Ally was a late bloomer when it came to dance. As a teenager she always felt awkward and unco-ordinated, never “fitting in” with sports – struggling in the swimming pool, lagging on the running track, and all thumbs whenever a ball was involved.
At the age of 22, she enrolled in a Tai Chi course, and was surprised at how easily she took to the flowing movements. Tai Chi gave her confidence in movement, and from this experience she decided to study dance in many of its forms. She took to it like a duck to water, and the freedom she felt while dancing ignited a passionate fire inside of her that continues raging to this day.
A number of years ago, following a period of zealous involvement with dance fitness classes, Ally was listening to “Beat it” and had a vision – of combining her perennial adoration for 80’s music with her passion for dance, and her need to have fun in order to maintain a regular exercise regime!
Whilst having never been a fan of conventional exercise, Ally is a firm believer in the importance of staying fit and healthy. She lives by the code that having fun while you sweat never feels like work, and aims to bring that fun to every class. Seeing her pupils have equally as much enjoyment as she has is her ultimate goal.
Bachelor Health Sciences (Naturopathy) 2005
Advanced Diploma (Herbal Medicine) 2004
Advanced Diploma (Nutrition) 2004 Cert III Fitness (Group Exercise) 2015 Fly Gym Aerial Fitness Teacher Training 2013
First Aid Level 2 (2005 – 2008 – 2011 – 2014 – 2017) Cert IV (Feng Shui & Geobiology) 2004
Reiki (Level 1 & 2) 2002
Pranic Healing 2012
Romiromi (Traditional Maori Healing) 2012
Keely is a yoga teacher, art therapist, former mental-health worker, performing artist and dance teacher! She grew up dancing in her living room and didn’t take a dance class until she moved to Melbourne at the age of 23.
She began training and teaching at Bey Dance which helped her learn how to feel powerful in her curves and shake her jelly! She joined the Real Hot Bitches 80s dance troupe as her alter ego, Debbie Glitterbox. The bitches helped her hone her thrusting technique and dracting (dramatic dance acting).
Keely loves performing as a dancer and has danced at festivals and events all around Australia. She is passionate about teaching beginners because if she can do it, anyone can! She loves to watch confidence and ferocity grow in students and will never get sick of that dance high you get at the end of class!
Caroline is a tap-dancer who has been teaching kids and adults the joy of tap for many years at her North Fitzroy school, Miss Caroline Tap Dance. She has always loved dancing but initially trained in acting, singing and movement as part of her Creative Arts degree.
After graduating and moving to Melbourne, Caroline won a part in the Comedy Festival smash hit, Stomp, a rhythmic/industrial extravaganza, and it was during that show that she fell in love with the power of rhythm and dance. Learning the art of tap dance seemed the natural progression, and from her very first lesson she took to it like a duck to water. It was not long before she was teaching adult beginners, and from there she started her own school which now has students of all ages (from pre-schoolers through to retirees!).
Caroline has performed at many local festivals, and also taught TV star Alan Brough to tapdance for the Spicks and Specks Finale Tour, for which she also did the choreography. Her tapping can also be heard on tracks by local recording artists Mick Thomas (Tom Wills) and Mrs Wainwright (I Will Breathe Again).
As a teacher she believes in making dance a fun and positive experience for all concerned. On her days off from tapping Caroline still loves to dance and was thrilled to discover Ally’s RAD classes where she is a regular attendee and performer.