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Theresa Swain




Theresa studied Classical Ballet and Modern Dance in Dunedin under Bernice Woodmancy from the age of 6.  She grew up as a member of the Dunedin Opera Company where she learnt all aspects of staging a full scale professional production.


Theresa moved to Queenstown in 1992 and studied to become a Dance Teacher while teaching alongside a local teacher.  In 1997 she opened her own dance school in which she taught Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap alongside Competitive and Production work.  Theresa took a break from teaching in 2007 and in 2008 taught for a local dance school while raising her three sons. 


Theresa also teaches competitive dancers and prepares them for various competitions and events throughout New Zealand and has enjoyed great success as a teacher with many previous students and present students receiving top accolades and working professionally in the dance industry in New Zealand, Canada, USA, Australia, and France. As well as teaching Theresa enjoys designing and making costumes.


Brooklyn McLeod


Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet

I started dance at the age of 4 and have loved it ever since, I would love to inspire other students by teaching them dance. I started dancing in Invercargill and moved to Queenstown at the age of 13.


I have trained in most types of dance,  Ballet BBO and RAD, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop, and in 2021 I will complete my Advanced 2 Ballet exam. 2020 was my final year for jazz and contemporary exams, I completed my Advanced 2 Jazz exam achieving the highest mark in New Zealand,  and I also sat my Jazz solo seal exam placing in the top 3 and gained my diploma for contemporary. In 2018 I received a PACANZ nomination for Jazz and Contemporary. I have studied dance though Te Kura achieving excellence throughout the course and have gained my Level 5 Diploma through BBOdance.

 From sitting dance exams throughout the past 12 years of my life I have gained confidence that has made me who I am today. I enjoy doing dance exams and I like being challenged as it makes me grow as a dancer.

Dean Swain

Accounts Manager


Joshua Swain

Production Technician


Student Teachers

We may also have training teachers in some of our classes.  This is important for these students to learn within the studio environment alongside a fully qualified and registered teacher while preparing for their Diploma.


Guest Teachers/Seminars

From time to time we will have Guest Teachers with us.  One of these teachers is our PATRON, International Ballet Master and Freelance teacher Martin James.  He will take seminars and private coaching when he is in town.



We actively encourage students to attend seminars, workshops and summer/winter schools throughout New Zealand.  These include BBO Dance Days, Dance Masters International, Dance Intensive International, AGA Summer School, Southern Ballet Summer School, Canterbury Ballet Summer School, New Zealand School of Dance Winter School. 

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