Dance Stream Victoria (DSV), located in Pakenham, Victoria, was established in 2011 by local resident, Rebecca Bickerton. DSV aims to CREATE engaging dance works that encourage students to MOVE and INSPIRE others. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their dancing skills at the end of year showcase, as well as taking part in eisteddfods, competitions and examinations should they choose to do so.
Rebecca Bickerton – Owner/Artistic Director
(B.A./B.Ed. A.A.T.O.D. Level 2 First Aid)
Having grown up in country Victoria, Rebecca commenced her dance training at the age of five at a local dance school. As a dance student she completed many exams in classical ballet, jazz and tap. At the age of sixteen, she received the highest possible mark, honours with distinction, for her Gold Bar Jazz exam under the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) Syllabus.
In 2003, Rebecca was the state winner of the ATOD Senior Classical Scholarship and went on to represent Victoria at the Australasian level where she was awarded Runner-up. In that same year she successfully gained her ATOD Associate Classical Teaching Diploma.
Growing up, Rebecca also performed in many eisteddfods, winning several major awards. At the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod, Rebecca was the Myee Huddy District Solo Aggregate winner for five years in a row. She was also awarded first place for the prestigious Cameron Morgan Classical Solo in 2003.
In 2006, Rebecca performed as a ‘Sweetheart Lolly Girl’ in the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Rebecca has been teaching dance for ten years at various studios and has choreographed many successful troupes, solos, duos and trios. In 2007, Rebecca was thrilled when a troupe she choreographed was awarded the much sought after ‘Most Entertaining Troupe’ award at the Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod for the duration of the competitions.
In 2007, Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria. After graduating, she went on to complete a year of intensive full-time dance and performing arts training at Dance World Studios in South Melbourne. Whilst at Dance World, Rebecca performed in showcases both in Melbourne and interstate and had the privilege of being taught by many renowned professionals in the dance and musical theatre industries.
Rebecca has adjudicated dance eisteddfods in Victoria and Tasmania. In 2012, Rebecca will adjudicate Hamilton Eisteddfod (VIC) and Devonport Eisteddfod (TAS).
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys being involved in local theatre. Last year, she performed as Miss Adelaide in Warragul Theatre Company’s production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ for which she received a Gippsland Associated Theatre nomination and a commendation from the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Rebecca is also completing Certificate IV in Small Business Management and works as a school teacher specialising in the areas of English, Drama and Dance.
Kylie Patterson – Dance Teacher
Kylie has been performing since the age of four and has trained in many styles of dance and performing arts, including Jazz, Tap, RAD Classical Ballet, Hip Hop/Funk and Musical Theatre. Originally from Brisbane, she did most of her training at the Davidia Lind Dance Centre (DLDC) and gained many of her performance skills through competing in eisteddfods in Queensland and Victoria.
Kylie has performed in many televised events including, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols in Brisbane and the Australian Fashion Design Awards. She has also performed at Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast, had a minor role in model/singer, Erica Baxter’s film clip and was a dancer in the Myer Christmas parade in Melbourne.
After moving to Melbourne in 2008, Kylie then went on to study performing arts part time and then later full time, gaining a Certificate III in Performing Arts, a Certificate of Attainment and a Distinction Award for her RAD Advanced 1 Classical Ballet exam.
At the start of 2011, Kylie joined the cast of a children’s musical called ‘Numbat and Friends’ which really triggered her passion to perform for and teach children. During the day, Kylie now works for the Australian Institute of Music and Childhood Development (Hey Dee Ho Music for Tinies) and really looks forward to teaching at Dance Stream Victoria in 2012.
Fiona Fletcher – Dance Teacher
Born and bred in remote Queensland, Fiona started dancing at the age of 8 years old at a dance school in Collinsville, two hours west of Mackay. After moving to Mackay, Fiona continued studying and growing her passion for dance throughout her time at high school.
At the age of 13, she had the incredible experience of travelling to Los Angles, California, to perform at Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm with Dance Excellence California alongside other enthusiasts from all over the world. From this experience Fiona’s interest for Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop started to bloom.
After high school, Fiona got accepted into Patrick Studios Australia where she completed three years of fulltime dance training. While at PSA, she had the privilege of meeting and learning from incredibly talented people in the industry.
Fiona is trained in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Commercial Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Vocal Technique. Just this year, she was asked to be a part of “Sole Symphony” the movement crew based in St Kilda.
Fiona is very excited to be teaching at DSV in 2013 and cannot wait to share with young people what she has learnt from her own dance training.
Sam Whitehead - Acrobatics Teacher
Sam Whitehead began gymnastics at the age of 5. She competed in many club based competitions and level tests and passed her Level 6 Women's Gymnastics at the age of 12.
At 13 she was introduced to the sport of Acrobatic Gymnastics (Acro) and it quickly became her passion. She qualified into the Victorian Acrobatic Gymnastics Team to compete at the Australian Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships for 7 years in a row and in that time managed to bring back three 3rd places and one 2nd place.
Retiring from competition at the age of 20, she became a qualified Acro coach and started up her own Acrobatics club in Healesville. This club has been very successful in winning the State Pennant competition 4 times and has produced many Victorian Champions. She has also had her acrobats qualify for the State Team numerous times and in 2008 one of her groups even brought home a gold medal from the Australian Championships!
Sam is very well known in the Acro community and is often sought out from other clubs to help them with choreographing routines for their acrobats. She is very excited to be joining the DSV team in 2012 and can’t wait to start!
Vanessa Kirkbright – Dance Teacher
Vanessa has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been trained in many styles of dance. Over the years, she has performed in numerous concerts and eisteddfods and has undertaken examinations with the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) in Classical Ballet, Jazz and Tap. After completing her ATOD Gold Star Tap exam, Vanessa was awarded with the highest mark of Honors with Distinction.
As well as being involved in dance, Vanessa has been cast as part of the main dance core in many musicals whilst attending high school and through Class Act Productions.
Vanessa has had experience teaching students of many different ages and levels. She has taught examination and eisteddfod work and assisted her students in achieving exceptional results. As well as teaching at DSV, Vanessa is currently studying a Bachelor of Film and Television at Swinburne University of Technology.