GROOVY MOVE FOR TEACHER

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

STU­DENTS at one of the Gold Coast’s most pop­u­lar dance schools will be mov­ing to the beat of a dif­fer­ent drum af­ter their teacher won a lot­tery – of sorts.

An­thony Ikin has sold the Var­sity Lakes dance stu­dio he founded 17 years ago, Ikin Dance Aus­tralia, to two of its favourite teach­ers – hus­band and wife Sid Mathur and Kar­lee Alex.

Ikin said he made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to sell af­ter he won the lot­tery – the US Green Card Lot­tery.

“I did win the Green Card Lotto, but I am not per­ma­nently mov­ing to LA (Los An­ge­les),” he said.

“I love LA so much and am so ex­cited to split my time be­tween here and there, but the Gold Coast will re­main my home – be­cause I bloody love it.”

Ikin, a for­mer sports aer­o­bics world cham­pion and chore­og­ra­pher who founded the Ti­tans cheer squad when the club de­buted in 2007, will keep the Global Dance Pro part of the busi­ness – “my rein­vented ver­sion of a full-time dance course”.

“I am chang­ing the dance course game up a lit­tle,” he said. Stu­dents will now com­plete Terms 1-3 on the Gold Coast be­fore join­ing Ikin in Los An­ge­les for Term 4.

“I will take them all to LA – the big­gest and best dance hub in the world – to train with the best dancers and chore­og­ra­phers in the world,” he said.

The an­nual Green Card Lot­tery, also known as the Di­ver­sity Visa Lot­tery, is a US Gov­ern­ment pro­gram that makes 55,000 per­ma­nent res­i­dent cards (green cards) avail­able to peo­ple from “un­der­rep­re­sented coun­tries” to al­low them and their fam­i­lies to live, study and work in the US.

Ikin, the brother of for­mer Bris­bane Bron­cos star Ben Ikin, had four stu­dents when he opened the doors of his stu­dio 17 years ago. The school now has hun­dreds of dance stu­dents of all ages and abil­i­ties on its books.

“I think shows like So You Think You Can Dance have re­ally helped the pop­u­lar­ity of dance in gen­eral – and es­pe­cially with more boys want­ing to dance, which makes me so happy,” Ikin said.

The stu­dio’s sale fol­lows a huge year that saw Ikin wed his part­ner Pe­ter Cun­ning­ham in New Zealand (be­fore Aus­tralia’s same-sex mar­riage law re­form) and chore­o­graph the dance com­po­nents of the Com­mon­wealth Games Open­ing and Clos­ing Cer­e­monies.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

An­thony Ikin (cen­tre) with the new own­ers of his Ikin Dance Stu­dio, Kar­lee Alex and Sid Mathur – An­thony is selling up af­ter win­ning the US Green Card Lot­tery.

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