Jody Rollason (Owner)
Jody started her journey in dance at the age of 4, joining the local ballet school. After attending a family birthday celebration, Jody was mesmorised by a couple doing Rock n Roll dancing. Just before her 8th birthday, Jody’s mum took her to the local ballroom studio on Brisbane’s southside. After the first few weeks there, Jody hasn’t looked back.
Jody has danced all three styles in the ballroom field (Modern, Latin & New Vogue), and has danced Nationally and Internationally. Retiring from competition in 2003, Jody decided to turn her attentions to building her own studio. Finally after 13 years, Jody has been able to realise a dream, by way of opening at her own location, and offering her skills and expertise to all dancers from beginners to advanced couples.
Some of Jody’s career highlights are:
- Juvenile, Junior and Adult State Champion – 1983 – 1990
- South Pacific B Grade Champion – 1990
- Sister City representative in Shanghai, China – 1995 – placed 4th
- Australian Professional Rising Star finalist Latin – 1995 – placed 4th
- Australian Professional Rising Star finalist New Vogue – 2002 – placed 4th
- Queensland Professional New Vogue Champion – 2003
- Finalist in all major Professional New Vogue events – 2003
After retiring in 2003, Jody focussed her energies into her couples. This resulted in two of her couples being highly successful. Their results are below:
- Australian Masters II Latin Champions – 2008 & 2009
- Australia Masters II New Vogue Champions – 2008, 2009 & 2010.
More recently, Jody has teamed up with James, a long time friend & colleague and competed for the first time in 13 years in the Professional field. We are pleased to advise that they were successful in becoming the Queensland Professional New Vogue Champions – 2016, Runners Up in the New Zealand Open Professional New Vogue Championships, and placed 4th in the Australian Dancesport Championships.
Jody & James continue to hone their dance skills and will be competing at this years Queensland National Dancesport Championships, at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, 15 & 16th April 2017.
James Van Elswyk (Teacher)
Although James never stepped foot onto a competition floor until the age of 20, it was a need to be able to dance at his school formal that got him into Ballroom Dancing at the age of 17. Social Class became a great way to catch up with old school friends & meeting new people while learning the art of dance. It wasn’t long before this new found passion soon became an addiction.
Joining the competitive scene after a few short years of dancing socially, James very quickly made his mark. James had quite some success winning State, National & International Titles in Ballroom, Latin & New Vogue with his dance partner Samantha Newcomb including QLD Open Champions, NSW Open Champions, South Pacific Champions, National Capital Dancesport Champions, Premier Dancesport Champions, Australian Champions, Singapore Open Rising Star Runners up, Singapore Open Finalists. More recently, James & Amanda Peden (fellow teacher) also enjoyed such success making every state & national final including being crowned QLD Open Champions in 2014 before making the decision to turn Professional in October that same year. Their best result finishing 3rd in the Professional New Vogue at the 2015 Australian Dancesport Championships.
As part of his on going development as a competitor & coach, James gained his coaching accreditation back in 2010 and has since furthered his studies recently gaining his adjudication qualification in addition to upgrading his coaching status. 2016 brought James & Jody together & after a few short weeks, they won the Queensland Open Professional New Vogue, a sign of what’s to come for them both. James has also focused on the Professional with Amateur divisions giving students of all ages the opportunity to compete even if they do not have a partner at the time, enjoying success across all 3 styles here as well.