Apollo

Teachers

 

TEACHERS

 
 
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JAMES LUCK

DIRECTOR

James graduated from full-time dance training in Sydney, Australia in 2010. Since then he has been working consistently in the industry both overseas and in New Zealand as a performer, choreographer and director for stage and screen.

Spending a large portion of his career in the United Kingdom, James has performed along side big names such as: Jessie J, Sia, Tom Jones, Little Mix and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and was a featured dancer in the 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony for Annie Lennox. Following his time in the UK James was then is high demand working as a freelance choreographer for resorts and cruise ships throughout Europe.

Since relocating to Auckland he has become a highly sought after performer and choreographer for high profile events and shows including: ChicagoBilly Elliot, Dancing With The Stars and Pleasure Dome the Musical

James' passion for educating and international experience has seen him held in high regard by many studios and dance companies globally and he is proud to pass on his knowledge and skill to the next generation.

 
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KATIE PROFFITT

Ballet

Originally from New Plymouth, Katie started dancing at Patten Academy of Dance, completing RAD Advanced and NZMDA syllabus in Ballet and Jazz. She has completed full time training at the Australian Ballet School, and professional development training with a Diploma in Classical Ballet. She also holds a Bachelor of Performance and Screen Arts, majoring in Contemporary Dance.

Katie has performed in various ballets at the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne State Theatre. She has also danced professionally with Black Grace Contemporary Dance in New Zealand, and with Royal Caribbean international dance productions. Katie has worked as a dance teacher for Timothy Gordon, assisting him for dance intensive workshops. 

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Ella-Rose Cutfield

Ballet & Head of Pre-School Mini Movers

Ella-Rose Cutfield is a qualified dance teacher and performer who has been involved in the industry since the age of 4 with her first debut in the Sound of Music at the Civic.
She has continued to perform in well known shows such as Oliver, Cats, Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, Billy Elliot and the UK production of Annie, performing alongside Sue Pollard and Mig Ayesa.

Recipient of the top marks in New Zealand for AJDA Jazz, top marks in Advanced levels for Cecchetti Ballet.
Ella-Rose is highly skilled and passionate about performing and inspiring others to achieve the best they can be.

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JODI RUSSEL

AERIAL TUTOR

Auckland born & trained, Jodi grew up learning Tap, Ballet & Jazz which then led to the addition of other styles including Contemporary, Hip Hop & Cabaret among others. While in NZ, she taught for many years at Auckland West Dance Academy whilst performing at Burgundy's of Parnell, captaining the Skycity Cheerteam & dancing in many live shows.

After taking up a scholarship at The Edge performing arts in LA, Jodi then left NZ in order to accept a contract as a dancer onboard the Pacific Sun Cruise Ship which then led to a career spanning many countries including Australia, India & the UK. It was while she was in Australia filming a childrens TV, Raggs, as one of the main characters that her interest in circus was sparked after seeing one of the Cirque du Soleil shows & found herself pursuing as many classes as she could in the aerial arts both in Sydney with Aerialize & in London with Aircraft circus.She returned home in 2012 where she is once again sharing her knowledge teaching both dance & Aerial Arts, but that doesn’t mean she has stayed far from the stage, with credits including Et Lux for Auckland Pride Festival 2016, Between Worlds with the West City Concert Band and of course live children’s shows for the Entertainment Store that keep her inner child alive!

Jodi loves staying on top of all the new developments in the aerial world, including unique new moves & safety procedures & this lead her to travel to LA early 2016 to work with instagram legend, Jill Franklin of Aerial Physique, in order to complete an advanced level teachers training course.

She is now super excited to share her passion for being in the air with the students at Apollo & help them to meld the dance & circus worlds!!

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Maree Cutfield

Head of Admin & Studio Manager