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Katherine Avery – Ballet

Katherine’s initial training is in RAD and ISTD ballet to Advanced, she then completed professional training at the National Theatre Ballet School Melbourne, before dancing with the Vienna Festival Ballet in Europe for 4 years.

Roles performed included, Clara – The Nutcracker, Pas de trois, Cygnet, Neapolitan – Swan Lake, Fairy of Grace, Aurora’s friend, White Cat – Sleeping Beauty. Other ballets performed include Cinderella, Giselle and Coppelia. Katherine has also performed Les Sylphides and Don Quixote.

On returning to New Zealand Katherine was a member, and teacher for City Dance Ballet Company, a recreational dance group who operated for 11 years and performed at Auckland festivals as well as producing their own shows with Creative Communities assistance.

She has been a regular teacher at Victory Performance Centre for the past three years and, also teaches RAD ballet at Rhythm n Steps Dance Academy.

Katherine’s teaching style is mainly influenced by the English style of her training and company. Her teaching philosophy is based around supporting a sound and safe technique while fostering a joy of ballet as a moving/performing art.

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Candice Frankland – Belly Dance

Candice Frankland is the founder and director of Phoenix Belly Dance, a multi-award winning dance company and home to some of New Zealand’s most sought after performers and teachers. Her troupe are the proud winners of the Jambalaya Dance Competition 2011, NZ Corporate Event’s Best Entertainment Company in 2012, and the Viva Eclectika 2013 Asia Vision Cup. Candice received the Tarazade Festival’s Trained by the Stars Award in Turkey in 2012, was the winner of the Bellydance Evolution International Casting Competition 2014 (LA/Sydney) and has been invited back to teach at the Tarazade festival in Istanbul in 2015.

Candice first began her Middle Eastern dance training in South Africa, and soon discovered she had a natural aptitude for the movements. She quickly rose in the ranks to become a teacher, performer and choreographer under Angela Anzilotti of Belly Dance Goddess, and learned from masters such as Tamalyn Dallal, Ajsa Samia and Rania Bossonis.

Since relocating to New Zealand, Candice has built Phoenix Belly Dance from the ground up, using her skills from a previous career as a business analyst to create an effective belly dance business and school. Candice and her team of teachers are made up of women of various different training and backgrounds, and their aim is to share the rich cultural experience of Middle Eastern dance. All classes learn the basic movements of Egyptian and Turkish cabaret styles (the genre that usually comes to the mind of Westerners when they hear ‘belly dance’), but will usually also focus on a folkloric style as well. Candice has taught her students baladi, shaabi, saidi, khaleegi, Algerian, Turkish Rom, and more. She also teaches both modern and traditional props, and dynamic contemporary choreographies for the annual end of year student show. Her lessons also include warm-ups designed to build core stability and strength, and cooldowns to relax some of the more overworked muscles in belly dance, such as hip flexors, glutes and our upper trapezius muscles.

Website: phoenixbellydance.co.nz

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Gaby Sanchez – Latin Fusion

Gaby was born in Argentina, has studied Classical and Contemporary to become a dance teacher. She graduated as a Physical Education teacher specialising in health pathology from Buenos Aires.

For 10 years, she has taught all ages and levels dances classes at various studios, with a background of Latin Rhythms, contemporary, Latin Hip Hop, Tango and Brazilian dances. She loves dance: “I still take dance classes every chance I can get. I am always looking for an opportunity to learn a new style or brush up on styles I already know. No matter how old you are or how much experience you have you can always learn more.” “What I like the most in my life is dancing!!!”

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Isabel Fish – Drama and Communication

The Isabel Fish Academy (IFA) was established in 1997. The reputation of IFA is firmly established as one of excellence.

Isabel has an extensive background in lecturing, teaching, directing and producing arts events which began in 1972. She is a highly experienced teacher from pre-school to post-graduate level. She holds qualifications from the Auckland Teachers College, Trinity College, London and the University of Auckland.

Isabel has taught in many schools, arts organizations and tertiary institutions both in New Zealand and the USA. Her last job before setting up IFA was at Kristin School, Albany, where she was Head of Drama. In NZ she also taught and directed at the University of Auckland, the Auckland College of Education, Limbs Dance Studio and Unitec, Performing Arts School. She has lectured for The Auckland District Law Society, CLE since 1997.

In the 1980s and early 1990s Isabel studied and worked as a guest extensively in California. Some of the organizations she was involved with include: UCLA, in the San Francisco Bay area -Project LEAP, Life on the Water Theatre, The Leonard Pitt School of Mime, Theatre and Mask, George Coates Performance Works, The Sifu Bing Jiang School of Martial Arts and Montessori Family Schools, Berkeley.

Isabel established a reputation as a leading director in the arts, producing numerous highly acclaimed dramas and multi-media shows, which numerous critics have described in reviews as: “visionary…astounding…visually stunning… totally professional…outstanding…spectacular…magic.”

Isabel has made many guest appearances on TV and radio. She has hosted and presented events for many high profile individuals and organizations including Trinity College London. She has also been involved in political advocacy for arts and environmental issues.

Website: isabelfish.com

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Nicci Mcewan – Ballet

Nicci began her ballet training in South Africa where she lived her early years. At age 16 her talent was recognised and she was offered a scholarship to attend the National Ballet School of Canada where she trained and graduated. Upon graduation she was offered a second scholarship, to attend at the Royal Ballet School in London, where she then trained for a further year.

By 19 years of age, she won a contract to dance with the Scottish Ballet where she stayed and danced for 10 years. Nicci danced Principal roles, including Aurora, Odette/Odile, Swanhilda, Giselle, Lilac fairy, Principal Sylphs in La Syphide and Les Sylphides, Juliet, Principal in Balanchine’s ‘Concerto Barrocco”, Cinderella, La Fille mal gardee and various other new works.

She migrated to NZ with her husband and 3 children in 2013 and is now coaching and teaching open classes around Auckland.

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Meaghan Rowe – Ballet

Meaghan Rowe (ARAD RAD RTS; Pg Dip DEVE) is a professional teacher and dancer from Wellington, New Zealand, specialising in classical ballet, contemporary dance and body conditioning.

Meaghan trained as a youth under Paula Hunt (RAD Chair of Examiners) at the Wellington Dance Academy, completing her Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Two exam with Distinction in 2001. She trained in the New Zealand School of Dance Associate Programme, and won the Footnote Dance Choreolab Scholarship in 2002. After receiving a post-graduate degree in Political Science and Development from Victoria University in 2008, Meaghan then completed her teaching accreditation with Robyn Sinclair at the Dunedin School of Ballet and Dance. During this time she specialised as a teacher of the senior classical students. Her RAD teaching qualification was completed in 2010, and following this Meaghan moved to Germany, where she worked as an assistant to contemporary choreographer and classical tutor Claudine Merkel, while also training with the Münster Dance Theatre. Meaghan relocated back to New Zealand in 2014 from Europe and is excited to be teaching an open ballet class in the beautiful Wellesley studios.

Meaghan’s dance classes promote a philosophy of inclusivity, creativity, strength, and musicality, providing a healthy challenge for children, youths and adults seeking exercise through the art of dance. Alongside Wellesley Studios, Meaghan is also a classical tutor for the Unitec tertiary dance programme, she runs her own private dance school for children and adults in Northcote, and freelances at several classical academies in Auckland.

Website: rowedance.co.nz