Jemma started Belrose Physie in 2012 when she realised that there was a need for a more progressive and contemporary dance style in the Belrose/Forest area. Having taught alongside very experienced and successful Physie teachers since she was 13, she felt that the time was right to take the leap and begin a small club of her own.
Physie is in Jemma's blood, and the connections that Physie brings between mothers and daughters is one of her favourite parts of the sport. Having done Physie herself, her mother started her and her sister at the local club when Jemma was just 6 years old. This is an element of the sport Jemma is looking forward to sharing with her own daughter in the years to come.
As an experienced Primary School teacher from the local area, Jemma combines her two passions of education and dance to create a fun, safe and rewarding environment in which her students are encouraged to reach their personal goals, improve their dance and fitness skills and most importantly have fun!!
Jemma teaches all ages, from tiny tots through to ladies. Since opening the club in 2012, Jemma has seen all her students grow, improve and blossom in confidence. However, the club's achievements that stand out are the three National Champion titles, numerous National placegetters in Junior, Senior and Ladies sections, and in particular in 2016 when Jemma had three Junior teams and two senior teams place 1st in their respective sections.
Still competing herself at the highest level, Jemma achieved the pinnacle of Physie and Dance in 2013 when she won the National Title in the U33 Ladies section. In addition to her National Title, Jemma has also achieved numerous other National Top 6 places throughout her 25 year Physie career. As a result of her experience in competing at the highest level, Jemma understands what it takes to achieve such results at the annual National Competitions.
Both physie and dance have been an integral part of Millie's life since the age of six. She is trained in a variety of dance styles, however classical ballet has always been Millie’s passion. At the age of twelve, Millie was selected for and had the privilege of training with the Australian Ballet School as part of their Interstate Training Program. Being part of this program for two years gave her the opportunity to train under some of Australia’s leading ballet teachers and choreographers.
Since her first year of physie, Millie has competed at the National Level. She has made a number of National Finals and has also been awarded a National Place on four occasions, with her highest placing being a National 3rd.
Millie began teaching at Belrose Physie & Dance in 2012, teaching alongside her Aunty, Jemma Owens. Millie teaches all ages, although she especially enjoys the challenge of teaching the 13-15 years, Seniors, Ladies and Technique classes. Amongst her highlights as a physie teacher are assisting her students in achieving National Finals and Placings, including two National Titles. She is also notably proud of achieving both a 1st and 4th Place in the A Grade 13-15 year Team Section in 2016.
Millie is currently in her second year of studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, at the Australian Catholic University. After finishing her degree, Millie hopes to continue with a Master’s degree, specialising in either sport or dance specific physiotherapy.
Olivia has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She started physie when she was 8 and loves it! She is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, lyrical, jazz and musical theatre but her passion is physie. Since starting physie she has competed at National 4 years running- yet to make a final she is working hard toward getting to the Opera House finals this year! Olivia has also been a part of 3 winning Belrose teams!
Olivia started assisting Jemma 2 years ago- demonstrating in the 5-8s class. This year she is co-teaching the tiny tots and assisting with the 5-8s class with Jemma.
Olivia is in year 11 at Davidson High school. As well as physie and dance she loves to play the flute and on a Sunday you will find her playing soccer for Wakehurst FC. She loves teaching all the Belrose physie kids and hopes to be a part of this club for many, many years to come!
Eloise has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been a member of Belrose Physie and dance since the age of 8. During her time at Belrose Physie, Eloise has competed in the APDA National Championships for 5 consecutive years and has also competed in many award winning teams for the club.
Eloise is also trained in many other dance styles including Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet and contemporary, regularly competing in local eisteddfods. Eloise loves physie as it crosses through all disciplines of dance. She is looking forward to offering support and encouragement to the younger girls of the club and helping them achieve their goals.
This year Eloise will be co-teaching the tiny tots and assisting with the 5-8s class with Jemma.
Julie started physie when she was 5 years old. She only competed for a few years but the fond physie memories from her childhood lead her back to physie when looking for some extra dance for her daughter Olivia when she was 8. After coming back to physie at the age of 42 she competed in the Beginner ladies section and has now progressed to the Intermediate ladies.
Julie has competed in several successful ladies teams including being a part of a combined winning Belrose/Narraweena (Xdream) team! She became a member of Belrose Physie in 2013 and loves that this sport is something she can share as a mum with her daughter! There are not too many sports where this can happen and that make physie very special!
As well as our Club Secretary this year Julie will be our relief/assistant teacher for the tinies and the 5-8s. She loves that physie is such a social activity while it also keeps her mind and body active and its a sport that can be done by ladies of all shapes and sizes!