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Marguerite founded The Renaissance School of Dance in Papatoetoe in 2004. She teaches Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Ballet dance styles. She has been dancing herself since she was 3 years old, doing exams, performing and choreographing in various events, including Santa Parades, music videos, jubilees, Auckland Children’s Musical Theatre, Manukau Performing Arts and City Dance Company.
She is also a dance consultant and program developer for local primary schools, pre-schools, afterschool care and holiday programs in Auckland.
Marguerite has completed exams in Ballroom, Latin & New Vogue, completed her visual arts degree from the University of Auckland and won ‘Young Business Person of the Year 2008’ at the Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards.
Feeding her love for travel she has competed across New Zealand, Australia and the USA in Modern Jive & West Coast Swing events. Her favourite places to travel so far have been Fiji, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Italy!
Specialising in accounts and costuming FUN FACT: She has a teapot collection of about 50 and has 5 sewing machines!
Chantal has been dancing since she was 4 years old. Marguerite was her first dance teacher! Chantal has trained in all dance styles: jazz, tap, hiphop, contemporary, ballet and musical theatre. She has travelled around New Zealand and Australia to continue her training, performances and competing. Chantal has taught Jazz and Tap at The Renaissance School of Dance since 2012. Through her enthusiasm, passion and natural talent for performing she is a great role model to the students, not to mention her great sense of style! FUN FACT: Chantal is training to be an air-hostess and has A LOT of pets!
Caitlin has been dancing with RSD since she was 5 years old (one of the original students!). Because she loves dancing so much, she has now become a fully-fledged teacher! She also trains with multiple cheerleading teams, representing NZ in competitions in Australia and the USA! Currently she is studying Computer Science (on a full scholarship) at Auckland University of Technology. If you ask her nicely…she might even show you her back flip! FUN FACT: Caitlin has 2 dogs and loves chocolate!
Tayla has been dancing her whole life. She has recently moved up to Auckland (from Christchurch) to study dance at The University of Auckland and will graduate at the end of 2017. Tayla has a passion for sharing her knowledge of dance and is a great role model for her students. FUN FACT: Tayla has a small obsession with Justin Bieber!
Dancing from a very young age in the UK, Jazmine’s passionate about sharing her vast knowledge of various dance styles (including rock’n’roll!). Her other interests include law, human rights, psychology, theology and sociology. Jazmine also enjoys movies, singing, social environments and eating FUN FACT: Her favourite colour is purple and favourite food is Thai.
Thomas loves all things music! Writing, mixing, singing, performing! This is evident as he often sings while he is teaching! He also has a passion for sharing his knowledge and wisdom with the next generation and is often seen in a ‘big brother’ role through various community performing arts groups. FUN FACT: Thomas has competed in Las Vegas at the World Hip Hop Championships and has the same birthday as Marguerite!
As a registered Physiotherapist, Tess really understands the body’s biomechanics and movement. Paired with her passion for dance, Tess shows dancers how to move safely, preventing injury but also efficiently. Her bright and bubbly personality creates a relaxed environment, where you can explore what dance means to you. She endeavours to help you get the most out of every class and have fun at the same time! FUN FACT: Miss Tess lived and danced in India for 6 months!
Catie’s love affair with dance began shortly after taking her first dance class at age six. She went on to complete extensive classical ballet training, alongside other dance styles including jazz, contemporary, ballroom and Latin. She moved to Auckland in 2013 with an eagerness to become involved in the local dance community.
Catie is now a part time dance and works as a Pilates and Barre Instructor around the Auckland region. Catie is looking forward to becoming part of the RSD family, and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with some of the littlest members of the dance school! Catie’s favourite colour is purple (like her birthstone Amethyst), her favourite is food is raspberries, her favourite movie is Titanic, and her quirky habit is sleep talking every night!
I have been dancing my whole life, started with ballet when I was 3 and over the time moved to Tap, Modern and Contemporary. I have also done Cheerleading for the last 14 years, included travelling abroad to Australia and America several times to represent New Zealand. I studied a diploma in Dance a Theatre Arts Majoring in Classical and Modern Dance, now studying a Bachelor of Dance Studies at The University of Auckland. I’m excited to be a part of the RSD family and sharing my passion and knowledge of dance to those who have a love for dance.
Something Interesting: My Dream car is a Range Rover
Something Quirky: Slight obsession with Disney and I own way too many shoes!
Claire started dancing when she was 5 years old, and hasn’t stopped since! She moved to Sydney after finishing school to study dance full time at an elite professional level, completing both her Certificate IV in Dance Performance & her Diploma in Musical Theatre. During her time in Australia, she was lucky enough to experience many aspects of the dance industry, working on gigs for music videos, X Factor, Eurovision commercials, as well as travelling to India! Claire has been teaching dance since 2012, and loves passing on her passion for dance to her students. She is experienced in teaching a wide range of styles, and ensures her students gain a solid understanding of technique & performance, in an encouraging learning environment.
“What I’m most looking forward to starting at RSD is getting to know some awesome dancers!”
Something quirky about me: Flamingos are my spirit animal
Gemma started dancing and competing at the young age of 4, training in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet. Competing as a both a soloist and in troupes throughout New Zealand and Australia. She has completed all her NZAMD exams in Tap and Jazz and has been nominated three times for the NZAMD scholarship. Gemma was nominated to compete in the Performing Arts Competitions Association NZ 3 years in a row! In 2009 Gemma completed a year certificate in Contemporary dance at the Hagley Dance Company in Christchurch where she was then lucky enough to gain a place at Unitec. She graduated in 2014, with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts.
Gemma won a NAPTA award in 2015 for best choreography in a musical- The Addams family . Since living in Auckland, She has recently worked for entertainment company Highly Flammable, Ritz entertainment and Deluxe Models as a fire dancer/dancer/model in various events across the country.
My name is Millie and I love to dance! Since starting dance at the age of 4 I have developed a love of various dance styles: Jazz, Hiphop, Contemporary and Cabaret. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Dance Studies Degree at Auckland University and I teach dance to various groups across Auckland including special needs, elderly and young children.
I am so excited to join RSD and I can’t wait to share my love of dance with primary school children in the school programme!
Here are some facts about me!
Interesting fact: My claim to fame is that I was awarded the “Happiest Person” award at my high school graduation! 🙂
Ezra is a performing artist that has a sense of rhythm, creative ability to showcase choreography, a singer/songwriter, who is also in love with musical theater. She has been dancing from the age of 8 and hasn’t stopped ever since. Ezra loves sharing her passion for dance by giving knowledge and her own experiences through movement. She is so hyped to join RSD and is so excited to share her love for dance with these talented little dancers! Also her favorite color is black and favorite food is raw fish and chicken curry. FUN FACT: Ezra has competed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas twice with two different dance academies.”
You can usually find me dancing around this place…….I love it!S. O'Connor
Such a talented group. My two girls Alexa and Ella have not been doing this long, but it has improved their co-ordination dramatically. Awesome school. Latest show was amasing. So much colour and style. Loved it. I hope they release the show soon for everyone to see.J. M Booth
Jasmine loves jazz. Great way to learn new skills and get exercise. Also good to make new friends.C. Patten
My daughter has done 2 preschool ballet classes so far and absolutely loves it. Marguerite is amazing with the kids and makes it so much fun.C. Du Plooy
Anna loved her first Butterfly Ballet class. Great to Have good structure and also some free creative dance time at the end. Thank you Marguerite for making it so much fun!B. Diprose
A supportive and fun place for kids to grow and stretch themselves – physically and mentally! Lots of wonderful opportunities to shine offered by the friendly and professional team of teachers, and some amazing families to meet and become your “RSD family”K. Cordell
When I first enrolled my eldest daughter at The Renaissance School of Dance, I really thought it would be a 6 month phase. We’ve just started our 6th year with RSD with both my girls taking classes. This place has become a huge part of our lives and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Awesome teachers that genuinely care and support their students to grow and achieve. All while having loads of fun!T. Miller
Life is better when you’re dancing, and both my kids really enjoy RSD. From a parents perspective, the personal touches and family feeling we get means my kids come away with their dancing challenges tackled and nurtured in a professional yet friendly environment.T. Ormsby
I went along to my daughter’s trial hip hop class last week, where she was immediately welcomed into a warm and inclusive environment. She had so much fun! Thomas the teacher was clear and friendly, kept the kids on task but made every single aspect of the lesson fun. We have enrolled for the term and I see Mia becoming a pretty permanent fixture on the dance floor there in the future.
Marguerite, the studio director has also been very friendly and openly communicative, answering any questions we have promptly. All in all, great facilities, great people, and very reasonably priced. I would recommend to anyone looking for a dance studio for their kids.N. Makes
Our girls love being a part of the RSD family! Marguerite and her team really love what they do and it is infectious. The school has a wonderfully inclusive, family feel where everyone is made to feel welcome and every dancer encouraged to reach their full potential. A professional, fun and exciting place to find your dancing feet.L. Frank
We stumbled upon The Renaissance School of Dance almost 3 years ago. So much to rave about; Marguerites infectious love of dance, the schools enthusiasm and encouragement, the family feel, the fabulous annual productions, the amazing teachers who love the students. Both of my daughters dance with RSD and we all love the company to pieces.K. George
I just have to write this although when my daughter started her dance classes tonight i dont know what i was expecting but we both were made to feel so welcome, i didnt know how she would act or even if she would do her classes but she did and i just have to say thank you for not letting me just stand not knowing what to do, for helping with her shoes and for including me in conversation.S. Farley
From the moment i messaged to find out infomation to the moment we walked in the doors to join the dance world we have had an amazing time. Brooklyn is excited to come back week after week and when holidays are on she asks when does dance start again. We are so happy to be part of the dance family and cant wait to see more and learn more. Great job margarette and ur team.C. Sullivan
The service that was provided was very professional. updates, reminders & upcoming events were easily accessible, either by a phone call or text. My daughter loves dancing and being part of dance school that focuses on your child and having a teacher that loves what she is doing makes all the difference.J. Perese
My daughter attended The Renaissance School of Dance for three years. During this time she grew in confidence and attained valuable dancing skills. All credit to Marguerite’s training especially in the last year with the performance team. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this school to any prospective students. Thank you for the many special memories.L. Kerr
We would and do highly recommend The Renaissance School of Dance services to others. We love the fact kids have the opportunity to perform throughout the year at Hunters Plaza and being a part of the Santa Parade. Such a lot of time and effort on Marguerite’s part goes into these things which is appreciated.M. MacShane
My girls have gone from shy and clingy to confident and outgoing, all because of Marguerite’s dance classes. They get immense pleasure and are extremely proud of the achievements, as am I.S. Rhodes
My daughters have been with the dance school since it’s creation.The school has a familar and friendly feel about it .I have enjoyed the service provided by Margureite and look forward to see what 2009 brings for the dance school.I. Cox