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, 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.
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.
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.
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.