At 22, she’s already showing the world what she’s got! Currently travelling the globe Performing as an artist/dancer alongside Swarm Creative Collaboration, Loren is wanting to explore all aspects of being a skilled creative. This relentless lover of the arts has performed in world class Festivals around Asia and America, in Arena’s alongside Savage, Scribe, Ladi 6 and has opened for people such as Aaradnah and Ciara. She's taught hiphop dancing to all ages and levels since the age of 14. These years of experience include, competition crews, producing/choreographing for productions, back-up dancing, video clips and much more. She would love to see every student find joy in what they do and confidence in who they are.
Tash Crichton was born and raised in Wellington. She is 18 years old, started dancing at the age of 4 and is very passionate about her craft. For 13 years she has trained in Urban HipHop and 2 of those years she trained in Ballet and Jazz. She started teaching dance at the age of 10 and has continued to up skill herself to become a great tutor. She has taught all levels of dance and all ages. Tash has competed in various competitions nationally and internationally. To name a few she has competed in SDNZ Regionals 2011 placing 1st, SDNZ Nationals 2011 placing 2nd, World of Dance, represented NZ at the World Hiphop Champs placing 10th. She has also been apart of many competition crews in Wellington and in our very own Reality Dance Crew. She has been involved in leading groups such as Stage Challenge, NZCAF high school teams and Polyfest. Tash loves teaching people her craft and believes that you can do anything that you put your mind to doing. If you give your best effort, work hard, practice hard and keep an overall positive attitude throughout your dancing experience, you will succeed.
Kelly has been dancing for 13 years since the age of 9. She first started dancing at salsa rhythm where she had many opportunities to perform at 'christmas in the park' for two years in a row behind some well known artists. After meeting a few people through dancing she then started up a crew with a few friends called 'soul 7' where they won multiple competitions all over New Zealand. They were asked to perform at many concerts and gigs around christchurch city. She was part of that crew for 3 years and then went on to taking classes with Elly Pascoe performing in shows such as lunar lane etc Soon after becoming a part of Swarm performing arts collaboration. Getting many opportunities to perform at parachute music festival for 3 years in a row right to opening up for international artist Ciara and many more. She also had the opportunity to perform in Los Angeles right on Hollywood Blvd with a few people from the crew. Now she is a part of Swarm Studios. She is also a part of 'Swarm Crew' and training in many classes at the studio.
Vicky Daly is 21 years of age & has been dancing for 10 years. She's been trained primarily in Hip Hop dancing for this time. Vicky had been competing full time from the age of 10-14 and believes this has set her up for a great future in being a student, choreographer and leader at MDS. Being involved in competitions has taught her a lot about approaching not only competition but any class with a head on, ready to learn attitude. She believes because she has applied this to all of her learning from age 14-21 and it has shaped her into the tutor and performer she is today. "As a tutor I like to have a fun, energetic approach so that any class/crew I am teaching feels like they can be relaxed in the class and feel as though they are accepted no matter there skill level. With this, I try to communicate that in the class I am teaching I want the class to grow from the choreographer and push their level to the next level. This is some thing I have picked up through the the Swarm values respect, time, honour, work. This has helped greatly in my performance and from these values I feel like I can grow in every other aspect of my life outside of dance. These are things I bring to dance and try to make myself the best teacher/performer I can be."
Holly Rose Hunt
20 years of acquired skills and cultivated learning resulting in an indescribable classification of creative denomination. Holly started dance training at the age of 3 and has been performing and competing since 4 years old. Starting from a Ballet and Jazz, technique based background she gradually augmented her repertoire to include Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop, with various qualifications in all 5 of the previous styles, including an RAD Major Examination with Distinction and a NZ National Street Dance Title.
Now resulting in a fusion of her formerly trained styles she operates predominantly in an Urban Dance environment. Holly is first and foremost a dancer, choreographer and performer, but this is not the only medium in her story telling. Informally trained in theatre, design, music mixing, physics, make up, public speaking, directing and film production. An artist. But one that can’t be defined or classed under one denomination or genre. Unlimited capacity and uncontrollable fire toward the purpose she has and the people that she journeys with. Her aim is to tell a story that is worth hearing.
Jayme is a part of 'Swarm Collaborations' – Dancing, performance, Competition, Choreographing and teaching. Her impressive repertoire includes: And then some - Dance showcase, Parachute Music festival- dancer on the main stage, Rapture Ruckus 'Lose Control'- Music video, Elly 'Do Ya Dance' Music video, Erin Simpson Show -Tv Show, What Now- Tv show, This is street dance- Tv Show, Shake Down Comp- 1st place, Ciara in Christchurch Concert- Opening for her show, Rams Basketball team games- Team Dancer, 'Brisbane YA Citipointe conference'- Dancer on the MainStage.
Jayme teaches a competition crew called 'Pretty Frowns' which mainly focuses on putting together dances to enter into comps around NZ. The expectation she has for this crew is: Practicing every day, fitness, stretching and learning a vast array of different styles & choreography. She also works on character development so that each dance piece is unique and that all crew members embrace their individuality and craziness. She also teaches the 'Teen beginner class' this class mainly focuses on a dance piece for the end of term 'show off' concert. "The first thing i say in every class is be fearless because as a beginner to dancing our minds are our worst enemy, so if it's left at the door it puts my students in a better mind set and the class will be amazing." Her style of choreography isn't a typical 'Hip Hop' style as it is somewhat odd but very expressive with each dance piece centre around a specific concept. "Through this style i have found myself and i help my students find passion and freedom for dance."
Rach trained in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary throughout her childhood. She is a member of Swarm Crew and has been training in Hip Hop for 9 years under Elly. Each has done numerous performances both nationally and internationally and has also performed on TV. Rach coaches 'Essence Crew' is a beginner/intermediate all girl dance crew aged 8-12 years of age. This crew is getting built up to be competition ready and perform at every opportunity. The practice environment is an encouraging one with the goal of developing the dancers to move on to move on and advance to a varsity level crew. Rach is passionate about investing into the next generation.