Our instructors

Ellena Takos

Ellena is a New York native who has been dancing since the age of three. She was accepted into Tony Bennett's Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as a dance major. After graduating, Ellena continued her education on a pre-med track pursuing a professional dance career. Since then, she has worked globally in film, television, music videos, commercials, and live performances with recognized people including Mac Miller, Nikki Minaj, and Channing Tatum. Right before moving to Melbourne Ellena was dancing with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets dance team and a three year SoulCycle Instructor. Now, as Rise Nation’s Head Instructor, a Master Instructor at Bodhi & Ride and a student of Naturopathic Medicine in Melbourne, her life revolves around all things fitness, health & wellness.

Zima Anderson

Zima recently moved to Melbourne from a little country town in Tasmania to pursue her acting career. She may be small but has huge energy  and loves moving her body to music. She has been dancing since 5 years old, her favourites being Latin, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary and Modern Ballet. Zima is an ex-gymnast who still holds her accreditation for training and judging. Zima is loving Melbourne life and hopes to continue supporting others to keep their mind and body happy.

Dominic Mezzatesta

Dominic is from country Victoria and has recently moved to Melbourne to fulfil his dream career in the Dance and Performing Arts Industry. Having trained under The Dance Factory Richmond & Kelly Aykers Full Time Dance, Brunswick he understands the power of music and dance to motivate members. Dominic has supplemented his fitness training through Les Mills International and Dance Teaching over the past 10 years. Dominic looks forward to joining the Rise Nation South Yarra Team and can not wait to train with all of our members.

Isabelle Chai

Isabelle has over 5 years experience in the fitness industry, after finding her passion from living an active lifestyle. She believes that fitness benefits everyone not only physically but mentally as well. Isabelle wishes to impact everyone that trains by influencing to make little changes which will lead them to a happier life. Isabelle is extremely fun and cannot wait to create a fun class environment where everyone feels comfortable and supported.

Juliette Vagg

Juliette has years of experience in the health and fitness industry, operating her own coaching business, Jewel Athletic. She specialises in female strength and hypertrophy training for body recomposition and functional nutrition. She also have an extensive history in dace and is incredibly passionate about educating and empowering other to improve their health. Her ever-evolving love for strength and fitness has led her to compete in multiple INBA Bikini Modelling competitions and a deadlift powerlifting meet.

Alana Biviano

Alana is a highly motivated individual who positively influences everyone she touches. Alana has over 5 years fitness training as well as an extensive dance background in her younger year. Growing up in the Gold Coast, and with an Italian family background, Alana feels strongly about the importance of exercising both indoors and outdoors. With a commitment to personal growth, Alana is current studying to become a nutritionist, in order to change her clients lives from the inside out. Alana is a firm believer that the correct nutrition and exercise program will change an individuals life for the better.

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