Dance is about sharing emotions and experiences, as well as technique, to collaborate and create something meaningful. Bom Funk has a fabulous team of experienced and trained teachers with a wealth of dance and performance knowledge. These teachers encourage the love of dance and create opportunities for those who share this passion. The skills a child gains from the art of Dance extend far beyond the classroom; increasing confidence, discipline, commitment, determination, flexibility, focus and leadership.
Kym Degenhart – Owner/Director, Principal Teacher
Growing up in Townsville, QLD, Kym has been teaching Dance since 1998 and has a Bachelor of Journalism, Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education specialising in Dance. She holds her Australasian Dance Association (formerly FATD) Advanced Teachers Tap and Elementary Teachers Modern certificates. In 2008-2009, Kym was the Principal Tap, Jazz & Hip Hop teacher at Glenda Allen Dance Academy in Hong Kong and in 2010 she moved to Canberra to be Principal instructor at another local dance studio. Many of Kym's former students have continued on to dance professionally in Australia and overseas.
In 2011, Kym was the Arts Education tutor for Dance at the University of Canberra. She was the Head of Dance at Calwell High School (2012-2015) & at the time, ran Canberra's largest High School Dance program. In 2016, she began teaching Dance, PE & Art at Namadgi School & in 2017 will teach Dance to all Namadgi students from Preschool-Year 10. Kym has been an Ausdance ACT Board member since 2014, helping Ausdance's mission to educate, inspire and support the dance community to reach its potential as a dynamic force within the community locally and nationally.
Kym’s industry contacts are extensive as she has had a 10 year international professional dance career, most notably as a Cancan dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris from 2004-2006. Another career highlight was being Principal dancer and Dance Captain for Dance Encore Productions at Zenboo in Tokyo from 2007-2008. She has also lived and danced in shows in Hong Kong, Wakura Onsen (Japan) and Sydney and toured to Rome with the Moulin Rouge, USA with Australian Dance Ensemble and Edinburgh with Extensions Youth Contemporary Company. Kym has extensive promotions and modelling experience which includes shows for Coca-Cola, Hottie, Sydney Bridal Expo, Xbox, Loloma Jewelers, Fashion TV Model Awards (Paris) and Fashion Hall-of-Fame designer, Richard De Chazal.
Aside from performing, Kym was a writer for the Australian Dance teacher magazine & an Arts critic for the Townsville Bulletin. She has appeared in a number of TV shows, most notably as a host and translator for Japanese reality show, Ainori during its Australian tour and in the Fox mini-series, Secret City. She also performed on The Train of Desire (Rome) and with Penelope Cruz on France’s Hit Machine. Kym has a certificate in Event Management & worked as an assistant at The Special Event Factory working behind the scenes for clients who included Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and the The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys (NRL).
While Kym enjoys teaching all styles of dance to the young and old, she has a particular passion for sharing her expertise in tap and cabaret. She also specialises in teaching boys to dance and has had great success running Boys Dance programs in Queensland and the A.C.T.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and has completed her Tap BAL teacher’s exam. She has been a Secondary School Teacher for the past 16 years and has taught Dance in high schools for 13 of those years. She was the Head of Dance at Calwell High School for 3 years and Acting Executive of the Arts Faculty for part of this time. In 2016, Michelle resumed her position as Head of Dance at Calwell High School.
Michelle has choreographed and work-shopped more routines than she can possibly remember and has had students perform in many events across the ACT and NSW including Rock Eisteddfod, the Youth Dance Festival and Limelight. Several of her students have continued on to have successful Dance careers of their own, attending places like The Australian Ballet School & WAAPA. Outside of high school, Michelle has taught Dance for 16 years in studios across Canberra and specialises in Tap, Jazz Tiny tots and junior classes. She is excited to have the opportunity to teach this younger age group at Bom Funk.
Brooke has been studying dance since the age of 3, studying and performing across all styles. Brooke completed exams under ATOD, RAD and Glen Wood Tap syllabi throughout her training. In 2016 Brooke completed her studies at Jason Coleman's Ministry of Dance with a Cert 4 in Dance, Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management and Diploma in Elite Dance Performance.
Brooke has extensive performance experience including Carnival Cruise Lines guest performer 2014; Walt Disneyworld guest performer 2014; DCI (Dance cancer initiative ) 2015; “My room jungle safari” at Crown casino 2015 and American gridiron half time performer at ANZ stadium Sydney 2016; Australian Open Kids Tennis Day Nickelodeon 2016; The Almost Eurovision Experience: Song Contest 2016; and The Big Music Quiz 2016
Hannah moved to Canberra from Queensland where she has danced for the past 20 years, specialising in Song & Dance, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Lyrical styles. She has competed in local and regional Eisteddfods and championships since the age of 6. Hannah has completed her Australasian Dance Association (formally FATD) Jazz/Modern exams up to Bar to Gold Star, receiving top marks. She also completed ballet training up to RAD Advanced 2 level. She travelled through Regional Queensland with the Queensland Ballet Educational Program in 2007.
Hannah taught Song & Dance at Ann Roberts School of Dancing for 8 years and built the program from approximately 20 students to over 80 students over this time. Hannah has been a member of Extensions Youth Dance Company from 2003-2014. For 3 years Hannah has co-directed programs for Extensions, as well as taught and choreographed contemporary and lyrical classes and performances for the company. Many dancers who have trained with Extensions have moved onto professional dance careers either with professional contemporary company, Dance North or with interstate and overseas companies. Through Extensions, she has travelled to many Youth Dance Festivals including Melbourne and Horsham. Hannah has trained in silks and circus skills through LaLuna Youth Arts. She danced professionally as a cheerleader for 4 seasons of the NBL (National Basketball League) for the Townsville Crocodiles.
Hannah has performed in numerous musicals with Queensland theatre companies including, Chicago, Hairspray, Chess, Cats, Oliver, The King and I, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and his Technicolour Dream Coat, and Beauty and the Beast. Her favourite role to date was Victoria in Cats.
Bom Funk studio owner, Kym Degenhart taught Hannah dance for several years in Townsville, also working alongside Hannah’s mother, teaching Song & Dance classes. Kym is thrilled to have Hannah join the Bom Funk Faculty. 2017 will be Hannah's third year teaching at Bom Funk.
Grace has been involved in Calisthenics since she was 2 years old, taking some ballet classes in early primary school and continuing to compete in Calisthenics, solos, teams, and in state teams. Grace found her true passion when she began cadetting Calisthenics at the age of 13. Grace continued competing and cadetting and received her level one coaching qualification with the Australian Sports Commission in 2011 at the age of 18. Since then she has taught teams & solos at club level and at representative state level. In 2014 Grace was awarded the ACT Langdon Award for Young Coach of
the Year, a highly prestigious and sort-after award in the Calisthenics community.
Calisthenics is an all-round dance sport with a focus on strength and flexibility. To attain and keep a level one coaching qualification, Grace has completed courses on how to teach strength and flexibility to all ages and levels. She continues active professional development in this area.
Grace is currently at university studying Psychology. She loves teaching dance and looks forward to teaching at Bom Funk for her forth year in 2017.
Maddison has been dancing since the age of 4. She has trained in a range of styles including Tap, Jazz, Hip hop, Contemporary and Ballet. For the past 4 years, Maddie has choreographed and performed in a number of events including Australian Dance Crew Championships, Champion’s Tour, Limelight, Rock Eisteddfod and the Canberra Youth Dance Festival (‘Lest We Forget’ nominated for Australia Dance Awards Outstanding Achievement in Youth or Community Dance in 2012). She represented Calwell High School and the Canberra region at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds, an International Hip hop competition held in Sydney in 2012 & 2013, placing 3rd and 1st respectively in the High School division. She was a member of Bom Funk Mega Crew in 2014 placing 1st in the Canberra division of Battlegrounds and Highly Commended in the Brindabella Open Hip Hop. Maddie has choreographed and taught routines to Calwell Primary students for their annual ‘end of year’ concert and has been involved in numerous other events around Canberra including dancing at Spin for Canberra Centenary celebrations and at Floriade. She was awarded the CHS Most Outstanding Performer Award in 2013.
Maddie was a member of the Tap group, Tap Kix, a local group who joined Bom Funk Dance Studio in 2014. She studied choreography for 3 years and completed her teacher training under the watchful eyes of Kym Degenhart, Michelle Skerry-Wallace and Ellouise Carr. Maddie was lead teacher for JPod Crew & Gems Troupe who placed in numerous competitions and received the International Dance Teachers Association diamond for the overall Most Entertaining Group at Showcase Dance Championships (2016) as well as the 'Fierce & Fabulous' Award at Kids Artistic Revue (2016). Maddie joined the Bom Funk faculty in 2014 & looks forward to another year teaching while also pursuing Education at University.
Ashleigh has been studying dance in the styles of Jazz, Broadway Jazz, Hip Hop, Cabaret, and Tap since the age of two. She has been involved in a wide variety of competitions and performances including STOMP Ball, JDRF Fun Run and various outdoor public performances. Ashleigh has been a member of Bom Funk Performance Squads for many years including NRJ, High Kix Diamonds, High Kix Cabaret and Tap Kix. She has enjoyed opportunities to learn from guest choreographers including Jesse Rasmussen, Joel Rasmussen, Stephen Tannos, and Dylan Mahoney.
Ashleigh began as an Assistant teacher in 2015 and has progressively taken on more team teaching positions for Tots, Junior Jazz and Junior Ballet classes. She is excited to be involved in teaching the new Dance Kingdom program to our Tots students and loves to create fun dance activities for her students. She is currently studying Primary Education at ACU.
Jazz, Song & Dance Instructor
Acrobatic Arts Qualified Instructor, Jazz & Tots Instructor. Birthday Party Host. Boutique Customer Assistant
Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor
Izzy Grame - Hip Hop & Tap Instructor
Ellouise Carr - Assistant Director & Guest Teacher
Ellouise has been teaching Ballet and Contemporary/Lyrical dance since 2000. She taught RAD ballet for 12 years at Wendy Gibbs School of Ballet in Caringbah, NSW where her students received excellent results in examinations and competitions; were selected for the Australian Ballet School Interstate Program, NSW Dance Ensemble, Scholarship Program MacDonald College and Newtown School for Performing Arts; accepted to study prestigious fulltime and tertiary courses at The Australian Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, Ev&Bow and UNSW Dance Studies. Many of her former students have gone onto professional careers with both Australian and International dance companies.
Ellouise has a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and taught Dance at Calwell High School 2012- 2015. For part of 2014 she was Acting Executive of the Arts Faculty, organsing and running many Arts & Dance events for the school. She also holds a Bachelor of Design (Hons) with a Minor in Costume and Theatre design and has designed and made costumes for many troupes, solos and eisteddfod performances. In 2016, Ellouise took up a prestigious teaching position with Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College in Sydney. She remain as Assistant Director of Bom Funk and takes guest classes and workshops throughout the year, travelling between Sydney and Canberra when necessary. Ellouise devotes much of her time behind-the-scenes to Bom Funk's design tasks and also assists with administrate duties for the studio.
Adam Hamilton– Owner/Director of High Kix Pty Ltd
Adam has extensive experience as an event manager working with Cats Eyes in Paris and The Special Event Factory in Australia. Adam was primary liaison for the company’s major client, The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys (NRL). In this role, Adam assisted in presenting game-day entertainment packages of a national standard to be presented on Fox Sports.
Adam was also the Stage Manager for artists such as Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Marcia Hines, Killing Heidi, Glen Shorrick, Lee Kernigan and The Whitlams.
Adam currently works as a Trade Mark Examiner at IP Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education. He was awarded the University Medal at University of New England in 2011. Adam and Kym have been travelling the world together since 2004, before settling and marrying in Canberra in 2013.
At Bom Funk Dance Studio we wish to encourage and nurture senior students who would like to consider a career in teaching dance and choreography. We are an affiliate partner studio with DANCEstep: Student Teacher Education Program and have incorporated this teacher training and mentoring program to allow our student teachers time in the classroom with qualified teachers so they can learn how to teach and correct students safely, instruct correct technique, learn how to develop dance curriculum, integrate progressions for differing abilities and to help support their creativity development.