Contemporary & Ballet
Ashleigh started dancing ballet when at 7 years old, right here in Canberra. By the time she was 12, I had fallen in love with contemporary dance.
She found herself as a principal in excerpts of ballets such as Paquita, Coppelia and Giselle. When she was 18 she moved to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Here, she focused on Ballet and Contemporary dance, and received instruction in other disciplines such as Feldenkrais, Kinesiology, and Yoga, rounding out her development.
She believes that dance is about more than steps and movements; it’s about finding a positive way to express yourself and that is how she teaches every class.
When Ethan joined Kulture Break five years ago, his skills in dance were apparent, and he grew and developed in Kulture Break classes and through the Elevate program. He’s a member of the Elevate Elite team, and a part of the VS5 Breakdance Crew.
Ethan has now taken the next step of his dance career by teaching Breakdance in our after-school classes, supporting the next generation with their breaker moves.
For Faith, dance has become a way for her to express herself, her ethnicity and her sass. Kulture Break has been a big part of her life and an inspiration for her dance. While she was a ballet tot at age 3, she discovered hip hop aged 8 and hasn’t looked back.
Faith is currently an Elevate student, participating in the Elite program, and continuously looking to grow who she is a dancer and a person.
Francis began Kulture Break 17 years ago, after he discovered how dance and creativity grew his sense of worth, and helped break him out of a cycle of crime and poor self-esteem. Keen to share this discovery with other young people, he began to offer breakdance classes to small school groups to spread the message of empowerment through movement.
From those humble beginnings has grown an organisation whose message has touched more than 400,000 people worldwide, and which supports 8,000 young people across Australia.
While Francis’ responsibilities have expanded as CEO, he continues to share his skills through teaching the Fuze Fitness class for students 18 years and above.
James Ewens is a Kulture Break phenomenon. He started as a 5-year-old child in Francis’ hip hop class at our northside studio at Gold Creek School; by age 13 he was conducting that class. At 15 years of age he joined Elevate in its first year and the year after decided to completely change styles and devote himself to a full-time qualification in ballet!
James is currently in his second-year of his ballet diploma in Bowral, but travels down every Friday to continue teaching his hip hop classes. His dedication, dynamism and infectious energy takes his hip hop classes to the next level of fun.
Ballet & Contemporary
While Kulture Break is known for its hip hop and breakdance speciality, Amelia ‘Milly’ Raymond has grown as a ballet and contemporary dancer through our studio classes. With her love of dance and her commitment to community, she makes sure to dedicate time to growing herself as a teacher and a dancer.
Milly brings her capability in the ballet and contemporary styles and her grace and empathy for young dancers to her classes.
For Mitch Cridland, being able to express himself a big part of what he gets out of dancing, and what he wants his students to enjoy in his classes. Mitch has been a member of Kulture Break for many years, joining its overseas and interstate tours, and was in the Elevate Elite team.
Mitch is a hip hop specialist, and works to skill up his students to build their confidence and well-being.
Rachel’s journey began with Kulture Break at age 16; as a result, she embodies what Kulture Break is about. She’s inclusive, welcoming, understanding and fun, and her talent as a dancer is well-coupled with her skill as a teacher.
As Senior Dance Coach, Rachel continuously shows her leadership to the Kulture Break dance team.
And while she’s already a top hip hop dancer, she never seeks to slow her learning, and her classes evolve as she elevates herself.
Hip Hop & Breakdance
Sameer is another of our dance coaches who have grown up through Kulture Break and who lives its ethos of inclusion. Highly skilled in hip hop and breakdance, he is currently extending his dance skills through a full-time diploma in ballet in Bowral.
Despite his studies, he continues his commitment to the Kulture Break dance culture through teaching hip hop and breakdance on Saturdays.
Contemporary & Jazz
Tegan is a bubbly, outgoing person and is a new addition to the Kulture Break team. Tegan grew up in Launceston, Tasmania and has been dancing since the age of six, participating in showcases and concerts, including feature roles in several productions.
Tegan has trained at The Village Performing Arts and is excited to share her years of experience with the wonderful students at Kulture Break.
Hip Hop & Breakdance
Xander’s presence at the studio adds another layer of professionalism to the team. As a sought-after professional dancer, with performances at the ARIA awards, Dance Boss and X-Factor, he knows what it takes to get to the top. He’s also well-rounded as a teacher, having been trained in hip hop, breakdance, tap, jazz and lyrical styles.
As a coach he’s friendly and popular but also asks for the best from his students, always seeking to raise their standards.