about

Bring A Plate are an inclusive dance company that has been bringing people together, celebrating diversity and creating safe spaces since 2017. We operate as a non-for-profit social enterprise and can be found activating urban and green spaces throughout Brisbane and beyond. 

MISSION

Getting people dancing! 

VISION

Challenge and change Australian society's perception of who can dance, how to dance and where to dance.

CORE VALUES

community

inclusion

creativity

agency

sustainability

fun

ACTIVITIES

  • weekly casual outdoor dance classes

  • dance crew "The People" that specialise in flashmobs

  • quarterly safe and inclusive dance party

  • live sessions with local musicians

  • workshops and community programs

  • dancing in public whenever we can!

WHY 'BRING A PLATE'?

The term 'bring a plate' is Australian slang that means to bring some food along to a gathering to share with everyone. It doesn't have to be on a plate, it can be any dish.  This is what we are all about! Everyone brings something different to the dance-floor and everyone has something to share! What’s your flava?

BEGINNINGS

Founded by dynamic duo Erika Jayne Goldsmith & Zoe Mitchell Bring A Plate or BAP as its fondly known began with a dance class in a PCYC hall in Fortitude Valley.  After only two sessions it was decided that being outside is awesome and we have been boogying in our public backyard ever since. Over the years we built an incredible community and family of creative facilitators who keep the BAP ship afloat. 

As of 2020 Zoe Bauer & Jacq Driscoll officially dedicated themselves to the boogie and came on board as co-directors. We are now a public company & registered charity, with an incredible team of multi-skilled facilitators with backgrounds in dance, music, theatre, community development, social work, youth work, exercise physiology, sustainability education and creative therapy. 

 

Meet the gang below!

our people

ERIKA JAYNE GOLDSMITH 

(she/her)

Director / Admin, Design & Creative Production / Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

Erika is a performing artist, producer and cultural community development practitioner based in Meanjin. 

 

As a dance artist she has trained and worked across multiple cultural and contemporary dance forms. Currently she performs with Y.C.V an International Street Dance Company in Brisbane and was previously performing with Dance Masala, Queensland's premier Bollywood Dance Company.  She is the founding director of Kinetic Collective an organisation that utilises the arts for international development.

 

Her studies have included a double degree comprising of a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Bachelor of Human Services at Queensland University of Technology, and in the works is a Masters in Communication for Social Change at the University of Queensland. She is also a Dance/Movement Therapist in training and completed the Alternative Route Dance Therapy Program at the Dance Therapy Centre in Montreal.

 

From 2019 until earlier this year she has been working at Ausdance Queensland as a dance development consultant and producer. 

Currently she is pouring her heart into Bring A Plate, her new contemporary dance company NUDO and freelancing as a community development consultant. 


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JACQ DRISCOLL

(she/her)

Director / Sales & Business Development / Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane 

Jacq is a vivacious artist, educator, and adventurer. 

 

She has worked in facilitation and presentations at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Biome Eco Stores, and Brisbane City Council. In 2019 she switched gears from sustainability and environmental education to focus on learning about creativity and expression. She holds a diploma in Creative Art Therapy and is working towards a master's in Counseling, with a hope to specialise in vocal and movement therapy. After overcoming her own vocal injury many years ago, she now advocates for creative expression for confidence, self-awareness, and quality of life. She brings this knowledge of vocal pedagogy to the BAP team and into her musical project Jacq Heart. When she isn't creating she is probably up a mountain or in a creek, enjoying the solitude and peace that nature brings.

 

After attending BAP classes in 2018 her life has never been the same! While she loves performing for a crowd performing with "The People", she is passionate about using her skills in networking, business development, and engagement to spread awareness about the many benefits of community art,  expression, and movement. 

ZOE MITCHELL 

(she/her)

Director / Research & Evaluation / Facilitator

Alice Springs

Since she was 18-years-old Zoe has performed at Australian festivals (Woodford, Dreaming, Island vibes, Earth Frequency, Splendour in the Grass) and international festivals as a dancer for Spankinhyde, an African drumming and dancing troupe, as well as KOOII, a Brisbane-based ‘world music’ group.

 

She holds a combined degree in Bachelor of Human Services and a Bachelor of Justice, majoring in criminology. During her final semester, she travelled to southern India to work with a local NGO called Timbaktu Collective on a women’s empowerment program. For the past two years she has been employed by Brisbane Youth Service in differing youth work roles. 

 

Utilising the expression of dance as a way of inciting social change and justice, she has facilitated a range of dance workshops with young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in Brisbane schools and in remote schools in the Northern Territory as well as with young refugees at Brisbane NGO Romero Centre. 

In June 2019 Zoe followed her gut and headed out west to live in Alice Springs where she is continue to practice as a youth worker and ready to set up the next Bring A Plate space!

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ZOE BAUER

(she/her)

Director / Human Resources / Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

Zoe our groove sister, loves to express herself through dance and sees this as a very fundamental way of connecting with others and the world. Having experienced the magic of what movement has to offer physically, mentally and emotionally, Zoe completed an Honours degree in Human Movement Science, majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Queensland in 2017. Zoe is also a qualified and experienced Yoga and Pilates teacher. She has a passion for helping and empowering anyone of any ability to move and simply loves to be creative. Since joining Bring a Plate in 2018, Zoe’s mind has been opened to the power of community dance; she is excited to be a part of creating positive social change through coming together, celebrating diversity and challenging Australia’s perception of dance.

SAMMIE LUCK

(he/him)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

Sammie Luck is a music maker and groovy shaker. With his background in musical performance, it was only natural that dancing would be in his veins. From Hip Hop to Bollywood, Tap Dance to Jazz, Sammie's love of music encompassed it all, especially pop music. It wasn't until Erika showed Sammie the art of Beyonce that really got his moves into formation. He is so excited to be a part of the 'Bring a Plate' team, and is ready to show Australia that anyone can slay, all day.

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MIRANDA KELLY

(she/her)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

Often the first and last person on the dance floor, this groove sister will find any excuse to have a good boogie! Followed by music her whole life, Miranda started singing and songwriting as a teen, and now fronts her band Miranda vs Arizona. Also undergoing her last year of a Science degree in Ecology, she is extremely passionate about the world around us and sustaining our natural ecosystems, dreaming of someday becoming a ranger in the national parks of Australia and beyond. Joining the BAP family one year ago now, she has never looked back, finding the challenge of dancing in public space a beautiful thrill. Naturally a mover and groover, she finds music and dance the best way to let go and be herself, and believes that ANYONE can dance, and ANYWHERE can be a dance floor!

KALPANA PRASAD

(she/her)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane 

Kalpana (she/her) is Brisbane's bhangra QUEEN, however, her dance adventures also include hip hop, reggaeton, afro, and bollywood. She is the founder of Bhangra United, a Brisbane based bhangra squad where she teaches, choreographs and performs. If she's not flashmobbing or dancing bhangra, you will find her dancing in class somewhere else, or participating in other community events! Kal is passionate about advocating for women's rights and inspiring change via social action, particularly in the area of sexual violence.

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MORGAN DUDLEY

(he/him)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

From a young age Morgan has loved dancing. Even as a baby, if a tune was playing, he could be found bopping his head or scooting around on his bottom. Since then his dance values have stayed the same and booty shaking moves feature heavily in all his dancing. Morgan's primary background is in swing dancing and jazz music, yet he can't help dancing to almost anything with rhythm. As a student of Social Science majoring in Health and Illness, Morgan has a keen interest in chronic health and the beneficial effect of community dance across all aspects of health. In his dance teaching he strives to make a class environment where people are able to have fun and have a laugh. He believes that as long as people are enjoying themselves in dance classes, then everything else will follow.

ALLIRAH FISHER

(she/her)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane 

Allirah is a Ewamin, Birriah and Wakka-Wakka women born and raised in Brisbane. From a young age she was heavily involved in the arts, performing and competing in various competitions and eisteddfods. At 12 years old she began teaching Jazz and Tap to young children. It was through her teens she found her identity in Hip-Hop. Since then she has taught and choreographed for many different studios, company’s and projects. Currently, she is training at Swarm Studios and strives to always remain teachable in all areas. Her lived experience, community involvement and heart for social justice motivated her to begin her studies in Human Services. Throughout her career she has worked in several different roles across various Non-for-Profit and community-controlled organisations. Her highlight has been working within the Indigenous Community as an Aboriginal Outreach Worker. She is passionate about mental health, activism and education. However, today she spends most of her time raising three young children, drinking coffee and listening to gangsta rap.

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ADAM STANLEY JENSEN

(he/him)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane 

Adam started dancing at the age of 14, shaking his groove thang to the infamous ‘Single Ladies’. Ever since, he has followed his passion for dancing and even went on to do full-time dance courses. Tap, contemporary, hip hop, ballet, heels and Bollywood are just a few styles he has trained in. With a thirst for knowledge and hips that don’t lie, Adam has received his Cert IV in Dance and Cert IV in Fitness, continuing to learn more about dance, culture and community to this day.

DANIEL CABRERA

(he/him)

Facilitator

Gold Coast

Daniel Cabrera (aka Dani Cabs) is an actor, emcee and physical comedian/clown based in Brisbane, Australia. He has performed original work in numerous comedy and arts festivals, such as Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe and has appeared on Australian TVCs.

He has trained with La Boite Theatre (Brisbane) and in various forms of clown and physical comedy/theatre with award-winning physical comedian Dr. Brown (Phillip Burgers, L.A), Anna Yen (Brisbane) and Danielle Cresp (Melbourne). Starting out as a self trained clown in 2014, Dani created two solo shows that toured Australia, the latter, Poncho Orange, is an ongoing project.

In mid 2016 Dani started to reach out to fellow artists and look for ways to collaborate, leading to roving performances at Jungle Love Festival, emcee of a two hour cabaret for Sydney based Plastik Soup at Lost Paradise Festival, the making of his third fringe show, a duo with fellow clown Barnie Duncan called Weekend at Barnie's and most recently part of Debase Productions roving troupe "The SQUAD" for Festival 2018/Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Dani is now a regular dancer and facilitator with Guru Dudu's Silent Disco Walking Tours, and Bring a Plate Dance - taking dance to the streets and engaging and allowing everyday people to become stars.

Dani's passion is play, he hopes that through clowning, roving, and performance he'll be able to reach out to audiences and encourage them to find their inner child and play along with him and/or whatever team he is a part of at the time.

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NADIA MILFORD

(she/her)

Facilitator

Gold Coast

Nadia is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, inspired by a vision to create a more compassionate world. She uses dance as a movement for empowerment, freedom and, above all, fun. As a contemporary dancer, she blends styles across genres to create unique and funky choreography that is all about motivating and energising its performers.

AMANDA HAWORTH

(she/her)

Facilitator

Gold Coast

Mandy can often be found doing bizarre things in public spaces. She has been involved in many Public Activation Projects across Australia, using participatory performance, dance and music as a tool for social justice, connectivity and environmental awareness. Trained as a performer & facilitator, she holds a BA in Applied & Contemporary Theatre and her Yoga Teaching Qualification. Her training has allowed her to work as a Children’s Play Therapist, Silent Disco Walking Tour Guide, Team Building Facilitator and Yoga/Meditation Guide, with ambitions of one day co-sharing a holistic creative therapies space. She’s always up for a singalong, loves bad jokes and will find any opportunity to jam!

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MELANIE FISHER

(she/her)

Facilitator

Gold Coast

Melanie is an experienced dance, barre and yoga facilitator with a deep passion for the healing arts. A dancer since early childhood, movement has always been a profound outlet for her self expression. She has a strong background in performing arts, and has trained and performed in the styles of ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, tap and aerial hoop. During her time in Melbourne, she was drawn to study dance movement therapy, and has since devoted the passed 5 years to learning in the areas of counselling, meditation, yoga, and psychology. She is passionate about the importance of community and self-expression to promote mental wellness, and believes dancing is the ultimate medicine!

our collaborators

Jax Oliver Studio

(he/him)

Photographer / Videographer

Meanjin / Brisbane

With a background in conservation, Jackson is a passionate Photographer and Videographer working with a diverse range of clients, ranging from immersive photojournalistic projects abroad to detailed creative shoots in the fashion and arts industries back home in Australia. Jackson works with both photographic and video mediums to communicate conservation, social issues, community and creative arts projects.

Currently based in Brisbane and immersed in its creative scene, Jackson has developed an extensive portfolio of events, music videos, commercial shoots and commissioned projects.  His past clients include Sea Shepherd, Ford, Volvo, Mindstar, Airbnb, Movember Foundation, Go Healthy Vitamins, VOPO, Kiss the Berry, Peach and Stonie, Lily and Lord, Ausdance, The Buttercats and Purple Sneakers.

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Naavikaran

(they/she)

Facilitator

Meanjin / Brisbane

Naavikaran is a trans, migrant of colour from India. Their work in the community includes supporting vulnerable young people in Brisbane who are disadvantaged and in particular those who are trans and gender diverse. Naavi embodies the concept of artivism. Using art to promote activism, they explore body movement and spoken word to validate the experiences people of minority identities and to encourage them to take up space within the mainstream.

Naavi played an integral part in establishing Bring A Plate's Strategic Plan for 2020 which saw the group establish themselves as a registered Non-For-Profit Social Enterprise. You can now find them doing all manner of creative and meaningful work. We recommend you follow them immediately!