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Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Janessa Dufty Greenfield are ready to pass on their expertise to young dancers at a series of workshops titled, Let’s Dance and Create Together. Image: Contributed.

Let’s dance together

Geoff Helisma|


Angourie and Yamba is renowned for nurturing up and coming pro surfers, but what is probably less commonly known is that the area has also produced internationally recognised dancers.

Two of those dancers, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal (University of Florida; independent international dancer/choreographer) and Janessa Dufty Greenfield (NZ Black Grace Modern Dance Company; Sydney Dance Company), are about to share their talents and knowledge with young aspiring dancers.

Jade’s and Janessa’s careers took flight after having the “good fortune to receive exceptional classical ballet training locally from the recently retired Adele Lewis” and, as a result, both accepted offers to complete their schooling at specialist high schools in Sydney and Brisbane, respectively.

Upon graduating, both were offered overseas study opportunities – Jade in the USA and Janessa in NZ –, which set them on the path to professional dance careers and appearances at prestigious venues and festivals in Australia and around the world.

The women are both living locally at the moment.

“We are very excited to be able to share our dance expertise, experience and skills with young dancers in the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers,” says Jade.

“We are both dedicated to sharing our knowledge and passion for dance and teaching the next generation to move and explore,” says Janessa.

“With ‘Let’s Dance and Create Together’ we’ll be teaching master classes in contemporary dance and involving collaboration, partnering and improvising as part of the creative process.”

Jade says, “We aim to share our knowledge and experience and provide a space for young dancers to grow and develop personal artistic expression through movement, while working together with a peer group of unique dancers.”

The first youth dance project (ages 8-12 and 13-26) commences this Sunday March 7, over three Sundays, at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre on Angourie Road.

For more info or to book your place, go to the Angourie Dance facebook page or contact Janessa (0437 071 755) or Jade (0432 248 193).

Other dancers of note, who were tutored by Adele Lewis and went on to forge dancing careers, include Merindah Byrne Pretet (Le Lido Paris; Le Moulon Rouge Paris), Amelia McCarthy (NZ School of Dance; JJD Dance Company UK) and Sophie Jones (Joffrey Ballet Academy Chicago; Sydney Dance Company).