XANDER ELLIS

                                       Sydney, Australia

Xander began his training at age 9, studying all styles at Brent Street Studios and going on to complete his certificate iv in performance arts. 

He made his professional dance debut at age 16 with Opera Australia in Thannhauser.

His musical theatre debut came at age 18 in the hit musical Wicked. His other musical theatre credits include Original Australian cast of Rock of Ages as Joey Primo, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sweet Charity as Cop/Manfred and Dance captain, Grease, Anything Goes as Fred, Ghost the musical as cover Carl, World Premiere cast of Dream Lover as Dion and Priscilla the musical as Dance Captain.

He was also a part of Dein Perry's Tap Dogs during the 2012 Australian tour.

For Opera Australia he has appeared both as a dancer and actor, productions include Der Rosenkavalier, Carmen, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, as well as an actor in Madama Butterfly Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. 

Most recently he worked on The illusionists direct from broadway Australian tour as assistant resident director.

EMMA WICKHAM

Melbourne, Australia

Emma trained in all styles of dance, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Tap and Singing from the age of 4.  She immediately gravitated to Tap and it remains her passion today.

 

She was accepted into the first Full Time Musical Theatre course at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2009. Emma was also a member of one of Melbourne’s leading hip hop crews, ‘Rewind Dance Crew’ performing in gigs around Australia. Emma also attended Industry School of Dance under the training of  Robert Sturrock.

Emma has successfully taught all genres of dance, choreographing many routines in all styles.

 

Emma continues to train and perform alongside other Australian tap greats including Grant Swift, Luke Alleva, Glenn Wood, Christine Denny, Thomas Wadelton and Tap Dogs, past and present. In 2016, Emma successfully auditioned for Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project Summer Intensive, received a scholarship for LA Tap Festival and appeared in Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies ‘Run The World’ video. As a regular participant of the Australian Tap Dance Festival, Emma has had the opportunity to be trained and inspired by international tap dance performers such as Omar Edwards, Melinda Sullivan, Michelle Dorrance, Ayodele Casel, Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith, Derick K Grant, Jessie Sawyers, Chloe Arnold and the one and only, Ted Louis Levy.