BCA; Reg. AJDA
Director, Principal Jazz Teacher
A registered American Jazz Affiliation Teacher, Marina has been teaching Jazz at all levels since 2001, and has also directed, choreographed and managed many dance shows over the years.
Just like many of her students today, Marina started dancing from primary school age, and carried on right through high school. She completed examinations in RAD ballet, character, and ISTD Jazz. As a university student she managed to find time to dance in the Oomph Dancers’ Troupe for TV’s Ready to Roll music show in the early eighties, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce & Administration Degree. At that time, she also performed at the opening of the Michael Fowler Centre and the NZ Music awards.
Marina continued on to teach aerobics for ten years in New Zealand and England, representing Britain in the World Group Aerobic Championships in Sao Paolo in 1990.
Marina regularly up-skills her knowledge by attending teacher’s courses, workshops and conferences. In 2007, Marina took the opportunity to attend the IADMS (International Association of Dance Medicine and Science) conference held in Canberra. This was a hugely valuable experience, gaining some excellent insights into current best teaching practises.
Marina is a very experienced teacher who has a great understanding of how to bring out the best in each student, from the very young through to teenagers and adults, helping them to achieve their potential in an enjoyable, yet well structured environment.
BA; RAD RTS
Director, Principal Ballet Teacher (RAD RTS)
Natalie has loved to dance for as long as she can remember, and throughout her schooling completed her RAD ballet exams, and also her advanced level jazz exams. After being accepted into full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance, she decided to complete her RAD Certificate in Ballet Training Studies & become a qualified ballet teacher. Along with her dance background, Natalie also has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology & criminology. This extended study in areas including childhood developmental psychology and music history has also proven to be very useful in the dance studio.
Natalie has over a decade’s worth of teaching experience under her belt, amp; firmly believes in the importance of continuing her professional development. She regularly attends courses with leading dance professionals & is passionate about passing on this knowledge. Natalie strives to be a consistently motivated and passionate teacher, developing in her students a motivation and love of dance that, with the right nurturing will continue to grow. Natalie is also a mentor to other dance teacher trainees & recent teacher graduates. She has found this new challenge inspiring & is excited to be a part of developing the next generation of quality dance educators as well as dancers.
Bethany has loved the Arts since she was a child. Throughout her school career she completed exams in RAD Advanced Ballet, NZAMD Contemporary, AJDA Solo Seal Jazz and attained her AJDA Junior Jazz Teachers’ Certificate.
Having taught since her high school years, Bethany strives to use a holistic approach to dance, in order to nurture confident learners who are self-disciplined, self-motivated and strive for the best that they can achieve. She believes in using the role of dance to aid the development of the whole person; producing responsible dancers who go out into with world with a positive outlook, behave in a professional, diligent manner and above all have self-confidence.
While teaching and dancing at the studio since 2010, Bethany also completed her Diploma in Musical Theatre and her Bachelor of Applied Arts, Performing Arts, majoring in Commercial Dance. Bethany has performed as a singer/dancer in many musical productions and has choreographed for musicals at Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College, Wellington College and Queen Margaret College.
Bethany is currently in her second year of her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is also studying for her Intermediate Jazz Teachers’ Certificate this year. She is looking forward to furthering her skills and experience in all things dance related and is excited to see what the future brings.
Fiona trained as a dancer from the age of nine, in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary. Australian born, Fiona moved to New Zealand at age 16 to train at the New Zealand School of Dance completing her Diploma in Dance Performance. After graduation, she went on to danced professionally in Australia, Japan and the United States.
Highlights of her career included performing principal and soloist roles for Mystic Ballet CT USA including Brian Enos contemporary piece Os Quindos de Ya Ya .
Fiona has previously taught in Australia, the United States and most recently in Berlin as part of the Royal Academy of Dance Berlin Summer School.
This past year Fiona has completed her her Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate through the Royal Academy of Dance. She is excited about extending this knowledge to all the LOD students.
Milvia has been dancing since she was four years old. Over the years she has completed her RAD ballet examinations and most recently achieved her solo seal in ADJA in 2012.
Milvia started teaching ballet with Natalie while studying a BCom degree in Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University & immediately fell in love with it. During the course of the last six years Milvia has developed a real passion for teaching both ballet and jazz. This has culminated in the decision to complete her RAD ballet teaching certificate, which will be achieved in 2017, and her ADJA Junior level teaching certificate completed in 2017.
Emma began her training as a dancer at the age of 5 in Palmerston North. Starting with Ballet and then leading onto other styles of Jazz, Contemporary and Tap, her passion for dance blossomed.
Growing up she participated in many competitions around the North Island, winning many awards and scholarships to further her dance career. She has trained in RAD Ballet, completing her Advanced 2 level and sat many NZAMD Modern Exams, recently completing her Solo Jazz Diploma.
Emma is currently studying at Whitireia, and will complete her Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) and Bachelor of Creativity in 2019. She hopes after finishing her degree to go to the West End in London, following her passion for performing and making a name for herself.