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DISCOVER THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL OF DANCE

The Renaissance School of Dance is one of the leading dance schools in Papatoetoe, Auckland. 

We aim to encourage a widespread love of dance as we nurture our students’ confidence and self-esteem.

ABOUT THE RENAISSANCE SCHOOL OF DANCE

Located in the Auckland suburb of Papatoetoe, The Renaissance School of Dance is the most comprehensive dance facility within the Manukau region. 

It is important to us at RSD that all members of our team share our vision, our purpose and the philosophy that encompasses everything we do, both in and outside of our classes. This is a vision that is shared and demonstrated by the directors, teachers and staff members at our studio and it is the driving force behind every interaction with our students and their families. 

The teachers at The Renaissance School of Dance have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.

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TO DANCE IS TO LIVE. TO LIVE IS TO DANCE.

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What We Believe In

At The Renaissance School of Dance (RSD,) we could say we strive for providing excellence and high-quality dance classes…but it’s much more than that.

Every day we are committing to growing, creating and learning together.

At RSD we grow resilient human beings who live with a sense of belonging and pride of self & place.

We encourage diversity, where everyone is respected and included. We are passionate about providing open communication, and awesome experiences for our families to shine.

Ultimately, we have a passion, joy and love for dance and strive to create a safe environment with strong role models where everyone is free to express who they are (and more!).

Welcome to the RSD Family…the family you can choose.

 

#DanceIsNotAllWeTeach
and we are
#GrowingAwesomeTogether
…one dance class at a time!

OUR TEAM

The Renaissance School of Dance team of accredited and friendly dance instructors have a range of skills they can share with our students.

Come and visit our Papatoetoe dance school for a free trial lesson and get to know our faculty.

Dance School Papatoetoe

Miss Margs

Founder

“My classes provide opportunities for dancers to grow and shine! I encourage every student to improve on one thing, THEIR thing and not compare themselves to others. We are all on our own journey, but doing it together makes it that much better!
When students leave my studio, the one thing I want them to walk away feeling is proud that they have something to contribute to our world!”

Marguerite founded The Renaissance School of Dance in Papatoetoe in 2004. She can teach all dance styles, but prefers to oversee the whole studio. 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, festivals and in the theatre.


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.

Fun Facts:

I love to travel, play board games and read (non-fiction). My favourite foods are sushi and mint dark chocolate. I’ve developed a small obsession with smoothies! When I was 14 years old I played Nana the Dog and Lead Pirate in Peter Pan on the Aotea Theatre stage! I can’t wait to have an awesome year of dance together!

Miss Caitlin

Jazz, Acro, RSD Schools Program

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 and on the admin team at RSD. She has represented NZ at cheerleading competitions overseas.She has a degree in computer science. If you ask her nicely she might even show you her back flip!

Fun Facts:

She has 2 dogs: Chloe is a bichon x toy poodle. Finn is a Maltese x shih tzu, loves chocolate and shopping!

Miss Summer

babyballet, Lil'Leapers, Tiny Tumblers, Ballet

Passionate about all things dance! Miss Summer is the perfect addition to our team and is almost a disney princess! Her greatest achievement (so far!) is completing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology.

Fun Facts:

She loves horses, chocolate, purple and the Lion King!

Miss Millie

Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, RSD Schools Program, Social Media Guru
Fun Facts:

Her claim to fame is that she was awarded the “Happiest Person” award at her high school graduation! And loves receiving a bunch of flowers!

Miss Amy

Tap & Musical Theatre

From the ripe old age of 4 years old, Miss Amy has been gracing the stage with her performance pizzazz! Specialising in jazz, tap and musical theatre. This year she will complete her degree in Film Studies and Communication at the University of Auckland and write her first fantasy fiction novel!

Fun Facts:

She’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan. 70% Slytherin and 30% Ravenclaw.

Miss Rebekah

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This year Rebekah is completing her Occupational Therapy qualification specialising in children’s development – which of course goes hand-in-hand with teaching dance! In her spare time she loves to read historical fiction and hang out with her family.

Fun Facts:

Favourite chocolate is Whittakers Berry & Biscuit!

Miss Faith

Hip Hop

She started dancing in NZ at high school after being brought up in Samoa. She has a bachelor’s degree majoring in Contemporary Dance and has been to the World Hip Hop Champs in the USA 3 times!

Fun Facts:

I started Hip Hop in 2008 with the Lil Saintz Dance Crew and now I’m part of the leadership team of Saintz Dance Academy! I have a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Contemporary Dance and I’ve been to the World Hip Hop Champions in America three times.

Miss Emily

Ballet

She has been dancing ballet since 5 years old. Has completed a degree in Dance Studies from University of Auckland and now specialises in Dance Therapy.

Fun Facts:

Has toured/danced throughout Asia, loves cats and marshmallows!

Michael

Facilities Manager

Michael is our Facilities Manager at RSD. So if you need to hire out our studio for an event or practice, he’s your guy! Michael is a massive NBA basketball fan, supporting his team the Golden State Warriors. His secret talent is West Coast Swing and Zouk dancing while developing his small business Michael Poh Videography.

Fun Facts:

He’s a Playcentre dad!

Chris

The Business Manager & Marguerite’s Mum

Chris specialises in accounts and costuming. She loves hanging out with her grandchildren Jayden & Charlie, and also happens to be Marguerite’s mum.

Fun Facts:

She has a teapot collection of about 50 and has 5 sewing machines – that each do a different job!

Our Teachers

Dance School Papatoetoe

Miss Margs

Founder

“My classes provide opportunities for dancers to grow and shine! I encourage every student to improve on one thing, THEIR thing and not compare themselves to others. We are all on our own journey, but doing it together makes it that much better!
When students leave my studio, the one thing I want them to walk away feeling is proud that they have something to contribute to our world!”

Marguerite founded The Renaissance School of Dance in Papatoetoe in 2004. She can teach all dance styles, but prefers to oversee the whole studio. 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, festivals and in the theatre.


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.

Fun Facts:

I love to travel, play board games and read (non-fiction). My favourite foods are sushi and mint dark chocolate. I’ve developed a small obsession with smoothies! When I was 14 years old I played Nana the Dog and Lead Pirate in Peter Pan on the Aotea Theatre stage! I can’t wait to have an awesome year of dance together!

Miss Caitlin

Jazz, Acro, RSD Schools Program

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 and on the admin team at RSD. She has represented NZ at cheerleading competitions overseas.She has a degree in computer science. If you ask her nicely she might even show you her back flip!

Fun Facts:

She has 2 dogs: Chloe is a bichon x toy poodle. Finn is a Maltese x shih tzu, loves chocolate and shopping!

Miss Summer

babyballet, Lil'Leapers, Tiny Tumblers, Ballet

Passionate about all things dance! Miss Summer is the perfect addition to our team and is almost a disney princess! Her greatest achievement (so far!) is completing her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology.

Fun Facts:

She loves horses, chocolate, purple and the Lion King!

Miss Millie

Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, RSD Schools Program, Social Media Guru
Fun Facts:

Her claim to fame is that she was awarded the “Happiest Person” award at her high school graduation! And loves receiving a bunch of flowers!

Miss Amy

Tap & Musical Theatre

From the ripe old age of 4 years old, Miss Amy has been gracing the stage with her performance pizzazz! Specialising in jazz, tap and musical theatre. This year she will complete her degree in Film Studies and Communication at the University of Auckland and write her first fantasy fiction novel!

Fun Facts:

She’s a HUGE Harry Potter fan. 70% Slytherin and 30% Ravenclaw.

Miss Rebekah

babyballet

This year Rebekah is completing her Occupational Therapy qualification specialising in children’s development – which of course goes hand-in-hand with teaching dance! In her spare time she loves to read historical fiction and hang out with her family.

Fun Facts:

Favourite chocolate is Whittakers Berry & Biscuit!

Miss Faith

Hip Hop

She started dancing in NZ at high school after being brought up in Samoa. She has a bachelor’s degree majoring in Contemporary Dance and has been to the World Hip Hop Champs in the USA 3 times!

Fun Facts:

I started Hip Hop in 2008 with the Lil Saintz Dance Crew and now I’m part of the leadership team of Saintz Dance Academy! I have a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Contemporary Dance and I’ve been to the World Hip Hop Champions in America three times.

Miss Emily

Ballet

She has been dancing ballet since 5 years old. Has completed a degree in Dance Studies from University of Auckland and now specialises in Dance Therapy.

Fun Facts:

Has toured/danced throughout Asia, loves cats and marshmallows!

Michael

Facilities Manager

Michael is our Facilities Manager at RSD. So if you need to hire out our studio for an event or practice, he’s your guy! Michael is a massive NBA basketball fan, supporting his team the Golden State Warriors. His secret talent is West Coast Swing and Zouk dancing while developing his small business Michael Poh Videography.

Fun Facts:

He’s a Playcentre dad!

Chris

The Business Manager & Marguerite’s Mum

Chris specialises in accounts and costuming. She loves hanging out with her grandchildren Jayden & Charlie, and also happens to be Marguerite’s mum.

Fun Facts:

She has a teapot collection of about 50 and has 5 sewing machines – that each do a different job!

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