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HER STORY

Photo by Sara Deodato

Photo by Sara Deodato

With South African and Malaysian heritage, Nadiah "NfuZion" Idris was born in Melbourne, Australia. She is Australia’s first and currently only freelance dancer, choreographer and educator specialising in Dancehall and various African street dances on the international market. In fact, in her most recent solo world tour in 2015, she has finally broken into the international market with her unique vision of Dancehall and Afro.  She is a member of the global Dancehall collective - DANCA FAMILY - and Paris based house and all styles all female dance crew, Paradox-sal

Nadiah has been teaching weekly classes and conducting regular workshops throughout Australia since 2010 and more recently relocated to Paris, France which has given her the humbling opportunity to frequently tour around the world to share her dance.

To date she has taught in South Africa, Portugal, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Egypt, Canada, UK, USA, and even in the motherland, Jamaica!

Nadiah truly believes that "a great teacher will never stop being a student" as she constantly strives to broaden her knowledge in dance and acquire new skills to refine her craft. This clearly reflects Nadiah's extreme passion, generosity, and genuity in what she delivers in all aspects of her profession.

At the tender age of 6 years, Nadiah's family relocated to Malaysia and within the year she began attending the Didance Academy where the dance curriculum was traditional Balinese Folk Dance. Nadiah stopped Balinese dancing a few years into primary school but throughout those years, she continued exploring her own movement. She often choreographed various dance and cheerleading routines for school events. It was also during these years that Nadiah discovered her natural movement and the art of freestyle.

Upon graduating high school, from mid 2004 to 2005, Nadiah completed a full-time dance course with the Celestar Studio of Performing Arts where she trained in a wide range of styles. Nadiah achieved training in Ballet to an intermediate level in RAD Syllabus, Jazz to Level 4 in CSOPA Syllabus and Indian Classical Bharatanatyam to First Alarippu.

In 2005, Nadiah relocated to Brisbane to continue dancing and further her studies at University. After 2 years of searching for the right dance school, she finally discovered Mad Dance House (MDH) where she diligently attended classes at every opportunity, nearly forfeiting her degree in the process. In 2008, Amelia Lynch introduced Dancehall to MDH and that is when Nadiah discovered her true niche. She competed in the Brisbane Dancehall Queen competition and flew to Sydney to represent Brisbane in the national finals. She was crowned Dancehall Queen of Australia after which she went on to perform at various events and with numerous local, interstate and international artists, bands and DJs.

Despite Nadiah’s passion for dancing, she managed to finally graduate in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Marine Biology. However, she chose not to pursue a career in the Science field for a while and decided to focus on building her career as a performance artist instead. In 2010, Nadiah immersed herself completely by undertaking the year long Professional Performers Course offered by the Raw Dance Company where received intensive training in Musical Theatre, Hip- Hop, Technical Jazz, Funk Tap, Afro Jazz, Samba, Ballet, Acrobatics and many more styles. During this time, Nadiah also extended her skills to aerial circus arts and trained for over 2 years in Tissu, Lyra and Static Trapeze.

Since Nadiah's change in her career path nearly 7 years ago, she has gained recognition in the Australian dance industry due to her freestyle and choreographed performance skills, unique movement, appearance and versatility to perform various styles. As Nadiah’s dance spirit truly lies in the freestyle world, she has also been recognized at home for being one of the strongest influential females in the underground scene of her time. As a result, in the recent years, Nadiah has also been active in organising events dedicated to cultivate, uplift and encourage growth and unity in her community.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Winner of Juste Debout 2017 Dancehall category
  • Member of Paradox-Sal
  • Member of DANCA FAMILY
  • So You Think You Can Dance AUSTRALIA Season 4 Top 20
  • Original cast for Laure Courtellemont's production DARE TO DANCEHALL
  • Winner of Boom Badda Dan JAMAICA 2017 Prelims
  • Guest artist for Fed Square NYE 2015 Concert
  • Guest interstate artist for Miss Africa Perth 2016
  • Featured dancer for the Australian tour of BLAZE, the hit UK international street dance sensation
  • Backup dancer for MAJOR LAZER at Ourhouse Festival 2012, New Zealand 
  • Choreographer for Australian movie ‘Now Add Honey’ and TV shows ‘Offspring’ and ‘Upper Middle Bogan’ 
  • Backup dancer for Kanye West at Splendour in the Grass 2011
  • Guest interstate artist for the G20 Cultural Summit 2014 event in Brisbane
  • Co-choreographer and dancer for White Night 2015, Melbourne
  • Principal dancer for “SANKOFA”, an Afro- Contemporary dance work by Asanti Dance Theatre  
  • Choreographer and backup dancer for Bec Laughton at Easterfest 2013
  • Supporting act and backup dancer for Ce’Cile Australia Tour at Pull Up Selector 4 
  • Choreographer and/or featured dancer in music video clips for local and international artists including Zinhle & Trademark (SA), Redsan (KEN), (Mantra (AUS), Lisa Viola (AUS), Bec Laughton (AUS), Rise at Night (USA), Taddy P (JAM) , etc.
  • PA and Stage Manager for the RAW: Natural Born Artists event launch in Melbourne, Australia 
  • Judge for multiple dance competitions and battles world wide
  • OFF Sessions events
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