GROOVY MOVE FOR TEACHER
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.
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.