Anne Anderson, ex principal of the Royal New Zealand Ballet company, toured extensively in New Zealand and overseas, including Europe, China, America and England. Her favourite roles were mainly the classics - Juliet, Odette/Odile, Giselle, Cinderella and Ophelia to name a few. She now enjoys tutoring both straight classical and neo classical dance. A new challenge in 2012 saw her choreographing for a children’s show at Capital E.
Retired from performing, she passes her knowledge on to others. As programme coordinator of Commercial Dance at Whitireia, she tutors, works administration and is involved in facilitating performances by students in the corporate sector.
Jo was born and raised in London, England. She began taking dance lessons at the age of three and started performing professionally at nine. After completing High School, she went on to study at one of England’s highly acclaimed dance schools, The Performers’ College, graduating in 1997 with a diploma and associate qualifications. Since the age of 16, she has been performing, teaching and choreographing throughout the world from cruise ships in the Caribbean to dance companies in Greece and Israel.
Jun (Vivencio M. Samblaceno, Jr.) LIDTA
Vivencio (Jun) trained in Manila, Philippines and danced professionally with the Philippine Ballet Theatre. He joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and performed with them in New Zealand and internationally for twenty years as a soloist and principal. Some of his favourite classical roles were both Romeo and Tybalt from Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle and the Prince in The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Contemporary roles include the Father from Michael Parmenter's Les Noces, Jiri Kylian's Soldatenmis and the Figure of Death in Rudi Van Dantzig's Four Last Songs among others.
He received his Associate and Licentiate degrees with distinction under the International Dance Teachers' Association. He is also a Mutually Recognised Teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance. He has taught adjudicated classes at the Alana Haines Australasian Awards and was an artistic judge at The Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal Award 2015. He has been teaching since 2009 passing on his knowledge on the Commercial Dance programme.
Ange McKellar has trained in Royal Academy of Dance ballet, British Ballet Organization tap, New Zealand Association of Modern Dance tap and jazz and American Jazz Dance Affiliation jazz. She went on to study full-time in Melbourne and gained a Diploma in Performing Arts from Bartuccios Dance and Performing Arts Centre. Since graduating, Ange has performed on numerous television shows, corporate floorshows, Grand Prix events, Warner Bros shows, fashion shows, music videos, musicals and touring dance shows.
In 2000 Ange was one of the first recipients of an LA Danceforce scholarship to The Edge in Los Angeles and spent three months there in 2001 gaining valuable knowledge from inspiring teachers and industry choreographers. Ange returned home after eight years in Melbourne where she taught and choreographed for numerous schools, workshops and corporate performances.