Shane Hocking & Kym Smith (Latin Ballroom)
Shane Hocking and Kym Smith are long-time partners listed in the Roll of Honour of Australian Dancesport Championship, for Professional Latin American in 1986, also Professional Standard in 1990 and 1991. Acknowledged as accredited instructors by Dancesport Australia, both of them were among the first MUDC instructors, with Shane teaching the Standard Ballroom and Kym teaching the Latin Ballroom class. They also teach Standard, Latin, and New Vogue in their own studio, the Danceworx Studio, in Essendon.
Hooman Ebadi (Argentine Tango)
Hooman Ebadi is a passionate and dedicated performer. His energy, drive and appetite for dance was only understood and realized later into his teenage years.
Hooman's first foray into dance occurred when he started learning swing dancing at his high school. This sparked his interest and found him venturing into the Swiss Club in Flinders Lane, Melbourne to listen to the JW Big Band. He watched with amazement and envy at how beautifully his fellow classmates and other patrons could dance to the music.
This might not have been the first attraction to dance, it was however the clearest message for him to pursue it. The journey to learn, create and dance had begun.
Joel Gallarde (Hip-hop & K-pop)
Joel started dancing late in his teens having joined The Company of Ateneo Dancers (CADS) in the Philippines and instantly developed a deep passion for it. He moved to New Zealand in 1999 and started a Hip Hop dance club in 2001 (just for the fun of it) while studying at The University of Auckland. Never did he expect it to grow as it has today. The small university dance club has turned into one of the most established street dance companies in Australasia and presently has an active involvement in the global scene.
Through the years, Joel has traveled around the world and has taught dance workshops and judged competitions in places like South America, Asia, USA, Europe & all over Australia & New Zealand. He has made a name for himself as one of the influencers and innovators of the international urban dance scene. He believes that to achieve one's goals in dancing one needs discipline, and at the same time, the ability to have fun with it all!
Mynx (Salsa & Bachata)
Minx has been a dance teacher in Melbourne for over ten years and has since expanded her repertoire as an instructor and performer on an International scale at events such as the Japan and Hong Kong Salsa Festivals. Minx is currently known as one of the most sought after reggaeton choreographers in Melbourne, however, she is proficient in a range of hip hop and street Latin styles including salsa, zouk, bachata and even samba!
She has trained her students to achieve their own personal goals of dance as well as several teams who have represented the Melbourne dance scene on a National scale all around Australia performing Minx’s choreography. Minx has several dance titles under her belt in competitions such as City Sessions Freestyle Hip Hop and The Victorian Jack and Jill Salsa Championship of 2013.
Monica McNab and Julian Krack (Swing)
Julian has been dancing Lindy hop since 2005, starting in his home town of Adelaide before learning further afield from many international teachers including several sojourns at the famous Herrang dance camp, as well as studying the dance in America's coolest Swing dance scenes. He has taught both internationally and more locally – one of the Adelaide Swing Sesh's original teachers and founder of the Adelaide Uni Swing Dance Club; and he has participated in a competition or three – landing 2nd place in the Open Jack and Jill the Australian
Jitterbug Championships in 2012. With a dance background in Classical Ballet and letting rip on dance floors in the most infamous Karaoke bars in Adelaide, Julian is also been a member of a number of performance swing dance troupes, including Adelaide's Swing Sesh Dance troupe and Melbourne's own Harlem Shout.
Monica has always done some form of dancing since a very young age, with her first dance lesson being tap. During her high school days her love of dance grew and expanded, and she started participating in cabarets, TV performances and live entertainment. In 2003 she took her first Swing class and has been passionate about Lindy Hop ever since. This passion is driven by her enthusiasm to have fun on the dance floor, to connect with her dance partners and express joy through dancing. She is particularly interested in the vernacular style of the dance and has a strong focus on improvisation, musicality, and energy.
Monica is a very experienced swing dancer and you are bound to see her out and about, Djing, performing, competing, or just having a boogie.
Monica believes anyone can dance; you just need to be willing to feel a little silly, take risks and have a lot of fun.