Welcome to Springhill Academy of Dance where the classes are small and fun and you get expert dance tuition. Meet our teachers…
Bronwen Taylor, owner and principal dance teacher at Springhill Academy of Dance, International Examiner and teacher for the IDTA of Great Britain
I started dancing at the age of 3 because there was no kindy the love quickly developed.
Training commenced with Leigh Brewer in Palmer St in Wellington. Sitting Primary Ballet at age 4, a special request was lodged with the RAD England to be allow examination at this age (usually 6).
From the moment I entered the room and saw the examiner’s RED ballet shoes under the table, this fish was on the hook. Leigh Brewer stopped teaching for a while so the journey continued with Dorothy Daniels in Cuba St, Wellington.
When Dorothy Daniels retired, the studio was sold to Valarie Bailey and study continued in the RAD system.
As a child, competitions were attended regularly with many trophies won over the years.
The Royal NZ Ballet Company were always auditioning children for roles in their ballets at this time. I became a solid member of the Company during the ages of 7 – 13, dancing, and often travelling with them throughout New Zealand.
When Valarie Bailey moved to Australia, Deidre Tarrant took over the studio. At this time, Miss Tarrant brought ISTD modern exams to NZ.
Sitting all senior exams in ISTD modern, this was the compliment to the ballet training.
Miss Tarrant then started Footnote Dance Theatre, a professional dance company. Working with Footnote, performing in Summer City, prisons, schools and many street fairs and charity events brought all the dance techniques together to create a cohesive dance style in their performances. Hence contemporary styles started to emerge within the programme, making Footnote Dance Company well sought after entertainment for many events.
Teaching for Deidre in Paremata in the 1980’s brought about teaching skills that are truly a blessing to this day. I have sat and passed with Honours teaching exams in both ballet and modern dance which was examined by British examiners who are both RAD and IDTA.
I have now had 55 years in dance in New Zealand, teaching many styles from ballet to hip hop. I am now teaching the children of the children. My passion for teaching technique in all styles always holds well with exam results from our visiting English examiners and, indeed, I have put dancers into the world of dance.
I still have the passion and keep the RED SHOES firmly in my mind.
Melissa Robinson, teacher Hip Hop
I’m Melissa, I’ve been dancing hip hop since I can remember. I’ve applied myself to the dancing community ever since I was about 6, with shows, talent quests and any other form of performance. I’m completely self taught and have been teaching for over 2 years now. Dancing has always been my passion and I’ve been blessed with all the opportunities I’ve had because of it. Last year, I lived in Auckland and became a committee member of the Auckland University Dance Association (AUDA). Being a part of this allowed me to grow my skill base more. I taught many classes and became a part of the crew where they used my choreography for a set! I’m where I am today definitely because of my idol, the phenomenal, Parris Goebel. If you don’t know her, simply look at Justin Beibers’ ‘Sorry’ music video. She’s also worked with the likes of Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Little Mix and Nicki Minaj. She’s completely self taught, as am I, and gets to travel around the world doing what she loves, which is my 100% goal in life. I was fortunate enough to meet her last year and it was the best thing I’ve ever experienced. As like her, I want to work hard, push myself to my limits and guide others to do the same, so they can reach their highest potential.
Trent Taylor, teacher Musical Theatre
Trent Taylor is a musical performer from the Kapiti Coast. With extensive experience and knowledge in singing and acting, Trent has had the opportunity to judge national Barbershop singing contests, and represent NZ on international stages for the arts, bringing home medals. Trent is currently studying second year musical theatre. He is passionate, friendly and loves sharing knowledge to make an impact in others’ lives like it has in his.