Emily Summerville

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. 


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.


Heidi Salverda

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. 


Claire Foster

Ballet 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. 


Claire Barrett

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.


Samantha Crossman

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.


Luna Oliveira

Acro Teacher​

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre

Luna has been coaching gymnastics and choreographing routines from beginners to competitive levels since the age of 14, giving her a wide range of knowledge from strengthening to skill and technique. 

She also has a BA in Film and Theatre from The University of Auckland which gives her understanding and experience when it comes to performance skills. 

Luna is currently involved in AMT/Amici 2020 production of Mary Poppins as a dancer and dance captain, and has most recently appeared on stage as a dancer and acrobat in the six month professional season of City of 100 Lovers 2019 at Sky City Theatre and AMT/Amici 2018 production of Mamma Mia!


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