Torquay’s new Seaside Dance Co aims to inspire each student to realise their own potential.
The studio is committed to providing the highest quality dance education in a positive and encouraging learning environment.
With over 20 years’ experience in the professional dance industry, Seaside Dance Co director Rebecca Mansfield has enjoyed an “incredible dance career”.
Rebecca began her training at the tender age of four at Craigieburn School of Dance.
Enjoying all styles of dance, at the age of 11 she and 400 others auditioned for the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
Rebecca was one of only 20 successful applicants.
During her time at the college she studied all styles of dance full-time while also successfully completing her VCE.
During high school Rebecca began her teaching career, which inspired her passion for dance education.
After secondary school Rebecca went on to graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance.
While at the college she was privileged to work with the best choreographers and professionals available.
For the next few years Rebecca spent time working for contemporary dance companies around Australia. The work involved performing and running workshops, teaching dance at multiple schools, and performing on a regular basis around Melbourne for live shows, festivals, TV and more.
Her dancing career also led her to become a successful personal trainer and qualified makeup artist, a role that she maintains with Channel 9.
For the past 10 years Rebecca has worked as a dancer and manager for Katumba Latin Entertainment and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, a national multi-cultural arts company specialising in conducting week-long workshops in regional, remote and urban communities around Australia. Indigenous Hip Hop Projects provides a means of connecting young people, encouraging self-respect, re-engagement and creating linkages with traditional culture.
Now Rebecca’s focus has turned to Seaside Dance Co, which caters to all ages and abilities.
“We aim to give our students fun and enjoyable classes whilst giving an expert education into the many disciplines of dance. I am excited to pass on my knowledge and love of dance to young inspiring dancers,” Rebecca says.
“Classes will run Monday and Tuesday evenings from 4pm at the Torquay Improvement Association, in Price St.
“All ages are welcome. I plan to offer classical ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, breakdance and hip-hop.
“Come and join us in the new year for an exciting 2019.”