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Melbourne’s home of Dancehall and Street Dance, music, and culture, Jungle City Studios boasts two multi-purpose studio spaces, meeting rooms, chill space, and kitchen facilities. We offer studio hire as well as a full timetable of classes, courses, workshops, events, parties, group programs, private tuition, entertainment bookings, and community initiatives to a wide audience from kids through to adults of all abilities and backgrounds.

If you have been looking for a place to be creative and explore dance, music and movement, in a welcoming and supportive creative community then you have finally found what you are looking for!

Located in the heart of Brunswick at Level 1, 7-9 Hope Street, Jungle City studios is welcome to everyone, so escape the rat race of the city and come and join us in the Jungle!

 

JOIN US IN THE JUNGLE! TERM 2 COMMENCES 18th April 2017

 

Staff

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CAT PWITI – CEO – MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Cat Pwiti – Founder of Jungle City projects has been working in the community arts and youth sector for over ten years in various roles from event management through to performance, and everything in between – giving her a vast skill set and extensive experience base in every aspect of the entertainment, and youth community arts industry. A true entrepreneur Cat’s vision and ‘Make It Happen’ attitude has seen her make the impossible possible by following her intuition and never giving up on her dreams. From coordinating major Hip Hop festivals at Fed Square, to being awarded a Young Social Pioneer for her work with culturally diverse young women in the west of Melbourne, to becoming the First Australian in history to compete in the International Dancehall Queen Competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica just to name a few of her many and diverse achievements. While completing her degree in Social Science (Youth Work), Cat initiated many youth community arts projects and worked for leading organisations such as Multicultural Arts Victoria, Cultural Infusion, Western Edge Youth Arts, and The Arts Centre on many projects that, over the years gave her constant motivation and inspiration to continue on her quest to enrich and change people’s lives through their engagement in the arts, music, dance, culture, and creative processes. Cat’s vision to open Jungle City studios was driven by the need she felt, to create a supportive community space for her many projects and groups to flourish, and to provide the opportunity for other like-minded individuals to nurture and grow their own vision to create a positive and supportive community – whether it be centred around dance, music, art, media, travel, or culture – giving people an alternative to the mainstream rat race and get back in touch with what it means to be HUMAN.

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JOANNE SWEENEY – ASSISTANT MANAGER

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Joanne Sweeney began dancing in her teens and has trained consistently over the past 14 years in classical styles including Jazz; Ballet; and Contemporary. In 2010 Joanne began to pursue her interest and passion for fitness and encouraging others, and herself to live a well-balanced lifestyle with an effective exercise regime, healthy diet, and good work/life balance. She also became a qualified beauty therapist over eight years ago and has extensive experience working in beauty salons all over Melbourne. In 2014 Joanne made the brave decision to resign from an unfulfilling job and embark on the creation of her own business, combining all her skills and passion into one, under the name ‘My Time Beauty’, providing a holistic approach to health, beauty and fitness. In 2015 Joanne co-founded ‘Le Luxe Pamper Parties, creating a mobile avenue to provide her services to the public and is now enjoying a successful working life meeting women from all over Melbourne, helping them to connect and take time out for themselves.

Joanne’s extensive experience in administration and management of beauty salons, and small business – as well as ‘being in the family’ makes Joanne a great asset to Jungle City Studios and a valued member of our team!

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Instructors

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JAZZY DRE

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FUNKSTYLES/POPPIN/LOCKIN/SOUL DANCE INSTRUCTOR/PERFORMER

Funk-Styles is the umbrella term for Popping/locking and soul dances that originated in California in the 70’s, predominantly done to funk music and has followed through with the evolution of the hip-hop movement. Andre is one of the first advocates in Melbourne along with his crew Nomadic Funk who have been active in spreading the movement to the next generation of dancers.

Jazzy Dre facilitates our Funkstyles five week course with his breadth of knowledge, experience and passion for Hip Hop culture in the Funkstyles era. He is also available for hire as a freestyle dancer and for private tuition.

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JOANNE SWEENEY

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AFRO-DANCEHALL WORKOUT/DANCE FIT COURSES/PERSONAL TRAINING

Joanne Sweeney began dancing in her teens and has trained consistently over the past 14 years in classical styles including Jazz; Ballet; and Contemporary. In 2010 Joanne began to pursue her interest and passion for fitness and encouraging others, and herself to live a well-balanced lifestyle with an effective exercise regime, healthy diet, and good work/life balance. In 2014 Joanne was faced with health concerns that couldn’t be explained by her doctors, which forced her to re-evaluate her lifestyle and try and understand herself, what was wrong. After much soul searching Joanne realised in order to get her physical health back in order she had to make some challenging lifestyle changes, which for her meant quitting her stressful and unfulfilling job in admin and pursue her passion – starting her own business called “My Time Beauty”, a company dedicated to the promotion of holistic beauty from the inside out, and putting a healthy mind, body, and spirit above all.

Joanne runs Afro-Dancehall Workout classes with Kitty Cat, Dance Fit Five week Courses, and is available for personal training for individuals and/or small group bookings.

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BRADLEY J GRIFFITH

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VOGUE FIVE WEEK COURSES/PERFORMER/FREESTYLE DANCER

Brad has been training in the dance art form since a child, studying Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Contemporary. Eventually moving to Melbourne where he continued his training at PSA, Beatphonik, Sole symphony and most recently Burn City Waack. In Melbourne he then started dancing more street and club styles such as Hip Hop, Waacking, House, Dancehall and Voguing. He has worked professionally overseas in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan and has been teaching children to adults for 8 years. Brad has been studying and training in Vogue for nearly 2 years, originally learning off You tube before heading over to Los Angeles to learn from some of Vogue Femme greats such as Dashaun Wesley ( the House of Evisu), Carlos Ivan Irizarry (the House of Ninja) and Adisa UltraOmni Gooding, to name a few. Since his return, he has been working hard to build the Vogue community in Melbourne and spread the culture to those who need an outlet to express themselves, whatever reason that may be. Brad is a passionate advocate of Vogue dance and culture and has much to offer students wanting to immerse themselves in the world of Vogue.

Brad runs our five week Vogue course commencing in term 2, 2016 and is available for showcase performances, Freestyle dance, private tuition, group workshops, film and video.

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ANNABELLA DICKSON

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BOOTY FIT/BELLY DANCE COURSES/PERFORMANCE/HENS PARTIES

After graduating with her degree in Dance and Performing Arts, Annabella started teaching and performing various styles of dance in Melbourne, including Belly dance, Burlesque (winner of Miss Burlesque Melbourne 2015) Booty and 80s and 90s dance.

Annabella started teaching a unique style of dance fitness where the routines are easy enough for beginners to follow but with enough sass and style for the advanced dancer.

 

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MARIA TRENTON

MARIA TRENTON

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TAP/JAZZ/BALLET/ACROBATICS/ACRO-JAZZ/MUMS & BUBS/WEDDING DANCE/ CHOREOGRPAHER/ PERFORMERS/SINGER

Maria Trenton started her classical dance training in California, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Dance. She quickly started working on film projects with celebrity choreographer and musicians, expanding her knowledge into the professional realm of the dance industry. Nowadays, Maria is the Director of 8 Count Dance, a company that specialises in fun, out of the box wedding Dances and exciting Hen’s Parties. Her passion for dance and her extensive knowledge of technique create an enjoyable and safe environment for her students to thrive and build their confidence.

Maria runs both our kids and Adults classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro-Jazz, Mums & Bubs, and Acrobatic Five week courses. Maria is available for private tuition, performance bookings, film/video, and can be contacted for private wedding dance classes, and Hens parties through her Company 8 Count Dance.

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JOHNNY YAYO

JOHNNY YAY0

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BREAKIN (BREAKDANCE) INSTRUCTOR/PERFORMER/YOUTH WORKSHOP FACILTATOR

Ten years in the game Johnny Yayo is one of Australia’s top Bboy’s and is known worldwide for his jaw dropping skills and authentic love and passion for Hip Hop culture. Johnny is a proud member of world respected and represented Bboy crews – Fresh Sox, Mighty Zulu Kings, and Naacals. To date he has collected a huge bundle of titles under his belt including: 1st Place at Rhythm Faction Anniversary 2015;  1st Place at Yadara Break Vol. 3 2015 (Japan);  1st Place at Urban Jungle 2015 (Japan);  1st Place at Reherb 2015 (Japan);  1st Place at Vibe Out 2014(Japan); 1st Place at Move Your Body Vol. 2 2014 (Japan);  1st Place at Triple Threat 2 2014 (USA);  1st Place at Zulu Nation Australia Anniversary 2014;  1st Place at Cypher Culture 2013;  1st Place at Freestyle Session Australia 2013;  1st Place at Code Bboy 2013; and  1st Place at Pyramid Jam 2013 to name only a few.

Johnny runs all our Breakdance (Bboyin/Bgirl) classes and courses at Jungle City Studios, and is available for private tuition, group workshops, freestyle dancing, and film/videos.

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KITTY CAT

KITTY CAT

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DANCEHALL/AFRO BEATS/HEELS/AFRO-DANCEHALL WORKOUT/RHYTHM & DANCE FOR KIDS INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/PERFORMER/YOUTH WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Cat Pwiti aka Kitty Cat, founder of Burncity Queenz (Melbourne’s first official Dancehall dance group), and Jungle City projects has been managing, coordinating, choreographing, dancing, performing, and supporting countless projects, events, and performing for over a decade. She has been dancing for as long as she can remember and from the age of seven was determine to grow up to dance. She has travelled all around the world discovering different dance styles and ways of expression through movement, starting off in a variety of Hip Hop styles such as Poppin and Breaking, but it wasn’t until taking a Dancehall class in London that she knew she finally found her soul as a dancer. Since then her passion and love for Hip Hop, and Dancehall culture has been her driving force and over the years has blessed her with the opportunity to work alongside amazing people and project. Some highlights of her dance journey include; featuring in music videos such as ‘Freak’ by Drumsound and Bassline Smith – while being 4 months pregnant; and ‘Shake that Thing’ by Yung Warriors; Performing and facilitating workshops at festivals and events around Australia; supporting legendary Dancehall artists including Cecile, Demarco, Guppy Ranks, Leftside and Elephant Man; and being the founder of the annual True Jamaican Dancehall Tours in Australia and Jamaica in partnership with DanceJA. In 2011 Cat gave birth to her son, Cristiano and although motherhood has become her number one priority – instead of slowing down with her dance career, Cat came back with more determination and passion than ever, and in 2014 her Dancehall dream came true when she finally took the journey to Jamaica and became the first Australian in history to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition. “It was like finally finding that place in the world that makes sense, where people value dance, culture and creativity as a way of life” says Cat. In 2015 Cat, alongside her dancing sister Twinkle T ranked Top Ten in the 19th Annual International Dancehall Queen Competition and now looks toward 2016 to push herself even further in being the best dancer, mentor, and human she can possibly be – utilising dance as a means to engage and connect people from all walks of life.

Kitty Cat runs classes for kids and adults in Dancehall foundation/Dancehall Queen Styles/Dancehall Evolution/Afro Beats/Afro-Dancehall workout/Rhythm & Dance for kids/and courses in Dancehall and Dancehall Heels. Cat is available for private tuition, group bookings, performance with the Jungle City Ensemble, Burncity Queenz, and as a Freestyle dancers, Film/Video, Youth mentorship, and Hens/Birthday party bookings.

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VIZUALEE

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DANCEHALL/AFRO BEATS/HIP HOP INSTRUCTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER/PERFORMER/YOUTH WORKSHOP FACILTIATOR

 

VizuaLee was born in Zimbabwe but was raised for most of her life in New Zealand and only recently migrated to Australia with her parents and younger sister. Being raised in a family with strong community and Christian values VizuaLee is following in her parent’s footsteps and pursuing a career in the public sector – studying youth work fulltime at Victoria University, while pursuing a very successful career as a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer. Her passion is utilising dance as a means of inspiring and empowering young people and one day hopes to travel the world doing what she loves. VizuaLee has been dancing for as long as she can remember – predominantly in the style of Hip hop but since landing in Melbourne only two years ago, and joining Melbourne’s leading Dancehall crew Burn City Queenz Lee has fast become one of Australia’s top Dancehall stars, winning the ‘Australian Dancehall Queen’ title for 2016, and a semi-paid trip to Jamaica to compete in the 20th Annual International Dancehall Queen competition in Montego Bay, JA. Lee has been honing her skills in Dancehall and Afro-Beats through her attendance of the 2015 and 2016 True Jamaican Dancehall camp where she has trained with top Jamaican Dancehall pioneers, ensuring the authenticity in her approach to the genre, and always keeping up to date with new steps coming straight out of Jamaica.

VisuaLee runs both kids and adult classes in Dancehall Evolution, Street Hip Hop, Afro-Beats, facilitates group workshops, private tuition, and is available for bookings as a freestyle dancer, for film/videos, and performances as part of our Jungle City Ensemble or as a member of Burncity Queenz. Lee is also a Mentor for one of our Social Change initiative’s ‘Culture Queenz’ – working with diverse young woman from Melbourne’s west.

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