Sandra is a renowned choreographer, dance educator, actor and director. She trained at the Court Theatre in Christchurch and has studied ballet, jazz, and tap. Her students come from all over New Zealand & Australia to work with her. She has choreographed winning numbers for Showcase National Finals and has won numerous top choreography awards. Many of her students have gone on to pursue careers as professional performers in the industry, performing at Universal Studios (Japan), on Princess Line Cruise Ships, Auckland Theatre Company, the Court Theatre (Christchurch), TVNZ (Shortland Street) and various NZ film and commercials. Sandra regularly travels to America to attend workshops, dance conferences to keep updated with the latest techniques to inspire her students.
Zara Cormack is an actor, dancer and choreographer. She trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary & tap, achieving enormous success competitively in New Zealand & Australia. She travelled to Los Angeles on a scholarship to train with some of the best choreographers in the world at Sourcedance in 2008. She completed her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts majoring in Acting at Unitec in Auckland. Choreography credits include Funny Girls (TV3), Jono and Ben (TV3)Mediaworks Commercial. Jacques Brel (Unitec), Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu, Our House (Senior College), Acting/musical theatre credits: The Sound of Music (Louisa), La Cage Aux Folles (Anne), Guys & Dolls, The Producers (Dance Captain) all for the Court Theatre Christchurch, TV Credits: StepDave, Funny Girls 1 & 2, Jono and Ben, The Brokenwood Mysteries. Zara loves sharing her passion and knowledge with young talent.
Hayden has been involved with gymnastics and cheerleading for over 20 years. He competed in gymnastics both nationally and internationally up until age 18 and also coached young gymnasts as a teenager. He has also been heavily involved in competitive cheerleading, being on multiple National Championship winning teams and travelling with Team New Zealand to compete at The Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando, Florida. With almost 10 years’ experience coaching, Hayden has a lot of knowledge and has enjoyed many successes with his teams. In 2009 Hayden co-founded Auckland based cheerleading programme “Cheer Dynamix” where he continued to grow and help nurture young talent.
Ashley Medcalfe – HIPHOP
Ashley became involved in the New Zealand Hip Hop community in 2009, when she joined Triple8Funk Dance Company (T8F)-one of the most established street dance companies in Australasia.
Along with extensive dance training nationally, she has also trained internationally in places such as Japan, Australia and Los Angeles with the Boogiezone Xchange Program. In 2013 Ashley was a ‘shadow’ judge at the 2013 Hip Hop International Champs in Las Vegas.
Ashley has been teaching HipHop in Auckland since 2010 and also taught in Los Angeles at Boogiezone Utopia in 2012. She has choreographed solo and troupe competition work and also taught and choreographed for the 2011 Rugby world cup ‘fan trail’ in Auckland.
Tonia is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.
In 2007, Tonia trained at the Royal Academy in London to become an examiner and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Examiners. She has examined Grades and Vocational students throughout New Zealand and in many countries worldwide.
Tonia learnt ballet as a student in Auckland and then at the Royal Ballet School in London.
She has also adjudicated numerous ballet competitions throughout New Zealand over the years.
Currently, Tonia is a freelance ballet teacher and has been coaching students at several dance schools in Auckland, mainly on syllabus work in preparation for exams and competition work. She continues in her role as an examiner for the RAD.
Emma Hardisty - Dance Pilates
Emma Hardisty is a BSc Hons Physiotherapist and Master Pilates instructor from the UK. She began her career as a professional dance and choregrapher at the age of 16 before completing her honours degree in Physiotherapy in 1996.
She began doing Pilates to manage her own back injuries and was so impressed with the results she became a qualified Body Control Pilates Mat instructor in 2001. She moved to NZ in 2005 with her husband and completed her studio qualifications.
Emma has a real passion for how Pilates and Physiotherapy combined can give optimal rehab results across all walked of life, but espcially to dances for enhanced technique, improved flexibility and control, ease of movement and injury prevention.