Jill Wehner has been dancing since the age of 3. Studying in Canberra with the Canberra Dance Theatre and Helen Poulos Academy, she moved to Batemans Bay in her late teens and worked at Body Dynamics Dance Studio, taking ownership of the school when she was only 19.
After moving to Byron Bay in 2001, she danced professionally for 5 years as well as teaching for the prestigious Paradise Performers Academy under the guidance of Peta McKenny. She started the very successful Vision Dance Studio from 2004 – 2011, winning numerous national dance and cheerleading titles. Jill also travelled to Hawaii to train with world cheer champions Hawaii Pacific University under the guidance of Garrin Gosnell.
She is a qualified cheerleading coach with USASF/ISASF, ICU, AASCF, Gymnastics Australia & NCSSE to level 5 and advanced silver and also is a national and international cheer and dance judge working at events throughout the year. Many of her past students have gone on to have professional careers, working with artists such as Justin Beiber, Pink, Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, FloRida, Pitbull, Rikki-Lee and top 10 on SYTYCD Australia. In her 28th year of teaching all styles of dance, Jill will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Eurobodalla region.
Kassi will use any excuse to bust a move. With a background in hip hop, Latin, ballroom, and African dance, Kassi found a combination of these in Zumba and was an instructor for three years. Kassi is currently a full-time primary school teacher and enjoys teaching dance to her students. She loves inspiring others to have fun and get fit.
The money raised from the Stars of Eurobodalla is so important for our local community and Kassi has seen the effects that cancer has on people and the community first hand. Kassi’s first dance partner in this competition recently passed away from cancer, so this year Kassi will be dancing in memory of Shayne, who was an amazing person and a Cancer Council volunteer.
Teaching is definitely a passion of Charmaine being a Driving Educator/Instructor by day and as well as providing Pole Dancing lessons in her spare time. Recently, however, Charmaine now teaches at a New Pole Studio in Batehaven – Mad Hatters Pole and Acro studio.
Charmaine began pole dancing 8 years ago as a form of fitness, dance, and fun! She totally fell in love with it venturing into local and state competitions as well as performing. This is Charmaine’s 5th year being a part of Stars of the Eurobodalla with Charmaine’s Mum being her biggest motivation after losing her to a rare form of cancer 4 years ago. Her mother is always in her heart and Charmaine is looking forward to another fun-filled night donating her time to such a worthwhile cause and in memory of her Mum and cousin Janelle who also lost her battle to cancer.?
Rebecca began dancing at the age of four and has continued her love for performing in a number of dance performances, film and musical theatre shows. She is trained in classical ballet (Cecchetti Method), pointe, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre taking classes and workshops around Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, London, and New York.
Before moving to New South Wales five years ago, Bec performed in a number of dance and amateur musical theatre shows, where she has been dance captain and played the roles of Patty Simcox in “Grease”, Tantomille in “Cats” and Fritzie in “Cabaret”. She has also choreographed for a number of Musical Theatre companies around Adelaide, including “The Wiz”, “Dusty” and “Victor Victoria”. Bec dances with the Jungle Jooce Band and has performed in a number of corporate shows. Bec has taught classical ballet, Jazz, and Musical Theatre for Panache Dance Studio and Thirroul Dance Academy. Bec has a wealth of experience and is looking forward to bringing her passion to Element.
Originally from Newport Beach, California, Erika Hazelton has been dancing since she was two years old and competitively since she was 8, with a range of genres under her belt including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. She has danced all over the world whilst living in California, London, and Vancouver as well as our lovely Australia. Erika does not shy away from a challenge, a mother to two beautiful girls, a dance teacher, and business owner- Eventive by Erika, she knows how to handle a bit of pressure. Moving into the competition, Erika is excited to be a part of such a good cause and give back to the local community but also knows the competition is tough but watch out for her biggest strength- flexibility!
Jane Urbanik has some funky skills with her range of swing dance, rock ‘n’ roll, and rockabilly experience from the past eight years. During the day, Jane is a counsellor in a private practice across Batemans Bay and Ulladulla, she loves watching people grow, come to accept and love themselves. Jane enjoys working alongside people and also enjoys that dancing allows her to be social and that it's a creative and fun way to get you out of your head, especially after a year like 2020.
She is also a musician and feels this helps her rhythm out on the dancefloor. She is excited to help lift people's spirits through Stars.