Kath is the owner and director of Dance 2XS. Kath started her dance career 30 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 16 years. Kath's passion is sharing her love of dance with her students.
Amanda has been teaching gymnastics for 35 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.
Andrew has grown up on stage, originally as a singer, but eventually dipping his toe into the dancing scene when he joined the all-boys dance troupe at his high school. After high school, he enrolled in recreational hip-hop classes for some fun and was later recruited into a competition cheerleading team. Andrew spent 8 years in level 3 and 4 years in level 4 teams which have taken him all around Australia, New Zealand and to the USA twice. He began coaching tumbling classes 5 years ago and naturally progressed into competition teams, including levels 1,2 and 3 in a variety of age categories. Last year he branched out and started running Tumble and Cheer workshops for various gyms finding them very rewarding. Andrew loves the athleticism and fitness involved with cheer and dance and loves to grow a similar passion within his students.
Since the age of 4 Gemma has been competing as an Artistic gymnast at Barron Valley Gymnastics Club. She has been lucky enough to compete all over Australia and train with some very high level elite gymnasts who she has made life long friendships with. After reaching level 10 and competing at 3 national championships, she has finally decided to retire from 14 incredible years of gymnastics. Gemma joined the Dance 2XS team in 2018 where she is currently teaching tumbling and acrobatics classes and loving every second of it! Here at dance 2XS, she hopes to be able to encourage all our wonderful athletes to be the best that they can be. By contributing her knowledge and passion for the sport she aims to aid in the development of their skill work in a positive and fun environment.
Miss Brooke started dancing when she was just 4 years old. She has been teaching for Dance 2XS since 2015 and loves every moment. Brooke loves her little performers and seeing them grow each and every lesson. After moving back from Canada Brooke became a NBL Taipans Cheerleader. She is now very excited to be involved in the Dance 2XS competitive and recreational Cheerleading programs. Brooke is our head teacher and program coordinator for Ready Set Dance and Ready Set Ballet, and is so excited to get everyone involved in this amazing new class for preschoolers. Brooke is also the owner and choreographer of Cairns Dinner Theatre, and still performs in shows regularly as a dancer.
Dij brings to Dance 2XS 34 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 Dij 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 Dij 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, Dij found her niche with The Dance Agency and has performed at the Pullman Reef Casino and many corporate events. Dij has been a member of the Cairns Taipans Senior Cheer Squad for 4 seasons.
Semi is originally from the Islands of Fiji but came to Australia as a youngster and immediately began to immerse himself into the world of Hip Hop. From performing traditional cultural dances on the Islands, Semi quickly transitioned into the lifestyle and culture of the urban dance and music scene. Pursuing a career in performing after finishing school, Semi has showcased his talent all over Australia, from Mareeba, Cairns, all the way down to Tasmania. Semi also toured the Sydney region with dance group ‘Definite Crew’. He has also performed with New Zealand RnB singer “Ria’, Beat Boxer “Genesis’, X-Factor finalists ‘Fortunate’ and alongside events with Hip Hop group ‘Justice Crew’. Now residing in Cairns, he loves to incorporate his dance skills & communication skills with his love for passing on the passion of dance to younger children and adults.
Anna has been performing and teaching Aerial Silks for the last 6 years. Anna has facilitated workshops and taught kids and adults all over the Cairns and Tableland region. Her passion for teaching is evident and her favourite moments are when the kids’ faces light up after accomplishing a new trick or skill. She has performed at corporate events, at Aj Hacketts bungee tower, music festivals and street parades. Her passion is to see that all students have the most fun they can have and accomplish their own personal goals in a safe and happy environment.
Hayley has been dancing since she was three years old. She has been with Dance 2XS for six years and has been a member of both the Cairns Taipans and Marlins Mini Squads. Hayley loves to dance and enjoys the challenges of learning new stunts and techniques. She is also a member of the Dance 2XS Infinity Elite Cheer Squad and has been excited to take her cheerleading to the next level with the more technical styles involved with the competition squad. She is passionate about dance and cheer and appreciates the opportunity she has as an assistant teacher to share what she has learned with these classes.
Jessica started teaching at Dance 2XS in 2017 and has loved every moment of it. She has had a passion for acrobatics and dancing from a very early age. Her years dancing and tumbling at Dance 2XS has lead Jessica to countless opportunities such as joining the Marlins and Taipans Cheer Squads, the Infinity Elite Cheerleading Team, also auditioning and being a part of the COE dance programme at her own school. Since Jessica started at Dance 2XS she had always felt safe and looked forward to the concerts each year. She always looked up to her teachers wishing she could do the same in the future. Now Jessica is an assistant teacher at Dance 2XS. She is happy and enjoys being a part of the team and loves teaching the cute little kids.
Miss Alex is our Dance 2XS receptionist, and the friendly face that you see when you come into the studio. After she finished school she very quickly found her home and family with Dance 2XS. She has now successfully completed a Certificate III in Business Administration. She loves nothing more than watching our beautiful students strive and achieve their goals, as well as helping out our wonderful parents. She adores all members of our Dance 2XS family and can't wait to meet you!