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Kelsey

Kelsey has a huge passion for all things creative...Movement has always been a big part of her life and something she believes is very important throughout all walks of the world.

Growing up in New Zealand, Kelsey danced from a very young age and moved to Australia in 2011 to pursue her love of dance. After completing her two year full time course—and gaining a scholarship in her second year—Kelsey went on to sign with a Melbourne Agency and begin dancing on various international tours, performing and travelling around the world for 4 years, living in Mexico, America and the Caribbean (just to name a few) during this time. 

Kelsey has a passion for choreography, and in between tours in 2013 she choreographed ‘Seussical the Musical’ for ‘OCPAC Theatre company’ in Melbourne. Seussical did a repeat season for the ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival’ in 2014, gaining her a nomination for the Melbourne ‘Lyrebird award nomination’ for her Choreography. Kelsey also Choreographed the Tauranga stage show of the NZ regional tour of 'Mamma Mia!' in 2016, and Co-Choreographed Tauranga 'Rock of Ages' in 2017.

Kelsey believes in the world of Dance and creative arts and the opportunities to make a professional career within this sector. She is passionate about teaching, choreography and sharing the arts with as many people as she can. She immerses herself in all things creative arts to keep herself inspired, current, innovate and artistic, she likes to encourage her Students to find what is unique about them and their style and to empower creativity and individuality within her classes. 

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Hannah

Hannah Spedding holds a Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre after graduating the National Academy of Dramatic Art, (NASDA) in 2013.

Since graduating, she has been working professionally in the industry working for various different theatre companies including The Court Theatre, (Christchurch), and Ben McDonald productions. Some credits include: The Mikado, Mary Poppins, Waiora, (the Court Theatre), South Pacific, HMS Pinafore, Grease, (Ben McDonald).

Her career highlight would be playing the role of Sandy in the National Tour of Grease late last year. She has always had a passion for dance since she began when she was 4. She loves to teach and is loving her current job of choreographing Tauranga Musical Theatre production of Mary Poppins. 

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Summer 

Summer started as a student at the Dance house at 15 years old, coming to a Hip Hop class once a week. After winning the Dance House award and being put onto a scholarship she decided to start taking on more classes, and now we are lucky enough to have Summer with us as a teacher!

She is a creative choreographer and dancer, with her incredible musicality and work ethic. She has taken the time to discover her own unique style- Making sharp and stylish dances is Summers forte. You'll always catch Summer in the studios coming up with new and inspirational choreography! 

Summer enjoys teaching all age groups and loves seeing students get excited about dancing and having fun in class! Moving and creating has always been a major part of her life and she can’t imagine her life without Dance! She takes our Hip Hop classes, the infamous 'Boys Beats' and Junior Contemporary. 

 

Kate

Kate has been 'dancing since she could walk' according to her mother. She grew up here in Tauranga and went to Otumoetai College where she was highly involved in the creative arts program. She has sat all of her examinations including her solo seal in NZAMD contemporary. 

Kate has spent the last year in Melbourne, Australia studying at Transit Dance at the hands of many incredible industry professionals and dancers. She throughly enjoyed her time training and extending her skill, technique and knowledge of dance (specifically contemporary)  but is excited to be back in Tauranga and teaching again!

 Kate has trained extensively in all styles of dance but by far her favourite style is contemporary.

 

Kaya

Raised in the Bay of Plenty, Kaya started dancing at the age of seven. Her passion for dance grew and for several years competed in competitions. She continued to dance through her schooling years, completed her solo seal exam in both Ballet and Jazz.

Kaya has recently become involved with Tauranga Musical Theatre in shows such as Mamma Mia and Mary Poppins. 

Kaya is currently in her second year of study as she works towards gaining a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education.

Kaya is passionate about seeing young children grow to their full potential, she hopes that she can share her knowledge of dance with them in the years to come. 

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 Michelle

Dance has been a part of Michelle's life for the past 35 years. She started ballet at aged 7 in Auckland and worked her way though her Royal Academy of Dance examinations, also successfully dancing at competitions during this time. After a few years back in her late teens she realised dance was such a huge part of her life that she couldn't be without it a started jazz classes, successfully gaining her higher levels of JDNZ- all with distinction! 

After teaching for a large Auckland based dance school for 10 years the opportunity rose fo Michelle to purchase a small, existing dance school- an opportunity she jumped at! To be able to share her knowledge and passion with her own students was just amazing and after 2 years Michelle Lucca School of Dance had grown and was offering classes in most dance Genres and competition work! 

2 years ago Michelle and her family made the decision for a 'change of pace' and moved down to Tauranga- which KJ Studios is very happy about! Michelle is throughly enjoying teaching again and feels the most gratifying part of teaching dance is seeing the smiles on students faces and guiding students to set goals, work to attain them all while building self confidence in knowing they can achieve anything they set their minds to.  We are very lucky to have Michelle and her amazing knowledge and expertise in Ballet on our teaching staff! JESS

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JESS

Jess has been dancing since the age of 3 and has been passionate about the art of movement ever since. With 17 years of dance education under her belt, she has studied a wide variety of genres including ballet, hip hop, jazz, and national character and in her earlier years competed at a high level throughout the North Island.

After completing her Advanced exams, Jess went on to gain her qualification in Sports Massage Therapy, with a focus on human anatomy. She then took up a post teaching a range of dance styles, putting her multidisciplinary education to use for 5 years before taking a break to start a family. Now back in the dance industry, she is more passionate about dance than ever.

Jess’ most satisfying moment as a teacher is watching her students finally accomplish something they have been working hard at. She also makes a particular effort to ensure they understand the muscular biomechanics of dance.  She loves using dance to create a story through movement and using this to connect emotionally with an audience. Jess is excited to see what her future with KJ Studios will bring!