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Karla Gerbes

PROFILE

Karla began dancing at the age of 8 and turned Professional at the age of 21. She had immediate success winning the Australian Championships that same year and went on to win further National Championships throughout her career as well as achieving great results on the International dance circuit. Karla recently retired from competition in June 2018 after achieving one of her major goals, representing Australia in the Australasian Team at the British Open Blackpool Invitation Team Match. This is one of the biggest honours
a competitive dancer can have! Karla had been constantly travelling overseas to further her own dance training and compete amongst the World’s best. She spent many years learning from the World’s best coaches and was under the guidance of 9 times World Champions Bryan Watson & Carmen.

Dancing as a competitor and passing on her knowledge and expertise to her students as a teacher has always been Karla’s passion. After many years of extensive travel, Karla is now home and based in Melbourne and is looking forward to the next chapter of her career, purely focused on teaching dancing to people of all ages and all levels and continuing to create new champions and share the joy of dance
with as many people as possible. Karla has already achieved great success as a coach having trained the 2 times Australian Open Amateur Latin Champions and current Australian Closed Professional Latin Champions as well as Australian & National Champions in the Youth Under 21 Open Latin, Junior Under 16 Open Latin and Masters 1 Over 35 Open Latin categories.

ACHIEVEMENTS
Competitive

Australian Open Professional Latin Champion
8 x National Australian Professional Latin Champion
3 x Closed Australian Professional Latin Champion
2 x British Open Blackpool Rising Star Professional Latin Finalist
WDC World Masters Semi-finalist
Japan Galaxy Masters Dance Championships Professional Latin Champion
Singapore Raffles Open Championships Professional Latin Champion
Singapore International Ballroom Dancing Championships Professional Latin Champion
South Pacific Dancesport Championships Professional Latin Champion
FATD National Capital Dancesport Championships Professional Latin Champion
ADS Victorian Championships Professional Latin Champion
Crown Dancesport Championships Professional Latin Champion
WDCAL Luna Park Championships Professional Latin Champion
Queensland Open Dancesport Championships Professional Latin Champion
ADS Premiere Championships Professional Latin Champion
7 x Australian Representative to WDC World Professional Latin Championships
2018 Blackpool Professional Invitation Team Match Representative – TEAM AUSTRALASIA
2016, 2017 Shenzhen China Open Professional Team Match Representative – Team Australia

Adjudicating

CBDF Academy Cup & Huairou Cup Ballroom Dancing Championships – Beijing, China
CBDF Guangxi Championships – Nanning, China
CBDF Liyang China Ballroom Dance Open Championships – Nanjing, China
Singapore Open Freedom To Dance Championships – Singapore