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OUR STUDIO

SO WHAT IS ROCKIT?

Known as a studio that is ‘ahead of its time’, you need to look at Rockit a little differently. Rockit was established as a centre that uses dance, drama and singing as tools to improve the health and well being of the local community. With our ability to create happy healthy people, our students are now excelling technically as they have a stronger drive to achieve.

 

Reading through this website, you will see the depth this studio goes to in order to promote community inclusion, community pride and technical/performance strength. Our students thrive because of the heart we put into our programming.

 

Rockit doesn’t just teach dance, singing and acting. We are creating highly trained performers who will become tomorrow’s leaders, role models and forward thinkers.

 

What we do in this studio is not rocket science, it’s Rockit science and the results have been outstanding. 98% of parents report seeing positive changes in their children once commencing classes at Rockit. 98% also state the social justice subject matter weaved into weekly classes and performances has a positive impact on them.

In our studio you will find young isolated people find a home; elderly residents thriving in the weekly contact with younger generations; children with disabilities feeling completely part of the tribe; adults re-discovering themselves and what their capabilities are; young people developing their own identities and celebrating their uniqueness and teachers flourishing with the new teaching methodologies they use.

WHY CREATE A STUDIO SUCH AS ROCKIT?

Rockit's Director, Noni Vassos (the Dance Whisperer) has spent many years watching and learning how dance can have a greater impact on the community than just teaching people how to point their toes. In her experience, she has used dance as a tool to help her autistic children cope with their sensory disorders and identity, she has used dance to awaken nursing home residents from Alzheimers and Dementia connecting movement, music and memories to bring smiles to their faces, she has used dance to help struggling teenagers cope with anxiety and identity issues and she has used dance to create amazing artists who have started competing at national level.

To Noni, Rockit is more than just a dance studio. It is a community. A community of forward thinking individuals who see the power in what we are creating. These community members are spreading this positivity into the neighbourhood helping change and shape the lives of those around us.

"I want to say a big thank you to Miss Noni. There are plenty of dance schools but none are as inclusive as Rockit Performing Art School. I am 67 and able to dance with any age groups and any disability. There are some people who are born to be teachers and Miss Noni is one of them. With her intellect and passion she has made a big performing family where everyone is included. I have personally seen children with autism come to life through her care.

Miss Noni deserves recognition for her enthusiasm and dedication to her students".

Liz, Rockit Student

GETTING READY TO ROCKIT

Imagine walking into a studio flooded with natural light that exudes positivity. A place where people no matter what their ability, feel welcomed and part of a tribe.

Our friendly staff are excited to see you arrive and are keen to introduce your child to the class. Here you discover many more children like your own, each with a smile on their face ready to meet new friends. You will then discover Rockit’s positive teaching methodologies as you hear the teachers talking to and guiding students in a unique way.

 

It is at this moment you will discover this is no ordinary studio. This is a place built to empower individuals who discover themselves through dance, drama and singing. A place built to create tomorrows leaders, forward thinkers and role models. Sit back with pride and watch your child’s journey on this amazing path begin.

"Miss Noni is special. That is all. Gifted, compassionate, talented, intelligent, empathic, and above all an inspiration to all that attend her school. Our lives are changed forever whether my daughter leaves or continues her dance journey".

 Nadine, Rockit Mum and Student

We Are

MOVERS & SHAKERS

BUSINESS AWARDS

2014 Fund My Idea Campaign Winner

2016 State Finalist CTA Positive Ageing Awards, Intergenerational Award Category

2016 State Finalist Perks Business Boost Award

2019 Telstra Business Woman of the Year State Finalist, Purpose and Social Justice Category

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supported by:

Noni Vassos

Founder / Director

Dance Whisperer

Noni started to dance when she was four and continued through to university years gaining both a Diploma and Degree in Dance (having been accepted into the second year of both her programs). She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts). Noni has worked with some of Australia’s leading performing arts companies including Australian Dance Theatre, Windmill Theatre Company and the Adelaide Festival of Arts. She was a board member for Ausdance SA and Shaun Parker and Company, plus the Chairperson for the Royal Academy of Dance South Australian Panel. She is the winner of the Queens Trust for Young Australian’s South Australian State Award, the Robert Helpmann State Award and the 2019 Purpose and Social Enterprise State Winner (SA) for the Telstra Business Women's Awards.

 

2019 SA Winner Telstra Business Women's Awards - Purpose & Social Enterprise Award 

2019 Community and Facilities Committee Member, Recreation SA

2016 Perks Business Boost Award Finalist

2016 COTA Positive Aging Intergenerational Award Finalist

2014 Primary Industries SA Fund My Idea Campaign Winner

2014 SEP Scholarship Winner

Diploma in Dance (CPA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance (QUT)

Post Graduate Diploma in Management Arts (UniSA)

Acrobatic Arts Teaching Certification

Queens Trust of South Australia Award Winner

Greenmill Scholarship Award Winner

Robert Helpmann Award Winner RAD Ballet (SA)

SACE Year 12 Dance State Award Winner (SA)

Ex Chairperson of Royal Academy of Dance South Australia

Ex Board Member of Shaun Parker and Company

Ex Board Member of Ausdance South Australia

Mikayla Lynch
Studio Manager / Teacher
Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts (Drama)
Second Class Honours (H2A)

Mikayla graduated her Honours in Acting and the Performing Arts at Flinders Drama Centre, with a Bachelor of Creative Arts Drama. She’s been performing publically since the age of eleven, and has performed with a variety of theatre companies such as; Patch Theatre Company, Swell Productions, Pelican Productions, Theatre Bugs, Swamp Fairy, MS Society, The State Opera Company of South Australia, Isthisyours? and Free Range Theatrix. As well as producing her own shows that have toured around Australia.

She has also appeared on film and television appearing including an ABC IView mini series and feature film.

 

Noni brought Mikayla to the Rockit team due to her golden heart. She has a natural ability with young people and knows how to bring the best out in them. She is highly creative and an incredible leader. We see big things for this incredible Rockiteer!

Morven Henderson

Teacher

Advanced GFA (Gym For All) coaching accreditation.
Advanced WAG Womens Artistic Gymnastics) accreditation
Intermediate WAG Judge accreditation.
All through Gymnastics Australia

Morven has coached Gymnastics both in the UK and Australia.  She has experience in dance and choreography, coaching mini gym, rhythmic, sports acrobatics, GFA and WAG gym sports.

Morven is the head coach at Mt Barker YMCA Gymnastics Club and lends her services to Rockit as our Cheer and Tumbling coach.  Morven is known for her attention to detail regarding technical training. Her students learn the safest methods for performing their skills ensuring their health and well being is put first.

 

Morven has a passion for working with young adults and children.  She particularly enjoys being part of their growth and future development, encouraging them to meet their full potential in both dance and gymnastics. She is keen to see her students learn to believe in themselves as well as learn how to fly!

 

Noni head hunted Morven to work with the Cheerleading students due to the dramatic results of her gymnastic students and the improvement of their technical development. Noni adores having Morven as part of our team.

Kayla Nemeth
Teacher
Specialist in technical training Commercial Jazz and Hip Hop
Cert 4 dance at Gravity Dance
Cert 4 dance at the Village Performing Arts
Currently studying physiotherapy at UniSA
Certified Gyrotonic Instructor

Kayla Nemeth has been dancing since she was 5 years old and teaching dance for the past 5 years. In 2013, she completed a Certificate 4 course of Commercial Dance at Gravity Dance Studios before moving to Sydney to complete additional Certificate 4 at the Village of Performing Arts in 2014. Through her two years of full time dance Kayla has been fortunate to work along side some of the most sought after choreographers and teachers both in Australia and internationally. She has performed in many shows and events including, Today FM/Jason Coleman - 'Surprise Wedding', Sunrise (Channel 7) - 'Jeans for Genes Charity', The Variety Charity Luncheon, a Colour Run Dancer, The State Opera of South Australia - ‘Salome' alongside Kelley Abbey, the Dance Wed (Bridal Expo and Flash Mob) and the 'Till The Break' film clip. Kayla is also fully certified in Gyrotonic and is currently completing a Bachelor of Human Movement (Exercise and Sport Science) at The University of South Australia.

 

Kayla was sought to teach at Rockit due to her technical teaching skills. Her ability to break down steps and highlight the technique required is outstanding. She is patient and calm with her students and exceptionally well organised when it comes to lesson plans. She looks forward to improving and enriching your dance experience at Rockit Performing Arts!

Kara Roscioli
Teacher 

Adelaide College of The Arts – Creative Arts in Elite Performance (Dance)

2015 Festival Centre Arts Award and Green Room Award Winner

Kara Rosciloi has been dancing for most of her life. She has spent years studying Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Tap, Jazz, Samba, Cheerleading, Circus Skills, Contortion, Acrobatics and Aerial (Silks, Rope, Hoop and Cloudswing).

She has taught in both private dance studios and government schools across Adelaide helping young students achieve their dreams. She is the 2015 winner of the Festival Centre Arts Award as well as the Green Room Award. To win both awards in the same year is quite an honour.

Kara is an absolute dynamo in the classroom with many adoring fans. She knows how to get the best out of her students and to help empower them to achieve their own goals. She is very excited to be working with the Rockit community and can't wait to see you in the studio.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVISORY BOARD

Rockit has an incredible board of advisors, called the Social Justice Advisory Board, who support the studio with guidance. This is a combination of locals with experience in politics, law, nursing, community inclusion, education, special needs therapy, psychology and community care.

 

These advisors inform the Director of any issues in the local community that may affect the Rockit tribe (for which preventative matters are included into class curriculums), or act as points of advice regarding matters that arise within the Rockit community where Noni requires support. Members include Alicia Ranford, Dan Creegan, Emily Byrne, Melinda Petschel, Lyndal Chittleborough, Emily Warhurst and Meryl Klimzack.

OUR SUCCESS STORIES

 

Many studios have lots of shiny trophies on display in their foyers. At Rockit you will see trophies in the classroom, the foyer, the car park and more. Our students are our trophies and we display them with the greatest of pride!

 

TECHNICAL AND PERFORMANCE DEVELOPMENT

Our studio has grown significantly in technical and performance skill since we first opened in 2014. Due to the positive teaching methodologies, students feel more comfortable with the idea of challenging themselves. They are supported each step of the way and are taught valuable skills in resilience and discipline that help them improve faster. 

 

CHILDREN WHO DON’T ‘FIT IN’

Master L didn’t fit in at school. He is not into sports like the other kids and tends to be bullied for being a little different. He couldn’t find a place where he was respected……until he started classes at Rockit. Since joining Rockit he has found his groove and has built his own unique identity that is celebrated amongst his teachers and peers. He has respect for being different and is encouraged to push his creativity further. We see a Big future for this young Rockit!!!

 

Master J was bullied at school for being different, he has autism. He had limited social skills and didn’t know how to handle bullying let alone finding friends who treated him well. He was small, was an eager learner but couldn’t cut it with the physically bigger kids. He also like to stand on his head… a lot! He was segregated from the other kids as the weird one who stands on his head. Today, he is celebrated for standing on his head as it is one of the coolest things to do in breakdance! We have so many incredible photos of this kid balancing on his head that take peoples breathe away. After starting class at Rockit and finding a leading role model in his teacher, he now believes in himself, doesn’t worry that he is a little different from others (in fact celebrates that difference) and has a new level of confidence in finding other kids just like him at Rockit.

 

CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES

Master L was given the horrific label of ‘schoolyard bully’. Parents called stating they would pull their kids from class if he was to continue. The Director personally worked with this child learning about his personal story and why he reacted in specific ways to conflict. From there she designed a series of challenges to show him how he could make his own achievements and have pride in himself. These achievements continued to grow and his personality started changing. He went from bully to class role model even staying behind after class to ensure the Director safely made it to her car in the dark. At one concert, he received a standing ovation from the crowd as he received the award for most personal growth.

 

Miss E used to get into trouble at school quite a bit. Her mum wasn’t sure how to handle her behaviour. She started classes at Rockit and found a place where she was accepted and welcomed. Her big personality was not a problem for our teachers and she eventually found her groove in the studio. Her behaviour began to settle and got into trouble at school less and less. She is now passionate about dance and uses it as a way to express herself, her feelings and burn off extra energy.

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Miss P lives with mutism which prevents her from vocalising and expressing her feelings. Friends often talk on her behalf. Little Miss P has fallen in love with her classes at Rockit and feels so comfortable that she has begun speaking in short sentences to her teacher and friends.

 

Master N lives with autism and was home schooled. He had limited verbal communication and repeated the same phrases as answers to all questions. He had a series of nervous ticks with little understanding of spatial awareness. Over time, his comfort levels and inclusion within class grew as he started to see himself as a valued member of the team. He even had the confidence to go back to mainstream school. The Directors greatest memories of this student are him hugging her and saying thank you, for the first time; now answering questions with full verbal response; nervous ticks have disappeared; memorising all performance routines and performing with the greatest sense of pride; reducing an audience to tears when he won the award for greatest personal growth; being a valued member of the team who is now appreciated by his peers.

 

Miss S came to us with autism and severe sensory disorder. We were unable to look her in the eye, give instructions directly to her, play music without informing her first, unable to make sudden noises or changes without informing her first. She operated independently within the class. With great patience, care and guidance this student now participates fully in class like all other mainstream students. We can now look her in the eye and receive eye contact back, speak directly to her giving instructions that she is able to follow (including single, double and triple task instructions), we are able to turn on music and create loud sounds without having to notify or prepare her first, and she now performs with the greatest of confidence and one of the most infectious smiles you have ever seen.

 

CHILDREN WHO HAVE SIBLINGS WITH DISABILITIES

Miss G has a number of siblings with disabilities. She has been a dancer at Rockit since the very beginning and through her classes has found her own voice, her own identity and a unique ability for expressive dance. Over the years her confidence has soared as she has found her niche in this world. She dances with one of her siblings as it is a moment they share together where both are supported by their peers. Watching them together is heart-warming.

 

Miss T loves to dance and loves to be with her older sister who has Down Syndrome. Rockit has provided a way for both girls to dance together in the same class. Here they share both learning experiences and memories of growing up together. Together they have had the opportunity to learn how to dance whilst also building their sibling bond.

 

CHILDREN DEALING WITH ANXIETY

Besties – These two young girls have more in common than they realise. They both LOVE to dance, and both LOVE to challenge themselves. Sadly, they BOTH are experiencing heartache as their fathers have gone through serious and life threatening medical situations. They deal with their stress and anxiety by emoting their feelings through dance. Dance has become a form of relief as well as security where they balance their emotions and express their feelings without having to use words. These girls are both blossoming in their classes as they have found a way to manage their anxiety through dance.

 

Miss L grew up thinking she wasn’t really that good at anything. She had low self-esteem. She hadn’t won trophies anywhere before and didn’t always feel part of the group. When joining Rockit, staff encouraged her to push herself and try new things. From here, Miss L grew and flourished. She became a mecca for positivity with kids drawn to her gentle nature and kind heart. Soon her technique flourished as well and everyone wanted to dance just like her. She is now one of our leading role models with her own trophy and name on our Rockit Heart Plaque (the greatest honour a student can get). Everyone still wants to dance like her and she has now inspired a whole new generation of kids.

 

Miss K has low self-esteem and battles anxiety and depression. When really upset she can hurt herself. Upon entering the doors at Rockit, she began regular lessons of self-development. During these lessons staff monitored closely how she reacted to challenges. During her hard moments, their words of positivity encouraged her to try again. With great patience, staff managed to get her to continue trying until she was able to see for herself, what she truly was capable of achieving. Today Miss K still has moments of self-doubt, but she is celebrated by her peers and teachers as an outstanding student who is a leader and role model. The younger students idolise her dance ability, and she is slowly learning that she is a remarkable young lady. She no longer hurts herself and is a role model in the studio being a listening ear and kind heart to anyone who needs a little extra support. Her technical skills have tripled in the very short time she has been in the studio.

 

Miss C loves to dance but only to her own groove and pace. She has developed her own unique style of dance that we have integrated into one of our programs so she can express her individuality but still be part of a tribe. She battles anxiety and fear of not fitting in. Through our inclusive teaching techniques, she has found her place in Rockit and understands that she is a valued and appreciated member. Her unique style is celebrated and we encourage her continually to develop it further. We do not want her to dance like ‘the others’. We want her to continue dancing to her own beat. When in the studio, Miss C feels more confident within herself. Her time in the studio is a moment to step away from her anxiety and be the incredible person she truly is. This very talented young lady makes a BIG impression on the local community when she performs.

 

PARENTS

Mum N – is grateful that her daughters have the opportunity to integrate with children who have special needs. This integration allows her children to normalise disability and not see it as something different. Sometimes there are children in her class with disabilities, or sometimes there are older children socialising in the studio with disabilities. This mum is appreciative that her daughters have this exposure and are able to develop respect for people of all abilities.

 

Mum S – lost her self-confidence after having children. Dealing with their demanding behaviours took its toll as she felt pressure recognising her child was different. Through encouragement she started adult dance. This was a moment for her to step away from what was happening at home and spend time focusing on herself. Here she was able to rediscover her identity, build her self-confidence and secretly prepare a performance for her family to view on stage. The result of which was heart-warming. This mum now has greater belief in herself, and through physical participation in dance where she is challenged with new concepts, has learnt that it is ok to make mistakes and to just keep going with the performance that life presents.

 

Mum K – gains a great sense of relief watching her daughter blossom at the studio. Her own anxiety watching her daughter struggle to fit on was upsetting. Today she sees her daughter performing confidently onstage tackling many confronting challenges both physically and emotionally. The joy of watching her achieve this is overwhelming.

 

Mum R – watches her daughter who is full of energy and sass simply fly at Rockit. At home she might terrorise the house but at Rockit her manner is perfect. She has learnt correct etiquette in public places and now acts as a role model for younger children. Her passion is fuelled as she is continually challenged in the studio with class curriculum often adapted so she can continue to learn. The flexibility offered to her at Rockit has allowed her to reach tremendous heights both technically and personally.

 

NOTE: These changes happened within these students because their parents and teachers did NOT give up on them. These changes do not happen within a matter of a few weeks, these changes take place over the period of a few months anywhere up to a year. When working with people like this, the repetition of positive engagement in socially interactive exercises help them identify their own progress makes all the difference. If you want to see change, commit to it. Don’t give up.

BUZZ ON THE STREET

What does the media say about Rockit?

Rockit has generated much media interest and has been featured in
National Child Magazine,
The Advertiser,
The Weekender Herald,

The Courier Mail and 
ABC Radio.

Listen to Deb Tribe from ABC Radio interview Rockit's Director, Noni Vassos.

ABC Radio Interview - Deb Tribe and Noni Vassos
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Read our feature article from the Advertiser newspaper.

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What we do is not rocket science. It's Rockit science.

98% of our families state seeing positive changes in their children once commencing classes. 

98%  also state the social justice messages have an important impact on them.

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