Es­teemed teach­ers join Tawa academy

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

The new year has be­gun with a bang at Ha­ley John­son Academy of Danc­ing in Tawa, says the ex­cited teacher.

‘‘We have Cather­ine Reid coming to take the hip hop,’’ says Ms John­son.

‘‘She is at the top of her game and sim­ply burst­ing with tal­ent and ideas.’’

Ms Reid coaches the na­tional award-win­ning teams Strik­ers Cheer Squad and hip hop crews Scrib­ble, De­lovely and B-FABB.

‘‘Teach­ing at Whi­tireia Per­form­ing arts cen­tre, Hutt Val­ley High School and tak­ing time out to ap­pear on Good Morn­ing to demon­strate her skills are just some of her many tal­ents. Don’t let this op­por­tu­nity pass you by.’’

Ms John­son says there is more big news. Stu­dents will also have the op­por­tu­nity to work with Kerry-Anne Gil­berd, who coaches the se­nior girls at bal­let and takes pri­vate lessons.

‘‘As an ex prin­ci­pal dancer with the Royal NZ Bal­let Com­pany she has danced many soloist roles in all the lead­ing bal­lets.’’

The academy kissed good­bye to 2012 with a rous­ing Christ­mas pro­duc­tion of The Wizard of Oz in which the 3 and 4 year olds again stole the show.

‘‘The chil­dren worked so hard and de­served all the ap­plause they re­ceived,’’ she says.

‘‘That’s one warm me­mory I fondly re­mem­ber from danc­ing as a child my­self. I watched the con­fi­dence of the stu­dents grow so much over the week­end; it truly was amaz­ing.’’

Now in its 21st year, the academy will con­tinue to of­fer bal­let, jazz, hip hop, na­tiona, con­tem­pory, tap and pi­lates lessons, says Ms John­son.

The term starts on Fe­bru­ary 4 at the Tawa stu­dio.

Re­turn to Oz: Ha­ley John­son Academy of Danc­ing stu­dents Christina Guieb, Jas­mine Kyle, Amelia Cameron (front), Sarah Buswell and Sa­man­tha Moredo.

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