Spark Youth Dance Company Inc. is a non-profit Incorporated Association run by volunteers. The company is led by a Committee and a group of creatives under 25 years old. Young dancers audition for the company each year and we also work with musicians and various other members of the Mornington Peninsula arts community.

 
 

Alex Dellaportas
Artistic Director/President

Alex Dellaportas founded Spark Youth Dance Company Inc. in early 2016 after finding that there were no opportunities for young dancers on the Mornington Peninsula to be part of a dance company or receive experience in creating dance works. She is now the company’s Artistic Director and choreographer of both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

After starting dance at just two years old, Alex found her love for ballet and contemporary dance and is now especially passionate about choreography and arts management.

During her years at Rosebud Secondary College, Alex took on the role of School Captain and co-choreographed two award-winning productions for Wakakirri in 2014 and 2015. She also loves history and is passionate about incorporating stories from history in her pieces. Alex is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at Deakin University and is a dance teacher at both Dwan-A-Dance and Peninsula School of Dance.

Alex has a strong vision for the company and is loving engaging in this year’s creative processes. She looks forward to bringing her new work ‘Shatter’ to the stage in October 2017.

 
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Sophie Armstrong
Vice-President

"Dance has always been a big part of my life and I’ve always loved how it can spark conversation and inspire change. I’m currently studying Materials Engineering and Biomedical Science at Monash University. I also teach ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary at Peninsula School of Dance where I have been dancing since primary school. Last year I completed my Cecchetti Associate exam and this year I have been assisting with the administration and organisation of Spark. To me, Spark Youth Dance Company is a chance to inspire the community and next generation of artists through storytelling and creative movement. As someone who has grown up dancing on the peninsula, the lack of performance opportunities has always frustrated me. I hope this company encourages young performers to pursue their passions with pride and confidence. We are here to prove that the peninsula is full of talented and dedicated youth."