Kate Ayres - "Prawn". 13 years old.
In 2014, Prawn had her very first private lesson with Dr. Lisa and although she was only 8 years old at the time, she began smashing through her dance goals and fell in love with the precision, skill and dedication required for excellent jazz technique.
A strong technical and expressive jazz dancer, she initially begun her dance journey with Calisthenics, where she quickly excelled and found herself representing the Victorian State team in 2015 and winning the Victorian State Championships in both her Physie and Graceful solos in 2016. After falling in love with jazz technique and leaving Calisthenics, Dr. Lisa encouraged her to begin some classical training so Prawn enrolled at Mathis Dance Studios to begin ballet at age 10. She just received Honours for her Grade 4 Cecchetti examination.
She is currently studying at at the Sharon Lawrence Dance Studio and loving every second.
Prawn was successful in her audition for Dr. Lisa Ellis' DANCE PRESCRIPTION Program in 2015 and was chosen to assist Dr. Lisa on her U. K. tour in 2015 which saw her demonstrating in Essex, Liverpool, Black Pool, Great Yarmouth and Birmingham. Since then she has been fortunate to assist Dr. Lisa at her national Just What The Doctor Ordered workshops in no fewer than 4 different states and a second UK tour this year in April where she toured England, Scotland and Wales.
Prawn is a model for Couture Costume Kiddies Dancewear and has entered the competitive world of dance only this year with a lyrical and jazz solo created for her by Dr. Lisa Ellis which are currently making audiences cry all over Melbourne.
This little dynamite with her infectious giggle aims to "travel the world and inspire others to be the best they can be". I wonder where she'll be headed to next!
Catharina Ballintyne - "KittyCat". 16 years old
KittyCat is a bubbly and intelligent dancer who is known for her INSANE stage presence.
Throughout her 13 years dancing at Ambitions Performance Dancers, KittyCat has received such fantastic classical training that she has won too many awards and championships to list (she just dazzles on stage!) but here are a few just for a taster:
- Australian Dance Spectacular Disneyland 2017
- Senior Contemporary Award (Ambitions Performance Dancers) 2016
- Follow Your Dreams Competition Intermediate Championship Winner 2016
- Dandenong Eisteddfod Top Scoring Soloists Scholarship 2016
- Phoenix Festival of Dance Inc 12 years and under 14 Aggregate Winner 2016
- Olivia Steadman-Meconi Scholarship 2015
- Cecchetti Ballet Australia Award for 100% in Grade 6 examination 2015
Currently, KittyCat is part of the Imprint Dance Company (Sticks and Stones) who have just performed at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and also excels outside of the dance world as the current Sports Leader for her school and was School Captain of her Primary School.
Diamond was also successful in her audition for the 2015 U.K. Tour and has toured the U. K. on another DANCE PRESCRIPTION Workshop Tour in December 2017. She has also assisted Dr. Lisa at numerous interstate workshops this year! She is known in the DANCE PRESCRIPTION family for her impeccable turn technique.
She reports that DANCE PRESCRIPTION has not only improved her jazz technique, it has also taught her "how to stretch correctly, set goals, be confident, learn how to improv and so much more" and she acts an excellent role model for all the other dancers with her diligent commitment to correct warm up.
KittyCat’s future goal is to become a professional dancer anywhere in the world, so wherever her dancing takes her, she'll be home - that's pretty lucky too because she's been doing a lot of travelling lately!
Mantra Rane - "Olaf". 11 years old.
Little Olaf is a tiny, dedicated and powerful dancer who is known for her body awareness and self correction far beyond her years. This encouraging little powerpack has been busy lately and has just been awarded as the Junior Championship Dancer at Jump Dance Challenge and qualified for the Ballet Teacher's Workshop finals.
Her earliest memory is dancing nonstop to "Dancing Queen" whilst watching Mamma Mia when she was 3, which drove her parents absolutely nuts so they quickly enrolled her at Dance Desires Studio, where she won the Most Outstanding Perpetual Trophy from whole school when she was only 7 years old.
A seasoned competition dancer, Olaf completely cleans the floor at all of the major Victorian dance competitions and leaves with the car packed full of trophies. More importantly, she has been acknowledged for her great sportsmanship and genuine support of all her competitors and peers. She is well known for being the first DANCE PRESCRIPTION dancer to enthusiastically congratulate everyone else on their achievements and embodies the ethos of DANCE PRESCRIPTION.
Olaf has assisted Dr. Lisa at her DANCE PRESCRIPTION Workshops nationally in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Rockhampton and has also successfully completed her first international tour of England, Scotland and Wales in April this year. She loves meeting new dancers from different studios and learning as much as she can from them.
Ayshia-Mila Stromei - "AM". 11 years old.
AM has only been dancing for 4 years now, but she is a powerhouse full of strength who's on the rise in the Australian dance scene. She is another brand new DANCE PRESCRIPTION Intern and trains at The Rage DC.
AM was just announced as an Ambassador for Inspire Dancewear where she was selected out of over 200 hopeful young dancers to model and promote their dance wear. She has also been selected to be a foundational ambassador for the Dance Writer who will be keenly following AM’s dance journey and allow her to represent Australia as a role model to other dancers her age and attend events Australia-wide. You can find the latest article about Nugget by the Dance Writer here.
Recently, AM travelled to Sydney to participate in the NRG Competition and Convention and took out the highest scholarship in her age group and the place at the "NRGies" at the National finals in Washington DC.
AM is always keen to give back to her community and is currently helping to raise awareness and funds for “Act Now Speak Later”, where she will be preforming a solo at a cancer fund raising event in Melbourne.
One of the newest additions to the Dance Prescription’s ATP team, AM couldn’t be more excited, she trains on a daily basis to achieve her weekly and long term goals, she thrives to achieve her absolute best both as an assistant for Dr Lisa Ellis's workshops and to grow as a young dancer. AM has travelled nationally and also has assisted Dr. Lisa on her 2017 December UK Tour. She has made a vast improvement whilst with Dr Lisa Ellis and is very proud to announce that she will be accepting a place at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School next year to pursue her love of Classical Ballet! Congrats AM we’ll miss you!
Billie Watson - "Alien Baby Face aka ABF". 15 years old
ABF is notorious for her ridiculously long legs and killer kicks. She successfully auditioned for DANCE PRESCRIPTION in 2015 and improved so rapidly that she was awarded one of the 2 scholarships available in her second year.
By the end of her second year in the program, Alien was assisting Dr. Lisa at her DANCE PRESCRIPTION workshops and has been travelling around Australia ever since, having assisted in 4 states so far this year! She has also toured the U. K. with DANCE PRESCRIPTION Workshops in England, Scotland and Wales in December 2017.
ABF has a passion for classical ballet and received a fantastic solid grounding in this art form at the Ringwood Ballet Group in her formative years. Her love of ballet saw her join the Melbourne City Youth Ballet Company where she is now a part of their Elite Full Time Program and just closed a season of Peter Pan where she played the lead role of "Wendy".
Alien was lucky enough to be recently selected out of over two hundred young dancers to be an ambassador for Inspire Dancewear. She is part of the the "Act Now Speak later" Team and has loved connecting with dancers all over Australia.
She also recently attend Dusty Button's IBW workshop and won a scholarship to attend the BellaMoxi Dance Convention in the U. S. A next year. Alien Baby Face aims to continue training and travelling with DANCE PRESCRIPTION and then go on to a career as a dancer and choreographer overseas.