ABOUT US

The Valerie Lissette School of Dance has established a reputation for excellence in dance training and theatrical performances. Classes offered are Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre, which are taught by qualified teachers in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

Our classes promote co-ordination, poise, flexibility, an appreciation of music and almost as important – respect! As students get older, there is a strong focus on technique and performance – allowing them to develop as accomplished, versatile dancers.

The School is a registered member of the Royal Academy of Dance, American Jazz Dance Affiliation and Theatrical Dance International. 

Everyone can participate in our entertaining annual production at the Clarence St Theatre.

For further information and enrolments:        

Phone Valerie: 07 855 1524
or Email: lissettevalerie@gmail.com

62 Fairfield Road, Hamilton

 

Our Teachers

Valerie Lissette

Valerie Lissette

Principal - Ballet

Valerie began her ballet training in Hamilton and later attained the Solo Seal examination, the highest performance exam of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and gained her ARAD (Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance) qualification. She is a fully registered teacher and a life member of the RAD.

The Dance School was established in 1976, teaching just Ballet. Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre and Contemporary are now offered. Numerous students have gone on to further their careers in dance and show business throughout the world.

Valerie is very proud to have some of these teachers assisting in her own dance school.

Rebecca McGlade

Rebecca McGlade

Tap

Rebecca started her dance training in the UK, she joined the Valerie Lissette School of Dance as a student when she moved to New Zealand.

She has trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Musical Theatre and has completed exams in RAD Ballet, TDI Tap and AJDA Jazz.

Rebecca has been teaching our Tap classes for over 10 years. She is now a mum to a beautiful baby girl and continues to enjoy both teaching and choreography.

Sinead Sambells

Sinead Sambells

Jazz - Ballet - Contemporary- PBT

Sinead trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theatre while a student at the Valerie Lissette School of Dance. She began teaching Ballet and Jazz classes at the studio while attending University.

Sinead is now a fully registered Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet teacher, having completed her ‘Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies’ under the mentorship of Valerie. She is also a certified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher.

Sinead thoroughly enjoys her teaching role and choreographic opportunities. Her passion for dance continues to inspire the next generation of dancers.

Jodie James

Jodie James

Ballet - Junior Musical Theatre

Jodie was a pupil at the Valerie Lissette School of Dance and later continued her dance studies at the East Auckland Performing Arts School. Jodie has  qualifications in Theatre, Modern Dance, Ballet, Tap, Dance History and Human Anatomy. 

Jodie spent time performing in musical cabaret shows for P&0 Cruises Australia. She now has three young children and continues to support the studio by teaching weekly classes and choreographing for our annual production.

 

Kirsty Russell

Kirsty Russell

Ballet

Kirsty started dancing in Whangarei, and continued her training with the Valerie Lissette School of Dance when she moved to Hamilton. While studying at University, she also began teaching Ballet and Jazz for the studio.

She moved to England and gained the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies in 2018 and is now a fully registered RAD ballet teacher. Kirsty is also certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) and is a Silver Swans Licensee.

We are delighted to have her back in our studio.

Vicki Loynes

Vicki Loynes

Adult Tap

We welcome Vicki to our studio, she will be teaching our Adult Tap class.

Vicki trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance and completed teaching examinations as well as achieving a Bachelor’s degree in Dance and Commercial Dance training.

She has performed internationally and continues to work in a creative capacity for local dance projects. Vicki has three young children.

Katie Hurst-Saxton

Katie Hurst-Saxton

Ballet

Katie trained at the International Ballet Academy in Christchurch, and then had a wonderful career as a dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet from 2002-2017.

Katie has recently been teaching Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) work, Repertoire and Variations in Wellington.

She will be teaching some of our Vocational Ballet classes and is also available for private tuition on class work and competition dances.

I know she will be an inspiration to our dancers.

Joel Hewlett

Joel Hewlett

Guest Teacher

Joel has previously worked with our students during our productions of “Aladdin – Make a Wish” in 2013 and “Dance with the Animals” in 2020.

Joel has been working in the professional dance industry in Australia. He performed in Disney Productions “Aladdin” for three years and more recently in the “Book of Mormon.”

We enjoy having him back to our studio when he is available to take workshops and choreograph for our annual production.

Elias Cohen Braumuller

Elias Cohen Braumuller

Guest Teacher

Elias is from Chile but has spent many years working in Copenhagen and Denmark and has directed productions with the Chilean National Ballet.

He has previously taught our Senior Contemporary class, and we are lucky to have him return to the studio to take workshops and choreograph for our productions.

SYLLABI

Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)  

Founded in 1920, the RAD has grown to become the largest examining and training body for ballet in the world. The examinations are recognised worldwide and RAD is taught in more than 70 countries meeting the highest standards of dance training. The syllabus is devised with great care, demanding no more of a young body than it can easily cope with.

 

American Jazz Dance Affiliation (AJDA)  

AJDA offers a strong support network to teachers, sharing knowledge and experiences in teaching and choreography. The syllabus incorporates the styles of Funk, Contemporary, Lyrical and Musical Theatre, focusing on strength, technique, flexibility and performance. This syllabus is a great complement to our ballet work.

 

Theatrical Dance International (TDI)  

TDI is an Australasian Association formed for the teachers and students of the 21st Century.  This Tap syllabus is designed to create an interest and “love of dance” in young people today. Alongside the traditional tap syllabus we now also offer “Beat It “ classes,  these are American style tap classes which are best learnt after some formal tap training.

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