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.

Recently, 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 also teaches NZAMD classes in jazz, contemporary and ballet.  She has qualified as a rhythmic gymnastics coach, teaching in gyms and in the dance studio.

Nikki is also a Registered and experienced Primary School Teacher and also directed her own dance school in Wellsford for many years. It was there 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. 

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. 

Ruth Elley

Ruth Elley

Hip Hop, cheer, contemporary, jazz

Ruth is currently completing a Bachelor of Dance degree at The University of Auckland. She has always had a passion for dance and choreography.  From the age of 5 she has enjoyed various dance styles. She has always focused on contemporary, hip-hop and lyrical, however, she also has experience in jazz, maori contemporary and commercial jazz. 

During her time as a dancer, she has competed nationally and internationally; including the Dance Brandz International Competition in Hawaii, where her hip hop troupe placed third. 

Paired with her dance experience, Ruth loves performing in musical theatre.  Most recently, she was part of the sold out season of Chicago the Musical, where she was able to put her commercial jazz skills to the test.

Away from dance, Ruth loves spending time with her family and friends.  You can usually find her at the beach watching a sunset or sunrise or playing a social sport like volleyball and enjoying the company of the people in her life.

Ruth can't wait to embark on this journey with WPA, getting to know you all as dancers and people.

Melodi Jam Libre

Melodi Jam Libre

Latin Dance

Jam's dance journey began in the Philippines, where she discovered the love for ballroom latin and won the national title at the age of 16. 

She became a Zumba instructor and won 3rd place in the worldwide Zumba dance video competition in 2012.  

Jam also choreographed a Filipino Sinulog dance which won 1st place in the Auckland Cultural Festival in 2013.  She restarted competing in Latin ballroom in 2017 and won two national titles that year.

She is a nurse by profession, a mum of two amazing children and a dance mum.  Other than dancing, she also enjoys travelling, watching movies and listening to music.  She is passionate about learning and loves experiencing new things.

In 2021 she started teaching latin dance and an adult class at WPA.  She now has experience teaching via Zoom, necessitated through Lockdowns.  Through the challenges she still enjoyed the dancing, which is what matters most!  This year, she is looking forward to more latin dancing and supporting young dancers to shine and grow!

 

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