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Dance teacher Tylah Muller taking steps to make her industry more diverse

By Zara Margolis and Larissa Waterson
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Tylah Muller hopes her new school will encourage diversity in the dance industry.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

Since she was three years old Tylah Muller has had a passion for dancing.  

For her, it provided an important emotional outlet.

"I was a really hyper kid so just being able to do something that I was able to put all my emotions and energy into — dancing provided a release for me like nothing I've ever experienced," the 23-year-old said.

But she discovered early on that the industry she loved was not always all-sizes friendly.

"I was always a bigger person. I was always told to stand in the back and to not do too much," the 23-year-old said.

"I was never expected to go anywhere with dance."

Tylah says she was "never expected to go anywhere" with dance.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

Rather, Tylah defied those expectations and body stereotypes to carve out a career in dance.

This year, her lifelong dream was realised when she opened her own dance school in her hometown of Mount Isa, in rural Queensland.

She hopes to teach younger generations about the craft she loves and ensure they "never feel the way [she has] felt before."

Tylah runs two dance companies in Mount Isa.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

Building her dream

From a young age, Tylah had her eyes firmly fixed on her future.

"When I was 14 I decided I loved choreography and dreamt about one day owning my own dance school."

So she enrolled in The Australian School of the Arts in Brisbane and went on to study her passion full time.

Tylah went on to pursue her passion at The Australian School of the Arts.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

"High school was crazy. I was dancing from six in the morning to 5:30pm and then I also did after-hours classes.

"I was and always will be a little bit dance crazy," she said.

After graduating, Tylah didn't stop for a breather.

Rather, she set her sights on home as the perfect place to try and build her dream.

"Honestly, I thought it was going to be a massive flunk," she said.

But with the support of the community, and despite some COVID-19 hiccups, Tylah welcomed her first lot of clients in April this year.

"I've had a massive amount of support from parents, my past dance tutors and my family," she said.

The 23-year-old says she wouldn't be where she is today without support from her family and past teachers.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

"We have close to 50 kids now. And that's only after running the school for about 10 weeks."

A diverse future

Beyond owning her dream business, Tylah also runs the Mount Isa Irish Dance Association.

She said she's motivated by creating welcoming spaces for kids to explore dance.

"You can be 'out there', you can be different, you can be bigger, you can be skinnier – there should no guidelines around what type of dancer you want to be

Tylah's dance company has launched with success with 50 students already enrolled.(Supplied: Tylah Muller)

"You should never be told that you can't dance because of the way you look or act."

"I want to make sure that no one ever feels the way I've felt before," she said.

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