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 of all ages 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, dance, Zumba and pilates 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).
Founder and Senior 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 previously worked at the University of South Australia in Communications and Marketing and 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.
Team Leader and Senior 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!
Senior 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.
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.
DanceAbility Coach & Project Administrator
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!
Julique has been dancing since she was 4 years old and teaching since the age of 12. She has experience in teaching all age groups, as well as all levels of dance abilities. Julique herself dances many styles as well as teaching them. Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Pom, Cheerleading, Musical Theatre, Funk, are some of the styles she has trained in, teaches, and also acts as an assistant teacher.
Julique has grown up with people around her who have a wide range of disabilities. She has been trained in how to look after people with physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as how to assist students in dance class through a range of methods, making sure that each individual is cared for properly. From a young age she has volunteered with the organisation scosa and has learnt a lot from everyone involved.
Julique has trained with national and international choreographers, as well as being mentored by professional dancers. From these experiences she has learnt how to run dance schools, what goes into making dance concerts/performances, successful winning routines for competitions, as well as fun classes and great recreational dances, making sure each individual dancer gets the most out of each class.
Julique has performed at many locations for all kinds of events including the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for Wakakirri and other competitions, and the Festival Theatre for the Festival of Music Northern Troup. She has been involved in many competitions and other performances state and nationwide, she has been very successful over the years and knows what it takes to make a winning performance. She has also been participating in Dance for Sick Kids, raising money for families through dance.
Julique is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Human Movement at University of South Australia, once she has finished the bachelor’s degree, she will then go onto a further 2 years of study for Dance Movement Therapy.
Julique is very excited to bring her experience, excitement and loving energy into class and help each individual dancer get the most out of each class and performance.
DanceAbility Coach & Pilates Instructor
Yasmin has extensive dance experience, particularly in ballet, and is fully trained in the RAD syllabus, completing Advanced 2 with Distinction in 2016.
In 2017, Yasmin was offered a position with the Melbourne City Ballet where she completed her pre-professional year dancing and touring with the ballet company. Yasmin also has experience teaching young dancers, preparing them for exams, designing choreographing winning pieces at prestigious competitions for groups and solo work, as well as having a wealth of experience in a variety of dance events and competitions.
Growing up with both of her older brothers having both physical and intellectual disabilities, Yasmin has extensive experience with a wide range of disabilities and experiences. Since a young age Yasmin has cared for her brothers, as well as had involvement in NDIS programs. Her love for all things movement and health along with her passion to help those in need make her a great addition to the team.
Currently, Yasmin is studying a Bachelor of Business - Human Resource Management at University of South Australia, as well as teaching multiple dance genres and pilates, age groups and abilities, and assisting in project management for dance studios.
Yasmin has also completed her first year of the Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies with the RAD as well as a Certificate IV in Contemporary Pilates with Tensegrity Training. Yasmin has experience with teaching students at dance schools from aged 3 through to adults in many different dance styles, as well as different levels of difficulty and ranges. In addition, Yasmin has independently taught over 20 students in one class, through to coaching one on one privates.
Yasmin has been described as having a natural ability to lead assertively with a warm and friendly approach that students respond positively with.
Olivia has 10 years of dance experience in a variety of styles including jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, tap and ballet. She has competed at numerous dance competitions both in South Australia and interstate. Olivia also has a couple of years’ experience assistant teaching and teaching her own dance classes, which she loved. By doing so Olivia discovered a passion for teaching and is now studying a Bachelor of Primary Education at UniSA, specialising in The Arts.
Olivia has also had the amazing opportunity to travel to the USA with a New Zealand dance studio and touring company to perform in sunny Los Angeles. She performed on Hollywood Blvd and on the stage at Disneyland, as well as taking classes at some of the most well-known studios in America.
Olivia is really looking forward to seeing what she can bring to the All Abilities Cheer and Dance team and can’t wait to get back into the studio!
Jess has 18 years personal experience with disability; as she has a younger brother with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
She has also been working professionally within the disability sector for 5 years. She has previously been a Disability Advocate for people with Acquired Brain Injuries, she has extensive experience assisting people with accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Centrelink Disability Pension and Disability specific services.
Jess has previously worked on several disability specific committees, most recently being a part of the Australian Electoral Committee Disability and Inclusion Plan. Jess is currently an Acting Team Leader leading a team in Supported Independent Living for people living with complex disabilities.
Jess is passionate about disability rights and creating inclusive and safe spaces for people living with disability. Jess is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Social Work having completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science in 2018.
Jess has been dancing since she was 2. Jess has experience in Jazz, Tap, Classical, Contemporary and Hip-hop. Jess has competed in many competitions and was fortunate to travel to Asia to dance in 2012 which was an amazing experience. Some of the highlights of her dancing includes being involved in Candance for a Cure for 10 years and was a part of the Core Group Ensemble for 5 years. Being able to combine her passion of dance and raising money for Cancer Research has been inspirational to see the difference the money has made to the ongoing plight of Cancer research.
Jess taught dance for many years as an assistant dance teacher within her previous dance school, and professionally taught Classical Ballet Exams for 3 years as a Senior Dance Teacher, training children form the ages of 4-16.
Jess is excited to share her passion and knowledge to all students at All Abilities and can't wait to dance with you all!
I am a student at All Abilities Cheer and Dance. I have been dancing here since July 2020 after searching for a dance company where I would finally fit in and feel equal and I can just be me and here, I can.
I have autism, anxiety and a rare metabolic disorder called galactosemia - also causing intellectual disability and a wide range of health issues. Growing up with a disability has been very hard for me to find a place, feel safe, included, accepted and make friends who accept me for who I am.
Before joining AACD, I completed 15 years of calisthenics and received a 10 year service award! Dancing my way through to championship teams, my highlight was performing at the Australian Calisthenics Federation 19th National Championships in the Adelaide 2007th opening ceremony. After that, I moved to Golden Heights Cali Club and after receiving my 5 years service award, I still hadn’t found myself.
I completed year 12 with some struggles but during that time I managed to achieve my Certificate III in Children Services.
I love arts and crafts, dancing, the beach and in my spare time I love hanging out with my family/nieces and nephew, and hanging out with my friends.
My goals are helping others with disabilities, learning sign language and overcoming my anxiety and making everyone feel included.
Hannah has been with All Abilities since 2020 when she was 11 years old. After starting dancing at 3, as she got older, she always felt she didn’t fit in. That’s when her mum found All Abilities Cheer and Dance and Hannah found her place where she is respected for being herself.
Hannah is the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings (all boys). Hannah’s older brother was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3.5 years old. She was his biggest help in learning to do many things, she has always had a caring heart and loves to help people whenever she can.
Hannah was also diagnosed with a disability herself in 2020, which has only made her more determined to make people feel included and help them achieve things to the best of their abilities.
Hannah is looking forward to continue dancing and now being a Student Teacher at All Abilities Cheer and Dance. Hannah hopes that she will make everyone at All Abilities proud just as her parents are proud of her.
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.
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!