SCHOOL OF DANCE TEACHERS
Principal, Ballet, Pre-School, Adult Ballet, Silver Swans, PBT and Competition Teacher
BDance, RAD R.T.S, NZAMD Teaching Member, PBT Certified Teacher, Silver Swans Licensee
Emily is the Principal and owner of Devonport School of Dance and began her dance training in Timaru at The Timaru Dance Studio, sitting examinations in NZAMD jazz, hip hop, contemporary and RAD ballet. She then moved to Auckland, completed a Bachelor of Dance at AUT University and received the Top Academic Scholar award in 2013. Emily also gained her Royal Academy of Dance registered teaching status alongside this degree.
Emily spent a year in Melbourne dancing full time, completing The Edge Certificate of Commercial Dance and Performance at The Edge Performers School. Here and throughout her years of dancing, Emily trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, tap, lyrical, commercial jazz, musical theatre, drama and singing. She has also performed in musical theatre productions with the South Canterbury Drama League and the North Shore Music Theatre.
Emily has taught dance in Timaru, Melbourne and more recently, in various primary schools and dance studios around Auckland. She is experienced in teaching ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, pre-school dance, adult dance, competition solos, duos and troupes. Being able to do what she loves and share her passion for dance, Emily considers her job to be the best!
She looks forward to teaching the Devonport School of Dance students and watching them develop their skills, confidence and love of dance.
Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Adult, Dance Fitness & Competition Teacher
Diploma in Musical Theatre, ADJA Jazz Teaching Certificate
Arini has an extensive background in both performing and teaching in all forms of dancing. She has been teaching for over 15years and has been a freelance dancer performing with Diamond Dance, Candy Lane and Soul of Siren. Arini has a teaching certificate in ADJA jazz, Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Apollo Theatre School.
Tap, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Adult & Competition Teacher
Qualified Teacher of The South African Dance Teachers Association
Heidi has been involved in dance for most of her life and has a real passion for tap. She grew up in South Africa and moved to New Zealand with her family two years ago. In South Africa, Heidi owned and ran her own dance studio for 15 years, offering lessons in tap, hip hop and modern. Her students performed in shows, competitions and sat exams. She is a qualified teacher in the South African Dance Teachers Association syllabus. Before she started her own studio, she assisted her dance teacher at her studio for many years.
Heidi has also represented South Africa at the Hip Hop World Championships in Bremen, Germany 2002, choreographed and performed in items at the Royal Albert Hall in London and represented the South African Fitness League in 200 and 2010.
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Contemporary & Jazz Teacher
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Majoring in Contemporary Dance
Claire Barrett began dance at an early age, studying creative dance at the Van Zon school of dance, she then studied Jazz and Ballet at Auckland West Dance Academy. In 2001 Claire graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, with a Major in Contemporary Dance. Since 2001 Claire has worked as a freelance dancer, dance teacher, children's entertainer and actor, both here in New Zealand and in Europe.
Lyrical & Cover Teacher
India started dancing at the age of 5 at Devonport School of Dance. She started her training in ballet and has since formally trained in lyrical, contemporary, and tap. India is currently working towards her Advanced One Ballet exam and NZAMD Level 7 Tap exam. She has completed all levels of NCEA dance and taught one of the Takapuna Grammar School dance companies, along side co-founding the TGS Tap Group.
India is in her second year of completing a Bachelor of Dance Studies at the University of Auckland. She aims to complete her Royal Academy of Dance Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies in the near future and hopes to dance overseas alongside this.
India has also assisted teaching Miss Emily for 2 years and has been a cover teacher for Devonport School of Dance for a year.
Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary Teacher
Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts Majoring in Contemporary Dance, BBO Diploma Level 6
Samantha is trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre and has been dancing since she was 6 years old. At 17 she gained a teaching diploma and from there went on to gain a degree in contemporary dance at Unitec. Through this programme she choreographed several short works, inspiring a life long love of innovative choreography. Currently she is studying physiotherapy and believes that learning as much as you can about the inner workings of our bodies can only make us better dancers. Samantha has been teaching since she was 15 years old and is always excited to share her knowledge and passion with her students.
Bachelor of Technology Degree in Dance
Chanell's passion for dance started at the age of 3 when she started dancing at creche in Pretoria, South Africa. From there she never stopped dancing.
Chanell went on to receive a B-Tech Degree in Dance from The Tshwane University of Technology. She is also a qualified judge and examiner specialising in Acrobatics, Ballet and Contemporary. Chanell is trained in various dance styles such as Acrobatics, African Dance, Ballet, Contemporary, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern and Tap.
Other than dancing professionally She is also a dance teacher and the owner and founder of ChaMo Dance and Fitness based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Chanell is new to New Zealand and is currently focusing her teaching career on teaching Acrobatics at multiple dance studios in Auckland.