Our Committee!

The Free Spirit Dance Community Inc is a registered not-for-profit incorporation, governed by a Constitution and administered by a Committee. Here we introduce your 2019 Committee.

 

 

Madame La Presidente
Kerry Mace

Hi, I’m Kerry and I am the Chairperson and WAMED representative of the Free Spirit Dance Community Inc. which means that I am a really good organiser. In my other life outside of the community I am a Coordinator, I coordinate 2 camps per year for kids with Arthritis and I am the office manager for Short Fuse Speaker Repairs in partnership with my husband John.

My other passion is as a Volunteer Health Consumer Representative, I am the chair of the Fiona Stanley Consumer Advisory Council, within this position I sit on the Hospital Executive committee and work within the hospital to give a consumer’s perspective to the staff, as well as other health related committees. I am also involved with the Arthritis Foundation running support groups for those with Inflammatory Arthritis, which I have lived with since a child.

I am one of the founding members of the Free Spirit Dance Community, which started in the hall at South Fremantle High School since 2008, in this time I have been Treasurer, Secretary and have now been chair for 6 years. I am also the WAMED Representative for the community and love being involved with the wider Bellydance community.

 

 

 




Vice Chairperson

Melinda Ware

My name is Melinda and I think I have settled on the dance name of Saphira meaning Blue Eyed Dragon. My sword is also called Saphira so together we can really cause some havoc.  My love of dance started in primary school, you know the barn dances you used to have to do with boys with warty hands, I was first in line for the dancing not the warty hands, then ballroom dancing with boys that stuttered or girls with warty hands in high school.  I remember boogieing around our lounge room to Glen Millers In the Mood, its still one of my favourites.  I also did Physical Culture which had a very small dance element all through school and then

 I joined the navy,  when my first son was little I did a term of Jazz  ballet. Then life got in the way and very soon it was all about my boys, surf life saving and athletics and footy committee and junior and senior secretaries of their club and work until my dad passed away and my sister and I decided to try out new things together, Ti chi, line dancing, then bellydancing. In 2006 I found Jamila and Arabian Nights.  Sadly Jamila passed away but Arabian Nights have stayed together as a troupe and continue her legacy.  Along the way I have danced with the lovely Bianca-t Castro and her Tribal Fusion Troupe.  Currently as well as performing with Arabian Nights I am dancing with the Irrepressible Princess Fee and am part of her Sayyida, Bellyslink and Ruffles of Doom troupes. Performances do get a bit manic with all the costuming.  Must admit, slow and slinky and grounded and earthy are my preferred styles of belly dance and I hate free dance, robot man comes out, and being the centre of attention!  I have been on the Free Spirit Committee for a couple of years as Arabian Nights representative, General Committee Member and this year as Vice Chair, don't know how that happened. I have had a wonderful journey through the belly dance world learning from and becoming friends with  some truly amazing teachers and dancers locally and through WAMED.  I am honoured to be included in the small but hard working group of exceptional women who make up the FSDC. Now that I have retired, I don't know how I fitted stuff in before, my life is full of grandchildren of which I have 4, my 2 boys and husband Steve who are all athletic, holidays (following the husband around the country and  world while he is competing, he is a Triathlete,) my Chiball class and reading and of course my belly dancing.  Hopefully I can continue to enjoy what life is throwing at me for a while yet my only regret is I didn't find you all sooner. 
 
Mme Setcheterry
Fiona Watts


Hi! I'm Fiona and I'm the Secretary, Event Coordinator and WebMistress of the Free Spirit Dance Community Inc, which means I'm the Type-A with the clipboard. My mild-mannered alter-ego works full time as a manager, so that means I have mad time management, organisational and spreadsheeting skills, which I bring to my role at Free Spirit. I've been a member of Free Spirit since 2011 and first got involved with the Committee in 2012 (I think!) and have been a Free Spirit Teacher (running Princess Fee Bellydance) since about that same time. I help administer our gmail account and our social media profile (thank heavens for smart phones and commuting time!) and perform the Membership Officer function for the Committee. All that should tell you is that we need more people on the Committee!! *grin* I enjoy volunteering my time to create events for my students and my Community to enjoy and working to create those human connections, creative partnerships and sacred space for dancers to dance. Nice to meet you! Photo by Richard Stein's Little Studio.
  Treasurer
Tina Frost

I have been involved with FSDC since its inception. I joined the Committee as a general member in its second year and have been on it in some capacity ever since. I have been responsible for Membership and been the ABC representative. For the past few years I have been the money collector/banker (Vice-treasurer).

I began dancing in my late fifties, doing Bollywood and then Gypsy Caravan . I love the dancing and the Community as it gives me great joy, friendship and laughter, adding much to my life. Serving on the Committee is a privilege and a pleasure.

Tina xxxx

 

Studio Manager

Leanne Shannon

Hi my name is Leanne, more commonly known as Lea Lea, I have been dancing since June 2004 when my sister talked me into taking classes, we completed 2 terms of Egyptian belly dance with Ayesha. 

At the start of our third term Ayesha introduced to Paulette Rees Denis,  Gypsy Caravan Tribal belly dance and my journey as a Tribal Bellydancer began, becoming one of the Free Spirit Gypsies.

I have been a part of the Free Spirit Dance Community from the beginning, from before the community became a not-for-profit organization in 2010, so next year is our 10th birthday. 

I have been on the committee from the beginning in various positions, I am currently in my second year as the studio manager, so contact me for all your studio hire questions and bookings. 

Outside of dance I am an upholstery machinist with Rocky Bay Inc.

 



Strategic Partnerships Officer

Annette Boyle- BSW, GradDipEd(Sec)

I have always had a strong desire to work with people and hear their stories as they navigated and transitioned through life stages and its various challenges. Having a younger brother with Asperger’s, I developed the skill at a young age to communicate and “hold space” that was safe and nurturing to help him work through his emotions.

I work with people from all walks of life seeking insight into their Emotions, Relationships, Career, Physical Living Space and other life challenges. I find most people want to be seen and heard and “just be” who they truly are. My gift is providing a safe space and actively listening to people’s stories, without judgement.

My diverse professional journey includes 25+ years as a Social Worker, Secondary Teacher (careers), Marketing, PR, Event Management, Recruitment and Business Development, House Designer and Renovator, Facilitator of Circle Work, Red Tent Facilitator, Rites of Passage Facilitator, Inner Child Play and Movement Meditation for adults and children.

I believe we create our life events through a combination of intention, intuition, visualisation, self-talk and action. My goal is to help people connect to the wisdom they already have from within and encourage them to be free to discover their own truth and self-empowerment. 

 

Grants Officer

Pamela Williams

I came onboard the Free Spirit Dance Company at the AGM in January 2019. As their latest recruit, to the newly created role as Grant's Officer, I will be exploring opportunities for the FSDC to boost funding.

I have a background in marketing, events and communications and worked for over nine years as the coordinator of a town-centre business group in Nelson New Zealand. I liaised closely with the local council, community groups and businesses, as well as the media, to organise three annual events - a Santa Parade, a Market Day and a Wine and Food Festival. I believe the core of a happy and flourishing community is built by gathering people together to share ideas and experiences, followed up by making plans, then working creatively and collaboratively together on projects and events. Although I am working in travel at the moment, I am a creative at heart with a penchant for music, meditation, speed reading and movies. I love anything to do with water, dogs and people that laugh a lot, who try to look on the bright side of life.





Social Media Manager

Hayley Birch

Hayley was a child of the 80's and started her dancing career with music tuned into the likes of George Michael, Madonna, Queen and plenty of one hit wonders that you now only hear on 94.5fm Saturday Night Party Mix. 

By the time she was seven she started Ballroom Dancing and became a Medalist in her early teens. After dabbling in Jazz, Contemporary and hip hop, Hayley started bellydancing back in 1996 when she was high school. Bellydance in Perth was fairly new back then and she was lucky enough to see some of Rose’s first performances at “The Cedar Tree” before Rose became the bombshell she is today. Inspired by Rose, Keti and her private tutor, Hayley  pursued bellydance in Fremantle, then danced in Queensland before coming back to Perth to Oasis. She eventually became a member of Free Spirit and then enjoyed tuition by Janet Hof. Her preferred dance style is Oriental but occasionally dabbles in Gothic or Tribal. 

Since sustaining car accident injuries, Hayley has taken a backseat from bellydance and is currently on the Free Spirit committee where she fiddles with website thingys and background digital admin. She has a strong passion for the community and fundraising focusing on all things bellydance. 


 

Festival, Fetes and Fairs

Diane Honey

Hi I’m Dahlia, I have been bellydancing since 1992, originally training & in Keti Sharif’s 1st dance troupe. I have been teaching since 1998 & had my own studio for 12 years. I’m the Festival & Fetes organiser for the Free Dance Community. I have had been associated with Free Spirit since before their inception when they started the Free Spirit Tribal Dance group. These wonderful group of women kindly supported my dance school Jelly Belly’s by performing at my yearly concert at Fremantle Town Hall & assisting in roles such as Mceeing, Stage Managing & Moral Support. At the time Free Spirit recommended students to my school for children’s & adults bellydancing likewise I recommended students to classes available at Free Spirit including Tribal & Bollywood. 

We have always had an amazing professional relationship. The women at Free Spirit have always bent over backwards to assist me, been affable, professional & have constantly been in training to offer their students the highest level of tuition. 

I will continue to support & have an association with Free Spirit, as that professional relationship has turned into lifetime friendships. 

 

 Studio Information Officer

Karen Davey

I do like that title! I thought I was going to be Poster Putter Upper!

Dancing is my Life. Music is my Life. Family, Friends, & Garden too.

I’ve been involved with Free Spirit since 2011, when the classes were held in the Old South Fremantle High School. I love being involved with other women; women from different & diverse backgrounds & experiences who enjoy their preferred style of dance.

I began general dancing when I was a child: you know, heel, toe, shuffle, tap: I did ballroom, where I met the Love of my Life at 16. We took Latin & ballroom medals too. Having done other types including Body Jam, Line & Latin, it’s the Gypsy Caravan style that I enjoy most. I love dressing up too: I love my 25 yd skirts; I love doing skirt whizzies; I don’t ever want to grow up. Some of us danced for Nursing Homes for a while. I hope to do it again.

It will be a privilege to work on the Committee with a group of women who are working for the same cause, continuation & growth of FSDC. Please come & say, Hi, at a HAFLA!!


  Richelle Lundy
General Member

Alura (Richelle Lundy) was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia and started bellydancing with Belyssa Academy Of Dance Orientale in 2010 after finding an ad in the local newspaper when searching for something new in her life. To name a few, she has studied Persian and improvisation with Michelle Ridsdale; Egyptian cabaret and Khaleegy with Princess Fee Bellydance; Oriental and Khaleegy with the Daughters of Horus; Samba with Yamina Hofer; oriental with Carolyn Verhoef and; tribal with Sandy Burrow.

With these organisations she has enjoyed dancing continuously in WAMED, Ariel the story of a wilful mermaid, the Zahgareet Hafla 2019 and local community events. She has recently commenced studying improvisation and professional performance techniques. Her solo debut improvising to American Chicano music at the Zahgareet Hafla produced by Adrianna Gordon received amazing feedback.

Alura plans to continue her study internationally by participating in Awaken the Dancer Within (Bali), World Tribal Fusion (Bali) and Egypt Revisited (Egypt) and; organising the annual Mahtowa’s Hafla. Alura begins 2019 as one of the new committee members for the Free Spirit Community supporting her enjoyment and love for the dance. 

Photograph by Uncle Dick (Richard Stein's Little Studio 2017)


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