Artistic Director Kristy Ziolek (formally known as Kristy Jayne Rickert) has dedicated many years to community as a performer, choreographer, advocate, educator, administrator and visionary arts creator in the field of Dance.
Her career as a dancer, choreographer, founding artistic director of Rix Kix Arts, teacher, mentor as a freelance artist has been inspirational and influential for the Darwin community. Kristy spent five years as head of Dance at Rosebery & Dripstone Middle School.
Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Dance (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts), Certificate IV in Performing Arts (Brent Street Sydney) and a Graduate Diploma of Education and Learning (Charles Darwin University).
Kristy understands the need for eager local artists to have a creative outlet- a place where they can learn skills in various dance styles in a fun and supportive environment.
Rix Kix Arts is coming from a place of community involvement- incorporating opportunities for a diverse range of roles in Dance. Creating professional opportunities for a core group of experienced and emerging artists is the motivation and reasoning behind the establishment. The creation has encouraged a broad spectrum of choreographers to come together and work towards an artistic vision goal, as well as nurture the talents of aspiring dancers across Darwin. She now works as a freelance choreographer and offers Dance workshops to rural Indigenous Communities, provides Programs to students held at the Youth Detention Centre & teaches students with special needs through Life Without Barriers Organisation.
Since Rix Kix Arts was established, there are approximately 75 students who now attend weekly classes across two studios in Casuarina and Winnellie. These students range from 3 years of age to professional adult performers.
It was the Rix Kix Performance Troupe who performed a Flash Mob for the Laneway Oktoberfest Series late 2018. From beginnings back in 2011, they were the back-up dancers for Jessica Mauboy at the 2011 Arafura Opening Games Ceremony. The same Rix Kix Team won the 2011 NT Team of The Year and are still in demand for performing for local major events- including the Rugby Hottest 7's Cheerleading, the October Business Month Flashmob event, the Queens of The Galaxy Competition and for local and rural Dance workshops. Rix Kix Arts is essentially a collaborative group who employ local choreographers and dancers around Darwin to create new projects. We also function as an entertainment agency, providing quality entertainment for major and minor events throughout N.T.
Kristy Ziolek of Darwin's Rix Kix Arts Dance Studio has worked nationally and internationally as a professional dancer. Previous training in Darwin has involved performing with local Tracks Dance Company, Ricardo Dance Studio, NT Dance Company and holding youth dance workshops throughout rural N.T.
Kristy Ziolek studied performing arts at the John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle, W.A, and studied a Certificate IV in Performing Arts in dancing, singing and acting at Brent Street Studios in Sydney, NSW.
It was at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and The University of North Carolina U.S.A where she attained her Bachelor of Dance Degree in 2008.
Upon graduating and traveling, Kristy was employed as a professional dancer and teacher throughout Singapore, Mexico, Egypt, India, Italy and France.
Professional employment has included dancing for commercial film clips, The MTV Awards, The Wiggles, Track's Dance Company, The Australian Shakespeare Company and as a full time showgirl dancer for two all inclusive family resorts across Mexico.
Kristy Ziolek was the choreographer for the production of 'The [BLANK] Canvas', 'Your Story, Your Magic', 'Awaken', 'Neverland', and the 'Rix Kix Arts ChoreoLab Project', as well as the Rugby's Hottest 7's major event in 2012 and 2013. Rix Kix Arts and were a finalist for the 2012 and 2015 Artist NT Young Achiever Awards and also a finalist for the 2013 Small Business Achievement Young Achiever Awards.
Kristy Ziolek's passion is now in teaching and this led her to complete a Graduate Diploma of Education and Learning and she now implements the dance program at various schools & workplaces.
Also a qualified gym instructor, Kristy intends to continue creating a dynamic Darwin Dance scene for the well-being of every aspiring dancer.
'There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.'
- Martha Graham