Esteemed teachers join Tawa academy
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.