Performers

By MelbourneTapDance

Amelia Homes

Amelia joined Melbourne Tap Dance in 2012, and has sinced performed with them at Wangaratta Jazz Festival and Melbourne Dance Industry nights bringing tap to the stage.

Amelia is a graduate of APO Arts Academy (Dance World), achieving her Advanced Diploma of Dance and Certificate in Musical Theatre, during her training Amelia was awarded a number of scholarships and the Distinction Award.  Growing up in Adelaide she trained at the Barbara Jayne Dance Centre and was part of the interstate training program of the Australian Ballet School.

Amelia has performed in three Magnormos productions including HELLO, DOLLY! (JERRY HERMAN TRIPTYCH), OZMADE MUSICALS 2011 (FLINDERS STREET – A SWING DANCE MUSICAL) and ANYONE CAN WHISTLE (A SONDHEIM TRIPTYCH), as well as various children production’s LOONEY TUNES LIVE! CLASSROOM CAPERS (Marilla productions), SESAME STREET- ELMO’S WORLD TOUR (Life Like Touring) and HAIRY MACLARY (Andrew Kay & Associates.)

 

 

Ella Lehaf

Ella has a background in film, music and event management, working in feature films, Bollywood and record companies.  Ella is currently producing the 2014 Australian Tap Dance Festival, organising Melbourne Tap Dance performances and launching her own self-care blog Happy Self!

Ella started tap dancing in her teens and trained under Grant Swift and Winston Morrison.  She has also taken masterclassses with Derick Grant, Ayodele Casel, Arthur Duncan, Thomas Wadelton and Bill Simpson.  She is inspired by tap legends such as Gregory Hines, Harold Nicholas and Donald O’Connor as well as contemporary leaders such as Chloe Arnold & Savion Glover.

Ella enjoys teaching famous routines like the Copasetic’s Chair Dance, B.S Chorus, the Shim Sham, and has performed with Melbourne Tap Dance at corporate and public events throughout Victoria.  A highlight of her career was performing Harold Cromer’s Opus 1 with the Australian Tap Dance Faculty in 2013.

 

 

rebecca coates melbourne tap danceRebecca Coates

Since graduating from London Studio Centre in the UK, Rebecca has performed all over the world on cruiseships, stage and screen.

Stage credits include: Cinderella and Aladdin (Horsham Theatre), Bollywoodland (original cast – Teatro Compaq, Madrid), Frame by Frame (Royal Opera House London), Various Production Shows for Costa Cruises and Company Dancer for CSE Military Shows in United Arab Emirates. Rebecca also toured extensively with Bollywood based company Nutkhut in their show Bollywood Steps, including a show for Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace!

Screen credits include: Dancer in Sherlock Holmes Feature Film and Downtown Abbey, Principal actress in Army Commercial (MTV, National Radio), The Omid Djalili Show (BBC), Housefull (Bollywood Film), Dancer for Freeloaders (TOTP, CD:UK), The Docker and the Rose (Short Film), Mazda Promotion Film.  Corporate credits include performances for: Canon, Billabong, Coca-Cola, M&S, Ciba Vision and Serco.

Since moving to Melbourne Rebecca has been working with the Melbourne Tap Dance Company and rehearsing for their new original tap musical “Beacon” premiering in 2014!

 

Rachel King

Rachel began dancing as a child at Michelle Rae School of Dance, and developed a strong passion for tap at the age of fifteen while tapping in a school musical.

Rachel studied dance full-time for one year at Danceworld Studios before commencing her studies in French and Spanish at Monash University in 2009. She is currently completing her Masters in Translation.

In 2011, Rachel joined Melbourne Tap Dance, learning performance repertoire and teaching classes.  She has since performed with the troupe at St. Kilda Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Australian Tap Dance Festival, Red Bennies Cabaret Club, Immersed Dance Industry Night, Underground Summer at Revolt Art Space and the Australia Day Performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

 

 

 

 

Kricket Forster

Kricket has been dancing since the age of 5, studying tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theatre extensively in Queensland.  She spent many years competing at national and international levels with some very high achievements including 3rd in the Showcase National Comp ‘Dancer of the Year’ 2002, Runner Up in USA National Dance Tournament ‘International Queen of Dance’ 2003 and 3rd in the Capezio® Dance-Off at the Australian Tap Dance Festival 2012.

Kricket was accepted into the Drama Bachelor of Arts course at QUT in Brisbane where she studied acting.  At the same time, she also taught for well established dance schools for two years where she realised that her true passion lay in teaching and choreography.  This prompted her to take up teaching full time, which she has been doing ever since.

Kricket had the honour of performing and working with Brisbane based dance group Raw Dance Company.  She has also been blessed to not only have benefitted from the mentorship of, but called upon to assist in the teaching of choreography with former So You Think You Can Dance choreographer, Adam Williams.  Kricket is currently teaching at several dance schools around Melbourne and performing with Melbourne Tap Dance since 2012 at events including Immersed Dance Industry Night and St Kilda Festival.

 

jordan ortt Jordan Ortt

Jordan has had a fruitful dance career as a part of the dance cast on several Carnival Cruise Line ships sailing from a number of different cities in the USA spanning over 4 years. Upon his return to Australia, he became a member of Melbourne Tap Dance Crew. He has since performed with them at  events such as the Australian Tap Dance Festival show ‘Rhythm in Motion and St Kilda Festival.

Jordan studied tap, jazz, ballet and musical theatre in Queensland throughout his childhood. Playing  leading roles in Bundaberg Players Inc productions he honed his acting skills and he also found his way into the top 80 of So You Think You Can Dance’s 2nd Australian Season.

 

 

 

Lauren Finlay

Lauren has performed since the age of 4, training in many different styles including  Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Circus Skills and completed a Diploma of Dance and Performance at Dance World Studios in 2010.

Lauren has trained and performed with professional artists including Kelly Abbey, Louis D Loure, Thern Reynolds, Adam Wheeler, Helena Moore, Troy Cassar- Daley & Kate and Miller Heidke.

Throughout Lauren’s career she has performed with companies such as Queensland’s Raw Metal Dance Company, Expressions Dance Contemporary Company, EStore Children’s Entertainment and danced solo with the Ten Tenors.

 

 

 

Winston Morrison

Known as a leader for tap dance in Australia, Winston Morrison is the founder of Melbourne Tap Dance (performing group, tap classes and tap history education) and now the Australian Tap Dance Festival – setting the benchmark for tap dance in Australia!

Winston is tap columnist for Dance-Train magazine, writes and presents instructionals for Dance-Infoma magazine, and is the Australian representative of the Internataional Tap Association. He is sponsored by Capezio and has guest taught at New York’s Broadway Dance Centre and Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance.

With an aesthetic eye and keen ear for music, Winston’s tap style is rhythmically rich, visually dynamic and soulful.  His own style and approach is informed by the old time greats and contemporary tap leaders.

Winston has appeared on television and radio specifically to represent tap on shows like ABC’s Studio 3, The Today Show, Australia’s Got Talent, 1700 show, Eastside FM, performed at many festivals including the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, St. Kilda Festival, Spiegeltent, “Australia’s Got Tap!” and “Rhythm in Motion”- at the annual Australian Tap Dance Festivals , Clayton Street Festival, Sydney Road Music Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Los Angeles Tap Festival, New York City Tap Festival, Montreal Tap Festival, shows including Parisian Rendezvous, Immersed Dance Industry Night, Underground Summer, A Chorus Line, My One & Only, and Fashion shows.

 

 

 

 

 

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