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AFRODITI RALLIS (Hip Hop)

Afroditi was one of the founders and is a current director of Flava Dance Studios.

With more than 20 years of Hip Hop Dance experience, Afroditi acquired her dance and performance skills by working within the entertainment industry, particularly as dancing support acts for celebrities such as Deni Hines, Human Nature, CDB, Kulcha, Selwyn, Killing Heidi, J-Wess, N-Trance and Run-DMC.

Afroditi’s passion for street dance led her to contribute endless hours of self training to the dance form and she has further pursued training in the style, experiencing Hip Hop culture all around the world.

Whilst training she completed a Bachelor Degree in International Business at Flinders University and is also a qualified Fitness Instructor with the Australian Institute of Fitness.

Afroditi truly believes that happiness is achieved with a balanced mind and body and finds that the freedom of Hip Hop allows the individual to do this. Her desire to impart the knowledge she has obtained through her years in dance and fitness is evident in every class she teaches, and is encapsulated in the ethos of the dance school.

Afroditi keeps her style and knowledge fresh by training nationally and internationally with the very best choreographers. These have included the likes of Napolean and Tabitha D’Umo, Tony Czar, Andre Fuentes, Tucker Barkely, Brian Freidman and Kevin Maher, while training in LA at Millennium Dance Complex, Debbie Reynolds and The Edge. The privilege of working with this calibre of choreographers keeps her inspired while dancing and contributes a fresh approach to her style and teaching methods.

Afroditi has coached many of the crews at Flava and are some of the best Hip Hop crews in SA. Their participation in National and International Competitions continues to be competitive and successful.

“Whether teaching a beginner’s class or an advanced class, children or adults – there is no greater satisfaction for me than to share my love for Hip Hop with those who possess the same passion while watching them shine as they move through dance”.

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MARISSA RITORTO (Hip Hop | Street Jazz)

Marissa has a reputable history in the SA Entertainment Industry, performing and teaching for over 15 years at some of SA’s very best talent agencies, as well as high schools and primary schools. Marissa has also performed live at the SA dance Music Awards, Support Acts for Human Nature, Run DMC, Kulcha, J-wess, Montell Jordan, Clipsal 500 and many more.

Marissa has danced and trained in LA with some of the very best choreographers in the world such as Tony Czar, Kevin Maher, Tabitha and Napolean D’Umo, Tucker Barkley, Andre Fuentes, just to name a few. She continuously updates her skills by training with National and International Choreographers at workshops throughout Australia.

Marissa has a Certificate 3 in Dance and Performance which she received at Dance Factory VIC, training in jazz, ballet, drama, contemporary, tap, funk, acrobatics, anatomy, jazz performance, theatre studies and musical theatre. She also received first class Honours in Funk levels 1-4 at Dance Factory’s Teaching Academy.

Her passion is now focused on Hip-hop and street jazz styles.

Marissa is one of the Directors of Flava Dance Studios, which was established in 2003, since then, she has had the privilege of seeing her students grow into amazing dancers, including coaching National winning teams in the School Aerobics Competitions.She also coaches the Flava Crew: one of the best Hip Hop crews in SA, taking part in National and International Competitions.

Marissas’ determination and enthusiasm as a teacher is evident. She has a fun and energetic personality and receives great satisfaction sharing her passion and choreography with her students.

Teachers

We strongly believe in the importance of a balanced mind and body, and what better way to do so than by dancing and keeping fit with qualified friendly dance instructors who are trained in First Aid and Child & Safe Environment.

JOANNA RALLIS (Hip Hop)

Joanna has been a teacher at Flava Dance Studios since 2003 and is currently the coach of our crew Lil’ Flavas. She is also our creative Design & Events Promoter.

Joanna has been dancing in the style of Hip Hop for 16 years and has performed across Australia in many shows and state and international dance competitions.
In the past 10 years Joanna has taught and choreographed Hip Hop across the state at many Dance Studios, Schools, Youth Centres, Full time dance courses and hip hop productions & concerts.

She has performed at many corporate events, starred in “SA Tourism commercial – Breathe” as well as back up dancing on tour for major shows such as: “The Australian Elvis Show”, “Elle-vis” cabaret band and “Lost in Vegas”.

Joanna has competed with one of the best Hip Hop dance crews in SA, taking out five SA titles and placing high nationally & internationally.
In 2013 Joanna’s junior crew Lil’ Flavas Competed at The World Supremacy Battlegrounds Hip Hop Competition and placed 1st in Australia and 4th in the World.

Her passion and enthusiasm for Hip Hop & her students shines through as she teaches & performs, which is why her students see her as an inspiration. Her love for street dance is endless, and she continues to update her skills, training & participating in workshops with National and International Hip Hop Choreographers from all over the world.

Joanna is qualified in First aid and Child safe environment, she is a joy to work with; an incredible performer, teacher and choreographer.

She continues to inspire daily.

STACY PASTRO (Hip Hop)

Stacy has been dancing since the age of 10 and was one of the very first students at Flava Dance Studios, training in Hip Hop, Funk and Street Jazz.

Since 2006 Stacy has been a member of the Lil’ Flavas Performance Crew, Flavalicious Crew and FLAVA.

As a performance crew member Stacy has gained enormous experience in performance and dance, winning three consecutive National titles in the School Aerobic Hip-Hop/ Funk Competitions.

She continues to develop as a dancer by frequently updating her skills with National and International Choreographers such as; TONY CZAR, TUCKER BARKLEY, CHRIS JONES, and many more…

Stacy is currently studying to be an Early Childhood teacher (0-8 years) and will finish her degree in 2015, learning about the importance of secure relationships, of play in children’s lives and the importance of providing each child with the opportunity to be active participants in their learning. Stacy has taken aspects of her study into her style of teaching at Flava Dance Studios.

Teaching makes Stacy feel a great sense of happiness and accomplishment and most importantly provides her with the opportunity to build positive relationships with her classes. Stacy loves that she is able to see students’ growth as dancers and people as they develop their ability and confidence.

Stacy is energetic and extremely talented and teaches all ages at Flava. She currently coaches the NuFlava Competition Team at Flava.

EDEN DODDRIDGE (Hip Hop)

Eden has been dancing ballet since the age of 4 and became a student at Flava Dance Studios when she was 8; she is one of the newest Faculty members.

At Flava she developed her skills and technique as a Hip Hop dancer & teacher, training under the directors Afroditi & Marissa. In 2011 she auditioned and was selected to be a member of the Lil’ Flava’s crew, which she is still a part of today. Being a part of this team has given her the
experience to dance and compete at a state, national & international level winning Nationals titles with her team. The opportunity to perform at many community events & showcases has also contributed to developing her skills as a strong performer.

Dance and drama are two passions of Eden’s, having studied drama at school for 4 years allows Eden to incorporate acting and dancing together;
“I believe dancing should be entertaining to watch, emoting whilst I dance enhances the experience for the audience and helps to tell a story”

This year Eden will be studying both drama and dance at a SACE stage 2 level and continues to enhance her skills by attending national/ international choreographer workshops throughout the year.

“Ever since I began dancing at Flava I have always wanted to be a teacher. I remember watching the teachers I had and wanting to be just like them. Recently I have been blessed with the opportunity to become part of the faculty at Flava, working with children is something I love to do and pairing that with my passion for dance means teaching at Flava is a dream job for me. Teaching makes me happy and is something I look forward to doing every week, I love seeing the students develop their skills and grow to love dance as much as I do.”

KRISTEN THREADGOLD (Street Jazz)

Kristen has a passion for dance, and in particular, Jazz dance.
Since the age of 3, she competed in Calisthenics for over 10 years which taught her the importance of technique, flexibility, strength and discipline whilst gaining confidence in performance as a soloist and in ensemble. During her teens, Kristen studied ISTD modern dance which introduced her body into a new way of moving, and was selected to take part in a gifted and talented week-long dance workshop for school students of South Australia at the age of 14.

The school she attended had a Performing Arts focus and produced Rock Eisteddfod’s and musicals on a yearly basis. Kristen participated in every one, even taking on the role of ‘choreographer’ on several occasions which involved organising large groups of students, conducting rehearsals and choreographing movements suitable to varying ability levels and themes. This experience gave Kristen a great understanding of the tremendous work, dedication and collaboration that is required to produce big scale dance productions. During her secondary years she also studied dance as a subject and received an ‘A’ at SACE Stage 2 level. This love for dance lead her to University where she completed a four-year Bachelor’s Degree in teaching, but not before attaining a Fitness Leadership certificate and working as an aerobics instructor for those studying years.

After living in the UK, and travelling around Europe in a camper van, Kristen married her long time boyfriend and had 3 gorgeous boys together – one of whom enjoys hip hop and is a current student of FLAVA. Kristen has also been attending FLAVA since 2012 as a student in both Jazz and Hip Hop styles.

Kristen is currently teaching dance at Seaview High, a school with a long, proud and successful Performing Arts history. She is committed to building a bigger and better dance program with Certificate II in Dance available from 2016 and Certificate III the following year. She believes in creating a positive learning environment that is fun yet rigorous, and hopes to inspire students with her passion for dance.

RYAN TURNER (Hip Hop)

Ryan has been dancing for more than 15 years and teaching for the past 10 years.
Ryan’s training has been contributed to 7 years at Flava Dance Studios and also has had the wonderful opportunity to work with choreographers in Los Angeles and New York.

Ryan’s involvement as a crew member at Flava Dance Studios and also Co-Choreographer and Director of ADM ‘Adelaide Dance Movement’ Crew and Dance the Dream, have given him many opportunities to travel interstate for national and international competitions as well as choreography jobs.
Ryan is a resident choreographer and performer for national production company DING productions and can be seen performing regularly at local clubs and corporate shows around Adelaide.

ANGUS SCOTT (Breakdance)

Angus’s love of dance began at a young age, and has bloomed with technical training from Flava, and inspirations in the form of Les Twins. He joined the Flava family at 12 years old, (a gift for his birthday from his parents), and at Flava was trained in rhythm, foundations and stamina. From there he discovered the joy of break dancing, and joined the high school breaking crew.

For three years he choreographed routines for performances each semester, and continues to seek inspiration from international influences and local community breaking voices. This has led to Angus attending many local break dancing competitions through Art of Rhyme, at the Reynella Youth Centre.

He found a passion for supporting local breakdancing talent, and joined the steering committee that runs this event, bringing together MCs, Bboy and Bgirls and other hip hop artists a few times a year. His biggest Bboy influences are Bboy blond and Morning of Owl crew, as their crazy routines and stunts demonstrate the endless possibilities of break.

“I dance because dance can change things, one move can set a whole generation free”
Moose – Step Up 3