About

Dance Wanaka has been offering dance tuition to Wanaka residents for over 10 years.  The school now includes over 200 students and aims to provide a variety of dance styles for all ages and levels. 

THE STUDIO:

Our new studios are located at Cliff Wilson Street.  Click here for more info & directions

OUR TEACHERS:

We are fortunate to have a talented pool of dance teachers in Wanaka.  They each bring a wealth of knowledge from many corners of the world, and some have trained within our school to advanced levels & now enjoy sharing their skills.  Our staff gain a great deal of satisfaction teaching and working with our students.  They are passionate about dance, and love passing on their skills to other enthusiasts within our community.

Anna Thomas - Studio Owner & Tutor  (MBBO, BLS & DipMktg)

Anna Thomas (nee Yeates) background originates back to the Waikato where her love for dance began.  She enjoyed Ballet, Jazz, Tap lessons & performances throughout her childhood. She obtained her Advanced RAD & BBO examinations through the tuition of Louise Hurley, Margaret Fairhead, Valarie Lisette, Carol Speirs & Prue Gooch. She was a nominee at the National PACNZ Performing Arts Ballet Competitions in 1990.  Her Modern Jazz grounding was predominantly under the direction of Keri Davies at Drury Lane Dance School where she obtained her Solo Seal (NZAMD) & later Advanced American Jazz examinations at Directions (Hamilton). 

Anna began teaching for Margaret Fairhead School of Dance while studying Sport & Leisure Management at Waikato University & perforned with the Drury Lane Theatre Company & Hamilton Operatic Society.  She moved to Wellington to further her professional career in marketing & performed in Wellington Operatic Musical Shows - West End to Broadway, Ovation & Oklahoma. 

Anna moved to Wanaka in 2004 to take up the role as Marketing Manager at Treble Cone ski area. She has since settled in the beautiful Southern Lakes, and now has a family of 3 daughters who also love to dance.  Anna purchased Dance Wanaka in October 2011 from Rachel Erichsen, and is excited to be sharing her passion for dance.

Anna has achieved her Advanced Jazz Addict Teacher Qualifications, BBO Pre Associate Teacher Qualifications, and regularly attends dance & teacher workshops/concourses to keep abreast with new techniques.

Briony Martin - Classical Ballet, Jazz & PreSchool Tutor (MBBO)

Briony studied with Robyn Sinclair (Dunedin) until the age of 16, before moving to Sydney to commence Full Time Training with Tanya Pearson.  Briony has worked & danced professionally at the Vienna State Opera Ballet school, Vienna Volksoper & Tanzkompagnie (Dance Company) Theater St Gallen in Switzerland.   Briony has completed her RAD Teacher Training Certificate with Hilary Kaplan and has taught in Sydney, Dunedin and St Gallen (Switzerland).  She recently moved to Wanaka with her young family. We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented and experienced classical teacher in Wanaka sharing her experience & love for dance.

Riki Young (nee Baker) - Modern Jazz & Classical Tutor

Dancing and performing has been a passion of Riki's since she started ballet at the age of 3 with Joy Lewis then Glenys Scandrett School of Dance in Invercargill. She later moved to Auckland to study full time dance at the Auckland City Dance Centre under Valerie Murray & Allan Barry where she worked under the guidance of many high profile teachers. From there she moved to Brisbane for a year to continue & develop her dance skills before returning home. Classically trained to RAD Advanced level & modern styles, her most recent stage performances have been with the Invercargill Musical Theatre Company, including Grease in 2013.  She moved to Wanaka in 2011 & by day is an agent at Harcourts Real Estate.

Bridget Owens - Modern Jazz Tutor

Bridget was drawn to dance by a love of movement and the stage. Performing in musicals and training in NZAMD during her school years, she attended the (then) Wellington Performing Arts Centre to gain her Diploma in Performing Arts - Commercial Dance, a memorable and rewarding period which introduced her to a number of dance techniques. Having recently relocated to Wanaka, Bridget looks forward to guiding our junior jazz students in the coming year.

Cailtin Gibson - Hip Hop Tutor

Caitlin is a senior Hip Hop & Jazz dancer in our school.  She completed her Urban Ignition Teacher Certification in 2015 & teaches our Junior level Crews.  She has successfully achieved her Level 10 Urban Ignition & Advanced Jazz Addict examinations with honours.

Mackenzie Ayres  - Hip Hop Tutor

Mackenzie teaches our junior Hip Hop Crew & is currently training towards her Urban Ignition teacher certification. She has successfully achieved her Level 9 Urban Ignition & Advanced Addict examinations with honours. She is the 2017 Head Girl at Mt Aspiring College.

Emilie Barnett - Jazz Tutor 

Emilie assists our junior jazz classes & currently training towards her Jazz Addict teacher certification.  She is a senior jazz & Hip Hop dancer in the school. She is currently in Chile on an AFS exchange and returns to teach later in 2017.

Nina Fischer - Guest Tutor.  Full bio notes here

Deidre Hutton - Classical Tutor.  

We have GUEST TUTORS teaching at our school on a regular basis.