The staff at JDDC are all experienced qualified teachers in their specialised genres. They are all very active in Musical Theatre and performance work.
We have a policy of encouraging all our students in a professional and caring manner while nurturing them to grow with confidence to achieve their goals.
Senior students are invited to start their training in a Junior teacher programme working along side Sharon as assistants.
Ange is a highly qualified choreographer having recently worked in Australia tutoring full time at dance schools and in the entertainment industry. She also tutors at Whitireia full time Commercial dance in Wellington. Ange tutors senior Jazz, Broadway Theatre, conditioning and turns and leaps.
"As a dance teacher I believe I am so so lucky, as I get to share with my students my absolute love and passion for dance. I believe we get to create such a special relationship with our students, as we are able to nurture their love of dance, create confidence, build team work ,encourage self discipline and work to create and achieve goals.I love to work to find the best way to encourage each student I teach as I believe not all children learn the same.I will always encourage you, celebrate when you succeed, and help you to understand and correct your mistakes. After many years working in the dance and performance industry I am now in the very fortunate position of being able to pass on all of my knowledge and create those special relationships that dance teachers have with their students. I look forward to dancing with the students at JDDC . See you on the dance floor!"
Nicole tutors Jazz, Hip Hop and an Adult group. She is qualified through to her advanced levels in AJDA. Nicole frequently performs in reviews and is choreographer for junior theatre productions.
"I have been part of the teaching staff at JDDC for 9 years. I love the confidence and enjoyment our pupils get from class. I believe in giving every student a solid dance education, guiding them to reach their full potential while unlocking their creative side."
Gemma tutors the Contemporary classes. She is a qualified teacher and enjoys the creative process of working with students and choreography. Gemma is extremely excited to be taking Baby Boomers classes.She also teaches dance in many school programmes in Masterton.
"I love seeing the next generation of students discover themselves in the world of dance. The essence of joy in every dancer, their enthusiasm and bravery inspires me to be more creative. I aspire to create a nurturing and positive environment where they can feel confident enough in themselves to take chances and be the best version of themselves, because they can."
Christine has taught Tap at the studio for over 30 years. During which time she has seen many trends and styles. She is a very experienced Teacher Trained in both BBO and AJDA Tap syllabus. With a great passion for musical theatre and performance Christine enjoys taking the senior tap students. She is also national president of the Friends of the RNZ Ballet and is a Primary school teacher specialising in Reading, Kapahaka and Choir.Miss Christine is now our ‘back up’ teacher for Tap having retired from the studio weekly schedule.
Jonelle returns to the teaching team as the Classical Ballet teacher.She is a qualified teacher and enjoys the challenges and disciplines Ballet requires. We are delighted to have her skills and talent included in the options available to our students.
“I love being in the space with students learning to be creative and expressive and sharing a joy of dance. I have studied many years of Ballet and Contemporary, completing a Bachelor of Dance whilst dancing with Company Z under artistic director Timothy Gordon. I am looking forward to creating a positive, nurturing environment for students to express themselves through dance.”
As well as being the Owner/ Director of the busy Jazz Dance and Drama studios, Sharon is Co-Director of the American Jazz Dance Affiliation [AJDA] and Phoenix International Dance Workshops.
Sharon has built up the studio business from scratch 38 years ago. She wears many caps as a spin off from her huge interest and passion for Dance and Musical theatre.
Representing AJDA Sharon has been an International Dance Examiner for over 30 years. This has required her to travel to Australia, England, Spain and America. She has also tutored at workshops throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Phoenix International Workshop is the biggest NZ annual Dance convention that involves over 1000 dancers nationally. The two day workshops feature top Choreographers from LA and Australia. Sharon and her business partner own this company are responsible for the total organisation involved in putting on these events.
Prior to becoming a Director of the AJDA, Sharon worked extensively as a Musical Theatre Director. She has worked as a tutor for the National Youth Drama School and many years ago as a Television Make up artist. Sharon’s training over the years has included all facets of Dance and Theatre work Her time now is mainly focused on the American Jazz Dance Affiliation and its continued commitment to keep New Zealand dancers and Teachers up to date and in contact with the International dance scene.
Term three at Sharon’s studio sees the start of preparations for the end of year production. As Part of this process Sharon designs the costumes and travels in September to Bangkok to source fabrics and have the costumes made for the show. The arrival of the costumes is always an exciting one in the studio calendar!
When Directing Sharon believes her job is to make sure the experience is fantastic for everyone. She does this by making sure the cast is fully drilled and confident in their work, the choreography slick, the lighting and effects magical, the costumes exciting and the music appropriate.
Sharon uses this belief and her vast knowledge to give those that dance with The Jazz Dance and Drama Centre a special experience.
All staff are supported to continue their training by attending any courses and dance events that are available to them. We encourage an open mind to new trends in the dance industry while maintaining a strong technical base to all our teaching. This ensures a vibrant but safe training base ensuring that young bodies are working in a “dance safe” way.
Students training in all genres are assessed and advised on any anatomical or health issues that may affect their rate of achievement and enjoyment.
Sharon is always available to discuss your child's needs and how best we can help to make the outcomes positive on all sides.