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Justine de Kock (Principal) – Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Limbering

Justine has been awarded Fellowship status within the Modern Theatre Faculty of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. She completed her training at Laine Theatre Arts in the UK, a prestigious college offering full time musical theatre dance training. She has many years experience teaching at vocational level in the UK, having previously taught at The BRIT School in London, a performing arts school sponsored by the British Music Industry, where previous students have gone on to appear in West End Musicals, Theatre, Television and Commercial work. She has taught at various institutions in NZ, lecturing at AUT teaching Jazz and Contemporary dance technique on the Bachelor of Dance degree programme as well as joining the dance department at Saint Kentigern College.

Ichiro Harada – Contemporary

Ichiro is native of Nara, Japan. He graduated from Boston Conservatory with BFA in Dance in 1994. He has danced with Doris Humphrey Repertoire Dance Company, Ballet Long Island and Geurah Abraham Dance Ensemble in New York and performed in Musical Drama ‘Texas’. Ichiro established Ichiro Harada Dance Group in Sydney. As  choreographer his works have been performed in Japan, Australia, Russia, Korea and New York City including for the Estee Lauder Defining Beauty Award, Youth America Grand Prix final in New York City, Soul International Ballet Composition final and Koriyama 50th Anniversary Dance Gala. His choreography has been performed by members of Boston Ballet, Orland Ballet, Berlin State Ballet. Ichiro has taught in Japan, Australia and New Zealand including guest teacher for Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker Japan tour and is currently dance teacher at Howick College as well as teaching at various dance studios in the Auckland area. Ichiro received one of ‘New Zealand Most inspiring Teacher Awards’ in November 2011. 

Rose McRae - Ballet & Pointe Work

Bio coming soon

Melissa Bather – Tap

Melissa has an extensive background in Tap. She started dancing at the young age of 6 years and through her training excelled in Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Aerobics, successfully completing all her ISTD Tap examinations at Expressions Dance. Her lifelong love for dance has left her unable to part from it and she continues to share her love of Tap through her teaching whilst also studying for a Bachelor of Architecture.

Gemma Deftereos – Jazz 

Gemma has been dancing from a young age, dancing at Expressions Dance since it started back in 2007! Gemma has specialised in Jazz, Contemporary, Acro and Musical Theatre dance competing in various competitions across Auckland. As well as being a talented dancer Gemma is also an outstanding actress, taking on lead roles in our annual concerts. Gemma has a clear passion for dance which  she expresses through her teaching, along with her positive encouraging attitude.

Megan de Kock – Jazz

Megan has been dancing since she was able to walk! She could not imaging life without it. Dance is not only a hobby for Megan, but a passion and a lifestyle. Megan has danced at Expressions Dance since she first stepped into a studio. Megan has been, and continues to be trained in a variety of dance styles including Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Ballet and Acro and successfully competing on the Competition scene. She hopes to continue with dance for many years and get more opportunities to share her love of dance.

Hayden Lockwood – Acro

Bio coming soon