Staff & Teachers

Nancy Schroder BPSA
Director of Auckland Academy of Dance

Training:
Arts Educational Stage School London (Scholarship)
Nesta Brooking School Ballet and General Education London (Scholarship)
Willow Tree Dance School UK
Olga Cooper School of Ballet UK
Antony Van Laast UK Contemporary Dance
Paula Lansley UK Contemporary Dance
Molly Penn UK Contemporary Dance
Tim Gordon NZ Ballet
Raymond Hawthorne NZ Directing

Professional:
Lead Actor/Dancer Theatre & Television Includes;
Mercury Theatre The Crucible, Carousel, Amadeus
Court Theatre Daughters Of Heaven, Gypsy, Wind In The Willows, Private Lives
ATC Travesties
Summer Shakespeare Twelfth Night
Theatre In The City Blood Wedding
Silo A Kind Of Alaska
National Tour Shirley Valentine
Shortland Street
Hercules
Street Legal

Choreographer & Director:
KISS Theatre
Pakuranga College
Diocesan School For Girls
Dilworth College
Auckland University School Of Music

Current:
Artistic Director of KISS Theatre
Annual director & choreographer for Pakuranga College School productions
Penny Dodd
Director of Auckland Academy of Dance/Musical Director

Training:
Piano Performance
Victoria University Wellington

Professional: 30 years in NZ, UK & Aus
Musical Director
Mercury Theatre
The National Theatre, London
London’s West End & UK
Civic Theatre Auckland
Evita/Chicago 42nd St/ Cats/Anything Goes
Auckland Theatre Company – High Society/ Stepping Out/Jesus Christ Superstar (Vocal Coach)

Arranger & Conductor:
Symphonic Rock Concerts with APO
Coca Cola Christmas In The Park (17 years)

Pianist/Performer – ‘Hell’ Cabaret with Helen Medlyn since 1998

Current:
Browns Music Ltd – providing Bands, Orchestras, Musical Arrangements, Musical Direction & Theatre Production since 1993
Musical Director of KISS Theatre
Carole Speirs ARAD, ADV T DIP. RTS
Senior Dance Consultant

Current:
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Examiner and Tutor
Classical Ballet Teacher & Coach

Previously:
Director Carole Speirs Centre For Ballet & Dance Tauranga.
(Former students of the Centre were awarded Genee Gold & Silver Medals)
Tutor RAD International Summer Schools, Teachers Courses
RAD Moderator for Dance Degree components at Auckland University of Technology 2007-2012
Nicci Mcewan
Head of Senior Ballet
Teacher of Ballet

Training:
Canadian National Ballet School
Graduated Royal Ballet School

Teacher:
2000-2013 Leading Ballet Academies - Glasglow, Scotland
2013 Company Ballet Mistress New Zealand Dance Company

Professional Dance Experience:
Principle Dancer for The Scottish Ballet Company - Performing all around the world including the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin in front of Gorbachev, in front of the royal family of South Korea
Represented The Scottish Ballet in Brazil performing for the Royal Academy of Dancing
Hayz Pincheira Rowe A.I.S.T.D.
Head of Jazz & Tap
Teacher of Jazz & Tap

Training:
Italia Conti Academy Of Performing, London

Professional:
Director of NZPA and Junior Associates Program
Italia Conti ISTD Teacher
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Alice London
The Snowman Penguinâ UK
Wind In The Willows Elsieâ

Music Video Dancer:
Rachel Stevens
Outcast
Beyonce
Black Eyed Peas

Stunt Work:
Blood Diamond
National Treasure

Acting:
Legend Of The Seeker
Spartacus
KISS Theatre Company

Choreographer & Teacher:
Auckland Academy Of Dance
Pakuranga College
TAPAC
Justine Butcher
Head of Junior School
Teacher of Ballet

Teacher:
Auckland Academy of Dance
Keri Edley Modern Dance School
Tonia Robertson School of Dance (past)

Membership:
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Full Member
Jazz Dance New Zealand

Professional: (Dancer)
Fight for Life
Tip Toes

Training:
Auckland Academy of Dance (since aged 3)
Keri Edley Modern Dance Jazz Advanced with Distinction
Pre School training under Jill Arkley
Competed in both ballet and jazz including international competitions in the Brisbane Eisteddfods
Over 20 years of teaching and training Pre School students
Samantha Keighley CBTS, RTS, ARAD
Ballet Teacher

Qualification:
RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching CBTS

Training:
Auckland Academy of Dance Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Pre-School Advanced 2 Ballet with Distinction
Auckland Academy of Dance Contemporary to Level 6 with Honours & Distinction.
Auckland Academy of Dance Jazz to Solo Seal level with Distinction.
Competitions Ballet and Jazz including Alana Haines
Catherine McKay JDNZ
Jazz & Troop Teacher

Qualifications: Certificate in Performing Arts

Training:
Keri Edley Modern Dance
Auckland Academy of Dance JDNZ Advanced 1 (Honours)
Excel School of Performing Art Dance Major
Hip Hop / American Jazz / Contemporary / Musical
Theatre / Choreography & Cultural Dance
Top Performer of the Year Award

Professional Work:
Dancer
Fight for Life
SDNZ Hip hop National Finals
Dream Hip Hop Showcase
World Battleground Supremacy Hip Hop Sydney
Coca Cola Christmas in the park
Brisbane Eisteddfod
New Zealand Vodafone Music Awards dancing for J.
Williams, Dane Rumble
Patrick Sunderhauf
Contemporary Teacher

Qualifications:
Performing Arts Degree – Hamburg School of Ballet
Registered NZAMD Contemporary Dance Teacher
Degree in Alternative Medicine – Specialising in Kinesiology and Massage
Tough Health Qualifications from International college of Kinesiology

Current:
Teacher of Ballet & Contemporary across Auckland and NZ Dance Schools and Dance companies
Royal NZ Ballet Company Education Department and AUT Modern Ballet and Dance History tutor
Currently teaching NZAMD Contemporary Dance syllabus class.
During his tenure 6 of his students have won NZAMD Scholarship award and gained places at international dance studios.

Training:
State School of Ballet – Berlin
Hamburg Ballet School
Helipraktiker (Healing Practitioner/Naturopath)

Professional Dancer:
Vienna Festival Ballet
State Opera Ballet Dresden
Daniel Cooper
Contemporary Teacher

Training:
The New Zealand School of Dance

Professional Work:

Dancer:
Billy Elliott (older) Billy Elliott ATC
Douglas Wrights 2002 season of Inland
Black Grace Dance Company (4yrs)

Choreographer:
Black Grace
Stars in Their Eyes
Montanan Sunday Theatre

Assistant Choreographer:
World of Wearable Art

Assistant Director/Choreographer:
Okareka Dance Company
Atamira Dance Company

Teacher:
Dance Educator Royal New Zealand Ballet
Independance
Atatmira Dance Co.
Raising the Barre
Okareka Dance Co.
WOW
UNITEC
Heidi Chen
Jazz

Performances:
Pleasure Dome - The Musical (2017)
NZ Breakers (2016)
Flawless concert (2015)
Coca-Cola Christmas in the park (2015)
Tempo festival season - Giselle (2015)
Imprint (2014)
Chinas National Day dinner (2014) The Chinese Embassy in New Zealand solo
Sports TV commercial (2015)
Teaching experience of Chinese Dance & Ballet (2010-2014)

Training:
Diploma of Teaching of Dance Diploma of Theatre of Arts
Contemporary Dance NZPA
Classical Ballet NZPA
ISTD Ballet associate NZPA
Modern Dance NZPA
Jazz NZPA
Commercial Hip pop Dance NZPA
Drama NZPA
Musical Theatre NZPA
Tap NZPA
Singing NZPA
Chinese Dance Peoples Liberation Army Arts Collage in Beijing Li Yuan Peng
Classical Ballet: ISTD examinations awarded grade Intermediate with Distinction
Modern Dance: ISTD examinations awarded grades
Intermediate and Advanced 1 with Distinctions

Special Skills:
Dance: choreography, flexibility, acro, teaching
Chinese Dance
Languages: Mandarin, English
Music: Violin
Zoe Gilmore
Tap, Jazz and Ballet

Teacher:
Auckland Academy of Dance
Dance Works

Training:
Advanced 1 Ballet RAD
Advanced 1 Jazz NZAMD
Level 6 Contemporary NZAMD
Advanced Tap Levels ISTD
Level 5 Diploma in Dance and Theatre Arts

Professional Performance Experience:
Stage:
Da Bang World Tour 2017 (Backup dancer for Salman Khan)
K.I.S.S Theatre season of Sleeping Beauty 2016 Sleeping Beauty
New Zealand Performing Arts Graduation Performance 2016 (Dancer)
Te Pou Theatre Reboot The Big Rethink 2015 (Dancer)
Te Pou Theatre Aids Awareness Campaign 2015 (Dancer)
K.I.S.S Theatre season of Charlottes Web 2015 (Dancer)
K.I.S.S Theatre season of a Christmas Tale 2015 (Dancer)
New Zealand Performing Arts Graduation Performance 2015 (Dancer)
Te Pou Reboot The Big Rethink 2015 (Dancer)

Screen:
Rei Mcdougall Out Dancing Music video 2016 Featured Dancer
Sara Kidston
Acro
Sara Kidston began training in circus arts at age 19 where she instantly found her passion in aerial and floor acrobatics. Sara travelled to America, London and Malaysia when she was 20 years old, to train with international circus coaches. From this experience, she was able to return home to New Zealand where she performed for many prestigious events as well as taught her skills to other enthusiasts alike.

Sara's most recent endeavours have seen her training at the Beijing International Arts School in 2016 where she trained intensively for 6 months in contortion and acrobatics.

Sara is currently residing in Auckland performing as a contortionist and aerial acrobat whilst sharing her knowledge with others who share her passion! Sara's classes work on flexibility and strength, combining dance based acrobatic skills and safe flexibility training which will enhance dancers range of motion.
Bianca Paine
Hip Hop

Training
The Palace Dance Studio Parris Goebel
The Actors' Program Graduate
Cirque du Soleil Creation Process Training

Special Awards
The World Hip Hop Championships Bronze Medal The Palace Dance Studio Las Vegas/Nevada
The World Hip Hop Championships Gold Medal The Palace Dance Studio Las Vegas/Nevada
The World Hip Hop Championships Gold Medal The Palace Dance Studio Las Vegas

Professional Work
Cirque du Soleil- Michael Jackson ONE Dir. Jamie King Las Vegas/ Nevada
Chicago Ensemble The Court Theatre
Tom's Marvellous Imagination Mum Dir. Nancy Schroder The Stage Company/TAPAC
Rapunzel Witch Dir. Nancy Schroder The Satge Company
Vernon God Little Various Dir. Leon Wadham Basement Theatre
Snow White Happy Dir. Nancy Schroder The Stage Company
Peter Pan Pirate Dir. Nancy Schroder The Stage Company
Sleeping Beauty Prince Dir. Nancy Schroder The Stage Company
Teaching The Palace Dance Studio Hip Hop 2010 - 2012
Children Adults
Beginners Advanced
Emma Morgana Carr
Musical Theatre Tutor

Training:
Central Susses College of Performing Arts UK - Diploma

Emma is a British actor, director and choreographer with recent credits in New Zealand and the UK. She recently was the Assistant Director for the Pop Up Globe 2017 and is currently the bodysuit actor of Redbot on Power Rangers for Nickelodeon as well as the Assistant Stage Manager of Sister Act at the ASB Theatre. She will be choreographing the Auckland Premiere of 'Heathers' next year and has recently performed the role of 'Truly Scrumptious' in the New Zealand premiere of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and Wednesday Addams in the Auckland Premiere of 'The Addams Family Musical'.
Sebastian Holland Dudding
Musical Theatre

Training:
The Actors Program (TAP)
Janice Webb Vocal Coach
Mainz - Sound & Music
Terri De'Ath - Accents
The Stage School - Acting & Dance

Professional Work:
Vernon God Little - Vernon
The Stage Company - Company Actor 2011- 2018
Phineas Phrog - Company Actor - 2015 - 2018
Power Rangers - Featured Actor
Yogi Bear - Disney - Featured Extra
Voice Over Radio & TV - 2000 +
Sweeny Todd - Company Actor
Pop Up Globe - Julius Cesar - 2018