New dance business to benefit
CLARENCE Valley dancers are set to benefit from the expertise of Yamba/Angourie-based dance professional Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, who has recently set up her own business focusing on dance performance, choreography and dance tuition.
"Offering dance classes and educating the local community about dance is one of my key priorities over the next 12 months," Ms Tyas Tunggal said.
Ms Tyas Tunggal, who started dancing classical ballet at the age of five, has studied many dance techniques and genres throughout the world and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance and a Masters in Choreography.
She has performed professionally for 22 years and toured internationally with a host of different contemporary dance companies. She has also had new works commissioned as a freelance choreographer.
Ms Tyas Tunggal's passion for dance and desire to be based near her family in Yamba/Angourie prompted her to sign up for the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program, delivered by the Enterprise and Training Company Limited.
NEIS helps eligible people become self-employed by offering accredited small business management training, assistance with the development of a business and marketing plan, business advice and mentoring for 12 months.
"NEIS has given me the support I needed as I go about formalising my status and raising my profile as an independent artist," Ms Tyas Tunggal said.
"It has helped me set a longer term vision for my career and helped define the goals I would like to achieve.
"I have a sense of belonging to the Yamba/Angourie community. My family and support network are here and I really want to have a successful dance business here too."
Ms Tyas Tunggal's business mentor, Sue Hughes ,said she was a real inspiration. "Jade is an extremely talented artist and I look forward to working with her to grow her business and help her share her expertise and passion for dance with the local community," Ms Hughes said.
"Jade has great ideas of bringing other artists to the area and creating works based on the inspiration she draws from the natural beauty and culture of the North Coast region."
Ms Tyas Tunggal is preparing a new dance and music work titled "Opal Vapour" which will premier in Melbourne at the Malthouse Theatre in September. Opal Vapour will tour nationally in 2013.