Caley’s dance background is in improvisation, and he has been dancing at Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance since childhood. He has also trained in yoga, circus skills (aerial, acrobatics, tumbling) and capoeira, and has been dancing and performing with Travel Art Dance Company since 2003.
Liz’s passion for dance, choreography and performing began by instinct in the family lounge room as a young child. She was enrolled in dance classes at the age of four and began training predominantly in classical ballet as well as character, jazz and contemporary. She auditioned and was accepted into the VCASS dance school, has completed all RAD grades and major exams up to Advanced 2, and won classical awards competing in the Kathleen Gorham and Victorian Grades Awards just to name a few.
Her focus in the last few years has turned to contemporary, and more recently creative and improvised dance thanks to Travel Art Dance Company. She has performed and choreographed for the group since early 2007 and finds the challenge of spontaneous improvised dance terrifying and liberating all at the same time! Liz loves performing character roles and breaking down the traditional boundaries between dancer and audience. Liz continues to train in classical and lyrical contemporary with Christine Barratt and is also a member of ‘Moving Words Dance Project’.
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Meah Velik-Lord is the Artistic Director of Travel Art Dance Company and has been teaching, choreographing and performing with the group since 2003. Meah holds a Diploma of Teaching Creative Dance from Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance, where she has been dancing herself since childhood, and she has also undertaken training in movement improvisation, gymnastics, acrobatics and contemporary dance.
Meah has a particular interest in the relationship between choreographed dance, improvisation and acrobatic movement in performance. Her current work also focuses on exploring the dialogue between audience and performer, and the collaborative process in devising both improvised and choreographed work. Alongside her involvement with Travel Art Dance Company, Meah runs classes and workshops in creative dance and improvisation, and works as a freelance choreographer for a diverse range of independent works.
Michelle began creative dance aged three at Mangala Studios of Yoga and Creative Dance. Her performance début with them at age eight saw her dancing as a skeleton and also a leopard in a haunted house… Michelle has choreographed and performed in a combination of improvisation and devised dance and theatre with Mangala Youth Dance Company and Release Dance Company, before joining Travel Art Dance Company in 2011.
Natasha began her dance journey at a young age through the technical art of ballroom dance. She has since maintained an explorative yoga practice and dabbled in a variety of latin dances, having most recently given herself to Argentinian tango.
Natasha is inspired by the unlimited expressive potential of the human form as this is explored through movement of the self and in relation to other. Natasha utilises her awareness and appreciation of the communicative power of movement with young children in her work as a teacher for students with an ASD diagnosis. Natasha has been performing with Travel Art since 2010.
Rachel Orzech has a background in improvised dance and yoga. She is an assistant teacher for children’s dance at Mangala Studios, where she has been dancing all her life. She has been performing with Travel Art Dance Company since it began in 2003 and has been involved in nearly all of the company’s performance works. Rachel has a particular interest in the unpredictable nature of improvisation in a performance context.
Thao has been part of Travel Art Dance Company since 2006. His initial interest in dance began during high school in the styles of jazz and funk, then later on, at the time of joining Travel Art, he developed a liking for contemporary and improvisation. Combining his passion for dance with his professional career as a physiotherapist, Travel Art has allowed him to explore and appreciate the human body and the different ways it expresses itself to music, or no music!