Our Teachers

Anna Stuart - Director - Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Teacher

Anna founded Queenstown School of Dance in 2006. She introduced Jazz, Ballet and Hip-Hop Syllabi in 2007.

Anna has been dancing since age 8. She has completed examinations in RAD Ballet, American Jazz, NZ Modern Dance, Jazz Addict (Solo Seal), NZAMD Contemporary, NZAMD Hip Hop, Urban Ignition Hip Hop and BBO Tap Dance (Minor and Major Solo Seal). She opened her first dance studio 'Marlborough School of Dance' at age 15, teaching tap and jazz. 

Anna is an exceptional choreographer, recently taking home the Qtago Southlands acolade for 'Best Choreographer in a Musical' for her visionary work in Queenstown Showbiz's 'Chicago' 2013. Last year she took on  the non-stop dance musical 'Saturday Night Fever' and this year she is very excited to be named the choreographer for 'Annie'.

Anna is also an outstanding dancer. 2014 she sat Advanced Jazz 2 and received a scholarship for attaining the highest marks in Australasia and Hong Kong. Last year she completed her Jazz Addict studies attaining her Solo Seal with 98marks. An awesome feat for an oldie! 

But most importantly, its Anna's strive for quality that makes her a great teacher and her students of such high calibre. "I feel blessed that I can share my passion for dance with so many people".



Melody Fedorsen - Ballet and Contemporary Teacher

Melody fell in love with dancing at the age of four when she first discovered her ‘twinkle toes’ in ballet class. She continued her training as a teen at a performing arts high school, where she was introduced to contemporary and jazz dance, as well as choreography. Deciding to pursue dance as a profession, Melody went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in Theatre-Dance and was awarded a Dance Fund award in recognition of her talents in performance, choreography and dance teaching.

Along with over fifteen years of experience teaching ballet, jazz and contemporary dance to children of all ages and teens, Melody has had the opportunity to work with many professional dance artists and has choreographed pieces for various festivals, fundraisers and shows; her most recent work appeared in the local musical California Dreaming by NIMA Productions in 2012 and Dance Stylz 2012, 2013, 2014  and 2015.!

Originally from Toronto, Canada, and after a few sunny years as a primary school teacher in Melbourne, Melody and her husband, Jacob, were so entranced by the beauty and lifestyle of the Lakes District, that they relocated to Queenstown at the beginning of 2011. And just when she thought life couldn’t get any better, Melody was asked to join the Queenstown School of Dance where she has been sharing her passion for dance and teaching ever since.

Besides dancing, Melody is a yoga and hiking enthusiast, and is expecting her second child in mid march.




 

Haley Purdon - Jazz Teacher


Haley began her passion for dance at the age of 6, attending ballet at the South Auckland Ballet Academy.  As she progressed through the levels of RAD Ballet, she also began adding to her dance repertoire with Jazz, Contemporary & Lyrical.  She continued dancing at Auckland City Dance and enjoyed many performances with different dance troupes & choreographers throughout her time there.
 

Haley joined the teaching staff in 2014 and has loved working with the amazing students at Queenstown School of Dance. She continues to further her own personal dance education and sat her Advanced 2 Jazz exam last year.

Haley is a very talented choreographer, having recently just finished choreographing two very different musicals 'Club 27' and 'Jesus Christ'. Her experience and expertise is an asset to the school.



 

Nicole McLean - Jazz Teacher


Nicole started classical ballet training (Cecchetti syllabus) at 6 years of age and studied right through to Advanced level. During these formative years Nicole also completed all her Modern Dance (NZAMD) exams and studied character, jazz and contemporary along the way.

In recent years Nicole has found a calling back to the stage this time in Musical Theatre. She has performed, co-choreographed and starred in several local productions (including performing a lead role in Showbiz Queenstown's Chicago as Velma Kelly in 2013) and now dances/sings/acts with the Queenstown-based caberet act The Golightlies.

Nicole joined the Queenstown School of Dance teaching team last year and looks forward to another great year passing on her strong technical skills and performance experience to the young dancers she will be working with.

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