Our Teachers

Emma
Miss Emma

Emma and the Wellington Dance team work to offer convenient class times, a family-friendly studio and appropriate classes for the needs of each age and stage.

Emma is a Registered Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance and has completed the RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, which included studying child development, fundamentals of ballet technique, functional anatomy and how to create safe dance environments.  She also has a BCom (Hons) in Marketing & Finance from the University of Otago.

Anita
Miss Anita

Anita Hutchins is a freelance dancer, teacher, choreographer, adjudicator, and creator of dance art. She is involved in the Wellington freelance contemporary dance scene. She dances with Java Dance – Metamorphosis Artists, and collaborates with guitarist Jake Church making art installation projects. Anita & Jake performed their first work Scrùbi at the 2021 What If The City Was A Theatre festival.  

 

Anita trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and was a member of the Bayerisches Staatsballett Munchen, Netherlands Dans Theater II, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre. In 2006 she won the NZ version of So You Think You Can Dance. Since returning to New Zealand she completed a BA majoring in Philosophy at VUW, has taught dance for 11 years, worked extensively with with choreographer Chris Jannides continuing his BodymAPP research on improvisational techniques, choreographed several shows, and became a mum.

Georgia
Miss Georgia A.

Georgia a registered Royal Academy of Dance Teacher having completed the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies in 2020.  She was a recipient of the Criena Gee Memorial Award in 2018 to assist with her studies. Georgia started dancing when she was three years old and has sat numerous major exams through the RAD and NZAMD syllabi and is a recipient of  the NZAMD Licentiate in Dance Award (2011) having completed Solo Diplomas in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary.  

Georgia has been teaching at Wellington Dance for 10 years and loves passing on the joy and wonder of dance to students. Experience in teaching preschool ‘tiny dancers’ right through to some of our older students, she enjoys teaching different age groups and styles of dance (Ballet, Jazz , Lyrical and Contemporary). Georgia also has a Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law and a BCOM in Accounting & Tax from the Victoria University of Wellington (2016).

 

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Miss Georgia H

Georgia is a Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Teacher, having completed her Certificate of Ballet Teaching studies in 2009.

Georgia has over 15 years experience in teaching ballet students from PreSchool age through to Advanced levels as well as competitive students & choreography.

Georgia successfully opened & operated her own Lower Hutt based Ballet Studio (GHDance) for nine years before she made the difficult decision to close its doors so she could focus more time on her young family. Since then, Georgia has continued to coach competition students & teach around the Wellington region.

Georgia thoroughly enjoys teaching ballet to students of all ages & abilities & loves celebrating their improvements & accomplishments alongside them.

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Miss Ruth

Ruth Wall began dancing from the age of four. She trained under the umbrella of the RAD and in her final year of High School, successfully auditioned for the New Zealand School of Dance. Upon graduating from the NZSD, she was offered a full-time position with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, initially as part of the Corps de Ballet and then after 12 months, to a Soloist position and Principal understudy, followed shortly after, with the offer of a Principal’s contract. She had by that stage however, made the decision to resign and to travel.

During her time overseas, Ruth took the opportunity to further her knowledge, skills and experience. This included becoming involved in the Health and Fitness industry where she became Centre Manager for Les Mills World of Fitness in Sydney. She has been a dancer on a cruise liner and involved in television, film and photographic work. Upon her return to NZ, she was offered the Centre Manager position at Les Mills, Wellington. She remained in this position until her first child was 12 months old.

Ruth continued to teach the fitness classes on a part-time basis, at Les Mills until deciding to study and train for her RAD CBTS teaching qualification. She has been teaching the RAD syllabi to students aged, pre-school to 18 years.

Suzanne
Miss Suzanne

Suzanne has over 30 years dance teaching experience and owned a very successful studio in Porirua for many years (Suzanne Denton Dance Academy, SDDANCE).  She was selected as an examiner for the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) and travelled throughout New Zealand examining and also adjudicating dance competitions.  Many of Miss Suzanne's students have gone on to professional and teaching careers in dance.

Nikita
Miss Nikita

Nikita started dancing at the age of 4 and hasn’t stopped since. She started with Ballet classes before adding other styles into her repertoire, including Jazz, Contemporary and Tap. She has Achieved RAD Ballet examinations from Grade 1 to Intermediate and completed all grades in NZAMD Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. Nikita has always enjoyed working with children and has taught at several Wellington studios over the last five years.

She has graduated with a Degree in Performing arts (Dance) at Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity. From her time studying she has been involved in many shows and events including the "Art of Colour" Directed by Malea Johnston and her own show she choreographed "Below the Surface".

Nikita hopes to take everything she has learnt and inspire the next group of upcoming dancers.

Holly N.
Miss Holly N.

Holly is a dancer and choreographer originally from Taranaki.  She graduated from The New Zealand School of Dance in 2016 and is now a full-time contemporary tutor at the school. After her graduation Holly was awarded the Toi Poneke Dance Residency, where she created and staged her work Incognito

Since then, she has established a project-based dance company Discotheque, which is now creating its 9th work this year.   Discotheque has received the Most Promising Emerging Company and most Best in Fringe awards in the 2020 Wellington Fringe awards. 

Holly is a commissioned choreographer, creating works for both Footnote NZ Dance (national tour of The Rebel Pink) and for the 2020 NZSD Performance Season.  In addition she has worked as an assistant choreographer, dancer and lead role for the World of Wearable Arts for the past few years.

 Apart from creating new works, Holly is passionate about teaching and guiding the next generation of movers to feel the utmost joy art can bring to others.

Holly J.
Miss Holly J.

Holly began dancing when she was three years old and is trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. She sat her Advanced Ballet examinations in Cecchetti and RAD, as well as various other examinations under the NZAMD syllabi. Holly danced at various studios in Melbourne and Auckland, before moving to Wellington in 2018, where she began teaching at WDA in 2020. In the studio, she has a keen focus on attaining and maintaining flexibility.

Since moving to Wellington, Holly has also graduated with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies and is currently attaining her Masters in Philosophy at Victoria University.

Sophie
Miss Sophie

BHSc (Phty), NZRP, Cred. MDT, Nat. Dip. Dance, Pilates Instructor, Certified PBT

Sophie Ryan is an ex-professional dancer, now dance physiotherapist and dance conditioning teacher, with a strong focus on safe dance practice. A graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, she performed professionally with Black Grace Dance Company. While training and working as a physiotherapist, Sophie taught advanced open classical technique, pointe and dance conditioning at Auckland Academy of Dance for eight years. Sophie moved to Wellington in early 2016 and began teaching at Wellington Dance Academy later that year. Sophie completed her Pilates apprenticeship in Auckland at Dance Pilates, the creators of Movitae, and taught there for four years. She then completed her Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) certification in Australia in 2017. Sophie's Dance Conditioning classes are a blend of dance-specific mat Pilates, balance and alignment work as well as PBT. Sophie's Pre Pointe and Pointe Foundation classes incorporate education as well as pre pointe or pointe specific exercises. 

Dance-Specific Physiotherapy

Sophie is also our preferred dance physiotherapist. Sophie graduated with a Bachelor in Health Science ,majoring in Physiotherapy, from AUT in 2012. Since then, she has treated many dance students as well as professionals, including dancers from the New Zealand Dance Company, Footnote, the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Opera Australia, the Ballet Collective Aotearoa and freelance professionals. She is currently the dance conditioning tutor, and part of the Health Professional team, for the New Zealand School of Dance. Sophie works as a dance physiotherapist in central Wellington. If you would like to enquire about an appointment, please email sophieryanphysio@gmail.com 

Ciara
Miss Ciara

Ciara has been a dance teacher for 4 years. Originally from Christchurch, she has been in Wellington for a year and loves it! Her background includes Jazz and Irish dancing originally with some touches on contemporary but hip hop is now her passion! Ciara’s favourite achievements and experiences through dance include travelling to Mexico in 2018 for an international competition called Dancers Paradise and also being a part of The Spotlight 9 dance show in 2020. 

Ciara loves watching all her students grow and achieve their goals and is excited to see what this year brings for Hip hop at WDA!

 

Zak
Mr Zak

Zak has been a Hip Hop dance teacher for 5 years now and has been creating dance sets together for national and international dance competitions for 4 of those years. Zak has moved from his hometown Christchurch to Wellington at the end of 2019 and has been apart of many events/shows whilst living here including, “Spotlight 2019 & 2020” which is a prestigious dance show in the NZ hip hop community. “He Tangata” which was a show performed at the BATS theatre, it explored whakapapa and the stories of takatapui existence.

Zak is very excited for what this year has to bring with even more hip hop classes and 2 brand new competitive crews! Bring on 2022!

Demi
Miss Demi

Miss Demi has been dancing since the age of three and has studied Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. Demi has completed her Advanced 1 Exams in both Cecchetti and RAD. Demi is a former student of Wellington Dance and Performing Arts Academy and started teaching under the mentorship of RAD examiner Helen Calman in 2015 and has taught at WDA since.

Demi was also admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2020, and is currently working as a lawyer at Chapman Tripp.

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Miss Megan
Megan is our jazz extension teacher and part of our Wellington Dance team.
Megan's speciality is teaching open classes and choreographing routines, including for solo and group competitions. Megan extends students and supports them to achieve their fullest potential. She also focuses on performance to ensure every student feels confident to bring their sparkle to the stage.
Megan brings extensive experience in the commercial jazz industry. She has worked for Aotearoa's leading commercial agencies including Soul of Siren, Momentum Productions and Diamond Entertainment. A highlight in Megan's career so far is back-up dancing on X-Factor New Zealand. Megan was also part of the Skycity Dance Team for many years performing at every Breakers (basketball) and Warriors (league) home games.
Aside from dancing, Megan has an interest in learning te reo Maori and encourages its use in her classes.
Jamie
Miss Jamie

Miss Jamie started dancing at a conservatory in her home-state of North Carolina at the age of 5. In her 13 years at the conservatory she studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and modern and performed with the jazz and ballet pre-professional companies. She went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Political Science. While at university she performed with local NC companies and spent a semester studying contemporary dance at Unitec in Auckland.

Miss Jamie taught dance in North Carolina for 8 years and was the director of a pre-professional contemporary and choreography company. She has also worked for the Joffrey Ballet School in both New York City and San Francisco.

In 2021 Miss Jamie moved back to New Zealand to reconnect with the country her family is from. Miss Jamie is excited and honored to share her passion for dance with the WDA students!

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Mr Daniel
I'm Daniel, and I'm beyond excited for this next step! I have recently moved back from dancing my way to the UK and on the West End... but unfortunately Covid came along and had other plans. I have now relocated back home to Aotearoa and am enjoying every part of it, especially sharing my love and passion for dance with you all!

Prior to the UK I studied at Brent Street School of Performing Arts, a full time leading performing arts school located in Sydney Australia. Through my experiences I am thrilled to be sharing my knowledge and love for dance to watch you all grow and succeed!

"Felt very relaxed, my daughter has thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back next year."

Now accepting enrolments for next term!