Springhill Academy of Dance is an established dance studio in Pukerua Bay where all ages can learn the art of ballet, modern jazz and contemporary dance in small classes with expert tuition. Our Pukerua Bay dance studio in a gorgeous garden setting is just 12 minutes from Whitby, 15 minutes from Porirua and Paraparaumu and 25 minutes drive from Wellington. We also run classes at the nearby Plimmerton School Hall. Come and join us – we love to dance at SHAD. All ages welcome – contact Bronwen Taylor today!
Book now: Baby Ballerinas | Ballet | Modern Jazz | Contemporary | Hip Hop | Tap
Plus great bulk deals on classes – do as many classes as you want for as little as $400 per term for juniors!
Baby Ballerinas – 3 years up
FREE class for 1 year for 3-4 year olds!
Because Springhill Academy of Dance thinks that all children should have the ability to experience dance, we have opened up a FREE class for 3-4 year olds on Tuesdays at 2.00 – 2.30 at our main studio 91 Muri Road Pukerua Bay. There will only be room for 12 per class. If demand accelerates for these classes then another will be put on at 1.30 – 2.00. (Class free until 5th birthday.)
Pre-school ballet – Baby Ballerinas.
We keep our classes small with no more than 10 children so each child gets individual attention. At Springhill, baby ballerinas start at 3 years of age. We love to explore the gracefulness of ballet with many wonderful stories and songs. These classes are designed to encourage and let your child express themselves whilst learning the beginnings of ballet. Small classes make dancing fun and allow for real learning. At Springhill we teach IDTA British curriculum conjoined with the Royal Academy of Ballet, England. All instructors are qualified of the IDTA and RAD, England. To book or enquire, call Bronwen Taylor on 04 239 9916 or fill out the contact form below.
I was a little scared at first but I loved being in the show. My tutu was very pretty and I liked dancing on my own.
Rehearsals were very busy and hard work but the show was so much fun. I loved being Little Cinderella and opening the show. I can’t wait for the next show.
Other classes available
Junior Boys Ballet
Modern Jazz / Contemporary
We offer a full range of all modern styles… modern, jazz and contemporary. Our modern curriculum was established in England under the IDTA. We also teach the New Zealand curriculum for contemporary. These classes encourage student’s own feelings and styles of dance, with the roots of the class being in good technique. This technique is transferred through your child’s years of dance, making a dancer that is both technically and visually pleasing. All tutors are British trained and fully qualified.
Street dance for all ages. Awaken your inner funk, twisting, turning, jumping and crumping.
Join us at Pukerua Bay on Fridays 4.30 pm beginners 5 – 7 years, 5.00 pm 8 – 10 years, 5.30 – 6.15 pm seniors. These classes are then followed by Senior contemporary 6.15 – 7.00 and senior acro dance all taught by Salem Foxx.
My career as a professional dancer all began at Springhill Dance Academy. At age Eight I started with Bronwen studying IDTA Ballet and Modern Dance where I achieved mostly Honours marks sitting examinations from Grade 3 up to Adv 1. Bronwen’s passion for dance inspired me to go further and she gave me all the attention and knowledge I needed to pursue this dream. At age Eighteen, she encouraged me to audition for a full time school in Christchurch, the International Ballet Academy where I spent the next 3 years studying mainly Ballet, but also Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre and completed my Intermediate, Adv 1 and Adv 2 RAD Ballet examinations with Distinction. I got to work with amazing choreographers such as Russel Kerr and perform many ballets such as ‘Swan Lake’ whilst at IBA. After graduating I worked with the Royal New Zealand Ballet for their season of ‘Giselle’ and am now currently working for Carnival Cruiselines based in America where I have been for the last 6 years, very fortunate to be traveling the world getting paid to do what I love….DANCE! During my vacation time home I always return to my roots at SHAD to attend or teach classes with the students.
Katie Rose Mathews
‘I danced Ballet, Modern Jazz & Contemporary at Springhill Dance Academy for over 13 years and loved every minute of it! Dancing at Springhill was always the highlight of my week – Bronwen is the most fantastic and passionate teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the syllabus, preparing for exams but most of all performing in many incredible stage shows – the dance, costumes, music and lights were always outstanding. The encouraging, passionate and inspiring environment at Springhill is always a pleasure to be around – it is not only a dance school but is a place where great friends are made and confidence grows. Dance is exhilarating and being a part of the school has given me a great sense of pride!’
Ballet 5 years – adult
At Springhill Academy of Dance we specialise in teaching children the beautiful art of Ballet. At the age of 5 we take children into the world of ballet with good technical training. Our classes are kept to the maximum of 10 per class so that your child can have full attention of the tutor when needed. Our curriculum is IDTA, England conjoined with the Royal Academy of Dancing in England. All tutors are fully qualified by British Standards and our examiners are British, coming to examine twice yearly. We offer a full range of other classes at our Academy including Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Funk, Tap and Musical Theatre.
I have danced with SHAD for the last 10 years, and in that time I have had some of the best memories in my childhood that sculpted me to be the person I am! I started from hip-hop at age seven, moved onto modern jazz and ballet, and quickly learnt great technique thanks to Bronwen’s excellent teaching style. I was living far away from the studios for the last 5 years, but continued with ballet due to the dynamic environment and caring teaching that only Bronwen emits. It was always the unique classes that combined enjoying the art of dance and getting a serious technical approach that made me choose SHAD over other dance schools!
Bronwen never failed to show her true generosity and kindness, with her students’ happiness and wellbeing the top priority while giving students great experiences performing dance. One such example is our popular Southwards Theatre performances. We had colourful costumes and vibrant sets, all on a professional stage. Bronwen provides an unforgettable experience for every child being able to stand up on a real stage. Personally, I cherish my memories of standing on the side of stage, gazing up at the spotlight, awaiting my turn: what a thrill!
The skills, confidence and experiences that I have gained from dancing at SHAD will continue to stay with me into the future. I owe a lot to Bronwen and everyone at SHAD, who make up such an awesome dance school!