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!
THE BUSINESS MANAGER & MARGUERITE’S MUM
Specialising in accounts and costuming FUN FACT: She has a teapot collection of about 50 and has 5 sewing machines!
JAZZ & TAP
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!
JAZZ & ACRO
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!
JAZZ, TAP, CONTEMPORARY & the RSD SCHOOLS PROGRAM
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!
HIP HOP and the RSD SCHOOLS PROGRAM
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!
BALLET, JAZZ, TAP AND MUSICAL THEATRE
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.
- My favourite movie is: Mary Poppins
- My Favourite Food: Ginger nut biscuits and Black forest chocolate
- My Favourite Colour: Pink
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!”
- Favourite Movie: Singing In The Rain
- Favourite Food: Roast veggies with avocado
- Favourite Colour: Pink
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 Favourite Colour: Coral
- My Favourite Food: Pizza
- My favourite movie is: anything funny!
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!
- Food: Chocolate
- Colour: Purple
- Movie: The Notebook
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.”