Our Team

The L'Ecole de Danse team is filled with highly qualified dance teachers. Our aim is to teach children the love of dance in a friendly, caring and creative environment where their talent can be nurtured and developed to the highest potential.

Eriko Finlay

Owner/ Director

Eriko, an NZAMD registered teacher, started teaching dance in Tokyo, Japan in her early 20ʼs after a childhood of ballet and jazz classes. Her experience includes teaching Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Aerobics & Stretch classes in Japan for over 11 years, choreographing for cheerleaders and Japanese pop-stars as well as being a qualified fitness trainer. Eriko was a back up dancer for various Japanese pop stars as well as conducting workshops in Tokyo for back up dancers for singers including artists such as Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. Eriko also spent some time in New York to further develop her technique and experience. Although Eriko is a very qualified and experienced dancer, she always had a passion for teaching.

Georgia

Contemporary & Ballet Tutor

Georgia started dancing at the age of 7, starting off in American Jazz here locally on the North Shore. She shortly moved into Lyrical, Ballet, Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue dance styles. Currently, Georgia is in her third year of her Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance at Unitec. Alongside her studies, Georgia is still a competitive Ballroom, Latin and New Vogue dancer. She endeavours to pass on her knowledge and passion to the future generations through her teaching. 

James

Contemporary Teacher

James has been dancing for over 10 years now, starting from high school days to University. In 2019, he completed a bachelor of dance degree at the University of Auckland. Through the degree, he learned many skills in teaching, choreography, kinesiology, and dance technique. He has taken this teaching and contemporary performance skills and toured around Australia, as well as teaching all around the North Island. He has trained in many different styles like ballroom, jazz, and hip-hop but is more proficient in contemporary and acro.

Abigail

Ballet & Musical Theatre Teacher

Scottish-born Abigail grew up in Auckland, and moved to Ōtautahi in 2019 to study. She is a triple threat performer who recently completed her Bachelor of Performing Arts, specialising in Music Theatre. Since the age of 7 Abi has been performing in musicals, and she began taking dance classes not long after. Abi has since trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and a little bit of Salsa. She has experience with multiple dance syllabi, including RAD, NZAMD, AJDA, Trinity and Glenn Wood Tap. Abi has taught at dance studios across Auckland and Christchurch, and assistant taught at the 2018 Junior Musical Theatre Festival in Atlanta, US. Abi took her first ever dance class at L’Ecole de Danse over 10 years ago and she is delighted to be coming back as a teacher. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and love of dance with her students.

Zoe

Ballet Teacher

Zoe has been dancing since the age of four, training in ballet, jazz and contemporary locally in Devonport and receiving Distinction for all her RAD ballet exams. At age 16, Zoe began full-time training in classical ballet, and the following year was offered a place at Rambert School in London, where she worked with many esteemed and experienced teachers in a 50/50 ballet and contemporary training programme. Highlights included taking part in the Akram Khan Company Summer School 2019, being selected to rehearse and understudy for Mark Bruce Company in Frome, Somerset, and being cast in all six works to be performed in celebration of Rambert School’s Centenary and for Zoe’s graduation shows. Although Covid unexpectedly cut her final year at Rambert short, Zoe achieved her BA(Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and wrote her final dissertation on the psychological implications of perfectionism in vocational dancers. Zoe has always had a deep passion for dance and aims to always be learning, moving and creating. She hopes to hand on the experience and knowledge that has been integral in her own growth as a dancer, and share her passion for the art form with others, acknowledging the unique person behind the dancer.

Kate

Contemporary Tutor

Kate has been a dance student at L'Ecole de Danse since the age of three completing the highest levels of Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary.  Kate's talent is well reflected in her outstanding achievements in her NZAMD examinations. In 2019, she received a Distinction in Contemporary and was nominated for the NZAMD Contemporary Scholarship Awards. Additionally, she has been an important member of my Contemporary and Lyrical Senior Dance Troupe over the past 2 years.

 

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