Shane Hocking & Kym Smith (Standard & 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.
Leonel Colque (Argentine Tango)
Leonel is an Argentine born Tango dancer who has had a long trajectory of Tango dancing, teaching and DJ-ing in Buenos Aires, Canada and Sydney. Prior to Melbourne becoming his ‘home’, Leonel studied Tango in Buenos Aries with a string of profound Tango dancers and Maestros, developing his traditional Tango style, and teaching at one of the most traditional Milongas in Buenos Aires, ‘La Confiteria Ideal’. Leonel actively continues to develop and refine his Tango based on the traditional Tango technique while pushing boundaries with his own creative flare. He is a dedicated and attentive teacher, openly sharing his love of Tango and developing his students into refined and stylish dancers. In 2012 he was placed in the top 100 of the Tango World Cup Championship on the category ‘Tango de Pista’ in Buenos Aries, Argentina.
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!
Minx (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.
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.
Angela Fayth (Zouk)
Angela Fayth's dance background has been both eclectic and well rounded. Falling in love with dance as a late teen in a country town and moving quickly to Melbourne to commence her full time training, which then lead her to a wonderful career to date.
With training in acrobatics, jazz and tap to flamenco, samba and salsa when just looking at a few from her list. Her career not surprisingly followed suit from dancing with Eurovision's winner from Greece, a rollerblading dancer in a stage production, film clips and commercials to 11 latin dance titles in professional divisions ranging from Salsa, Cha Cha, Zouk and Bachata in Australia. Placing 2nd in the world not once but 3 times in Salsa couples, Salsa soloist and Cha Cha couples.
Angela and her dance partner at the time were the first salsa couple to represent on Australia's got talent taking them all the way to the semi finals.
Her hard work and determination has secured her multiple overseas contracts performing and teaching all over Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Angela quickly realised she had a passion not only for the stage but also for the teaching, training and coaching of students. In between all of this was one of the founding directors of one of Melbourne's most successful dance schools. Students falling in love with her quirky, informative classes and her genuine fun loving nature. Her ability to inspire and to encourage students while they take their next steps towards their goals.