Meet the Team

Dave Chauhan

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CEO

• Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Management

• Project Management Professional - PMI USA

• Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering

• Leadership Level-3 Course 

 

Dave instantaneously fell in love with Z Fit Studios when he attended a student performance night, popularly known as The End of Term Party. He is a strong believer of the amazing value and various other important elements that Z Fit Studios brings to the community. 

 

Dave has been involved with Z Fit Studios for over three years now, working in the background to run various business processes and continuous improvement initiatives. He is very excited to have taken over the challenge of leading this organisation as the CEO and working towards building a stronger and even more vibrant community.  

Dave's previous assignments include working with several large corporate and multinational organisations in various capacities including organisations like Monash University, Woodward Inc, Cushman & Wakefield and others.

His vision is to provide the best customer experience to all the Z Fit Studios' patrons and increase the value proposition that this amazing organisation brings to the community.

He takes pleasure in introducing you to this amazing, talented, endlessly creative and professional team at Z Fit Studios who make it such an incredible organisation. 

Saari Frochot-Chauhan

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Director & Fitness Manager

 

Instructor in: Circus, Dance, Fitness, Pole, Wellbeing, KidZ and TeenZ

 

• Bachelor of Education 

• Certificate III Fitness

• Circus Training Australia Teachers Course – Aerial Fundamentals & Australia Teachers Course – Aerial Hoop Level 1-7 

• Compass Leadership Program

• Bunzee Dance Certified Instructor & Bunzee Fitness Certified Instructor

• Pound Pro Training

• Zumba Basic 1 & Basic 2, Zumba Gold, Zumba Pro Skills, Sentao, Toning, Zumbatomic

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

Saari is the Director of Z Fit Studios, a multi-award-winning studio that offers classes in Circus, Dance, Fitness Pole and Wellbeing. She left her career as a teacher to follow her passion and build Z Fit Studios into a thriving diverse and inclusive community that enhances an individual’s fitness and enriches their creativity.

 

She was the inaugural winner of the Regional Business Women’s Award 2018 for her efforts with Z Fit Studios. Saari has been dancing for over 30 years. Her favourite style is Burlesque and a highlight performance in her career was in 2014 when she performed in Paris at La Manufacture as an international guest artist. She was thrilled to be selected as an aerial performer for the Poppet head project in 2018. And in 2019 loved the task of co-directing Smoke & Mirrors, a play that included 80 Z Fit Studios performers.

 

Above all Saari loves seeing the benefits that Z Fit Studios can provide, both physical and psychological and chatting to her clients to hear how Z Fit Studios has changed their life. She along with her amazing team, invite you to let it change yours.

Robbie Brassington

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Circus Department Manager 

Instructor in: Circus, Dance, Pole, Wellbeing, KidZ, TeenZ and IncluZFit

• Bachelor of Dance (Victorian College of the Arts)

• Bunzee Dance Certified Instructor

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

Robbie is a dancer, teacher and performer with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts and has been working in the dance industry professionally since 2011 across multiple dance forms. 

 

A founding member of Liquid Skin Dance and Menagerie. He has also worked in Melbourne with Creative Behaviours, Stephanie Lake, Amanda Lever, and more. He performed in the first iteration of "Hooked", an ongoing exploration of relationship expectations and gender roles in Sydney which has been pioneered and choreographed by Jay Bailey. 

 

Since moving to Bendigo he has become more interested in community-based dance and performance projects including working with ChunkyMove (“Simulcast”), Terry and the Cuz (“Sk!n”), Sam Thomas (Castlemaine State Festival and “Artlands”), as well as creating his own show “Take Flight” in 2018 and being Head-Choreographer in “Smoke and Mirrors” in 2019 with incredible support from the Z Fit Studios team.

 

Robbie is an award-winning community artist with strong roots in teaching and youth workshops to develop the next generation of dance artists including workshops that have focused on fostering talent in young males with a passion for dance as well as a mentorship project centred on developing Flash Mob creation, development, and performance with young dance artists. 

 

Robbie has also become more and more involved in the disability sector with his teaching of the IncluZFit program and a recent project called "Do You Dare Me To" which has received generous support from Z Fit Studios. Robbie is passionate about this work and is likely to continue with deeper involvement where possible, he is also currently part of the team nurturing the Teens Mentor Program at Z Fit Studios.

Gabby

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Dance Department Manager

 

Instructor in: Dance, Pole, Wellbeing, TeenZ, Kidz and Totz.

 

• AussieTwerk Certified Instructor

• Bunzee Dance Certified Instructor

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Gabby has always loved dancing. She first fell in love while watching her Mum in classes when she was younger. Gabby couldn’t wait to join in! 19 years later and her enthusiasm hasn’t changed. She is still in love with dancing.

 

After starting in Jazz Ballet classes, Gabby later moved on to Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz and Funk. Gabby decided to branch out and try something different. Which is when she found Z Fit Studios. She started with Pole, then Twerk, Burlesque, Commercial and Cabaret. 5 years on and she still loves it!

 

Gabby joined the team at Z Fit Studios in 2017 as a Pole Instructor and has since trained as a Bunzee Instructor and Aussie Twerk Instructor. 

 

Gabby is known for her positive and encouraging attitude and her unique and edgy choreography. In 2019 she entered into her first Pole Competition and plans to enter many more.

2019 RPAC Showcase Division Winner

Nina McDonnell

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Pole Department Manager

Instructor in: Dance, Pole and Wellbeing

 

• Diploma in Dance - Specializing in Classical Ballet

• Diploma in Dance Teaching and Business Management

• Vertical Dance - International Pole Sports Federation Qualified Pole Instructor - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Nina’s background is in classical ballet, where she studied part-time at The National Theatre in St. Kilda under Ann Jenna and Gaylene Stock. She then went on to win a scholarship to Dance World Studios, where she studied under Brian Nolan full time for 4 years whilst also attending The Australian Ballet school as a senior associate.

Upon graduating she was accepted into the New Zealand School of Dance. Spending a year here furthering her knowledge of contemporary dance, she then returned home where she studied to become a dance teacher for an additional two years under Dianne Parrington and took out the Outstanding Achievement Award at Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

It was not long after this that she discovered her new love and passion, Pole Dancing. She has now been teaching and competing in the Pole Dance industry of just over 6 years. 

Nina enjoys all styles of pole dancing but has really taken to Lyrical and Exotic Flow as they draw parallels with her classical background.

 

Nina attends regular workshops and Pole Camps all around the country. As well as teaching here at Z Fit Studios, Nina continues to perform and compete nationally. Her major titles are:

2019 Frisk Open Semi-Pro/Pro Finalist 

2019 VPC Professional Finalist

2018 Miss Pole Dance Victoria Finalist

2018 Sexy’s Back Semi-Pro Finalist

2018 Step Up Semi-Pro Finalist

2018 Survivor Doubles First Runner up

2017 Pandamonium Performing Artist

2017 Frisk Semi-Pro Finalist

2017 Miss Pole Dance Victoria Finalist

2017 Rising All-Stars Finalist

2017 Arnold Classic Guest Performer

2016 FloorPlay Semi-Pro Finalist

2016 Regional Pole Artistry First Runner up

2016 Frisk First Runner up

2015 VPC Amateur Finalist

2015 Regional Pole Artistry Championship Finalist

2015 Hardcore Amateur Pole Championship Finalist

2014 Mac’s Hotel Pole Competition Advanced First Place

2014 Rainbow Serpent Festival Performing Artist

2014 Physipole Studios Finals Elite First Place

2014 Physipole Studios Finals Doubles First Place

2014 Physipole Studios Sponsored Athlete

2014 Pole Games Second Runner up

2014 VPC Amateur Finalist

2013 Adelaide Fringe Festival Performing Artist

2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival Performing Artist

2013 Rainbow Serpent Festival Performing Artist

2013 VPC Amateur Finalist

Bec

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Wellbeing Department Manager

Instructor in: Fitness, Wellbeing and Incluzfit

• Masters degree in Mental Health

• Bachelor of Social Work

• Certified Kangatrainer in Postnatal fitness

• Zumba Basic 1

• Paediatric first aid

• Member of Fitness Australia

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Bec is our Wellbeing Manager at Z Fit Studios, with a passion for creating new programs for diverse groups within our community and supporting community capacity building in our wider community. 

 

Bec is a trained mental health practitioner with 14 years experience and has been attending Z Fit Studios for 8 years, teaching for the last 5 of these. 

 

Bec started her teaching journey with Zumba and has branched out to creating and running our own all-inclusive classes including Incluzfit, which she continues to teach. 

 

Bec became a mum at 40 and introduced Kangatraining to Z Fit Studios last year, after completing extensive training in postnatal safe fitness and safe babywearing. She continues to support local mums in making meaningful connections and educating and promoting babywearing and postnatal mental health.

Liza McNamara

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Administration Manager

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• Working with Children Check

Liza joined Z Fit Studios as one of the students and when the opportunity arrived, she joined the administration team. As of today, Liza is one of the longest-standing team members at Z Fit Studios.

Since then, Liza has continued to grow and she now leads the administration department. She is responsible for back-end systems, accounts and office administrations.

 

Liza provides essential business support to all the other departments, along with principal customer support to all the studio members.

Liza's knowledge of highly sophisticated systems deployed at Z Fit Studios is vast. These tools allow Z Fit Studios to provide the best customer experience to all our members. 

Jacqui Pethybridge

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Instructor in: Fitness & Pole

• Bachelor of Education 

• Barre Body Certified Instructor

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Jacqui has been poling for more than six years now and has fallen in love with fitness as a result. Over the years she has attended classes from instructors all over the world and is determined to learn as much as possible about this incredible sport. 

 

In 2016 she tore her MCL and went looking for something to train while unable to pole, this is when she found Barre. She went on to complete her Barre Body teacher training in 2018. 

 

Jacqui loves setting goals for herself, whether it is a certain trick or training for a competition, and she can’t wait to help her students achieve all of their fitness goals and have fun! 

 

Jacqui also loves the challenge of competing on stage and has competed in pole competitions all around the country, some of her more recent competitions include:

2020 Victorian Pole Championship Amature Finalist (yet to be held)

2020 Felix Cane Championship Amature Finalist (yet to be held)

2020 Flaunt it! Pole Championship Finalist (yet to be held)

2019 Victorian Pole Championship Amateur Finalist

2019 Hard Core Pole Competition Amateur Finalist

2018 Wonderland Events Amateur Pole Competition- Second Runner up

2017 Floorplay Finalist

2017 En Pointe Elite Student Comp- Second Runner up

2017 Regional Pole Artistry Championship Solo Finalist

Jennifer Rae McClean

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Instructor in: Dance, Wellbeing, KidZ & TeenZ

• Associate Cecchetti Ballet Qualification 

• Certificate IV in Dance

• Certificate III and IV in Personal Training 

• Anaphylaxis certificate

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Jennifer is a local secondary performing arts teacher and has over 22 years of dancing experience. 

 

Jennifer danced at Disneyland and Universal Studios while completing a full-time dance course at Michelle Slater Performing Arts Studio. She has performed in many shows including 'Seussical', 'Chicago', 'Hairspray', 'The King and I', 'Sweet Charity', 'The Addams Family', 'The Boy from Oz' and many more. 

 

She has also spent over 20 years competing across Australia in Dance, with hundreds of championship wins. Her greatest accomplishment was winning the senior Theatrical Cup in 2012 at Royal South Street Society. 

 

Jennifer is proud to be a part of the Z Fit Studios Family and loves teaching a wide range of dance styles to kids, teens and adults.

Jess

Wiecek

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Instructor in: Circus, KidZ, TeenZ & IncluZFit

 

• Circus Training Australia Teachers Course – Aerial Fundamentals

• Certificate IV in disability 

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Jess is a disability support worker and began her dancing/acro journey as a young child with many attempts at tap, gymnastics and callisthenics, 

 

it wasn't until Jess discovered Pole Fitness at Z Fit Studios when she moved to Bendigo in 2015 that her real dance journey began. Jess then discovered the world of Aerial arts where she found her calling for Hammocks. 

 

Jess began her training in Hammocks 4 years ago before becoming an Instructor at Z Fit Studios. Jess loves being able to share her passion and celebrate achievements and progression with all of  her students. 

 

Jess was a part of the 2018  Take Flight Showcase held at the Bendigo Capital Theatre before being invited in 2019 as a Guest Performer in Castlemaine, also in 2019 Jess had the privilege of meeting and Training with one of Cirque du Soleil's Personal Trainers Rachel Hunt. Jess performed on stage of The Capital again in 2019 this time in Z Fit Studios Creative Hubs performance of Smoke and Mirrors. 

 

2020 has so far seen Jess selected as a Performer for her first Regional competition later this year.

Liana

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Instructor in: Fitness

 

• Bachelor of Education 

• Zumba Basic 1

• Zumba ProSkills

• Zumba Toning

• Zumba Step

• Strong by Zumba

• Zumba Mentor

• Z Fit Studios - Life Blood Organiser

• 2016 Winner Red25 Co-Ordinator of the Year

• Anaphylaxis certificate

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

Liana originally comes from Indonesia and has been living in Bendigo since 2005. She is a mother of two children. 

 

Liana joined Z Fit Studios in 2012, a few months after giving birth to her second child. She participated in a Zumba Class and fell in love with it on the spot, her love of fitness has continued to grow since then.

 

Liana took Zumba Basic 1 training in 2013 and then  started to teach Zumba classes at Z Fit Studios. 

 

Liana graduated from La Trobe University, Bendigo as a primary teacher and has been teaching Indonesian for nearly 6 years now, currently teaching Indonesian for 3 different schools. 

 

Liana is also passionate in organising group blood donations and plasma donations and has been organising Z Fit Studios group donations since 2016.

Maddy Walter

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Instructor in: Dance

 

• Bachelor of Business Management & Marketing

• First Aid - Level 2 & CPR

• Working with Children Check

 

In 2020 Maddy celebrated 22 years of dance, the last seven of which she has spent with her Z Fit family. With a background predominantly in Ballet and Jazz, Maddy has used her time at Z Fit Studios to develop her own style reflective of her training mixed with her love for Commercial and High Heels. 

 

With over 10 years teaching experience, Maddy’s passion for teaching continues to grow as she finds new ways to encourage students to embrace their individuality, while growing and nurturing their own unique styles and dance capabilities. 

 

During the day Maddy can often be found working behind a desk but maintains that her favourite time of day is when she is in the studio.

Addy Sanders

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Instructor in: Circus, TeenZ, KidZ

• First Aid -  Level 2 & CPR 

• Z Fit Studios Teen Mentee participant

 

Addy is aerial silk and aerial hammock instructor, she first started doing circus nearly 4 years ago and fell in love. Over the past couple of years, Addy has dabbled in all the circus disciplines and some dance and pole, and although she had heaps of fun, she has always come back to the silks.

After 6 months in Z Fit Studios ‘Teen Mentor Program,’ she joined as an instructor. It has been one of the most remarkable experiences for her.

In January 2020, she attended the ‘Lunar Circus Training Program’ in Western Australia. She has attended training in trapeze, silks, sling, cloud, straps and hoop. She also tried some disciplines other than aerials such as dance, acrobatics and tumbling plus hula hoops. Addy has also attended a circus holiday program in Melbourne where she got to try flying trapeze! 

Addy successfully auditioned for her first aerial competition and can’t wait to compete later this year in her first aerial competition.

Ash Choroomi

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Instructor in: Fitness

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• Master’s of Engineering

 

With 8 years of experience in Jujitsu and Yuge Rio and 3 years of army special training, Afshin comes to Z Fit Studios with many skills.

 

Developing and teaching Krav Maga defence techniques is his specialty. He is also an instructor of practical and military self-defence and security guarding.

To add to this he has 2 years of personal fitness boxing coaching and has developed and run specialized practical self-defence for women in fitness clubs such as Crunch Fitness in Melbourne and also La Trobe University.

Di

Chumrus

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Instructor in: Pole

 

• Z Fit Studios Beginner Pole Instructor Training

• Bachelor of Business Management

 

After giving birth to her child, Di wanted to regain her confidence and fitness so she joined Z Fit Studios at the end of 2016 as a beginner student. Walking into her first class not knowing what to expect, she left feeling empowered and exhilarated.

 

Di fell in love with Pole fitness as it is not only great for cardio, it also has helped her to become stronger mentally and physically. Di also fell in love with her pole family and community. 

 

Di loves to see all students grow and achieve their goals, she is always encouraging and is ready to help anyone where she can.

Sarah

Burchell

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Instructor in: Pole

 

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Sarah joined Z Fit Studios in 2014 as a student. She started dancing as an adult tapper and it wasn’t long before she ventured into the pole studio.

 

Sarah also loves attending Pound and aerial hoop classes. But most of all she loves how to pole dance and fitness has made her grow in confidence and strength.

 

Sarah is a busy mum of 4 girls, as well as running her own hairdressing salon from home. She is also a director in her Pure Romance business and loves to be able to educate and empower other women.

 

After enjoying pole now for 6 years, Sarah has recently become a beginner pole instructor. This was one of her dream goals.

 

Sarah loves to be able to share the love of pole fitness with her daughter Georgia. They both attend the elite class at Z Fit Studios together and also compete together as double partners.

Competition titles for this duo include:

• 2019 Arnold Sports Festival Pole Championship Series Amateur Finalist

•2019 Regional pole artistry competition Doubles First runners up

•2018 Regional Pole Artistry competition Doubles First runners up

Tabitha

Morgan

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Instructor in: Dance

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Tabitha is a dancer who fell in love with the unique style called Kpop (Korean pop) she was selected to go to South Korea at the end of 2019 for a Kpop boot camp and she returned knowing the culture and language, 

Tabi is in a dance crew called MELT made by the company called “The Academy AU” and regularly trains in Melbourne with the crew.

Tabitha is ballet trained and studied the art of dance at Castlemaine ballet academy, she has danced most her life and continues to develop her knowledge and her passion.
 

Tabitha loves to inspire people to go out there comfort zones and try different types of dances like Kpop, she loves meeting new people that share the same interest and passion for Kpop and hopes it grows over time 
 

Tabitha loves how Z Fit Studios helps and introduces new people to all types of dance when joining up to the studio, she loves everyone and has a bubbly personality that would love to meet you!

Niki

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Instructor in: Dance

Niki is Z Fit Studios Urban and Hip Hop teacher and has been a part of the Z Fit family for almost 4 years.

 

Her dance repertoire has explored quite a few dance styles including vogue, jazz, ballet, street Latin, ballroom, funk and contemporary. She has attended dance workshops under names such as Yanis Marshall and Gina Michael and continues to visit Melbourne for personal development opportunities. 

 

Niki has been teaching hip hop and urban classes to students from the ages of 10 years through to adults. She is a firm believer in encouraging individuality, self-expression, technique and understanding movement from a basic standpoint before building on more intricate work.

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