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Welcome from your
Performing Arts Director

Welcome to xlr8_arts dance studio and thank you for taking the time to read my story. My name is Christopher Horsey and I have been a performing arts teacher for over 35 years. I began my teaching career as a teeneger teaching dance and the performing arts at my Mum’s (Kay Horsey’s Coastal Dance Theatre) dance studio on the Gold Coast. It’s in my blood and I haven’t stopped teaching ever since. 


Having taught all ages at dozens of dance studios, performing arts schools, institutions, colleges and universities throughout Australia and the world, I have clocked up well over 10K hours of teaching. 


2022 will be the first time I have committed to starting my own dance studio. A place where I can consolidate my decades of knowledge and experience into our own performing arts family adding value to the community and enriching the lives of this corner of Melbourne - a place my wife, myself and our 2 children call home. 


I strongly believe in kindness, professionalism and guiding each student to find their individual strengths at their own pace in a safe space. At xlr8_arts dance studio, obstacles are opportunities, mistakes are where the magic happens and success is measured by happiness. 


Key goals and ability targets are used in all performing arts training but these are incorporated into the holistic philosophy and priority is given to the creation of a space that serves the individual while encouraging a sense of teamwork. 


Finally, as this is our inaugural year, there may be some teething problems with the system and administration. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we streamline our process.

Christopher Horsey

 

a few fun facts about Chris


World Champion Tap Dancer (New York City)

Original cast of Hot Shoe Shuffle (West End, London)

Founding Member of Tap Dogs (New York, Union Square Theatre)

Star of Bootmen (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Choreographer of Mickey’s Christmas Big Band (Disneyland Paris)

Performer in Chicago, West Side Story, Singin In The Rain and many more...

Teaching and Lecturing

AMPA     B.B.O. (NEW ZEALAND)     BRENT ST    CQUniversity       ED5International       FEDERATION UNI        HONG KONG ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS       MCDONALD COLLEGE     PINEAPPLE STUDIOS (LONDON)     BROADWAY DANCE CENTRE (NEW YORK)     VCA            

 

Why join xlr8_arts dance studio ?

KINDNESS               PROFESSIONALISM              EXCELLENCE

Bragging Rights

'I was there at the beginning'. Be there from the start and grow with the studio.

Performance Opportunities

All students have the chance to star on stage and experience the thrill of a live performance in our annual showcase.

Inclusive

We foster a positive and supportive environment. Every student is encouraged to be the best version of themselves in a safe, creative environment

Experience

Your Performing Arts Director, Christopher Horsey, has over 10K hours of teaching experience.