Nikki Dunn

Nikki Dunn

Ballet, jazz, contemporary, gymnastics

As long as Nikki can remember she always wanted to teach and work with children. Her other great passion in life is dance - she owes her success, in her senior years as a dancer, to her teacher Sonya Draper, who was a former dancer in the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and is now an ISTD examiner. Alongside her dancing, and teaching Nikki has had much interest in Sport Science and Coaching and Drama for Teaching.

In the last 5 years, Nikki has been teaching RAD ballet exam classes from preschool to advanced, in both Mangawhai and Warkworth.  Along with choreographing competition dances and gaining pleasing results from her students.  She has also been regularly teaching NZAMD classes in jazz and contemporary, and coaching rhythmic gymnastics.

Nikki is also a Registered and experienced Primary School Teacher and has also directed her own dance school in Wellsford for many years. It was here that she developed her skills and love for the preschool and junior age groups, and has now had the privilege of seeing some of her first pupils follow vocational pathways in their dancing. Nikki has also qualified as a Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach. 

As director of WPA Nikki will encourage and foster an environment that values and respects each child as an individual and celebrates their success in an art they love.  She wants children to realise that as they achieve each milestone they are living their dreams, creating memories and expanding their horizons.  Nikki is also committed to supporting students who show dedication and a desire to follow a vocational pathway with their dancing.

When not teaching Nikki is at home on a very quiet lifestyle block, working or resting with her husband, and enjoys catching up with her two daughters when they return from their studies at Auckland University and Te Auaha Performance Centre. 

Sheniya White

Sheniya White

Hip Hop, cheer, commercial dance, body conditioning

Sheniya has been dancing since the age of 6. Her training began with the completion of NZAMD hip hop exams and taking tap classes from a young age. She graduated from AUT in 2017 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies, majoring in Public Relations.

Sheniya has been in the competitive hip hop scene since the age of 14, most recently training and competing with Identity Dance Company for the past 3 years. During this time she has won a National Champion title, travelled to Phoenix Arizona for the Hip Hop International World Championships, and placed 2nd at ‘Dancers Paradise’ in Mexico.

She has also performed at corporate events such as the New Zealand Rugby Awards, and the New Zealand Pie Awards. In 2019 she travelled to Sydney with ‘Vospertron Performance Group’, where her team made the semi final round of Australia’s Got Talent.

Sheniya loves to see her students be challenged outside of their comfort zone, growing not only as dancers but all round performers. Her favourite part about teaching at WPA is the studio culture and sense of family, and the proud feeling that comes with seeing her students perform on stage.

Outside of teaching, Sheniya is usually upskilling for her own dance training, working her other job as a marketing video editor, or snuggling with her dog Indi.

Gem Brink

Gem Brink

Ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary

Gem started ballet at the age of 4, picking up jazz, tap and contemporary as soon as she could. Gem trained in and completed up to Advanced 2 RAD ballet and NZAMD Tap, Jazz, Contemporary all with solo seal, and last year completed BAL tap. Gem was successful in attaining NZAMD scholarship nominations for Jazz making it to the finals 2 consecutive years as well as a tap and contemporary nomination. Gem competed in Jazz, contemporary and ballet troupes, and as a soloist, along with achieving a PACANZ nomination in modern dance. Gem had the honour of being a part of the junior associates programme for 4 years as a contemporary major with the New Zealand School of Dance.

Gem has had experience teaching Ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. This year, after having taught predominantly tap at WPA she is looking forward to the opportunity to work with, inspire and foster her students love for dance in not only tap but also jazz, ballet and contemporary. 

Emily Woodfield

Emily Woodfield

Latin, contemporary, adult dance

Emily has danced ever since she could walk and has experience performing and teaching a range of dance styles including Salsa, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet and Tap. She works full time teaching dance at Mahurangi College and enjoys teaching Latin, contemporary and adult classes at WPA as well. She is passionate about all things dance and enjoys sharing the love of dance in her classes. 

Emily grew up in a number of countries and was lucky enough to travel extensively throughout her school years and experience dance in a range of cultures and contexts. She has danced in the sun in Cuba and even on top of the Eiffel Tower in France! 

Emily has an immense passion for Latin dance styles and enjoys training for Salsa competitions - she has competed and performed in national and international events and has taken student teams to national competitions and festivals as well.

 

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