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), Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) and a National Police Clearance.
Founder and Coach
Alana has 25 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 been dancing for 14 years and has 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 works 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.
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 casually in retail and recently in Support Work, 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!
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.
Cheer and Tumble 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.
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.
Courteney has 20 years of dance experience and 9 years of experience coaching children and adults aged 5-20+. Throughout more recent years, she has worked closely and one-on-one alongside children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Trauma, as an OSHC educator.
Courteney is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) with an Arts Specialisation. Throughout these experiences, Courteney has competed in and coached competitive cheer and national level dance teams, and worked in a variety of roles in a cheer and dance club environment, such as an assistant, coach and head dance coach. She has danced competitively in jazz, pom, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and cheerleading.
Courteney hopes to bring her passion for supporting diversity and an inclusive environment, along with her love for dance, to the All Abilities community.
Lucie has over 8 years of professional experience working with children and young adults, with and without disabilities, in a variety of roles. Lucie worked as an SSO for primary school students on the Autism Spectrum which developed her communication skills with children. She is a dance teacher with many years in the workforce. Beginning at her first dance studio as an assistant when she was aged 11, then teaching independently when she was 18, to now working at DanceSA and All Abilities at age 26! Lucie also taught at Camp Hilltop, a summer camp in New York, for 3 years.
Lucie has a Bachelor’s double degree in Community Development and International Aid from Murdoch University. Her university studies has made Lucie particularly passionate about supporting and celebrating diversity, inclusion and equal rights for all. She is excited to combine this passion with her love for dance! Lucie has 15 years competitive dance experience in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, pom and cheerleading. She has performed in the (then) Credit Union Christmas Pageant several times, and travelled interstates and overseas for a range of performance and competition events.
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.
Assistant Cheer and Dance Coach
Amy started dancing when she was 2 years old and has been dancing for the past 11 years. For the last 5 years, Amy has been involved in multiple dance competitions with her dance school. She has been studying jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and her favourite, musical theatre. In the past, Amy has also trained and performed cheer. Amy spends most of her school holidays performing in musical theatre productions. Amy was recently accepted into the Performing Arts Academy at Charles Campbell College. The College has a strong focus on performing dance and drama. Amy has grown up with a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She hopes to become an early childhood teacher when she’s older.
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!!
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!