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Sophia graduated from the McDonald College of Performing Arts, 2006. She is also a graduate of the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA) 2010 and is currently a freelance independent artist based in Sydney. Sophia’s credits include SUPERMODERN – Dance of Distraction (2012) choreographed by Anton, choreographer of VOICED, WAAPA’s 1st year performance season, performer in Un Ballo In Maschera, (La Fura Dels Baus & Opera Australia) 2013, Big Dance in Small Chunks (Dance Makers Collective) 2013, Culminate 2014 (Force Majeure), Merge, (Melanie lane, DANCE Massive) 2015 and over the passed 3 years has enjoyed national and international touring of Shaun Parker and Company’s productions: Happy as Larry, AM I, and TROLLEYS.
Melanie Palomares trained at the University of Western Sydney. Since graduating she’s worked and performed for Shaun Parker & Company, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Liz Lea, Deborah Pollard & Paschal Daantos Berry, DirtyFeet Dance Collective, Kay Armstrong, Martin del Amo and Narelle Benjamin. She is also a founding member of Dance Makers Collective.
Most recently, Melanie worked with Ghenoa Gela performing for Next Wave Festival in Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe in 2015. She also choreographed and performed a solo for ‘Behind the windows’ of The Village Bizarre Festival performed at The Rocks in Sydney late 2014.
Since 2011, Melanie has worked with Shaun Parker & Company. She toured with them internationally (Happy as Larry), was Rehearsal Director for The Yard touring regionally (2011-2014) and also performed in Am I for Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festival in 2014. Am I will be touring internationally in 2015.
Rosslyn is a 2011 WAAPA graduate and received the Finely Award (student demonstrating most progress). She has worked with choreographers Sue Peacock, Carlee Mellow, Matthew Morris, Dean Walsh, Lisa Giffiths, Sue Healey, Tanya Voges, Flatline Collective and La Fura Dels Baus. She initiated the dance residency and performance program at ALAKSA Projects in 2013 and received the Best Female Performer at Short + Sweet Dance for her work. In 2014 as an Ian Potter Cultural Trust scholar and Artstart recipient Rosslyn undertook a company placement with the Batsheva Dance Company, attended the Impulstanz Dance Festival and a residency at the Performing Arts Forum. She is currently being mentored by Carlee Mellow.
She is interested in moving energy through the body and between bodies to generate kinesthetic transfer with audiences, reminding them of the inherent intelligence present within themselves.
Miranda is an independent dancer based in Sydney. A highly versatile performer, she has collaborated with a number of companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including: Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Restless Dance Theatre, Martin Del Amo, Marrugeku, Stalker Theatre and the Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Foundation in Taiwan, among others. Miranda has studied in Senegal, West Africa, with choreographer Germaine Acogny at L'Ecole des Sables, the International School for Contemporary and Traditional African Dance, and for three years was a participant in the International Indigenous Choreographic Laboratories held in Sydney, Broome and Auckland.
Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri woman.
Highlights have included Walking into the Bigness, movement director (Directed by Wayne Blair and Chris Mead, Malthouse Theatre), Bone Woman...when all is gone (bwsene !nmotion Australia), 2014 JUMP Mentorship - Philip Channells, Big Dance in Small Chunks (Dance Makers Collective), Long Grass (Vicki Van Hout), Cultivate (Force Majeure), Murder (Erth Visual & Physical Inc.), I Am Eora (Wesley Enoch), NO COLD FEET (De Quincey Co), DanceWEB recipient ImPulsTanz 2011, Forseen (Frances Rings/Narelle Benjamin), Bangarra Dance Theatre in Clan, True Stories, Mathinna, Rites of Spring with Australian Ballet, Awakenings, Fire - A Retrospective and Of Earth & Sky.
Marnie trained at the University of Western Sydney. Since 2004 she has worked for Branch Nebula, Shaun Parker & Company, Chunky Move, Antony Hamilton, Narelle Benjamin, Sydney Theatre Company, Nigel Jamison, Garry Stewart, Jason Pitt, Bernadette Walong, Dean Walsh and Liz Lea.
Marnie has performed throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, London, Russia, Korea and the Middle East.
Marnie’s choreographic credits include TV commercials for Big W and Oral B, ABC 2’s Giggles and Hoot, Chapter One for Pulse8 Dance Company (2008), Physical Fracture for Sydney Festival First Night (2009), Night.Time for QL2 Centre for Youth Dance (2010), Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2011-performances with Cody Simpson, Stan Walker, Jack Vidgen), Somewhere Else for Tasdance (2012), Australian College of Physical Education (2008/2014), and 23,24,30 for Dance Makers Collective.
Carl has a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the University of Technology Sydney respectively. He is currently the Marketing, Program and Education Coordinator at FORM Dance Projects and Co-Artistic Director of Flatline and the ACPE Dance Company. Carl has choreographed for the Home Brew Festival (2012) and Sydney Fringe Festival (2012) as well as shows he produced by Flatline and Dance Makers Collective presented at Riverside (2013/2014), Parramatta Lanes (2014), Art Est (2014), First Draft (2014), Australian College of Physical Education (2014), Queensland University of Technology (2014), The National Centre for Drawing (2013), BEAMS Festival (2013/2014) and White Night Melbourne (2014). Carl was a resident at Blacktown Arts Centre, Tasdance and Bundanon Trust, a recipient of ArtStart and JUMP through the Australia Council for the Arts and has been funded by Arts NSW. As a dancer, Carl has worked with Force Majeure, La Fura Dels Baus, Sue Peacock, Dean Walsh, Emma Fishwick, Anya Mckee, Felicity Bott, Xiaoxiong Zhang and Matthew Morris.
Matt Cornell's methodology is rooted in play and curiosity to facilitate immersion.
To this end, Matt has adventured through Australia, Europe & Asia as a dancer, choreographer or composer across contemporary dance, theatre, installation, film, rock concerts, video clips, and street art with groups including DanceNorth (Gavin Webber), Davis Freeman, Lisa Wilson, Shaun Parker Company, Strings Attached, Angela Goh, Nick Power, Legs On The Wall, Tiffany-&-the-Curls and Style Impressions Krew. Matt was the 2011 Arts NT Young Achiever of the Year, a danceWEB scholar, a speaker at TEDx Darwin, a NFSA HipHop artist-in-residence, a Legs On The Wall artist-in-residence for 'OpenSource' & an invited participant at the Ultima Vez Research Lab.
This year Matt will spend time developing new work in Outback Northern Australia supported by OzCo and Darwin Festival, he will also travel to the UK for a residency with Dance4 supported by Critical Path.
Anya is a Sydney based dancer and dance maker who explores the world through movement. A WAAPA BA Arts (Dance) Honours graduate (2011), Anya has worked as a dancer with Kate Champion’s Force Majeure for ‘Culminate’ and ‘Game of Seven’ (CarriageWorks, 2012 & 2013), Sam Chester’s ‘Safety in Numbers’ (Riverside Theatres, 2014), Dean Walsh’s ‘Invasive Species’ (World Parks Congress, 2014), performed along-side Chunky Move in Gideon Obarzanek’s ‘Assembly’ (Sydney Festival, 2012), and performed with Kohzensha Butoh Company Artistic Director Yukio Waguri (Parade Theatre, February 2014). Anya has also danced for Lisa Griffiths and Sue Healey as part of 2013 choreographic residencies (Ausdance NSW & Queen St Studios).
January 2013 Anya’s work ‘Fit To Shift’ was selected to be shown in National dance festival Dance Massive ‘Open Studios’ section. After receiving residences from Ausdance NSW and TASDANCE, in October 2013 ‘Fit To Shift’ became part of Dance Makers Collective’s premier season at Riverside Theatre. One of DMC’s 10 founding artists, Anya continues to work with the collective.
Anya’s dance-film ‘The Door’ (2011) has been screened at NexT International Film Festival (Bucharest, Romania, 2012) and Third Coast Dance Festival (Houston TX, 2012).