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.
Tap, Jazz, Adult & 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.
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.
Chanells passion for dance started at the age of 3 when she started dancing at chreche 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 proffesionally 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.