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.
Salem Foxx, ANZAMD
My name is Salem Foxx and I began taking dance classes before I was three years old, and I live and breathe dance.
When I was younger, I was fortunate to perform in four productions with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. This cemented my love of performing and wanting to become a professional dancer.
I have gained distinctions in my vocational exams which include ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap.
For the last two years, I have been nominated for Nationals in contemporary and made it into the finals at the most recent. I was also nominated for jazz.
I love to choreograph all my own dances, with which I have received many trophies and awards with top placings in competitions, even dancing, competing and winning en pointe.
My other achievements include:
2014 Pride Awards (Wellington) “Creative Achievement and Innovation (Senior) Award”
2014 Kapiti District Council’s Shout Out Awards “Expression Award”
2015 ANCA INAP (Canada) “Performing Arts (Youth )Award”
2015 Attitude (New Zealand) “Creative Achievement Award”
I also performed at the 2016 Attitude Awards.
Variety “Gold Heart Scholarship” for three years running from 2012 to 2014
Junior Contemporary Major with the New Zealand School of Dance’s Associate programme in 2014
I enjoy all dance styles and attend as many seminars and workshops as I can, recently attending workshops for hip hop, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre. I am continuing my vocational training, sitting solo diplomas, and I have started my teaching papers.
My aim is to be a professional dancer, choreographer, and then to eventually have my own dance school/dance company.
I am passionate about sharing my love of dance with others and have been teaching ballet and jazz for the last three years. I want to be a good role model and encourage more kids, especially boys, to give dance a try, and to change the perception that dancing is only for girls.
I am excited to be teaching hip hop, contemporary and acrobatic dance this year.
Violet Rowe, teacher Baby Ballerinas
My name is Violet, and I teach the Baby Ballerinas here at Springhill.
Once as a 3 year old, I saw a family friend perform in a Springhill production of Alice In Wonderland and demanded to attend classes here. I am now 18 with 15 years of ballet with Bronwen behind me. I also danced tap for several years, so I’m thrilled to have my two favourite dance styles united in the baby ballerina programme.
The baby ballerina class lays the foundations for a great dancer through creative exploration of balletic movement and story telling, emphasising the delight of self expression through dance. It’s great to be able to revisit this as an adult, as I fondly recall this fundamental part of my dancing journey.
Marks for my dance exams are in the top 5% of the studio, and I’m currently in attendance of the Advanced 1 ballet and Senior Open classes. I’ve been in all of the Springhill shows since 2004, so far including Peter Pan, Oliver, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz and Alice.
Currently, I’m really enjoying sharing my love of dance to young students and developing my own skills in the senior classes.