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LIANA BARLETTA
Founder and creative director

Liana has been dancing since the tender age of 3 and has trained in a wide variety of styles including jazz, tap, contemporary, ballet, calisthenics, and hip hop.

Her love for dance goes waaaaaay back and stems from watching a tonne of music videos as a kid from popular artists – especially Michael Jackson! These amazing influences have inspired her to create her own style, bringing this passion and excitement to all her classes. Her energy is contagious!
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JESSICA BLEFARI
Founder and creative director

From a young age dance has always been Jess’ greatest passion. She began Callisthenics at the age of 3 and then went on to learn Ballet, Jazz and Tap, competing in competitions, CSTD exams and playing roles in Musicals. Jess loved to perform, often giving up other childhood sports activities to focus on what she loved.

Jess currently dances as a professional Samba dancer, part of the ‘Las Chicas Bomba’ Pro-dance team for La Bomba. She has competed in many competitions placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Adelaide and interstate, and takes part in the Adelaide Fringe every year.
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NATHALIE LARENAS
Certified Children's Yoga Teacher

Nat’s first experience with the arts began in her native Ecuador as a cute and eager 4 year old playing Snow White at her kindy’s concert. The rush of dancing, singing and acting on stage with her friends was just too much fun! So when her family moved to Australia, one of the first things she wanted to do was enrol in dance classes. Her parents did one better – they enrolled her at Johnny Young Talent School where she not only learned tap, funk and jazz, she also delved into the fun world of singing and acting.

Whilst dance was her first love, her main interest lies in helping children learn emotional resilience through the art of yoga, mindfulness and gratitude. She believes so passionately that instilling these skills early on will help children become well-rounded, emotionally strong, kind and happy adults.
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ASHLEE
DANCE TEACHER

Ashlee Amber has been dancing since the age of 2. She first attended classes at Destino Dance Centre, and then moved to Rachel Symons Dance Studio, where she has trained for a consecutive 10 years. Her passion for Contemporary and Musical Theatre flourished in a new environment where she found a passion for learning and teaching Vocals. She has had many lead roles in musicals such as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and has since developed her love for Musical Theatre.

Ashlee has a qualification in teaching adults Barre classes, a teaching certificate in CSTD Jazz, and is currently studying Occupational Therapy. Ashlee loves sharing her knowledge in dance and helping others to strive to the best of their abilities. She is now thrilled to share her knowledge and passion as part of the Ground Force Team!
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CHYMZ
DANCE TEACHER

Chymz Angeles began dancing at an early age where she attended Turning Point School of Dance for several years training in mainly classical ballet. She moved on to study and train with Rachel Symons Dance Studio where she opened up to more styles of dance such as jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and then found her true passion in hip hop. She is also involved in musical theatre, mostly performing with Pelican Productions.

When she is not in the studio training or teaching, she is studying at The University of South Australia doing a Bachelor of Science/Masters of Education. She is thrilled to continue teaching alongside the Ground Force team!
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GF TRIBE

The Ground Force tribe are highly experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic dance, drama, yoga and fitness teachers who absolutely love what they do. The GF tribe have a huge passion for the Arts and for working with children through to adults. They are on a mission to share the magic of expression with everyone and leave a wonderful and lasting impression in their lives. The GF tribe have worked with students of all ages and abilities and believe that any human can dance, act, practice mindfulness, and have fun!

The GF instructors are also First-Aid trained, hold Police Clearance certificates with State, Independent and Catholic schools and have also obtained their Working with Children Screening Checks. The GF instructors have completed courses in Children Protective Practices, Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care and Working with Children with Special Needs.