Ground Force Studios was created in 2017, by three ambitious women who wanted to make a difference in children’s lives. “We want our students to look back at their Ground Force experience cherishing every moment, knowing it was an experience of a lifetime.” GF TRIBE
It all began in 2015, when Jess and Liana (founders of Ground Force) decided to embark on their Ground Force In-school Programs journey, teaching their passion for the Performing Arts in a number of schools around South Australia. It wasn’t until late 2016 that these determined women decided to join forces with the amazing Nat (a.k.a – GF Yoga Teacher & Website Administrator), to help open up their first ever GROUND FORCE STUDIO! These amazing women not only wanted to teach what they loved, but more importantly wanted to instil their knowledge, values and kind-nature into other beautiful souls. Starting off with a small number of kiddos these ladies have now expanded to two incredible studios and have over 100 students! They couldn’t be happier and cannot wait to see what the future has to hold!
They only hope to continue their Ground Force journey and share the magic with as many families as they can.
Meet the team
Our fun-loving Ground Force team are highly experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic dance, drama, yoga and fitness teachers who absolutely love what they do. They have a huge passion for the Arts and for working with children. They are on a mission to share the magic of expression with them and leave a wonderful and lasting impression in their lives. Our team have worked with children of all ages and abilities and believe that any child can dance, act, practice mindfulness, and have fun! Our team is professional and organised, equipped with current police-clearances, first-aid certification and public liability insurance to work within the education system.
Check out our stories below. We hope to meet you in person soon!
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.
As a teenager Jess found a new love for Hip Hop. She was part of a performance crew and performed at various events. In High School, Jess auditioned to be part of a Performing Arts group. She was lucky enough to be accepted, and focused her studies heavily on the Performing Arts in Years 8-12. Her love for Contemporary dance and choreography blossomed, that she choreographed dances every week that represented her life at the time. She participated in many shows and musicals in and outside of school.
Jess currently holds a Bachelor of Education, and teaches the Performing Arts in a R-7 Adelaide Primary School, teaching over 400 students. She has been able to bring her love for the Arts, and amazing teaching skills to the lives of many children. Jess has choreographed, written and directed a vast range of dance routines, workshops, musicals, concerts, productions, wakakirri story dances, and carols nights, just to name a few! Her broad experience in directing and leading a show is of an outstanding level.
Wellbeing, Health, Fitness and Nutrition are very important to Jess. In her “spare time” (what’s that? – she mutters), Jess enjoys to zen out from the busyness that life entails, and focus on what’s important to her – meditating, cooking nutritious healthy meals, Yoga Barre & Pilates. Jess has studied both Yoga and Pilates and is continually developing new training and learning experiences to further her knowledge.
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.
Jess hopes to continue her love for teaching the Arts to children across the globe. She now runs Ground Force Studios and could not be happier!
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 passion for dancing, particularly hip hop, blossomed when she began dancing at Flava Dance Studios in 2004. She began teaching at Flava in 2006 and started coaching the Lil’ Flavas Crew in 2008, placing 1st in Australia for 3 consecutive years in the School Aerobic Hip Hop Competitions, as well as becoming State Champions, 4th in Australia and 10th in the world at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds in 2011!
Liana was also part of a competition crew at Flava where they competed in many competitions and exciting events around SA, including the South Australian Music Awards, WS Battlegrounds, Schoolies, Glendi, and many more. Liana has also been involved in various shows and musicals based in South Australia, including a Burlesque show featured in the Adelaide Fringe in 2013 / 2014. She also performed as a dancer and singer in the musical ‘Joseph and the Technicoloured Dreamcoat’, amongst other productions.
She has a background in Early Childhood Education and Childcare, working as the Educational Leader in the kindy room for 4 years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Community Children’s Centre. Liana utilised her passion and skill for the Performing Arts, establishing her own successful dance and drama program for the children at the centre.
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!
Liana now runs Ground Force Studios and could not be happier!
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.
In her final years of school, Nathalie became heavily involved in Schoolaerobics, a combination of dance, cheer and aerobic agility. Her passion and dedication to the sport saw her and her team become Australian champions in their first year of competition! She loved Schoolaerobics so much she wanted to give young girls the opportunity to get fit, have fun and experience the glitz and glamour involved with performing these high-energy routines on stage. She co-choreographed and coached the Magill Primary School team leading them all the way to the national finals where they finished third out of 40+ teams!
Nat has also had experience tutoring primary and high school children in France during her year-long French adventure. This cemented her love for educating children and helping them discover new things about themselves and the world around them.
Although her studies took her in a different direction (she holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Masters in Communication Management), her love for children, particularly the little ones was never far from the heart. She has completed studies in a Master of Early Childhood Education which has given her theoretical and practical experience working with young children in an early learning setting. She is always looking to improve her skills and knowledge in the field, and her qualifications as a certified Kids Yoga Teacher is doing just that.
In her spare time (is that even a thing!) Nat loves being part of the La Bomba Samba Performance Team, dancing to the enthralling and exhilarating beats of Brazilian music. 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.
In April 2017, she travelled to Rishikesh in India - the birthplace of Yoga, where she successfully completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training, gaining authentic, practical knowledge. This, as well as her Reiki training has diligently paved the way for a career path with heart.
Jess has been teaching yoga to adults at a number of studios around South Australia, and while she isn’t teaching, she works with children with special needs enriching their lives and assisting in their development. She joins Ground Force with a mission to inspire little yogis and mindfulness masters, teaching them the importance of love and respect for self and others.
Jess is also developing corporate yoga and mindfulness programs aimed at improving mental and physical wellbeing in the workplace. She is constantly striving to enhance her knowledge, refine her practice and share it with anyone lucky enough to cross paths with her.