Jess' dance journey began initially just to try something different, meet new people and put herself outside of her comfort zone. However it soon became an urge to keep challenging herself and a love of the buzz she got from dancing and performing.
She began dancing six years ago with her first Brazilian Samba class and introduction into the Brazilian and Latin cultures and their fantastic dance styles. Since then she has danced with a number of different schools across Canberra and has learnt and performed a variety of Latin styles including Reggaeton, Axe/Brazilian Funk, Salsa, Bachata, as well as the Jamaican dance style, Dancehall. She has also trained in commercial styles such as Burlesque, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical/Contemporary. Jess has attended and performed in a number of Latin dance festivals, shows and other events across Australia. Since joining Subsdance just over a year ago she successfully auditioned to join the Glamourosas Brazilian Samba Team, Subsdance Dancehall Queens Crew, and the Subsdance EC Dance Crew. Since joining the performance teams, Jess has thrived on the energy, passion and dedication our teams bring to each style, routine and performance.
By chance, Brazilian Samba was the only dance class that was available at a time that suited her and her friend Jamie, when they were looking for a dance class that they could both attend. Six years on and she is still as thrilled with Brazilian Samba as when she first started, however now she is also as keen to extend her understanding of Brazilian Samba by learning more about the Brazilian culture, its people and its music.
Courtesy of the 2016 Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Jess was fortunate enough to be one of the dancers supporting the Canberra community Samba band. There was a great vibe amongst all of the performers and the crowds that lined the route. “I was thrilled to represent the South American culture and showcase Samba dancing whilst demonstrating support and love for our friends and family in the LGBTI community. It was great fun and a very proud moment for me.”
“Samba is my passion. It challenges, inspires and allows me to transforms myself into the most expressive and fierce version of myself." - Jessica Round