Springfield Central State High School Alumni
Music and dance obsessed twins, Dante and Mia Gambarini, have dreams of becoming global dance stars.
Clocking up about 35-40 hours of dance rehearsals each week, the pair have their sights set on Broadway and big music and video performances.
At the age of four, Mia found her passion for dancing, and not long after her brother followed in her footsteps.
Through their current dance school, Jason Coleman Ministry of Dance, the twins were offered roles, along with the rest of their cohort, in Tones and I’s new music video for her new single, Won’t Sleep.
Mia described the experience as one-of-a-kind.
“It showed me an insight of a career I could possibly have some day, from learning the choreography in about two days to filming the whole video over a day,” Mia said.
The Gambarini’s finished their secondary schooling at Springfield Central State High in 2019, and made the decision to move from Springfield Lakes to Melbourne for their studies.
Mia is studying a Diploma of Musical Theatre at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, based in North Melbourne. Dante, is currently studying the same diploma, and was offered a scholarship during his second year of study.
From tap to ballet, jazz to Latin, and even acrobatics, there’s nothing the talented duo cannot do when it comes to performing.
Mia said her goal was to eventually start a performing career in musicals and hopefully progress to Broadway.
“I love that dancing can be such an escape from the pressure of life, and that it can be provided as entertainment to other people in such different aspects,” Mia said.
Dante said: “I love dancing because of the stories I get to tell and the entertainment and joy it brings for the audience”.
“I’d love to one day travel around the world doing what I love. I am so in love with the musical theatre world and want to be able to perform in musical after musical.”
Mia said Springfield Central State High provided her with so many amazing opportunities.
“I got to be a part of the dance competition team and musicals for the majority of high school which helped me gain confidence in performing on stage,” she said.
“I studied subjects such as music dance and drama, and received a lot of support from all my teachers in my career choices,” Mia said.
For Dante, high school also provided him with many opportunities.
“I was lucky enough to play the role of Nick Piazza in our first ever musical Fame and then in Year 12 I played the lead of Danny in Grease,” he said.
Mia is currently studying a Diploma full time, a Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Management, while working in between.
“I get heaps of dance practice with lockdown with the amazing opportunity of online classes over Zoom. Lockdown has been quite mentally challenging so even just getting up and exercising each day means a lot,” she said.
Springfield Central State High School dance teacher Cassandra Launchbury said Dante and Mia were exceptional dance students from Year 7 through to Year 12.
“They epitomised hard work, resilience and commitment to their art through dance subject classes, dance teams, musicals and CGen (Creative Generation),” she said.
“They are both fantastic dancers, but also amazing people that inspired everyone around them, and we are immensely proud of how far they continue to push their skills to achieve their dreams.”