Teaches: Jazz, Tap, Blueberries
Since starting dance lessons at the age of four, Riley has completed various graded dance examinations in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and National Character, and has also attended dance lessons for other styles including Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-hop at various different dance schools in Canberra. Riley is currently in Dance Central’s Hip Hop crew, Mercy, with whom she competes and performs. She has previously been apart of many musical theatre productions including Free Rain Theatre Company’s semi-professional productions of Phantom of the Opera (2013) and Mary Poppins (2015), Pee Wee Theatre Company’s semi-professional production of Jesus Christ Superstar: The Arena Spectacular (2015); and Queanbeyan City Council’s production of Grease (2015). She also recently worked with the Canberra Philharmonic Society as the Tap Choreographer for Anything Goes!
What got you into dance?
When I was really little, my next door neighbour did dance lessons. I ended up trying the junior ballet class at her studio when I was 4 and never stopped dancing after that!
What is your favourite dance moment?
My favourite dance moment would have to be when Mercy came second at World Supremacy Battle Grounds in Sydney last year! It was an amazing feeling to know that our hard work in training was paying off.
Have you ever been injured? If so, how has it affected you?
Yes I have! I broke and dislocated my elbow when I was about 12 years old in an acrobatics class, which meant I was unable to dance for three months. It was really hard having such a strong passion for dance and not be able to go to my classes. It shows how important proper guidance in class is so that we are able to avoid these types of accidents as much as possible!
What did your first dane costume look like?
My first dance costume was for my first end-of-year concert. We did a jazz dance to the song “Under The Sea” and wore leotards that looked like swimsuits as well as a swimming cap and goggles on our head!
Why Dance Central?
Dance Central has the most wonderful vibe as soon as you walk through the door! I also love being able to work in the clean and spacious studios which just makes teaching at DC that much more enjoyable. It’s such a beautiful space.