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OCCUPATION DANCER/SINGER/ACTOR/MAKE-UP ARTIST
DANCE STYLE CONTEMPORARY JAZZ
There is no doubt that Rhys Bobridge has star quality, in fact, he oozes with it. Where to start with this absolutely fabulous Adelaide-born, Melbourne-based dancer? The fact he jokes that when he was born, he fell out of his mother and into the splits? What about fave colours listed as neon yellow and electric purple? Nah, let’s go with what he reckons are his weaknesses; vanity (‘I never met a mirror I didn’t like’) and anyone with a cheeky smile and a killer bod. With this performer in the Top 20, rest assured: hilarity will ensue.
Rhys, 26, started his career as a child model at age five for the agency Mostly Kids, where he worked on fashion shoots, TV commercials and runway shows. He studied Dance, Drama and Voice from the age of seven to 16 at the Johnny Young Talent School in Adelaide, and perform locally at shopping centres, fetes and fairs in the school holidays. After a brief stint at the Victorian College of Arts Secondary School, he moved to Taiwan at age 17 for four-and-a-half months to perform in a theme park, Leofoo Village. Back in Australia he began work as an elf for children’s entertainment group, The Fairies, which he still maintains a commitment to.
At age 20, Rhys left the city of churches for the culture capital of Australia, Melbourne. He now works as a commercial dancer/performer, as well as a freelance make-up artist (he once did Deborah Lee Furness’ make-up). He’s also been working as a drag performer since he was 17, for corporate functions, night clubs and dance parties. He describes it as “incredibly liberating to take on another persona and do things you wouldn’t have the guts to as your everyday self”.
Liberated and gutsy – that’s our Rhys! Stylistically, Rhys is a Jazz/Commercial dancer and his background in various types of performance means he knows how to keep audiences’ eyes trained to his every twist and every turn. Free, interpretive, stylised and sharp. Y’all ready for this?
Key quote: “I am fire – watch me burn up your screen!”