Liverpool Catholic Club



Upcoming Workshops:

Mums and Bubs Tap

2nd March 2013
2:15pm



Our Teachers

Nikki Gelardi-Bunyi

Nikki Gelardi-Bunyi
Proprietor, Senior Modern Jive & Bridal Instructor, Choreographer, Solo Cha Cha

Nikki Gelardi-Bunyi has been involved in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years. During this time, Nikki has worked with various styles of dance, from jazz to ballroom to ceroc, gaining her vast experience and knowledge in the area of performing arts.

Nikki trained at some of the most prestigious schools of dance; at the Janice Breen School of Dance, Ceroc ‘the Modern Jive’ Dance Co. and at the Conservatorium of Music, establishing her career as a professional dance instructor, choreographer, dancer, judge and Speech and Drama teacher.

Nikki is known for her innovative choreography and sharp timing.

Some of her achievements include:



Nikki is the co-founder and proprietor of the Le Groove Dance Company, which was established in August 2002. Le Groove Dance Company holds not only dance classes but also various workshops, routines, bridal packages, balls and dance parties where Nikki is the choreographer and event organiser for these events.

Nikki is a current member of the FATD (Federal Association of Teachers of Dancing).

Nikki has also been a guest teacher on numerous occasions at the Barbara Bower Academy of Dance, Grange, QLD.

Mel Gelardi-Bunyi

Melinda Gelardi-Bunyi
Co-proprietor, Modern Jive and Bridal Instructor, Co-choreographer

Melinda Gelardi-Bunyi has been involved in music and dance for most of her life. In her teens, Mel has worked as a musician playing drums and singing in an all girl band, Clickers, at various nightclubs and pubs in Manila, Philippines.

She also studied Piano and Guitar at the Concordia College Conservatorium of Music.

Mel has co-produced music concerts (Jun Polistico), is our organiser for our Le Groove winter balls and dance parties.

Mel currently is the co-proprietor of Le Groove. She has co-choreographed over 14 modern jive routines and over 50 bridal routines to date and demonstrates at our venues.

Ili and John Ferreira

Ili and John Ferreira
Instructors

Ili and John Ferreira began dancing in 2001 and have been involved in dance for the past 8 1/2 years. During this time Ili and John have done various styles of dance including Modern Ballroom, Salsa and Latin and most recently Modern Jive.

Ili and John have been trained by Nikki Gelardi-Bunyi establishing a strong knowledge of the technical side and precise footwork of Modern Jive.

Ili and John have been teaching for Le Groove Dance Co. since 2007. They held the force while Nikki was pregnant teaching Beginner and Intermediate classes and routine workshops, preparing students for major Le Groove events such as their winter balls and xmas parties.

Ili and John sometimes teach Beginner classes at Currans Hill Public School where they have a huge following.

Melanie

Melanie Malcolm
Preschooler Jazz, Mums and Bubs Tap, Mums and Bubs Jazz, Adult Tap, Adult Modern Expressive

Melanie has been involved in the dance industry for the past 23 years. At the age of 5, she began dance classes at the Helen de Paul Dance Centre (more recently known as the Noble Dance Centre) and studied numerous forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Classical Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. She completed all examinations in Jazz & Tap under the F.A.T.D (Federal Association of Teachers of Dance) syllabus and completed Primary to Elementary examinations in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti method) receiving outstanding results for all.

As a senior Student Melanie won numerous Jazz & Tap Championships at the F.A.T.D Awards Competitions. From 2000 – 2007 Melanie was a senior member of the Can Can dance troupe and performed at the annual Bastille Day Celebrations, at The Powerhouse Museum, for the opening of the 'Moulin Rouge!' Exhibition, and at the 2001 Australian Dance Awards at the Sydney Opera House under the direction of famous choreographer John O'Connell.

In 2002, Melanie was accepted, after auditioning, to be a member of the lead dance chorus for Rockdale Musical Society's production of "FAME, the Musical".

At the age of 16, Melanie began her studies through F.A.T.D to become a Jazz and Tap dance teacher. She completed Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced diplomas in both practical and theory receiving Honours with Distinction for all exams.

Melanie’s teaching experience includes:


Melanie has been in charge of numerous classes ranging from Pre Primary to Bar to Star Performers grades and the Pre Elementary teaching grade in both Jazz & Tap (F.A.T.D). Part of Melanie’s teaching role is preparing students for grade, performers and teachers examinations. Melanie’s students have always received outstanding results, and it is these results that reflect the focused, diligent and high standards of teaching that Melanie has. Melanie also shows a high level of creativity and versatility in her choreographic skills, choreographing routines for annual dance concerts, performances and eisteddfods.

Melanie is thrilled to be joining Le Groove Dance Company and is looking forward to passing on her love and passion for dance to her students.

Belinda

Belinda Trenkoska
Adult Jazz, Tap, Modern Expressive, Lyrical Hip Hop

Belinda brings a diverse background in many different styles of dance and excels in Jazz, JFH (Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop) and Hip Hop. Belinda has been dancing since she was 5 years old studying Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap and National Character. She has competed in eisteddfods from the age of 8 and has been successful in styles such as Jazz, Tap, Lyrical (Modern Expressive), Contemporary, Hip Hop and Song and Dance.

Belinda has appeared on Television many times performing in NRL West Tigers football games and the NRL Grand Final, V8 Supercars, YouAmI filmclip 'Friends Like You', and in the Lady Gaga 'Little Monsters' Flashmob at Sydney Town Hall. She has been taught and/or performed alongside many brilliant dancers and choreographers such as the cast of Edward Scissorhands UK (when touring in Australia), Kyle Hanagami, Jess Hesketh (Runner up of SYTYCD), The Squared Division, Tony Czar, Chris Jones (from You Got Served) & Andre Fuentes (Choreographer for Michael Jackson and Britney Spears).

Belinda is a member of Project Dance who appear regularly in special public events and Flashmobs throughout Sydney and she continues to dance in competitions and eisteddfods at the highest level, recently at Showcase National Championships in QLD for Jazz and Hip Hop achieving a result of 4th Place Overall in 2011.

Whilst Belinda is a fantastic performer and dancer she also brings a diverse teaching background covering a large variety of ages from tiny tots to adults. Since 2007 she has taught Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tiny Tots Ballet as well as Technique Classes. Belinda has an infectious passion and exuberance for dance which spills over into her classes and allows her to create a fun and energetic environment for her students.

Jess

Jessica Mather
Daytime Zumba Teacher

Jess loves teaching Zumba!







Danielle Taylor

Danielle Taylor
Zumba Instructor

Danielle has been dancing for 17 years, taking classes in tap, jazz, ballet, funk and hip hop. Dancing has been a passion of hers since she was a young girl and is something she hopes to do for the rest of her life.

Dancing at a studio for 17 years opened up many opportunities for performances, exams and also teaching dance, which is her dream career. In 2012 Danielle furthered her knowledge and capabilities in dance, studying a Bachelor of Dance at Wesley Institute in the styles of ballet, contemporary, jazz and Latin dance for 30 hours per week.

After taking so many classes in technique she wanted to explore dance in a different environment, where she could let loose and just have some fun, and so began taking Zumba classes at her local gym. After weeks of classes she was encouraged to get her qualifications in teaching Zumba, so she did and never looked back. Teaching Zumba is so much fun, and she can't wait to pass on her passion to you.

Karen Hurney-Metcalfe

Karen Hurney-Metcalfe
Adult Jazz and Adult Lyrical Hip Hop

BA/VA, Diploma of Education Dance. Teaching member of Ballet Australasia Limited. Experienced Classical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop Teacher in the Macarthur area for 25 years.

Her students have participated in BAL, GWT and ATOD examinations receiving 100% pass rates, distinctions & honours awards. She has had students perform in eisteddfods, shopping centres, fetes, fashion parades, school spectacular, NRL football games, Sydney South West Dance Festival, Seaworld, Dreamworld, Movieworld and the cruise ship Pacific Sun in 2005. Numerous students have gone on to study dance full time at university, Brent st and Wesley institute. She has been the Head Adjudicator at Catholic Schools dance comp sydney diocese for 13 years.

She loves watching my students learn, and perfect and build their dance technique. She's looking forward to working at Le Groove Dance studio and teaching adults who love to move, groove and challenge themselves.

Genius

Christopher Reid
Intermediate Modern Jive and Triples Demonstrator

Chris began going to dancing lessons at about the age of 5 and ended up doing jazz, tap, ballet (briefly and unwillingly), drama and singing for the next 8 or so years. He especially likes tapping and acting.

He happened upon ballroom in 2007 and has since encountered salsa and modern jive. His hobbies include soccer, tennis, indoor cricket, performing in musicals, programming, developing obscure dexterity skills, composing music, playing video games, learning languages and maintaining websites including this one! He's currently studying to become a maths teacher.