Cat has been working in the community arts and youth sector for over 17 years in various roles from event management through to performance, and everything in between – giving her a vast skill set and extensive experience base in every aspect of the entertainment, and youth community arts industry.
A true entrepreneur Cat’s vision and ‘Make It Happen’ attitude has seen her make the impossible possible by following her intuition and never giving up on her dreams. From coordinating major Hip Hop festivals at Fed Square, to being awarded a Young Social Pioneer for her work with culturally diverse young women in the west of Melbourne, to becoming the First Australian in history to compete in the International Dancehall Queen Competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica just to name a few of her many and diverse achievements.
While completing her degree in Social Science (Youth Work), Cat initiated many youth community arts projects and worked for leading organisations such as Multicultural Arts Victoria, Cultural Infusion, Western Edge Youth Arts, and The Arts Centre on many projects that, over the years gave her constant motivation and inspiration to continue on her quest to enrich and change people’s lives through their engagement in the arts, music, dance, culture, and creative processes.
Cat’s vision to open Jungle City as a studios space was driven by the need she felt, to create a supportive community space for her many projects and groups to flourish, and to provide the opportunity for other like-minded individuals to nurture and grow their own vision to create a positive and supportive community – whether it be centred around dance, music, art, media, travel, or culture – giving people an alternative to the mainstream rat race and get back in touch with what it means to be HUMAN.
Lee aka VizuaLee was born in Zimbabwe but was raised for most of her life in New Zealand before migrating to Australia in 2015, with her parents and younger sister. Being raised in a family with strong community and Christian values VizuaLee has pursued a career in the community sector and completed her studies in Youth Services.
As a dance teacher and performer she has gone from strength to strength as a member of Melbourne based dance crew Burncity Queenz and as a solo dancer and instructor – often combining her youth service skills and dance as a means of inspiring and empowering young people and traveling the world doing what she loves. VizuaLee has been dancing for as long as she can remember – predominantly in the style of Hip hop but since landing in Melbourne and meeting Kitty Cat on a youth work placement and discovering Melbourne’s Dancehall scene Lee has fast become one of the dominant and sort of Dancehall and Afro dancers in Melbourne.
Lee became Australia’s Dancehall Queen in 2016 and travelled and trained in Jamaica in the same year, she has also performed for big name artists such as Baker Boy and Sampa the Great name a few.
In 2019 Lee was appointed as Jungle City’s first Youth Program Coordinator, facilitating various projects, including our Culture Queenz youth mentor program, and Jungle City Jam Youth Engagement project supported by the State Government’s Multicultural Community Participation program. In 2020 Lee formed her first independent dance program for young women of African descent called ‘Boldly’ as a means to support, nurture and empower young women of colour in Melbourne through dance.