Culture Queenz mentor program
Culture Queenz Mentor Program
Culture Queenz is an ALL FEMALE youth dance group made up of young woman from diverse cultural backgrounds, who specialize in Afro Dance and Dancehall. Culture Queenz were founded through a dance program created by Brimbank Youth Services. After two years running this program with many great performance outcomes and the production of their very own music video, Culture Queenz has now become an independent youth lead project, facilitated by Jungle City with a mentor program delivered by our youth Coordinator Lerato Masiyane. Culture Queenz members are mentored and trained by Lerato Masiyane – Youth & Community program Coordinator and Cat Sweeney – Managing Director of Jungle City, to gain skills and experience in the dance industry. By joining Culture Queenz you will be required to participate in two weekly training session; One to organize events and performances with fellow Culture Queenz members, and the second session for training as part of our broader dance crew JC Collective. New participants are required to email an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org before enrolling.
|Wednesday||8:30 pm||9:30 pm||16 - 22 Yrs|
|Friday||6:00 pm||8:00 pm||16 - 22 Yrs|
Dance Class Instructors
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.
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.
Private lessons are held at studio locations in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. Our instructors can also arrange sessions at a location more suitable to you upon request, and if feasible.