MELANIE MORAVSKI DECHNICZ, Merited (Performing) Artist of Ukraine



Performing Ukrainian Cossack dancing since the age of 3, taught by his grandmother, Australian Ukrainian Dance pioneer Natalia Tyrawski, Alex has been teaching Ukrainian Dance for over 15 years. Alex is one of the famous Cossack Brothers of Melbourne and has performed and toured with various Australian Ukrainian Dance Companies over the years. From the Sydney 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremony, AFL Footy Show, Folklorama Festival (Canada) to countless festivals, weddings and corporate shows, Alex is a great asset to the team, inspiring boys of all ages with his experience and extensive range of solos.


Trained in Vaganova Classical Ballet and National Character from a young age in Russia, Tatiana has been dancing for 30 years. She specialises in cross cultural dance including, Ukrainian. Tatiana has toured nationally and internationally with a range of Companies.


Performed with Lastivka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Taiisa Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Verchovyna Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Cathy has been dancing for 32 years and choreographing and teaching Ukrainian Dance for 15 years. She is an experienced performer having toured and performed nationally around Australia and Internationally to Thailand and Ukraine.






Simon's background is as a dancer, training at the Royal Ballet in London and working with the Bejart Ballet company in Europe. He later studied physical theater and acrobatics with the late Johnny Hutch (A British legend in circus and acrobatics) and with Niall Grifiths sports acrobatic club and Spellbound, their elite display squad. 
Simon's accolades include training and performing in London's West End as an acrobat/dancer/singer and actor. He has featured in nearly fifty Television commercials as well as a few short films. Simon fell in love with Australia while working for the renown Australian company, Global Creatures, performing in 'How to train your Dragon' and has been here ever since. 
Simon also teachers at Limber Sports Performance,  Patrick Studios Australia and The Space Dance & Arts School.  

Katie Cook

Katie Cook was born in Sydney and began her dance training in ballet at the age of 5 before moving to Melbourne to study at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet under Christine Walsh. In 2014 she graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Dance and a qualification to teach the Ballet Conservatoire syllabus. After spending a year teaching ballet and experimenting with circus arts and contemporary dance, Katie decided to broaden her artistic interests at the Victorian College of the Arts, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance). Katie has performed in full-length ballets with the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet and contemporary works at the Victorian College of the Arts working with choreographers including Gideon Obarzanek, Lee Serle and Ayman Harper. Katie has also performed in various small arts endeavours including film productions, modelling shoots and short dance works and had her choreographic debut with her work Dual Process as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018.