Category Archives: dance

Celebrity Genius

One of my greatest loves is dancing and I appreciate the dedication and hours of hard work that goes into a professionally choreographed dance production having spent 25 years of my life as a “Dance Mum” during my two daughters’ dancing days. Dancing is an Art and it takes a true artist to be able to choreograph and present a great dance routine that will capture the audience’s attention and entertain them with great technique, stage presentation and costumes. One such talented choreographer is Jason Coleman.

Both of my daughters are extremely lucky to have been in Jason’s dance classes when he visited their dance school on a regular basis for Dance Workshops and would choreograph dance routines for them. Jason was also nice enough to invite the parents in to watch on occasions. This was a rare treat.

Jason is currently appearing on the Channel 9 TV show “Celebrity Apprentice”. I have only been watching this show because of Jason. You most likely would have seen either Jason or his choreography on TV, Live Stage or Big Screen. Jason has choreographed for artists such as Christine Anu, Tina Arena, Human Nature, Chaka Khan, Vanessa Amorossi, John Farnham and Kate Cebrano to name just a few. He has also choreographed for TV shows such as Water Rats, G.P, E Street and Popstars and many more.

Jason’s involvement in choreography also includes the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Handover Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and was Director of Choreography for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Asian Games in Doha Qatar. He was also Choreographer and Dance Consultant on the feature film “Happy Feet. Jason consequently also played a motion capture performance.

Jasons list of credits is endless and you can read more about him on his Jason Colemans Ministry of Dance site which is the Dance School that Jason runs in North Melbourne.

Yours in Great Dance Choreography

Angie Rapisarda

Telstra 4G Colour Wave

I recently had the privilege to hear Mark Collis, Director of Brand Creativity and Strategy from Telstra speak about their new 4G Campaign just released. Mark gave us an insight into Telstra’s measured approach to marketing and the importance of striking the right balance between new and old media.  For the 4G launch campaign Mark talked about the importance of understanding the social environment so established a ‘Facebook superusers’ group.

Mark showed us some of the raw footage of the colourful ‘stunt’ of a crowd taking off their coloured t-shirts which was followed by an action packed day of unexpected entertainment around Sydney including the biggest entertainers from the web including Dancing Matt, Rebecca Black and Evolution of Dance.  Key content from the launch day was then shared through an extensive social media network including a dedicated Telstra 4G microsite, Twitter, YouTube and Telstra Blender fan page on Facebook. The aim was to create compelling entertainment that people would communicate through their online channels.

All of this activity was balanced out with a TVC and press advertising.

Mark said if you have quality content you can put it on any platform, customers are looking for a story.  I think Telstra have delivered that with their new 4G launch.

Yours in advertising,


Young Talent Time revived


Young Talent Time is coming back to TV after 24 years. The TV program that shaped my life, and I’m sure, the life of many families, for over 20 years was the creation of host Mr Johnny Young. My daughter Donna was such a huge fan and wanted to sing and dance just like them, which was why she joined the Johnny Young Talent School in South Brisbane when she was 5 years old. Mr Johnny Young was a regular visitor at the School and also compered all the end of year Concerts. Young Talent Time ran on Channel 10 from 1971 until 1988, creating stars such as Danni Minogue, Tina Arena and Debra Byrne.
The TV series featured a core group of young performers in the vein of the Mickey Mouse Club and a weekly junior talent quest. The Young Talent Team regularly performed popular classics along with the top hit songs of the day. Presented and produced by Mr Johnny Young, the show was famed for closing each episode with a sing-along rendition of The Beatles song ‘All My Loving’. No, sadly Donna did not become famous, but she got to do what she loved for many years, and encouraged her little sister Bianca to do the same, later at the Conroy Dance Centre. Bianca was very fortunate to be able to work on stage alongside ex Young Talent Team members Jane Scali and Philip Gould as orphan “Kate”, in the Musical “Annie” when it played at the Lyric Theatre in 2001.
It has been confirmed that Australian idol finalist and music theatre star Rob Mills will be the host of Channel 10’s revival of the Young Talent Time series. Mr Young will be a co-producer and the network said it would be a ‘‘contemporary take’’ on the original.

Rob Mills (affectionally known as “Millsy”) was a finalist in 2003 Australian Idol series and landed the role of Fiyero for the Australian Premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s blockbuster musical, Wicked. Most recently, Mills appeared opposite Marika Aubrey in Jason Robert Brown’s one act musical The Last Five Years at the Seymour Centre, Sydney.
Will the new series end with Millsy singing ‘All My Loving’ or will the show find a new anthem?

Yours in Young Talent Time

Angie Rapisarda

Dancing Auditon for US rapper “Splendour in the Grass” Act

I won’t be going to Splendour in the Grass, but I wish I was. Anya, I am very jealous. I would love to have gone to see the big acts and the dancing.

I am very proud to say that I know Brooke Hindmarsh, who is featured in the centre of the Courier Mail photograph above. I have known Brooke since she was 3 years old as she danced and performed for many years with both of my daughters. Brooke was one of 200 Queensland dancers who auditioned at the Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday for a coveted spot performing with US rapper Kanye West who will be playing Splendour in the Grass at Woodford on Friday Night. The audition was run by Czech Republic choreographer Yemi A.D who had the tough task of choosing just 18 lucky girls. All 18 have been sworn to secrecy so I hope Brooke is one of them.

This was great for Brisbane dancers, and as Brooke stated “We never get an opportunity to audition for something like this, usually you have to go to America.

 That’s why so many dancers have turned up.” Seeing Brooke in this photo has brought back many happy memories of my girl’s dancing days.

Yours in Splendid Dancers
Angie Rapisarda

Come Together Brisbane TVC campaign

I really love the new Brisbane City Council’s “Come Together Brisbane” TV Advertising campaign. It’s fun, energetic and fresh and sends the message that its business as usual in Brisbane and this is the place to see and to have fun. I also love the Hungry Kids of Hungary and Ball Park Music’s rendition of the classic Beatles song “Come Together” played in the commercial.

In view of the recent natural disasters experienced in our beautiful city, this campaign clearly demonstrates that Brisbane has bounced back with much renewed enthusiasm and energy and is working together to be better than ever.

Through this campaign, Individuals, Community Groups, Sporting Clubs and Businesses are being invited to share their messages to the world that Brisbane is better than ever and to also become a part of a series of unique exhibitions held throughout Brisbane during the Brisbane Festival. A major prize, second prize and runner up prizes are on offer for the best entries.

You may view the TV commercial and some of the messages that have already been created on the together brisbane website. This campaign makes me feel very proud to be a Queenslander and a Brisbane local.

How would you share your message to the world about Brisbane?

Yours in Advertising

T-Mobile’s wedding dance

The world is a buzz with excitement regarding the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William to the beautiful Kate Middleton. While fashionistas across the globe are speculating what she’ll wear, others are wondering what their vows will be.

Meanwhile, the clever folks at T-Mobile have come up with a redo of the famous 2009 viral wedding dance video, adapted for royalty!

The clip is great, with T-Mobile even hiring lookalikes (who are very convincing!) to play the part of the Royal Family.

The video is cleverly choreographed with the royal family easy to spot and name during the performance. It’s really very well done and the tagline “One’s life is for sharing” is typically British. The video has already racked up over 3.5 million views on You Tube.


I had quite a jolly good chuckle at this video, how about you?

Yours in advertising and entertainment,


Free art and lifestyle classes in Brisbane

Do you ever have those weeks that melt into the next, where everyday just mirrors the previous day? If your Monday to Friday routine is set by default like clockwork – wake up, drive the same route to work, work, eat the same tuna and crackers, work, drive the same route home, cook, TV, bed –  why not get a little crazy and shake your week up? Breaking the monotony could in fact make way for new interests, friends, or passions.

Whilst we carry on in whatever daily routine we adhere to, there’s loads of fun, free classes/events/workshops happening in Brisbane every day of the week.

Currently, Brisbane City Council is running Art Bites. It’s a series of free workshops designed for people just itching to discover their creative side. Coming up you can check out:

7 April: Solarplate printmaking

7 April: Life drawing

9 April: Metal and found object sculpture

13 April: Hip hop dance

BCC are also running the LIVE program (April-June 2011) which focuses on great art and culture events. So why not be a devil and shake up your working week with something new and exciting? Check out the full program and start planning your week.

And for the plan-in-advance readers, some big events to pencil in your Filofax are:  Stylin’ UP which sees Indigenous hip-hop and R&B artists showcase their free sets during in May. In June watch (and listen!) to Brisbane come alive during the large, annual free music event Fete de la Musique, plus be sure to check out the World Refugee Day Community Festival.

So, when boredom or itchy feet kick in remember that Brisbane is very much alive and well culturally – just go out and explore it!

Yours in breaking mid-week boredom,


Green Earth Day to help plant the seeds for change

Green Earth Day (the brainchild of Leigh-Chantelle Koch) will delight Brisbane greenies this Saturday 12 March at a new venue: Albion Peace Centre, 102 McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane. This free, family orientated, community event aims to stimulate awareness by bringing environmental, green, health and lifestyle, cruelty-free, recycling and sustainable issues into the public eye.

Green Earth Day could not be possible without the passionate volunteers of the Green Earth Group (founded by Leigh-Chantelle Koch). It’s a team of like-minded individuals who have come together to make a much needed platform to provide education and encouragement to the community. This helps to plant the seeds of change needed to ensure that we’re protecting the health and integrity of our environment for future generations.

This diverse festival is focused firmly on family and includes everything you need for a great day out such as stalls, food, speakers, live music and entertainment, video zone, as well as short film, art and fashion competitions and an action-packed kids’ zone. There’s yoga for kids with the Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, face painting, bubble blowing, games, storytelling and kids gardening. What better way to make a change than by reaching out to the young generation to engrain their belief structure at an early age.

Despite the lack of sponsors & contributions due to the recent Brisbane floods, Leigh-Chantelle’s dream has not been quashed. “The time has come for everyone to step up and take responsibility for our actions. With the devastation that Queensland, Australia and other countries are experiencing, we are being called to action, to work together to create the changes that our universe is crying out for,” Leigh-Chantelle said.

The passion, commitment and dedication one person has, when combined with other likeminded people is, according to Leigh-Chantelle, what makes the magic really happen.

“My goal is to encourage people from all backgrounds to be involved in a positive way to help our environment,” she said.

“People see that Green Earth Group is coming from a sincere and positive place and want to get involved from the grassroots up in helping us enact the positive changes that are needed in our society. We have had an overwhelming response from people young and old who want to be involved.

“Every single person involved with Green Earth Day volunteers their time, energies and skills to our yearly environmental event.”

Come along this Saturday for a day of fun and learn how you can help to save our earth.

See for more information and find them on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Yours for the Environment,
Amber van Sloten

You Can’t Be Serious – my new favourite photographers

In the midst of planning my wedding I’ve discovered some amazing photographers in Hailey and Andrew Bartholomew – the ridiculously creative duo behind You Can’t Be Serious. Their documentary style photography and film captures the beautiful, raw moments in life – be it a wedding, rolling around in the park or chilling on the beach with your nearest and dearest. Their films are amazing too. Be sure to check out this cute video too: Wishing YOU a sunny New Year! from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

Yours in amazing photography,

Black Swan hits cinema tomorrow

I’m a sucker for ballet movies, well pretty much all dance movies. And musicals too. Center Stage, Flashdance, Dirty Dancing, Bring It On, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion (well technically not a dance movie but the epic dance they do at the end to Time After Time is such a classic). I’m well and truly addicted to Glee and Hairspray too. Dancing movie are fun and uplifting. They make you feel good and want to get up and dance.

But here comes a dance movie that’s thrilling, dark and disturbing…somehow I don’t think it’s going to make me want to get up and dance out of the cinema but I’m super intrigued! The new movie Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream), hits cinemas tomorrow and I can hardly wait. It’s set in the world of New York City Ballet with the stunning Natalie Portman starring as Nina, a featured dancer who wins the lead role in Swan Lake. Nina soon meets her match in rival Lily, played by Mila Kunis (from That 70’s Show). As reveals…It captures the beauty and tragedy of the sacrifices performers must make for the sake of their craft. But where The Wrestler successfully towed the line between saccharine sentimentality and pathos, Black Swan is a much darker, more disturbing work that recalls the obsession and paranoia at the heart of the director’s first film, Pi. You can read the full review here.

Black Swan’s star-studded cast has the ubiquitous Ballet Mum in Barbara Hershey and retiring dancer, Winona Ryder. And if that wasn’t enough the costumes were done by the super cool Rodarte, making the movie almost too good to be true! There’s something seriously seductive about the contradictions that Ballet provides – ballerinas must be incredibly strong, yet incredibly thin and the lengths that they go to to achieve perfection are brutal, but fascinating to me. Swan Lake is pretty much the epitome of all Ballets so it’s apt that this movie focuses on arguably the most famous ballet of all time. Even the Swan Lake music conjures so many memories for me: the crackly tune of my ballerina music box, the dodgy piano in our ballet hall, it’s all very nostalgic. But I have a feeling after seeing Black Swan my ballet memories will never be the same again.

Yours in new movies,