ABOUT OUR CLUB
Gungahlin Physie and Dance was launched in 2012 and we are a proud foundation club of the Australian Physie and Dance Association (APDA), Australia's most progressive Physie and dance movement. 2020 is our ninth year in operation and we continue to grow our membership and the quality of our dancers each year. Being a member of our club extends beyond your class each week and makes you apart of our Physie family.
In addition to classes and competitions, we run a yearly camp for our girls aged 9 and above where we go away for 4 days to practice physie and also build our friendships, challenge ourselves and learn about being an all-round great Physie girl. Camp is the highlight for many girls plus the teachers and helpers who come along! We also run discos, cake stalls and other social events to further build the community within the club. We have a team of experienced Physie mums (STRICTLY no crazy dance mums allowed) who are here to assist all new families with learning how Physie works and how your daughter can get the most out of it.
Our club prides itself on having a fun, safe and engaging environment to learn Physie and dance. We encourage participation and giving it a go at every chance and have very high expectations of excellent sportsmanship from all members and their families. We cheer loudly and proudly for every member of Gungahlin and expect all members to be supportive and encourage all girls and ladies on the floor. Physie is a sport you can do for life and we hope by joining Gungahlin Physie and Dance our members take their first step in a lifetime association with Physie. Our club has many mother / daughter participants and being able to share the joy of dancing with your daughter is a highlight for many of our ladies. In fact, many of our ladies joined after seeing their daughter's dancing and having fun!
MEET THE TEACHING TEAM
2021 will be Megan's 34th year of Physie and she teaches the junior classes for girls aged between 3-12 years and the Open Ladies. Megan enjoys teaching girls of all ages and strives to develop the technical skills of all students. Megan loves the challenge of both individual and team competitions and in addition to teaching Physie, is a qualified gymnastics coach, focusing on teaching kindergym at Gungahlin Gymnastics.
Megan has a daughter, Tash, who you will no doubt see around the studio during classes. Megan and her husband Joel own the Gungahlin Gymnastics & Dance Centre where all of our classes are held in a purpose built Physie studio. Megan is also a Director of APDA Limited, our national governing body and is committed to ensuring APDA is a successful and sustainable association for it's members.
Lisa started physie as a 4 year old in Brisbane, and apart from a year off to join a school rhythmic gymnastics team, has been participating as a student and occasional teacher ever since.
Lisa joined Gungahlin Physie & Dance in 2012, and was a member of the winning under 33 ladies team in 2012, and a National Grand Finalist in the open ladies 30-35 years section in 2013, 2014, 2015 and placed 4th in this section in 2016! A huge achievement that has seen Lisa develop a fan club from our junior girls who all look up to her.
Lisa will be teaching the 13-16 years classes in 2020 and team teaches the Open Ladies.
In her spare time, Lisa is a senior lawyer in the public service and in 2017, Lisa welcomed her first child Georgie who is already inducted into the physie world of lycra and hairspray.
Kyira started her love of Physie at 3 years old and has carried her passion all through her adult life. Kyira started teaching back in 2018 and says her favourite thing about Physie now is watching her students learn and develop, not just through the year's syllabus, but through their whole Physie life. This includes their technique and self confidence. The fact that it brings generations of families together for the same love of sport is important to Kyira as well as her mother, sister and niece share the love of Physie. In her spare time Kyira also umpires softball and is off the the Olympics in 2020 to umpire for Australia!
Jade was born into the Physie life as her mother was a well respected teacher for over 20 years and now she has taken on the same passion of teaching the younger students. Jade loves dancing along with her own daughter Mia. At 3 years old when Jade's mother finally said she could start Physie, she had already been dancing around the house copying the Physie moves. Jade made national finals as a junior, then when she transitioned from an Open senior into Ladies, she placed at zone and made it to National finals again!
In 2006, triathlon took over her world and she represented Australia in 2009, 2011 and 2013!
Ankle problems forced retirement from triathlon so Jade found her self making her way back into her first love, Physie, in 2017 after a 10 year break and teaching the younger kids and passing on her love of the sport is her passion. When Jade is not doing Physie, you can find her on the ski slopes or on the Narooma Beaches as part of the Surf Life Saving Club.
Jai-Leigh is new to our teaching team in 2021 and will be co-teaching the 13 years to Intermediate Seniors alongside Lisa in 2021. Jai-Leigh is an accomplished physie girl with beautiful technique and we know the girls will enjoy learning from her across the year.