Tyrel is a descendant of the Yirriganydji and Mamu from Carins and Innisfail. He also has Malaysian, German, Chinese and Middle Eastern heritage. Tyrel joined Bangarra in 2016, one of two of the Russell Page Graduate Program intake.
His love of dance grew from an early age, with one of his first dancing memories being of his nanna and aunty taking him to line dancing lessons in Cairns, where he grew up.
In 2011, he moved to Brisbane to join ACPA (Aboriginal College of Performing Arts) where he studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, traditional, acrobatics, musical theatre, cabaret and burlesque, as well as singing.
In 2014, he joined Ochre Contemporary Dance Company in Western Australia (alongside fellow Bangarra dancer Yolanda Lowatta). In the same year, he performed in Danse Noir, choreographed by Penelope Mullen, as part of Lewis Jones and the Judith Wright Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane.
In 2015 he spent a year as part of Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional year. He is looking forward to performing with Bangarra on the OUR land people stories national tour.