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; Cert. IV in Dance Teaching & Management, 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. She completed many exams in classical ballet, jazz and tap which led to her receiving her ATOD Associate Classical Teaching Diploma.
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 been teaching dance for twelve years at various studios and has choreographed many troupes, solos, duos and trios that have been successful at eisteddfods and competitions around Victoria. Rebecca has also adjudicated dance eisteddfods in Victoria and Tasmania and by day works as a school teacher.
Victoria Rimington – Dance Teacher
Victoria studied dance full time at Dance World Studios in 2008-09 and graduated both years with the Distinction Award. From 2010 to 2013 Victoria toured with Disney's 'Mary Poppins the musical' around Australia and Auckland without missing a performance.
During this time she appeared on Channel Sevens Sunrise and the Today show for Channel Nine. Highlights of her career have been performing at the Helpmann Awards in Sydney and Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer music bowl. Victoria has also trained at the 'The Film Space' for film and TV acting and has appeared in numerous TV commercials.
While her beginnings were Musical theatre she has experience in all areas of the performing arts and has excelled in all styles of dance.
Sam Whitehead - Acrobatics Advanced Coach – Gymnastics Australia. level 2 First Aid
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 Honours 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.
Toni O'Sughrue – Dance Teacher
Toni has a performance background in dance, gymnastics and aerobics. While training at Backstage Dance Academy, she was awarded a full scholarship for a year which allowed her broaden her dance experience from just jazz and hip hop to include ballet, pointe, tap and acrobatics. In that same year, Toni also began participating in competition work.
In 2010, Toni successfully auditioned for Patrick Studios Australia (PSA) and spent a year studying full time dance. Whilst at PSA she was fortunate to dance at numerous events which included the ‘Think Pink Charity Ball’ at Crown Casino, ‘Ausdance’ at Melbourne Town Hall and the ‘Dance Cancer Initiative’. Toni began teaching dance in 2011 and has taught students three years of age and up in many different styles of dance.