Karlee is one of the Gold Coast’s most versatile, sought after and talented commercial dancers. She has performed around the world on multiple international contracts in America, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and nationally all across Australia. She has shared stages with the likes of Delta Goodrem, Ricki Lee, Guy Sebastian, The Veronica’s, Anthony Callea, Sneaky Sound System, Brooke Evers, Timmy Trumpet and many more.
Amongst her achievements at home on the Gold Coast, Karlee was an offical cheerleader for the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans. She was also one of the few featured professional dancers in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremony.
More than just an incredible performer, she has choreographed numerous events for Aerial Angels, Broadway Production Management and Chase Creations. She has had her choreography performed on stages around the world in internationally touring show “The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show” and was the choreographer and movement consultant for Hollywood blockbuster, “Thor 3: Ragnarok.”
“I’ve always known I wanted to dance from a very young age and am so lucky to have gone on to make such a successful career of it. I now love being able to nurture that same passion in our students at Ikin Dance”
From the streets of Melbourne to the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, Sid has become one of the most recognised faces in the Australian entertainment scene as an MC/presenter and dancer, on both stage and screen. His credits include SYTYCD Australia, BLAZE the Show and winning the Australian Hip Hop Championships with ‘The Collektive’. He has performed alongside international and local artists including Avicii, Laidback Luke, Carl Cox and Timomatic as well as opening for Taylor Swift, on her RED tour, with Guy Sebastian. Before moving to the Gold Coast, Sid was deservingly shortlisted as a finalist for Ausdance’s title of “Victoria’s Favourite Male Dancer”. When he’s not dancing, you can find him behind a mic. Sid has been the resident host for a variety of events around Australia including the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where he was invited to host and perform the opening of the Queen’s Baton Relay, in Buckingham Palace!
Aside from being a skilled dancer and an eloquent speaker, Sid is an enthusiastic drama teacher, a talented actor and an astute lawyer. With an infectious love for life, Sid hopes to inspire the students at Ikin Dance to follow their passions, leading by example.
“Nothing brings me more joy than seeing someone be the best version of themselves. To know we can help the next generation of performers at Ikin Dance do just that is so rewarding!”
Amy Dowman has been a part of the Ikin Dance Family as the Front Desk Manager for the past 7 years. Along with providing helpful and friendly service to all, she has also competed at a world level within Sport Aerobics! She loves being able to help kids and adults find and carry out what they are passionate about through the Ikin Dance classes.
“I cannot imagine working anywhere else! I feel like I am home when I am at work. I have seen so many kids grow as dancers and performers with us , some of which are now even teaching here! We have a great team of staff , I feel very lucky”
From the stages of Las Vegas to China, India, Hong Kong and all over Australia, Melissa Gelonese has produced, choreographed and performed in numerous production shows for a variety of high end corporate clients. Melissa, a former Sydney primary school teacher and dance studio owner, established her first entertainment business in 2000. Since then she’s choreographed & managed the cheer squads for the NRL Parramatta Eels and Parramatta Power soccer teams as well as completely transformed the former Raiders NRL cheer squad, “Raiderettes”, to form the Raiders corporate ambassadors and performance troupe, “The Emeralds”. As the Director of Entourage Productions, she brings an incredible wealth of experience to the Ikin Dance team. Melissa manages our NRL Titans cheerleaders and AFL GC Suns Squad as well as working closely with Karlee and Sid to oversee Ikin Dance’s extensive event calendar.
Jenny Beveridgehas been a Sport Aerobic Coach at Ikin Dance since the doors opened in 2001. She has competed and coached in Sport Aerobics for over 20 years at both National and International levels. Her passion for coaching extends beyond sport aerobics to building a growth mindset in children and adults and helping all make the most of this amazing opportunity we have to live in this world.
“Ikin Dance is my second family, I am so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community“