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VIDEO: Former X Factor contestant teaches hip hop in Rocky

IT was watching her brother's hip hop moves that first inspired Katrina "Kat" Risteska when she was a toddler. 

The then three-year-old would peer through the cracks of the door of the dance studio where her brother and students were learning the latest moves.

"My brother was a dancer and I idolised him and watched him at dance class," Kat said.

Kat has come a long way from learning to dance as a toddler. She's competed on So You Think You Can Dance, appeared o the TV show Dance Academy and showed off her vocal skills on X Factor.

Now the 23-year-old is sharing her dancing talent at one of Rockhampton's dance studios.

Kat, who moved to Rocky this year with her partner and former The Collective singer Zach Russell, is teaching kids, teens and adults the latest hip hop moves.

Katrina Kat Risteska is teaching hip-hop classes at Michael Robertson's Studio of Dance and Musical Theatre, pictured with students (back) Marnie Hungerford, Lily Fokas, Matariki Kibblewhite-Claus (front) Jeremy Fokas, Lucy McCartney, Madison Bailey, Georgiana Russell and Ella Kibblewhite-Claus. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Katrina Kat Risteska is teaching hip-hop classes at Michael Robertson's Studio of Dance and Musical Theatre, pictured with students (back) Marnie Hungerford, Lily Fokas, Matariki Kibblewhite-Claus (front) Jeremy Fokas, Lucy McCartney, Madison Bailey, Georgiana Russell and Ella Kibblewhite-Claus. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill

Michael Robertson Studio of Dance and Musical Theatre has Kat teaching the new classes and are excited for locals to have a teacher with her experience.  

Owner of the studio, Michael Roberston, said they've always wanted to introduce hip hop but haven't had a teacher that specialised in that field.

"Kat is an amazing teacher and is so fresh, its great have her, and her background is amazing with experience in the industry," Michael said.

And while the class has been popular with the kids, Michael said they haven't forgotten about the adults who want to have a go, with open classes offered.

Kat said that hip hop is for everyone and at the end of the day is a bit of fun.

"Hip hop is really free, it's technical based, but it's about letting your body speak," Kat said.  

Topics:  dance, hip hop classes, x factor




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