Our Teachers

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. She 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.

Angela started dancing Ballroom at the age of six, then went onto learn Hip Hop and Jazz. Angela then discovered her love for Pole Dancing fourteen years ago and hasn't looked back since! Angela owns and has ran her own dance school Adrenalin Aerial & Dance since the young age of fifteen. She offers Hip Hop and Contemporary classes for tiny tots to adults and also pole fitness and mixed aerial classes for adults. Angela is also a single mother to two beautiful teenagers, and very excited to be a soon-to-be nan. This will be Angela's fifth year supporting Stars of Border Dancer for Cancer and thinks each year just keeps getting bigger and better!

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. She 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.

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Chay has lived on the Border all his life and has been dancing on and off for more than 18 years. In the early years, Chay danced in many competitions and has danced at Crown Casino and Flemington Race Course. In more recent times, Chay has begun partnering young students at competitions. 6 years ago Chay married his wife Catherine who he met through dancing, they have a son Charlie and recently welcomed their second son Connor. They hope that one day they enjoy dancing and how fun it can be. “My main reason for volunteering this year and in previous years, is that 14 years ago my mum passed away from complication due to cancer. She was my biggest supporter in my dancing career and I know she would have been proud me. I have also had friends recently be diagnosed with cancer and are currently undergoing treatment. My involvement is the way I can help to raise money and help in the research to find a cure for this horrible disease. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my Family for their support and also the team at Southern Plumbing.”

I’ve 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. I’ve taught dancing since I was 14 and only in the last couple of years that I decided to give full time teaching a break and put myself in the dance role of teaching others and donating my time in this event as I believe it’s such a great event to raise money for a great cause. When I am not dancing, you’ll find me at One Agency Albury Wodonga as Receptionist and Property Management & Sales Assistant. I’ve only been there for a short time but I am absolutely loving the career change. After 10 years of hairdressing I 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. His 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 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 on 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 equity 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, dancing in many genres and studying/completing exams in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. It was during these years that Meegan discovered her love for dance and the desire to train full time at a vocational level. In the 3 years that Meegan 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. Since then, Meegan began teaching and has worked closely with students and local schools providing dance programs, preparing students for exams and performances and developing her passion for choreography, and more currently in 2018 has furthered her studies to complete her Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Meegans is invested in dance across many levels, she has been instrumental in the development of inclusive dance classes and performances. With a keen interest in teaching dance and building her skills as a dance educator, and with a passion to continue doing this as a career Meegan and her business partner Taylor Falkner opened a dance studio (MT Dance Creative) in Wodonga in January 2020. After Meegan had the opportunity to be a part of the Stars on the Border in 2018, she is extremely excited to be a teacher again for such a great event again this year!

Paula has lived on the Border her whole life and began dancing following the first season of Dancing with The Stars Australia. She has been dancing now for 15 years and in this time she 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.

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