BDance, RAD R.T.S, NZAMD Registered Teacher, PBT Certified Teacher
Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Adult & Pre-School Teacher
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.
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.
We are excited to have Miss Claire back on the Devonport School of Dance teaching team in 2019 after travelling last year.
Hip Hop Teacher
Hayley has completed her Bachelor of Dance from The University of Auckland. Over the last 4 years Hayley has danced within the commercial hip hop and the underground scenes. She has studied dance in NZ, Los Angeles, San Diego and at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York, training in Street Jazz, Jazz Funk, Hip hop and Contemporary Styles to name a few.
Hayley has competed in freestyle competitions such as “Waack it Out” 2013 Waacking division winner and “Treason” 2014 Krump female winner. Hayley is also a member of Rina Chae’s all female dance company Street Candee.
Ballet, PBT & Competition Teacher
BSc(hons), RAD R.T.S
Naomi trained under RAD life member Elaine Vine and then at 11 was awarded a 5 year scholarship at Dance East in the east on the Suffolk County Ballet Scholarship Scheme. After graduating from the University of Southampton, she rekindled her love of ballet and dance and attended the London Studio Centre to focus on her vocational RAD exams and learning the Cechetti syllabi. In 2007 she started her dance teaching journey with the mentoring and support from Kit Dickinson PDTD ARAD AISTD and was fortunate enough to work for a branch of her school for 4 years and gaining her RAD RTS in 2010. She also completed a Dance Diploma through the University of London focusing on Contemporary, Ballet and Choreography, whilst working professionally in children's theatre, TV and Film. Naomi has taught extensively in and around London and in 2014 she was approved as a cover teacher at RAD HQ in London for the dance school there. She teaches all levels, beginner to vocational students, preparing students for exams, shows and has prepared talented children for audition at vocational school and outreach.
She has two small children and moved with her family to New Zealand late October 2016.
Tap, Jazz & Musical Theatre Teacher
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.