Established in November 2015 River City Cali Dance Studio is a new start up dance business but by no means inexperienced. Lorinda Webster-Brooking and Jessica Harrop have over 35 years combined of Calisthenic participation and 19 years of coaching in various forms.
River City Cali Dance Studio's vision is to bring Calisthenics to Brisbane, with a view to promote the dance sport & assist its growth in QLD. We will aim to compete at the highest levels across all age sections. Our goal is to also develop performance arts, team camaraderie, self-confidence & self-esteem with all our members.
Our mission is to develop our individual technique, skills & performance quality to inspire the most creative & "wow factor" routines for competition and public viewing pleasure. All while having a great time & fun experience with our River City Cali Dance Family.
River City Cali Dance Studio is a Calisthenics Dance club that combines:
- Ballet & Contemporary
- Gymnastics & Acro
- Jazz & Hip Hop
- Singing & Acting
- Theatre Work
Lorinda began Calisthenics in South Australia at the age of 7. She competed in many winning club, state (Ballarat) & national teams & also placed in both Graceful & Solo at National competitions. She also received Gold Medal Honours in 1998.
Lorinda has completed extensive training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop & Gymnastics. Lorinda competed for Australia in sports aerobics in Europe did cheerleading & drill dance in America and danced in pantomimes in London. Most favourite tour was being in one of the dance shows at Disney World, Florida. Lorinda has coached many successful Calisthenic Club, Ballarat & National Teams for both Queensland & South Australia in various age sections.
She has taught at the Westcoast Calisthenic Club in WA while working in Perth where they won the state championships. After travelling to Brisbane, she assisted & coached the Rosemore Seniors where in 2013, 2014 & 2015 they won the overall State Championship aggregate.
Lorinda jointly established River City Cali Dance Studio in November 2015 with Jessica Harrop and is loving the rewards and challenges it brings. The River City Seniors won the 2016 State Championship aggregate and Lorinda will now lead this team to compete at the Royal South Street Society competitions in Ballarat, Victoria in 2017.
Nothing pleases Lorinda more than seeing the friendships, skills and self-confidence grow in all dancers she works with. “It is always an honour to be part of ones’ performance journey”.
Jessica began Calisthenics in Victoria at Dresden Calisthenics College as a Sub-Junior at the age of 7. She spent 18 years at Dresden winning many State and Ballarat Aggregates.
Once finished school Jess completed 2 years Full Time Performing Arts Course at Bartuccio’s Dance School in Melbourne. Here her dance knowledge and career extended past Calisthenics to Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. This lead to professional dance, modelling and performance work including shows with Disney, Channel 9 AFL Football Show and the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal to name a few.
Jessica then moved overseas and once she returned to Australia joined a Brisbane based club as a competitor and coach where they won the overall aggregate 4 times.
Along with Lorinda, Jessica jointly established River City Cali Dance Studio in November 2015. Her dedication and determination has seen a very successful first year and she looks forward to many more to come. Jessica represented Queensland at the 2016 National Competition as a Senior Competitor and was one of the Senior Team Members who won the 2016 QLD State Championships.
It is such a joy to see Jessica with our dancers, her caring nature and positive attitude always shines through and this is seen by how much improvement has been made by our very new & beginner dancers. “Seeing a young child accomplish something they never thought they could brings me such happiness and to be able to share this experience not only with the dancer but their family & friends is truly a wonderful gift”
Dance. Perform. Achieve. Inspire.
What is calisthenics?The word calisthenics comes from the Greek words ‘kallos’ for beauty and ‘thenos’ for strength. Indeed, the components of the sport aim at achieving those physical attributes, but the sport also influences the emotional and social development of girls and boys through friendship and teamwork. Calisthenics, as we know it today, involves a team of pupils learning routines choreographed to music - each of about three to four minutes duration - and presenting those routines at competitions. Pupils learn approximately six routines concurrently throughout a year and this is where the diversity of the sport is seen. There are different levels of Calisthenics; some clubs have non-competitive classes, performing only at their annual concert. Other teams compete during the year at a number of competitions, performing on stage in costumes. Queensland also has a State Representative Team that competes at the Australian National Championships.
Contact UsClasses held at Belmont State School - 1275 Old Cleveland Road, Carindale.
Saturdays: 'Tinies' 3 years to 7 years: 8am to 9:30am
Saturdays: 'Sub-juniors' 8 years to 10 years: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Saturdays: 'Juniors' 11 years to 13 years: 9:30am to 12:30pm
Classes held at St Thomas Catholic Primary School - 10 Stephens Street, Camp Hill.
Tuesdays: 'Seniors' 16 years and over: 6pm to 9pm
Wednesdays: 'Intermediates' 14 years to 16 years: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
Wednesdays: ‘Masters” 26 years and over: 6:30pm to 8:30pm