Our incredible team of Teacher/ Choreographers are passionate and dedicated to dance education.
Studio Director/ Teacher/ Choreographer
Rachel is the dance school director of Dance Out Loud Waiheke & the original Dance Out Loud founded in Wanaka in 2013. Rachel started teaching when she was 14yrs old starting a dance school part time over the last 30+years she has owned & operated successful schools in Christchurch, Wanaka and Denmark. Rachel has a dance background in RAD Ballet to Advanced level & NZAMD Jazz and as an adult student also completed her RAD Advanced Exam & received the highest marks in Australasia 2011 when she took her Jazz Solo Seal with JazzAddict. She has vast experience in putting on large scale stage shows, choreographing for musicals, preparing students for Jazz & Ballet examinations, creating opportunities for teaching internships & extension programmes and creating competition routines. A creative and a big dreamer of ideas and possibilities, Rachel is passionate about creating a space for everyone to access dance regardless of their age or ability. " Learning to dance is more than just about the steps" It is about learning to be part of a team, to set goals, to understand your body & your emotional process, opening yourself to new relationships & friendships, trusting your teacher and holding yourself accountable. Through a beautiful & fun artform humans are shaped and nurtured, as are the teachers! This is the most precious part of my job and it makes me so proud that our team can offer this to our community.
Jazz/ Ballet / Tap / Acro Teacher / Choreographer & Pilates Instructor
Anna was born in New Zealand but raised in Hong Kong for 18 years, where she developed a love of dance from the age of three at the DMR School of Ballet. After reaching Advanced 2 in ISTD Tap and Modern Theatre and Advanced 1 in RAD Classical Ballet, she pursued a career in professional dance and was accepted to the prestigious Northern Ballet School in Manchester, England to train professionally for 3 years becoming a triple threat. Whilst training full time, Anna also began her ISTD Diploma in Dance Education in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre that she is due to complete at the beginning of 2022. Anna returned to Hong Kong during the pandemic and took this time to train to become a Polestar Pilates Practitioner specialising in the reformer. Anna also choreographed two musicals, Singing In The Rain and The Sound of Music for Harmony Tree International for which she achieved a Trinity Award. Anna’s family relocated back to New Zealand in late 2020 and since then she has been working at Connect Studio as a reformer pilates teacher or you might have seen her at Charlie's. Anna is looking forward to joining the Dance Out Loud family, passing on her knowledge and assisting the children in achieving their goals.
Teacher/ Hip Hop performer/ Choreographer
Maya is energetic, bold, creative and passionate about everything HIP HOP! She loves to explore the styles within this huge genre of dance of which she herself is so inspired by through her own training in the Auckland Hip Hop community. Maya has been dancing for 12 years, originally in all styles but since moving to Auckland in 2019, her focus has been solely on Hip Hop. She loves how hip hop explores various rhythms & musicality, dynamics & textures, and how Hip Hop is such a sharing and exchange of dance inspiration. Maya has been in competitive Hip Hop crews since she moved to Auckland. In 2022 she will be part of the Masque Crew & YungID Megacrew with Identity Dance Company (IDCO) a leading company on the National & International Hip Hop scene. Maya is also expanding her teaching/ choreography with being Crew Leader / Choreographer to Junior & Varsity Hip Hop Crews @ Dance Out Loud Wanaka that will compete nationally this year. Maya fully understands what it is like to grow up in a small community (Wanaka) and have a passion for dance and what it is like to start from the very beginning. Maya is excited to grow and develop a passion for hip hop amongst our students & is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience with you all.
Contemporary Teacher / Choreographer
Caitlin started dancing at the age of 3 at Auckland Academy of Dance, studying RAD Ballet to Advanced 2 and NZAMD Contemporary to Level 6, both with with Distinction, as well as Jazz and Hip Hop classes. She was in the NZDC Youth Company, and the RNZB Mentor Program. Caitlin graduated with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts from Unitec in 2015. In 2015 she performed in Lemi Ponifasio's work ‘I AM’ with Mau in the Auckland Arts Festival. Since graduating she has worked with Malia Johnston on ‘The Art of Colour’ and ‘Rushes’ which won multiple awards in Auckland Fringe. She has also worked with Charles Koroneho, Foster Group (Sarah Foster-Sproull) on ‘Orchids’ and ‘Sisters of the Black Crow’, and Fidget Collective (Claire O'Neil) on ‘Extra Ordinary Humans’, among others. Caitlin is also the secretary on the Northern Dance Network board. Caitlin choreographed and performed in the critically acclaimed show ‘Fabricate’, which was performed at Basement Theatre, Q Theatre for Tempo, NZ Fringe where it won the SYNZ tour ready award, Dunedin Fringe where it won Best Dance, and Sydney Fringe. She was the recipient of two residencies for her full length work ‘About Others’, Basement Theatre’s research residency Ideas In Residence and the DANZ and Saint Kentigern Summer Development residency. ‘About Others’ was performed in Tempo Dance Festival 2019 at Q Theatre. In 2019 she was also an ATLAS scholarship recipient for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, where she spent 5 weeks watching shows from all over the world and doing full time workshops with the international dance community’s best teachers and choreographers. There she began the creative process for her current solo project, ‘Stargirl’, under the dramaturgical mentorship of Guy Cools. An excerpt from ‘Stargirl’ was performed in Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa in 2020 at Herald Theatre, and the full length work will be presented at Basement Theatre in 2022. Caitlin has been teaching full time at The Dance Studio since completing university, as well as facilitating large scale children’s workshops for Auckland Live in school holidays. She is passionate about her students growing as people while enjoying their love for dance.
Dance Teacher & Senior Dancer
Amba’s passion for dance arose as soon as she was introduced to it at the age of 4. Growing up on Waiheke Island, Amba was largely involved with the local Performing Arts community from a very young age. She performed in numerous creative productions where her love for dance grew. Since then she has been a focused dancer, who is always enthusiastic about making the most of every opportunity she has to grow. Being a student herself, she is so inspired by her teachers at Dance Out Loud Waiheke and the positive influences they have had on her dancing journey. She is dedicated to continuously developing her knowledge and skills as a dance teacher, so she can follow this example whilst teaching younger students of the school. Amba is looking forward to bringing her liveliness and love into her classes, creating a positive environment for young dancers to grow and express themselves through the special artform of dance.
Dance teacher & Senior Dancer
Brodie was introduced to the arts of dance at the very young age of 2 years old, she practised Jazz, Ballet, and Tap. Brodie performed for her first time with Drury Lane Dance Studio, Te Awamutu, at the age of 2. Brodies real love and passion for dance began at the age of 10 when she joined Louise Emma Academy of dance, Waiheke Island. This is where Brodie started training in multiple styles including, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, and Acrobatics. She was a part of a successful competition team which included competing solos and group dances. Although Brodie has trained in many different styles, she has found true love for Contemporary and Hip Hop. These two styles hold a special place in Brodie because of the many different ways they can be performed. Being a student at Dance Out Loud Waiheke Brodie is supported and inspired by the mentors at DOL, and hopes to follow in their footsteps. Brodie continues to grow as a student and teacher and can't wait to bring the positive energy and knowledge into her classes!
Patience has been singing professionally for 20 years. Having attended theatre school from the age of 6, she has performed in theatre productions, musicals, bands and as a solo artist throughout her life. Starting off at Michael Hall Theatre School in Blackpool, UK, she went on to study at & perform with the Grand Theatre Academy, Roundhouse London & Goldsmiths. Throughout her lifetime has learnt under the likes of Caitlin Smith (NZ), Daniel Thomas (UK), Zara MacFarlane (UK), Rachel Lynes (UK), Brenda Rattray (UK) and Dominic Ellis-Peckham (UK). Patience believes that singing is a great way to feel empowered & build confidence - it’s all about creating that ‘feel good’ feeling, harnessing confidence and self-esteem. Having studied the voice for many years, and after working alongside artists in London’s music industry, Patience experienced first hand the life of a musician & has learnt the tools to support and get to know your voice over her lifetime. Patience is also a recording artist and vocalist for Neo-Soul/Jazz band, Kawakawa.
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