Dance Artists & facilitators

Cat Pwiti

Dance artist / Performer / Choreographer / Dance and fitness Instructor / Competition Judge / Dance movement therapy facilitator

Cat Pwiti aka Kitty Cat, founder of Burncity Queenz (Melbourne’s first official Dancehall dance group), and Jungle City projects, has over 15 years experience in the industry as a dancer and arts practitioner. As a member of Burncity Queenz Cat has performed alongside big name artists in Dancehall and Afrobeats including: Elephant Man, Demarco, Cecil, Bracket, Stone Boy, and Konshens to name a few. Cat has travelled to Jamaica seven times over the past six years to learn Dancehall by the creators of the dances, and founded True Jamaican Dancehall Tours in 2014 – bringing Jamaican dancers to Australia, and taking Australian students to Jamaica to learn Dancehall from the source.

Cat was the First Australian in history to enter the International Dancehall Queen competition, and in 2015 ranked Top Ten in the 19th Annual IDHQ Competition. She has toured around Australia sharing her knowledge and love of Dancehall and helped grow the Dancehall community through her hard work and dedication to the culture.

In 2018, alongside her Burncity Queenz crew members Cat became one of the official back up dancers for Baker Boy and has featured in several of his videos including ‘Marryuna’ the award winning ‘Meditjin’. In 2019 Cat began her studies into Dance Movement therapy and in the coming years plans to unite her knowledge of dance and DMT to better support the community using dance as a tool for healing.

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Chuby Dice

Dance artist / Performer / Choreographer / Dance creator /  Instructor / Jamaican Dancehall Culture Ambassador

Chuby Dice is one of the top dancers in Jamaica and leader of Jamaican dancehall crew Black Dice. He featured on the big screen in films including ‘Intent 2’ and ‘King of the Dancehall’ directed by Nick Cannon, and music videos for top artists including Vybz Kartel, Busta Rymes, Stylo G, Elephant Man, Shawn Storm and Australian producer Monkey Marc to name a few. His team Black Dice have gained much street cred and global recognition over the past few years for bringing the fire back to Jamaican Dancehall street parties with their pyrotechnic displays, and creation of popular party steps such as ‘Swing It’, ‘Move a Foot’, and ‘Tek Piece a It’.

In Australia, Chuby has performed at festivals including MONA FOMA, St Kilda Festival and Moomba, supported international touring artists such as Konshens, and judged the Australian Dancehall King and Queen competition. As a highly knowledgeable and sort after dance instructor he has delivered workshops in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and of course back home in Jamaican with students traveling from all over the world to learn authentic Jamaican dance from the source.

Now based in Melbourne Chuby Dice is teaching and performing regularly as part of the Jungle City team, as well as in schools educating the next generation of Dancehall dancers in Australia.

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Joanne Sweeney

Dance and Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer

Joanne Sweeney has trained in dance for 14 years in classical styles including Jazz; Ballet; and Contemporary. In 2010 Joanne began to pursue her interest and passion for fitness and encouraging others, and herself to live a well-balanced lifestyle with an effective exercise regime, healthy diet, and good work/life balance. As a qualified Personal Trainer Joanne’s classes and private sessions are challenging but effective in improving overall fitness, strength and toning the whole body.

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Lerato Masiyane

Dance artist / Performer / Choreographer / Dance and fitness instructor

Lee has been dancing for as long as she can remember – firstly in the style of Hip hop and then, since arriving in Australia, and joining Melbourne’s top Dancehall crew Burncity Queenz has become highly acclaimed for her skills in Dancehall and Afrodances. Lee placed 3rd in the Australian Dancehall Queen competition in 2015 and travelled to Jamaica in that same year to learn from the creators first hand in Jamaica.

Over the past few years Lee’s career has gone from strength to strength – not only with her position at Jungle City, and as a member of Burncity Queenz, but also as a solo performer, performing with the likes of Sampa the Great, Baker Boy and featuring in numerous music videos with local and international artists.

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Karen Bravo

Dance and Movement Instructor

Karen Bravo Is a multidisciplinary Afro Colombian artists who has found in the traditional dances from the South Pacific Coast in Colombia the inspiration for her artistic process and a way to connect with her African heritage, sharing with people from different cultural backgrounds the importance and special meaning that the music and dance has for the African descendants in Colombia.

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