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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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SARAH BOOCOCK

HEAD OF BALLET

Sarah graduated from the Royal Ballet School, London in 1988 and has since had 29 years of industry experience including performing, teaching, TV work, examining and judging.

She is a technical advisor and examiner for the American Jazz Affiliation and has previously worked for the Royal Academy of Dance as a practical teaching supervisor and mentor for the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies programme.

Sarah is also a highly reputed freelance choreographer travelling around the country to work on various high profile events. 

Her passion for business development and the arts have seen her develop various projects including vocational and tertiary dance schools, mentoring programmes for new and existing teachers, and the high quality Apollo Theatre Company providing entertainment and events to the corporate and theatrical world.

Sarah takes great pride in following the success stories of her previous students who are enjoying professional careers as dancers, singers, actors and teachers all over the world.

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ANNA BRUNSKILL

Tutor / Head of admin

Anna is a graduate of the Apollo Theatre College where she was the recipient of the "Story of Hope" scholarship.  Anna's professional skills include multi genres in dance and various Aerial apparatus. Anna holds formal dance teaching qualifications and is now enjoying full time employment within the Apollo organisation as Company dancer, and administrations and events manager. In addition to her Apollo commitments Anna is also a well respected freelance dancer and tutor and has performed at many events including being a featured dancer and Dance Captain with Burning Man productions in "Artimus" 2016 and 2017.

Other credits include: Volkswagen Tiguan Launch- Tristram European,  Aerialist and dancer (Shed 10) Corenet Symposium, Dancer/Actor ‘Alice In Wonderland’ – Apollo Theatre Company, Dancer/Presenter NAPTA Awards 2016 and 2017, Dancer & Model Ballerina ‘Nutcracker Sweet’ Campaign by MAC Cosmetics.

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KATIE PROFFITT

TUTOR

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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NATASHA KATAVICH

TUTOR / HEAD OF READY SET DANCE

Natasha Katavich is currently working in Auckland as a freelance dancer. She successfully completed her Junior Teaching Certificate in 2015.

Natasha has been a part of professional work with the Apollo Theatre Company and Burning Man Productions. Some of these performances include the NZ Beauty Expo and The Edge Proposal Video. She has also performed in stage musicals such as Cats and Les Miserablés. She won a scholarship to Salzburg, Austria where she studied various styles of classical ballet under professional European dancers.

Natasha believes in creating an environment where the students are inspired and encouraged so that they feel they are able to achieve their respective dance goals.

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CLAIRE FOSTER

TUTOR

Claire began teaching and performing straight after graduating from Apollo Theatre College in 2007. She was chosen to represent New Zealand in LA dancing with the Young Americans and also performing at Disneyland. 

After returning home she was cast as Musica in the Original French Musical Amour Fantastique and also choreographing the show. 

Claire then moved to Melbourne to assist her career and spent her time working in the Australian industry. Highlights include performing in the musical Grease, dancing and choreographing Mirra Jensen's album launch and featuring in Skylines music video. 

On returning to New Zealand she has continued performing with Apollo Theatre Company, was a regular dancer at Encore Cabaret and danced in the Sylvia Park Winter fashion show. 

Claire has also toured with Its show time as a magicians assistant, taught dance around Auckland, Thames and Melbourne, worked as a fairy and featured in commercials and TV shows.

She is still dancing and teaching in the industry. 

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PATRICK SÜNDERHAUF

TUTOR

Born in East Germany, Patrick started his professional dance training at the 'Ballet School of Berlin', and then the Hamburg Ballet School-John Neumeier. On completing his dance education he worked with two dance companies in Europe. 

After finishing his professional career as a dancer in Europe he studied full time in alternative medicine in Hamburg and later in Auckland, specialising in massage and kinesiology.

Since 2001 Patrick has lived in New Zealand, working as a self employed dancer, choreographer, actor and freelance teacher, registered NZAMD teacher for Contemporary Dance and as a Massage and Kinesiology Practitioner. As well as teaching at various dance studios and holiday programmes, he runs his own Massage and Kinesiology clinic in Devonport.

In recent years he has explored his passion in acting, studying voice and drama work professionally. This in turn provides a whole new spectrum when creating new works in genre of 'Dance Theatre'.

Patrick has taught either Classical Ballet Technique (Vaganova Technique/ American Ballet Technique) or the NZAMD Contemporary Dance Syllabus, in all levels. In order to work his dance students more fully, he started to teach body-conditioning for all ages – exploring safety moving techniques, cardio, speed, strengthening and flexibility exercises.

Patrick has a holistic approach to dance and health, and based on his knowledge grained from his diverse experiences, he has explored a unique teaching method to boost performance in students.

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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!!