Travers Ross and a dance crew of some of Australia’s leading choreographers teach local boys how to get their groove on.
Travers Ross and a dance crew of some of Australia’s leading choreographers teach local boys how to get their groove on. Bruce Thomas

Class for masters of male dance

THE Julie Ross Dance Studio has opened its new complex in Coffs Harbour’s Isles Dr with a masterclass of male dance.

The open day also saw the launch of this year’s boys development dance class and featured lessons from Sydney dancer and choreographer Cory Toó, whose contemporary urban, jazz/funk/hip hop unique style is proving popular among dance crews.

Mrs Ross said the trend for boys to join dance classes was not new in the studio as her son, Travers, studied there until his move to Sydney, where he’s served as the choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance.

“Other boys in the studio heading for a career in the dance industry are Brent Fail and Mason Peronchik, who both took out many championships in contemporary, jazz and tap at regional eisteddfods this year including the recent Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod where they also took out scholarships,” Mrs Ross said.

“Even though it is quite accepted that boys dance these days sometimes it is difficult for boys to join the female-dominated classes so the studio is introducing a new all-boys class.”

Travers Ross was also joined by Hilton Denis from SYTYCD and Brad Harrison (Yogi) from Australia’s Got Talent in running the first boys class.

The studio’s newcomers were given a pep talk and generally given an idea of what to expect.

The importance of training, working out and technique to pursue a career or just get the most out of classes was also stressed.

The all-boys technique class will run on Fridays and various other classes will be staged during the week.

Lessons include hip hop, technique (ballet) stretch, tap and jazz.

The great thing about the program is that Travers is always bringing male artists from the cities like Instant Bun’s ex-students Chad Homan and Tyron De La Cruz, and SYTYCD’s Steven Tannos.

For more information on the boys program, contact the studio on 6651 9419 or Julie Ross on 0402 137 171.



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