All Abilities Cheer and Dance was founded by Alana who is dedicated to bringing together people with disabilities, to express themselves through the fun and creative world of cheerleading and dance. Alana saw there were no other cheer and dance businesses in South Australia solely for people with all types of disabilities (under one roof) and wanted to provide them with equal access to the cheer and dance world.
We offer weekly cheer, pom and dance classes around Adelaide for all ages. In addition, we run online classes, private lessons, workshops for schools, service providers and day option programs, as well as school holiday workshops.
All of our coaches have personal and professional experience working with people with disabilities. All coaches have their Working With Children Check (WWCC) and a National Police Clearance. Coaches who facilitate our school workshops have their Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RRHAN-EC).
Head All Abilities Coach
Alana has 26 years personal experience with disability; having two younger brothers with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. She is passionate about equal rights of people with disabilities, collaboration and inclusion, spreading kindness, and is excited about contributing to inclusion support in the dance world!
Alana has 14 years dance experience and had been involved in competition dance for 11 years. Her performance and competition dance experience include styles in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, cheerleading and pom. Her dance highlights include performing at Disneyland Resort in California, Disney California Adventure Park and at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2012. As well as competing interstate and performing in the (then) Credit Union Christmas Pageant, and on stage at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre several times. Alana is also an accredited cheerleading coach in Level 1 stunts, tumbling and tosses.
Alana completed her Bachelor of Communication and Media at the University of South Australia in 2017 and her Postgraduate Certificate in Disability Studies at Flinders University in 2019. Alana has completed courses in disability awareness and inclusive coaching from Perform-Ability and Special Olympics Australia.
In addition to her studies and dancing, Alana is passionate about career advisory in pathways to tertiary education. She is a Pathways Support Officer at Immanuel College. She also works casually at the University of South Australia in Communications and Marketing as a Future Student Support Officer; as well as in Access and Inclusion as a Supported Transition and Retention Program (STAR) Assistant to students with disabilities.
Alana is grateful to be able to share cheerleading and dancing throughout her community.
CheerAbility and DanceAbility Coach
Rachel has 20 years personal experience with disability; having an older brother with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. She is passionate about spreading awareness and acceptance and continuing to create inclusion for people living with a disability. Equal rights of people with disabilities along with dance, are two of Rachel's biggest passions and she is excited to bring the two together!
Rachel has been dancing for 15 years and has been involved in competition dance for 6 years. Her performance and competition dance experience include styles in jazz, theatrical jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, cheerleading and pom. Her dance highlights include performing at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast for five consecutive years, many interstate competitions, in the (then) Credit Union Christmas Pageant, and performing on stage at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Rachel is currently in her third year studying a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University and is hoping to go on and work actively in the disability field. She has completed courses in disability awareness and has four years prior coaching experience at previous dance schools and Special Olympics South Australia.
In addition to her studies and dancing, Rachel works as a Support Worker and SSO, continuing her aim to spread inclusion for those living with a disability! Her hobbies include shopping and spending time with her family and friends. She is very excited to get into the studio and get dancing with you all!
Head CheerAbility Coach,
Leticia has 8 years of professional experience working with people with disabilities in a wide range of capacities. Leticia first began working with young people with disabilities in 2013, coaching swimming and teaching gymnastics.
Leticia currently works as a SSO at a school that specialises in educating children on the autism spectrum, and she finds supporting children with intellectual disabilities especially fulfilling. Leticia helps run a children’s respite camp during the school holidays and leads an in-community day program on the weekends. Leticia is also studying Speech Pathology at UniSA.
Leticia has over 10 years of experience in dance and cheer; competing at a state and national level, performing in shows and pageants, and participating in fundraisers. Leticia is also an accredited cheerleading coach in Level 1 stunts, tumbling and tosses. Leticia is excited to share her experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm with all athletes at All Abilities Cheer and Dance.
Hannah has 12 years of cheerleading and dance experience over a variety of genres such as jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, funk, and hip hop. Hannah has competed in state and national competitions for cheerleading and dance around Australia. Her passion for dance and education was highlighted when she worked at Camp Laurel South, a summer camp in Maine USA, teaching people aged 5 - 16 years how to dance. Hannah is currently studying a Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours), with a specialisim in Maths, at UniSA.
DanceAbility Assistant Coach
Georgia has had 7 years of competition cheerleading experience ranging from Level 1 - Level 3. In addition to this, she choreographed school musicals and drama club dances. Georgia has performed multiple times in both dance and voice at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.
Georgia is currently studying a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the University of South Australia. She is also a part of the University of South Australia’s Cheerleading, Pom and Hip Hop competition teams.
Georgia is excited to share her love and passion for dancing with everyone at All Abilities.
Alex has 14 years of dance experience, and continues her dance education specialising in Tap and Jazz. Alex is a dedicated member of the University of South Australia Cheer and Dance Club, competing for the Pom Dance and Cheerleading teams, where she is a flyer. Alex has completed nine tap dance exams and performed on the Adelaide Festival Centre stage. She has taught students in both jazz and tap for many years and enjoys seeing her students be proud of themselves while sharing in her passion. She has also worked with students of all ages and abilities in her time as a swimming instructor.
Alex has been awarded her Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards and will complete her Gold by the end of 2021. She has also travelled to Europe to represent Australia in France and Belgium music performances in international ceremonies under monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and La Madeleine Church in France, for the centenary services celebrating the end of World War One.
Alex has been responsible for planning and presenting large events in recent years leading to her decision to be a full-time student studying a Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management), Masters in Marketing at UniSA. She is excited to bring projects to life and support the All Abilities community however she can!
All Abilities Volunteer
Kaila is 24 years old and she has lived experience with disability as she has autism herself which gives her a unique perspective when working with those with disabilities especially autism.
Kaila completed her Certificate lll in Individualised Support - Disability in 2016 during which she gained experience working with children with disabilities when she did her placement at Suneden Specialist School.
After finishing her training she worked as a support worker for Tutti's acting classes for autistic children and teenagers from 2016 until 2021. Now, as well as volunteering as a support worker for the Junior Cheer and Dance skills class, Kaila is working as a disabled mentor to a mentee with a disability through Community Living Australia.
Kaila loves all types of creativity and loves to work with children with disabilities to provide a fun and safe place for them to truly express themselves and to help improve their self-confidence.
All Abilities Volunteer
Emily has 9 years experience as a competitive gymnast and trampolinist and has recently transitioned into training various styles of dance. Emily has personal experience with disability having a Brachial Plexus Palsy injury limiting use of her left arm. Emily is currently working as a qualified intermediate gymnastics coach, working with participants aged between 0-15 years and has a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Emily is passionate about creating opportunities and equality in sport for people with disabilities. Being an athlete despite having a disability brought Emily so much happiness and purpose. Emily’s biggest achievements in gymnastics are passing Level 7 and having been the only known gymnast in Australia to compete on one arm! Emily is passionate about helping and working with children and she is so excited to start coaching tumbling and to help others feel the happiness that she experienced.
All Abilities Volunteer
Claudia has 17 years personal experience with disability; having a brother who has an Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently working as an SSO at a school with kids with severe and multiple disabilities and absolutely loves it. She says it is such a rewarding job and drives her to want to continue to make a difference in many more people’s lives.
Claudia is currently studying Speech Pathology at Flinders University and wants to continue working in the disability field through this. Claudia did competitive cheerleading for 7 years and danced for a few years, competing in jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She also competed in Sport Aerobics for 3 years and made the Australian team where she competed at Worlds in The Netherlands in 2017!
Since then, Claudia has worked at Camp Laurel South in Maine, USA for the past 2 years and travelled. She still shares the same passion for dance and can’t wait to dance with you all!!
All Abilities Volunteer
Kirra is 21 years old and has been dancing for 12 years. She has trained both recreationally, competitively, and was a part of the Golden Grove High School Dance Program, in styles including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Acrobatics and her favourite, Jazz.
She has competed in these styles both within the state and nationally, where her dance studio became national champions in Queensland in 2015. Kirra has also performed as a part of the Festival of Music dance troupe, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on multiple occasions and continues to be a part of the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant.
Kirra is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Radiation (Radiation Therapy) at University but is also looking at further education upon completion. In her spare time, Kirra runs a small accessories business, attends dance class, and loves to bake.
Kirra has personal experience with disability having a younger half-brother with Microdeletion Syndrome and ASD and a younger cousin with Cerebral Palsy and ASD. She has a passion for both dance and equality for those with disability and is excited to be a part of the All Abilities Cheer & Dance Team.
I am an energetic, physically fit and confident dance teacher who has a successful track record of improving a student's knowledge and understanding of dance.
I have experience teaching Bollywood, Hip Hop and Zumba for all age groups, along with teaching students with disabilities. I not only fully understand the needs of students, but also have the ability to quickly engage with them.
All Abilities Volunteer
Benita has 18 years of dance experience in a range of styles, including jazz, contemporary, commercial and hip hop. She has a variety of performance experience, including dancing for the Adelaide Lightning Dance Team and then the Adelaide 36ers Dance Team, as well as in fringe shows and other events around Adelaide. Benita also loves to teach dance to people of all ages, with 9 years experience teaching both recreational and advanced teams. Benita is currently completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and is excited to be in a career where she can help people reach their fullest potential. She has volunteer experience working with both children and adults with disabilities, as well as personal experience growing up with an uncle with Down Syndrome. She is passionate about supporting all people to achieve their goals and have the opportunity to be involved in the magic that is dance!