THE TEAM

Rachel Bell

Studio Director/ Teacher/ Choreographer

 Rachel has been teaching for over 30 years and is trained to Advanced level in RAD Classical Ballet, NZAMD Jazz and spent many years competing and choreographing for aerobic championships.   Rachel has owned and developed successful dance studios in Christchurch, Wanaka, Denmark and now is very excited about teaching & inspiring her students on Waiheke Island.  Rachel founded Dance Out Loud School of Dance  in Wanaka in 2013 and has been managing the school of around 250 pupils remotely while working at Neverland Studios in Auckland in the past 2 years.
Rachel has vast experience in creating and putting on showcases,  has choreographed for musicals and dance competitions and putting students through exams, and is passionate about creating a space for everyone to access dance regardless of their age.   In 2018 Rachel took taught and choreographed for 2 adult hip hop crews to compete at HHU in Wellington and has developed programmes for senior citizens dance and preschool dance that are very popular.   


Olivia Holland

Teacher/ RAD ballet instructor/ Choreographer

Olivia is from the UK and trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance, before pursuing a career as a professional ballet dancer with Royal Ballet of Flanders and Northern Ballet. She completed all her RAD exams as a student with Distinction and gained a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance. Her dancing career took her to iconic cities around the world including Paris, Venice, Belgium, Japan and China. Olivia is now a qualified ballet teacher with RAD after completing her Professional Dancer’s Postgraduate Teaching Certificate. She is also a keen artist and became inspired to capture the moments she saw on stage through her watercolour paintings and artwork.


Thea Erichsen

Teacher/ Theatre performer/ Choreographer

Thea is a versatile and accomplished performer who is passionate about furthering students beyond the studio. Thea’s heart belongs to Theatre and this has seen her develop her skills as a triple threat performer. With 16 years of dance training, Thea has acquired a breadth of knowledge in Jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre. In 2019 Thea was awarded the Broadway Dreams New York Scholarship to travel to NYC and perform in their selected Broadway Showcase! She has graced the stage in many musicals both locally, nationally, and internationally with her most recent shows being: We Will Rock You 2019(Bruce Mason Centre) and she will be seen in the upcoming production of Wicked in Auckland 2021! Thea has competed as a soloist and group dancer nationally for many years. In 2018 she won the national champion for her lyrical solo, and in 2019 won national champion troupe with her dance team MOXIE (Neverland Studios). Thea is dedicated to enhancing students diversity and encouraging growth in all aspects of the performing arts. 


Maya Erichsen

Teacher/ Hip Hop performer/ Choreographer

Maya has been dancing for 11 years and perued her love for Hip Hop when she moved to Auckland in 2019. Maya is passionate about Hip Hip as she thrives in the energy and diversity of the style. Maya has experience teaching dance to a range of ages and loves to build students confidence and watch them grow. Maya is a valued member of Hip Hop crews: Neverland Nation mega crew 2019+2020, and varsity crew MIDAS 2020. Maya is also part of the Hip Hop crew leadership/ choreography  at Rangitoto college. Maya is passionate about creating dynamic and creative choreography to challenge her students and highlight the best of their abilities.


Tara Lewis - Beolens

Teacher / Senior dance student

Tara Lewis-Beolens began taking dance classes at the age of four, studying ballet, tap and jazz on Waiheke Island. However, her passion for dance was given full expression when she joined Louise Emma Academy of Dance (LEAOD) at the age of 11 in 2015, where she has been able to train in modern, ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz contemporary, acrobatics and hip hop and compete in LEAOD ‘Showteam’ troupes and as a soloist. Since starting dance, Tara has completed numerous exams in RAD ballet, AJDA jazz, ISTD modern and ISTD tap, competed throughout New Zealand and in Australia and received a PACANZ nationals solo nomination in both 2019 and 2020. Throughout her training, Tara has been given many teaching opportunities, assisting acro classes, covering for teachers when needed and in 2019 was given an adult tap class which she taught weekly throughout the year. Tara is looking forward to being able to teach more students at Dance Out Loud Waiheke as she continues her last year of training before perusing full time training and a professional career overseas in 2022. 


Kiri Hannaford

Teacher/ Senior dance student

Kiri has been dancing on Waiheke for thirteen years, beginning in jazz and then branching out to include ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and many more. Kiri has a love for all styles of dance but especially contemporary, as it can be moulded and expressed in so many different ways. She has been both a successful solo and group dancer at competitions, both nationally and internationally and was apart of the group that travelled to the Gold Coast in 2020 and placed 2nd and 3rd in troupes respectively. While still be a student herself, Kiri is passionate abut allowing her students to find and create movement within themselves whist giving them tools to do so. She will be farthing her dancing journey in 2022, moving to Sydney to attend Brent Street for full time dance training. 


Christine Norman

Office Manager & go to person

Originally from England, Christine came to New Zealand at the end of 2000 and has lived on the beautiful Waiheke Island for 17 years with her husband and children. Christine has been involved with the dance school as Louise Emma academy of Dance from the beginning in 2013 when he enrolled her children in the pre school boopers class, but, little did she realise how much of a second home it would become! With her children wanting to attend more dance classes it seemed only natural for Christine to take on the administration role in 2017, she has a great relationship with the students and is the go to lady - her office door is always open. Christine is looking forward to the future as the school transitions into Dance Out Loud Waiheke..