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Alumni Achievements

Marawa Wamp

Tamara Davidson

Ashleigh McInnes

Marawa Wamp (nee Ibrahim, 1999) Hula-hoop extraordinaire, nine times Guinness World Record holder and author of ‘The Girl Guide’ is making waves across the globe. Marawa trained in a range of circus skills at NICA, and holds the world record for performing with 200 hoops at once! She has taught hoola hooping all over the world.

Tamara Davidson (1992) has been a foster carer for 8 years and has now adopted two of her foster daughters who are aged 16 and 7. She also hopes to adopt her third foster daughter by June this year (who she has had since birth). Tamara has had 41 foster children in her care. In addition to foster caring she also started her own business - Academy of Dance Victoria which is now one of the biggest performing arts schools in the Eastern Suburbs. Based in Box Hill North she offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acrobatics, contemporary, singing, acting and drama.

Ashleigh McInnes (2003) graduated from the University of Melbourne and went on to found a PR business called Papermill Media.

nightly. The three years of study wasn’t enough for Kate and in 2016, she packed her bags and moved to London to undertake focused training on aerial rope at Gravity Circus Center. Upon graduating Kate worked with RougePlay theatre in Birmingham and then Impact Artists as an aerialist.

company, Calligraphy Circus which presents circus with a vintage flare. Alongside shows Calligraphy Circus also provides corporate entertainment acts and workshops. Whenever Kate is home in Melbourne she performs at corporate functions and is a teacher for the short course program at NICA. Kate is currently preparing to move to China later this year to join a new residency show for the next few years.

Marawa hopes her book (The Girl Guide) will teach young women and girls to question what they see in the media, stating ‘young women don’t understand how much retouching is done on everything we see magazines, ads, and we are all using those Instagram filters’. The book is available in Australia and has been translated into 6 languages, and it has had its US release with Harper Collins.

Her company, Papermill Media debuted in 2017 annual Australian Financial Review ‘Fast100’ list as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies, coming in at number 43. The agency has achieved annual growth of 53.4 percent and a revenue of $1.91m, according to the 2017 Fast 100 list. Ashleigh McInnes established the business 7 years ago in a spare bedroom with nothing but a laptop, and has now grown to become the integrated agency it is today, with 18 staff members and clients spanning the eastern seaboard of Australia and Asia.

Kate Nelson Kate Nelson (2010) pictured left, followed her dream to become a circus artist and studied at The National Institute of Circus Arts Australia, where she completed three years of intense full time circus training. Kate graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts majoring in aerial rope, aerial silks and German wheel. In 2014 Kate embarked on her first international contract and boarded the P&O Pacific Pearl cruise ship, where she entertained guests

Closer to home Kate performed with Weber Bros Circus NZ in their big top touring show Adrenaline. Most recently in 2017 Kate founded her own

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