ARTISTS

Artistic Director / Choreographer:

  • Tamsyn Heynes

Profoundly moved by music, art and nature, Tamsyn seeks to express poetic movement through dance. 

Tamsyn trained at the prestigious Marie Walton-Mahon Academy, and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts ( WAAPA) under Nanette Hassall and Marilyn Jones. She regards her private training with Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Dame Lucette Aldous, and respected coach/RAD examiner, Diana de Vos OAM, as invaluable and a privilege. She received and accepted full sponsorship from South African Ballet Theatre (the national ballet of South Africa at the time) to join their graduate programme while in 2nd year of WAAPA, and went on to perform with them professionally. Tamsyn was also offered a Rotary scholarship to tour Germany and spent a short time freelancing in Perth.

In 2012, she founded Iridescence Dance Company, taking the first step in her artistic vision. In 2019, the company restructured as a not-for-profit.

She is also a lifelong practitioner of yoga and meditation – she also teaches these practices.

Associate Artistic Director:

  • Jake McLarnon

Jake first started collaborating with Iridescence Dance Company in 2014. He was given the role of Associate Artistic Director in November 2019. Born in Perth, Jake completed his training at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Upon graduating, Jake joined Australian Dance Theatre for its European tour of Garry Stewart's Proximity. Other highlights included performing Be Yourself and Birdbrain. 

 He first performed with Australasian Dance Collective as a guest artist for the remount of When Time Stops before returning to Australian Dance Theatre to perform Objekt.

Jake is based in Queensland as a member of Australasian Dance Collective ,  he joined in 2016 under the direction of Natalie Weir, performing in works such as Behind Closed Doors, Mozart Airborne and 4Seasons. 

As a choreographer, Jake created a work for the 2017 Tenerife Festival collaborating artist Matt Sheridan and TWFine Art. Other choreographic works include Isochronism for Australasian Dance Collective's Converge (a collaboration with Queensland Conservatorium) and shift for Australasian Dance Collective's Youth Ensemble.

Dance Artists:

  • Tamsyn Heynes

  • Jake McLarnon

  • Meg-Honey Parry

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Meg began her training at The Dance Works in Brisbane and then continued her training at Queensland Dance School of Excellence. 

In 2004 Meg was accepted into West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), to continue her ballet and contemporary training.

In 2008 Meg joined West Australian Ballet as a Young Artist and at the end of the year was promoted to a full time artist for the 2009 season. Meg was promoted to Demi Soloist in 2014. In 2018, after 10 years with West Australian Ballet, Meg moved to Montreal, Canada to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

Meg is happiest when on stage, giving something back to the audience. Her passion and love of performing have also given her a love of teaching adult ballet. Being able to make someone smile, laugh or relax, if only for a brief moment, is the reason Meg loves to perform.

Career highlights include dancing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Evil Queen in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs and most recently dancing The Peasant Pas de Deux, ‘Les Amis’ in Ivan Cavallari’s new adaption of Giselle in Montreal.

Meg has also had the privilege of working with many amazing choreographers such as Cathy Marston, Ivan Cavallari, Marcia Haydee, Natalie Weir, Garry Stewart, David Jonathan, Timothy O’Donnell, Cass Mortimer Eipper, Gary Lang, Greg Horsman and Andre Santos just to name a few.

  • Christine Jaroszewski

Christine was born in New York. She started her international professional career at the age of 16 with the Basel Ballet in Switzerland. She then worked with various modern/contemporary choreographers. She has also participated in her own choreographic works at the “Young choreographer’s Workshop” with Zürich Ballet in 1990 and 1992. She only ended her rich and exciting career recently in 2017 after 6 years as Principal with Ballet am Rhein Dusseldorf-Duisburg, Germany where she performed the lead roles such as “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Romeo and Juliet” and many others on top of being exposed to Contemporary dance, improvisation and Yoga/Gyrokinesis practices.
In 2014, Christine became a Certified Teacher of the American Ballet Theatre's (ABT) National Training Curriculum.
In addition to her ballet training and career, Christine lived in India for 5 years, and taught ballet and "Yoga for Dancers", based on Gyrokinesis”R” for an educational diploma program with the Attakkallari Center for Movement Arts and Mixed Media in Bangalore

  • Lauren Murray

Lauren Murray was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and immigrated to Australia with her family in 2002. She began ballet at the age of 5 and she continued this alongside Rhythmic Gymnastics, acrobatics, jazz and athletics. Her passion for dance and performing led her to the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduating in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma. She furthered her classical education at the Charlesworth Institute and then went on to dance at the Dresden SemperOper, West Australian Ballet and the Staatsballett Hannover. She worked as a soloist under the direction of Joerg Mannes for seven years. She has danced a variety of repertoire and creations from full length classical ballets to neo classical pieces, modern dance and musicals by leading choreographers in all of these fields of dance. She is also a certified Gyrotonic®️and Gyrokinesis®️ trainer.

  • Alexander McKinnon

Alexander McKinnon was born and raised in Perth Western Australia. He began dancing at the age of ten, alongside swimming and football. He fondly remembers being attracted to dance because of the freedom of movement and expression it provided. His talent saw him travel to Melbourne at fourteen years of age to attend the Australian Ballet School. He graduated in 2010 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance and performed in both productions by the Dancers Company and the Australian Ballet. He worked in the Australian Ballet Educational Ensemble from 2011 - 2012. He then decided to audition abroad and began his European career with Ballet am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg under the direction of Martin Schlapfer from 2012 - 2014. He then joined Staatsoper Hannover as a Soloist, performing numerous leading roles. Alexander then decided to further his career by returning to Perth to study Arts Management at WAAPA with the intention to grow cultural and the arts in his hometown.

Garment Design:

  • Jane Ziemons (Melaleuca Rise. @melaleuca_rise)

Author / Researcher:

  • Shona Husk

Current Collaborators:

  • Shona Husk

  • Nina Levy

  • Leigh Hunter

  • Nicole Crisp

  • Gavin Nicklette

  • Gabriella Ullaga

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