DEVONPORT

SCHOOL OF DANCE TEACHERS

 
Miss Emily

Emily Summerville

Principal

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. 

Emily is currently on maternity leave from teaching.

 
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Arini Going

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.

 
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Claire Foster

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Pre-School and Adult Teacher

DipLC, DipMT, PBT Certified Teacher, AJDA Teaching Degree


Claire has been dancing since the age of 5. Starting with RAD Ballet right here at Devonport School of Dance. 

From there training in Jazz, Tap and competing in competitions. 


After training full time and gaining a Musical Theatre Diploma and Teaching degree, Claire began teaching at various dance schools and performing professionally. Highlights include Performing with the Young Americans in LA, Playing Luxe in Burning mans production of Artimus at Sky City theatre, Performing in the Musical GREASE in Melbourne Australia and being a regular at Encore Cabaret. 


Teaching and dance has been Claires' lifelong passion and she is incredibly happy being back home at Devonport School of Dance. 

 
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SOPHIE MORGAN

Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Pre-School PBT and Competition Teacher​

Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet - Australian Ballet School

Growing up on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia, Sophie Morgan began her journey into the ballet world at the age of 5 years old. Sophie trained locally at North Shore Dance Academy under the nurturing guidance of Anne Gray. At the age of 15, after 2 years in The Australian Ballet Schools Interstate Training Program( ITP), Sophie was accepted into the Level 5 full time programme and relocated to Melbourne to pursue her ballet dreams.


In 2015, after 4 years of training full time at The Australian Ballet School being coached and guided by principal dancers of international acclaim, Sophie received a contract at The Australian Ballet. Sophie then went on to dance in over 1000 performances with the The Australian Ballet until mid way through 2021 when she decided to relocate to Auckland to follow her passions of teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers.


After years of experience with many different choreographers and styles she hopes to share her knowledge and provide industry insights into the life of a professional ballet dancer. Sophie has performed in all of the classical ballets such as The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and has also danced in more contemporary styles such as Alexei Ratmansky and William Forsythe.


At the beginning of 2021 Sophie began studying the Professional Dancers Postgraduate Training Certificate with the Royal Academy of Dance. After being trained in this method in Sydney she believes this method of training delivers fantastic technical development for aspiring students. Alongside her current study, Sophie has a Graduate Diploma of Classical Ballet which she received at The Australian Ballet School. Sophie is passionate about holistic development in children, believing dance is hugely positive to the growth and success of young people.


She has a strong interest in Pilates, yoga, meditation, positive psychology, anatomy and injury prevention.

 
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Samantha Crossman

Contemporary, Lyrical & Jazz 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.

 
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INDIA STEWARD

Jazz, Tap, Ballet & Lyrical 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 third 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 2 years.

 
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Abi Jones

Acro Teacher

Abi is a graduate of The University of Auckland, Batchelor's of Dance Studies program. Her dance career has allowed for opportunities to travel overseas, with performance and teaching opportunities in China, Korea, the United States of America, Edinburgh and Aotearoa. Including professional development workshops and intensives in Los Angeles, Chicago, Israel, and Edinburgh.


Additionally, Abi has training in Cheerleading, gymnastics and various musical theatre productions. While based in Aotearoa, Abi has choreographed her own contemporary dance works for festivals such as Short and Sweet Festival and Tempo Dance Festival, and brings an in-depth knowledge of dance contemporary techniques and performance.


In her spare time, she enjoys Scuba Diving, Horse Riding, sports, and has a passion for the environment.