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.


Ballet & Contemporary Teacher

Madeleine began her full-time dance training in Australia at the young age of 14.  During her time studying at this elite level she received high distinctions in all of her RAD Ballet examinations and took classes in both Contemporary and Jazz. In 2011, Madeleine was selected to begin her tertiary dance training at the New Zealand School of Dance in Wellington. After 2 years there she graduated with a Certificate in Dance Performance majoring in Contemporary Dance. In 2014, she moved to Auckland to further her dance training at a tertiary level within Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts Course. Throughout her time at Unitec she has worked alongside amazing choreographers and phenomenal dancers, who are part of the professional dance industry to date and is thrilled to have the opportunity to pass on her knowledge gained to her new students at L’ecole De Danse.  Madeleine graduated with a Bachelor in Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance in 2015 and in 2016 aims towards choreographing independent works growing the industry and enlightening aspiring young dancers.


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.


Contemporary & Ballet Tutor

Deborah is an independent contemporary dancer, choreographer and teacher. Deborah has trained in RAD Ballet, JDNZ Jazz and NZAMD Contemporary syllabuses to the high levels. In 2016 she began studying at the University of Auckland and has graduated with a Bachelor of Dance Studies (honours). Deborah is passionate about teaching and has taught a range of ages from littlies to adults. As well as teaching dance in schools and dance schools around Auckland, in 2018 Deborah travelled with UoA Dance Studies to Asia and taught and performed in international schools in, Myanmar, Singapore and China. As well as teaching Deborah is really passionate about performing and choreographing, and has been fortunate to work and train with choreographers and companies well known in New Zealand, including Sarah Knox, Carol Brown, Atamira Dance company, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Footnote, Dance Plant Collective, Manu collective and Bianca Hylsop and Eddie Elliot. Deborah’s has recently choreographed and performed in Short and Sweet dance festival, Auckland Fringe festival, Tempo Dance Festival, the Basement theatre, and for UoA Dance Studies. She enjoys facilitating an upbeat and fun but productive classroom, and hopes to bring her diverse experiences into the class with her.


Ballet and Tap Teacher

Amy started dancing at the age of three. Through her early years, she completed training in RAD and NZAMD contemporary. In 2015, Amy was accepted into four tertiary full time dance training schools around NZ. She decided to head to Christchurch to further her dance training at Dance Masters International. Through her time there she was taught by world renowned ballet masters. Amy has trained in many styles, predominantly classical ballet, contemporary, tap and commercial jazz. Since then, she has returned to Auckland and has been teaching and sharing her knowledge and love of dance with others. She looks forward to sharing her expertise with the students of L’Ecole de Danse.


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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