Kate Ticehurst (Samba)

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Director, Instructor, Performer & Choreographer

Kate is one of Canberra’s most knowledgeable and respected Dance Instructors and Choreographers in Canberra. Being in the dance scene for 20 years, Kate is most renowned for her creative and unique choreography, champion competitors as well as her broad knowledge of Latin & Brazilian culture.

In her earlier years after passing exams in Modern Jazz and blitzing classes with a flair for performance, she quickly realized that it is the character, performing art side and  teaching other’s about these things, that is what she was most interested in.

At age 16, Kate was teaching her own Hip Hop classes outside of school and was highly inspired by the greats, Michael and Janet Jackson RnB styles, however when Salsa caught her eye Kate was captured, jumping straight into an  intensive training course in Canberra with a Ballroom and Latin Studio. Here she studied both adult learning and over 15 styles of dance including Ballroom/Latin and South American Dance. Teaching over 30 lessons a week to students, couples & groups, dance became her life at age 18. Kate has judged and competed & performed In Canberra, interstate and internationally, in all of these styles.

Kate was one of the first two to teach and perform Brazilian Samba in Canberra, she was selected by one of Sydney’s best Latin performance Troupes, ‘Brazilian Fantasy’ to perform with them at a one-night performance in Canberra, learning the routines in a few hours.

  • Sydney Salsa Congress
  • Sydney International Bachata Festival
  • Australian Salsa Open
  • Brazilian Fantasy Performance Group
  • Choreographing and Performing for a ‘Las Vegas – Theme Restaurant’
  • ACT Clubs Awards for Talent Central
  • Freestyle Dancing for International DJ act, N.A.S.A (who has collaborated with Kanye West)
  • Travelling Salsa show ‘Una Noche En el Barrio’
  • Australian Salsa Solo comp
  • Television Commercial for Australian Music Awards
  • The Copa Restaurant with her team ‘Glamourosas Authentic Brazilian Samba Team
  • Monkeybar Lounge – Official Samba Dancers
  • Cube Nightclub
  • QT Hotel’s Luckys Speakeasy Bar- First official 1920’s authentic Burlesque dancers who performed in the bar.
  • Filex – Southern Hemispheres biggest Fitness Convention
  • Judge for the 1st Australiasian Samba Queen Comp, Coach of the winner Kirstie Mcmillan
  • Judge for the Australian Latin Dance Championships
  • Coach of two time Australian Brazilian Samba Champions the ‘Glamourosas’

Kate Studied in Brazil with teacher Ana Arruda and also performed in Rio Carnival 2016 on a float for school Estacio De Sa. Kate is asked to judge and teach nationally in Brazilian Samba and Afro Brazilian dance.

Kate now directs three Canberra companies Susbdance Dance Studio, Glamourosas Brazilian Entertainment and The Entertainment Hub. Her passion is to share Brazilian Culture, and to lift amazing Canberra latin and Brazilian dancers into the spotlight.