Dance Directory hosted its first competition Melbourne Dance Championships with Backstage Dance Academy’s Tahlia Gerosa taking out first place in the 13 to 14-year-old section.

Tahlia Gerosa, 14, recently won the Melbourne Dance Championships with her lyrical routine choreographed by Timothy Barnes. It is an emotionally heavy routine, but a theme some young teenagers can associate with.

My interpretation of this routine is about self-blame and feeling like you have caused so much pain in someone else’s life. This routine is very emotionally powerful and means a lot to me,” explained Tahlia.

Tahlia is working hard to make a career in performing and already has professional credits to her name. Her extensive dance training gave her the tools to master the role of Alice in the professional production of Matilda the musical when it came to Melbourne.

Matilda. Photo James Morgan.

Being on the big stage at the Princess Theatre having the bright lights shine while hearing the audience applaud was truly the most amazing feeling. I met amazing people that I look up to and formed the best friendships,” said Tahlia, smiling.

The musical theatre superstar is already immersing herself in the contemporary realm too. She recently finished her performance season with Indefinite Dance Company at Melbourne’s iconic Meat Market. Under the direction of Tahlia’s idol Casey Chellew, she has expanded herself in the style of lyrical.

More than that, she has been a pivotal member of Scimm Dance Company alongside Melbourne’s best contemporary youth dancers.

Tahlia has a passion for dancing that goes beyond anything else. It seems her hard work ethic is now paying off.

I love dancing because I can move my body in ways I’ve never moved before.”

You can catch Tahlia in the upcoming showcase with Bind Productions dance company performing ‘ELEVATE’ on July 21, which is co-directed and choreographed by Fiona Luca and Zoee Marsh. 

Mish Mackay Photography.