My current session:

Term 1 group classes: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

At Synergy Studios, downtown New Plymouth

$200 for 10 weeks, 90 minutes per class

7th February through 10th April

Enrollments accepted through 21st of February, no price adjustment - get in early for the best value!

email me to enrol or ask more details:

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Classes = community!

Many come to class because it’s a great way to meet people! I started teaching in 2019, shortly after moving to New Plymouth from California. We maintain a chat channel for get togethers outside of class, for those interested.

My Wednesday nights used to be full of just women for cultural sensitivity reasons, but for Term 4 2023 specifically, I’m happy to say we are enrolling all genders! To be clear, that includes trans folks and other non-conforming gender expressions :-)

I will happily consider opening further classes or private sessions as needed, to accommodate students who contact me with their specific requests. I’d love to teach you!

No experience necessary - everyone works at their own pace and level for as long as you like.

From the ground up

Beginners are very welcome in my classes. My strategy is to teach technique and body alignment before attempting choreography, because the moves work differently for each individual. Advanced students are given more options.

Feet and posture first, then the knees and hips, then upper body and arms. Finally, we put it all together and add our own flair. It’s like a layer cake, the foundation comes before the icing!

Each class includes “free dance” to help us loosen up and have fun! The last 30 minutes focuses on a combo that builds towards a whole choreography by the end of the term.

Performance is optional, absolutely no pressure - join our body positive, diverse and supportive community!

See my events page to learn about shows:

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Want more privacy?

I offer private lessons to individuals and groups, customized to your needs. “Hen parties,” team building, holiday one-offs, and more!

This can also be great way to start building confidence if you’re unsure about group classes, or to deep dive into special topics if you’re already an experienced in the style.

I’ve helped design choreographies for soloists, taught private groups in my studio or at their own space, and introduced a mom and daughter to their first few moves before committing to a whole term.

What sounds good to you? Email me for rates and availability!

Faces and spaces

Just a few of my lovely students and collaborators: silk veil workshop in Wellington, jazz fusion dancers after our Performing Arts Collective show, and my “Gems” rehearsing in our studio for the Golden Era of Egyptian film performance.

I used to teach at Academy of Dance Taranaki (formerly Kate Lahood’s studio), but currently teach only at Synergy Studios:

Upstairs at 4 Powderham St, downtown New Plymouth - please register before attending, no drop ins (see my faqs!)

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