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Alexandra Cori Baldwin

Alexandra has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been on the move ever since. Alexandra has trained in styles including jazz, ballet, contemporary and acrobatics. attended arts based schools and in high school was recognized with the Award for Choreographic Excellence. She travelled throughout Canada and the USA to compete at various competitions and to train with choreographers including BrodieRachelle, Dani Matte, Alvin Colantes, Emma Portner, Tiffany McLachlan, Kristen Carcone, Davis Norsworthy and Nicholas Eichenberger, to name a few. Cori was often recognized for her raw movement abilities and has continued to curate that skill since.

In 2014, she moved across the country to attend Simon Fraser University (SFU) for the Contemporary arts dance program with the Gordon M. Shrum Major Entrance Scholarship. She studied ballet and modern dance focusing on the styles of Cunningham, Graham and Veganova ballet, growing her repertoire of knowledge. Alexandra was the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Dance Team Choreographer for various sporting events at SFU. In addition, to studying performing arts she also studied Communications and Public Relations graduating in June 2019.

In 2016 Alexandra choreography, and movement was featured in a dance film titled “Daring on the Peak” (check out the video here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO6KhJF4fsI).

In 2015 Alexandra returned to British Columbia and began a dance teaching position with The City of Burnaby to support children who would not have had the financial means to experience dance and she developed an inclusive dance curriculum. She instructed styles such as hip hop, ballet, acrobatics and jazz to kids of various ages.

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Brooke Moody - Jazz, Contemporary, Technique, Commercial

Brooke has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She has trained in many genres specializing in jazz, commercial, contemporary, lyrical, ballet and acro. In 2017 Brooke trained in Sydney and graduated from Brent Street with a Diploma of Performing Arts.
Since moving back to New Zealand, she has been involved in a wide range of commercial work including dancing for RAZÉ at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards, dancing with the Breakers dance team and performing in ‘Duality’ at Q theatre. Brooke is currently dancing professionally with Momentum Productions. She is an extremely passionate teacher and committed to working with groups and individual students to develop their technique, style, confidence and love for dance.
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Grace Dickson – Junior Ballet

Grace is RAD ballet trained through Advanced Foundation completed in 2014, while also pursuing NZAMD contemporary and jazz training including ‘Stretch, Leap, and Spin’ syllabus at Mt Eden Ballet Academy.

As well as examinations, Grace also competed nationally from 2005 in PACANZ, Alana Haines Ballet Competition, and many others with; Pointe, Lyrical, Neo-Classical, Demi-Character, Character, Jazz, Contemporary, and Variation – performing; Giselle, Fairy of the Woodland Glade, and Aurora’s Wedding. Then competing with Auckland City School of the Arts internationally in Anaheim at Showstoppers dance competition placing third overall in 2016 for contemporary solo ‘Odile’, and travelling to Showcase in Gold Coast 2015-2018.

After completing Momentum Professional Development course with Kayla Paige, Grace performed in a production, ‘Synthesis‘, received promotional jobs, and was part of a team competing in Grounded: Battle of the Arts placing second overall in 2017.

“Now teaching ballet I can use my love for the art to pass knowledge and technique, giving the tools dancers need to grow and pursue their goals.”

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Katie McKinney - Ballet

Katie began her dance training in NZ at Patten Academy of dance in New Plymouth, completing RAD Advanced and NZMDA syllabus in Ballet and Jazz. She went onto  full time training at the Australian Ballet school in Melbourne & completed professional development training with a diploma in classical Ballet.
Katie has performed in various ballets at the Sydney opera house and Melbourne state theate.
She was a member of  Black grace contemporary dance company and toured New Zealand with the company.
Katie danced internationally with Royal Caribbean cruise lines, performing in Broadway shows and aerial shows.
She also holds a Bachelor of performance and screen arts majoring in Contemporary dance.
With six years teaching experience Katiehas been teaching RAD ballet syllabus at Apollo dance theatre & prior to that Ballet & Contemporary at the Dance Studio. She has taught for Timothy Gordon, assisting him for dance intensive workshops.
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Hayden Lockwood - Acro

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.

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Rayner Clarke – Hip Hop

Rayner Clarke has been dancing Hip-Hop since the age of 12. Currently studying a double degree – Bachelor of Business combined with a Bachelor of Sport & Recreation at AUT Rayner still finds time to share her skill and passion teaching classes.

In college, Rayner actively participated in school dance and choreographed hip-hop troupe dances as well as solos.

Rayner was a Mega Crew member of Identity Dance Company achieving a 2nd place at the Dancers Paradise competition in Mexico in 2018. Training with one of New Zealand’s most prestigious dance companies has provided her with amazing skills and knowledge of hip hop that she enjoys sharing with those she teaches.

Rayner still enjoys taking open classes with many well known names in the Auckland hip hop scene and is looking forward to working with the ACSA dancers.

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Deb Maud – Acrobatic Arts

Deb was a competitive gymnast for over 10 years, representing at the national level. Continuing her passion for gymnastics she continued coaching and judging. After her daughters started dancing she turned her focus to acro dance and recently qualified as an Acrobatic Arts Module One Teacher.

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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.

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Tyla Maud – Tap, Jazz, Contemporary

Tyla Maud has been dancing since she was very young and trained in a vast number of genres such as jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, ballet and more. She has competed in competitions in New Zealand, Gold Coast Australia and LA,  and won various awards in her solos and groups. She has had the opportunity to learn from some world renowned choreographers on her trips overseas. Her professional work includes back up dancing for Jono & Ben and various other media works productions. Her passion for dance and years of training is shared when teaching the young talent.

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Bronte Maud – Junior Associate

Bronte Maud is a current student at ACSA and a junior teacher. She has trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre and tap. She has gained multiple awards across the globe in competitions such as Showstoppers LA, Showcase Finals Australia, Evolution Finals Australia and multiple other competitions around New Zealand. She has taken part as a backup dancer on Jono and Ben and other media works production. Bronte loves to inspire and help the younger students grow.

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Lauryn Pearce – Junior Associate

Lauryn has been training with Auckland City School of the Arts for 6 years.

She loves to dance and is rarely seen sitting!  She studies jazz, lyrical, ballet and contemporary.

Lauryn has taken classes internationally at Showstoppers, the Edge, the Millennium and at Abby Lee Dance Company in Los Angeles, Intrigue dance in Pittsburgh and Jo Reed in Canada.  She has competed at the highest level in National finals at Showcase and Get the Beat (Australia) and Showstoppers (Anaheim, USA)