We are an inclusive dance company based on coming together, sharing, diversity and party vibes. Founded in 2017 by Zoe Mitchell and Erika Goldsmith, this dynamic duo have a background in dance, community development and facilitation. They started Bring A Plate to challenge Australian society's perception of who can dance, how to dance and where to dance. We do this through our weekly casual outdoor dance classes, our performance crew that specialise in flashmob, our quarterly dance party, live sessions and dancing in public whenever we can!
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!
Co-Founder, Director & Facilitator
Erika is a performing artist, producer and cultural community development practitioner based in Brisbane. She holds a double degree comprising a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Bachelor of Human Services at Queensland University of Technology, and is currently completing 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.
As a dancer and artist she has spent over 20 years training in a range of dance forms including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Bollywood, Indian Folk & Classical, Afro, Dancehall, Cuban Rumba and other Latin styles. She was a principle dancer at Dance Masala for the last 5 years and is now dancing with Y.C.V studios.
As a cultural community development practitioner, she has predominantly worked with at-risk youth and CALD communities. She has developed and implemented programs in a range of challenging contexts including Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre, Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Nauru, Brisbane Youth Service and Logan Street University, an alcohol and drug support youth centre.
She is a founding member and the director of Kinetic Collective an Arts for International Development NGO that collaboratively develops creative approaches to challenging social and environmental issues that affect communities around the world. This has involved implemented multi-art form projects including several major DFAT-funded projects with artists from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, The Philippines & Sudan.
Erika is the Dance Development Officer at Ausdance QLD as of March 2019 and is furthering her mission to get Queensland dancing from an advocacy and peak body context.
Shaun 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. Shaun 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.
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.
Co-Founder & Facilitator
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, which she completed in 2014. During her final semester, she spent three and a half months in southern India working with a local NGO called Timbaktu Collective on a women’s empowerment program in remote and very disadvantaged villages near Bangalore. For the past two years she has been employed by Brisbane Youth Service in two differing youth work roles. She has supported young people at risk of homelessness through brief intervention as well as in a case management capacity.
She continues to devise the many ways in which she can use the expression of dance as a way of inciting social change and justice. This has seen her facilitate a range of dance workshops with young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds in local schools and in remote schools in the Northern Territory as well as with young refugees at Brisbane NGO Romero Centre. The objective of these dance workshops is to improve the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of students, strengthen student engagement with school, break isolation and build skills in teamwork and communication. She has hosted flash mobs for events such as ‘Forget Me Not Children’s Home’ fundraiser in 2016, which raised awareness around child trafficking in Nepal.
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!
(a.k.a Ranger Randy)
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!
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.
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.