staff & creative Team

Cat SWEENEY

Founder, Co-Director / Programming & admin 

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. Cat’s vision and ‘Make It Happen’ attitude has seen her make the impossible possible by following her intuition and staying true to her values of culture and community. From coordinating major Hip Hop festivals at Fed Square, to being awarded a Young Social Pioneer for her youth work initiatives, to becoming the First Australian in history to compete in the International Dancehall Queen Competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica – Cat’s achievements are diverse and extensive. 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 work has always been about creating an alternative space to the mainstream rat race to facilitate experiences for everyone – no matter what their background – to get back to the essence of what it means to be HUMAN.

Lerato Masiyane

Co-Director / marketing

Lerato aka Lee is a Zimbabwean born performer and dance teacher. Lerato migrated to New Zealand where she lived most of her life before moving to Melbourne, Australia, to complete her studies in youth work. Since completing her studies Lerato has continued to build her youth work skills and combine them with her passion for dance to inspire those around her. Including working with multiple communities and schools in Australia. Lerato specializes in Afro Dance and Dancehall which has allowed her to support and work with a range of artists in Australia and around the world. Lerato is now focused on building her skills as a choreographer and helping to build the Afro Dance community 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.

CHUBY DICE

Co-director / operations

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’

Over the past few years living in Australia Chuby Dice has broadened his skill base as a dancer to include primary school education and youth work. He is the dance teacher at Fitzroy Community School and has worked in remote communities in South Australia utilizing his dance culture to uplift the lives of young people.

He is Jungle City’s Cultural Leader and adviser in all matters related to Jamaican and Dancehall culture, and is one of our lead choreographers, creating for our many student and professional dance teams.

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Acknowledgement

Jungle City acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land where we work, we acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded and pay our respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Jungle City pledges commitment to ‘pay the rent’ to Aboriginal people in Victoria by contributing 2% of our monthly profits to Pay The Rent.

Jungle City acknowledges the creators of the dance forms we practice and pay my respect to them, their elders and their ancestors. Jungle City is committed to working toward unity in all our diversity through the power of dance, music and culture.