We are so proud of the students & graduates of L.O.D and their dancing achievements.

Students who have been awarded the AJDA Top Student in New Zealand


Ariane Cox – Introductory Level 4


Gabriella Mersi – Advanced Level 1


Emily Lancaster  – Introductory Level 5

Genevieve Mersi – Elementary Level 1

Emma Rippington – Elementary Level 1

Daniella Macfarlane – Advanced Level 1


Daniella Macfarlane – Advanced Level 2


Daniella Macfarlane – Advanced Solo


Brooke Maguire (L) – Introductory Level 5

Emma Rawiri (R) – Introductory Level 4


Kiriana Rawiri (ctr) – Introductory Level 3

Students accepted into/graduated from full-time tertiary dance centres

Ellie Shea

Graduate of Ettingshausens Commercial Dance Course in Sydney (2018)

Is teaching dance at a number of studios in Sydney

Kellie Humphries

Graduate of Te Auaha (Diploma in Performing Arts – Dance) 2018

Photo credit: Amber Griffin Photography

Shenna Dunn

Graduate of Te Auaha (Diploma in Performing Arts – Dance) (2018)

Completed her Bachelor of Creativity (Performing Arts) (2019)

Taught American Jazz and Commercial classes at L.O.D (2018/19)

Has moved to Canada with her family and to dance – watch this space!

Photo credit: Amber Griffin Photography

Daniella Macfarlane

Graduate of Ettingshausens Commercial Dance Course in Sydney (2014)

Has completed two dance contracts with Celebrity Cruises (part of the Royal Caribbean International) commencing in August 2015

Completed her Pilates mat class qualification (2018)

Danced commercially in Auckland for Diamond Entertainment (2018/19)

Is now teaching / assisting classes at L.O.D around her other work commitments

Photo Copyright: Wendy Smith, Infinite Monkeys.

Sydney Reynolds

Graduate of Whitireia Dance Performance Centre in Wellington, majoring in commercial dance (2015).

Gabriella Mersi

Has completed secondments with Anthony Hamilton in Melbourne, Dance North in Townsville & with Tasdance in Tasmania.

Graduate of Unitec Institute of Technology, majoring in Contemporary Dance (2014).

Taught Contemporary Dance at L.O.D (2018/19)

Contracted with Hofesh Shechter Company to perform their work ‘Hofesh in the Yard’ at the Perth Festival (2020)

Photo Copyright: Sarah Wilson

Ellie Wright

Graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (2011).

Photo copyright Stephen A’Court

Isabelle Nelson

Graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance (2011).

Worked with Java Dance Company in New Zealand. In 2013, Isabelle was the recipient of the national Dorothy Daniels Dance Scholarship for New Zealand, which she used to attend workshops in both Spain & Austria.

Currently based in the Netherlands, studying & performing, after she was accepted into a Post Graduate dance training programme called ‘DIA’ (Dance in Arts).

Photo Copyright: Sarah Burton