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AMPA Bachelor of Dance students, Evie Morris and Kristin Martin, have been selected as mentors at the government-funded initiative, DanceOff! 

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Evie Morris in action at a previous DanceOff! Photo credit: DanceOff.com.au

DanceOff! is a three day camp directed by Kim Rhodes and Launce Roma. The camps have been operating since 2008 and were designed to inspire and engage gifted and talented dance students currently studying in primary and secondary school

Evie and Kristin will attend DanceOff!  as mentors where they will lead, inspire and  support young dancers, as well as gain insight into the management of a large -scale dance program.

Evie says, “
Our role will be to assist the teachers in their classes, help the camp run smoothly and be there for the students throughout the day and night and set an example for them so they can see where hard work and dedication can get you.

Kristin and I both participated throughout our high school years in the camps and were both selected to go to China with a group of selected students from the program for a cultural exchange- where we got to travel and perform around the country, meet with delegates and learn from other dancers there.”

To read more about DanceOff! please visit danceoff.com.au

Meet Mak, Shardyn and Tayzin from X-Factor phenomenon Brothers 3… The last year for the boys has been a whirlwind. 

Brothers 3 at AMPA

Before all of this began, the three Fahey-Leigh boys, who had all left high school early to study at university, split their time between the family home in Mudgee, and Sydney to study.

On top of this, the boys, all avid performers and creators, fulfilled hectic touring schedules around the state, winning country music awards as they went, attending class and completing assignments (two of the boys are studying music at AMPA), and maintained active social lives.

Life was busy enough.

And then, almost on a whim, the boys decided to enter the X Factor – Australia. With their breathtaking harmonies, obvious brotherly cohesion and impossible-not-to-like personalities, the boys, from the start, were a hit.

Since then, they’ve performed with Guy Sebastian, met Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, and were personally coached by Dannii Minogue. They’ve toured with Harrison Craig, and been featured in The Daily Telegraph, on Nova96.9 and on national breakfast television show, Sunrise. After consistent brilliant performances on X Factor, Brothers 3 made it through to the Grand Final of the show, and finished up third in the competition, behind winner Marlisa, and Dean Ray.

So who are the boys behind the music?

First, there’s Makirum – or Mak, as he is almost universally known.  Mak, 16, the youngest of the three is loud, bubbly and the jokester of the family. Quick-witted and cheeky, Mak does most of the talking.

Second youngest is Tayzin. Tayzin is also an affable joker, and, with his messy mop of dark hair, cops a reasonable amount of friendly banter from the other two for being a little on the goofy side.

Finally, the oldest of the three is Shardyn. Shardyn, 18, is the thinker of the brothers, and shares lead-singing duties with Mak.

Mak and Shardyn are studying Contemporary Music Performance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA), and Tayzin has just finished a Film & TV degree.

The video for Brothers 3 latest single, “The Lucky Ones”, outcharted Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’ in late 2014.

The Lucky Ones, according to the boys: “it’s a happy, feel-good kinda song”. To check it out now for yourself, click here: http://bit.ly/Brothers3

So what’s next for the boys?

After an extensive tour of NSW over the summer, Mak and Shardyn have gone back to AMPA to finish their music degrees. Brothers 3 are continuing to write, tour and record. Stay tuned to ampa.edu.au and Facebook.com/TheAMPA and we’ll keep you posted.

Brothers 3 Social Media:

TWITTER:  @Brothers_3Music

INSTAGRAM: Brothers3_Official

FACEBOOK: Brothers3.Oz