Kath is the owner and director of Dance 2XS. Kath started her dance career 27 years ago performing in theatre restaurants, as well as performing as a dancer and acrobat in Jupiter Casino's "Jewel of the Orient Express" and in the showroom at the Sheraton Breakwater Casino in Seoul, Korea. After returning to Australia she created The Dance Agency, which provided Cabaret dance shows for National and International corporate events for 14 years. Kath was the founder of the original NBL Taipans "Hot Squad" of which she choreographed for and performed in for 6 years. Kath's cheerleading experience also extends to the AFL Brisbane Lions, NBL Tassie Devils and NBL Gold Coast Rollers. Kath introduced the Mini Squad to our NBL Taipans games and has been coordinating the squad now for 10 years. Kath's passion is sharing her love of dance with her students.
Amanda has been teaching gymnastics for 33 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from Longwood University and was director of Richmond Olympiad gymnastics club for 3 years. Amanda moved to Australia in 1995 and continued to teach gymnastics for the Barron Valley Gymnastics Club as well as Dance 2XS and the Taipans Cheerleaders. Amanda ran the Cairns PCYC gymnastics beginner program from 2004-2007 and she currently teaches Tumbling & Acrobatics to our Dance 2XS students. Amanda’s expertise and experience teaching gymnastics can clearly be seen in the skill development of our Dance 2XS students.
Ashton started dancing at the age of 4 and has not stopped since. Her passion for dancing has grown from learning to performing, and now to sharing her knowledge with the children she teaches. Ashton danced as a lead in the Macau Dance Festival. She has received many medals in the World Dance Championships in Sydney and has played major rolls in many dance performances. Ashton thoroughly enjoys teaching our Dance 2XS students and Taipans Mini Squad. She has also been a cheerleader for the Cairns High Bulldogs, The Marlins Cheer Squad and has been a member of the NBL Taipans Gilligans Cheerleaders for the past 3 seasons.
Emily is the newest member to the Dance 2XS team. Emily has been dancing for almost 9 years and has experience teaching across a wide range of dance styles and students of all ages. Even though Emily loves all styles of dance, she specialises in Hip Hop and is passionate about challenging herself and her students to achieve the best they can. Emily has been featured in many performances here in Cairns, she has danced in cities all around Australia and has travelled overseas with her dancing. Emily is also Co-Director of HDI Dance Camp which is a Hip Hop Intensive Camp run in over 10 cities around the world featuring well-known choreographers from around the globe. Emily is inspired by any Hip Hop Choreography that is ‘current’ and trending on Youtube - this means her classes will be always be fun, funky and up to date.
From a young age Brooke has always had a love and passion for dancing and performing. After many years of hard work, perserverience and dedication she has been living her dream performing across the world. She has performed aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, choreographed and performed in an off Broadway show in NYC, performed with in Sesame Street and Dora the Explora tours and has now landed herself back in the wonderful land of OZ. Brooke performed in the Cairns Coral Society's rendition of 'Legally Blonde' and is also finishing up the basketball session cheerleading for the Taipans. Since being back home Brooke has been hard at work teaching and directing rehearsals for her new company 'Cairns Dinner Theatre'. "Dancing and performing is all I've done. It's all I know and all I want to know."
DiJonne brings to Dance 2XS 33 years of performance excellence, experience and an astounding passion for all genres of performing arts and sports. Born in Melbourne, it was her families influence that had DiJonne performing from the age of 4. She has loved performing on the big stage, especially with Entertainers such as Rhonda Burchmore, The Tinlids (Jimmy Barnes’ Kids Band) various artists in Myer Christmas Pantamines, and an appearance in Carols by Candlelight. Over the years DiJonne has taught a variety of students and has won many Dance & Calisthenics awards, and has featured on a TV series “That’s Dancin (1980’s Ballroom series)”. Since moving to Cairns 10 years ago, DiJonne found her niche with the Dance Agency and has performed at the Pullman Reef Casino and at many Corporate Functions. DiJonne has been a member of the Cairns Taipans Senior Cheer Squad for the past 4 seasons and has also featured in two TV Commercials for the Cairns Taipans.
Sammy entered the gymnastics world at the ripe age of 18 months old and began competitive gymnastics at the age of 4. He has a passion for tumbling, twisting, turning and upside down is a way of life for him! He has competed locally in Cairns, regional in Nth Qld and also had success at a State level in Brisbane. His love for Cheerleading began in 2014 when he joined the Taipans Mini Squad, where he discovered his passion for Performing. Sammy hopes to inspire boys of all ages to follow their dreams and he is very proud and excited to share his knowledge with the students at Dance 2XS.
Ella has danced with Dance 2XS for 10 years learning Jazz, Acrobatics, Cheerleading and Tumbling. Ella has a strong passion for dance and cheerleading. In her earlier years, what Ella loved so much about Dance 2XS was how encouraging & nurturing all the teachers were, as well as the fun environment they provide. Ella was a member of the Taipans Mini Squad for 2 years, which gave her the ability to perform with confidence in front of a large crowd. Ella is now very excited to be a student teacher with Dance 2XS.
Bethany has had a passion for dancing since her first class when she was just four years old. Bethany loves the safe, fun and happy environment that the Dance 2XS teachers bring to every class. Bethany’s most memorable experience was being part of the Taipans Mini Squad. Bethany enjoys being a Dance 2XS assistant teacher, and with the knowledge she has gained from this experience, she hopes to one day become a dance teacher herself. Bethany would like to teach children that dance isn’t just all about makeup and costumes, but having fun with friends and showing everyone that you have a talent.