Alyssa began dancing at a young age while living in New Zealand. After being a “hip hop” dancer for her entire competitive career, surprisingly in the last few years she has discovered her love for ballroom! Ballroom is currently the only style she trains and competes in now. While at the same time in school she completed her Cert II and III in dance specialising in Jazz and street dance.
Alyssa is able to teach a wide range of styles but her favourites are hip hop and Jazz.
Alyssa currently teaches at Hume Dance School and is very excited to be representing them at Stars of the Border. Cancer has has recently struck her grandfather in New Zealand, so this is a great way for Alyssa to show support and raise money since there has been very limited travel over the last year.
Carly Campbell is a born and raised Lavi girl, and has the absolute honour of participating for the third time at Stars of the Border Dance For Cancer.
Carly started dancing when she was 3 years old, and specialises in hip-hop, burlesque, street Latin as well as tiny tots, lyrical, breakdance, jazz and contemporary.
Carly has accomplished many things throughout her dance career with her most recent being opening up her very own studio, Beatz Dance Studio (located at 545 Smollett Street Albury).
Unfortunately, Carly’s family is one of the many other families on the Border who has suffered firsthand the ugliness of cancer. Losing her brother to leukaemia when he was only 9 years of age, losing her grandma as well as one of her best friends and the very well-known much adored and loved Karl Jacka.
Cazz is a local girl, having lived in Albury Wodonga for most of her life.
She has been dancing for over 30 years and has owned her own dance school for 25 years.
Cazz a mother of two amazing teenage boys. During the working week, Cazz also works for a Homeless Support Service.
Chay has lived his whole life on the border and been dancing on and off for more than 20 years. In his early years, Chay danced in many competitions and even danced at Crown Casino and Flemington Racecourse. In more recent times, Chay has been partnering young students at competitions.
In 2004 Chay married Catherine, whom he met through dancing. They have two boys, Charlie (4) and Connor (2.5), and are hoping they follow in their footsteps and take up ballroom dancing.
Chay’s main reason for volunteering this year and in previous years is that his mum passed away from complications due to cancer. She was Chay’s biggest supporter in his dancing career and he knows she would have been proud of him. Recently Chay has had a friend diagnosed with cancer who is currently undergoing treatment.
Chay’s involvement in Stars of the Border is a small way he can help to raise money for research to find a cure for this horrible disease. Chay would like to take this opportunity to thank his family for their ongoing support and also the team at Southern Plumbing Wodonga.
Elly has danced & trained for 16 years across a range of styles at Border Danceworks including competing in regional competitions of jazz, hip hop, theatrical, modern and in ball room styles of Latin American, new vogue and standard, travelling as far as Melbourne and Canberra.
Elly has taught dancing since age 14 and only in the last couple of years decided to give full time teaching a break and put herself in the dance role of teaching others and donating her time to this event as she believes it’s such a great event to raise money for a great cause.
When Elly is not dancing, you’ll find her at One Agency Albury Wodonga as Receptionist and Property Management & Sales Assistant. Elly has only been there for a short time but is absolutely loving the career change. After 10 years of hairdressing Elly decided to put the scissors down, and learn something new & completely different.
Glen Strauss is known by many, however you may not be aware he has been heavily involved with ballroom dancing for nearly 3 decades. Born and raised in Albury and the youngest of 10 siblings, Glen has experienced life and developed his dancing career in Sydney and overseas competitions, before returning home to the border.
Glen's passion became a business 9 years ago, when he and his wife, Niki, bought the Albury-Wodonga Dance Centre, where he currently teaches full time. With their two children Mabelle & Artie also being involved with studio activities, Glen and Niki have mentored students across 80 regional Débutante Balls and numerous regional and state ballroom competitions with the help of their instructors. Glen also manages and operates a graphic design business 'Grauss', when he's not teaching at the studio.
A memorable achievement for Glen was in 2017 when he was afforded the opportunity to compete overseas in the annual Blackpool Dance Festival Championships in England. Following 11 months of intensive training with Melbourne partner Loreta, and under the guidance of their respected coaches, they placed 32nd out of 92 international couples in the Senior Open Latin American event.
Glen has been involved with Stars of the Border since the inaugural event, even though he hasn't been able to compete each year in this amazing cause. The time, commitment and sweat equally expended by the stars, dancers and organisers is beyond phenomenal and Glen regards each and every contributor as truly awesome and is proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause.
Meegan is currently a teacher/choreographer and owner of MT Dance Creative. Meegan teaches a range of styles to all ages starting from 2 years, and has the greatest enjoyment when teaching ballet, contemporary and lyrical.
Meegan started her training from the age of 8 years old. It was during this time that Meegan discovered her love for dance and the desire to train full time at a vocational level. In the 3 years that Meegan has studied full time, she completed her Victorian Certificate of Education, Certificate 2, 3 and 4 in Elite Performance while being acknowledged in many forums including as a finalist in the Red Carpet Youth Awards and numerous scholarships and accolades.
In 2015 she toured to New Zealand with Projection Dance Company in the award-winning production ‘Of Mice and Men’ and received an internship at Auckland Unitec in New Zealand. In 2016 Meegan was invited to audition for the world-renowned Netherlands Dance Theatre in the Hague during which time she spent two months travelling Europe experiencing an eclectic mix of dance styles.
Meegan is invested in dance across many levels, she has been instrumental in the development of inclusive dance classes and performances as well as demonstrating a keen interest in teaching dance and building her skills as a dance educator.
After working closely with schools in the Albury area providing dance programs, preparing students for exams and performances and developing her passion for choreography, Meegan went into partnership with Taylor Falkner and opened MT Dance Creative at the start of 2020.
In the past 2 years she has loved building the school and creating a happy and creative space as well as furthering her studies to complete her Cert IV in Training and Assessment and Cert IV in Dance Teaching and management. In 2021 she loved getting the change to be a featured dancer in We Will Rock You and performing alongside the incredible local talent. She looks forward to Stars of the Border each year as she loves giving back to the community and being surrounded by the amazing dance teachers and stars. This will be Meegan's 3rd time being a part of the event!
Paula has lived on the Border her whole life and began dancing following the first season of Dancing with The Stars Australia.
Paula has now been dancing for 15 years and in this time has been fortunate enough to compete in competitions around Australia against interstate and international competitors, and has been extremely privileged to work with a range of incredible coaches.
After taking a short break from competitive dancing, Paula has recently taken up a new dance partnership and looks forward to being back on the dance floor. Paula teaches Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue at Border Danceworks Wodonga, and instructs group fitness classes at a local gym.
This is Paula’s 7th consecutive year being involved in the Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer, and looks forward to the event each year, as it not only allows her to meet some incredible people but helps raise funds for such an amazing cause.
Tara Trewhella is a performing artist and self-confessed 'drama queen' through and through. As well as performing in musical theatre and stand-up comedy, Tara has been a dancer from a young age, and loves the dance world working as a teacher in Melbourne before becoming a dance photographer. She still choreographs and runs workshops wherever possible.
In her 4 years living in the Border region, Tara has watched Stars of the Border take place, most recently as a photographer with the Border Mail, and is looking forward to the challenges that will come!
Holly has been living on the Border since 2011, dancing since 2016 and teaching since 2020. She really started performing at 11 years old when she accidentally joined two different stage shows.
Over the years since has been on local competitive dance teams, a competitive vocal soloist, has performed in several local musicals and plays resulting in three regional musical theatre award wins.
Holly attended Stars of the Border in 2021 to watch her sister Alyssa but is excited to be dancing alongside her in 2022.
Jamieson started her ballet passion at the age of four at Murray Youth Ballet (now Murray Youth Performing Arts) and has been with the Studio ever since. Through the years, Jamieson has studied in many styles of dance and performing arts, completing up to Advanced 1 in RAD vocational exams.
Jamieson's love for teaching had started with her involvement in the Danceability class at MYPA. This class focuses on providing opportunities for students who have either physical or intellectual disabilities. She now teaches several classes ranging from Jazz to Ballet.
In 2022, Jamieson will be commencing her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Charles Sturt University. When she is not teaching at the dance studio, you will find her around Bunnings Albury (her other job)!
"This is my first time participating in ‘Stars of the Border’, and I cannot wait for this experience! I believe it is a fantastic way to bring the community together whilst raising funds for such a great cause."
This is Glenn’s first time participating in Stars of the Border, and he couldn’t be happier to share his skills and help fundraise for a cause that is close to his heart. Glenn has many friends that have fought cancer and some that have lost the battle - the youngest being only four years old.
Glenn has been dancing with Johnny’s Rockers since 2017 but has always had dancing in his past, watching his parents dancing from a very young age. Glenn has competed in Melbourne titles, Ararat and Albury!
Glenn has lived in the local area since 2008 and works as a Fitter & Machinist for the Defence Force at Milspec Engineering in Albury. In his spare time you’ll find Glenn in his shed working on his classic cars!“The hot rod culture is what really inspired me to join rock and roll,” explains Glenn. “I look forward to a great night dancing with the “Stars of” group!”